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February 9

Weekly Prayers

This Week: Meeting of Newark, Palisades and Elizabeth Presbyteries

Next Week: Wyoming Presbyterian Church, Millburn
Fanwood Presbyterian Church

Week After Next: Elizabeth Avenue-Weequahic Presbyterian Church,Newark
Bethel Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

Full Weekly Prayer Calendar
Upcoming Presbytery Meeting Information

We will be joining with the congregations from the Palisades and Elizabeth Presbyteries who will be forming the new "Northeast" Presbytery for a joint Stated Meeting on Saturday, February 13th via Zoom. There will be a time of information sharing, fellowship, and worship together from 9am-11:45am. We will then break for lunch, and resume with Newark Presbytery-specific business from 12:15-2pm. Register for both meetings using the same form, which can be accessed here.
Service and Witness Team Grant Applications

The Service and Witness Team is once again pleased to invite our congregations and ministry partners to apply for Mission Action and Urban Youth Leadership grants for programs that seek to transform their congregations or communities in service to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This year, the deadline to apply is Monday, February 15th, 2021. All applications received by this date will be reviewed, but priority will be given to immediate mission needs. Please note that there will be additional funding opportunities in the newly organized presbytery after March 1st.
The application can be found on the Grants and Loans page of our website, or you can download it here. Please submit completed applications to, as well as any questions you may have.
Clerk of Session Information
Church statistical reports should be completed online by February 18th at this link. If you have trouble logging in, please contact or
Terms of Call are due to the Ministry Relationships Team by February 26th. No terms changes have been recommended for 2021, but we still need to record them yearly. Please see the Ministry Relationships Team section on the Presbytery Policies webpage to access the forms.
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.
"Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables" Nutrition Program

Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) is a free nutrition education program, which offers a series of thirteen workshops that provide practical nutrition information in a way that is fun and easy to understand. Each workshop has a nutrition talk and a recipe discussion. The Community Ministries Team is partnering with the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to provide this series for SNAP recipients and applicants. Please share this information with those who may be interested in this program. Contact Jerome ( for more information.

Click here to download the flyer.
Celebrating Black History Month

Please join Elmwood Presbyterian Church's Sankofa Institute for two free Zoom workshops to celebrate Black culture this month. Click here for Zoom access.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7pm 
Cultural Discussion: "Will African Americans Be Satisfied With the Presidency of Joe Biden?"
Facilitated by Tom Puryear

Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7pm
African Storytelling: Honoring the oral tradition of passing knowledge from one generation to the next.
Guest Facilitators

Download the flyer here.
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. 
New Presbytery Updates

The deadline to submit an application for the new Presbytery Co-Leaders positions has been extended to February 15th, 2021. You can view the MIF here.
Pastors and church leaders continue to meet weekly on Tuesdays (just Newark Presbytery colleagues) and Thursdays (joining with colleagues from the Elizabeth and Palisades Presbyteries) from 10:30-11:30am on Zoom. The links below will connect you to the appropriate Zoom rooms.

Tuesdays at 10:30am – CLICK TO JOIN
Thursdays at 10:30am – CLICK TO JOIN
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 newly forming Northeast Presbytery. Any questions or concerns may be emailed to 
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

New Synod Transitional Leader

The Synod of the Northeast is delighted to announce it has called Rev. Dr. SanDawna Gaulman Ashley as its Transitional Leader. SanDawna will begin her work on March 1, 2021.

PAM Worship & Music early registration opens January 5th

This intergenerational conference is for children, youth, adults, pastors, directors, organists, singers, ringers, worship leaders, and church members.

Conference Dates:
Week 1 | June 20-25
Week 2 | June 27-July 2

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.

2021 National Gathering- NEXT Church

Despite the physical space that separates us these days, we believe our virtual togetherness can make all the difference. Will you join us March 5-7 for the 2021 NEXT Church National Gathering as we Break, Bless, and Build: A Call for the Common Good?

The Presbyteries of Newark, Palisades and Elizabeth have all voted to move forward with the New Jersey Missional Communities restructuring. While a local transition team meets to iron out all the details of this restructuring, we will all be meeting socially with each other on a regular basis on Zoom. These meetings are scheduled as recurring meetings, so don't lose this email!.
Pastor/Church Leader Check Ins – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. - Click to join
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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and up to date information on events.
Save the Dates!
Here are the presbytery meeting dates for 2021 (meetings on Zoom until further notice).
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021 
  • 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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