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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 three issues of the newsletter will be published on June 22nd, July 13th & July 27th. All items are subject to review and editing. Timely submission does not guarantee inclusion.

Information, articles and links in this newsletter are provided for information only to the congregations and members of the presbytery. Nothing in this message should be construed as the official position of the presbytery unless noted as such.
From the Executive Presbyter
Meet New York City Presbytery's Leaders
T he Presbytery gives thanks and offer our prayers to the four individuals ( CRE Brunhilda Sanders-Lane (Sandy-Lane) , First Jamaica, RE Selma Jackson ,Lafayette Avenue, TE Sam Park , First Flushing, TE Bertram Johnson , Validated Ministry, Riverside Church and YAAD Ajin Cho, camera shy ) traveling to St. Louis, Missouri to represent New York City Presbytery at the upcoming (June 16–23) 223 rd General Assembly .
W elcome and thank you are in order as we welcome the new leadership of the presbytery and give thanks to past leadership. We welcome TE Chris Shelton , Moderator Elect, CRE Brunhilda Sanders-Lane (Sandy-Lane) , TE Sam Park, General Cabinet Chair & Immediate Past Moderator and we thank TE Jane Donnelly , Immediate Past Chair General Cabinet. Thank each of you for giving of your time and your talent.
Committee Leadership
P rayers and thanks for committee chairs and vice chairs completing their work and those beginning their work on various presbytery committees.

General Cabinet: TE Sam Park
Committee on Ministry: TE Derrick McQueen
Committee on Preparation for Ministry: TE Beverly Bartlett
Board of Trustees: RE Jon Chui
Committee on Congregational Ministry & Nurture: RE Tina Serlin
Committee on Witness to Society & the World: TE Charles Atkins , Chair/TE Henry Fury , Vice-Chair
Committee on Standing Rules and Overtures: TE Krystin Granberg
Committee on Session Records Review: RE Katherine Hoffman
Committee on Preparation for Lay Ministry: TE Jill Schaeffer
Committee on Nominations: RE Jim Nedelka , Acting Chair
Committee on Representation: RE Fredericka Bell-Berti
Committee on Personnel: RE Andrea Bradford
---- Rev. Dr. Robert Foltz-Morrison
From the Office of the Stated Clerk
Minister ID Cards
Minister ID cards will be available at the July 28th meeting of the presbytery. After that time you must come to the presbytery office to pick up your ID card. ID cards will not be mailed out to minister members.
From the Committee on Witness to Society and the World and the Advocate for Justice Ministries
The Committee on Witness to Society and the World calls your attention to the following updates, events, activities and resources.

  • Housing Justice Event - Join the Fair Housing Justice Center, Union Theological Seminary and the Interfaith Assembly for Homelessness and Housing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act and to kick off the Building the Beloved Community interfaith initiative.
  • PC(USA) WORLD AIDS DAY - Sunday, June 24 is designated as PC(USA) World AIDS Day
  • POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN - Find information about and register for the Week 5 (June 10) Monday action in Albany. Watch for information about buses to Washington for the June 23 Rally to Fight Poverty Not the Poor, capping off the #40DaysOfAction and launching the next phase of the campaign. 
  • Immigration Justice Actions
  • Resources for Immigration Justice and Criminal Justice

If you have questions about any of the activities, events or the work of Committee on Witness to Society and the World (CWSW) you can reach out Mark Koenig.
GA223 - Sign Up to Receive the GA223 Newspaper
T he 223rd General Assembly (2018) will be held in St. Louis, Missouri - June 16 - 23.

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meets biennially in even-numbered years. It consists of commissioners elected by each of its 173 presbyteries. The GA is full of activities: business sessions, committee meetings, an exhibit hall, daily worship services, and mission tours sponsored by the Committee on Local Arrangements. 

The assembly acts on hundreds of items of business, which it receives through the reports and recommendations of various assembly entities, and through overtures from synods and presbyteries.

Visit the GA223 homepage to learn all things GA223 and to sign up to receive the GA223 Newspaper!

