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,
Teaching Elder Commissioner
Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley
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.
Commissioner Junietta Brooks
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