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Saturday, June 6, 2020 Stated Presbytery Assembly Notice

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

The June 6, 2020, Assembly meeting of the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley will be conducted on-line utilizing Zoom Meeting 

Registration will begin at 9:30 and we will have an Orientation to the meeting. 

Business will begin at 10:00

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.

If unable to attend, please email requests for excused absence to: statedclerk(at)susvalpresby.org.

Approximately 10 days prior, the proposed Docket, reports and papers for the presbytery assembly meeting will begin to be posted on our website http://www.susvalpresby.org/.

You will need to have the presbytery user name and password and be logged in to be able to open these files. Once logged in, the papers can be accessed through www.susvalpresby.org/events-listing/assembly. Click the link for the Assembly meeting near the top of the page.

Chris Burger and Rebecca Kindig, Co-Stated Clerks 

NOTE: Document numbers not linked indicate that the document has not been received by the Stated Clerk at this time.

On-Line using Zoom


Meeting ID: 258 660 8785

Password: 460596

Meeting will be recorded.

*****Presbytery Assembly Practice Session*************

Thursday, May 28, at 7:00 pm is the second of the three practice sessions for the Zoom Presbytery Assembly that will be June 6th.  This practice session will be no more than 1 hour and will be a casual orientation to the features of Zoom that we will need for our Assembly meeting.  You can make sure your technology will work, you can try out the features, and ask questions about the technology or the procedures we will be using for the Assembly.  When you think that you understand enough, you are free to leave.  If you want to stay the whole hour to practice and figure things out, you are welcome to do that as well. 

If you can’t make this first session, there is one other practice sessions scheduled which will be:                 Tuesday, June 2 at 10:00 am

Below is the link or phone number and meeting ID to the first Presbytery Assembly Practice Session.  We look forward to seeing many of you there!

If you are having technical difficulties, Evan Kindig from Northminster Presbyterian Church has volunteered to be a “Help Desk” over the phone to help you get fixed. You can call him at 607-321-7784 or email him at Evan797(at)gmail.com.

Grace and peace,


The Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley Assembly Meeting

Time: Thursday May 28, 2020, 7:00 pm

If you are joining by computer or tablet device, click this link.

Join Zoom Meeting   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84629794274?pwd=djgrVVpPRjhqWkQrWHY0RHVIUmg4dz09

Meeting ID: 846 2979 4274

Password: 195502

If you are joining by phone by smartphone, click one of these links.

One tap mobile

+16465588656,,84629794274#,,1#,195502# US (New York)

+13017158592,,84629794274#,,1#,195502# US (Germantown)

If you are dialing a phone, use the phone number below closest to your location.  Then enter the Meeting ID and Password located below the phone numbers.

Dial by your location

        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)        

Meeting ID: 846 2979 4274

Password: 195502

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keqs8bUOAq

Rev. Becky Kindig (she, her, hers)

Co-Stated Clerk

Susquehanna Valley Presbytery


P.O. Box 87

Nineveh, NY. 13813

BOP - Coping with the impact of violence

June 02, 2020

The Employee Assistance Program provides support, including counseling sessions, to help manage and work through emotions in response to recent violence in our country.

Seeing or learning about violence that results in injury or death can evoke strong emotions and impact us on many levels, especially when it occurs in our community. As we try to cope with recent violence in our country, Cigna Behavioral Health, the administrator of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)* provided by the Board of Pensions, provides strategies to help you cope as well as to help children cope.

If you would like to talk to someone about what you’re feeling, you have 24/7 access to licensed clinicians through the EAP. Just call 866-640-2772 and ask to speak with a clinician, or log on to Cigna’s website to schedule a call (one-time registration is required; use pcusa for Employee’s Employer ID).

In addition to phone consultations, the EAP provides in-person or virtual counseling sessions with a dedicated counselor. Through September 30, 2020, you can take advantage of four additional sessions, for a total of 10 sessions per issue. There’s no cost to you, and all EAP services are completely confidential. Your family members and anyone who lives with you can use the EAP, too.

During this time of high stress and anxiety, employees who are not eligible for the EAP and retired members can call Cigna’s Behavioral Resource Line at 866-912-1687 to connect with qualified clinicians.

*The EAP is not available to members enrolled in Triple-S, GeoBlue, or the Medicare Supplement Plan.

The Poor People's Campaign
The Poor People's Campaign is having a National Digital Rally, originally scheduled to be in person in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2020.
The Campaign is co-chaired by Presbyterian minister Dr. Liz Theoharis and is endorsed by the PCUSA. 
This rally is intended to focus on the cracks in American society that have become much more apparent during this coronavirus crisis.  Our hope is that as this pandemic subsides, we will return, not to "business as usual," but to a changed world of "us" rather than "me,"  where human lives are valued more than possessions and profits.
You can register for this event at Registration link for June 20, 2020.



