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July 2

Weekly Prayers

This week: Watchung Presbyterian Church
Next Week: All teams of the Presbytery
Week After Next: First Presbyterian Church Arlington, Kearny

Full Weekly Prayer Calendar
Vigil to End Human Detention Camps in the U.S.

Over the past week, horrific reports and images have brought to our attention the realities faced by refugees detained at border camps. The reports of children dying after being denied medical care and basic human rights has moved from a political agenda to a moral and ethical crisis.

With thanks to Rev. Caroline Unzaga (Wyoming) for sharing the following event with me, I now share it with you. Who wants to go?

On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to detention camps across country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.

-Barbara
The Matthew 25 Initiative
Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett visits the Presbytery of NYC

The Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will visit the Presbytery of New York City to talk about the new Matthew 25 Initiative.

Here is her schedule:

Friday, July 26 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM
475 Riverside Drive - Interchurch Center
Informal conversation and a brief presentation on the Matthew 25 initiative.

Saturday, July 27 from 10:00 to Noon
First Presbyterian Church, Manhattan
A presentation on the Matthew 25 initiative and conversation about how our congregations are already in the process of becoming and being Matthew 25 congregations. 

For more information you may contact Mark Koenig
Ordering PC(USA) Planning Calendars and Books of Order

If you are not already receiving a 2019-2020 PC(USA) Planning Calendar from the PC(USA) store, and would like to purchase one through the Presbytery, we will be ordering some. Please fill out the order form on our publications page. The calendars will be available at the end of August, or beginning of September, so the September 14 presbytery meeting is a great time to plan to pay and/or pick up your copies! The calendars will be $8.50 each, and we are requesting that you pay for your calendars before you pick them up or we ship them to you.

If you will not be at the September presbytery meeting, please send your payment to the office. If you would like your calendar(s) to be shipped, please include shipping in the check. (Shipping costs are approximately $2.50/calendar or $7.25 for 3 calendars.)
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We also have 50 copies of the 2019-2021 Book of Order available for purchase. They are also $8.50/each (+shipping). You may also pick these up in the office. If you would like a copy, please email our office to arrange the details. Thank you!
Important update to Child Protection Policy

It has come to our attention that the information about the agency to call for abuse and neglect is incorrect in our presbytery child protection policy. The agency and telephone numbers listed are for Essex county in New York and not NJ.

The correct agency name is Department of Permanency and Child Protection (DCP&P) and the telephone number is (877) 652-2874 which is the statewide child abuse hotline number.

We will get an updated, approved copy of the policy up on the website as soon as possible, but please update any copies you have. Thank you!
Thank You! An Update

We wanted to clarify that the concerts held to support he Puerto Rico Mission Trip, at Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair, and the Taiwanese Church of North Jersey raised $2345 (this is a correction from the last newsletter) to support our trip. Thank you again to everyone who donated directly or hosted or attended one of our concerts!
Puerto Rico Trip Orientation Meeting

We're having an orientation and information meeting for our Puerto Rico trip participants, Wednesday, June 26, 7:30pm, at the Bloomfield Church on the Green Parish House. Mark your calendars, PR team!
We are excited to share all the information about our October 5th presbytery-wide leadership event with the theme, Where Two or Three Are Gathered at Montclair State University. Check out the full schedule, workshops and registration on our website
Northeast Region Annual Meeting
National Presbyterian Black Caucus

The annual meeting of the Northeast Region of the National Presbyterian Black Caucus is Friday, August 9, 3pm, through Saturday, August 10, 3pm, at Roseville Presbyterian Church, 36 Roseville Ave, Newark NJ 07107.
Trip to Memphis Sponsored by Trinity Presbyterian

Trinity Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a trip to The Soul of Memphis, TN, departing from Montclair –
August 26-31, 2019.

Please call Maisie Hodgson @ 973.374.1882 for details if interested.
Come to the Table 2019

The third installment of the Synod of the Northeast's Come to the Table event is scheduled for November 8-9, 2019 at the Stony Point Center in Stony Point, NY. The planning team is hard at work designing the experience focused on worship, joint learning – with a mission fair, and two 1½-hour-long workshop sessions on three tracks – and fellowship. The theme around which our Synod community will gather is For Such a Time as This: Change, Crisis, & Opportunity.

Mark your calendars and find more information on the Synod website. Registration will open soon.
Finances and Stewardship Opportunities
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.

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.

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!
  • 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
You Can Still Register for Big Tent!

Big Tent is in Baltimore, MD, August 1-3. The theme is Called to a Movement Beyond Institution, which will emphasize our hope of the Gospel and its power to challenge institutional conventions. 

Through worship, Bible study, learning opportunities, and active engagement with one another and the community, attendees will encounter the Church participating in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity.

Full schedule, details and registration are available on the Big Tent 2019 page.
Leadership
From Presbyterian Outlook:
 
Milestones and Moments

Sitting beside my daughter, a senior in high school, in a darkened theatre in Charleston, South Carolina, I heard the author of “Wonder” say that writing the book helped her learn “to focus less on milestones and more on moments.” Her sentiment struck me enough that I wrote down her thought. Moments make up a life, I think she added. Milestones do, too, I would argue. Reflecting on my son’s recent graduation from college...I realize that milestones conjure moments vivid, lovely and cherished. Milestones and moments often come in tandem, comingled, unable to be extricated one from another. [Read More]
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