Church Officer Training
Thursday, October 8, 2020 – Rev. Steve Cureton, Executive Presbyter for Northumberland Presbytery. Have you been called to serve as a Ruling Elder or Deacon for your congregation within the last year or so and you’re still not quite sure what your role is? Or have you been serving for years and could use a reminder why you said yes when the nominating committee called?
Elected officers are too important in the life of a church. This training will help equip elders and deacons to do the work God has called them to do. Steve will provide instruction in the Constitution, foundations, and structure of the Presbyterian Church (USA) as well as an examination of the meaning and purpose of the Constitutional Questions asked during ordination/installation. He will also touch upon the Book of Order, history, Reformed theology, and the connectional nature of our denomination.
Small Membership Church Workshop: A Clearer Look at Your Church
Monday, October 5, 2020 – Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley, Ministry Relations Officer of the Presbyterian Foundation, led participants from small churches (worship attendance around 50 or under) in a financial assessment, a roundtable discussion of best practices, and a Q & A session geared toward small churches facing financial challenges.
Becoming Unstuck Through Improvisation
Saturday, September 19, 2020 – Marthame Sanders led an improvisation workshop during the Stated Assembly Meeting. Get ready to experiment!
Board of Pensions: 2021 Benefits Update
Thursday, July 30, 2020 – Rev. Dr. Doug Portz, Church Consultant, shared vital information to the churches concerning benefits in 2021.
The topics included:
- What is changing in the 2021 Benefits plan for pastors, CRE’s and lay employees
- The new Minister’s Choice package
- The New Temporary Disability Plan
- Long-Term Disability Plan and Term Life Insurance
- Call to Health
- How to fill out the Employer Agreement
- Educational resources available
Science of COVID-19 Conversation
Thursday, July 30, 2020 – A Presbytery-wide Zoom gathering about re-opening church buildings, participants agreed that there is a lot we still don’t understand about how the coronavirus is spread and the most effective ways for congregations to keep it in check.
As a result, a follow-up Zoom call was organized to allow an online conversation with scientists who can provide current information and guidance in making important decisions.
Science of COVID-19 Conversation: Update
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 – This second workshop is a follow-up Zoom conversation with the same three well-respected PC(USA) scientists, so they can share the most current information on coronavirus transmission rates, treatments, and vaccines; as well as further insights related to safely re-opening church buildings.
Workshop Series for Churches
Lackawanna, Lehigh, and Northumberland Presbyteries jointly offered a series of important Zoom workshops on topics of concern for churches in the COVID-19 era: re-opening our buildings, the financial impact of remote worship, and the format(s) of our worship and other ministries as we move forward. These workshops were open to everyone: church members, elders, and ministers. They began with a presentation highlighting the major issues, followed by a Q & A time and conversation. The workshops were recorded and posted below.
Theological, Ecclesiastical, and Practical Issues Related to Re-opening Church Buildings
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – Current PC(USA) Co-Moderator Rev. Cindy Kohlman will help us explore the complexities of returning to our sanctuaries in the midst of the current pandemic. What is the church’s faithful response in red, yellow, and green regions of Pennsylvania?
If you were unable to attend in person, this workshop was recorded and can be viewed on you tube at https://youtu.be/j1iq6pgY6gc Rev. Kohlmann shared some important information on Returning to the Building
Generosity in Uncertain Times
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – Ministry Relations Officer Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley and Vice President for Planned Giving Resources Karl Mattison, both from the Presbyterian Foundation, will help us address the effects COVID-19 has on stewardship and giving–now and in the future.
If you were unable to attend in person, this workshop was recorded and can be viewed on you tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Cx4mXDiYfI. Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley and Karl Mattison shared some important information on stewardship, giving, and best practices now and going forward. Here is the document Karl Mattison shared: Generosity in Uncertain Times
The Expanded Table: Ideas for a Hybridized Worship Experience Between People on Zoom and People in Person (Synod-wide)
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 – Former PC(USA) Moderator Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow will led us in a conversation about how churches’ new ways of worshiping can be combined with pre-COVID-19 worship as a both/and rather than an either/or.
If you were unable to attend in person, this workshop was recorded and can be viewed on you tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkq_id5HLDc. Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow shared some informative information on worship practices and what is needed. To view the powerpoint he shared during the workshop click this link https://bit.ly/BRCTrinityJune2020
Online Giving with Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley
Monday, April 20, 2020 – Ellie describes how the Presbyterian Foundation can assist churches in setting up an online giving program, allowing them to offer a mobile responsive donation forum, receive donations online or from a mobile device, and monitor contributions.