Last week, we said goodbye to Dorothy Dornblaser, who sent the following email message on her last day: Greetings friends! Today is my last day as Director of the Presbytery’s Resource Center. However, the center will remain open for your use during office hours (Mon. – Thursday 8 – 5, Fridays 8 – noon. Items can be mailed to you by contacting Nancy or Michelle at the Presbytery office or you can come to the center and spend time going through the materials. Resource center contents are on-line at the Presbytery’s website ( The link to the on-line catalog is in the center of theRead More →

Here I am on January 1, 2014, hiking the San Felasco trails.  Jack and I had a wonderful walk in the woods in the rain.  It gave me time to begin thinking about all that has been and to hope for the possibilities of all that is tocome.  As I go “out on a limb” to find a new future, I want to say thank you to the colleagues and friends who supported me and shared in my ministry. You havebeen kind and generous of spirit and I have learned much from you. Thanks too to Nancy Brown and members of the staff who servedRead More →

  By: Sandra Hedrick Diane Wilson was examined and received into membership of the Presbytery of St. Augustine on December 12, 2013. One of the most touching parts of Diane’s faith journey was her gratitude for the love and strong faith foundation provided by her fourth grade Sunday School teacher. Diane served as an assistant pastor in a California church before spending 20 years as a Navy chaplain. She comes to us from Stockton Presbytery in the Synod of the Pacific. Currently, Diane and her husband Blane live in the West Jacksonville area and have become a part of the faith family at St. GilesRead More →

By: Kathy McLean  Joy, movement, bread and wine, a beautifully delivered sermon on being clothed with Christ, the sound of maracas, bells and the sound of water flowing in the healing garden under the light of a full moon, filled the service of worship and installation of Rev. Laurie Furr-Vancini as the Associate Pastor for Nurture at Palms Presbyterian Church on Sunday evening December 15th! We celebrated with the congregation their decision to enter into this covenant relationship with Laurie and charged both Laurie and the congregation with words of their giftedness and their responsibility to each other and the world. This poetic, creative, prophetic,Read More →

By: Sandra Hedrick, Stated Clerk First date to enter data: 12/06/13  Last date to enter data:  02/20/13  Each year, our churches complete a statistical report that includes a variety of information including the size of the congregation.  The report is approved by the session, included in the church’s minute book, and some of the information is posted online as a part of the website of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).    Nationwide, the statistics become part of the “OGA statistics” that appear in the General Assembly Minutes. In addition to being the basis for per capita calculations, the data is helpful in understanding the composition of ourRead More →

By: Cindy Benz, Chair Our Enrichment Event was held at Montgomery Presbyterian Center on November 15-16, and the feedback from those who attended has been very positive!   The Friday night Fireside Chat with Jack Haberer, editor of The Presbyterian Outlook, was superb, as were his workshops on Saturday. He gave us a lot of good food for thought. What an honor it was to have such a rock star of the denomination with us! We were also privileged to have Meg Flannagan, who resourced the new hymnal project, with us leading workshops in the morning and afternoon that were just tremendous. These two very giftedRead More →