STATISTICS 2015

It is time for our annual statistical reporting!  The online statistical reporting is now available for churches to use.

In order to enter your Church statistics, a user name and password are required.  If you do not remember your user name and/or password, please contact Betsi Moise.  She will be happy to help you with that information.

Here are dates to remember and resources to help you:

  • Start Date: The Annual Statistics online entry reporting system IS OPEN.
  • Deadline to enter: The last day a church will be able to enter statistics is Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

You can enter portions of your report at different times up until the deadline, or until you hit the “submit” button. Once you hit the submit button, you will no longer be able to access the statistical form. If you hit the submit button and subsequently need to add or change something, contact Betsi Moise and she will be able to make corrections for you up through Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Here is a Blank Statistical form you can use as a worksheet if needed: Blank Stat Report

After March 2, 2016, nothing will be able to be entered, changed or added.

If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions, please contact Betsi Moise.

We have included the Instruction Manual for you – just click on the links for a manual in English, Spanish or Korean.

Thank you Clerks, for all you do!

Kevin

 

Minutes in Brief, November 17, 2015

MINUTES IN BRIEF
STATED MEETING OF THE PRESBYTERY OF PHILADELPHIA, NOVEMBER 17, 2015 – 3:00 PM

Gratitude was the over-arching theme of the November 17th stated meeting of the Presbytery of Philadelphia. As commissioners and visitors gathered at Wayne Presbyterian Church, there definitely was much for which to be thankful.

A pre-presbytery discussion on Race, Bias, and Privilege made use of the gift of our diversity as the Presbytery launched an exploration of these issues that will continue through 2016.

As Moderator Mike Henry (Ruling Elder, Valley Forge) called the meeting to order at 3:00 pm, he framed the business of the day in terms of the good news it represented in the life of the Presbytery. We were welcomed to Wayne by their pastor, Casey Thompson (Teaching Elder). This was followed by the approval of the docket and consent agenda that included the Presbytery’s 2014 statistical report, 2015 Committee on Representation Report, and 2016 Redress of Imbalance Report (listing the number of ruling elder commissioners each congregation may send to meetings).

The report of the Committee on Nominations (CON) was given by its moderator, Jesse Garner (Teaching Elder; Philadelphia, First). In addition to the slate of Presbytery commission and committee members, CON brought forth Teaching Elders Bill Teague (Langhorne) and T. Janel Dixon (Cedar Park) to serve in 2016 as Moderator and Vice-Moderator respectively, and the nominees for our General Assembly commissioners and young adult advisory delegate. All nominees were elected.

The Commission on Financial Management’s moderator, George Rendell (Ruling Elder, Concord Liberty), and budget committee chair Elaine McCray (Ruling Elder, Holy Trinity-Bethlehem) interpreted and presented the Presbytery’s 2016 budget. Commissioners responded by approving the budget (including 2016 per capita).

Candidate Taylor Telford’s examination for ordination was the centerpiece of the Commission on Preparation and Credentials (CPC) report (presented by Teaching Elder Ken Ross, Member at Large, CPC moderator). The vigorous examination soon transitioned into a time of celebration as the Presbytery sustained her examination (i.e, approved for ordination), clearing the way for Ms. Telford to be ordained to the validated ministry (through the 1001 Worshipping Communities Residency program) at the Beacon New Church Development.

The celebration continued as the Presbytery approved Beacon as the Presbytery of Philadelphia’s first newly-chartered congregation in seventeen years! Co-pastors Rebecca Blake and Karen Rohrer shared the story of Beacon’s birth, ministries, and vision as part of the Leadership Collegium’s report, with the Commission on Congregation and Leadership’s moderator Bill Young (Ruling Elder; Germantown, First) and Beacon’s Administrative Commission chair Sandy Hull (Teaching Elder; Grace, Jenkintown) representing the entities responsible for walking alongside Beacon on behalf of the Presbytery.

Teaching Elder Carter Lester (Pottstown, First) next took to the microphone to present the good news of Kirkwood Camping Ministry’s completion of its first season as a joint ministry of Philadelphia and Lehigh Presbyteries. This was followed by the report of the Administrative Commission (AC) formed in response to the request of the Warminster and Willow Grove, First congregations to pursue a merger of their congregations.
Teaching Elder Jack Norrie (Honorably Retired), chair of the AC, reviewed the process the AC undertook, leading to the presentation of the motion that the two congregations be merged, creating the First Presbyterian Church of Warminster. After approving the merger, the pastors, AC members, and the congregants of the churches involved came to the front of the sanctuary as the Presbytery surrounded them in prayer, using a litany celebrating their faithfulness in responding to God’s calling them into this new thing.
Executive Presbyter Ruth Faith Santana-Grace and Associate Presbyter Greg Klimovitz (both Teaching Elders) expanded on the “new thing” theme in their report as they highlighted “What’s Trending” in the Presbytery of Philadelphia. The final presentation of the business portion of the meeting was given by keynoter and President of Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. Craig Barnes (Teaching Elder, Pittsburgh Presbytery). His reflections on both the toxic and healthy attributes of church leaders and the ways in which they affect the greater church were at once thought-provoking, humorous, challenging, and engaging.

