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June 11

Weekly Prayers

This Week: Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green;
Fanwood Presbyterian Church;
Mideast Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Jersey City

Next Week: The Staff of the Office of the General Assembly
and the Presbyterian Mission Agency

Full Weekly Prayer Calendar
Message from our Presbytery Co-Leaders
 
Dear Presbytery Friends,
 
As we continue the process of becoming a new presbytery together, there are lots of things going on!
 
I want to remind and invite you all of the Presbytery-wide Zoom gathering, which happens every Tuesday at 1PM, and the Presbytery Pastors Check-in, which happens on Thursdays at 10:30AM. Please feel free to join us when you are able!
 
Tuesdays (open to all) – Click to Join
 
Thursdays (open to pastors) – Click to Join
 
Some highlights of recent work in the presbytery include: 
 
Your Commission on Preparation for Ministry meets on the last Tuesday evening of each month. At their meeting on May 25, they took the following action on behalf of the presbytery: they met with candidate Hector Herrera, certified him ready to receive a call, and granted permission for him to circulate a PIF and negotiate for pastoral services. We anticipate examining him for ordination at the special meeting of the presbytery on August 4th if the way be clear. They also approved an internship site for a candidate under their care. 
 
Your Commission on Ministry meets each month on the first Thursday. At the meeting on June 3rd, they took the following actions on behalf of the presbytery:
  • Met with members of the Springfield Church and approved the Ministry Information Form for their search for a designated associate pastor for community outreach. 
  • Met with members of the Associate Pastor for Children Youth and Family Ministries and their candidate, found the call in order, and sustained examination of the candidate for membership in the presbytery, if the way be clear pending a congregational meeting scheduled for June 27th 2021.
  • Validated the ministry of Candidate Hector Herrera at the Tokyo Union Church if the way be clear pending his examination for ordination at the August 4th special presbytery meeting. 
  • Appointed moderators of sessions as needed and reviewed churches in transition.
The Commission on Ministry reviewed the process for pastoral transitions as a training time during this meeting and is looking forward to receiving training on the role of the COM liaison and on structuring terms of call and benefits offerings through the Board of Pensions at upcoming meetings. 
 
In Peace,
Jeremy T. Campbell                                    
Co-Presbytery Leader/ Stated Clerk            
 
Steve Huston
Co-Presbytery Leader / Resource Presbyter

EVENTS

Presbytery Check-ins
 
Every Tuesday at 1pm - Open to everyone in the Presbytery
 
Every Thursday at 10:30am - Open to all pastors within the Presbytery
New Synod Trainings

June 14, 6:00- 7:30 pm
June 15, 10:00 - 11:30 am


VIRTUAL COM Training

The Synod will offer two 90-minute virtual COM training opportunities; on June 14th at 6:30 pm and June 15th at 10:00 am. The training will be led by our own Synod Transitional Leader, the Rev. Dr. SanDawna Gaulman Ashley. 

The training will include:

  • COM Oversight and Authority
  • Communication, Polity, and Procedures 
  • The Call Process
  • Managing Pastoral Transitions
  • Advocacy and Support
  • Flexible and innovative models of COMs 

Please click here to register for one of these sessions. and share it with your COMs and those that you feel would benefit from this opportunity. 
 

July 13th, 10:00-11:30 AM
CPM Basics: What Every Committee Member Should Know

Building on a review of how American cultural trends regarding professional formation and leadership are impacting attitudes about training future pastors, this webinar will review the specific responsibilities of those under care, their sessions, and the presbyteries in the PC(USA) preparation for ministry process. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the centrality of individualization within covenantal relationships with inquirers and candidates.

Please share this information with your CPMs and all those that you feel would benefit from this training.

Click here to register.

Learning Opportunities from Worship Times

Be sure to take advantage of these three helpful webinars offered by our communications partner, Worship Times.

Worship Times Monthly Community Q & A
June 23 @ 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
We’re getting together for a wide-open conversation about anything you want to ask about your Worship Times website. A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G. Bring your questions!
Register here.


Regathering for Worship?
Watch the video playback of a past webinar focused on the return to in-person worship. A video and transcript of Regathering for Worship? is available on the Worship Times website.
Directory of Congregations
Please have a representative from your congregation fill out this form to ensure that the information regarding your congregation's address, website, phone number, etc. is correct for our new website.

Complete the Congregation Directory form today!
For church professionals and lay people, Columbia’s Center for Lifelong Learning provides non-degree courses and events—opportunities to learn with and from others for faithful discipleship. Led by top-notch seminary faculty, our offerings are biblically and theologically grounded, with a practical focus to help participants identify and address specific, real-life needs.

