Info from the Mass Incarceration Task Force

Recently, I interviewed Bill Wakefield, a member of the Mass Incarceration Task Force about their initiative to have congregations in our Presbytery participate in learning more about the issue of Mass Incarceration. Here is that interview: Beth: Tell me how the work of the Mass Incarceration Task Force is going. Bill: We’ve got 11 churches…

2017 Presbytery Gathered Events

The schedule for Presbytery gathered events in 2017 was published this past week. We have scheduled three Tuesday evening meetings, two Saturday meetings and two Tuesday evening fellowship opportunities.  Here’s the schedule at a glance: Tuesday, January 10 (at Dayton) Saturday, March 11 Tuesday, May 9 – Fellowship Tuesday, June 13 Saturday, September 16 Tuesday, October 10…

Pics from Presbytery 9/13

Rev. Anita Milne and Rev. Steve Kim along with several folks from both of their congregations led us in worship with the focus scripture Isaiah 56 and an affirmation of our newest creed, the Belhar Confession. Rev. Larissa Kwong-Abazia led us in a discussion about race. She suggested we check out this book, Race in…

The Presbytery Gathers Next Week!

We are really looking forward to seeing everyone again! We hope you are too! We also hope that you’ve had some rest and renewal as you step into this fall. We also hope for a life-giving, generous time of fellowship and mission for each of the congregation and ministries that make up the Presbytery of…

Gathering Helpful Information

Just last week, I was asked, “do you know a good plumber and electrician?” And two weeks before, I was asked about a painter. And when our churches were merging, the first question folks asked is “does the Presbytery know how to help us? Is there a realtor we can trust? A builder?” A list of…

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Boundary Training Workshop  Thursday, September 29th Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Cherry Hill  *1:00 pm – 9:00 pm for Teaching Elders (Parts 1 & 2) * 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm for Ruling Elders, Deacons, nursery attendants, musicians,  youth workers, secretaries, office administrators, treasurers, and teachers ——— Monday, October 24th Chatham Township Presbyterian Church 9:30 a.m. –…

Two Blog Series from this Summer

There were two blogs this summer that had interesting, helpful, challenging subject matter. Here are some links to catch up if you’re interested… The Institute of Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary features a series on Youth Ministry and Disability.  “Even though there is a long way to go before the church, and youth ministry…

Looking toward September

Hello again, We are grateful for the work of the Executive Director Search Committee who is in the process of extending a call to one of the candidates! Please pray for this process and we look forward to introducing this individual to you when the details are ironed out. The Transition Task Force met for…

Changes Foreseen

The Transition Task Force met last Saturday, July 16 to continue fashioning a “clear structure for our future.”  This is one of the task force’s six goals.  Just as the former Book of Order included specific instruction, so did our former Plan of Presbytery. We have found with nFOG (the New Form of Government of the PCUSA),…

Summer Work

  Just like in our churches and ministries, we’re grateful for the work that continues over the summer months. Although I don’t suggest we take our laptop into the ocean with us as we work over the summer, I am hoping that we are taking advantage of the opportunities to do our work differently during…

Weekly Update from TTF

Just a few thoughts to keep us on the same page… How did Saturday go? Saturday’s Presbytery meeting was a wonderful success! We had a great turn out in terms of attendance. The format was well received as we heard folks share how nice it was to meet during daylight hours, how having a meal in…

Thank you John Williams!

John Williams has been our “Consulting Executive Presbyter” for several months. He has asked to finish this assignment June 15. John has begun to serve his home community as the President of their board and John is also anxious to return to work on a book he is writing. We are so grateful for John’s…