Earth Day Prayer

April 22 is Earth Day.  First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events take place in 193 countries worldwide, according to Wikipedia. Presbyterian Church (USA) has historically engaged in caring for God’s creation. We are called to be caretakers of our earth home, God’s creation. This Earth Day and beyond let us take time to give […]

ABCs or NOPs? Where to focus?

This last weekend I was a workshop leader for the Northern NY and Central NY Synod COM Network. Basically, COM members from a lot of presbyteries gathered to learn about Committee on Ministry Liaison work. I enjoyed spending time with them. Rev. Jan Edmiston, Co-moderator of the PCUSA, was the keynote speaker. Her topic was […]

Planned Giving Navigator

Pre Presbytery Workshop Tuesday, May 8, 2:30 to 3:30 pm Johnsonburg Camp & Retreat Center Planned Giving Tools Simplified Workshop Leader: Karl Mattison, Presbyterian Foundation Planned Giving can get complicated. It can be hard to know how to reach out the right audience at the right time and with the right message. As committees and […]

Celebration of Ordination Anniversary

Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Janet Fishburn Ordained on April 17, 1988 – 30 Years! Cards can be sent to: 228 Eldorado Drive Wind Point, WI 53402-2329 [email protected]

Prayer for First Presbyterian Church of Sparta

Today we continue highlighting a  Newton Presbytery congregation for our Presbytery in Prayer this week. First Presbyterian Church of Sparta will be 232 years old this year. They are the oldest church in Sussex county still standing on its original site.  The members of First Presbyterian are energized by serving through many mission and ministries […]

Spring is teasing us

I have heard spring will make a brief appearance in the next couple of days and then disappear again.  Despite the teasing of spring we are looking forward to our May, our spring, Presbytery meeting. At the May meeting at Johnsonburg Camp, we will be electing our new committees, examining a candidate for ordination, installing […]

May 8, 2018 Stated Meeting of the Presbytery

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – 4:00pm Johnsonburg Camp & Retreat Center 822 County Road 519 Johnsonburg, NJ 07846 Dinner Reservations are necessary for this meeting.  Please see Registration Form below meeting information. Register by April 23, 2018   Meeting Information Meeting Agenda May 8, 2018 Presbytery Pack (Please note that only the Agenda and Actions […]


In this season of Eastertide we pray to the One who brings life where there is no life, who spreads hope where we see no hope, and who invites us always to join in the new transformed and resurrected creation bursting forth in our midst. May God give us all joy in God’s service and […]

Moments and Movements

Last Saturday, young people spoke eloquently their experience with gun violence in their schools and communities.  The March for our Lives drew hundreds of thousands of people, young and old, to Washington, DC and 800 other locations around the world.  One news commentator commented that the March was “not a Moment but a Movement”. What’s […]

Easter Prayer

On this Holy Week let our prayer together be one celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Brightness of God’s glory and exact image of God’s person, whom death could not conquer nor the tomb imprison, as you have shared our frailty in human flesh, help us to share your immortality in […]