Thanks to God Whose Word Was Written!

“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” Luke 1:1-4 

The first Clerks’ Roundtable we hosted was primarily to say a Thank You for all you do to our hard working Clerks of Session.  It is meant to be a way of providing a forum for presentations/resources of interest to clerks of session and offering an opportunity for clerks to develop relationships with one another so that they have colleagues with which to share best practices and support in this singular ministry.

PHS Logo webOur presenter for this first roundtable was David Staniunas, from the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS). Since the denomination’s standards for record-retention are developed and regulated through the PHS here in Philadelphia, he was able to come and give us the definitive answers to these questions, the rationale behind them, and hear from clerks “on the front line.”

We had good attendance and discussion from our Clerks and I am grateful for all of you as we journey together in the ministry of “Telling our Story”.  As promised here are the resources from our first meeting:

Record Retention:

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Let us give Thanks to God Whose Word Was Written!

Thanks to God whose word was written in the Bible’s sacred page, record of the revelation showing God to every age. God has spoken! God has spoken! Praise God for the living Word.
Thanks to God whose word was written in the Bible’s sacred page. Thanks to God whose word is published in the tongues of every race. See its glory undiminished by the change of time or place. God has spoken! God has spoken! Praise God for the living Word.
Thanks to God whose word is published in the tongues of every race. Thanks to God whose Word Incarnate heights and depths of life did share. Deeds and words and death and rising, grace in human form declare. God has spoken! God has spoken! Praise God for the living Word.
Thanks to God whose Word incarnate heights and depths of life did share.  Thanks to God whose Word is answered by the Spirit’s voice within. Here we drink of joy unmeasured, life redeemed from death and sin. God is speaking! God is speaking! Praise God for the living Word. Thanks to God whose Word is answered by the Spirit’s voice within.
 
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Minutes in Brief, November 19, 2013

Statistics 2013 are coming!  Please click here for information.

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PresbyLogo web bkgrndMINUTES IN BRIEF [Highlights] for the Stated Meeting of the Presbytery.  The meeting was held at Berean Presbyterian Church at Broad and Diamond Streets in Philadelphia

Please click here for a PDF of my report: MINUTES IN BRIEF_HighlightsNovember2013PresbyteryMeeting

Please mark your calendars for our next Stated Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield (Delco).  The time is to be determined.

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CLERKS ROUNDTABLE – THE FIRST OF ITS KIND!

Dear Clerk Colleague,

Since the Sept. 28 Clerks’ Roundtable is the first of its kind, I extend this invitation to you to join us, regardless of whether you’re an experienced clerk, new to the position, or considering stepping into this role.

The goals of the roundtable are to 1) provide a forum for presentations of interest to clerks of session and 2) offer an opportunity for clerks to develop relationships with one another so that they have colleagues with which to share best practices and support in this singular ministry.

We searched out our presenter for this first roundtable in response to questions we’ve received from clerks about record keeping such as, “Do clerks still need to keep minutes and registers in the red binders with the special paper?” and “Does the PC(USA) have a computer program for the keeping of registers?” Since the denomination’s standards for record-retention are developed and regulated through the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) here in Philadelphia, David Staniunas from PHS will be with us to give us the definitive answers to these questions and any others you may have for him.

The tentative schedule for the program is:

  • 10:00 – 10:15 Gathering, refreshments (available throughout event), meet & greet
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Worship
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Introductions and Goals for the day
  • 10:45 – 11:45 Presbyterian Historical Society presentation, Q & A
  • 11:45 – 12:45 Clerks’ Open Forum – What are the challenges, questions, concerns you have in your role as clerk? How has the new form of government made a difference in your work? What best practices, tips, encouragement do the more experienced clerks have to share with the newer clerks? How are you preparing for/training your back-up/successor?
  • 12:45 – 1:00 Clerk appreciation, event evaluation, identifying topic(s) & date(s) for future roundtable(s).

As you can see from the last item on the proposed agenda, whether this will be an annual or periodic event will depend on the feedback from the clerks.

I hope this is helpful and that you will be able to come. If so, please R.S.V.P. to Betsi Moise at [email protected] by September 25. Feel free to bring a clerk-in-training from your congregation as well.

See you there!

Clerks Roundtable, Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Presbytery Center, 915 East Gowen Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150

 

Blessings,

Kevin

Rev. Kevin L. Porter
Stated Clerk 
Phone – (215) 242-1400, ext. 307

 

Getting Ready for the Clerks Roundtable!

