ALERT! Stated Meeting Postponed to Feb. 3

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Alert message from Rev. Gregory Keosaian, Stated Clerk

Dear Members of Presbytery:

          As the “Blizzard of ‘15” fast approaches, our officers and staff, in consultation with our host Pastor, the Rev. Bert Watkins, have decided to postpone our Stated Meeting, for one week, until Tuesday, February 3rd, at 5:00 P.M., at the First Presbyterian Church of Ridgewood.

          We are grateful to our hosts for their willingness to accommodate this change of plans!

          We will hold an abbreviated Meeting, as follows:

  • Convene promptly at 5:00 P.M.
  • First order of business – Suspend (by a 2/3-majority vote) the Standing Rules, Article I, Section 1, which specifies that the Stated Meeting is to be held on the 4th Tuesday of January.
  • During the “Opening Business,” the Stated Clerk will propose an amended Agenda, which essentially covers the first 1 ½ hours of business – i.e. through the Report of the Presbytery Council, Board of Trustees, and the discussion about the Budget deficit – ending just before CAMEOS.
  • Adjourn at 6:30 P.M., without Dinner, and postpone Worship and the “enrichment” portion until the March Stated Meeting.

[NOTE:  the Presbytery Council will hold its Regular February Meeting, at 7:00 P.M., immediately following the Presbytery Meeting on February 3rd, at the Presbytery Office in Rochelle Park.  Supper will be ordered in for Council members.]

     Thank you all for your cooperation in this important change of plans!

     Please be safe, and stay well!

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Highlights, Actions & Policies from Stated Meeting November 18, 2014

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For Highlights of the November Stated Meeting click here.

The following actions are provided to the Presbytery members by the Stated Clerk.

Presbytery VOTED:

To APPROVE Presbytery’s portion of the 2015 Per Capita Apportionment in the amount of $25.28 per active, communicant member.  This represents no change from 2014.

 [NOTE: we have received word that the General Assembly and Synod of the Northeast Per Capita amounts for 2015 are as follows:  Synod of the Northeast - $4.00 (a $.05 increase from 2014); General Assembly - $7.07 (a $0.05 increase from 2014).]

Therefore, the total 2015 Per Capita Apportionment for the Presbytery of the Palisades shall be $36.35 per active communicant member, as compared to a 2014 total of $36.25


To MAKE AVAILABLE $300,000 for grants, from the proceeds of the sale of the property of the former First Presbyterian Church of Wood-Ridge, in accordance with the newly-adopted Policy on the Use of Assets of Dissolved Congregations (“New Wineskins”).

For a copy of the Policy (click here). For the accompanying application form (click here).

Completed application forms should be returned to the Presbytery Office.



          1.  A 2% increase in SALARY + HOUSING for all full-time Calls/Invitations for 2015, for a new, minimum SALARY + HOUSING of $62,644.   Less than full-time Calls/Invitations may be pro-rated accordingly.

          2. An INCREASE in the minimum for Professional Expenses (including travel) for 2015, to $2,500; and an INCREASE in the minimum for Continuing Education Expenses for 2015, to $1000.

          3.  In addition, the Committee on Ministry recommends that the SALARY + HOUSING for Ministers currently receiving more than the new Presbytery minimum be increased by 2% for 2015, wherever possible.

Note: The new federal mileage rate for 2015 is 57.5 per mile.  

And a REMINDER:  Please submit your 2015 Terms of Call/Invitation to the Committee on Ministry as soon as possible in the New Year!

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