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‘Deadheads’ turn into 2nd-chance crosses

Wood thought to be too brittle to be used for anything has been transformed into significant  faith symbols at the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) here, thanks  to a partnership between a commissioned lay pastor (CLP) from Tower, Minn., and a couple in North Carolina.

William (Bill) Evans, CLP at St. James Presbyterian Church in Tower, has supplied 30,000 small wooden crosses made from “deadheads” — long-sunken logs that have floated back to the surface of some of Minnesota’s fabled 10,000 lakes — as gifts from the three sponsoring presbyteries to those attending the Assembly.


Posted at July 4, 2010 1:11 a.m. in ga219

Wisconsin potter crafts Communion ware for Sunday worship

The handiwork of Diane Millner will be an integral part of the 219th General Assembly when participants gather to worship on Sunday morning.

Millner, of Stockholm, Wisc., was selected by the Committee on Local Arrangements for the 219th GA to make the Communion ware that will be used in worship.


Posted at July 4, 2010 12:54 a.m. in cola , ga219

Feeding tummies and souls

If the exuberance of his eponymous café wouldn’t suit John Calvin, surely its expediency would.

For each of the five weekdays that the 219th General Assembly (2010) will be in session here – Monday, July 5 through Friday, July 9 – Westminster Presbyterian Church will offer commissioners, advisory delegates and other Assembly participants an opportunity to retreat to Westminster’s Calvin Café for a full breakfast or a complete lunch at a reasonable price in a relaxing atmosphere, while still allowing ample time to return to Assembly business. The church is across the street from the Minneapolis Convention Center at 1200 Marquette Avenue.


Posted at July 4, 2010 12:49 a.m. in ga219

Cynthia Bolbach elected Moderator on fourth ballot

Cynthia (Cindy) Bolbach, an elder from National Capital Presbytery, was elected Saturday night as Moderator of the 219th General Assembly (2010) on the fourth ballot. She was the only elder in a field of six candidates.

Bolbach employed brief answers and a winsome sense of humor to win over the 712 commissioners and steadily gained ground, rising from 149 votes (30 percent) on the first ballot to 325 votes (53 percent) on the decisive fourth ballot. None of the other five candidates exceeded 23 percent of the vote on any ballot.


Posted at July 4, 2010 12:40 a.m. in cynthia bolbach , election , ga219 , moderator