Weekly Bulletin

Job Openings at New Covenant & Hobe Sound




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.



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.


Rock the Universe Trip | Extended Deadline!

PTF Youth Task Force Planning a Rock the Universe Trip!

YOUTH LEADERS PLEASE READ: If you would like to attend, we need to know how many people you will be taking, both youth and chaperones. Last year we purchased too many tickets and the Presbytery lost a large amount of money.  The tickets also sell out fast so we need to get commitments as soon as possible.   We know it is difficult to plan this far ahead with youth, but we want to make sure everyone is included in this amazing package.  Sandra will be calling you on Monday.

Here are the details:

  • The trip spans from around noon on Saturday, September 9th until 5 a.m. on Sunday, September 10th.
  • The cost is $100 per person – this includes the cost of the concert/park ticket  and bus transportation to Universal.


  • This trip is open to middle and high school students and chaperones.
  • The ratio for chaperone to youth needs to be at least 1:8, but more chaperones are welcome.
  • Your church will be responsible for the amount of tickets that you commit to, even if you have cancellations.  More tickets can be purchased after our deadline (pending availability).
  • We will be reserving at least one bus for the trip, and will reserve a second if the numbers support it.
  • Informational pieces, including the parental/medical release and chaperone background check forms will be distributed you when your church submits its commitment.
  • Promotional pieces will be made available at the May Presbytery Meeting’s information table.
  • Please let us know how many tickets you would like us to purchase for your group by July 15th.

Please let me know if you have any questions. We are really looking forward to this trip again this year to celebrate our Lord through song and praise!

Shannon Sloan Trevino
Chair, PTF Youth Task Force

Grant Funds for APA Membership and Regional Conference


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
Susan Carpenter, Financial Administrator, Presbytery                    954-785-2220 X 4
Sandra Figueredo, Office Coordinator, Presbytery                           954-785-2220 X 1
Nancy Fine, Church Administrator, First Delray PC                          561-276-6338 x 10
Barbie Prieto, Church Administrator, Riviera PC, Miami                 305-666-8586


This Thursday | Hurricane Preparedness FEMA IGA Webinar

Intergovernmental Affairs
Webinar Invitation

 “Know Your Risk: Prepare your Organization and People for Hurricane Season”
Presented Thursday, June 22, 2-3 PM EDT

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) invites you to join the upcoming webinar Know Your Risk: Prepare your Organization and People for Hurricane Season. Both hurricanes and tropical systems have the potential to cause serious damage to coastal and inland areas. Their hazards could come in many forms including storm surge, heavy rainfall, coastal and inland flooding, high winds, and tornadoes.

This webinar will help community organizations:

  • Gain awareness of the 2017 hurricane season outlook
  • Understand the hazards and your organization’s risk during hurricane season
  • Learn how to prepare your staff and clients before a hurricane makes landfall
  • Know how to access preparedness information and resources

As the 2017 hurricane season begins, FEMA is committed to working with you to enhance emergency preparedness and response capabilities across the whole community. We thank you and look forward to your participation!


 (It is highly recommended that you turn up the volume on your computer speakers to listen through your computer. To test your Adobe Connect prior to the webinar, visit https://fema.connectsolutions.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Via Phone: 1-800-320-4330, pin 265976#
(If you call in, please do not place the phone on hold and make sure it is on mute. Note: you will hear audio only and have no visibility to the Adobe Connect slide deck presentation.)

For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.

Download the FEMA App to locate and get directions to open shelters across the state, and receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Acting Administrator Bob Fenton’s activities at www.twitter.com/bobatfema. The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies, or applications.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Barbara Hassall
PTF Disaster Response Task Force Chair


Super Summer Launch at All Nations Pres!

My Dear Presbytery:

Yesterday was the second Sunday since starting the Van ministry* and our Super Summer emphasis, however, everyone we picked up last week called me to say they didn’t need a pick up; interesting.  Then the flood gates opened at church.  Each of those we picked up last week brought someone new with them.  We had seven visitors at church Sunday, we have never had that many visitors in the two years since coming to All Nations.  One young person (10th grade) brought two people of which one drives.  One visitor shared with me that she had been invited to All Nations ten years ago.  When she woke up in the morning, she said she had this need to come to the church.  Four of the seven visitors said to me that they were so excited about the worship experience and they will be back.  The woman who was invited ten years ago but failed to come back then, said, “I have been thinking about getting back into church, I can now bring my children here, this was an awesome experience.  My sermon was about losing all to experience Jesus.  In the sermon I mentioned how much I love my seven trumpets and really should start giving them to needy youth.  One of the visitors told me how she has always wanted to play the trumpet, could you become a member of the music camp and would I teach her how to play to trumpet.  Well, she will be one of our pick ups this Wednesday for music lessons.  The church yesterday was so full that our camera technician told me, maybe we should start live-streaming the whole service.

