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Happenings In & Around the Presbytery of NYC
This newsletter is published on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month. All items for potential inclusion must be submitted via email to newsletter@presbynyc.org by noon on the Wednesday before the newsletter in published. the next tow newsletters will be published on April 27th and May 11th. All items are subject to review and editing. Timely submission does not guarantee inclusion.

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From the Executive Presbyter
Across the centuries since the church was founded,
      the Spirit has formed and identified it.
We recognize the true church of Jesus Christ
      wherever the work of the Spirit is evident:
              in preaching and sacraments
              in the new life and continuing growth of believers
              in the sharing of spiritual gifts and material things
              in mission and service to the world.”
                                                           (A Declaration of Faith)
This past week I visited two of our Hispanic congregations who were filled with the joy of the Spirit. Though small, each had seen growth from new members joining. Each eagerly sought to find continuing pastoral leadership. Last Sunday, I listened to a sermon of a new pastor who reminded her congregation with Scripture and stories that illustrated that we need each other. Easter Sunday many churches were filled with persons that may not frequent the sanctuary but felt there was something to celebrate, something to remember in the story of Christ’s resurrection. One church in the Bronx had persons of other faiths coming to hear the joyful songs of praise sung by the congregation. During this same period homeless men and women found a place to rest overnight, protected from the cold and given sanctuary as guests in more than a half dozen of our churches. Others found a place in our Presbyterian congregations to get a meal, study the Bible, recover from addiction, learn what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. And beyond this, you advocate for justice for those imprisoned, welcoming immigrants and refugees in a foreign land, fair wages and affordable housing, rights of persons long silenced, and some of you travel to other lands to teach or to serve those devastated by droughts, warfare, and storms. Some of you are working beyond your lifetime to see that we have a sustainable planet on which all nations may have the resources to help each other. “We acknowledge that God chooses to be known in the world through this community of ordinary people,” the same Declaration adds.

You are salt and light by the grace and mercy, love and hope, you bring to individuals, communities, this nation and the world. You and I are beset by principalities and powers that want to keep Christ in the grave and stifle the Holy Spirit’s work in the world. But Christ rises in your life and the Holy Spirit breathes life through you and your work. In life and death we belong to God. Never forget the promise God made to you in your baptism, nor the power of life that no one can take from you because it is promised by God. The Holy Spirit remains your counselor, the one who walks beside you. Have courage, you have something to proclaim and share.
---- Rev. Dr. Robert Foltz-Morrison
From the Stated Clerk
Minister ID Cards
Minister ID cards will be available at the May 15th and July 28th meetings of the presbytery. After that time you must come to the presbytery office to pick up your ID card.
From the Committee on Witness to Society and the World and the Advocate for Justice Ministries
W hat is the Committee on Witness to Society and the World (CWSW) doing?
Work continues on criminal justice and mass incarceration, Freedom Rising, housing justice, immigration justice, the Poor People’s Campaign and more.
Read a recent email newsletter sent by the Presbytery of New York City.
Like the PNYC Justice Ministries Facebook page. Tell us about ways you are working for justice and we will share it on the page.
Like the Freedom Rising: NYC Facebook page for information about how the presbytery is participating in the PC(USA) Freedom Rising initiative.
Contact Mark Koenig to be added to the CWSW email list. Usually this involves one email a week although it may involve more at times.
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Holmes Camp and Conference Center Seeks Summer Staff
Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center seeks staff and counselors for this summer’s camping programs.
Presbyterian Men's Town hall Meetings
New York City Presbytery's, Presbyterian Men will be holding a series of Town Hall meetings. Come to learn about all of the things Presbyterian Men are doing, come with new ideas, come with a friend or two. All men are encouraged and welcome attend. The gathering's dates and locations are:
(Meeting times for each is 1 PM - 3:00 PM)
Church of the Master
April 14, 2018
Featherbed Lane
April 28, 2018
Good Shepherd Faith
May 12, 2018
First Presbyterian Church of Flushing
May 26, 2018
Presbytery Meeting Dates and Material Deadlines
Stated Meeting
Tues., May 51, 2018
Sat., Jul. 28,2018
Sat., Sept. 29, 2018
Tues., Nov. 27,2018
Invitation Needed
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Invitation Needed
Material Due (by 5:00 PM)
Fri., Apr. 20, 2018
Fri., Jul. 13, 2018
Fri., Sept. 14, 2018
Fri., Nov. 9, 2018
Committee on Ministry Meeting Dates and Material Deadlines
All material for COM's consideration must be emailed to the committee at com@presbynyc.org
COM Meeting Dates
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
COM Material Due Dates
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
*FRIDAY, December 21, 2018 (early)
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Multifaith Strategies/Training for Nonviolent Direct Action
On May 2nd, 2018, the Interfaith Center of New York will partner with the Micah Institute and the New York State chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign, to host a conference for religious and civic leaders exploring practical strategies for nonviolent direct action rooted in the diverse faith traditions of our pluralistic society. Register Now!
Princeton Youth Forum, April 24-27
For over 20 years, the Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry has gathered Christian leaders who are passionate about young people and the church. The Forum brings together rigorous academic training, rich networks of support, and praxis-oriented community building. Youth ministers, Christian educators, pastors, ministry innovators, and emerging scholars from the USA and beyond gather annually for this 4-day event on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary. The annual Princeton Lectures on Youth, Church, and Culture are featured at the Forum, presenting fresh scholarship for the field of practical theology. This year, our theme is IMAGE. We will explore what it means to practice youth ministry in a visual age. Learn more
Theological leader reflects on being first African American woman ordained in the PC(USA)
At the 223rd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in St. Louis, the Committee on Theological Education (COTE) and the Theological Education Fund will honor the Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon — the first African American woman ordained in the PC(USA). The Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon was ordained April 24, 1974, in Shelby, North Carolina by the Catawba Presbytery, in the Synod of Catawba. According to the Presbyterian Office of Information, the United Presbyterian Church listed 154 white women as ordained clergy at that time.
Presbyterian News Service asked Cannon to reflect on her ordination, in light of her life experiences, as African American History Month and Women’s History Month are celebrated in February and March respectively. Full story
On Calling a Pastor
On Calling a Pastor , is a resource for pastor nominating committees and mid councils is now available. Each section of the manual builds upon the next to walk users through the call process highlighting the partners in the call process, polity, using the CLC system, and emphasizing the need for spiritual discernment. The resource is in PDF format. It may be read online or downloaded and printed. "On Calling a Pastor" includes videos, links to online resources, case studies, and "teach the teacher" Power Points for those training pastor nominating committees. Download the full handbook or individual chapters. You may also watch supplemental videos. To access the video links from within the PDFs, click on the icons found in the various chapters.

The Church Leadership Connection staff is here to serve you. If you need any assistance or have questions, contact them by phone at 888-728-7228, ext. 8550, or by email at clcstaff@pcusa.org .
Employment Opportunities Within and Around the Presbytery of NYC
Congregational Searches
The following congregations in our presbytery are currently engaged in active searches:
  • First Presbyterian Church of Flushing - Christian Educator
  • First Presbyterian Church of Flushing - Youth Director
  • Fort Washington Heights Presbyterian Church - Solo Pastor, Part-time 
  • St. Augustine Presbyterian Church - Solo Pastor, Part-time
More information on these positions can be found on the PC (USA)'s Church Leadership Connections (CLC) website.  Click here for CLC's website .
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