November 13, 2018 Stated Meeting of the Presbytery

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – 1:00pm First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon 2 Lee’s Hill Road New Vernon, NJ 07976  Meeting Information Meeting Agenda November 13, 2018 Presbytery Pack (Please note in the index that not all items will be printed and will be only available online for download) Presbytery Coordinating Team Pack Directions to […]

Call to Prayer in the Wake of Hurricane Michael

God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in the aftermath of storm and distress, we welcome the restoring power of your love and compassion. We open our hearts in sorrow, gratitude, and hope: that those who have been spared nature’s fury as well as those whose lives are changed forever by ravages […]

Tough Conversations?

This week I was preparing a workshop on Facilitating a Discernment Process for a Congregation. The Process we use focuses on asking the questions “Where is God calling us in this time and place?”. Through this discernment process a congregation works through their history, spends time Dwelling in the Word, engages in conversations about where […]

Prayer for Domestic Violence Awareness Sunday

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this Sunday, October 7th, is Domestic Violence Awareness Sunday. This week, this month, and every day, may we lift up the stories of all those, past and present, who have been silenced far too long, praying that they may empower us to live into the gospel message of […]

An Invitation to Dream with Us – Report of the NJ Missional Structures Working Group

Just a couple of weeks ago I posted that the New Jersey  Missional Structures Working Group will be holding listening sessions in each presbytery. The Working Group published additional information about their work, the Listening sessions and an invitation for all to join in this very important conversation. NJ Missional Structures Working Group – Letter […]

Gracious Hospitality in the Missional Church

Excellent Host; A Faithful Guest Learn how to be both in our workshop.  Have fun, too.! Saturday, November 17, 2018 9:00am – 2:00pm Presbyterian Church in Morristown (Parish House) 65 South Street Morristown, NJ 07960 For years we suspected that our churches may not be the most hospitable places for visitors. So we have done things […]

Prayers on the eve of the anniversary of the #Metoo movement

As we approach the anniversary of #Metoo and hear in the news the stories of pain and suffering from the trauma of abuse let us pray with a heart open to hear where God is calling us, individually, and the church into a place of care, love, reconciliation and accountability. With humility and openness of […]

The news has been a little tough this week…

I have worked at only “peeking” at the news this week. Normally NPR is on my radio or “alexa”. I am regularly checking the New Times and other news services online. I pay attention to what is happening.  But this week, not so much. It isn’t because I am not interested, I am interested. This […]

Celebration of Ordination Anniversary

Congratulations to Rev. Rich Gelson Ordained on September 27, 1998 – 20 Years! Cards can be sent to: 16 Highview Street Califon, NJ 07830 [email protected]  

Celebration of Ordination Anniversary

Congratulations to Rev. Anita Hendrix Ordained on September 24, 1978 – 40 Years! 10 Greenwich Church Road Stewartsville, NJ 08886 [email protected]