I Hope You Can Feel That Fresh Perspective

Each morning the sounds of car horns, buses, and student conversations outside my Bronx apartment building reminds me summer vacation is over. Photos posted on Facebook of the children of my nieces and nephews reflect more interest than dismay entering for the first time, or returning, to their schools. I hope you can feel that fresh perspective as you return to your churches and the mission we undertake together as a presbytery in our love for and faithfulness to Jesus Christ.

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The Rev. Robert Foltz-Morrison
Vacation and Vocation

Vacation
vacare ‘be unoccupied’
"freedom from obligations, leisure, release" (from some activity or occupation)

Vocation
vocare ‘to call.’
spiritual calling," from Old French vocacion "call, consecration; calling, profession"
a summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action

Since the establishment of Vocational Guidance in 1908 by the engineer Frank Parsons, the use of the term “vocation” has evolved, with emphasis shifting to an individual's development of talents and abilities in the choice and enjoyment of a career.

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Pentecost 2018 – Faithful Witness, Faithful Resistance

The simple trust and complexities of being a witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ unfold throughout the Book of Acts. The Spirit’s work of enabling disciples to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in languages that all nations could hear, initially is interpreted by outsiders as early morning drunken babbling. Yet, once the Spirit speaks to the heart of what God is doing in the world, many find themselves coming to Jesus.

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It's Mother's Day Weekend

In John’s telling of the crucifixion, when Jesus was lynched on a cross with crowds deriding him and his life almost over, he looked and saw his mother and told his beloved disciple John to look after her. I couldn’t help but remember how many mothers could use a disciple of Jesus to also look after them. We have aging mothers, many grandmothers and great-grandmothers, in our congregations, living alone in apartment buildings or nursing homes. What disciple of Jesus looks after them?

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Annual Meeting, Elections, Installations

This is a reminder that our next presbytery meeting will be held May 15 at the First Presbyterian Church, Jamaica, NY. It is our Annual Meeting and will include the election of persons to serve on presbytery committees, the installation of our new moderator (Sandy Lane) and moderator-elect (Chris Shelton), commissioning of our General Assembly delegates, the audit, my annual report, thanks to those completing presbytery service, and other items of governance from our presbytery committees. The meeting will begin in the afternoon and conclude with worship, probably after dinner.

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Free Webinar on the Moral and Theological Basis for Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action

Friends - 

Join Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival Co-Chairs Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis on Thursday, March 22 at 4pm (EST), for a free webinar on the moral and theological basis for Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action, as well as updates on the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival! 

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The Rev. Mark Koenig
THE GOSPEL IN NEW YORK CITY - "Follow me," Jesus said.

Our core values - Embody God's Love, Proclaim God's Word, Promote God's Justice - are derivative. They come from following the way Jesus embodied God's love, the words Jesus proclaimed, and the way he promoted God's justice, that the will of God be done on earth as in heaven. "The reign of God is at hand," Jesus proclaimed; "turn to me and believe the gospel"-the good news I will show you.

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An Invitation from Rev. Sterling Morse, PCUSA's Coordinator for African American Intercultural Congregational Support

I am Sterling Morse, a Teaching Elder with the Racial Ethnic & Women's Ministries area of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It is my pleasure to serve you as the Coordinator for African American Intercultural Congregational Support.
To serve you effectively, I would like to build a relationship with you, starting by engaging you in a listening session

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Yzette Swavy-Lipton
Make Noise

Remember the cries of people who need you to make noise. Remember the leaders of nations that need you to make noise about God's justice and mercy. Remember your congregations and this presbytery when making noise will help us center where God has called us in embodying God's love, proclaiming God's Word, and promoting God's justice.

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