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August 22, 2019
Presbytery News & Events
PC(USA) Office of Public Witness Statement on Gun Violence
Following the horrific mass shooting in El Paso where a gunman targeted immigrants he called "invaders" -- echoing hateful statements made by President Trump -- in an online manifesto, that was followed that night by another mass shooting in Dayton, OH, the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness released this Statement on Gun Violence and Recent Mass Shootings on August 16, 2019.
Come to The Table Synod Gathering, November 8-9

For Such a Time as This:  Change, Crisis and Opportunity!  Come to the Table!  The Synod gathers every year to encourage the connection, fellowship, worship, and discernment of the leaders that make up our Synod. In the even years we gather in Synod Assembly - to affirm our connectional identity, to set goals and to handle necessary governance. In the odd years we gather at Come to the Table - to learn together about and be encouraged by the missional and ministry innovation being led by Presbyterians and other partners of our regional community.Join the Synod of the Northeast for a community building, justice-seeking, faith renewing gathering November 8-9 at Stony Point Center. Learn more!
Stewardship Kaleidoscope, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 
Scholarships available! 
Join church leaders from across the country for Stewardship Kaleidoscope.  "Generosity: Healthy Signs of a Vital Steward" is the theme for this year's conference which equips leaders for effective stewardship ministry.  Over 30 leaders will be presenting in workshops and keynotes.  Learn more and register at's Stewardship team is offering six scholarships which cover the cost of registration for this fabulous conference.  To learn more about the scholarships please contact Charles Barton at crb42mdiv1@comcast.netDownload the flyer and spread the word!
Gathering of HRP Retired Clergy, Sept. 11
If you're a retired clergy, keep your eyes peeled for a Board of Pensions invite for for the annual gathering of retired clergy of Hudson River Presbytery.

The gathering will take place at the Scarborough Presbyterian Church from 12:30-2:30pm.
A representative from the Board of Pensions will be present with benefits information and to answer your questions. This is a valuable and enjoyable time and we hope that if you are a retired clergyperson, you'll be able to join us!
Healthy and Vital Congregations
Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations
The Healthy Pastors, Healthy Congregations program restores the financial health and wholeness of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pastors so they may revitalize their congregations. This innovative financial education program combines pastor and congregational leader education with grants of up to $10,000 to qualifying pastors. First Presbyterian Church, Beacon, has signed up and Pastor Ben Larson-Wolbrink is encouraging others to join.  The Rev. Dr. Carrie Mitchell, our area liaison to the Board of Pensions, can also assist you in learning more and becoming involved.  She may be reached at
Sowing the Seeds of Justice Dinner, Sept. 19,
to benefit Rural and Migrant Ministry
Rene Thiel will be honored for her years of service
On Thursday, September 19 from 6:00-9:00pm at The Riverside Church in NYC, Rural and Migrant Ministry will hold its Sowing the Seeds of Justice Dinner.  it will celebrate that, after years of stalwart advocacy by RMM and its supporters, Governor Cuomo signed the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act into law. Read the invitation. Rene Thiel, longtime RMM board member and active Elder at The Hitchcock Presbyterian Church will be honored for her years of service.  To purchase tickets contact Elizabeth Grese, or 845-665-1425.
Adopt a Prison Public Program, Sept. 22
Organized by Interfaith Prison Partnership and featuring elected officials, leaders of correctional facilities, returned citizens/formerly incarcerated, and Hans Hallundbaek,
County Exec. George Latimer will be among the elected officials speaking.
Director of Interfaith Prison Partnership, this program will provide the opportunity to learn more about what it means to Adopt-a-Prison.  Download the flyer.  The Adopt a Prison program has been implemented by the town of Bedford, Bedford Hills and Taconic Correctional Facilities, and Interfaith Prison Partnership.

Adopt a Prison will take place from 4:00-6:00pm at Bedford Hills Train Station House at Depot Plaza.  RSVP your attendance to

Why Adopt a Prison?  It will connect you to men and women who are incarcerated, it will help increase awareness about mass incarceration, and provide opportunities for volunteers as well as careers. As one corrections facility put it,  "A lot of troubles in the world would disappear if we were talking to each other instead of about each other. It is in this spirit that Taconic Correctional Facility  is interested in engaging with the local community".
Energy Savings for HRP Churches!
Thanks to the support of HRPGreen and the Budget, Finance and Property Committee of the Hudson River Presbytery, community solar through Solarize Our Congregation allows Hudson River Presbytery churches and their congregants to lock in savings of about ten percent on their electric bills for up to 20 years with no upfront cost while supporting a Care for Creation mission.

