Logo for the 219th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)  It is hard to believe that we are only a few weeks away from the start of General Assembly in Minneapolis.  For those of you who have attended General Assembly before, you know that one of the privileges of the of outgoing Moderator is to choose to whom the offering from the opening worship goes. this year I have chosen three three area/recipients for the offering representing international, national and local ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

INTERNATIONAL: Human Trafficking //  Learn more at www.pcusa.org/humantrafficking

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) is an alliance of over 100 organizations from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas working to address human trafficking from a human rights basis.  Members are direct service providers, human rights organizations, and groups of migrant workers, domestic workers, sex workers and trafficking survivors.  GAATW, whose efforts are supported by Christian groups and human rights foundations, researches and reports on human trafficking patterns and on the impact of anti-trafficking measures as well as advocates for the protection of the rights of trafficked and migrant persons through its members and its special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC) of the United Nations. [www.gaatw.org]

Human Trafficking Roundtable. Human Trafficking is a complex, global and all too pervasive brutal violation of human rights. As US Ambassador Lou CdeBaca of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. State Department reminds us, “people are enslaved in every country.”  The PC(USA) General Assembly Roundtable on Human Trafficking provides resources, human trafficking awareness trainings and connections for presbyteries and local congregations as we witness to the fullness of life Jesus Christ intends for all.  To donate to the work of the roundtable, visit www.pcusa.org/give  and reference ECO Account # E- 052101 – “Human Trafficking Roundtable.” .

NATIONAL: Collegiate and Campus Ministry // The Office of Collegiate Ministries of the General Assembly Mission Council is launching two new ventures in 2010:

Presbyterian Student Advocacy Leadership Team (PSALT) is a team of college students and adults that will advocate for college ministry (www.pcusacollege.org) with two main intentions:

Help Presbyterian young people transition from high school to college by connecting them to, and encouraging them to become active in, local Presbyterian congregations or ministries in their college community.

Assist PC(USA) congregations to become attractive and available to college students in their community as well as their members who are away pursuing a college education.

To donate to PSALT, visit www.pcusa.org/give and reference ECO Account E-052104.

Presbyterian Student Fellowship (PSF) will be the first national identity for all PC(USA) college students. PSF will be for Presbyterian college students at any stage of their education and at any type of educational institution, whether or not they are a part of a Presbyterian campus ministry. Presbyterian Student Fellowship will exist to offer any PC(USA) student opportunities to be a part of the larger church by engaging in ministry with other PCUSA students, such as PSF sponsored spring break mission trips, a vocational call retreat, PSF regional events, etc.  PSF – Connecting to Christ and the Church by building bonds with each other. To donate to PSF, visit www.pcusa.org/give and reference ECO Account E- E052105.

LOCAL: Camp // Presbyterian Clearwater Forest – at Moderator Reyes-Chow’s invitation, the Committee on Local Arrangements recommended this camp and conference center located in Deerwood, MN as the local project. 

Presbyterian Clearwater Forest is a joint ministry of the host presbyteries of The Twin Cities Area, Northern Waters, and Minnesota Valleys, and the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. This outdoor ministry site provides summer camp experiences for hundreds of youth each summer and thousands of adults throughout the year.  In recent years, Presbyterian Clearwater Forest has created spaces for prayerful and contemplative experiences for guests.  A Hermitage cabin and prayer labyrinth have been added to this already serene setting on 1,000+ acres of pristine Minnesota wilderness.  A Peace Garden is to be created adjacent to the historic stone mansion, Eagle Lodge, providing an accessible space for prayer and contemplation for guests.  Learn more about Presbyterian Clearwater Forest at www.clearwaterforest.org.

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