Dec. 21, 2017
Northeast Georgia Presbytery Newsletter
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Prayer Concerns and Celebrations
Christmas Greetings
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  2017 Advent Greetings
Blessings and Peace to you! May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance! (Jude 2)
I extend my deep appreciation and thanks to the 135 Presbyterians who registered and to those present during the executive session at the Called Meeting of Northeast Georgia Presbytery, this past Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Many had to leave for other appointments and to tend to other pastoral concerns, and I am grateful for all who stayed through the course of a long meeting. I thank God for our Presbytery which embodied the virtues of love, faithfulness, mercy, righteousness and peace.
The Northeast Georgia Presbytery voted 99 to 6 in favor of the agreement in principal between the parties in the lawsuit, Alps Road Presbyterian Church vs. the Presbytery and the Presbyterian Church USA, which under the terms of the agreement must be held completely confidential in perpetuity.  In other words, what we can say from this day forward is "the parties have settled the matter, but the terms of the agreement are held in confidence."  This is a common practice in civil lawsuits. And for anyone present Tuesday, I will be glad to visit with you if you have further questions, thoughts or comments.
All thanks and praise to God for the partnership along the journey for all who've been involved, particularly the faithful members of Central Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and their pastor Rindy Trouteaud, Andy Cooke, Brock Burnett, Linda Turner, Anita Green, Travis Adams, Moderator Ed Boland, and our attorneys.
I feel a deep sense of peace as we let go of the difficulties of the past and move forward into the New Year as Christian sisters and brothers serving in the mission field in Northeast Georgia and the world!  I continue to hold you all in prayer and wish you a joy-filled Christmas!


snowy-trees-sm.jpg ANNOUNCEMENTS 
First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville will host their 19th annual World Mission Conference on January 26-28, 2018.  Events will include personal stories from missionaries serving around the world, information on opportunities to support the work of missionaries and their agencies, and keynote presentations from Rev. Jose Luis Casal, Director of the Presbyterian World Mission Agency. Everyone is invited and welcome! For more information, please contact the church at 770-532-0136 or click here.
Please click here to see Flint River Presbytery's  2018 Celebration of Faith brochure. The event will be held March 9-11, 2018 at the Lodge at Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Georgia.
The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen 2018 Triennial will be held April 23-26, 2018 at the Montreat Conference Center. Click here to register.
From Union Presbyterian Seminary, please click here to see a number of interesting and helpful workshops coming up in the next several months.
Register now for the Winter Pastors' School at the Calvin Crest Camp Conference and Retreat Center in Fremont, Nebraska. For more information please click here.
Click here for information on eight online courses for Commissioned Ruling Elders from Dubuque Theological Seminary, scheduled for the spring term, January 29 to May 12, 2018.

Prayer Concerns and Celebrations   
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Ruling Elder Carol Meadows, member of Mount Hermon Presbyterian Church, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Her service will be held at the church on Thursday, December 21st at 3:30 p.m. with burial following at the church cemetery. Her husband Robert is a member of presbytery's Examinations Action Team, an arm of Committee on Ministry, and served as Recording Clerk for the presbytery for a number of years. Please keep Robert and their family in your prayers at this difficult time.
We want to hear from you!!  Please share your prayer concerns and celebrations by calling the presbytery office at 706-353-2533 or email Linda Turner

Christmas Greetings!                         
from the Presbytery Staff


Christmas greetings from the staff of Northeast Georgia Presbytery! The true joy of Christmas is the love of Christ, shared with family and friends. May you find His peace, love and joy in the coming New Year.

The  presbytery office will be closed to the public from December 22 through January 1 to celebrate Christmas, New Year's, and enjoy some vacation time.  We will be back in the office on January 2, 2018.



Budget Finance Initiative Team meeting, presbytery office, 2:30 p.m.,  January 9

Committee on Ministry meeting, Covenant Athens Church, 10:00 a.m., January 11

Orientation for Ministry Team and Commission Chairs, location tba, 9:30 a.m.,  January 13

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, presbytery office closed, January 15

Committee on Preparation for Ministry Team meeting, Jefferson Church, 9:00 a.m.,  January 16

Coordinating Team meeting, location tba, 1:00 p.m.,  January 23

Examinations Action Team meeting, presbytery office, 10:00 a.m.,  January 25

We believe Almighty God is calling Northeast Georgia Presbytery to become a Christ centered, inclusive community of faithful and healthy congregations.
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