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International Peacemaker Visits the Palisades

Arda Aghazarian, International Peacemaker, will be visiting the Presbytery of the Palisades September 23-27, 2011.

Ms Aghazarian, is touring several Presbyteries as part of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program of the General Assembly Mission Council.  The Mission Communication Committee, organized the visiting schedule with the following host Churches: (Click on the name of the Church for address and directions)

September 23, 8 p.m. speaking to youth and young adults (English service) @ Mid East Evangelical Church J.C.
September 24, 4 p.m. English, at FPC Englewood, and at 7 p.m. Arabic @ Mid East Evangelical J.C.
September 25, 10 a.m. English @
WS PC Ridgewood and 11 a.m. Armenian @ The Armenian PC in Paramus.
September 26, 7 p.m. @
West Side PC Ridgewood for fellowship and follow-up.
For more information or details please contact Paul Talarico

You may also read Ms Aghazarian's publication in The Nation

All are welcome to attend and invite others.

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Youth Mission Trip to Washington DC


Report from Rev. Janet McGreggor-Williams:


From July 24 -31, seven youth and three adults from Palisades Presbytery went on a mission trip to Washington DC, with TeamEffort.  We stepped out of our own comfort zone and had a variety of opportunities to explore what mission is all about.  No two days were the same.  We fed the homeless, picked vegetables that went to food pantries, and hung out with children at a youth center.  We gained a deeper appreciation for the food we eat and the hands that grow it.  As we played with children in the “projects” we saw that they just wanted love and acceptance.  A day feeding the homeless in DC took us to a park opposite the Whitehouse, were we took time to meet the homeless and hear their stories.  Though people looked at us strange, we realized that the homeless are people too.  It made us wonder if our parents lost a job and unemployment ran out—would we be able to keep our homes.  We learned to work together as a team, supporting and encouraging each other.  Jesus had knack for seeing the people that everyone else overlooked.  He was committed to caring for others.  This experience has helped us see the neglected and overlooked, the oppressed and the disenfranchised.  It has enlarged the world view that the youth have and challenged us to focus not on scarcity, but abundance.

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Highlights of the Stated Meeting, June 21, 2011

The meeting was hosted by the First Presbyterian Church in Ramsey. The Staff, Elders and Deacons warmly welcomed the Presbytery members. The sanctuary was adorned with Pentecost decorations which enhanced the theme for the worship service. The participants in the worship service were the ministers celebrating their ordination anniversaries. The Rev. Donald Smith, who celebrated his 65th year of ordination, gave a special meditation on how missions have changed over the years.  Worship was led by Rev. Steve McClelland, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Hackensack, who celebrated his 25th year of ordination.
The Presbytery approved the minutes of March 15, 2011 and the consent agenda.
The Stated Clerk explained in detail the effect of the passing of Amendment 10-A and n-fog (New form of Government) and the enabling resolutions. All materials were included in the pre-pak, sent to all ministers and clerks via e-mail and posted on the website with June 21 documents.
The Leadership Study Group presented three questions, which were discussed among six groups.

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