I thank God for rich blessings to All Nations, our “Super Summer” program is off to a great start.  Saturday a group from the church is going to start going out into the community.

With much love, joy and in His service,

Ed Hernandez

*All Nations is a recipient of a Coral Gables Grant that was used to purchase their new church van.

This Friday | “Locked in a Box” Screening

Rivera Presbyterian Church proudly hosts
“Sanctuary in the Sanctuary”
A Screening and Interfaith Discussion of


On Friday, June 16th, at 7:00 pm
5275 Sunset Drive | Miami, FL  33143
305-666-8586 | www.rivierachurch.org

Special Guest Speaker: Susan Krehbiel
Refugee and Asylum Catalyst Compassion, Peace & Justice PMA

Light refreshments will be served
RSVP by calling 305-666-8586 ext. 3
Or on Facebook: www,facebook.com/pg/RivieraChurch/events


This Tuesday | Karl Travis Stewardship Webinar

Making A Splash With Karl Travis Webinar
June 13, 2017, 2:00-3:30 pm, Eastern Time

The Hesitant Herald: Why Preachers (and Stewardship Committees!) Hate Talking About Money and What to Do About It

Pastors are preachers, administrators, counselors, project managers, meeting moderators and so much more. Among these roles many pastors report that fundraising is their least favorite. Likewise, stewardship committees are staffed with generous stewards willing to give, but unsure how to encourage others to do likewise. Why is that? What hurdles do faithful pastors and leaders face when it comes to preaching and counseling about generosity? Before the church talks about technique (the mechanics of generosity), how are leaders to think about truth-telling (why we give)?

This shared time will focus on overcoming resistances to embracing generosity as we walk with parishioners towards trust in God’s provision and a love for sharing.

Participants will be able to:

  • Convince pastors and lay leaders that stewardship ministry is more than fundraising and that raising consciousness is even more important than raising dollars.
  • Help identify personal resistances to truth-telling concerning money and generosity.
  • Provide resources for religious leaders seeking to create an openness to financial generosity in the congregation.


What?…Pastor Jim Goldsmith Day!

We are happy to announce that upon his retirement,

our very own Rev. Jim Goldsmith was given a Lauderdale-By-The-Sea holiday.  

Congatulations HR Pastor Jim!

Hispanic Latino Synod Caucus Gathering 2017: What a blessing!

Hispanic Latino Synod Caucus Gathering 2017: What a blessing!

The Hispanic Latino Caucus of the Synod of the South Atlantic gathered last Memorial Day weekend for three days of worship, study, rest and community building.  Children, youth and adults participated in activities, plenaries, and small group conversations around the theme “Permanece:  Una invitación a repensar nuestra espiritualidad” (Abide in Me:  An invitation to re-think our spirituality), based on John 15.  Epworth by the Sea Conference Center in St. Simons Island, Georgia, proved to be the perfect setting for the event, including moments for well-deserved Sabbath time.  Among the attendees were R.E.  Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri (PTF Moderator), Rev. Jose M. Capella-Pratts (Pastor First Spanish PC in Miami), R.E. Leonor Yañez (PTF Treasurer), and Ms. Michelle Muñiz (YAV Site Coordinator/DOOR Miami).  As part of the gathering, the annual assembly took place.  This year the Rev. José Manuel Capella-Pratts was elected moderator of the executive committee of the caucus for the year 2017-2018, along with R.E. Carmen Lopez (Central Florida Presbytery) as vice-moderator, and Ms. Nydia Ayala (Central Florida Presbytery)  as treasurer.  Planning for the 2018 gathering is already underway… Save the date, May 26-28, 2018, as it promises to be a weekend for spiritual renewal, refreshment and fellowship.  Thanks be to God for the blessing of worshipping and learning together!

Encuentro del Caucus Hispano Latino del Sínodo 2017: ¡Qué bendición!

