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Hurricane Matthew Response

Author: Hilda Pecoraro
October 7, 2016


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) urges your support for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. The category 4 hurricane has already been blamed for hundreds of deaths and continues on a path of destruction toward the southeastern US coast. Earliest assessments confirm extensive damage in southwestern Haiti and eastern Cuba. PDA was already active in the area, doing long-term recovery work related to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and Superstorm Sandy of 2012.

PDA will immediately begin working alongside established partners to respond to this latest crisis. Immediate response will help provide essential food, water, and supplies for impacted communities and villages. As long-term recovery needs are determined, PDA will continue to support those in impacted areas to ensure a comprehensive recovery.

As more information becomes available on conditions in Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas, and the United States, PDA will update this information and keep the church apprised on the emerging disaster response and community needs for recovery. Thank you for your generosity in prayer and in giving to those whose lives have been impacted by wind and water; as the Holy Spirit once brooded over the unformed waters of the earth and created order and life, so your prayerful gifts bring hope out of chaos.


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance


Churches Seeking Staff

Author: Christy Ramsey
October 6, 2016

Do you know someone who may have the gifts, training and calling for these positions?

St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Reno is looking for a part-time youth director.   Contact the church office for more information (775-826-0990).

Reno Korean  Presbyterian Church is seeking a Youth Pastor – English speaker is requested.  Contact Rev. Kyong Gun “David” Pak (775-358-4544).

Green Valley Presbyterian Church in Henderson is seeking a Financial Manager to “…provide financial services to the pastor, church staff and officers of the church, and to back up the Office Administrator in the daily operation of the church office.”  Contact Diane Schurr at for requirements and details on the position.


October 2, 2016

Dawsons Visit Indonesia

Author: Christy Ramsey
October 1, 2016
The headmaster gives his vision a concrete beginning

The headmaster gives his vision a concrete beginning

Dear Friends at the Presbytery of Nevada,

Greetings to you from Yogyakarta, Indonesia!
Tomorrow we will join with millions of Christians around the globe in celebrating World Communion Sunday. While we will be worshipping in Yogyakarta, Indonesia this Sunday as part of our pastoral visits with PC (USA) mission co-workers serving there, our hearts will still be remembering with joy and thanksgiving the prayers, love, and support that we have received from the Presbytery of Nevada. 
By the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are connected to Christ and connected to one another in this extraordinarily diverse, global Body of Christ. We give thanks for those connections which sustain us and encourage us, not just on World Communion Sunday, but throughout each year. We give thanks for our connections and mission partnership with you, our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Presbytery of Nevada.
In case you and/or others in the congregation have not received our 2nd Quarterly Mission Connections letter, here is the link to the letter that is now posted on our webpage: Vision and Partnership  We invite you to print it, post it, or share the link with others in the congregation.
May the Peace of Christ be with you!
Shelly and Barry

Rev. Dr. Barry Dawson and Shelly Dawson

Regional Liaison for Southeast Asia
Presbyterian Church (USA) World Mission

Tahoe Installation

Author: Christy Ramsey
September 19, 2016


After a long and thorough search, Nevada Presbytery and the congregation of Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church gathered on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. for the Presbytery’s Service of Installation for their newly called pastor, the Reverend Robert “Bob” Kelley.  There was a great spirit of rejoicing and gratitude to God as members of the congregation, elders from the Presbytery of Nevada and friends from other churches joined in worship and celebration.   With music and prayer, the laying on of hands and the proclamation of the Word, the Administrative Commission of the Presbytery installed Rev. Kelley and charged him to serve faithfully and lovingly as pastor of this wonderful congregation, equipping the saints for the building up of the church.

As Rev. Kelley gave the Benediction, the strains of bagpipes sounded, and Ryan McKenzie led out the participants in the service with a stirring recessional.  All who were able continued the celebration with a lovely reception prepared by members of the congregation.

Let us join in congratulating Bob, his wife Margie and the members of Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church.  May God grant them a long and fruitful ministry together, shining the light of God’s love in the Lake Tahoe community and beyond.


Carl Dahlen, CRE, asks Pastor Kelley the constitutional questions for installation.



Presbytery Pastor, Hilda Pecoraro, welcomes Bob Kelley to the pastorate.



Presbytery Helps Virginia City Church

Author: Christy Ramsey
September 13, 2016

Nevada Presbytery meeting at Zephyr Point Conference Center at Lake Tahoe in September received $1,796 in the worship offering to help the Virginia City First Presbyterian Church preserve their 150 year old classic Gothic church building.

Since the mid-1950’s the building has been painted several times, attempting to preserve the original wood. However, these existing multiple layers of paint are now badly weathered and peeling in many places. This results in an unsightly building but most importantly, is destructive to the exposed and aging wood.

The Session has determined a polymer based coating and extensive surface preparation will provide lasting beauty and the necessary protection from the harsh weather of Virginia City for a cost of $20,000. The 22 member congregation has raised $3,000 to date.

At Presbytery, Wednesday, September 14th, the Committee on Ministry announced that the Presbytery Small Church Assistance Fund will cover the remaining cost! Get scraping and painting VC!



Tankersley in Zimbabwe

Author: Christy Ramsey
September 6, 2016


On August 25, 2016, eight of us went to Harare, Zimbabwe for another Kingdom Adventure! We are serving approximately 50 orphans in a camp run by our ministry partner, Hands of Hope, by leading a Vacation Bible School. These photos were taken after I preached at a Nazarene church in Harare, Zimbabwe

We would covet your prayers for this third MC mission to Zimbabwe. We are trusting that God has great things in store for us (as has been the case in previous  trips) as we come alongside these kids who have been orphaned, most commonly due to the death of their parents from HIV/AIDS.

Hands of Hope partners with local churches to run homes for these kids, steering away from the traditional orphanages, and providing them a more “family” oriented living situation, with adults in the homes.” – Ruling Elder Bill Tankersley


September 2, 2016

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Commissioners’ Reception

Author: Christy Ramsey
August 25, 2016

Moderator’s Reception

Author: Christy Ramsey
August 25, 2016