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  • Job Listing: Director of Communications - Director of Communications Position This position plays a critical role in developing and executing communications strategies to raise public awareness of Grace Presbytery’s ministry and mission.  This involves effective communication to all constituents and the public in general, and builds connection and relationship among its member churches.  Essential to the position is a demonstrated record […]
  • Austin Theological Seminary Partner Luncheon -   Partner Luncheon     Grace Presbytery’s own Alex Pappas will be sharing her story at this complimentary luncheon hosted by Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. President Theodore J. Wardlaw, alumni, and trustees will share the vision and mission of Austin Seminary, and you will have an opportunity to support the students. Diane Pennington will open […]
  • John Calvin Presbyterian Church - We will meet the challenges and move forward to the glory of God: John Calvin Presbyterian Church closes after 65 years One week before John Calvin Presbyterian Church would have its last worship service, Rev. Amy Moore sat down with Grace Presbytery to share the story of the church and of her experience the last […]
  • General Presbyter’s Report to the February Presbytery Meeting -   Psalm 22:23-31 The Message (MSG)   One of the hardest cycles of the church year for me is Lent.  Advent I’m always ready for.  I’m ready to be hopeful, reflective.  I’m even willing to avoid singing Christmas carols in worship until Christmas Sunday and to be content with Advent hymns instead.Lent, however, not so […]
  • Job Listing: Organist, part-time - First Presbyterian Church, located in Grand Prairie, Texas is a community of Christians striving to be warm, compassionate and inclusive and seeking to share the love of Jesus Christ with one another, our community, and the world. We are seeking an Organist to join us and play during our Sunday morning service and occasional evening […]
  • Job Listing: Director of Youth Ministries - Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church seeks a full-time, energetic, experienced individual to develop and lead programs for youth in a staff/volunteer team environment.  Understanding of faith development, Christian education, and volunteer leadership is required to provide vision and equip volunteer-led programs.  Extraordinary interpersonal skills along with excellent skills in organization, written and verbal communication, and Microsoft […]
  • Review of 2017 Session Minutes - Locations and Dates for the Review of 2017 Session Minutes -All Reviews Begin at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted- Please RSVP to Gloria Beard by January 19th for January date, or by January 29th for February date at 214-393-5610 or Gloria@gracepresbytery.org   January 28, 2018 City Church Address Region Ft. Worth Westminster 7001 Trail Lake […]
  • Meet the New Moderator - Meet Our New Moderator and Vice Moderator: Phyllis Kidwell and David Schaefers Seek to Serve Grace Presbytery in Their New Roles Phyllis Kidwell and David Schaefers are about to embark on a journey they have never been on before. Serving as Moderator and Vice Moderator will place them in new service roles in Grace Presbytery. […]
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  • Serving with Humility, Imagination, and Love: Amgad Beblawi Joins Grace Presbytery as Associate General Presbyter - Amgad Beblawi has traveled and lived in locations around the world. He spent his early years in his native Egypt, where he was a member of a Presbyterian congregation in Synod of the Nile. Since moving to the United States after high school, Amgad has lived in California, Virginia, and Kentucky. He received an M.A. […]
  • Zambia was What God Meant for Us to Find: Charles and Melissa Johnson Reflect on Life in Lundazi as Mission Co-Workers - Charles and Melissa Johnson are mission co-workers in Lundazi, a small town in the Eastern Province of the Republic of Zambia, close to the Malawi border, which is in southern Africa. They were invited to serve by the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), Synod of Zambia. They arrived in Lundazi in March 2016 and […]
  • Grace Presbytery Meeting November 16th - The next Stated Presbytery Meeting occurs on November 16th at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington. Welcome Letter from Rich McDermott ” While our society seems to be experiencing a great upheaval and division, the Body of Christ can play an amazing and exemplary role of demonstrating the reconciliation and forgiveness that we ourselves have received […]
  • Living and Ministering Among the Powers - Living and Ministering among the Powers – an indirect reflection on the values of being Reformed — a report to Grace Presbytery 9/30/17 by Rev. Janet DeVries, General Presbyter Readings: The Confession of 1967 — 9.31 and Romans 8: 22-39 The Cuban Missile Crisis happened when I was 12. I remember with the imagination of […]
  • Stated Presbytery Meeting - Welcome all, to the Grace Presbytery Meeting this September 30, 2017. The meeting will be hosted at First Presbyterian Church in Tyler, Texas. Look below for listings of hotels, rates, restaurants for everyone to book their lodging if they are planning on booking.     (Included in the booklet is the docket as well as […]
