Happy New Year!

We made it through the first week of Advent and now it’s just a slippery, fast slope to a Sunday morning Christmas celebration. As I reminded my congregation on Sunday, this is the church’s New Year. This is when we start over and much like the calendar New Year, I wonder if we as a…

New Plan of Presbytery

Thank you so much for the spirit with which you joined in worship and prayer at our meeting last Tuesday. It was our hope and belief that by singing and praying through the evening, we would be reminded of our need for one another and renewed in our commitment to be connectional. Many of you asked…

Find a Way To Say Yes

A Teaching Elder in our Presbytery shared with me last week that the nominating committee had left a couple messages “certainly asking me to serve.” I asked if they had mentioned anything specific. This person said, “No, but I think I’m going to say no. I think I have to.” I surprised myself when I…

Recent Synod of NE Conference

I met up with Kiran Young Wimberly the other day in the Community Park Elementary School playground where her daughter Eva and my granddaughter Julia were playing. Kiran and Greg Albert had just returned from the Synod of the NE as our Synod commissioners. Here’s a taste of our conversation: Beth: You say it was…

Gathering on Election Day

Our next stated meeting on Tuesday November 8 is also our Election Day. People have raised the issue, asking the Transition Task Force to think about whether we should reschedule. We did. This meeting was announced about a year ago and we wish we had seen the conflict earlier. However, this conflict has occurred before (albeit perhaps…

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…