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Pastoral Letter on the Actions of the 221st General Assembly

To: The Pastors and Congregations of Northumberland Presbytery
From: William Knudsen, Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk
Subject: Pastoral Letter Reporting on the Actions of the 221st General Assembly

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This pastoral letter is to share information that we hope will help you interpret the actions of the 221st General Assembly to your congregations. I have included resources, thoughts from various Presbyterian related groups and pastoral letters. The actions of this last General Assembly have set our denomination on a new course. For some of you these actions have been long awaited and are very much welcomed. For others these actions are devastating. You are all in my prayers as we try to help interpret these actions to our congregations and as we discern God’s will as we vote on the proposed changes to our constitution.

Issues addressed in this Pastoral Letter:
1. A Thank you to our GA Commissioners
2. The Prayer of Moderator Heath Rada
3. Marriage and Civil Unions
1. Authoritative Interpretation
2. Proposed Amendment to the Constitution
3. FAQ on Same-Gender Marriage
4. Divestment
1. Mission Responsibility Through Investment (MRTI) – How We Got Here
2. GA Text Approving Divestment
3. Positive Investment Overview Video, Presbyterian Foundation
4. FAQ on Divestment
5. Letters from Presbyterian Related Groups
1. Fellowship of Presbyterians
2. Letter from the Outreach Foundation

On behalf of our Presbytery family, I want to thank our commissioners from Northumberland Presbytery for representing our congregations and pastors during this General Assembly. Our Teaching Elder Commissioner was Rev. Glen Hallead the pastor of Wellsboro First Presbyterian Church. Our Ruling Elder Commissioner was Elder Debbie Button the pastor of Tioga United Trinity Presbyterian Church. If you have any specific questions about the process or decisions of the assembly they would be more than happy to talk with you about their experience. They will be making a report our September meeting of Presbytery. We plan on voting on the amendments at our January 2015 meeting of Presbytery at Watsontown Presbyterian Church.

To read the Pastoral Letter click on the link below:                                                                            Pastoral Letter on the Actions of the 221st GA

Safe Church Policy Updates–Jenny Christian

Hello everyone! My name is Jenny Christian and I am third (and final!) Masters of Social Work student at Marywood University. For my second field placement, a requirement for graduation, I will be working with the Northumberland Presbytery, updating safe church policies and developing trainings related to sexual assault and child abuse.

During the day, I am the Victim Advocate for the Child Advocacy Center of the Central Susquehanna Valley, a division of Geisinger Pediatrics. I have also have experience as a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate and educator, as well as a drug and alcohol counselor. I truly believe that it is through education and awareness that change happens and have spent my professional career raising awareness, advocating and counseling.

I would like to thank everyone in advance for working with me and helping me develop as a social worker. I am very much looking forward to working with everyone!

I also have a page on this web site under Church.

If you would like me to contact you about any concerns or suggestions concerning Safe Church issues please use the form below:

Duct tape and Elephants–O, my….

mill hallOne of the primary missions of Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church is to  engage the members of their  congregation in the life of their community.  We at B.E.U.P. have been really busy lately and we wanted to drop you a line to fill you in on a few of our projects.  First of all we, once again, made a 17 foot cardboard boat for our annual race on the Susquehanna River.  Continue reading