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April 9

Weekly Prayers

This week: Fewsmith Memorial Presbyterian Church
Next Week (Holy Week): The Passion of our Lord
Week After Next (Easter): That we may live as a Resurrection people

Full Weekly Prayer Calendar
Triennium Update

We are excited to have 27 youth attending Triennium this summer! We are looking for another chaperone, male or female, to accompany our group to Purdue. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Liz Hathaway.
Service and Witness Grants

The Service and Witness team wants to remind you that the first grant application deadline is May 1st. The application form is attached and on the Newark Presbytery Service and Witness page - please fill it out and tell us about your new or expanding areas of ministry. 
 
In addition our team invites you to volunteer to join us as we read and evaluate the grants submitted, while learning about future dreams of our Newark Presbytery churches. The committee meets in the evening on the first Tuesday of the month and will be evaluating the requests submitted by May 1 in May (on May 2) and in June, if necessary.

Please send all information to the Newark Presbytery Service & Witness Team c/o the 
Reverend Dr. Barbara Smith
Please contact Rev. Barbara Smith or Rev. Anita Wright with questions or to express your interest in joining us.
Call for Holy Week and Easter Events
Around the Presbytery

We have posted the Holy Week and Easter events you all have sent us so far. Thank you! If you have not yet sent us Holy Week and Easter events for your church, it isn't too late, so please send the event information to our office at hello@newarkpresbytery.org.

And - don't forget to update your websites and Facebook pages so your neighbors can join you!

Synod of the Northeast Servant Leadership Institute

One of the goals of the Synod of the Northeast as we live into the New Way Forward is to expand the pool of leaders in our presbyteries by enhancing their competencies and pursuing greater diversity.

The Servant Leadership Institute seeks to develop, nurture, and deploy leaders that are committed to working collaboratively with the diverse communities of the Synod. Areas of development include relationship development and management, communications, creative problem solving, emotional intelligence, and resilience.

The inaugural Servant Leadership Institute will run from September 2019 to October 2020. They are now seeking a cohort of 10 individuals who have exhibited leadership qualities and are eager to participate in this leadership development opportunity.

Application deadline is May 24, 2019. More information and application available at the Synod of the Northeast Servant Leadership Institute page.
Stewardship Kaleidoscope


As we continue to explore how we can engage traditional Christian practices in renewed ways, the Stewardship Kaleidoscope gathering has been a valuable resource. This year the dates are September 30-October 2, and it will be located at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego, CA.

More information and registration can be found at the Stewardship Kaleidoscope website, and they have a flyer for you to share with your congregation.
Reflction from Dan Martian
on the recent trip he led to Israel and Palestine

The Holy Land
 
It is everything that one can hope for
It is a trip of a lifetime, a trip to rekindle one’s spiritual life
For this is the land where Jesus walked, taught, and called his disciples
The land where God blessed us with God’s presence
A place where God is with us
 
Each step, each sight, each holy site
Proclaims the Glory of God
A God that came as a babe in Bethlehem
Ministered to people who were blind, lame, and captive to sin
The land where redemption became a reality
Touching the place where Jesus was born

Climbing the steps of Golgotha
Walking through the ruins of Megiddo
Seeing the remains of Masada
Floating in the Dead Sea
The tomb is empty at the Holy Sepulcher as well as the garden tomb
 
The Holy Land, the fifth Gospel
Where scriptures come alive
Where one walks the paths of Jesus
Experiencing the tranquility on the Sea of Galilee
Standing in silence where Jesus was held before meeting with Pontius Pilate
A land where three Abrahamic religions coexist
 
The Holy Land where one stands on Holy Ground

More pictures on our website
Eastern Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators (EAPCE) Spring Event

The EAPCE regional spring event will be May 6-8, 2019, at Rhodes Grove Conference Center in Chambersburg, PA.

The theme is Parenting: Teaching Children About Faith, and the keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Kathy Dawson, with worship leader the Rev. Karen Chamis and music led by Art Thompson.

See their event brochure for more information and registration. Registration deadline is April 15.
William Harte Felmeth Theological Scholarship

This scholarship was established for the purpose of encouraging and supporting the theological education of members of the Presbyterian Church, Basking Ridge. Each applicant must be studying in preparation for church vocation, such as ordained ministry, Christian educator, church music, commissioned ruling elder, etc. If there are no candidates from BRPC (as is the case this year) the scholarship is made available to candidates from churches in the Presbyteries of Elizabeth or Newark.

Applications can be found on the Basking Ridge website. Deadline for application is May 1, 2019.
Save the Date!
Mid-Council Financial Network 2019 Conference

This event is a continuing education and training opportunity for synod, presbytery, and church financial persons. They are working with presenters and various others to bring you the most up to date information for this conference.

The conference will be November 20-22, 2019, at the 
Wyndham, Virginia Beach Oceanfront. There is a group room rate available ($69 + tax). If making reservations by phone, please call the hotel at (757) 428-7025 and reference the “2019 MCFN Conference of the Presbyterian Church” for the reduced rate.
 
Online Registration will open in July. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Diane Delaney at (888) 728-7228, extension 5542.
Save the Dates!

Here are the presbytery meeting dates and locations for 2019 and a couple other important dates for Newark Presbytery. Thank you to all the church that have agreed to host our 2019 meetings!
  • Saturday, May 11: Newark Presbytery Meeting at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, Kearny
  • July 15-July 20: Presbyterian Youth Triennium
  • August 1-3: PC(USA) Big Tent, Baltimore
  • July 28-August 3: Puerto Rico Mission Trip
  • Saturday, September 14: Newark Presbytery Meeting at Grace Presbyterian Church, Montclair
  • Saturday, October 5: Presbytery-Wide Educational Gathering at Montclair State University
  • Sunday, October 6, 4pm - Tuesday, October 8, 12pm: Clergy and Church Leader Retreat
  • Thursday, October 24, 8am-5pm: Boundary Training at Community Presbyterian Church, Chester NJ (Newton Presbytery)
  • Saturday, November 9: Newark Presbytery Meeting at Prospect Presbyterian Church, Maplewood
Resources
One Great Hour of Sharing

From PC(USA) News:

Narciso, Feliciano and Alberto had labored hard on a construction project in the hot Arizona sun for several days. Though the work was demanding, the promise of payday kept these day laborers going. They had cupboards to fill and bills to pay.

Yet payday posed an unwelcome surprise for these three men. They were paid for just one day of work, leaving each of them about $300 short. They felt demoralized and helpless, but they did not have to suffer in silence because of help from the Southside Worker Center in Tucson, a ministry supported by One Great Hour of Sharing gifts.

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Leadership
From A Church for All Starving Artists (Jan Edmiston):

Pastor Shape Up

Quick question for clergy: What was your last Continuing Education event and how did it positively impact your ministry?

Quick question for parishioners: What would you suggest to your pastors for their next Continuing Education event in hopes of positively impacting their ministry?

Continuing education can be a flash point for some congregations and their leaders. If pastors and congregations have a trusting, loving relationship, people can say to each other: “How can I be a more effective leader?” and the feedback will be honest.

[Read More]

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