Saturday, March 25, 2017
First Presbyterian Church
333 Spring Garden Street, Easton, PA 18042
610-253-3579 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a sampling of authentic Kenyan specialties:
Samosas (savory appetizers), Pili-Pili (hot sauce), Kachumbari (chopped salad), Chapatti (flatbread), Basmati rice, Cardamom Chicken (sautéed chicken breast), Mchuzi ya nyama (beef stew), Ugali (corn meal mush), Coconut Ndengu (green peas and coconut milk), Kabeji (sautéed cabbage), Sukuma Wiki (sautéed collard greens). Dessert: Mandazi (Kenya donuts) and Ice Cram, Kenya Coffee (Kahawa#1) and Chai Masala (ginger tea with spices).
RESERVATIONS & TICKETS
Eat in or Take Out
Adults $20.00 — Students $10.00
Contact Shirley 610-258-4259 – email@example.com
You are invited to join our Presbytery Moderator Jack Felch and our Presbytery Stated Clerk, Marsha Heimann for our second Moderator’s Gathering on Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the College Hill Presbyterian Church, 501 Brodhead Street, Easton, PA.
The primary purpose of our gathering will be for Jack and Marsha to listen to the Good News in the life of your congregation. They will bring back what they hear and share it with others in the leadership of Lehigh Presbytery. Of course, you may also have questions or concerns for which they will seek answers and provide timely feedback to you. On request, they would be pleased to schedule private meetings before or after the regional gathering to address sensitive topics, not suitable for public sharing.
There will be a small gift, a book, for each congregation represented at this gathering. It is Jack’s hope that the book can be shared and circulated among those with a passion for being the church in this time and place.
Please RSVP by email to Robin, firstname.lastname@example.org, with the names of expected guests, no later than Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
Upcoming Moderator’s Gatherings (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.):
- May 21, 2017 – Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, 210 Pine Street, Catasauqua, PA
- October 22, 2017 – Shawnee Presbyterian Church, 1129 Church Road, Shawnee on Delaware, PA
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
3rd & Mahoning St., Lehighton, PA
Saturday, April 1st 2017
10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Featuring a Great assortment of Baked Goods from members of First Presbyterian Church of Lehighton. A Hot dog Lunch available from kitchen (includes Hot Dog with Macaroni Salad and Chips) $4.00
Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua
210 Pine Street, Catasauqua, PA
Saturday, April 8, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Presbyterian Women of the Catasauqua Presbyterian Church will sponsor their Vendor, Craft & Flea Sale in the Church Chapel. Baked goods, Chinese Auction, Breakfast and Lunch will be available.
Attention Pastors, Church Treasurers, and Chairs of Personnel Committees
The Rev. Douglas Portz, our Board of Pensions Regional Church Consultant, will be presenting an overview of recent changes to the Benefits Plan on
- May 2, 2017 from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. at The Presbyterian Parish of Bangor-Roseto, 332 Kennedy Drive, Bangor, PA;
- or May 3, 2017 from 10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church, 3231 W. Tilghman Street, Allentown, PA.
Time will be spent giving an overview what benefits are staying the same and which are changing. We will discuss questions regarding:
- How small churches (or a church of any size) can use the Menu-options for their situation;
- How to fill out Employer Agreements (even for one employee);
- Completing the Annual Enrollment;
- How to use Benefits Connect to monitor your Benefits;
- How to use online forms and update salary information;
- How to grandfather employees into the Plan;
- as well as, how to add new full-time and part-time employees.
If you are interested in how these changes will affect your church, the budget, and your staff benefits please be sure to come and learn how the Board of Pensions is serving you. Please RSVP your attendance to the Presbytery office (610-391-9020 or email email@example.com). Thank you.
FISHING FESTIVAL & CAMP FUN DAY
Join us on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for the Fishing Festival and Camp Fun Day. Overnight accommodations offered fro May 5th for those with a long drive or who want to try an overnight at the camp.
It will be a fun-filled day for kids and families—including open zip on our zip line, games, scavenger hunts and much more……………………. don’t miss out!
Lunch will be available. For more information or to reserve your overnight accommodations, please contact the camp office at 570-421-8625 or Kirkwood@kirkwoodcamp.org
Kirkwood Camp, 127 Kirkwood Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Session Minute Reading
It is time for the Annual Reading of the Church Session Minutes. Clerks of Session are required to have their Minutes examined and Rolls/Registers reviewed during the month of May. We have scheduled four opportunities for you to attend. Please feel free to attend the one that is most convenient for you. Thank you to those who so graciously offered to host.
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon – Shawnee Presbyterian Church, 1129 Shawnee Church Road, Shawnee on the Delaware, PA.
- Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church, 3231 W. Tilghman Street, Allentown, PA.
- Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon – Freeland Presbyterian Church, 625 Front Street, Freeland, PA.
- Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – United Presbyterian Church, 6750 PA Route 873, Slatington, PA.
Please bring with you your current copy of the Book of Order.
Our method of review involves reading each other’s Minutes while following a Session Minutes Examination Checklist (copy enclosed). For good stewardship of your time, please fill these forms out in advance of our meeting and bring the copies to our meeting.