Dr. Barnes was also the preacher of the evening as the Presbytery worshipped together. His message, “Is Anything Too Wonderful for the Lord?,” based on the preposterous promise of parenthood God gave to the geriatric Abraham and Sarah as related in Genesis 17:1-5, 15-18, was echoed in Taylor Telford’s poignant musical offerings of solo voice and guitar. The Presbytery responded in several affirmations, including the ordination of the first ruling elders of the newly-charted Beacon Church, the singing of hymns of thanksgiving, and the collection of $1,155.12 to go to scholarships for inquirers and candidates under care of our Presbytery attending seminary.

The 258 commissioners and visitors in attendance, adjourned after receiving the charge from outgoing Commission on Congregations and Leadership moderator Bill Young, the blessing from Dr. Barnes, and a final word of gratitude for the covenant community we share as the Presbytery of Philadelphia. Following worship, all were invited to a dinner prepared and hosted by our gracious hosts, Wayne Presbyterian Church.

The next stated meeting of the Presbytery will be Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Our gathering will include a pre-presbytery conversation, lunch and worship with installation of new officers, the celebration of the saints and other aspects of our connectional life as a presbytery.

 

Additional Boundary Awareness Events Available

ADDITIONAL BOUNDARY AWARENESS EVENTS AVAILABLE

October 14, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

If you are unable to attend the Presbytery of Philadelphia’s final Boundary Awareness Training event for 2015, there are other opportunities to attend a training through some of our neighboring Presbyteries.

The two following events for Boundary Awareness can be attended by our Presbyters.

If you attend either one of these events, please get a copy of your Certificate of Completion; or request a letter be sent to me (Kevin Porter) from their Stated Clerk verifying that you have completed the training.

Gratefully yours in Christ,

Kevin

Session Record Reading Update

As of October 9, 2015

Greetings Clerks of Session!

We are so grateful for all of your hard work in getting to reading sites, meeting up with one another or coming to the Presbytery Office!  We just have a couple more dates to get your records read:

  • Monday, 10/12/2015, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rhawnhurst
  • Tuesday, 10/13/2015, 10:00 am – Noon – Rydal Park

We have received many of your green and yellow sheets here at the Presbytery – Thank You! If you haven’t done so yet, don’t forget to send the copies to the Presbytery, attention Betsi Moise.  Later next week we will be mailing out the stickers to all of our churches who have emailed, fax or mailed copies of the read records. 

Please contact Betsi Moise with any questions or if you need more information: 215.242.1400, ext. 329 or [email protected]

Thank you for all you do!

Kevin

 

Boundary Training Reminder!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings. I am writing to you to remind you to register for the one remaining boundary training event on Friday October 23.  As friends in Christ, we want to foster healthy vocational and personal boundaries. It is for that reason that the Presbytery of Philadelphia is requiring all clergy, commission and committee members to attend one of these remaining workshops.

The nearly 130 teaching and ruling elders that attended the first two training events were practically unanimous in their appreciation of the workshop facilitator, Dr. David Olsen. He was interesting, informative, and practical. Additionally, he addressed the complexity of boundaries and ministry, provided clear advice with regards to social media and email, and offered good resources for all of us to create space for smart practices and healthy boundaries.

This last seminar on October 23 will be held at The Church on The Mall. Beginning at 9 a.m. and ending approximately at 3 p.m. the cost to each participant is $20 and lunch will be provided. Child care will be provided if needed and should be requested upon registration. Please register by October 1st for this event.

The Presbytery recognizes the many commitments and sacrifices ministry requires of you. It is our hope that you will find this seminar to be not just another requirement, but also a blessing.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Gratefully yours in Christ,

Kevin Porter, Stated Clerk

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READING SITE UPDATE, AUGUST 26, 2015

SCHEDULE OF READING SITES AS OF AUGUST 26, 2015

In an effort to be good stewards or our record readers’ time, we want to make sure people will be attending the various reading sites.  

This year we are asking that you please RSVP to Betsi Moise at [email protected] and indicate which reading site you will be using.

Don’t forget to send the copies of your green and yellow sheets to the Presbytery, attention Betsi Moise!

September

  • Wednesday, 9/30/2015, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Abington

October

  • Monday, 10/12/2015, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rhawnhurst
  • Tuesday, 10/13/2015, 10:00 am – Noon – Rydal Park

Please contact Betsi Moise with any questions or if you need more information:  215.242.1400, ext. 329 or [email protected]

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Record Reading Sites Updated July 22, 2015

SCHEDULE OF READING SITES

In an effort to be good stewards or our record readers’ time, we want to make sure people will be attending the various reading sites. This year we are asking that you please RSVP to Betsi Moise at [email protected] and indicate which reading site you will be using.

