November 14, 2017 Presbytery Meeting Highlights

More Highlight from the November Presbytery Meeting (updated November 21, 2017)

The Presbytery of Newton celebrated 200 years of ministry at its November stated meeting.  A video of Newton’s churches began the meeting.  Click here to view the video.

  • Rev. Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly, led us in worship along with liturgists Revs. Ed Halldorson, our longest tenured pastor and Tim Clarkson our newest pastor. Video of the worship service will be available once it is edited. Jan encouraged us to think about “What breaks God’s heart in our community?” and how we might heal those things.
  • Johnsonburg Camp and Retreat Center introduced their waterfront revitalization capital campaign and invited presbyters to sponsor bricks.
  • Presbyters enjoyed fellowship time with anniversary cake for the presbytery and took photos in the anniversary photo booth.
  • Revs. David Harvey and Amy Lincoln, Elders Sherry Guthrie and Stuart Ours were elected Commissioners to the 223rd General Assembly and Katherine Scott was elected as a Young Adult Advisory Delegate. The General Assembly will meet in St. Louis Missouri in June 2018.
  • Emmco shared stories about grants awarded including an update on the Presbyterian Depot, a ministry of the Phillipsburg area churches. They shared a flyer explaining how churches can get involved in their work and apply for grants.
  • The Trustees presented a video on environmental stewardship initiatives featuring the Presbyterian Church in Morristown which has recently become an Earth Care congregation.
  • The 2018 Budget was approved as presented.
  • Presbyters approved an overture to the 223rd General Assembly asking for a study of the Per Capita model of funding our ministry together looking at its sustainability into the future.
  • Presbyters concurred with an overture from Monmouth Presbytery to the Synod of the Northeast asking the synod to call together a group of representatives of the 7 geographic presbyteries in NJ to consider how realignment might help us be more effective in carrying out our mission and supporting our congregations.
  • The Presbytery Coordinating Team presented a video on What is Presbyterianism to you?
  • Margaret Mitsuyasu, Mission Coordinator for the Synod of the Northeast brought anniversary greetings from the Synod and shared about her work as well as the opportunity for groups to apply for innovation grants from the synod.