Clergy Retreat - Apr. 25-27

      Rev. Dr. Laura Mendenhall will lead this year’s clergy retreat on April 25 through 27 at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. Clergy and spouses are invited to “Finding Water in Dry Land” where they will have an opportunity to remember the source of living Water, to recognize when their thirst is quenched and when it is not, and to drink deeply from God’s Word. There will be time to be nourished by good food and drink, by walks in the woods, and by rest and relaxation.

      Keynoter Laura Mendenhall is a recently retired Presbyterian pastor who has served several churches in Texas and Florida. She served as President of Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta and as Senior Philanthropy Advisor of the Texas Presbyterian Foundation. She has served as Moderator of Mission Presbytery and in many other capacities in the Synod of the Sun and at General Assembly levels. Laura is looking forward to being with pastors from New Covenant presbytery, particularly just after Holy Week. In the exhaustion after the Easter high, may this be a time of encouragement and support. Register by April 17. Contact Carrie Walker for more information at 713-526-2585 or cwalker@pbyofnewcovenent.org.

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Congregational Resourcing Team (CRT) Survey

The Congregational Resourcing Team (CRT) exists to equip and resource members and congregations for ministry in their churches and communities in support of the Presbytery of New Covenant’s vision of “Growing congregations that passionately engage their communities to make disciples.” 

Please help us better know how to meet your needs by responding to the following questionnaire.  

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VJS2VMK

An Invitation to Sabbath - Feb. 23

New Covenant clergy members are invited to a one-day retreat at A Community of the Servant-Savior Presbyterian Church at 11303 Hughes Road, Houston, on Thursday, February 23. This free event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no lunch). Psychologist Susan A. Lange, Ph.D., will present “An Invitation to Sabbath.”

The goal of the event is to nurture participants’ spirit-body-mind centered choices. Methods will build on what has represented our values well: care for caregivers training, healthy boundaries setting broadly conceptualized, sacred trust.

  1. Methods will provide a model of functional interdependence that encourages us to make choices out of passion
  2. Respectfully acknowledge our reluctance to change
  3. Build ability to experiment with new behaviors
  4. Increase our awareness of factors contributing to reluctance to give to ourselves what we so eagerly give to others
  5. Build awareness of relationships between faith and lowered anxiety and decreased depression

Flyer | Register here by February 20 or at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-invitation-to-sabbath-tickets-31979758318

 

Intercultural Encounters - Aug. 4-11

Intercultural Encounters (Walking Together)

 

A trip is planned for interested members of New Covenant Presbytery with CEDEPCA in Guatemala for August 4-11, 2017. These trips are designed to establish long-term relationships between individuals of faith in the presbytery and in Central America. CEDEPCA (The Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America) has a long-standing relationship with New Covenant Presbytery. Their major emphasis is on pastoral education (pastoral studies and seminary training), Women’s studies including indigenous persons, disaster relief, and intercultural encounters. The focus of the trip in August will be on pastoral/seminary education and women’s studies. Please join us in this exciting opportunity. If interested, please e-mail Robert Beach at ebeach51@att.net.

 

Youth Conclaves - 2017

Calling ALL YOUTH GROUPS of our presbytery!
CONCLAVES 2017
February 24 – 26, and March 3 – 5

Join us for fun and faith-filled weekends at Camp Cho-Yeh this spring! Our Presbytery’s Youth Connection Council (PYCC) is planning two retreat weekends called CONCLAVES that will enable your youth to grow closer to one another, connect with other youth from all over our presbytery, engage in small groups, experience dynamic worship, and of course, have a blast playing games and making new friends! Youth will also participate in a mission project and explore ways to connect with God in our Spirituality Center. This year’s theme is IGNITE: A Life on Fire!

Who?             Middle and High School Youth and Adult Advisors; Adults must be 21 years old or older; Ratio 1 adult: 5 youth by gender        

Where?          Cho-Yeh Camp & Conference Center in Livingston, Texas

Cost?            $135 / person, includes lodging, meals, a Christian concert, and conference t-shirt

Registration Packet available here. (Packets will also be mailed to each church.)

Register online at www.campcho-yeh.org/retreats/reservations-and-pricing/conclaves

Registration DEADLINE: Thursday, January 26

Presbytery Meetings

2017 Presbytery Meetings

Saturday, March 18 @ Clear Lake PC
Saturday, July 15 @ First PC in Sugar Land
Saturday, November 189 @ Northwoods PC in Houston

Materials for each meeting are posted HERE two weeks prior to each meeting. Prior to the meeting, Commissioners should study the documents. It is important to have access to these materials during the meeting, either through an electronic device or having paper printouts.

New Business (which is posted at least 3 days before meeting date) must be submitted to the Office of the Stated Clerk no later than 4 days prior to the meeting.

Postlude, a post-meeting publication, is emailed to commissioners after each meeting to assist in reporting to their sessions.

The Packet is in pdf format - you must have an updated version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order to access it. For information, systems requirements, and a free download of this invaluable web software click here


Past Meeting Materials

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Presbyterian Historical Society of the Southwest Meeting - Mar. 3-4

The Presbyterian Historical Society of the Southwest is having its annual meeting Friday evening, March 3, and Saturday morning, March 4, at the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans. 

Schedule and Presentations:
Friday, March 3: 6 p.m. Dinner followed by "Like a Fallen Leaf" by John Spaulding

Saturday, March 4: 9 a.m. "The Bayou Blue Presbyterian Church and the Lowland Center" by Kris Peterson
10 a.m. "Presbyteries of South Louisiana and Matanzas, Cuba" by Nell Johnston
11 a.m. "100 Years of World Mission/Global Ministries of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church" by Henrietta Harris and John Geiser

Contact Dr. James S. Currie, Executive Secretary, for more information and to register, at jjcurrie5152@gmail.com or 281-991-8700.

2017 Youth Mission Project

The youth of our presbytery will be making mats for the homeless at their spring retreats, called Conclaves. These mats are made from plastic bags that are cut into strips and looped together to be crocheted into a mat. They are light weight, water -roof, and actually have a cushion feel to them. It takes 500 to 700 bags to make one sleeping mat 36 x 72 inches.  So… we need YOUR HELP in collecting plastic bags! Plastic bags should be collected at the local church and then brought to Conclaves by youth groups. Contact Rev. Caressa Murray with questions at cmurray@pbyofnewcovenant.org

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