August

  • Wednesday, 8/5/2015, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Chestnut Hill
  • Saturday, 8/8/2015, 9:00 am-Noon – Princeton
  • Monday, 8/10/2015, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rhawnhurst
  • Tuesday, 8/18/2015, 10:00 am – Noon -Chestnut Hill
  • Saturday, 8/22/2015, 10:00 am – Noon – Lower Providence
  • Tuesday, 8/25/ 2015, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – Rhawnhurst

September

  • Saturday, 9/12/2015, 9:00 am-Noon – Rhawnhurst
  • Saturday, 9/19/2015, Noon – 3:00 pm – First African
  • Wednesday, 9/23/2015, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rhawnhurst
  • Wednesday, 9/30/2015, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Abington

October

  • Monday, 10/12/2015, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rhawnhurst
  • Tuesday, 10/13/2015, 10:00 am – Noon – Rydal Park

Chaplain Margaret Kibben will be Guest Speaker at the Big Tent

Chaplain (Rear Admiral) Margaret Kibben, a minister member of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, will be the guest speaker at a special luncheon during the Big Tent Conference. The luncheon is being hosted by the Presbyterian Foundation.

For those in our Presbytery that are attending the Big Tent, this will be a wonderful opportunity to meet with one of our own members. See the poster below for more information:

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Press Release from Presbyterian Mission Agency

pcusa with phl color backThe following announcement has just been released via the Presbyterian News Service and internally for staff. We wanted to be sure you received the news and please feel free to share.

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Internal Executives Selected as Temporary Team to Manage the Presbyterian Mission Agency

Earline Williams and Barry Creech have been selected by the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Executive Committee to co-manage the Presbyterian Mission Agency until an interim executive director is identified.

“The Executive Committee is very pleased that Earline and Barry are willing to serve together as temporary co-managers,” said Marilyn Gamm, chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. “They not only bring a breadth and depth of Mission Agency management experience but are also dedicated servants of the church who are liked and respected by staff.”

Earline Williams has been the deputy executive director of Shared Services and chief financial officer for the Mission Agency since July 2013 and is a ruling elder in PC(USA). Prior to joining the national staff, Williams had worked for more than 30 years in the finance, government, non-profit and business sectors as an executive.
Barry Creech is currently the director of policy, administration and board support and has served on the national staff in various leadership roles in the Executive Director’s Office and Communications since 1989.
“I am exceedingly grateful for Earline and Barry, trusted and talented colleagues” said Linda Valentine. “They will provide steady leadership during this time and will continue to be a blessing to the Mission Agency and the church.”
Earline and Barry will assume their new roles effective immediately and will serve for the coming months until an interim executive director is identified.
The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board has sought recommendations from across the church for the interim executive director role. This individual will be responsible for leading the Mission Agency until a permanent executive director is identified.

“We offer our thanks and appreciation for the Mission Agency staff and the outstanding ways they inspire, equip and connect the church in its mission,” added Gamm. “They have continued to give of their time and talents as the church seeks to serve Christ’s mission in the world.”

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Reading Site Updates from the Stated Clerk

*Scroll down for an updated list of reading sites!

Dear Clerks of Sessions,

I want to thank the Ruling Elders who have helped organize our Session Records reading sites and for their committed service to our Presbytery. The sites for the reading and approval of the 2014 Session Records have been scheduled. I have listed them below. You can visit the calendar on our website (by date) for directions to the church. We hope the times to review the records are convenient for many. It is a great opportunity to meet with others and to exchange ideas or have questions answered.  If, however, you determine that none of these times meet your needs, some have also found it convenient to have a one-on-one meeting with another Clerk.  In this case, send a copy of the green and yellow review sheets to the office (Attn: Betsi Moise) after the records have been read and we then send out the appropriate stickers.

In an effort to help you prepare for your readings, click below for your Green and Yellow sheets (be sure to fill out two of each). We ask that you please complete the information prior to having your records reviewed.

The deadline for session records reading has also been moved to October 25, 2015 to accommodate all of our Clerks of Session.
In Gratitude for all you do!
Kevin

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SCHEDULE OF READING SITES

In an effort to be good stewards or our record readers’ time, we want to make sure people will be attending the various reading sites. This year we are asking that you please RSVP to Betsi Moise at [email protected] and indicate which reading site you will be using.

July

  • Saturday, 7/11/2015, 9:00 am-Noon – Princeton 
  • Saturday, 7/18/2015, 9:00 am-Noon -Bryn Mawr
  • Saturday, 7/25/2015, 10:00 am – Noon – Chestnut Hill
  • Tuesday, 7/28/2015, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – Rhawnhurst

August

  • Wednesday, 8/5/2015, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Chestnut Hill
  • Saturday, 8/8/2015, 9:00 am-Noon – Princeton
  • Monday, 8/10/2015, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rhawnhurst
  • Tuesday, 8/18/2015, 10:00 am – Noon -Chestnut Hill
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – Rhawnhurst

September

  • Saturday, 9/12/2015, 9:00 am-Noon – Rhawnhurst
  • Saturday, 9/19/2015, 9:00 am-Noon – First African
  • Wednesday, 9/23/2015, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rhawnhurst
  • Wednesday, 8/30/2015, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Abington

October

  • Monday, 10/12/2015, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rhawnhurst

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