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January 12

Weekly Prayers

This Week: Wolff Memorial Presbyterian Church, Newark
Highlands Presbyterian Church, Allendale

Next Week: United Presbyterian Church of West Orange
First Federated Presbyterian Church, Bayonne

Week After Next: First Presbyterian Church North Arlington
South Presbyterian Church, Bergenfield

Full Weekly Prayer Calendar
New Presbytery Updates

Reminder: The deadline to submit an application for the new Presbytery Co-Leaders positions, as well as name suggestions for the new Presbytery, is this Friday, January 15th. Name suggestions should be emailed to northeastnjpresbytery@gmail.com
 
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 northeastnjpresbytery@gmail.com. 
Clerk of Session Information

There will be a clerk of session training on Saturday, January 30th at 1:30pm. This training is for all clerks – new and continuing – in the Newark, Elizabeth, and Palisades Presbyteries. Register here.
 
Church statistical reports should be completed online by February 18th at this link. If you have trouble logging in, please contact hello@newarkpresbytery.org or warren@newarkpresbytery.org.
 
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.
Essex County COVID-19 Vaccine Clergy Outreach

You are cordially invited to attend a workshop to discuss Essex County’s vaccination efforts to combat the Coronavirus. It is important that all segments of our population become educated about the importance of the vaccination and the integral part it plays to prevent the transmission of the Coronavirus and keeping all of us safe.

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Time: 10:15 AM-11:15 AM
Place: Zoom

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information Session

On Wednesday, January 13th at 7:00 pm., the Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair’s own Heather Shafi, M.D., and Janet Lee, Ph.D., will share their experience and expertise to present an hour-long “Covid-19 Vaccine Information” session on the coronavirus vaccines now being administered across the US. If you have questions that you’d like them to discuss, please submit them to Janet (janetslee10@gmail.com) by today, January 12th.

Click here to join the conversation on Wednesday.
Attack on the Capitol Webinar

Join Rev. Jimmie R. Hawkins and Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson for a Facebook live discussion on the events leading up to and taking place on the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. Live on the Office of Public Witness Thursday, January 14 at 3:30 p.m. eastern Facebook @PCUSAWashington.

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Free STEM Demonstration

The Community Ministries Team has partnered with Little Ivy Academy to offer a free demonstration of their STEM programs to the youth (grades K-5) of the Newark Presbytery on Thursday, January 14th. Register here. Contact youth@presbytery.org for more information.
 
Celebrating & Sending Off the Rev. Dr. Barbara Smith

We will be celebrating and sending off Rev. Dr. Barbara Smith on Saturday, January 30th at 10am on Zoom. Register here. Details about giving towards her gift can be found here .

READ The Full Letter
Giving Smart- Giving More

We want to be ‘wise as serpents and innocent as doves.’ We want to be smart and effective in our giving. Changes in the tax law made it so most of us no longer find it advantageous to itemize deductions. But there are some tax smart ways to make charitable donations in a tax-efficient way.

READ THE FULL NOTE
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.

READ THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
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

LEARN MORE
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.

Learn More
PYWA APCE Pre-Event

This pre-event will help youth workers engage with the stories that every youth and family bring into the church with the hope of setting the stage for greater understanding of the self, others, and the Holy.

The event will focus on two areas: Mental Health and Social Justice

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APCE Annual Event Registration is Open!

APCE invites all involved in educational ministry to embark on a 3-day, “Anything But Ordinary Time” virtual adventure like never before! While 2020 may feel like anything but ordinary, we know God is “making all things new.” While we yearn to be with one another face-to-face, we will instead have a closer-than-front-row seat to every plenary speaker, preacher, musician, and workshop leader. These trailblazers will inform, inspire, and challenge us to:
  • Create and build community through technology
  • Grow in how we lead through the strength of diversity, and
  • Build hope for the church, for our ministries, and for ourselves.
Whether you are a seasoned educator/pastor, inquiring student, or a parent teaching from home for the first time, we will all walk away from our screens with a renewed sense that we are the church and God is with us no matter what.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER NOW!
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?

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This Sudden Strangeness

Mindfulness Dialogues to Re-Imagine Our Time in The Wilderness with Carlos Monteagudo and Danny Martin.

These ongoing gatherings will touch our deep heart’s core and reconnect with our innate intelligence in order to generate meaning together to guide us through this uncertain time.

Bi Weekly (every other week) Starting Thursday, October 1 , 6:00-7:30pm EST via Zoom Join us just prior at 5:30pm for “happy ½ hour.”

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TRANSITION UPDATES
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 UPDATE
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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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, May 8, 2021 
  • Saturday, September 11, 2021 
  • Saturday, November 13, 2021
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!


 
Leadership

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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