As we asked last year, please bring the following documents if you did not do so previously.
- Property deed(s) 4. Current bylaws and standing rules
- 2016 Annual Report 5. Current Sexual Misconduct Policy (G-3.0106)
- Most recent directory
We hope that all Clerks can be present. Moderators of Session are welcome to attend and participate, but their attendance is not mandatory. Many find this time helpful in their ministry as Moderator of Session.
Important Federal Court Ruling on Failure to Report Child Abuse
Published in Church Law & Tax Report, January/February 2016, pg. 12, Senior Editor Richard R. Hammar, Christianity Today, publisher.
A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that a local church and denominational agency could be sued on the basis of the legal principle of negligence per se by a victim of child abuse as a result of their failure to report. ….. This means that a mandatory child abuse reporter’s failure to comply with a state child abuse reporting law’s requirement to report a known or reasonably suspected incident of child abuse would render that person automatically liable for monetary damages without a need for the victim to prove actual negligence. [Doe v. Liberatore, 478 F.Supp.2d 742 (M.D. pa 2007)
Report submitted to assembly on identity, purpose of PC(USA)
A vibrant family portrait of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has emerged from the recent church-wide conversation on the identity and purpose of the denomination, and God, Christ, love, and the world are among the most prominent subjects.
Dominant, too, is a commitment to Reformed Theology, and to the scriptural call to ministry outside the church. That’s the message coming from “When We Gather at the Table: A PC(USA) Snapshot (PDF),” a report of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) to the 222nd General Assembly (2016).
It outlines the results of the comprehensive effort made by COGA in late 2015 to dialogue with the church about who it is and what it is called to be. COGA, with the help of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Research Services office, invited anyone who wished to complete an online form with open-ended questions and to engage in group gatherings to talk about the PC(USA) in this current time and place. More than 3,000 Presbyterians responded and some 21,000 pieces of data came in.
“The Committee on the Office of the General Assembly wants to thank everyone who gave thought, prayer, and insight to Research Services,” COGA said in its report. “It was clear in all responses that all people care about their Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). If our church was only fueled by passion there is enough to carry us well into the future.”
COGA’s report is available on PC-Biz and will be part of the business received by the General Assembly when it meets June 18–25 in Portland, Oregon. The data collected by Research Services is available in a report here, and an external report written by Dr. John Brueggemann can be found here.
“We are a blessed and fortunate people who have a heritage that still inspires us to be hearers and doers of the Word; to treasure the role of laity and clergy together; that privileges thoughtful discernment and compels us to act for justice,” COGA said. “There is a widespread appreciation for Reformed Theology and how it has shaped us a church.”
Simultaneously, “There is an urgent sense that our efforts must now address the needs of congregations, mid councils, and agencies of the church—venerable and emerging, as an expression of faithfulness to the Lordship of Christ,” the committee said. “COGA notes a healthy restiveness to reform our structures and perhaps even our Presbyterian culture in service to a renewed vitality of witness in our nation and around the world. There is a common desire to find ways to support healthy congregations and our commitment to helping others.”
COGA’s report will first be received by the Assembly Committee on The Way Forward before moving on to the full assembly.
Office of the General Assembly
Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk
Are you passionate about church history?
You may or may not be aware that the Synod of the Trinity is turning 300
years old in the fall of 2016. We are in the very early stages of talks
about how we are going to celebrate this milestone birthday. One thing we
obviously want to do is include the history of our presbyteries in anything
that we do.
We are looking for anyone who is passionate about history, specifically church history, in your presbytery. It can be someone who works at the presbytery and has knowledge of your presbytery’s history or it could be someone at a church in your presbytery who has these qualities.
If you are interested, please send your name, phone number and email address
to Mike Givler at the Synod of the Trinity (contact info below).
The Synod of the Trinity
3040 Market Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011
717-737-0421, ext. 233
PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE
The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) provides emergency relief and short-term recovery to the impacted areas with our partner, ACT Alliance and its members. Immediate responses help provide needed food, water, supplies and medicine to the impacted towns and villages.
The needs for the response are great. God’s people are once again called on to stand in the “GAP” – Give. Act. Pray.
- Give: Financial support for relief efforts can be designated. you can view the list at http://pda.pcusa.org/page/active-accounts/. Gifts can be made through your local church, online, by phone (800) 872-3283 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (EST), or checks can be mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.
- Act: Learn how your congregation can help families who have lost everything in the devastation. Stay informed and like us on Facebook, download resources and share updates with your congregation.
- Pray: Pray for those who suffered loss of family or those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, humanitarian aid, and spiritual and psychological support.
For more information, visit www.pcusa.org/pda.
PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (PHS)
PHS is here to serve your congregation. From preserving your history, to accessing historical records, to learning more about the heritage of American Presbyterianism, there is a lot to explore at www.history.pcusa.org!
Upcoming Programs at Kirkridge Retreat Center
2017 IRS MILEAGE RATE
Please note that the IRS has just released the mileage rate for 2017. It is 53.5 cents a mile.
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