March 1, 2014 Presbytery Assembly

 Presbytery Assembly will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Delhi, Saturday, March 1.

February 19, 2014

Saturday March 1, 2014 Stated Presbytery Assembly Notice

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

On Saturday March 1st the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Delhi website:, phone  607-746-2155.  The church is at 4 Clinton Street, less than half a block from State Route 10  (Main Street) in Delhi.  Parking is behind the church in a lot and on street.

The assembly will begin at 9:00 a.m. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and business is to conclude with a conference time sponsored by the Committee on Ministry and the Cabinet(Council) on 'Pastor Compensation and Ministry Models' followed by lunch.   

Coffee and snacks will be available at registration.

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 and the local designation is the "Mosaic of Peace" conference that young adult elder Ben Althaus is attending.   Checks should be made to "First Presbyterian Church, Delhi". 

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)

After February  21st, reports and papers for the presbytery assembly meeting can be accessed online at: and choose Login.    You will need to have the presbytery user name and password to be able to open the files (they have not changed, call 607-323-4477 if you need them ).

Once logged in the papers are at  and click the link for the March 1, 2014 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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Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley Assembly

Proposed Agenda Saturday. March 1, 2014

First Presbyterian Church, 4 Clinton Street Delhi, NY 13753


8:30 AM               Registration begins

8:55 AM               Walk-through the Docket – Stated Clerk   

Packet of Reports and Papers as of Friday 2/21/13 - 39 pages - without flyers

9:00 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]

Approval of Proposed Minutes - November 2, 2013  [#2]

Committee Reports (as needed)

       Committee on Lay Preaching

       Committee on Preparation for Ministry

       Committee on Nominations [#3] - not posted online

Ministry Team Reports

                               Christian Nurture

                               Ethiopian Partnership [#5]

                               Justice In Mission

Stated Clerk Report  [#6]     [#6A] - Roll Balancing;    [#6B] - By-Laws   [#6C] - 2013 Terms of Call/Contract 

10:00  AM  Order of the Day     Worship

Offering: ½ for One Great Hour of Sharing and ½ for Mosaic of Peace Conference - Benjamin Althaus (ruling elder, Delhi First) attending.  (Make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church, Delhi)

Cabinet Report  [#7]    [#7A] -Revised Organizational Chart

            Financial Reports  [#11] Balance Sheet   [#12]Activities  [#13] Giving - Year End 2013 Reports

Sharing Good News – 30 second announcements

Upcoming Events:   Flyer & Registration for March 22 Leadership Development Day - Oneonta                                           Brochure for April 4  Mission Volunteer Visitors - Binghamton United 

New or Unfinished Business

Committee on Ministry report  [#8]

Adjourn with Prayer

11 AM  Conference Hour 'Pastor Compensation and Ministry Models'

               All churches and ministers are encouraged to participate - not just those providing manses or struggling with BOP dues increases - though this discussion arose out of the 'Minimum Pastor Compensation  Policy' last fall. 


12:00 PM 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, Elder Judith A. Gage                                         Vice-Moderator, Rev. Emrys Tyler

Council(Cabinet) Chair, Rev. Lisa Heckman                    Stated Clerk, Rev. Dr. James Martin


Remaining 2014 Assembly Dates:                           Saturday May 31, 2014 at Union, Endicott  

Saturday  September 20 at East Guilford                   Saturday November 15 at Marathon

Next Assembly:  Saturday May 31, 2014 at Union, Endicott