Weekly Bulletin

This Saturday | Back-to-School Summer Youth Concert at Trinity Pres

Back-to-School Summer Youth Concert
Saturday, August 19th | 5:00-8:00 pm
Nelson English Park | Key West, FL

Trinity Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a Back to School Summer Youth Concert in Key West city park.  This will be the 1st gathering and if successful will be an annual event. Local singers and dancers will be there.  Also, Christian Rap Artists G-Girl, King Ace, and G-Boys traveling from Miramar.  Several Key West citizens, Naval Chaplain, Police Chaplains and pastors will lead prayers for a successful school year, educators, students, parents, school resource officers, and the physical wellness of children. SOS Catholic Charities is donating food and drinks to support this event.

What prompted the concert, as the new pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, this summer youth concert grew out of a desire to minister to the young people in an environment and in a style that is favorable to them.  In addition I have a desire seeing the church moving from the enclosure of walls and moving into the openness of the community.  Joining with people in a common space sharing the message of peace.  In the years to come I hope this annual back to school youth event will grow where more churches and Christian artists will join in celebrating our youth.


All are invited,

Rev. Denise McLeod

Presbytery Meeting on Sept 9th | Accepting RSVPs

Saturday, September 9th, 2017
First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach
aka The Pink Church
2331 NE 26th Avenue | Pompano Beach, FL  33062

Never too early to reserve your spot!


Something new…CHILDCARE OFFERED!  Please make note on your reservation.



The Presbytery Center is now taking orders for your congregation’s Book of Order(s).  We can save you some on the individual price and shipping.

Email sandra@tfpby.org with the amount you would like to order.  We will notify you when to pick up at our office, or arrange for pick up a PTF meeting.

Cost: $9.00

FEATURE:  Contains complete revision of the WORSHIP section.

Backpacks Everywhere!

Presbyterian Women at First Stuart

At the Sunday Morning Worship service on August 6, thirty three backpacks filled with needed school supplies were dedicated and blessed !!

The following Monday morning Nancy and Ken Caldwell , Carole Cox and Arlene Van Kirk delivered the  backpacks plus general classroom supplies to the Jensen Beach Elementary School.  There the backpacks will   be distributed appropriately to students who need them.

The program ‘s success was due to the leadership of Nancy Caldwell and to the support from the congregation.   The number of  thirty three backpacks was an increase from previous years.   Your generosity will be appreciate by those children receiving them.

Send us your church’s pictures and stories.


Danny Morales has a new position with DOOR Miami

DOOR is pleased to announce that Danny Morales has been hired as the DOOR Miami Interim Program Director.

Danny considers himself an eternal dreamer, always dreaming of ways ministry can connect to and relate with local contexts and communities. He is a Miami native of Cuban descent, and has enjoyed seeing the explosive growth Miami has witnessed over the last 25 years. He’s a musician and theologian, with a love for nature photography and the beach. Since 2015, Danny has served the church in various capacities – as Interim Pastor for Emerging Generations, and assisting pastor for the Latino Congregation with Coral Gables Congregational UCC. He has also had the opportunity to serve as campus pastor at University of Miami through UKirk College ministries. Danny is an ordained elder at Riviera Presbyterian Church in South Miami, FL, as well as a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Danny obtained his BA in Liberal Studies from Florida International University and his Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary. Danny first joined DOOR Miami as a local board member in 2015 and moved to the local chair position in 2017.

DOOR looks forward to having Danny and his passion for connecting faith, service, and learning join the staff team on August 15, 2017.


Andrea Sawyer-Kirksey
Interim Executive Director

Special recognition and thanks to MICHELLE MUñIZ-VEGA,
for her incredible service as the recent past DOOR Miami – City Director.
God bless you on your future endeavor!

Syrian Supper Club at Riviera Pres | Early Tickets Available

Saturday, September 23rd | 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Riviera Presbyterian Church | Fellowship Hall
5275 Sunset Drive | Miami, FL  33143
Ticket Cost: $55.00 per person

This is an opportunity for a cultural exchange and to raise funds for Syrian refugees.
Riveira Pres is making seats available to members and friends of Riviera before opening up the event to the public.
It will be not only an interesting event but a very tasty one too, as a traditional Syrian meal will be prepared by recent Syrian arrivals.



