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Saturday September 16, 2017 Stated Presbytery Assembly Notice

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

On Saturday September 16 the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley will be hosted by the Nineveh Presbyterian Church, phone (607) 693-1919,  The church on State Route 7 Nineveh NY 13813  Parking is on both sides of the church.

Registration is from 8:30 - 9:30 am, with worship at 9:00 a.m. and the business meeting call to order at 9:40.  Complimentary beverages and refreshments will be available during registration.  Business will finish before lunch.  Lunch is available for $7.  The Lunch menu will include deli platters, potato salad, macaroni salad and a small salad bar, with cake for dessert and beverages.

Our Assembly offerings this year are normally divided evenly between the PC(USA) special offerings and local ministry needs, but for this meeting, it will go to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and a designation to be announced at the meeting.  Checks should be made to  "Nineveh 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)susvalpresby.org

On September 8 reports and papers for the presbytery assembly meeting will begin to be posted and can be accessed online at: www.susvalpresby.org  then click Login.   You may need to have the presbytery user name and password to be able to open the files

Once logged in the papers are at  http://www.susvalpresby.org/events-listing/assembly  and click the link for the September 16, 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



Give today to help Presbyterian Disaster Assistance bring hope & healing to Texas families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is in touch with presbyteries affected areas of Texas to offer assistance. We are standing by with resources and National Response Team members ready to deploy upon invitation and when it is safe to do so.

For those who wish to support PDA's emergency response and recovery efforts, gifts can be designated to DR000169-Harvey. We need your help. Please give generously.

If you prefer to mail a check, you may send it to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

PO Box 643700

Pittsburgh, PA, 15264-3700

You may also call us Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), at 1-800-872-3283 and donate by phone. For updates, please go to pda.pcusa.org.

Please join us in praying for courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing damage and directing relief efforts; and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we respond to the deep human needs left in the wake of the storm.

Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

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Watch This 90-Second Video for an Overview of
Submitting Your Employer Agreement

Prefer the movie version to reading the book? Watch Selecting 2018 Benefits: Building Your Employer Agreement for a quick summary of submitting your Employer Agreement. In just 90 seconds, learn the three easy steps to take to review and submit your Employer Agreement for 2018.

The Employer Agreement on Benefits Connect is open now and costs for 2018 coverage are available.

Between now and October 13, you should log on to Benefits Connect to review, update, and submit your Employer Agreement for 2018. Once submitted, the Agreement determines the coverage available for employees to elect during annual enrollment October 30-November 17, 2017, through Benefits Connect.

Upcoming events at Binghamton United

Against All Odds: Bob Herbert’s documentary "Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class" explains how structural racism hindered the growth of the black middle class. Join us in considering how to tear down barriers to equality.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1418305144904215

Waking Up White:  The memoir "Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race" by Debby Irving explores the author’s experience of attempting to fight racism while slowly coming to understand how her own white privilege reduced her effectiveness. Join us as we consider strategies to consciously acknowledge privilege while working to tear down barricades to equality. https://www.facebook.com/events/1964262207196433

Women of Faith Book Club:- 4th Tuesday of each month, starting September 26 The Faith Club tells the story of three women, from three faith backgrounds, who decide to learn about each other’s faith to teach their children. Their lives are transformed in the process. https://www.facebook.com/events/1147264042074848

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Soup Luncheon - Celebrating the one year anniversary of The Kirk Thrift Shoppe      

Saturday, September 30 - 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Includes a variety of soup, bread, cupcakes & beverages

First Presbyterian Church, 4 Clinton Street, Delhi

Freewill Donation All proceeds benefit hurricane relief.

Come to the Table for Friday September 22 to Saturday September 23 at Stony Point Retreat Center


Theologian, liturgist and artist, Associate Professor of Worship at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.

To engage and learn about the topics of Come to the Table, we have organized workshops around tracks. In doing so, you will be able to choose to focus on one track in different workshops, or “shop around” different topics in different workshops. Each track will have three different workshop offerings. Below are workshop track descriptions. We will share greater detail on individual workshops very soon!

  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Who Is my Neighbor?
  • Building the Table
  • Ecotheology
  • Mission and Resilience
  • Worship
  • Being Northeast Presbyterians

For more information please click on the link http://www.synodne.org/CTTT

Church Treasurer Seminar-Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For directions click the following link: Double Tree Inn

Healthy churches know how to wisely and sensibly handle money. Join Family Life as Melanie French, CPA, teaches a basic course on money management for church and ministry treasurers. This seminar will be held at The Double Tree in Binghamton, NY. It will be an informative, fun event with lots of time for questions. Melanie will cover:

  • Treasurer fundamentals (offering & contributions, donor statements, agency transactions,  paying expenses, bank accounts, , classifying workers , and  1099 reporting)
  • How to pay your pastor correctly - five components of compensation (salary, housing, expense reimbursements, fringe benefits and employment taxes)
  • A Question & Answer period

The cost to attend is $25 - pre-registration is required. Register online or call Family Life at 800-927-9083. Deadline to register is September 22 at Noon.

Roundtable on The Immigrant Crisis in Our Communities

On Sunday, September 17 at noon, the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown (at the intersection of Elm and Pioneer streets) will host a roundtable on The Immigrant Crisis in Our Communities.  This is the first in a series of planned roundtables exploring issues related to economic justice.  Refreshments will be available.

Faith Gay will moderate a panel of nationally-recognized experts on immigration law who will provide in-depth answers about the legal status and needs of immigrants in New York State.  The discussion will include a candid analysis of the policy concerns associated with immigration, and will focus on practical ways our community can respond to those in crisis.  The discussion will be held in the Sanctuary.

The panelists are: Barbara Brenner, a partner in one of Albany's best-known immigration practices.   Lenni Benson, professor at New York Law School and founder of The Safe Passage project, which represents children in immigration proceedings.  Beth Lyon, professor at Cornell Law School and founder of the Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic at Cornell.

We hope you can join us.  Please direct any questions to faithgay(at)quinnemanuel.com.

Race Matters: The African American Experience in America Film Series

will be held the first Friday of each month from October through April at 7:00 pm at the Community Room at Southside Mall (next to JC Penny's) in Oneonta.  Each month features a free viewing of a major motion picture followed by a discussion led by a community or religious leader.  Due to copyright restrictions we cannot print the name of the movies on the posters but we may share the title in closed email groups.  Sponsored by the NAACP Oneonta Chapter & City Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights.

The film series will include: 

On Friday, October 6th at 7:00 pm the featured film is "12 Years a Slave" and the community leader hosting the discussion is Mr. Lee Fisher, president of the Oneonta chapter of the NAACP.  Movies are rated PG-13.  Free and open to the public.  All are welcome to join us in the Community Room at Southside Mall (next to JC Penney’s).  For more info. call Teressa Sivers at (607) 432-4102.

  • November 2: “13th” with Dr. Ken Sider, Temple Beth El president and educator
  • December 1: “The Birth of a Nation” with Dr. William Simon, Professor of History, SUNY College at Oneonta
  • January 5: “Fences” with Rev. Kenneth Hunter, St. James Episcopal Church
  • February 2: “Bamboozled” with Rev. Teressa Sivers, First United Methodist Church
  • March 2: “Get Out” with Rev. Craig Schwalenberg, Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta
  • April 6: “Moonlight" with Ms. Michelle Osterhoudt, Educator and Oneonta City Council Representative.

Mailing and phone number change for the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley

The mailing address for the presbytery office has changed to PO Box 87, Nineveh, NY 13813.  The new phone number is 607-323-4477. The presbytery staff would like to thank you all for your patience as we head forward.


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