Consider these upcoming opportunities.
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

 Register Now!

COMMUNITY MINISTRY

Upcoming Community Team Meetings


Essex Community Ministry Team Zoom Meeting
June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Register

Union Community Ministry Team Meeting
June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Register

Bergen Community Ministry Team Meeting
June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Register

Hudson/Passaic Community Ministry Team Meeting
June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Register
A Plea For Housing Aid

An Eviction Moratorium kept families safely housed and stable during the pandemic but the moratorium is coming to an end. The rent is coming due and that will create difficulty and potential crises for those who cannot catch up without assistance. Families will need help paying their back rent.

There are many agencies in our Presbytery that shelter and support the working families who will be impacted by the end to the moratorium. The presbytery encourages sessions to reach out to local organizations to see how you can assist those navigating this difficult transition.
Free Vaccination Clinic
 

Free Vaccination Clinic on June 17 and 18 from 3pm-7pm, and June 19 from 10am-2pm at 170 Watchung Avenue.

Learn more
Download a Flyer (English)
Download a Flyer (Spanish)

Caring & Sharing: Upcoming Workshop


June 19, 2-3 pm

Join us for the Caring & Sharing workshop at Wallington Presbyterian – part of the “Caring and Sharing” series hosted by four Presbyterian churches. This workshop is both in-person at Wallington and via Zoom. E-mail registration is required.

Topic: Helping children deal with grief and the trauma of the pandemic.

For more information and registration:
Email Marion
at Wallington Presbyterian Church


Open Hands and
Open Hearts for Service

During these unprecedented times, our church buildings may have been closed, and worship has taken a different form since we now engage in virtual and digital forms of worship at a distance. However, our hearts and our hands have remained open to serve and to do the work of The Lord in these difficult times. Read more about the mission projects from some of our congregations which have continued throughout this period of changes and challenges in the communities we serve.  From Maria Santa (Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana/Warren Point)

Read the Full Article

State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs CVERAP Phase II

The enrollment period started Monday, March 22, 2021, 9 a.m. EST. Applications will be accepted until enough have been received to ensure distribution of all funds. Apply at DCA’s online portal: https://njdca.onlinepha.com.

Download the Informational Flyer
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 hello@newarkpresbytery.org 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 office@pnenj.org if you are interested in learning more about this group.

RESOURCES


Presbyterian Foundation
Ministry Relations Program


Are you concerned about your church’s future as you begin to reopen? Wills and legacy giving? Guidance on stewardship?

Start with our Presbyterian Foundation Ministry Relations Officers who are trained, helpful experts who understand these challenges. We offer help with online giving programs, stewardship resources, planned giving resources, investment programs and more. We are here to walk with you – in ministry, and in life. How can we help?

FAN - Faith, Activity, and
Nutrition FREE Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many churches worship and minister. The pandemic has renewed focus and interest on the church’s role in health and healing. Churches are wondering how they can address physical and mental health concerns of members. We believe that the online FAN program can help!

FAN – Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) program is a free online resource from the University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center. The FAN Online Training includes 8 self-paced, interactive weekly lessons that can be completed in about an hour. The program also includes 12 months of free materials and resources to help your church launch FAN and sustain it over the first year. FAN can help churches engage in health in a whole new way through an online platform. FAN was developed WITH churches FOR churches to improve the health of church members and communities. The FAN online training is fun and interactive.

Learn more about FAN

Need to talk?
We are here for you!

Weekly no fee support group offered. Please join us on Mondays at 12 noon. During these difficult and challenging times it is comforting to know there is support available. If you are interested in joining please email events@acapnj.org to register.
Board Connections
Employer Resources
June 7, 2021

In this issue of Board Connections, our President talks about how the Retirement Savings Plan can help prepare ministers and any employee for the future. Meet the Board's Director of Delivery and Administration, Sharon Castillo, and learn why she serves. Does your tax-advantaged account need a midyear checkup? Understand your prescription drug program's formulary. And be sure to register for Board University's next webinar, Caring for the Caregiver.

Read Board Connections newsletter
Ministry Relations Officer Position

The Presbyterian Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for our new Ministry Relations Officer position in your area. As such, we solicit your assistance in our search for candidates.

Download the Ministry Position Description
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
Save the Dates!
 
Here are the presbytery meeting dates for 2021
(meetings on Zoom until further notice).

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Saturday, November 13, 2021
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