Presbytery of Northeasten New Jersey Updates
Updated: Feb 1
Message from Our Presbytery Co-Leaders
Presbyters gathered for worship and work at the 5th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery
of Northeast New Jersey on Tuesday, February 15th at 7PM via zoom. Highlights of the gathering included:
Worship with a sermon by Elder Elise Bates-Russell and music provided by Rev. Barb Piercy and the Caldwell congregation and by Elder Aaron Melton of Old First Newark.
A report from Elise Bates-Russell, director, Johnsonburg Camp and Retreat Center kicking off the summer camp registration season and sharing stories of lives transformed by welcome and hospitality. Information and a link to the video that was shared can be found here.
Kendall Cox, director of Living Water for the World, a mission partner of Johnsonburg, shared about their mission providing clean, safe water throughout the world, and an upcoming training for volunteers which will take place this fall on site at Johnsonburg. A flyer about their amazing work can be found here.
Pastor Doris Peterson and Pastor Kirk Woodward were elected Co-Moderators of the presbytery for 2022-23.
Rev. Denise Kennedy was elected treasurer. The rationale for the change in staffing model which precipitated this can be found here.
Presbyters were elected to presbytery teams and commissions, the final nominating slate can be found here.
We are grateful for all those God has called into service in the presbytery for such a time as this! We are also grateful for the faithful service of outgoing treasurer, Paul Karoyan.
We heard a report from Rev. Shelley Gardner who is the chaplain of the Jarvie program which is administered by the Presbyterian Foundation. She shared about that program which supports aging church members within a 50-mile radius of Columbus Circle, so our entire presbytery is within the catchment area. More information on the Jarvie program can be found here.
Elder Jerome Lane, Jr. shared about the community ministry efforts going on in our churches. There is a lot of very good ministry and mission happening! His slides can be found here.
A presbytery worship offering was taken in support of community ministry in our congregations. You may still donate here. When you donate, choose Stated Meeting Offering from the funds listed on the secure online giving site.
The Presbytery adopted an Overture to the General Assembly to add language about inclusion of those with disabilities to the 2 sections of the Foundations in the Book of Order. This overture requested by our Commission on Representation added language will standardize the language of inclusion with the main reference to including all of God’s diversity in our life together in the Church. The overture may be found here. (Since our stated meeting the Presbytery of the Peaks in Virginia and the Synod of the Northeast have concurred with the overture, and it has also received enthusiastic initial support from many groups which provide advice to the general assembly).
Rev. Dr. Carrie Mitchell of the Board of Pensions graciously yielded much of her time as the hour was getting late, but she lifted up the new care navigators program being introduced by the Board in April, and highlighted updates to the Board’s Assistance Programs which allow more people to benefit from them. Stay tuned for an upcoming seminar with Rev. Dr. Mitchell at which both employer reps and plan members will have opportunity to learn more and ask questions. In the meantime, she can be reached by email or phone and is glad to help with any questions. Contact her here.
Jeremy Campbell Organizing Co-leader and Stated Clerk