El Caucus Hispano Latino del Sínodo del Atlántico Sur tuvo su encuentro anual el pasado fin de semana del Día de Recordación; tres días de adoración, estudio, descanso y confraternidad.  Niñez, juventud y adultos participaron de actividades, plenarias y conversaciones en pequeños grupos bajo el tema  “Permanece: Una invitación a repensar nuestra espiritualidad”,  basado en Juan 15.  Epworth by the Sea Conference Center en  St. Simons Island, Georgia,  probó ser el escenario perfecto para el evento, incluyendo momentos de un muy bien merecido Sabbat.  Entre las personas presentes estaban la A.G.  Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri (moderadora PTF),  el Rev. Jose M. Capella-Pratts (Pastor Primera IP Hispana en Miami), la A.G. Leonor Yañez (tesorera PTF) y Michelle Muñiz (Coordinadora Programa YAV/DOOR Miami).  Como parte del encuentro se llevó a cabo la asamblea anual eligiendo al Rev. José Manuel Capella-Pratts como moderador del comité ejecutivo para el año 2017-2018, junto a la A.G. Carmen López (Central Florida Presbytery) como vice-moderadora y la Sa. Nydia Ayala (Central Florida Presbytery) como tesorera.  Los planes para el encuentro del 2018 ya están en proceso. Separe la fecha del 26 al 28 de mayo de 2018 ya que sabemos será un fin de semana de renovación espiritual, refrigerio y koinonía. ¡Damos gracias a Dios por la bendición de adorar y aprender juntos!

Big Tent 2017

Race, Reconciliation, and the Reformation

Tell your friends and colleagues to meet you in St. Louis! Registration is now open for this year’s Big Tent that will take place on the campus of Washington University, July 6–8th in St. Louis, Missouri.

The theme of this year’s conference is Race, Reconciliation, and the Reformation. Through plenary events, Bible study, workshops, and worship, you will be challenged and renewed by the power of the gospel message to overcome our current realities of anxiety, division, and inequality.

The three-day event will provide a variety of opportunities to engage with issues facing the church and society today. In addition to a selection of nearly 50 workshops on a variety of topics, you can join in morning Bible study led by Dr. Eric Barreto of Princeton Theological Seminary and hear from local church leaders about the struggles the St. Louis community has faced around issues of inequality. PC(USA) Stated Clerk, Reverend J. Herbert Nelson, II, will preach at the opening worship on Thursday, and Reverend Dr. Christine Hong of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will preach at Saturday’s closing worship.

Friday night includes an invitation for you to travel to local Presbyterian congregations and participate in worship, share a meal, and engage in Holy Conversations around race. These conversations will be an extension of the ongoing dialog surrounding racial divisions and mistrust that have affected St. Louis and communities throughout the country. You will experience a process of honest and challenging conversations about race and leave with tools to further these discussions in your home congregation. This evening promises to be a unique and spirit-filled opportunity to join together with God’s people. Participating churches include: First Presbyterian Ferguson, Second Presbyterian St. Louis, Third Presbyterian St. Louis, Oak Hill Presbyterian, and Cote Brilliante Presbyterian.

This family-friendly event offers on-campus programs for children and youth (six months to entering 12th grade) organized by staff of Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery’s Mound Ridge Camp. Big Tent worship services will welcome children of all ages. Fees for children and youth attending with their parents/guardians include discounts for the second and subsequent children in the same family, and the residence hall suite configurations can accommodate almost any family situation.

No registration fee increase! The standard price of $395 includes registration, accommodations for three nights, and meals. All accommodations are modern, air-conditioned top-rated residence halls. The commuter rate is $225, for Big Tent programming and four meals.




Stewardship Kaleidoscope


Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual event offering plenary speakers, workshops, and worship experiences, with incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity.  This year, Stewardship Kaleidoscope will take place at the Tradewinds Island Resort, St. Pete Beach, Florida   Whether you rise early for a walk on the beach, take a stroll in between workshops, or relax with a friend at the end of the day, this gorgeous Gulf Coast setting will nourish your spirit, as you also take in the learning and networking experiences of the conference.  Could you combine this continuing education event with a day or two for your own rest and relaxation?  