Community solar is a new paradigm that that enables electricity customers to receive the benefits of solar energy without installing panels on their own property. Subscribers enroll in a community solar project and save ten percent on the utility bill credits they receive. New York State has provided special incentives to solar developers to encourage them to build community solar projects to accelerate the transition to clean energy while increasing access to its benefits. Religious institutions are eligible to participate, unlike some other organizations and businesses.

Six churches and about twenty members of HRP congregations installed solar on their own property through last year's version of Solarize Our Congregation - many more wanted to but discovered that installing solar was not cost effective for them. Community solar eliminates that hurdle as there is no cost to participate and savings are guaranteed. In addition, churches will receive a $200 donation when they enroll and will receive a $150 donation when a member of their congregation enrolls.

Contact Nina Orville, Administrator of Solarize Our Congregation at or 914-693-6222 to learn more or visit
Regional and National Events
Faith-based Undoing Racism Workshop, Sept. 8-10, NYC
Part of the widely recognized Undoing Racism program of the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, and  endorsed by the National Association of Social Workers, this faith-based workshop is lead by the Rev.  Kymberly E. McNair, Associate Minister at Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford.  Register now!

SEPTEMBER 8 - 10, 2019

Sunday September 8 5:30-8:30pm;
Monday September 9 9am-5pm;
Tuesday September 10 9am-4pm
B'nai Jeshurun Community House 
270 West 89th Street
between Broadway and West End
Through The Beautiful Gate Pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine with the Rev. Leslie Mott, Registration due by August 30, 2019

From the Rev. Leslie Mott

Dear Friends,

If you've never been to Israel/Palestine, this trip combines the elements of a pilgrimage, time to explore the history and rich archeological tapestry of the land, and an opportunity to experience and process the political and social paradoxes of this amazing country.
I've been on this trip several times, first as participant and then as co-leader, with a variety of church groups.  While this is not an official Hudson River Presbytery sponsored trip, I would like to offer this trip to the clergy and laity of the Presbytery for next February, 2020. [Read Leslie's Full Letter]

Brochure for Through the Beautiful Gate Pilgrimage

Registration Form for Through The Beautiful Gate Pilgrimage 
PC(USA) Peacemaking Seminar Trips to Puerto Rico in 2019 (Applications due September 1) and more! 

Puerto Rico: November 11-18, 2019
In the Aftermath of Maria.
This trip will explore the political, social and racial dynamics revealed by the hurricane and how the church is responding to them.   Applications are due September 1.   Learn more

Central American Migrant Trails, Feb. 17-28, 2020 aims to help concerned Presbyterians better understand the immigration context we are facing in the US with our Central American brothers and sisters and why they take the risk of embarking on this dangerous journey north with children in tow. Learn more.

Root Causes and Current Challenges of Forced Migration and Labor Trafficking, May 4-15, 2020 Since 1974, the Philippine government systematized its labor export program, in response to increasing unemployment and underemployment and social unrest...Almost 7000 workers per day, leave the Philippines to work in land-based and sea-based jobs. The labor force of Hong Kong domestic workers consists mostly of Indonesian and Filipina women. Learn more. 
Resources for Education, Liturgy & More!
Christians Against Christian Nationalism 
An important initiative to confront Christian Nationalism has been launched by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. PCUSA's Director of Public Witness, the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, is an endorser as well as other Christian leaders of note. This article in Salon this month is an excellent summary of this movement and the larger political context. The Office of Public Witness has assembled resources for congregations to use in reflection and resistance to Christian Nationalism

Feature-length Documentary about the Flint Water Crisis
Flint: The Poisoning of an American City, produced by the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. It is the first feature-length documentary about the Flint water crisis.  Learn more about the film here:  and watch the trailer here: 

Flint: The Poisoning of An American City
Flint: The Poisoning of An American City

