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Stated Clerk Position

Dear Friends in Christ,
Our Stated Clerk Jim Martin has indicated his desire to retire in the fall of 2017. The
Nominating Committee is seeking potential candidates to fill this position.
Here are the qualifications for the position:
1. A Teaching Elder or Ruling Elder member of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
2. An understanding and commitment to the faith and work of the Presbyterian
Church (USA)
3. A working knowledge of the Book of Order and of parliamentary procedure
(Robert’s Rules of Order)
4. Able to maintain proper boundaries of confidentiality
5. An eye for detail and completion of required work in a timely manner
6. Computer literacy
See the Position Description for more details and the duties of the Stated Clerk.
We are open to the possibility of two people sharing the responsibilities of Stated Clerk. One would be Stated Clerk, the other being Assistant Stated Clerk.
Please prayerfully consider if God is calling you -- or someone you know -- to serve the
wider church in this ministry.
We are asking potential candidates to submit a brief statement as to why she or he is
interested in this position (or a shared position) and what gifts you have to offer as a Stated Clerk (or Assistant Stated Clerk).
Please send letters of interest by Wednesday, March 15, 2017 to:
Rev. Garrett Vittorio Schindler, P.O. Box 26, Bovina Center, NY 13740
Or to bovinaupchurch(at)gmail.com
Selected candidates will be invited to shadow Stated Clerk Jim Martin to learn more about the position from April through early fall of 2017.
In God’s service,
Rev. Garrett Vittorio Schindler
Chair, Nominating Committee


Read the Spring 2017 Issue 

In This Issue

Experience Apportionment

Disability Benefits Increase
Year-End Investment Report
Sustainable Investment
Enterprise Risk Assessment
Board of Directors Leadership

Benefits Connections

Benefits Connections are one-day gatherings for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) employers on benefits. For the Pittsburgh event, registration opens February 15. For all other events, registration opens March 1.

Pittsburgh,   Tuesday March 28

Newark,      Thursday  April 20

Baltimore/Washington April 27

Who Should Attend?

People who drive benefits decisions and manage benefits, including but not limited to

  • business administrators;
  • office managers;
  • clerks of session;
  • personnel committee chairs;
  • pastors; and
  • Committee on Ministry (COM) members.

Registration is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Why Attend?

During this one-day seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the theological values that shape the Benefits Plan, ask questions during a Q-and-A with Board of Pensions leadership and staff, and enjoy fellowship with other benefit decision-makers.

You will participate in

  • worship;
  • plenary sessions and topical workshops;
  • a networking lunch; and
  • a panel discussion with your peers.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of the plan, newly established peer relationships, and new strategies for being the best employer you can be.

Connect in an Area Near You!     http://www.pensions.org/membersandemployers/midcouncils/benefitsconnections/pages/default.aspx

Choir Robes

Valley United Presbyterian Church is willing to donate to any church that could use them.

Here are the particulars: Blue - 23 robes asst. adult sizes. 2 photos showing reversed stole. 

Brown - 24 robes asst. adult sizes.

Burgundy - 19 robes asst. adult sizes.

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Valley United Presbyterian Church

Office Tele: 570-888-2269

E-mail: office(at)valleypresby.org


Collaboration on Supportive and Affordable Housing for Faith Communities

Dear Colleagues,

The New York State Council of Churches cordially invites you to attend a collaboration designed to help congregations build and/or advocate for supportive and affordable housing. The event will be held on Thursday, March 30 in New York City from 8:30 to 12 at the West End Collegiate Church at 245 West 77th Street (at West End Avenue).

We are pleased to be working with Collegiate Churches of New York, Enterprise Partners, the Presbytery of New York and the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing on this project. This is an opportunity to engage top experts in the field in exploring how we can best use the resources we have been given to expand the mission of the church while helping so many people who struggle to find affordable housing.

Click here for a flyer which we urge you to circulate. If you can attend the collaboration please RSVP to Libby Tatum ltatum(at)collegiatechurch.org. If you have questions, you can contact either Peter Cook at 508-380-8289 or Pcook(at)nyscoc.org or Marc Greenberg, Executive Director of the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing at 917-913-0098 or marc(at)iahh.org.

Thanks for your interest and consideration.

In faith,

Peter Cook

Executive Director


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Standard Mileage Rate 2017

The IRS Mileage Rate 2017 is important for those looking to take a driving-related deduction. The IRS standard mileage rate 2017 is 53.5 cents per mile for all business miles. While the business mileage rate gets most of the attention, you can also write off miles for charity, medical or moving purposes.

The 2017 standard mileage rate is:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business, down from 54 cents in 2016
  • 17 cents per mile for medical/moving, down from 19 cents in 2016
  • 14 cents per mile for charity, the same as in 2016


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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