  • Young Adult Volunteer Alumni - Connect with Young Adult Volunteer alumni from Grace Presbytery and learn about the launch of the presbytery’s ministry to continue its promotion and support of the YAV program. Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 Time: 5 – 8 p.m. Dinner will be provided Location: 1300 El Patio Dr. Dallas, 75218 Reservation: RSVP by Oct. 15 RSVP […]
  • Job Listing: Accountant at Wesminster Presbyterian Church Dallas, TX - Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dallas seeks part-time experienced Accountant/Bookkeeper.  The Church Accountant is responsible for managing all accounting and internal and external financial reporting functions of the Church, including its Preschool/Kindergarten.  This includes accounting for pledges and other income, payroll, expenditures and assets, managing cash positions and maintaining related records.  This position is also responsible […]
  • YAV year prepares volunteers for their next chapter in life - Emily Mikhail and Ekama Eni had been back in Texas for a week after returning from their respective YAV assignments when they sat down for an interview with Grace Presbytery in mid-August. Emily and Ekama spent a year as members of the PCUSA YAV program. Young adult volunteers explore God’s calling in their lives while […]
  • Job Listing: Part-time Children and Youth Director for Saint Barnabas Presbyterian Church, Richardson TX - Part-time Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries, Saint Barnabas Presbyterian Church, Richardson TX In coordination with the Associate Pastor: create a vibrant ministry for children and youth; serve as a resource for planning and organizing Children and Youth Ministries; work closely with the CYM and youth leader teams and facilitate communication between youth, volunteers and […]
  • ReFocus 2017 Conference -   The research is in and it’s conclusive—the single most influential figure in faith formation for adolescents is the parent. For many of us, this calls for a significant ministry refocus: we must include parents, stepparents, and other caregivers in our ministry efforts if we want to make a lasting impact on youth. Join the […]
  • Rev. Nosheen Khan, first woman ordained in Pakistan -   It is the need of the time: Rev. Nosheen Khan, first woman ordained in Pakistan, is a role model for women and the Presbyterian Church. Rev. Nosheen Khan is not afraid of a challenge. She is the first woman ordained in her country of Pakistan, the first woman principal of a seminary school steeped in […]
  • COM Meeting Tomorrow Cancelled! - A reminder to all that the COM Meeting scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled. It has subsequently been removed from the calendar, but please be aware there is no gathering for the COM tomorrow.
  • Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process - Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process   Clergy Clinic in Family Emotional Process        Are you encountering unhealthy patterns within the church related to unresolved conflicts from the past? Are you interested in enhancing your ability to manage self in a non-anxious manner in the midst of congregational anxieties?  Sign up below to attend Clergy […]
  • Reminder: CRE Meeting is Cancelled! - The Presbytery is grateful for the expressed interest in learning more about Commissioned Ruling Elder ministry and for those who registered in advance. It has become clear to the committee, however, that holding this meeting in the middle of summer is meeting too many obstacles in personal scheduling.  In the interest of a strong start […]
  • Summary of May Stated Presbytery Meeting - The following items are highlights from the May 26, 2016 Stated Presbytery Meeting at Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney. The booklet for the May 26 Stated Presbytery Meeting is available on the Grace Presbytery website. http://gracepre.cwstemp.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Booklet-for-2016-05-26-Presbytery-Meeting-Draft-4-1.pdf   Ministry and Mission Reports United African Presbyterian Church, Dallas – Rev. Julius Edah presented information about the reconstruction, renovation, and […]
  • Presbyterian churches band together to help Ahmed Mohamed in the aftermath of media firestorm - By Judy Ramos Director of Communications Many people in North Texas and around the country followed the story of Ahmed Mohamed, the Irving teenager who was arrested after he took a homemade clock to school to show his teachers. While the story made national headlines, some of our own local Presbyterian Church (USA) members jumped […]
  • Transitions in Grace Presbytery Director of Communication - Grace Presbytery, in response to feedback from presbyters over the last year is seeing some changes in its area of Communications. Rob Allen, Director of Communication for almost 13 years, is leaving the staff effective September 30. He has felt the desire to explore a new call and this transition allows him to pursue it. […]
  • Imperfect, but blessed - “You. Are. Blessed. These three words were not only the theme of Grace Presbytery’s Youthquakes, but was the lesson that the middle-school participants walked away with,” said Brennan Caviness, a PULSE member from Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving. Grace Presbytery held two Youthquakes for 213 middle school youth and adults from 20 churches at Gilmont […]
