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Snow Removal Relief

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Grace to you and Peace in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus.

When one of our presbytery’s churches rejoices, we all rejoice; and, when one suffers, we all join in that suffering. More importantly because we are a connectional church, we are called to respond. Last winter’s one-two punch set a lot of you reeling under the burden of increased snow removal expenses.

In response, the Council and Trustees sent a proposal to the last Stated Meeting to provide a grant of up to $1000.00 to each church so affected. The measure was approved late in the meeting, so anyone not present and not having read the Council report in the pre-pack is probably not aware of this offer.

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Americorps need your help

The new Americorps NCCC team will be arriving next Monday, September 15-November 4

As most of you know, these young men and women sign up for a year of service with Americorps, performing community service projects throughout their assigned region.   We are lucky enough to once again have them assigned to Bergen County!   The team will be staying at Felician College, and working with Rebuilding Together Bergen County, assisting on job sites in Bergen County, mainly in Moonachie and Little Ferry, NJ.

We are once again asking for donations of meals for this team.   Dinner will be provided by Felician College, but lunches are still needed.

There will be a total of 7 team members, with one member being lactose intolerant.   We will be able to accommodate this member as needed.

 

 

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Highlights of the Stated Meeting, June 10, 2014

Pictures from the Stated Meeting, June 10, 2014 The meeting was held at the Highlands Presbyterian Church in Allendale.  The members of the Presbytery were warmly welcomed by The Pastor, Rev. David Baer, staff and volunteers of the Church.

Our pre-presbytery guest speaker, Ms. Vera White, Associate for 1001 Worshipping Communities, PC(USA), gave an overview and explained the purpose and goals of the 1001 Worshipping Communities and encouraged listeners to get more information by visiting the website Onethousandandone.org  

Ms White also lead the worship service entitled “Sent: A Sermon in 4 Parts” addressing issues of Fear, Peace, Joy and Power in our lives modeled after the disciples of Jesus Christ.

 

Stated Meeting proceedings:

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  • Rev. Marianne Rhebergen gave a Power Point presentation explaining the upcoming changes in the Board of Pensions Medical Dues Structure clarifying issues and options available to congregations and ministers.  Rev. Rhebergen, distributed a calculations example and encouraged the Presbytery members to complete a survey in which they would express their comments and opinions re the draft policy.  
  • Rev. Jeffrey Leininger, Chair of the Pensions and Benefits Committee, presented a draft policy reflecting these changes for a first reading. Rev. Leininger also informed the body that staff involved in the Shared Medical Pool Wrap Around Policy will undergo a special HIPAA Training in the Policies and Procedures governing Health issues.  This is a compliance matter which we are required to fulfil.
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