The film will premiere in Flint on September 12th, and be screened in five cities around the country in September and October, including New York City, before being released on video on demand platforms. Each screening event will include a Q&A panel discussion with filmmakers, water/environment experts, and people from Flint who were featured on the film. You can subscribe to  to stay abreast of upcoming screenings.
Theological Opportunities for Laypersons
The overall goal of the Christian Leadership Program of University of Dubuque Theological Seminary  is to strengthen the church through quality theological education for lay persons. While the courses offered are particularly designed for lay pastor candidates, they will serve the needs of all lay persons who are contributing their gifts to the ministry of their local church. Church officers, Christian education leaders and teachers, and persons who wish to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith will discover a rich opportunity through this program.

Classes are offered online (no residency component) through Participants benefit from a theological education, including online interaction with faculty and other students.  All online students are required to take the Online Learning Certification (OLC) as a prerequisite to any core course.  To Apply for your CLP Certificate in Congregational Leadership (Completion of all 8 core courses required and can participate in graduation):  
Matthew 25 Invitation (Short)
Matthew 25 Invitation
Learn more about the PC(USA) church renewal program, Matthew 25!  Lots of resources for creating healthy, vital congregations!
Seeking and Finding
Hymnals to Give Away!
South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry has 100+ copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal, 1990 edition with a blue cover, to give away. Most copies are in excellent condition. If you are interested, please contact Anne Day at  
Employment Opportunities
Valley Presbyterian in Brookfield, CT Seeks Interim Pastor
Valley Presbyterian in Brookfield, CT is looking for a new pastor to help them get "unstuck."  Learn more by reading their Church Leadership Connection entry.  Applicants must be certified/trained in Interim Ministry.
Katonah Presbyterian Seeks PT Organist
The Katonah Presbyterian Church (KPC) seeks a part-time organist for the period of September 2019 through early June 2020, renewable for the following year by mutual agreement.  Read the full job description.  Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience. Please submit your cover letter and resume to Katonah Presbyterian Church, 31 Bedford Road, Katonah NY 10536, Attn. Organist, or email to with "Organist" in the subject line.
FPC of Forest Hills Seeks Full-Time Interim Pastor
The First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills is seeking a full-time interim pastor to exercise pastoral, administrative, and representational leadership, and to serve the needs of the church as identified in the job description, which may be redefined as needed. Full info at: .  
Nauraushaun Church Seeks Part-Time Organist/Pianist
Nauraushaun Church in Pearl River loves its music ministry and is seeking a part-time organist/pianist. Requirements include experience planning and playing for worship services, sacred music repertoire, professional contacts and creative ideas about liturgical music; support for the choir and collaboration with the choir director; planning special music with guests, instrumental or vocal, for Christmas, Easter and other holy days in the church year; overseeing care of the instruments.  Back-to-back choir rehearsal and worship service on Sunday mornings.  Eleven-rank Wicks pipe organ. Four weeks' vacation and competitive salary.  Please contact Lise Chanin at the Naurashaun Church at 845 735 4565
All Souls Port Chester Seeks PT Christian Educator
All Souls Parish/The Presbyterian Church of Port Chester, NY is looking for a part-time Christian Educator to facilitate our Sunday Morning children's program.  The position is four hours a week with 2.5 of those hours being on Sunday morning from 9 -11:30 am.  The salary will be $18-$20 per hour commensurate with experience.  Please send a cover letter and resume to
Share Hudson Happenings
Surprise!  There's a great way to help your friends and congregants stay abreast of all things Hudson River Presbytery! Ahem, it's Hudson Happenings! This elegant, informative, splashy communique helps your fabulous friends and congregants plug in to events, connect within and beyond your congregation, and discover useful and inspiring resources for life together!  Why not sign up your session and your mission team and your spouse (haha, a little goat humor there) today?!

Filled with links to local, regional and national news as well as information on fabulous educational and advocacy events, it's your place for interesting news and events in Hudson River Presbytery, Synod of the NE and PC(USA). So why not share it with your friends?!  And with the link below, your friends can also subscribe to other e-updates from the Presbytery! Invite them to go to or share this surprise photo of me (the link is embedded).