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Children’s Consignment Sale hosted by
Faith Presbyterian Church Emmaus
3002 North Second St., Emmaus, PA 18049

Spring Consignment Sale

May 11 (Thursday Pre-Sale): 5:30-8:00 (by invitation only)
May 12 (Friday) 8:00-12:00 and 5:00-8:00
May 13 (Saturday) 8:00-11:00; Half Price Sale 11:30-1:00 (consignor selected items only)

Monies raised by this sale will be donated to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a non-profit group that is helping homeless families with children within the East Penn School District.  They help families regardless of race, religion, or age.  Neighbors Helping Neighbors is working with these families by providing food, guidance with their finances, career planning and temporary transitional housing.  The monies we raise all go directly towards helping these neighbors in need to get back on their feet.

If you are interested in being a consigner you can email us at consign@faithchurchemmaus.org or visit www.consignforgood.org for registration and additional information. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Consignforgoodemmaus/

We are positive that together we can begin to make change for GOOD in our community!


Breathing on Embers

May 13, 2017 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

What?      A four hour spirited workshop, to engage women of all ages in breathing new life into our local chapter of Presbyterian Women.

Why?       We know it is time to change and we know we need help.   We want to grow and make a difference in ways that matter

What can be discovered?     New ideas and connections, multigenerational wisdom and support, a path forward spiritually and practically

When?      Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10am to 2pm

Where?        First Presbyterian Church PCUSA, in Fellowship Hall        2344 Center Street, Bethlehem, PA

What else?         Special guests to lend a hand will be our sisters and friends from the Presbyterian Women of Donegal Presbytery and Central Presbyterian Church, Downingtown, PA!

Register by May 5, 2017, contact Gail Watts, 570-449-8791, gnwatts848@ gmail.com.  Please indicate if childcare is needed.



Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
No early birds please

PLUS!  Baked Goods, Cinnamon buns, Haluskies & Sausage Sandwiches

First Presbyterian Church Hokendauqua
3005 S. Front Street, Whitehall, PA




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, May 21, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, 210 Pine Street, Catasauqua, 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, office@lehighpresbytery.org, with the names of expected guests, no later than Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Upcoming Moderator’s Gatherings (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.):

  • October 22, 2017 – Shawnee Presbyterian Church, 1129 Church Road, Shawnee on Delaware, PA



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.


  1. Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon – Freeland Presbyterian Church, 625 Front Street, Freeland, PA.
  2. 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.

  1. Property deed(s)                                     4. Current bylaws and standing rules
  2. 2016 Annual Report                             5. Current Sexual Misconduct Policy (G-3.0106)
  3. 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.

Session Minute Review Form 2017



“India: A Country of Considerable Contrasts”

The public is cordially invited to attend the following photographic presentation by John and Dianne Kareha Deisinger in Crest Hall of Luther Crest, 800 Hausman Road, Allentown, PA 18104:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 2:30 p.m.: “India:  A Country of Considerable Contrasts”




“Covered Dish at the Covered Bridge



Sunday, July 16, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Join us for a Presbytery-wide Picnic. We would love to see you. So mark your calendars for Sunday, July 16th and SAVE the DATE!


 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)

pcusa symbol smallA 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
Toya Richards
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).

Mike Givler
Communications Coordinator
The Synod of the Trinity
3040 Market Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011
717-737-0421, ext. 233





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.




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



Please note that the IRS has just released the mileage rate for 2017.  It is 53.5 cents a mile.

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