17 December 2020

Welcome to PresbyNews. Announcements to be included should be sent to jean@hudrivpres.org. PresbyNews issues now accessible from the Presbytery website. Next issue is January 7, 2021.

Have a blessed Christimas everyone.


  • First Presbyterian, Goshen invites you to its 2020 Living Nativity, December 20 and 24, 5:30-7:00 PM. This year’s celebration will feature costumed reenactors, live animals (including a real CAMEL on December 24!), carolers, and narration of the Christmas story. More details here

  • Reminder: Christmas on the Way to a New Year The presbytery will be offering a December 27 worship service so that pastors can take what will be a much-needed day off.  Put it on  your calendar now. The Service will be premiered on our Facebook and YouTube channels at 9 AM on the 27th. For those who wish to show the service on their own platforms you may download the video file and corresponding bulletin from the attached Google Drive folder HERE

  • A Zoom on how to do Virtual Congregational Meetings, Ordinations, and Installations will be offered on January 7, 2021 at 10 a.m

  • Please be aware that all 2020 Per Capita and Shared Mission remittances must be received at the presbytery office by Monday, January 11, 2021.  Any 2020 funds received after this date will not be reflected in the presbytery's 2020 financial reporting. If you have questions regarding balances, please contact Emily Monk

  • Reminder: At the January 26, 2021 presbytery meeting, we will be remembering Ruling Elders and Ministers who died during 2020. Clerks of Session should send the names of any of your congregation’s Ruling Elders who died in 2020 to Christine Lazarus: (christine@hudrivpres.org) by January 15th.  Make sure to include 1) the name and location of your congregation; 2) the Ruling Elder’s name; and 3) the date of death. Please note that all those who died in 2020 and have served on a session at any point during their lives (even if not in your congregation) but were members of your congregation when they died should be included.

  • Nursery school and child care directors meet next on Zoom on Monday, January 25 at 4 pm. If your congregation has a director who would like to be part of this group, please send their contact information to susandegeorge@hudrivpres.org

  • Terms of Call 2021 information now available on the Presbytery website, here. Please submit no later than 15 February 2021.

  • Reminder: IT’S TIME FOR YOUR CONGREGATION TO FILE ITS 2020 STATISTICAL REPORT. A congregation’s 2020 statistical report can now be filed in the denominational database. To file a report go to https://oga.pcusa.org/section/churchwide-ministries/stats/statistical-reporting-faq/. Your church’s user name and password (don’t forget the ! in it) are the same as last year. Filing deadline is February 18, 2021.

  • Save the date now for Elder/Deacon Training. Zoom on February 20, 2021 beginning 10 a.m. Registration will be required. More information coming soon.

Ongoing information - Presbytery resources

  • Consider this: IRS encouragement for $300 charitable donations: New IRS incentive in 2020 for people to donate to organizations Details here

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