Our mission is to create an annual event that:

  • Ignites generosity among Presbyterians
  • Gives practical tools for cultivating generosity in congregations
  • Expands the leadership capacity of those who lead stewardship initiatives
  • Cultivates adaptive approaches for funding Christ’s mission

Workshops – We have a variety of workshops covering a broad spectrum of stewardship topics such as:

  • Small Congregations
  • Planned Giving/Endowments
  • Theology of Stewardship
  • Presbyteries and Stewardship
  • Stewardship in Practice
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Generosity

Conference Registration Fee – $250 on or before August 1, 2017 and $275 after August 1, 2017.
Fee includes:

  • 4 plenary sessions
  • 4 workshop sessions (with over 30 workshops to choose from)
  • 2 worship services
  • dinner on Monday
  • Breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday


We know you want to stretch those Continuing Ed funds as far as they will go. So we have scholarship funds available, especially for first call pastors, small church pastors (serving congregations of less than 100 members) and candidates/inquirers.   Check out this link to our scholarships on our web-site to learn more!


Presbytery Disaster Assistance Report


Florida is very blessed to have several members of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) National Response Team and National Volunteer Team residing within our presbyteries. These volunteers are part of a 102 member team dedicated to serving wherever and whenever needed in response to disasters.

PDA Team Members in Florida:
Pat Ashley, Tropical Florida
Kathy Broyard, St. Augustine*
Jim Cummings, Tampa Bay
Lynnette Kennison, St. Augustine
Dale Martin, St. Augustine
Robert McCrary, St. Augustine
Jim Pellot, St. Augustine*
Bill Welch, Central Florida*
Bruce Wismer, Peace River*

Recently Retired from the PDA Team:
Milton Fulton, St. Augustine*
Rick Miller, Central Florida*

Former Volunteers, now PDA Staff:
Jim Kirk, Peace River*
Laurie Kraus, Tropical Florida

* denotes current or former Florida PDA Network (FLAPDAN) members

2017 PDA Meeting Summary

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) annual meeting was held in Atlanta, April 21 – 24. Members of the volunteer National Response Team (NRT) and National Volunteer Team gathered to expand the team’s knowledge of disaster ministries and response.

PDA members receive training throughout the year in areas such as natural and human-caused disasters, emotional and spiritual care, church damage, post-disaster volunteer work force housing, long-term community rebuilding, and refugee and immigration in disaster response.

In addition, in Atlanta, volunteers participated in sessions dealing with racism and privilege, and suicide awareness. Guest speakers from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), a consortium of groups that respond during disasters were featured.

PDA is made up of 102 clergy and lay members representing 34 states and Puerto Rico. NRT members commit to 1 month of service annually. In 2016, national volunteers spent approximately 2,377 days in 62 presbyteries in response to church damage, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, storms, human caused disasters and in the refugee ministry.

PDA enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events. The organization gratefully receives support through your One Great Hour of Sharing donations.

Kathy Broyard
Executive Director / Emergency Management Specialist
Florida Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Network (FLAPDAN)
Phone: 941-483-0675
Email: fla.pdan@pcusa.org
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Charitable Contribution Deduction


The United States Tax Court upheld the IRS’s denial of a $ 65 MILLION charitable contribution deduction.

Reason Why:    The donor did not have a written acknowledgement of the donation at the time the tax return was filed.

The written acknowledgement for $ 250 or more must be in the hands of the taxpayer the earlier of AT THE TIME the tax return is filed or the deadline for filing including any extensions.

The written acknowledgement must include the following information:

1.  The amount of cash and a description (but not value) of any property other than cash contributed.

2.  Whether the donee organization (the church) provided any goods or services in consideration, in whole or part, for any property described in (1).

3.  A description and good faith estimate of the value of any goods or services referred to in (2) .
What this means for our CHURCHES:

A.  The following notice should be put in the church bulletins and newsletters at the end of the year and beginning of the next year:

Important Notice: To ensure the deductibility of your church contributions, do not file your income tax return until you have received a written acknowledgement of your contributions from the church. Some of your contributions may not be tax-deductible if you file your tax return before receiving a written acknowledgement of your contributions from the church

B.  The following statement (or something similar) should be on ALL contribution statements and letters acknowledging larger one-time gifts:

Pursuant to Internal Revenue Code requirements for substantiation of charitable contributions, no good or services were provided in return for the Tax Deductible contribution.

Finally,  in the ruling referenced above, both the IRS and the Tax Court stressed that whether or not the donor actually made the donation was IRRELEVANT.  Even assuming that the donor made the $ 65 million contribution, it was not entitled to a charitable contribution deduction because it did not have the written acknowledgement in hand at the time the tax return was filed.

Please print and file away for your use the ATTACHED information on Contribution Statements.

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