Applications Being Accepted for Church Financial Leadership Grants
A pplications are now being accepted for the Presbyterian Foundation’s Church Financial Leadership Grant program . Applicants must be a pastor, commissioned ruling elder, (CRE), or leader of a 1001 New Worshiping Community within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The grants will enable pastoral leaders to institute best practices for church financial leadership, introduce them to new models of giving and stewardship, and offer new ways to talk about money and form generous disciples within their church.
Free Mental Health First Aid Training for Faith Community Leaders
NYDIS and The Salvation Army Greater New York Division offer free one-day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training certification for clergy, staff & volunteers from congregations & faith-based organizations - all training materials and breakfast are included. Participants may bring a brown bag lunch or eat out nearby during lunch hour. 

This training is being offered in partnership with Emblem Health and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene , Together, we support NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray's #ThriveNYC's goal - to train 250,000 New Yorkers in Mental Health First Aid. Training dates are:

WED. AUG 8th at 8:30 AM
WED. SEP 12th at 8:30 AM
WED. OCT 3rd  at 8:30 AM

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program which introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds an understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course, which uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect persons to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches about the risk factors and warning signs of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and addictions.
Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center
Summer Camp at Holmes
Since 1946, children and youth have been exploring their faith and living in community at Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Cente r . In fact, many of our staff ( summer and year-round!) have grown up at Holmes! Together, we strive to provide all who come to Holmes a place where they feel welcomed, loved, and comfortable to both play and learn – to appreciate each other, to recognize and follow God, and to tackle new challenges.

At Holmes, we focus on building a community . Campers and counselors join together to create family groups, with two counselors and about 10-14 coed campers. This small group model allows campers to form meaningful friendships and counselors to get to know their campers better. Learn more!
2018-19 Presbyterian Planing Calendar
Order Your New Planing Calendar Now!
T his 19-month, official PC(USA) calendar (June 2018 – December 2019) is an outstanding and well-loved resource for pastors, church leaders and members interested in the life and mission of the church. It features monthly planning and worship suggestions, lectionary readings, a liturgical color guide, foldout synod, presbytery and world maps, plus directories of PC(USA) staff, offices, synods and presbyteries. The wirebound calendar measures 8½ x 11″ and is punched to fit a standard binder. Order Copies Now!
PCUSA's newsletter is now available. Some articles from this week's edition include:

  • Compromise results in smaller per capita increase request
  • Ten new worshiping communities receive Mission Program Grants
  • Congregations encouraged to sing GA223-inspired hymn on Sunday of the General Assembly, June 17
  • Presbyterians begin 260-mile walk to the 223rd General Assembly in St. Louis
  • PC(USA) membership decline slows, but does not stop
  • Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee gets up-close view of food programs at work
  • How decisions get made at General Assembly
  • GA223 backgrounder: BOP, PILP, PPC, and Foundation - Minister compensation and Jarvie Commonweal among topics to be considered by Assembly Committee 13 

Retreat for Young Ministry Leaders in the Synod of the NE
87 Silver Bay Road
Silver Bay, NY 12874
November 8-10, 2018
Thurs. dinner - Sat. lunch

Registration for the 2018 Young Ministry Leaders Gathering is now open!

The Young Ministry Leaders Initiative (previously Emerging Leaders Initiative) of the Synod of the Northeast is an endeavor to create space and community for younger Presbyterian leaders in our region. The gathering is for people in their 20s & 30s serving in an ongoing leadership capacity (paid or volunteer) to a ministry setting in our region and connected to the PC(USA).

We welcome pastors, ruling elders, deacons, children’s ministry directors, youth ministry directors, Christian education directors, music leaders, camp & conference staff, faith-based or faith-related non-profit staff, PC(USA) agency or mid-council leadership, church planters, those who serve in traditional and non-traditional ministry settings, and more!
Presbyterian Women's Churchwide Gathering
Presbyterian Women’s next Churchwide Gathering will be held August 2–5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky! Won’t you join them?

Everything PCUSA's Presbyterian Women do as an organization and as a community is guided by their PW Purpose, and that includes ministry, resources and relationships.

Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves

  • to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study,
  • to support the mission of the church worldwide,
  • to work for justice and peace, and
  • to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.
Presbytery Meeting Dates and Material Deadlines
Stated Meeting
Sat., Jul. 28,2018
Sat., Sept. 29, 2018
Tues., Nov. 27,2018
Invitation Needed
Invitation Needed
Invitation Needed
Material Due (by 5:00 PM)
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, 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, 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
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:

  • Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church - Solo Pastor, Part-time
  • 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 .
Stay Connected to the Presbytery of NYC
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