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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Session Records Reading Sites for reading 2014 Records

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 our calendar of events by date for directions to the church. The times to review the records are congenial and helpful for many. It is a great opportunity to meet with others and to exchange ideas or have questions answered.

In an effort to help you prepare for your readings, please click on the PDF’s of the Green and Yellow sheets and fill out two of each. We ask that you please complete the information prior to having your records reviewed. Along with your books, please bring the completed Session Minutes and Church Register checklists (four sheets, two yellow and two green) to the reading site of your choice.

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Session Minutes Form 2015 Yellow

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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July

  • Saturday, 7/11/2015, 9:00 am-Noon – Princeton
  • Saturday, 7/18/2015, 9:00 am-Noon -Bryn Mawr
  • Wednesday, 7/22/2015, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – Abington
  • Tuesday, 7/28/2015, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – Rhawnhurst

August

  • Saturday, 8/8/2015, 9:00 am-Noon – Princeton
  • Monday, 8/10/2015, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm – Rhawnhurst
  • Wednesday, 8/19/2015, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Abington
  • 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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Great Clerk’s Gathering Saturday, June 13, 2015!

Kevinguitar1We had a great Clerk’s gathering this morning with 28 of our Clerk’s of Session coming to the Presbytery office to brain-storm ways in which we can help our churches have their Church Records reviewed and discussing how the new PA State Child Protection laws will be impacting our churches.

We began the meeting with introductions from our Clerks – how amazing that we have a Clerk who has served for 47 years and a few first-time clerks!  It was a great exchange of information and ideas!

ClerksMetgOut of our conversations, we decided it would be a good idea to have a Clerk’s Orientation session for our newer clerks.  We will keep you posted on dates. We will also be publishing the list of session records sites and sharing a Clerk’s Directory.  Great ideas come out of these gatherings!

The Presbytery of Philadelphia is blessed with Clerks who are dedicated, passionate, invested and engaged in the ministry of telling the Church story!

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May 2015 Stated Meeting of the Presbytery, Minutes-In-Brief

News From LeadershipPrayerfully, attendees of the May 19th stated meeting of the Presbytery of Philadelphia had no doubt the spirit of Pentecost surrounded us by the time the meeting adjourned that evening. As commissioners registered at the Gwynedd Square Presbyterian Church, they were invited to pre-Presbytery presentations covering issues ranging from available grant offerings to ramifications of the new PA child protection legislation to updates on Chester Eastside, Inc.’s new opportunities and partnerships.

The meeting was called to order with prayer at 2:30 p.m. by Moderator Mike Henry (Ruling Elder, Valley Forge). The Presbytery met in executive session to hear a report from the Permanent Judicial Commission. When reconvened in open meeting, the Presbytery was welcomed by Teaching Elder R. J. Leek, pastor of Gwynedd Square.

The business meeting introduced the schedule and process for presenting overtures and nominating commissioners for the upcoming 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to be held in Portland, OR the week of June 18, 2016. By a margin of 72 to 54, the Presbytery voted to ratify the unanimous action of the trustees and Leadership Collegium to “remit to the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) the actual amount of per capita funds received from congregations, and communicate to the OGA that this decision was made to preserve the integrity of local and denominational mission commitments from congregations.”

In the spirit of the popular “TED talks,” representatives of six ministries from across the Presbytery shared their process in engaging the questions in their context that led to life-giving incarnations of the gospel:

  • Teaching Elder Casey Thompson (Wayne) spoke on “Missional Presence through the Urban and Suburban Partnership”
  • Teaching Elder Doug Hoglund and Candidate Leah Miller (Woodside and The Anchor) presented “Empowering New Leadership through Congregational Partnership”
  • Teaching Elder Lisa Farrell (Penn Wynne) shared “Working for the Kingdom: Orphans in Liberia”
  • Teaching Elder Josh Gill (Doylestown) explained “Relational Webs in Small and Large Church Youth Ministry”
  • Teaching Elders Rebecca Blake and Karen Rohrer (Beacon) interpreted “Community Outreach and Formation through the Arts”
  • Ruling Elder Chris Scott Jr. (Germantown, First)described “Being the Change: Fighting HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa”

**Per requested, please click here for the presenters contact information: Thinking on the Edges_Presenter_Contacts

Executive Presbyter Ruth Santana-Grace’s report continued the creative theme of the Thinking on the Edges presentations. A year after she first shared the concept of a partnership with Princeton Seminary, Ruth introduced the six students and three congregations who will be launching the ministry and leadership incubator this fall: Jennifer Shin and Dana Gray with Teaching Elder David Sanchez and Christ’s Church; Charles Sadler and Jared Legard with Teaching Elder Dr. T. Janel Dixon and Cedar Park Church; and Luis Quinones-Roman and Jacob Douylliez with Teaching Elder Linda Jaymes and Olivet-Covenant Church. Next, reprising the format from her report of a year ago, voices representative of our diverse ministry situations were woven into a litany affirming us as a Pentecost people. From this foundation, Vice Moderator Bill Teague (Langhorne) led the Presbytery into worship.

The Reverend Michael Livingston, Executive Pastor of Riverside Church in New York City, based his sermon “Walking Wilderness Roads” on Acts 8:26-39. The passage told the story of Peter’s encounter with an Ethiopian eunuch culminating with the latter’s baptism. Rev. Livingston challenged us to look beyond the familiar and comfortable—especially when journeying on the “wilderness roads” of our lives—for the angels and oases of God’s living water in our midst, particularly as we enter Pentecost. The commissioning of Associate Presbyter Greg Klimovitz and the musical offerings from Teaching Elder Aisha Brooks-Lytle (Wayne) accompanied by Tim Evers (Wayne) and Gwynedd Square’s organist/choir director Tim Shaw marked other highlights of worship.

After the great food and fellowship around the dinner tables that followed worship, we reconvened to hear the statements of faith and examine three candidates seeking certification to be ready to receive a call: Leah Miller, Peter Martin and Laura Ferguson. The Presbytery enthusiastically voted to certify them. There being no other business, Moderator Michael Henry led the Presbytery in a verse of “Spirit of the Living God” before offering our closing prayer.

The attendance for this meeting was 201. The collection of $1,443.80 will go to support the Presbyterian Church (USA) response to the earthquake in Nepal.

The Presbytery will next convene in regions scheduled to meet in September/October. The next stated meeting of the entire Presbytery will be November 17, 2015.

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Presbytery Meeting Reflection

We give thanks for the faithful within our churches as we gathered for Presbytery and celebrated the prophetic possibilities of Pentecost. We worshiped together, heard from those thinking on the edges of ministry, engaged in thoughtful discussion and deliberation, commissioned leadership and incubator students, and approved candidates for ordination as Teaching Elders: Leah Miller, Peter Martin, and Laura Ferguson. Be sure to click the video link below for a glimpse into how the Spirit stirred among us on Tuesday.

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