Category Archives: Book of Order

The 2015-2017 Book of Order Part II of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) contains the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, the Form of Government, the Directory for Worship, and the Rules of Discipline.

2017 – 2019 Book of Order

The 2017-2019 Book of Orders are now available.

We are placing a combined order of the new 2017-2019 Book of Order for Churches and individuals.

With past years we were able to purchase the Book of Order at the discounted bulk rate of $8 (regular price is $10).

Please note the Presbytery Office will not have extra copies of the Book of Order so if you want a printed copy at the discounted rate, please order now.

The 2017-2019 Book of Order will be available for download for free from the PCUSA website soon as well.

If you would like to take advantage of the bulk discount, please contact the Presbytery Office at  by November 27, 2017 .


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

2015-2017 Book of Order

The new 2015-2017 Book or Order is now available to be purchased.  You can go to the PCUSA website to order it individually, or contact the Presbytery Office to order it in quantity and take advantage of the discount of up to $2.00 per book.