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March 9

Weekly Prayers

This Week: First Meeting of the Presbytery of Northeast New Jersey

Next Week: First Hispanic Presbyterian Church, Newark
First Presbyterian Church, Elmwood Park

Week After Next: Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair
Bethany Presbyterian Church, Englewood

Full Weekly Prayer Calendar
First Stated Meeting
Saturday, March 13, 2021

Register for the First Meeting of the Presbytery of Northeast New Jersey.
2021 Worship and Music Conferences at Montreat

The conference theme is Gathered in My Name. BOTH in-person AND online options will be offered! The conference includes classes for all interests: musicians, pastors, educators, and church members - anyone interested in collaborative worship.
In-Person Conference Dates:
Week 1: June 20 - 25, 2021
Week 2: June 27 - July 2, 2021
Online Conference Dates:
June 27 - July 2, 2021

Deadline for early bird registration is March 31st. Register Now!
PC(USA) Job Opportunities

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has several openings for which we are seeking qualified candidates looking for a call working at the national level.

Job descriptions: English Version
Job descriptions: Spanish Version
Job descriptions: Korean Version
Virtual Easter Pageant

The CBS, Camel Broadcasting Network, is back! Kirk Woodward and Martha Day have written a short Zoom friendly Easter Pageant (that works for all ages and stages) featuring a broadcaster interviewing key figures in the Easter Story. Churches are invited to make it their own to fit their particular setting. Fun, informative, and easy to produce.

For more information and to download the script.
Virtual Pulpit Supply Post-Easter

"Looking for pulpit supply for a Sunday after Easter? The collegiate ministry students at UKirk Greensboro can help.

Along with a UKirk Greensboro alumni and 11 students, Todd is now creating a video worship service for congregations to use on April 11 or 18, the first two Sundays after Easter. It will be available by the end of March."

Read the Full Story
CASA Gift Card Drive

Last year more than 1,500 children were placed in foster care in Essex County alone. These children, ranging in age from birth to 21 years old, were removed from their homes as a result of abuse, abandonment or neglect. CASA of Essex County (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) promotes the welfare of these children by providing a safety net of support, advocacy and mentorship. One of the areas where there is a great need of support is amongst the youth ages 16+. At this age, they are often learning to live on their own.

To address this need, the Community Ministries Team is partnering with CASA Essex County to sponsor a gift card drive for foster youth in our local area. Gift cards would help fill the gaps to purchase necessities such as food, clothing and personal items. 

Click here to contribute to this cause. (Checks may also be mailed to the Presbytery Office - please email to let us know to expect the donation.)
Disability Advocates Sought

Do you have a passion and/or interest in advocating for individuals with disabilities? A group of presbyters is organizing to discuss advocacy strategies and ministry opportunities within the new Presbytery. Please contact Liz at if you are interested in learning more about this group.
Lenten Events
Did you know that "Ash Wednesday" was one of the top Google searches that led people to our site in the last couple of years? If your congregation is doing special Lenten activities (services, concerts, Bible studies, devotionals, etc.) that are open to the public, please send them to so that we can post them on our site. 
Applications for new Grant Open

ReKindle is Columbia Theological Seminary's Lilly Endowment-funded Thriving Congregations grant initiative. reKindle will award Impact Grants of up to $15,000 to congregations accepted into the program.

Grant projects will support a congregation’s capacity to enhance their vitality in a post-COVID-19 context. The program will help congregations realize their goal of being a thriving congregation by supporting their focused attention on an identified need and mission priority. Congregations will be accepted by application only.

For additional questions about the reKindle grant, email the Center for Lifelong Learning at

The Wisdom of Incarnation Continuing Education

With gratitude for PCUSA funding, The Presbytery of the Cascades invites all PCUSA Pastors and Chaplains to a Continuing Education Mental Health Practicum, January – June, 2021.

Pastor/Church Leader Group on Pause
The biweekly Pastor/Church leader check ins is taking a break. We look forward to resuming these types of gatherings when we welcome new staff to the new Presbytery. 
Northeast Presbytery COM

The new Committee on Ministry for the Northeast Presbytery is beginning to organize. One of its working groups will oversee validated/specialized ministries (clergy not serving in churches) and Commissioned Ruling Elders (ruling elders serving in a pastoral capacity). This team could serve these people better if it had people from those categories as members. If you might be interested in serving, please let David Noble ( or Deborah Huggins ( know. 
Presbytery Directory Update
As congregations come together from the Presbyteries of Elizabeth, Newark, and Palisades, we are taking this time to update our combined directories. Please identify a representative from your congregation to fill in these fields and submit this form as soon as possible to ensure that everyone is receiving communications from the new Presbytery of Northeast New Jersey. Any questions or concerns may be emailed to
COVID-19 Grants

The Vision Accountability Board (VAB) approved the FMC/CAC recommendation that the previous offer of no-interest loans from the Wyoming Church Emergency Loan Fund for COVID-19 related expenses be rescinded and a new offer of Grants for COVID-19 related expenses be set in place. Any loan made under the earlier offer will be converted to a grant.

Learn More
The Presbytery has set up a library of resources for your use including:
  • Government and Health
  • State of New Jersey
  • Worship and Meeting
  • Pastoral Care
  • Online Giving
  • Food Distribution
  • PC(USA)/Denominational Resources
  • Webinars
  • Devotionals and Encouragement
These are updated daily.

Resources also include what other churches in the presbytery are doing.
COVID-19 Resources

Things You Should Know

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resources for your congregation,
and up to date information on events.
Save the Dates!
Here are the presbytery meeting dates for 2021 (meetings on Zoom until further notice).
  • THIS Saturday, March 13, 2021
  • Saturday, June 12, 2021 - tentative
  • Saturday, September 11, 2021 - tentative 
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 - tentative
Job Openings

Our employment opportunities page has been updated with a few new postings - for pastoral and non-pastoral positions. You can check out anything new we post anytime in the resources section on our website!


Regarding Ruling Elders:
Congregational Nominating Committees

The PC(USA) Book of Order calls for ruling elders to “exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church ...” (G-2.0301). As ruling elders are called to ordered ministry for life, it is important to approach the work of nominations to this role with humility, open hearts, and open minds. [Read More]
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