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to earthquake disaster in Nepal - Thousands are dead or injured from the massive earthquake and aftershocks that shook Nepal and neighboring countries on April 25. The quake, the worst in more than 80 years, struck just west of the capital of Kathmandu and destroyed towns and mountainous villages. The government of Nepal has officially requested international assistance and declared a […]
  • Made known in the breaking of bread - April 11, 2015 Dear Grace Presbytery friends in faith, On Monday, April 13, four of us from Grace Presbytery are headed to Israel and Palestine to be in conversation with PC(USA) mission partners and to explore a likely Grace Presbytery trip in the spring of 2016. Participants in this initial trip are staff: Joanna Kim, […]
  • Presbytery Meeting – Legacy to get help as they plan its first building - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Legacy Presbyterian Church of Frisco, presbytery’s newest congregation, was chartered last November. Meeting at Carroll Elementary School for several years as a New Church Development (NCD), each Sunday morning, the congregation brings in a trailer of materials and equipment for Sunday School and worship and tears it down at […]
  • Presbytery Meeting – Trinity, The Colony sees a new beginning with the sale of property - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Trinity Presbyterian Church of The Colony is participating in New Beginnings, a program of the PC(USA) & Grace Presbytery that helps a church to make decisions about its future. For the past five years, Trinity has had issues with building debt, now at approximately $1.2 million, exacerbated by some […]
  • Presbytery Meeting – Sale of Bethany, Dallas property approved - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Bethany Presbyterian Church of Dallas has been in its current building on Cedar Springs Rd near the North Dallas Tollway since it was built in the 1960s, in what is now an aging facility difficult for the congregation to maintain. Also, the membership has changed from predominately Caucasian to […]
  • Presbytery Meeting – First Presbyterian Church of Killeen dissolved; Presbytery to explore opportunities for a reformed presence - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Grace Presbytery approved the recommendation from the Administrative Commission for First Presbyterian Church of Killeen to dissolve the congregation effective April 5, 2015. The presbytery will explore opportunities for shared ministry in Killeen. This was the second administrative commission for the congregation since 2008, both of which, were asked […]
  • Presbytery Meeting – General Presbyter’s Report - Audio Version of General Presbytery’s Report   by The Rev. Dr. Janet DeVries General Presbyter Matthew 5:13-16 (NRSV) 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. 14 “You are […]
  • Presbytery Meeting – Moderator’s Report - Audio Version of Presbytery Moderator’s Report   by Paul Williams Presbytery Moderator I have been involved with presbytery for a long time, having been elected to my first presbytery committee in 1965. I have been to a LOT of presbytery meetings. As I reflect, I find myself remembering something President Eisenhower said: “Things are more […]
  • Grace Presbytery’s voting results on the amendments to the constitution - Grace Presbytery passed all the amendments to the Constitution from the 221st General Assembly except Amendment 14-A (Renunciation of Jurisdiction). The vote totals by amendments are: Amendment 14-1 – Confession of Belhar: 250 (Y) 51 (N) 6 (A) Amendment 14-A – Renunciation of Jurisdiction: 30 (Y) 269 (N) 4 (A) Amendment 14-B.1 –  Final Assessment: […]
  • What if a bunch of students . . .? - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Sitting in his office filled with books, pictures, and his guitar next to his paper-covered desk, John reflects. He writes names in his ever-present journal, number 75. The previous 74 sit within an arms-reach on the bookshelf next to desk. Jim Johnson. David Stringer. Paul Chitwood. Joe Gossett. Randy […]
  • Permanent Judicial Commission decision - On January 7, 2015 the Permanent Judicial Commission of Grace Presbytery found Joseph B. Rightmyer guilty of eight charges that he violated the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) when he served as Interim Pastor of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas during the time when the congregation voted to leave the denomination. Among […]
  • Lights for Lima - by Kathy Porter First Presbyterian Church, Henderson Members of First Presbyterian, Henderson, gathered on December 7, for a brief service of light and prayer for the gathering in Lima, Peru of leaders and representatives from nations all over the world to discuss climate change. FPC joined people all over our planet in praying and lighting […]
  • Conversations in Theology and Practice; Sign up today - Presbytery Council has allocated funds for 2015 to schedule opportunities for “Conversations on Theology and the Practice of Ministry.”  Three of those events are listed below and we expect other events to be planned and announced during the year.  The intention is that the leadership will be diverse – theologically, gender, racially and regionally.  As […]
  • Video: Partnerships - Grace Presbytery has three congregations that have partnered with a New Church Development or a fellowship. Watch and see what makes each of these partnerships special.
