September Is Hunger Action Month
Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. Organized by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, the campaign brings greater attention to the issue of hunger in America and promotes ways for individuals everywhere to get involved with the movement to solve it. Join Feeding America and Second Harvest Food Bank this September. Together we all have a role to play in getting food to those in need. Together we can solve hunger.
INTERNATIONAL PEACEMAKERS FROM RUSSIA-UKRAINE AREA
October 2-7, 2014
The Presbytery of Middle Tennessee is honored to be part of the PC(U.S.A.) International Peacemaker program for 2014.
We will have a visit from Victor Ignatenkov and Ellen Smith, who are from the Russia-Ukraine area. Victor is a senior presbyter or bishop of the Smolensk region of Russia (from the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians/Baptists), as well as pastor of Central Baptist Church in the city of Smolensk.
Ellen is the PC(U.S.A.) mission co-worker for Eastern Europe and will be translating for Victor. They are both involved in ministries of reconciliation, including an orphanage ministry and rehabilitation ministry, an Ellen works with issues of HIV and AIDS.
The Outreach Committee is coordinating their schedule. If you would like a visit to your church, ministry group, university, youth group, etc., please contact the Presbytery office with your request and it will be forwarded to the Outreach Committee.
To read more about Victor Ignatenkov and Ellen Smith and the International Peacemaker program, click here.
Session Minutes Review Dates
October 18, 2014 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 20 N. Dixie Avenue
Cookeville, TN 38501
November 22, 2014 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Presbytery office – 618 Grassmere Park Drive, Suite 2, Nashville, TN 37211
December -TBD - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Presbytery office - 618 Grassmere Park Drive, Suite 2, Nashville, TN 37211
A SOUL WOUND: Sexual Misconduct in the Church
(Creating and Maintaining Healthy Boundaries)
Melissa M. Bradley-Hall, Facilitator
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
First Presbyterian Church, Nashville
Melissa M. Bradley-Ball has a Master of Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee, is a nationally known clinical educator, corporate consultant, resilience coach and author. Melissa has taught over one-hundred-thousand professionals, including physicians, psychologists, nurses, law enforcement, social workers, counselors and clergy on themes as “Restoring Life After Sexual Trauma,” “Counseling Victims of Sexual Trauma,” and “Counseling Those Who Serve: First Responders and Their Families.” In the fall of 2013, Melissa led the Presbytery of East Tennessee in a training event titled, “Sexual Misconduct in the Church: A Soul Wound,” and she earned favorable reviews from those who attended this one day seminar. [For more information about Melissa M. Bradley-Ball, visit www.theomnibuscenter.org]
Melissa M. Bradley-Hall will address a Special Called Meeting of Church Professionals serving in Validated Ministries of the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee on this same topic on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, from 9:00 am registration to 3:30 pm dismissal, at First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville. Attendance at this seminar is required for all teaching elders serving in validated ministries in the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee, along with all who are on the Pulpit Supply and Transitional/Interim Pastors List, Commissioned Ruling Elders and Certified Christian Educators. Funding for this training event will be drawn from the Temporarily Restricted Account #3002-06 Pastoral Care Fund, which means participation will be a no charge for materials or the midday meal. Pre-registration is required.