Churches are beginning to think and plan about reopening. Last week’s email was filled with information about reopening. You can click here if you would like to see May 11th's email

Here is a link to the recording of the webinar Returning to Church: How to Re-Open Your Church in Phases by Kerri Parker, Breanna Illéné from the Wisconsin Council of Churches. 

Reopening a church leads to a whole bunch of questions. 

When will people feel safe enough to walk in our doors? 

How do we make them feel safe? 

Does that mean doing Hybrid church? 

Do we need to improve our Online technology? 

Do you just film what’s happening in the Sanctuary? 

Do we offer a different worship experience? 

Do we continue meetings Online? 

When do we start Sunday School? 

As you can imagine I could just go on and on with this list. The questions and answers will be different in each church. Now is the time to put together a team to ask, think and answer all these questions and also answer the questions that come up in your setting. 

You might want to read this article 48 Questions to Ask Before You Reopen Your Church 

We are currently working on adding webinars for June. If you have topics that would help you please send your suggestions. 

Stay Safe and Healthy. 

Charlaine Apsel

Resource Center


Virtual Arts and Music Camp

Northminster is crafting a Virtual Arts and Music Camp to take place June 22-24, 4-5 PM  for the youngest participants and 6-7 PM for older kids.  The theme is Virtual Possibilities- Anything is Possible. Although this is in the planning stages, we are extending an invitation for children across the presbytery to take part in an opportunity to learn and grow in faith.  We welcome the Presbytery's support in helping us extend this invitation.  We will have more information in the weeks ahead.

Coronavirus Resources for Churches

Please check out our website page containing information on the Coronavirus.  We will update the page as information comes in.

PSV Coronavirus Resources for Churches

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Dear Friends in Christ,

You are in my prayers as we navigate the disaster of this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. I know most people are feeling the impact — health-wise, financially, emotionally. Our lives have been turned upside down in the span of just a few short weeks. Please know that the PC(USA) is with you in spirit. With God’s help, we will get through this together.

Every day, I hear stories from around the Church of how people are suffering and how their lives have been devastated. Unemployment, sickness, parents who are thrust into the role of teacher or caregiver, the rise in racism against the Asian community, the amount of deaths, including the disproportionate death rates experienced by people of color and those already living on the margins — all have been catastrophic.

In some communities, churches are barely making ends meet. They’re facing the reality of running out of money. They worry about how they’re going to pay their bills — much less support a pastor or provide critical services in their neighborhoods.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is here to help — again

In the PC(USA), we are blessed that Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, our disaster response ministry, is already at work with presbyteries and its network of partners to rush critical aid to those who are suffering as a result of COVID-19. Thanks to the longstanding generosity of the whole Church, through gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing and other gifts from generous Presbyterians and congregations, PDA is providing vital provisions where needed — food and water, hygiene and sanitation supplies, training and more.

The unprecedented nature of COVID-19 draws into focus the core commitments of our General Assembly’s Matthew 25 foci — to eradicate systemic poverty, end structural racism and support congregational vitality. Therefore, PDA is also providing ministry continuation funding through our Matthew 25 commitment to support congregations who work with and draw from communities of people already experiencing the impact of poverty, racism or other forms of oppression.

If you are able, please help us Give, Act and Pray now.


  • Support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s emergency response and long-term recovery work as well as ministry continuation funding for congregations experiencing great needs during COVID-19 by making a gift today. Designate gifts to E052197 – Matthew 25.
  • You can also give by phone at (800) 872-3283.


  • Wash your hands and stay at home. While we value the ministry of presence, currently the best way to care for others is to observe good hygiene and physical distancing.
  • Celebrate the life-sustaining, generous engagement of congregations across the nation who are serving communities made more vulnerable by COVID-19’s impact on their lives.
  • Repudiate the hateful, racist actions and expressions that have targeted siblings of Asian descent during this pandemic.


  • Seek comfort and hope in the Risen Lord who is always with us, sustaining and supporting us through every season of life.

Thanks in advance for your generosity.

In faith,

The Rev. Dr. Diane Givens Moffett
President and Executive Director
Presbyterian Mission Agency

Mailing and phone number for the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley

The presbytery office mailing address is:

PO Box 87
Nineveh, NY 13813.




For financial matters, contact our bookkeeper, Paula Lamberson at

Paula Lamberson --PSV
5811 Heritage Landing Drive, 2nd Floor
East Syracuse NY 13057

(315) 307-2024



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