Saturday, March 18, 2017 - Presbytery Assembly at Oneonta First Presbyterian

scroll down for Proposed Agenda and papers

 March 10, 2017

"I'm late for a very important date!!" (White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland  aka Stated Clerk)

Saturday March 18, 2017 Stated Presbytery Assembly Notice

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

On Saturday March 18 the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Oneonta, phone (607) 432-4286, facebook page:  The church is at 296 Main Street in Oneonta.  A good map is at  other maps may take you to the former soviet republic of Georgia.  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. Business will finish before lunch with two events following the lunchtime.  Lunch is available for $7. The pre-meeting refreshments with registration will be in the fellowship hall.

Morning Coffee/Registration  time  8:00- 9:00 :
Donut holes and small muffins
Variety of Fresh Fruit
Beverages Reg. Coffee, Decaf coffee, Hot Tea, Juices, Ice Water
Lunch 12:00- 1:00:
Homemade Minestrone Soup (Vegetarian)
Variety of Deli Roll Sandwiches:
     Egg Salad
     Sliced Ham & Cheese
     Sliced Turkey & Cheese
Potato Chips
Assorted Cookies and Brownies
Beverages Reg. Coffee, Decaf coffee, Hot Tea, Juices, Ice Water

Our Assembly offerings this year are divided evenly between the PC(USA) special offerings and local ministry needs.  This will be for the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering and the local designation is to a school backpack and food program. Checks should be made to "First Presbyterian Church". 

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)

On March 11 reports and papers for the presbytery assembly meeting will begin to be posted and can be accessed online [SCROLL DOWN, they will be further down this page] at:  then click Login.   You may need to have the presbytery user name and password to be able to open the files (initially the page will be open to the public since this notice is late).   Not all reports have been received by the posting deadline, due to a very crammed Cabinet and Committee on Ministry schedule.  You will need to check back for late reports and White Rabbits.

Once logged in the papers are at  and click the link for the March 18, 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

Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley Assembly

Proposed Agenda Saturday March 18, 2017

First Presbyterian Church, Oneonta, NY 13820

296 Main Street 607-432-4286

8:30 - 9:30AM  Registration                                       

9:00 AM  Worship (30 min) 

..........Today's Offering is divided half and half between  "One Great Hour of Sharing" and a local food and School Backpack ministry  Make checks payable to "First Presbyterian Church"

Installation of Moderator and Vice Moderator

  [Times marked with  *O.D.  are Orders of the Day and will be honored unless the Assembly extends the Docket by a Motion or postpones to a Special Assembly]

9:30 AM Call to Order / Prayer / Declaration of Quorum / Welcome by Host Pastor & Facility

Introductions of First Time Commissioners, Guests and Seating of Corresponding Members

Introduction of New Business  &  Approval of the Agenda [#1]

Consent Agenda[#2] -- includes minutes of November 19, 2016 [#15] posted 3/14/17

Financial Reports Updated to Feb 28 on 3/13/17

 Treasurer[#16][#17] Statement of Activities    [#18] Statement of Financial Position

[#19]Statement of Cash Flows     [#20] Giving / Per Capita

Financial Reports Updated - Year End 2016  on 3/14/17

 Treasurer[#21],  [#22] Statement of Activities   [#23] Statement of Financial Position

[#24]Statement of Cash Flows     [#25] Giving / Per Capita

[#26] 2015 Audit - Mondorf/Fenwick posted 3/15/17

Nominating Committee Report [#3] no printed report

Committee on Lay Preaching  [#4]  no printed report -  10 minutes includes:

Commissioning Ruling Elders for Lay Pastoral Care

Committee on Ministry[#5]  10 minutes report posted 3/13/17

Ethiopian Partnership Team [#6]   Mission Workers -   Haspels - 25 minutes

Stretch Break

Cabinet Reports    [#7]  posted 3/15/17

            Finance      [#7A]


   Manual of Operations [#8] - first reading

Reports of Stated Clerk [#9]      [#9A] Balancing of Rolls    [#9B]  Annual Statistical Summary 2016

Proposed Amendments to the Constitution from 2016  GA 220  - for first Reading

[#10] Advice from Commissioners  

[#10A] Analysis by Association of Stated Clerks(8 pages)

[#10B] Booklet style book of Proposed Amendments including full Directory for Worship (22pages)

[#10C] Chart of Old/New  Directory for Worship

[#10D] Study Guide for Directory of Worship


New or Unfinished Business

            Report of Presbytery Moderator, Synod gathering of Presbyteries

11:45 *O.D.  Sharing Good News and Announcements  (15 min)

               [ These will be ministry and mission oriented sharings.   Announcements pertaining to fund raisers/dinners, etc. should be shared by a written handout on the registration tables rather than verbal advertisements. ]


12:00 *O.D.  Adjourn with Lunch


 “The Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley lives to serve and encourage congregations as we together seek to be faithful to our calling in Jesus Christ.”

Moderator, Ruling Elder George Budine                                   Vice-Moderator, Teaching Elder Robert Peak

Cabinet Chair, Teaching Elder Patty Wolff                                 Stated Clerk, Dr. James Martin

                                                            2017  Assembly Dates

May 20 (3rd Saturday ) Owego    Sept 16(3rd Saturday)  Nineveh         Nov  18 (3rd Saturday) TBA