Stated Clerk Relaying GA Deadlines

The 223rd General Assembly is scheduled for June 16-23, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Below are the current deadlines:

180-day Deadline: December 17, 2017
— Names of commissioners and young adult advisory delegates from presbyteries
— The Presbytery of Tropical Florida is allowed 4 commissioners and one YAAD

120-day Deadline:  February 16, 2018
— Overtures requesting amendment to or interpretation to the Advisory Committee on the Constitution for advice to the General Assembly, G-6.04

60-day Deadline:  April 17, 2018
— Overtures having financial implications for future or current budgets

45-day Deadline:  May 2, 2018
— All other overtures, comments

If you are interested in submitting an overture, please review the Guidelines at

http://www.pcusa.org/resource/how-submit-overture/ or contact the Stated Clerk, statedclerk@tfpby.org.  The first batch of overtures can be found on the GA website www.pc-biz.org and will be updated on a regular basis.

Job Openings from Hobe Sound to Miami



First Miami Presbyterian Church, Miami, FL  

First Miami’s Christian Education Teacher (“CET”) is responsible for helping the students of Key Point Christian Academy (“KPCA”) grow in their knowledge of God’s love and mature in their understanding of the Christian faith. The CET will achieve this by developing and teaching the Christian Education classes for prekindergarten 4 through grade 8. The CET’s work will also support and help First Miami Presbyterian Church (“FMPC”) grow it’s Family & Children’s Ministry programs to strengthen the partnership between the school and the church.


Send your information to natalie@fpcmaimi.org



New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Miami, FL

New Covenant Presbyterian Church is an inner-city ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)  The congregation has a vibrant community outreach program (Farm Share) that provides food to community residents.  The church’s community garden produces agricultural produce as part of a joint mission with the community.  The congregation is involved ecumenically and shares joint Maundy Thursday and Good Friday worship services with All Nations and Myrtle Grove Presbyterian congregations.


Send your information to Dr. Lillian Cooper (mailing address attached).



Hobe Sound Community Presbyterian Church, Hobe Sound

The Hobe Sound Community Presbyterian Church is seeking a Director of Christian Education to plan, coordinate and implement a comprehensive Christian education program for Pre-K through 5th and youth. The purpose of the Director of Christian Education is to oversee all areas of this department, as well as support the spiritual growth, education and outreach of this age group. The Director of Christian Education will develop and integrate a dynamic Christian education and spiritual development program that nurtures spiritual growth. The Director of Christian Education will report to the Pastor and provide supervision for volunteer Sunday school teachers.


Send your information to verses5@aol.com or karenkienzle@hotmail.com

Book Of Order 2017-2019 | Taking Orders Now

The Presbytery Center is now taking orders for your congregation’s Book of Order(s).  We can save you some on the individual price and shipping.

Email sandra@tfpby.org with the amount you would like to order.  We will notify you when to pick up at our office, or arrange for pick up a PTF meeting.

Cost: $9.00

FEATURE:  Contains complete revision of the WORSHIP section.

Putting the Coral Gables Fund to Use at All Nations!

Two years ago All Nations Presbyterian Church felt, abandoned, hopeless, and without purpose.  The closing of the church seemed imminent.  Dr. John Vaughn was concerned about the well-being of the church and called me to see if I would come out of retirement and work with the church.  I agreed to come for six months.

Immediately we were faced with numerous issues:  A forty year inspection that was delinquent since 2010.  A Sanctuary in need of much attention.  The church building was in decline and needed to be painted.  A congregation that had dwindled to just a handful of people.  Thanks to the Coral Gables a fund and some help from former northern parishioners, the prioritized projects were attended to one by one.  Those who bravely remained at All Nations began to feel a sense of hope, renewal, and revitalization.  Growth was slow but certain as we focused on:  The Centrality of the Word of God, Worship, and Work ship.

The year is now 2017 and once again the Coral Gables Fund helped All Nations purchase a Van.  Those needing transportation are picked up each Sunday and then returned to their homes.  At first it was just youth taking advantage of the Van, then it was parents coming later to worship.  “Super Summer” was initiated in June.  The results of Church-wide discipleship have added 17 new people that attend faithfully each and every Sunday.  Attendance has doubled since last summer and is consistent.

