2019 – 2020 Presbyterian Planning Calendars Late August Shipment

Internal Revenue Service 2019 Optional Standard Mileage Rate Announced

Internal Revenue Service 2019 Optional Standard Mileage Rate Announced

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 58 cents per mile driven for business use, up 3.5 cents from the rate for 2018,
  • 20 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 2 cents from the rate for 2018, and
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

More information and details from the IRS here.

2018 Online Statistical Entry Opens December 7!

STATISTICS 2019    

Deadline for churches to enter was Thursday, February 14, 2019

Last day the statistics entry option will be available for presbyteries is Monday, March 4, 2019

Please contact Betsi Moise at [email protected] for help!

Every year, the Presbytery of Philadelphia assists churches in entering their statistical information into the PC(USA) online program. The most asked question regarding statistics is “Why?”

Session Records and Statistics mark the rhythms and seasons of the life of a congregation. The heartbeat of each member, past and present is recorded. From the ceremony of baptism to the celebration of life memorial services, we lift up every saint. They have become an integral thread in the tapestry of our story, connected as a people whose hope is in Jesus Christ. We use our statistical and session record information as a means of determining future mission and ministry work within our churches and communities.  It is “Christ’s Work, Our Witness” that is reflected in our annual reporting.  

The How: Changes in 2018 Online Statistical Reporting:

The first thing each church will notice is the format has changed. Below are links to instructions with the new statistical reporting format for English, Spanish and Korean:

In addition to reported statistics this year, the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) will also have supplemental questions as part of the year-end statistical process. Unlike the statistical section, which are mandated by the General Assembly and the Book of Order, the supplemental questions are optional and will not published.

PLEASE NOTE: The session needs to approve the report as early as possible after December 31, 2018. This is a session report and does not require approval at a congregational meeting.

If you need your password/sign-in or have any questions, concerns, or require other information, please contact Betsi Moise at [email protected]

Thank you Clerks for all you do!

Re-Cap of the July 14, 2018 Stated Meeting of the Presbytery

Letter from Our Moderator

“Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love,
united in spirit, intent on one purpose.”
Philippians 2:2

Dear Friends in Christ,

Summer is typically a time when the intense heat slows us down, giving us a chance to reflect and re-boot. However, as I sit down at my computer to write a letter to you there is jarring news of yet another act of senseless violence. A gunman has murdered innocent people in the office of a news organization in Maryland. We remain stressed, concerned and on edge. Mass killings, high profile suicides, children taken from their mothers, immense social injustice and inequality … I lament how broken we are. I confess to being very bewildered wondering why so many people feel they must hurt others or hurt themselves in order to be seen and heard.

What can we do? To begin with, the faithful can and should come together with one unified voice. Many voices professing love have the ability to resonate high above the rumble of hate. We, the faithful, must bring the good news of the gospel and the love of Christ to the world! Not only must we continue to envision and dream of a world full of love, grace and peace, we must give this dream a deliberate strong voice and work toward making this dream a reality.

I cordially welcome you to join me as we come together, a united voice as a Presbytery, for our stated meeting on July 14, 2018 at Oxford Presbyterian Church. Two compelling Pre-Presbytery conversations will take place. One is an exercise in the design and development of creative “out of the box” ministry. The other concerns the gracious dismissal of Narberth Presbyterian Church.

During this meeting, we will hear from the commissioners to the 223rd General Assembly about their experience and our denomination’s renewed witness and call to Christian action. Our executive team will report on exciting new beginnings and chapters being written within our Presbytery. The proposed 2019 Presbytery budget will be presented. Additionally, the Reverend Jesse Gardner will give a report on behalf of the Administrative Commission for Gracious Dismissal of Narberth Presbyterian Church to the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

This summertime meeting will be focused and meaningful. Pre-Presbytery Conversations begin at 9:30 a.m. I will call the Stated Meeting to order at 10:30 a.m. and we will adjourn at 1:15 p.m. Devotion will be woven throughout the meeting. Due to the short duration of our time together, no meal is being served.

I look forward to being with you, united as one body of faithful people called to serve and lead on God’s behalf.

Grace and Peace,

Linda Rutkosky
Moderator of the Presbytery of Philadelphia

Re-Cap of the May 15, 2018 Stated Meeting of the Presbytery

Re-Cap of the January 30, 2018 Stated Meeting of the Presbytery

Online Statistical Entry and Clerk’s Questionnaire for the 2017 Year

Dear Clerks of Session,

The 2017 Statistical Reporting season is open!

Church records and statistics are an important part of telling your church stories.  Through your minute taking, record keeping and statistics,  every person in the community of your congregation is lifted up.  The Church Records and Minutes reflect the mission and ministries of our congregations. The Statistics of the Church reflect the hopes and challenges of the people in our congregations. Praise be to the saints who worship and serve as part of the family of the Presbytery of Philadelphia!

Click here to go to the PC(USA) Statistical Reporting Page.

Please contact Betsi Moise at [email protected] if you need your user name or password.

Whether your statistical reporting is up-to-date, or you would like to get caught up, we encourage you to to contact Betsi Moise at 215.242.1400, ext. 329, with any questions or if you need help with the reporting process.

The workbooks are now available to help guide you through the reporting process:

Important Dates for Statistics:

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Last day the SOC entry option will be available to churches.
  • Monday, March 5, 2018 – Last day the SOC entry option will be available for presbyteries.

 

 

The Clerks Annual Questionnaire is now open. Click here to access the questionnaire. The deadline for entering the questionnaire is January 12, 2018.   We are not sure if the survey site is actually closed. If you are interested in doing the CAQ, please try going online. Please note that the questionnaire must be done in one sitting – see guidelines below:

Guidelines for Entering the Questionnaire

Downloadable PDF of the Questionnaire (You can download and print this version to use as a working copy before entering online)

 

 

 

Resources on Vacation Bible School Safety Planning from Church Mutual

Greetings friends,

As we gear up for summer Vacation Bible School, here are some resources to help your congregation plan a safe environment from Church Mutual:

As schools close for summer, many churches run Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs to continue to engage youth in their ministry. What steps have you taken to make sure your VBS offers a safe experience for all? Here are some resources for your Church:

View our suggestions for Vacation Bible School Safety Planning:

  • Select and train staff to maintain adequate supervision.
  • Consider food and snack safety to prevent food poisoning and allergic reactions.
  • Plan for safe activities whether on-site or off-site.
  • Ensure transportation of youth is done safely.

Begin planning for a safe VBS program now, well before children arrive for the first day of your program. For more information, visit Church Mutual’s Activity Safety resources or contact [email protected].

Kevin

May 16, 2017 Presbytery Meeting Resources