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Greetings, co-workers in Christ!

The Commitment to Representation Team of the Presbytery of Florida is struggling.  Finding persons willing and able to serve on the various teams of Presbytery is a difficult task at best.  With half the membership of the CRT unable to participate in the work of the team, it is even more difficult. 

And so we come to you for help.

Without people to serve on the ministry teams of the Presbytery, the mission of the Presbytery cannot be carried out. You know your people, the ruling elders and members of your church.You know their gifts, their ability, their availability.  The CRT does not.

And so the Team asks that you give us names and contact information for persons to serve.

Here are our needs:

First and foremost, we need members for the Ministry Team, the successor to the Committee on Ministry.  Members must be ruling elders or teaching elders.  Eighteen members when all positions are filled, presently need seven members, four in the class of 2015, three in the Class of 2017.  Only 2 can be teaching elders, and four from the Central District and three from the Eastern District.  All should be female.  Of the eleven continuing members, six are from the Western District, seven are teaching elders, and all are male.

Dogwood Acres Ministry Team:  one member for Operations, one for Program, to keep the vital mission and ministry of our Presbytery Camp and Conference Center going and growing.

Congregational Mission and Support Team, the Program Agency of the Presbytery of Florida, strengthens and supports churches, missions, resources for churches:  two members for the Class of 20016, three members for the Class of 2017.

Budget, Finance and Stewardship Team:  one member in the Class of 2015, one in the Class of 2016.

Personnel:  two members for the Class of 2017.

Preparation for Ministry Team needs one member in the Class of 2015, and two in the Class of 2017, to help prepare our inquirers and candidates for ordination.

Self-Development of People Team, which administers, interprets, and implements this vital program of the Presbyterian Church (USA) needs one member for the Class of 2017,.

Disaster Preparedness and Response Team needs one member for the Class of 2015, to help respond to and prepare for disasters (natural or human-caused) such as the Gulf Oil Spill and the Spring 2014 Floods.

There are people in your church who can help with the mission of the Presbytery of Florida. 

There are people in your church who are hungry for an opportunity to serve the Lord.

Help us find those people!

As staff to the Commitment to Representation Team, and due to the hospitalization of Team ChairSandra Martin, I will serve as the recipient of your suggestions, and the source of answers for any questions you might have.The Team meets next on Thursday, November 20, so we need your input by then.

Please contact me by email at tland@presbyteryofflorida.com or on my cell phone, 850-814-9089

Thank you for your help and cooperation!

Yours in Christ’s service,

Ted Land, Presbytery of Florida Coordinating Presbyter

Events and opportunities 

Sunny Hills Community Church will hold its Fall Super Saturday on Oct. 25. Start your day with a pancake breakfast ($3.50 for adults & kids 12 and under eat free). The Outreach Center with Christmas items for sale and Perfectcents Clothes Closet with lots of free clothes will be open. The fun starts at 10 a.m. CDT with a classic/special interest car display, a fire engine and the Washington County Explorers demonstration, plus a bounce house for the kids. Enjoy a free grilled lunch with bratwurst, sausage and peppers and hot dogs, plus all the fixings. Bring your friends, your family, your appetite and your old car! Located at 3768 Country Club Blvd.,
Sunny Hills. Call 850-773-3211 for more information.

First Presbyterian Church of Havana will celebrate its centennial on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. EDT concluding with dinner on the grounds. Recognition of former pastors and musicians, along with special music, will mark the festivities. All are welcome to join in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

• Join Parkway Presbyterian Church, Panama City, in celebrating their 75th anniversary as an organized congregation.  On Sunday, Nov. 2, Rev. Harry Horne, former Parkway pastor before becoming a missionary to Peru, will preach the sermon, and a "finger-food" reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall after worship. Stay tuned for information about other upcoming Parkway anniversary activities.  

Faith Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, invite you to their 2014 Fall Pastor's Series, which will address General Assembly actions, including same gender marriage, on Wednesday evenings. Download the Series schedule here. If you'd like to join them for dinner from 5 – 6 p.m., prior to the series, please call the church office at (850)385-6151 for reservations. No reservation is required to attend the series.