Meet Terry Kukuk, our new Executive Presbyter
Presbytery of the Miami Valley is delighted to announce that the Rev. Terry Kukuk was elected to be its new Executive Presbyter at a special meeting of presbytery held on January 16. She will begin her ministry with us on or around March 1.
The Rev. Terry Kukuk is the Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church in Mexico, Missouri. In addition to her twenty years of experience as a pastor, she has been active in the life of Missouri Union Presbytery. She has served as moderator of the Coordinating Council and the Committee on Ministry. She has served her presbytery as both moderator and vice moderator. She was a teaching elder delegate to the 220th General Assembly in Pittsburgh, PA, as a well as a commissioner to the Synod of Mid-America. (Rev. Kukuk’s last name is pronounced “Coo (like what a dove does) – Coo with a K at the end, and with the accent on the first syllable.”)
Other involvement in the presbytery includes being on the board of trustees, the Planning and Evaluation Committee, a member of the Stewardship Task Force, and the search committee for a transitional general presbyter. She has been a mentor to new pastors.
In addition to her Presbytery leadership, Rev. Kukuk has been a strong leader in her community, serving as the catalyst for a community wide “Help Center” offering food assistance, job training and help with life skills, and being a voice for issues of poverty, domestic violence, and mental health and how these issues affect the community. She also has a longstanding commitment to ecumenical relationships in her community.
Originally from North Dakota, the Rev. Kukuk has a B.A. from Jamestown College and her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is currently enrolled in a D. Min. program from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI.
The Rev. Kukuk is married to the Rev. Brad Sheppard. Rev. Sheppard currently serves as the Executive Director of a homeless and transitional shelter and pastors a rural congregation, Bethel Presbyterian. They are the parents of two energetic and outgoing sons, Jadon and Ian. As a family they enjoy travel, outdoor activities and movies.
Consider Electronic Funds Transfer for your church
Presbytery of the Miami Valley's electronic funds transfer option is a safe, easy, and convenient way for churches to make their regular contributions to presbytery and other denominational bodies, as well as special offerings. Contributions can now be transferred through our secure site from your church checking or savings account to presbytery's account.
Our free electronic giving program offers convenience for churches in making recurring or one-time donations. Church treasurers or other designated financial officials can also create an online profile to easily save their church's donation information for future use.
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APCE Annual Event January 31 - February 3 in Louisville
The Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators (APCE) will hold its will hold its Annual Event January 31 - February 3 in Louisville, KY. The 2018 Annual Event theme “Deep & Wide: Boundless Hospitality” encourages people to open their hearts, minds, and doors, as they explore the call to welcome all through unending hospitality.
This event will allow participants to experience interactive plenary sessions that will engage and challenge, worship with spirit and imagination, engage in two mini-plenaries focusing on aspects of hospitality within your context, participate in resource-filled workshops, be welcomed to a variety of pre-event options, explore a thriving and welcoming city, and leave with resources galore.
The conference will take place at the Galt House Hotel right along the beautiful Ohio River in the heart of downtown Louisville.
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APPLY NOW FOR 2018-19 PLACEMENTS
Applications are now being taken for the Young Adult Volunteer Program
The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is a faith-based year of service in 22 sites around the world and in the United States. YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in community with peers and mentors.
Program benefits include a regular stipend, housing, transportation and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year.
The 2018-19 application process is now live and underway.
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PRESBYTERIAN GIVING CATALOG 2017-2018
Bundles of new gifts generate big impact
This year's Presbyterian Giving Catalog features a number of new gift items to support Presbyterian mission work in its various forms. Check out the online Catalog now and explore all the new ways you can make an impact in the lives of people in need around the world. For example:
Help launch a successful farm with the new Farm Bundle. Imagine the delivery of chickens, goats, and other livestock, as well as seeds and tools, all to support an entire family or community.
The new sewing machine and equipment can be just what someone needs to launch a business that mends, alters, and sells clothing and linens.
Help our church respond to bullying and educate our youth and families on the dangers and warning signs of online harassment.
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NEXT Church National Gathering February 26-28
The NEXT Church National Gathering, to be held February 26-28 in Baltimore, MD, is filled with church leaders (pastors and lay people) sharing stories of their experiences of ministry, new ideas they are trying, and honest conversations about ministry today. Creative worship centers us around God’s presence. And multiple opportunities to engage in workshops and conversation about particular aspects of ministry foster new and deeper connections. This year's theme is "The Desert in Bloom"
Keynote speakers include David Leong, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Missiology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary, where he directs the Global and Urban Ministry program and Jonathan Walton is a social ethicist and scholar of American religions who joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in July 2010 and was appointed Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church in 2012.
NEXT Church is a network of leaders- church members, ruling elders, youth leaders, educators, pastors, seminarians and professors- across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful and more agile.
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PRESBYTERY OF DETROIT
Mission Work Groups sought for hands-on opportunities in Detroit
The Presbytery of Detroit would like to welcome your church group to Detroit on its next mission trip. The presbytery's Hands-On Mission Work Group will host your group in a local church for lodging, a kitchen to cook meals, and a place to gather for worship. Cost of lodging is $100 per night for groups of 25 or less. A Hands-On Mission Coordinator will arrange work places and partners, so you have a rewarding visit. Donations to mission partners for work performed are expected. (Recommend $10 per person per day to the work partners.)
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A resource for churches: On Calling An Educator
The revised On Calling An Educator manual is now available online in downloadable format. The manual is designed to be a resource for Presbyterian churches that are considering calling an educator to be a part of the church staff. In addition, this is also a resource for Christian educators who are responding to a call from God to educational ministry in the church and are seeking a position. Congregations and educators will find guidance in these pages for their separate and mutual journeys toward providing the best leadership for the important task of education.
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Regarding Ruling Elders
Ruling elders are called to ministry in partnership with teaching elders. Within this calling, ruling elders have responsibilities in several areas of the life of the church including exercise in leadership, governance, spiritual discernment, and discipline. This monthly PC(USA) series seeks to lift up the specific responsibilities while also providing an opportunity for Ruling Elders to reflect upon how they are lived out.
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NEXT Church offers new resources for ministry
NEXT Church is a network of leaders across the Presbyterian Church (USA) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful, and more agile. NEXT Church provides space for hopeful conversations about the theology, culture, and practice of ministry in a time of adaptive change.
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New initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities
The 220th General Assembly declared a commitment to a churchwide movement that results in the creation of 1001 new worshiping communities by 2022.
Across the PC(USA), God is raising up leaders in churches and presbyteries who are creating new worshiping communities. They are taking on new and varied forms of church for our changing culture. Primarily they are seeking to make and form new disciples of Jesus Christ, to change and transform the world.
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Northminster Mission Fund
Grants up to $5,000.00 are available to individual Congregations, Congregations in Partnership, Designated Presbytery Networks, and Validated Ministries of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley, for the continued purpose of building up the body of Christ. Pending available funds, grants may be renewed for one year.