Can We Give a Witness?
My son, Lucas, and I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the planning team for working hard to bring “Crossing the Racial Divide” with Rev. Jimmie Hawkins to our Presbytery on June 8 at the Red Door Church. We also want to encourage ALL PSV churches to encourage members to make time to attend and invite others to come along. Rev. Hawkins and The Office of Public Witness are changing lives every day in work that is essential to our identity as Christians and specifically as members of the PCUSA.
While on the PSV-sponsored Youth Mission trip to Baltimore in 2015, we had the honor of visiting the OPW offices, meeting their talented staff and learning of the great work OPW does in DC. We also learned the nuances of speaking with our local legislators. The power of the church and social justice came together in a way that was eye-opening for all.
For Lucas, the experience helped affirm a call to work toward the vocation he is now perusing.
In his words: “I was lost. I wanted to begin a life dedicated to government and politics. However, I felt as if my faith in God was holding me back. In other words: How could I be a true Christian and work in Washington D.C.? The Office of Public Witness gave me hope that Presbyterians can be leaders in political justice. If anything, our faith deserves a seat at the decision-making table.”
We again encourage all to attend the June 8 event at the Red Door Church. Bring Elders, fellow ministers of all faiths, members young and old and in-between. Come and listen and see the integral part our Church is playing in the new thing our faith in Jesus Christ makes possible.
Can you think of a better way to celebrate Pentecost?
We BOTH hope to see you there and then.
Peace, Pastor Mark and Lucas Piedmonte
Crossing the Racial Divide
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Place: First United Presbyterian (“Red Door”)
381 Main St., Oneonta (across from former Friendly’s)
Registration begins at 9:30 am
Plenary begins at 10:00 am
“Race Intersectionality in America”
By the Rev. Jimmie Ray Hawkins, Director of the
Presbyterian Office for Public Witness in Washington D.C.
Lunch and afternoon break-out groups to address how systemic racism plays out in:
- Voting rights and common-sense government reform
- Reducing poverty and defending the social safety net
- Comprehensive immigration reform
- Justice Advocacy: Cash Bail
Listening session wraps up program (concludes by 3:00 pm).
Pre-Registration preferred to help us plan lunch and childcare.
by Wednesday, June 5th about:
1) Number of people coming
2) Special dietary needs and/or
3) Childcare (names, ages, and any special needs of your children).
This event is open to the public by freewill donations.
Co-hosts: Presbyteries of Susquehanna Valley (represented by First United Presbyterian Church, Oneonta) and Utica (represented by First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown).
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019
8:30 AM TO 12:30 PM
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WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
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- 20 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 2 cents from the rate for 2018, and
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