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Open Space Topics – March 26, 2019

Any topic that serves the Presbytery’s purpose to “empower and challenge our congregations to be missional, pastoral, and prophetic” is fair game. Please refer to OPEN SPACE GUIDELINES PRIOR TO SUBMITTING A TOPIC.

Here’s how it works: Send your group topic and leadership to LaJuan Quander,lquander@thepresbytery.org . Please include leader’s email and phone number. The topics post here, so that others can see what group topics are being proposed. PLEASE REFER TO OPEN SPACE GUIDELINES.

REMINDER: Bring your own materials and equipment to open space. Presbytery nor National Church will supply laptops, screens, projectors, etc. Toreserve space or if you have questions about space email Jan Moody.

Our March 26 presbytery meeting will feature a pop-up choir featuring you and your favorite presbytery friends! Join pop-up facilitator Billy Kluttz at 4:00 pm for a fast and fun rehearsal in the Sanctuary. We’ll learn two musical pieces for our evening’s stewardship of creation/earth-care themes and discuss how pop-up choirs/bands/worship mobs can be a tool for expanding your congregation's worship toolbox.Billy Kluttz
Evening Service Coordinator, Immanuel Pres. Church and Community Music and Arts Director, Church of the Covenant
Bills & Overtures – Proposed Constitutional Amendments from the 223rd General Assembly – The 223rd General Assembly approved ten amendments to the PCUSA Book of Order. National Capital Presbytery voted on six of them at the January presbytery meeting. During this meeting, we will vote on the other four. We will be discussing Amendments 18-B-1, 18-B-2, 18-C, and 18-D. Come hear about the proposed changes from the Bills and Overtures Committee and NCP’s Commissioners to the 223rd General Assembly. Here is a link to the proposed amendments.Sara Coe
The NCP Confronting Racism Task Force is beginning phase II of its three-phase process, which ends with three or four strong recommendations to Leadership Council to address the Presbytery’s five-year Mission emphasis to “Bear public witness to the love, truth, and justice of God in Jesus Christ specifically in the areas of racism and reconciliation.” By listening first to each of our own congregations, and following, to listen as broadly as possible throughout the Presbytery at three Open Space opportunities in November, January, and March, then listening to our elders at retirement centers throughout National Capital Presbytery, we hope to get a sense of the racial climate in our Presbytery.

Please come prepared to answers these questions:
1)As a child, what have you heard adults around you say about people of other races?
2)What are your basic thoughts/beliefs about people who are a different race than you?
3)How does your faith impact how you understand race?
4)What has been your experience of race in the church?
More information .
Confronting Racism Task Force
Former NCP Moderator Bill Plitt Reports on Palestinian Daoud Nassar's Tent of Nations Ministry and its American Support Group FOTONNA - Bill Plitt, a member of our Presbytery's Leadership Council who until recently served as NCP Moderator as well, will share his ongoing experience as Executive Director of the ecumenical ministry Friends of Tent of Nations North America (fotonna.org). Through his work with FOTONNA since 2007, Bill has traveled extensively throughout the United States with the gentle Palestinian farmer Daoud Nassar, founder of the Palestinian Christian peace project Tent of Nations, whose memorable motto is: "We Refuse to be Enemies." Sponsored by the Israel-Palestine Mission Network of the National Capital Presbytery.Bill Plitt, Paul Verduin
Practical Paths to Honoring Creation and Defending the Poor
Quoting the Torah, Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. In this workshop, we will explore how what we know intellectually about our environmental circumstances translates into heart-filled conviction and meaningful, practical actions, both at home and in our congregations.

Prof. Tull is the author of Inheriting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis
Location: Chapel
Rev. Dr. Patricia Tull
Looking into NCP's Financial Future
Join us to see what insights our new ten-year financial planning model can provide into NCP's ability to fund its duties and missions over the next decade. The planning model is interactive and can be run repeatedly to show how changes in NCP membership, per capita contributions, administrative expenses and a long list of other variables are likely to impact our ability to support our churches over time.

We'll start with a brief tour of the model and a handful of different scenarios, and then invite attendees to suggest different variables to see what the effect is on our resource base.
Financial Planning Task Force
Disaster Relief in the US and Puerto Rico
Renew. Repair. Rebuild.

Isaiah 61 comes to life in light of Hurricane Maria to those who are left with the aftermath of devastation. It reminds us that WE are being sent to partner with those who still after a year and a half stand in the middle of blue tarped houses, who still have great loss in their hearts, and who suffer from PTSD and trauma related health issues. Yes, the Spirit of the Lord is upon us to bring good news and to partner with those whose lives are in shambles as they rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage, and take the rubble left behind and make it new.

A team of 29 people from National Capital Presbytery and Baltimore Presbytery traveled to Puerto Rico in January of this year to continue in the mission partnerships of rebuilding homes and church/pastor connections we began after Hurricane Maria hit. Come find out about how you and your church can partner with Presbyterian Churches and camps in Puerto Rico. "Together We Are Making a Difference!"

We will also be providing participants with information about the formation of a new network- National Capital Presbytery Disaster Relief Network (NCPDRN.) After its formation, there will be opportunities to share missional experiences together as well as providing grant monies for further partnerships.
National Capital Presbytery Disaster Relief Network (NCPDRN.)