The goal of the Clerks’ Roundtable is to 1) provide a forum for presentations/resources of interest to clerks of session and 2) offer an opportunity for clerks to develop relationships with one another so that they have colleagues with which to share best practices and support in this singular ministry.

We secured our presenter for this first roundtable in response to questions we’ve received from clerks about record keeping such as, “Do clerks still need to keep minutes and registers in the red binders with the special paper?” and “Does the PC(USA) have a computer program for the keeping of registers?” Since the denomination’s standards for record-retention are developed and regulated through the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) here in Philadelphia, David Staniunas from PHS will be with us to give us the definitive answers to these questions, the rationale behind them, and hear from clerks “on the front line.”

The tentative schedule for the program is:

  • 10:00 – 10:15 Gathering, refreshments (available throughout event), meet & greet
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Worship
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Introductions and Goals for the day
  • 10:45 – 11:45 Presbyterian Historical Society presentation, Q & A
  • 11:45 – 12:45 Clerks’ Open Forum – What are the challenges, questions, concerns you have in your role as clerk? How has the new form of government made a difference in your work? What best practices, tips, and encouragement do the more experienced clerks have to share with the newer clerks? How are you preparing for/training your back-up/successor?
  • 12:45 – 1:00 Clerk appreciation, event evaluation, identifying topic(s) & date(s) for future roundtable(s).

As you can see from the last item on the proposed agenda, whether this will be an annual or periodic event will depend on the feedback from the clerks.

 

DON’T FORGET-CLERKS ROUNDTABLE IS SEPTEMBER 28!

CLERKS ROUND TABLE SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 28 -We will have an opportunity at our Clerks Roundtable to discuss  records management and how to retain your church records. This is a timely and welcome subject for all clerks!

Your workshop leader will be David Staniunas, Records Archivist at the Presbyterian Historical Society, [email protected] David has worked at PHS for six years.

As Records Archivist, he is the chief point of contact for records management inquiries from PC(USA) congregations, mid councils and national agency offices. David accessions all incoming groups of archival materials to PHS’s collections; he also catalogs microfilm, handles records return requests, sorts serials, digitizes audio, and holds the hands of stated clerks through gracious dismissal.

He holds a Master’s degree in Library Science from Kent State University, and has worked at the Kinsey Institute, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Ohio Historical Society and The Ohio State University Archives.

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PHS Logo webThe mission of the Presbyterian Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and share the story of the American Presbyterian experience with Presbyterians, the scholarly community, and the general public.  Please click on the following links for information regarding current document preservation challenges and exhibits:

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Minutes in Brief for the July 16, 2013 Meeting

The Presbytery of Philadelphia met on Tuesday July 16, 2013 at the Wallingford Presbyterian Church.  We had 195 in attendance and shared in a delightful picnic dinner (in air-conditioning! ). The worship was reflective and spiritual. On behalf of the Presbytery, I would like to thank the Wallingford Presbyterian Church and Pastor Paul Rhebergen for their hard work and warm hospitality.

Here are the minutes in brief: MINUTES IN BRIEF Highlights of July 2013 Presbytery Meeting

 

 

Materials for the July 16, 2013 Meeting

I hope to see many of you at the July 16, 2013 meeting of the full Presbytery that will be held at the Wallingford Presbyterian Church.  There will be a Time-Line for our church members to partake in – do you have any fond memories, special moments or other events in the life of your church you would like to post on the timeline? You will have the opportunity to do so at the July meeting!

PresbyMeeting Materials 16 July 2013

 

 

19 March Minutes

Here are the minutes of the 19 March, 2013 all Presbytery Meeting: PresbyteryMeetingMinutes19MAR2013all

To Clerks of Session

From: Rev. Lonnie J. Oliver, Associate

African American Congregational Support Office

Presbyterian Mission Agency

NBPC 2The National  Black Presbyterian Caucus will hold a National meeting as a Pre-Conference to Big Tent, July 30, 2013 – August 1, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Galt House.

The Big Tent event will be held at the Louisville Convention Center, August 1 – 3, 2013.

If you or our congregation did not receive a grant in 2011 or 2012, you may be eligible for a registration scholarship based on need for the NBPC or for the NBPC event. Register online today at pcusa.org/bigtent or call GA meeting services at 800-728-7228 Ext. 2417.

Please click here for the full letter: Clerk of Session Letter 5-7-13