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Saturday May 20, 2017 Stated Presbytery Assembly Notice

To the Church Commissioners, Council Elders and Committee Chairs, Commissioned Lay Pastors, and Minister Members of Presbytery:

On Saturday May 20 the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Union Church of Owego, phone (607) 687-1682,  The church is at 111 Temple Street, Owego, NY 13827  Parking is behind the church and on streets.

Registration is from 8:30 - 9:30 am, with worship at 9:00 a.m. and the business meeting call to order at 9:30.  Complimentary beverages and refreshments will be available during registration.  Business will finish before lunch.  Lunch is available for $7.  The Lunch menu will include meat & cheese platters, rolls,  fresh fruit salad, potato salad, chips, cookies and beverages.

Our Assembly offerings this year are divided evenly between the PC(USA) special offerings and local ministry needs.  This will be for the Pentecost Offering and "Tioga County Rural Ministry" . Checks should be made to "First Presbyterian Union Church".

Business for this meeting will include:  Voting on the Presbytery Manual of Operations (aka Standing Rules),  Voting on Amendments to the Constitution from General Assembly,  Commissioning of a Lay Pastor,  Re-commissioning Ruling Elders to officiate at the Lord's Supper in selected churches,  Mission Work in India and a report on the Ethiopian Mission Network.

In addition to each pastor and lay pastor attending, each church is expected to send a ruling elder commissioner to presbytery assembly.  If the regular ruling elder delegate cannot attend, an alternate should go instead. Please email requests for excused absence to: statedclerk(at)susvalpresby.org

On May 12 reports and papers for the presbytery assembly meeting will begin to be posted and can be accessed online at: www.susvalpresby.org  then click Login.   You may need to have the presbytery user name and password to be able to open the files. Once logged in the papers are at  http://www.susvalpresby.org/events-listing/assembly  and click the link for the May 20, 2017 meeting near the top of the page.

Please print or save your papers to your computer in advance as only limited Internet will be available at the church.

Rev. Dr. James F. Martin, Stated Clerk

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Read the May Board Connections!


As you may know, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Should the Senate approve it and it become law, this legislation would not change coverage provided under the PPO (preferred provider organization) or EPO (exclusive provider organization) in our Medical Plan.Even before the ACA became law, our plan met its most significant provisions, such as 100 percent coverage for preventive care, as well as coverage for maternity care and mental health services.

The Board, on behalf of the Church, stands as a witness to Christ's wish that each of us experience life abundant. We have designed our benefits and programs to support the four quadrants of well-being: spiritual, health, financial, and vocational. We will continue to maintain our programmatic commitment to wholeness and all aspects of well-being.

May you and your family enjoy good health and a sense of security in the months ahead. 

Patricia M. Haines

Executive Vice President and Chief Benefits Officer



“I had to give up a career I loved, but I'm still swimming, kayaking, and singing in a country band.”
Rev. Cynthia HulingHummel, D.Minwill speak about her ongoing journey dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease

Sponsored by the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley
Day includes
•Time for Fellowship and Worship
•Lunch ( $5.00 )
RSVP to Evelyn Baker by Tuesday, May 30
evelynmartinbaker(at)gmail.com or (607) 967-7228
Saturday, June 3, 9:30 –1:30
Bainbridge Presbyterian Church


Program Description

In 1968, Walter Lee and Agnes H. Gladstone generously willed funds to West Presbyterian Church to assist students wishing to enter into active Christian work. Now administered by The United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton (UPC), the Gladstone Christian Scholarship Trust Committee solicits applications each year from students interested in being part of the program.

This program allows students to apply for grants of up to $1,000 per person per academic year. If special circumstances exist, the Gladstone Christian Scholarship Trust Committee may recommend increasing this amount. The grant may be repaid at a later time if financial circumstances permit.

Deadline: Application must be received by May 15

Gladstone Scholarship application

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Presbytery Camperships Available

The Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley provides campership funds for school-age children and youth, and young adult campers with special needs, to attend overnight Christian camps. Camperships are not a financial aid program; they are an incentive, provided to all families (regardless of family income) involved in churches in the presbytery, to support and enhance kids Christian faith journeys. For more information and applications, visit susvalpresby.org: go to Mission > Christian Nurture and click on Camperships. Click here for flyer.

Or else, http://www.susvalpresby.org/mission/christian-nurture/campership-rules/

Mailing and phone number change for the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley

The mailing address for the presbytery office has changed to PO Box 87, Nineveh, NY 13813.  The new phone number is 607-323-4477. The presbytery staff would like to thank you all for your patience as we head forward.


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