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July 5, 2019
Presbytery News & Events
Discounts Available for Holmes Camp!
Thanks to generous donations...

Holmes Presbyterian Camp has a limited number of discounts available right now.

Week-long overnight camp, Camp Q, and Day Camp are included in the discounts!

Don't let cost stand in the way of camp! 
HRP Selling Office Furniture in Top Condition
HRP has tables, bookshelves, files, and chairs that are in excellent condition for sale.  It's a great opportunity to pick up beautiful cherry-wood furniture and practical chairs very inexpensively.  And we literally mean, pick up, because you'll need to transport them from our office in Scarborough.   Download the items and price list. All inquiries should be directed to or 914-941-2100.
Gathering of HRP Retired Clergy, Sept. 11
Save the date for the annual gathering of retired clergy of Hudson River Presbytery.

An invite with details on time and place will be sent once we confirm the location and time.
A representative from the Board of Pensions will be present with benefits information and to answer your questions. For now, mark your calendars! 
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!
Green Light Bill Becomes Law; Restoring Drivers Licenses Access to All NYers
At its May Presbytery meeting, Hudson River Presbytery voted its support for the Green Light Campaign to restore drivers licenses for all New Yorkers. The bill was passed and signed into law! More info will be available at in the coming weeks and months.
Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act Passes Senate and Assembly.  Governor poised to sign it into law.

From Richard Witt, Executive Director, RMM, June 20, 2019

The Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act has many provisions that improve the lives of farmworkers. It is a pathway to equality granting them new rights, though rights long received by other New Yorkers. Most notable, and one that the farmworkers have long said is a priority, is the codifying into law a process that protects them while bargaining collectively. There is also for the first time, overtime pay, which will begin at sixty hours. In turn, there is a pathway to forty hours. It will be up to a Wage Board (made up of a Farm Bureau member, a member of the AFL-CIO, and an appointee of the Commissioner of Labor,) to determine whether this pathway is possible. There is a voluntary Day of Rest, though if a worker works on their day of rest, they must be paid overtime. There is now the requirement of Disability Insurance and several other provisions. In light of farmworkers being completely excluded previously, Rural & Migrant Ministry celebrates that farmworkers are no longer excluded, and we believe they are on the pathway to equality.
We have long said that our goal at Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc. is to ensure that all are at the table. We renew our commitment to continue to stand with the farmworkers, and the farmers, as we work to implement this Bill, and to create an agricultural system in New York State that works for all. 
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
Presbyterians for Earth Care National Conference, Aug. 6-9
Presbyterians for Earth Care National Conference, August 6-9, 2019 at Stony Point Center.  The biannual Presbyterians for Earth Conference, "Peace for the Earth: from the Bible to the Front Lines," is coming to our backyard! Plan to participate in this incredible gathering of people committed to respond to the realities of climate change with prayer and action. Visit for a full conference program (including speaker bios and a diverse listing of workshops), printable flyers for posting, ideas for bulletin announcements, and a link to register for the conference.  Like the Presbyterians for Earth Care Facebook page to receive conference highlights in your feed.  See you in August! 
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 
Church Business and Administration Course at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond
Union's respected Church Business and Administration course July 23 - August 1.  Eight core curriculum seminars are offered over two weeks at our Richmond campus. These seminars fulfill requirements for those pursuing Certification as a Church Administrator through The Church Network (TCN). However, you do not have to be seeking certification to participate. Learn more.
PC(USA) Peacemaking Seminar Trips to Puerto Rico in 2019, Central America and Philippines/Hong Kong in 2020

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.

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!
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
HRP Selling Office Furniture in Top Condition
HRP has tables, bookshelves, files, and chairs that are in excellent condition for sale.  It's a great opportunity to pick up beautiful cherry-wood furniture and practical chairs very inexpensively.  And we literally mean, pick up, because you'll need to transport them from our office in Scarborough.   Download the items and price list. All inquiries should be directed to or 914-941-2100.
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: .  
Bryn Mawr Church Seeks Pianist for July
Bryn Mawr Park Church in Yonkers, NY is looking for a pianist for the month of July 2019.
Our service is at 10:00 am in our air-conditioned sanctuary.  The dates are July 7,14, 21 and 28. Please contact Nancy Hansen at 914-963-0400 or

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
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