Lead Article - Greeting from our GA Commissioners:

To my Sisters and Brothers in Susquehanna Valley Presbytery -Greetings! We are somewhere around the midpoint now of on-line sessions and conducting the business of the 224th General Assembly. I am honored to be one of your Commissioners representing the Presbytery. 

Among the highlights for me so far have been the opening greetings conveyed to the Assembly by several Native Americans who are also PCUSA Ruling or Teaching Elders - this was unexpected and thus doubly delightful!; the electing of our co-Moderators for this Assembly and for the next two years (Ruling Elder Elona Street-Stewart and Teaching Elder Gregory Bentley); and several Zoom chats during the week with my fellow Commissioners and our presbytery co-Stated Clerks sharing thoughts, asking questions, and enjoying one another's company -Virtually

There have also been aspects I've found a bit frustrating and / or unfulfilling; but this is not a score-card, so I am not going into any of that here. 

I hope you have been able to watch at least some of the Assembly live on PC-Biz or Facebook. If not, you are still in time, because there are sessions coming up on Friday, June 26th (11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Eastern) and Saturday, June 27th (11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.). I believe a link is being provided elsewhere in this issue for those two options. 

Please keep your commissioners, the Assembly, and the wider church in your prayers. 

Blessings and Peace, 

Mark Montfort

Teaching Elder Commissioner

Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley

 

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Presbytery friends,  I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity  to be  a commissioned Ruling  Elder  at the 224th General Assembly along with Teaching Elder Mark Munford and YAAD Emma Kindig.  This is my first time attending and what an experience  so far.  Especially  with the pandemic and what had to be accomplished in the past two months to make this work. 

 Once it was decided that GA  had to happen. It would not be that wonderful  week  in Baltimore, Maryland. Were you would be meeting up with old friends, being introduced to new and exciting people, finding the groups and points of interest that speak to you in special ways.   I was told that you would actually be able to talk to someone  that could give you that  special information to make things clearer. Last but not least  checking out the city and the food would be great as you set with friends  discussing what happened in your day.  Luckily our Stated Clerks are also attending and have set up debriefings for us so I am not wondering  why and what just happened.  Thank you Chris and Becky. 

BUT this all took a turn to technology  and that put me out in left field.  When I registered I was signed up for training, small groups, and finding that special place in my home were I have my lap top, note  pad and cell phone set up to begin this Historical 224 GA meeting for PCUSA.  I am overwhelmed  to say the least. 

 My heart aches for the city of Baltimore and planning committees, they have been preparing for this for the last 2 years,  what a let down.  But it was a heart warming when  I received  a personal hand written  note from a fellow Elder who is a member  the oldest  Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. 

I am also excited about the election of the new Co-moderators, which Mark mentioned. This is a sign of the times. We,  and the world are changing, be ready God is watching. 

We have two more sessions  Friday and Saturday, I am praying I won't get tangled in all the wifi and electrical wires and God will direct me to represent the Susquehanna Valley Presbytery. 

Thank you,

 Blessings

 Commissioner Junietta  Brooks

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Hello! We are gearing up to two full days of plenaries, and I am excited to help do the work of the church. I am looking forward to being led by our newly elected Co-Moderators Elona Street-Stewart and Gregory Bentley. The YAADs have had many virtual meetings to get to know each other, debrief, and ask questions, and I'm thankful to the YAAD advisors for their guidance and support. We are anticipating some very important discussions regarding current issues, so please tune in to the plenaries if you're interested and able!
Emma Kindig, Young Adult Advisory Delegate
Susquehanna Valley Presbytery
 
Thanks!
Emma