Today, there is life, excitement, and joy at All Nations.  Thank you Presbytery for not giving up on All Nations.  You are a blessing.

Rev. Dr. Edward D. Hernandez

Updated 2017 Pulpit Supply List


Summer means vacation, and vacation often means your pulpits are vacant while your pastors make time for, much needed, rest and relaxation.  Or, perhaps, your church is in the process of searching for a new pastor?  And while a Sunday morning of special music and favorite hymns or a guest speaker, from time to time, are ways to provide Sunday worship in a pastor’s absence, your congregation deserves to hear the Word of God from trained and experienced preachers.   So, while your pulpits are vacant, the Committee on Ministry (COM) is here to help.

COM has recently updated the Presbytery’s Approved Pulpit Supply List, and we strongly encourage you to use this list when the need arises.  Those who are on the list are Teaching Elders of the PCUSA or affiliated denominations or PCUSA Candidates for Ordination.  All have undergone criminal background checks, completed the recent boundaries training required by the Presbytery and have been approved by COM to fill this role.

Guidelines for compensation and the length of engagement of pulpit supply are as follows: “Unless otherwise negotiated prior to the preaching date, pulpit supply pastors shall be paid by the church for their services at a rate of $135.00 per sermon, plus mileage at a rate of $.54 per mile or at then current IRS rate and the cost of overnight accommodations if needed. Pulpit supply pastors shall not preach in a particular church for more than three (3) consecutive Sundays or more than five Sundays in total without approval of COM.” (Committee on Ministry Directory of Services and Support, page 53)

If you would like more information about the Approved Pulpit Supply List or are a pastor who would like to be considered for placement on the list, you may contact Dr. Eve Tolley, Chair, Committee on Ministry, Presbytery of Tropical Florida, etolley@snet.net.


Call the Presbytery Center for the password, 954-785-2220.

Synod of South Atlantic Calendar Items

November 2-4, 2017
Epworth By the Sea
Early Registration Begins August 1st.

CLICK HERE for conference information


Witnessing for Peace and Wholeness in a Land Called “Holy”
April 29-May 12
In Israel / Palestine

CLICK HERE for trip information

Pastor – W-2 or 1099

Please read the attached article about classifying ministers for tax purposes from Church Law & Tax.

Many of our churches are still giving their ministers a Form 1099 at the end of the tax year because they did not deduct social security taxes during the year.  WRONG!

Please read the article and then call me with any questions.

Susan Carpenter
Financial Administrator

The information in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be taken as specific legal advice.

The Sunday | Movie Night at Grace Lantana

Sunday, July 6th – 7:30 p.m.
Grace Presbyterian Church
1844 Hypoluxo Road | Lantana, FL  33462

THE WAY (Movie) : A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El camino de Santiago,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.

Join us for a great movie and pizza.  It’ll be an easy-peasy night out.

APA Southeast Regional Conference in Orlando

Some of us are called by God to serve the church but not as a Teaching Elder. If you are serving a church as support staff, the Administrative Personnel Association (APA) of the Presbyterian Church USA is here to provide opportunities for professional development and personal growth.

The APA is affiliated with the Office of Vocation (a joint office of the General Assembly Council and the Office of the General Assembly) and certified APA members are listed in the Directory and Book II of the General Assembly Minutes and are invited to the presbytery meetings and are given privilege of the floor (without vote). The Book of Order G-2.11 refers to Certified Church Service “… reflecting their faith through their work and strengthen the church through their dedication.” Further, The presbytery shall encourage sessions to make continuing education funds and time available to those seeking certification, and shall affirm the skill and dedication of theses certified persons…”.

The Presbytery encourages your church / session to support membership in the APA and participation in the regional conference which will be held in Orlando this September 27th – 30th.


ATTACHED is information about grant funds available from your presbytery for membership and the conference fees. Also ATTACHED is information about some of the courses available through the APA. More course information is available at http://pcusa-apa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Certification-Handbook-rev-110916.pdf.

For more information call:

APA-SE Membership Chair
Riviera Presbyterian Church, Admin
305-666-8586, x. 3

APA-SE Past President
First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach, Admin
561-276-6338, x. 10

APA-SE Treasurer
PTF Financial Administrator
954-785-2220, ext. 4

APA-SE Communications Chair
PTF Office Coordinator
954-785-2220, ext. 1