  • General Presbyter’s Report to the November 21st Presbytery Meeting - The Parable of the Sower (Matt 13:3-23) 13  3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much […]
  • Attention Clerks of Session: Recognizing deceased ruling elders at the December presbytery meeting - Each year at the November meeting of Grace Presbytery, we remember the ruling elders who have joined the Church Triumphant within the past twelve months.  The recalling of those men and women who have served faithfully in our congregations is a time of inspiration during our meeting. Please send us the name of any ruling […]
  • General Presbyter’s Report to the September Presbytery Meeting - by The Rev. Dr. Janet M. DeVries General Presbyter 1 Corinthians 12:27-28 27Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. […]
  • Witnessing to the world - By Pat Cole Special to Presbyterian News Service This May marked the seventh time a Doctor of Ministry class from the Presbyterian seminary in Decatur, Ga., spent two weeks at the U.N. Ministry in New York. Each class studies a different global issue from a faith perspective. This year’s topic was one of the hottest […]
  • Little Free Library builds relationships - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Reading opens opportunities. When a young child picks up the habit to read,  he or she has a better chance to be more successful in school and have more opportunities later in life. Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of Bedford, through its 6:8 Project, is doing its part to encourage reading […]
  • Food drive on wheels - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Brent picked up his iPhone on an early June Saturday morning and scrolled through his Twitter feed. A tweet from National Public Radio caught his attention. Reverse food truck? What is that? Clicked the link. After reading the story about a Minnesota beer company’s reverse food truck that collected […]
  • Surprising Connections - by Rob Allen Director of Communications The phone rang and interrupted Katy Portillo finishing up her daily task as sales and catering coordinator at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. “The [PC(USA) National Multicultural Conference]  planning team wanted to come on Monday and it was Friday. They wanted to come to the hotel one […]
  • Resources to help you understand the actions of the 221st General Assembly - The following documents are provided to help you understand the actions of the 221st General Assembly that met in June, 2014. These documents were provided to the people who attended the presbytery’s post-General Assembly conversations – Kilgore on July 20 and Presbyterian Mission Center in Irving on July 26.   A Pastoral Epistle by the […]
  • Post-221st General Assembly Discussion Gatherings - You are invited to attend a gathering to discuss the recent meeting of the General Assembly.  As you know, there were a number of significant issues voted upon which generated a lot of conversation among Presbyterian leaders. This gathering will be your opportunity to hear from Grace Presbytery commissioners and staff who attended the General […]
  • PC(USA) leaders issue pastoral letter to the church on Assembly’s marriage actions - June 19, 2014 To congregations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Earlier today the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved a recommendation from its Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee allowing for pastoral discretion to perform “any such […]
  • A year of service: Learning from brave people who choose to heal - by Mary Kate Bevel Young Adult Volunteer – Peru First Presbyterian Church, Dallas My name is Mary Kate and I am from Dallas, where I grew up attending First Presbyterian Church of Dallas where my faith was formed and my love for service was ignited. Through my church I was introduced to the Young Adult […]
  • What does it take to get a church “unstuck” so it can connect with its community? - by Rob Allen Director of Communications Grace Presbytery A man and woman step on an escalator and halfway up to the next level the escalator stops abruptly. Annoyed, they shout for someone to help. Eventually, a maintenance person comes to help, and his escalator stops. They are stuck and helpless until the escalators starts moving […]
  • Diana Butler Bass, changes in the American religious culture - by The Rev. Dr. Joe Clifford Senior Pastor First Presbyterian Church, Dallas How’s the weather? What’s the climate like? These are two very different questions. They are both important. Weather involves the short term and immediate context. Climate describes an overarching theme of weather over a long period of time. On April 5 & 6, […]
  • College students find warmth in helping others - by Mary Henderson First Presbyterian Church, Garland Grace Presbytery Young Adult Ministry sponsored a college mission trip to Moore, Oklahoma, January 5-9 to help with the recovery from last year’s tornado. Here is a summary of the trip: Monday: Nine college students braved the wintery cold and set out to provide help with a couple […]
  • East Texas youth groups connect through Lazer Tag Round 2 - Sunday March, 30th…A day that will live in joviality!  For the second straight year the youth from FPC Tyler, FPC Winnsboro, and Saint Andrew’s Pres. in Longview met in Longview to compete in some friendly games of lazer tag! There were close to 50 adults and youth that came together in fellowship! After we finished lazer […]
  • Youth Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Tyler - by Neil McKown First Presbyterian Church, Tyler The youth and children at First Presbyterian Church in Tyler, led our congregation in worship. Leading everything from start to finish, sharing the musical gifts–with cello and violin solos; to a skit over Matthew 5:38-48; and so much more. This was the second year we’ve had the Children’s […]
  • Report to Grace Presbytery • Matthew 11:2-5 - Note: The Rev. Janet M. DeVries delivered the following report on February 28, 2014, at the stated meeting of Grace Presbytery. There are people across the presbytery who periodically ask me if I wish I could be bishop for a day, and then we laugh at the impossibility of such an event.  But if I […]

 

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