Harvey Assistance

A Presbytery of New Covenant Harvey Recovery Update (11/15/2017)

We continue to be grateful for the outpouring of love and compassion we are experiencing across the country.  People are in recovery mode now, hoping to have homes and church buildings repaired soon - perhaps in time for Christmas.  There are many who will not make that timeframe.  Our congregations are resilient, and those that were damaged are finding ways to stay together, even if it is Sunday worship under the "big top" as the members of Katy, New Hope are gathering under a tent while they abate the asbestos discovered after the damage from the flood waters.

We are in the process of hiring a Disaster Recovery Coordinator due to a generous grant from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  We have received resumes from several excellent candidates, and will be making our decision soon.  We expect that person to be in place in the next month in order to help our congregations and communities towards the process of rebuilding.

The Houston Astros won the World Series in baseball, which was a boost to the morale of our region.  Congratulations to our hometown team!  

While many in our region are back to "normal", we recognize that there are many in need.  We appreciate your financial contributions to assist our friends and neighbors.

Download the Presbyterian Disaster Recovery Brochure

We appreciate your continued concern for us, and for our friends in Mission Presbytery where many towns on the coast were decimated by wind damage.  We know that you continue to pray for all of us, as well as those affected in Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America (earthquake), and California, Oregon, Washington and other places where fighting fires was difficult.

Lynn Hargrove (713-816-7051 cell)

Reformation Challenge

Get ready!

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the legendary posting of Luther’s 95 theses, an act that galvanized the Reformation. Consider, if you will, participating in a presbytery wide study challenge to have 500 participants complete the Opening Doors to Discipleship 12 unit study on Reformed Theology. This FREE online study was developed by the PC(USA) in conjunction with some of our partner denominations. Opening Doors to Discipleship (odtd.net) offers solid, accessible study resources that could easily be adapted for a variety of settings.
  • Participating congregations would choose their own format and would sign up their own people. (This is a flexible program that congregations could use in many ways – individual students, midweek or Sunday morning classes, officer training, new member classes, etc.)
  • Congregations would notify the presbytery (via Mary Marcotte) how they are using the program and provide us with lists of those who have completed the study
  • We will celebrate participation at the November 18 Presbytery Meeting where we would announce results and provide certificates of completion to all whose names were submitted


Consider becoming part of the 500

The study features 12 interactive sessions which could each easily be completed within a one hour time frame. The course could be done by individuals online or could provide a structure for a group class. Churches might encourage folks to read and then post reactions to the reflection questions via a church Facebook page. To register, all that is needed for access is the denominational code (31627). Topics are:

Who is God?
Who is Jesus Christ?
The Holy Spirit
How We View the Bible
Reformed View of Sin and Salvation (How Jesus Saves Us)
Discipleship
Who is the Church?
Governing Ourselves in the Reformed Tradition
Worship and Sacraments
Mystery, Faith and Doubt
Our Hope
Major Threads in Reformed Theology
It is our hope that this initiative will
  • Connect congregations across the presbytery in a study that involves common language around core beliefs
  • Positively address the struggle many members have expressing what makes Presbyterians unique
  • It will connect congregations with tools that they can use in the future

Presbytery Meetings

2017 Presbytery Meetings

Stated Presbytery Meeting: November 18, 2017

Northwoods Presbyterian Church, 3320 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX  77068

Call to the Meeting 

Invitation from Northwoods

Map to Northwoods

Map of Northwoods

Registration Form

Meeting Toolkit

Minutes from July 15, 2017 meeting

Packet

Addendum

Appreciative Inquiry Answers July, 2017 Presbytery Meeting

Notes from the Fishbowl July, 2017 Presbytery Meeting

Congregational Vitality handouts

Postlude

 

2017 Stated Meeting Dates and Information

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