Call For Comment on Revised Personnel Policy 

Dear Presbyters: 

The Cabinet plans to present a revised Personnel Policy for the Presbytery for a first reading and questions on the floor at our September 17th Assembly, with the intention of voting on the Policy at our November Assembly. In order better to receive your suggestions--and perhaps speed up time on the floor on November 17th--we would like your comments and questions early. Please peruse the two following documents--our existing Personnel Policy, and the draft with revisions--and send questions and comments to me, Emrys Tyler, at emrystyler(at) Or you may call me for a conversation at 607.621.2204.

May 11, 2016 

Saturday May 21, 2016 Stated Presbytery Assembly Notice

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

On Saturday May 21 the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley will be hosted by the United Presbyterian Church of Walton; 58 East Street, Walton NY 13856 phone  607- 865-4390.  The Parking is on the streets and a lot is next to the church building, with handicap accessible ramps off the parking lot.

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  Lunch is available for $7 and will be BBQ Chicken (from Miller's barbeque), baked beans, cole slaw, desert and beverages.

The Offering will be divided 50/50 between the Pentecost Offering and "Web" - weekend backpack program for elementary school kids in Walton

Childcare for voting commissioners at the Assembly is arranged by calling the church no later than Tuesday, May 17. 

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 13 reports and papers for the presbytery assembly meeting can be accessed online at:  then click Login.   You will need to have the presbytery user name password to be able to open the files.  Contact Christine Rogalski or Stated Clerk James Martin to obtain these.

Once logged in the papers are at  and click the link for the May 21, 2016 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.   

The meeting is planned to adjourn with Lunch as an Order of the Day at 12:00.  


Rev. Dr. James F. Martin, Stated Clerk

Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley Assembly

Proposed Agenda Saturday May 21, 2016

United Presbyterian Church, 58 East St (at East & North Streets) Walton, NY 13856

phone  607-865-4390

Click here for assembly survey

 8:30 - 9:30AM  Registration                                       

9:00 AM  Worship (30 min) 

..........Today's Offering is divided half and half between  "The Pentecost Offering" and "Weekend Backpack Program"  Make checks payable to "United Presbyterian Church"

 [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 CoLP [#4], Revised Position Descriptions for Treasurer[#7A] and Stated Clerk [#7B],  PW of the Presbytery [#10], Stated Clerk [#11],  Nineveh Session Letter [#12] Annual Statistical Summary[#11A], minutes of February 13, 2016  [#15], Financials [#17, #18, #19].

 Nominating Committee Report

 Committee on Ministry[#5A],  Part B will be posted Late: [#5B]

 Ethiopian Partnership Team [#6], [#6A] (10min)

 Stretch Break

 Cabinet Reports    [#7]

            Personnel        [#7A], [#7B]


Vice-Moderator - A Change in "New Beginnings"

 11:10   Justice in Mission Ministry Team [#8]  Odisha project  (20min)

 11:30  *O.D.  Commissioning of Youth Triennium Participants [#9]  (10min)

New or Unfinished Business

 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, Teaching Elder Patty Wolff                          Vice-Moderator, Ruling Elder George Budine

Cabinet Chair, Teaching Elder Emrys Tyler                     Stated Clerk, Dr. James Martin


                              2016  Assembly Dates

May 21  (Third Saturday )                                                                          Walton, United

Sept 17  (Third Saturday of September)                                                      Union, Endicott

Nov 19  (Third Saturday )                                                                          Gilbertsville, First