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Highlights of the Presbytery Stated Meeting March 17, 2015

The meeting was held at the Warren Point Presbyterian Church in Fair Lawn.  Every effort was made by the Pastor, Rev. Jeffrey Leininger, his staff and volunteers to organize the meeting and welcome the presbytery members.

Rev. Jeffrey Leininger led the Worship Service and the preacher was Rev. Dr. David Davies, pastor of the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton.  The sermon was entitled “The Mammon of Injustice”.

The Business Meeting started as scheduled and the agenda was approved.

Click the following link for the entire Pre-Pak:

Below are the highlights of the proceedings:

  1. Upon MOTION properly made and SECONDED from the floor, Presbytery VOTED to DIRECT the Presbytery Council to include a financial report at every Stated Meeting.
  2. Upon MOTION properly MADE and SECONDED from the floor, Presbytery VOTED to POSTPONE until the June 16, 2015 Stated Meeting [an amendment to the Standing Rules proposed by the Board of Trustees], pending further clarification of the rationale.
  3. Presbytery VOTED to ADOPT a motion that instructed the “Trustees, Property and/or Finance Committee” to produce “within sixty days... a full and comprehensive report detailing all of the income and expenses related to the sale of the First Presbyterian Church of Wood-Ridge, the First Presbyterian Church of Edgewater, the West Side Presbyterian Church of Englewood, and the First Presbyterian Church of Garfield, and any real estate sales that have occurred in the last five years. ... This report shall be published to every congregation, Teaching Elder, and Ruling Elder Commissioner registered for this Stated Meeting of March 17, 2015, and other commissioners to the Presbytery.”
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Highlights of the Rescheduled Meeting, February 3, 2015

Installation of officers and Farewells The meeting of January 27, 2015 was rescheduled to February 3 due to hazardous Blizzard Conditions.  Our host Church (Ridgewood, First) kindly accommodated the change of plans.  The abbreviated meeting convened at 5:00 p.m.

The First order of business was to– 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 proposed an amended Agenda, which essentially covered 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.

The new Moderator, Elder Gilda Bonnemere and Vice-Moderator, Rev. Jon Brown were installed in their respective positions. Elder Paul Talarico, past Moderator, propounded the constitutional questions and exchanged the symbols of office.

The recommendations and reports included in the pre-pak material together with the consent agenda were approved. 

The new "Ethics Policy" Final reading was approved.

A 1st reading for the By-Laws of the newly established Board of trustees was introduced for discussion.

A new motion from the floor was introduced regarding the Sale of Wood Ridge property and was approved.

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

Please continue to "read more" and hover the mouse on the different policies to open the hyperlinks.

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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