2020 APCE CONNECT Winner- Liz Hathaway

Born into a half Presbyterian, half Catholic family, Liz Hathaway’s earliest church memory is being told that she had to wait an entire year before she would be old enough to sing in the Children’s Choir at the First Presbyterian Church of Verona. She was eventually baptized, confirmed, ordained as a Deacon, and commissioned for many an adventure in this same congregation over a period of 23 years. She returned after college to join the staff as the Christian Education Facilitator in 2016. In 2017, she made the leap into “full-time” ministry by joining the staff of the Presbytery of Newark as the part-time Administrative Assistant. In 2019, she completed her Certificate in Youth and Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she made 15 new best friends.

Prior to these roles, Liz worked in administration and program planning in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in NJ, DC, and CA. One of her more favorite positions was as an intern with the 113th United States Congress, where she first developed a love for all kinds of political issues and processes.  She is a graduate of The George Washington University and studied abroad at the School for International Training in Nairobi, Kenya.

Liz is a skilled communicator, grant-writer, idea-sharer, and fun-chaser, and is passionate about youth ministry, international education, traveling, cycling, and her dog, Zoey.

November Presbytery Meeting Wrap Up

Our final Stated Meeting of the year took place last Saturday at Prospect Presbyterian Church in Maplewood. A special thanks to our wonderful hosts: Rev. Rick Boyer, Peter Ncanywa, John Pearson, and the hospitality team at Prospect, for the delicious breakfast and creative worship leadership during the meeting.
Documents and reports from this meeting can be found in the Archives section of the Presbytery website. The following motions were approved on the floor of Presbytery:

  • To approve the meeting’s docket
  • To approve the minutes of the September 14, 2019 Stated Meeting
  • To concur with the Presbytery of Beaver-Butler’s overture (“On establishing the authority of Presbyteries to define severance plans for installed ministers”)
  • To concur with the Synod of the Northeast’s overture (“On establishing a General Assembly Administrative Commission on Mid-Councils”)
  • To approve the VAB’s recommendation for Terms of Call for Stated Clerk Warren McNeill for the 2020 calendar year
  • To enroll Pamela S. Osborne of Central Church Montclair as an Inquirer in accordance with the Book of Order G-2.0601
  • To elect Elder Loretta Hazelwood and Rev. Dan Martian to serve as GA Commissioners in 2020
  • To elect Christopher Amponsah to serve as a YAAD to GA, if the way be clear
  • To adjourn with the Benediction

The following motions failed to be approved on the floor of Presbytery:

  • To concur with the Synod of the Northeast’s overture (“On Amending G-2.0301 to Allow Congregations to Elect Members as Ruling Elders for Service to the Larger Church”)


We would also like to thank Rev. Caroline Unzaga for nurturing us with a thought-provoking presentation on the work she has been doing with the General Assembly’s Task Force to Study the Socio-Economic & Political Realities in Central America. 

Thank you to all who attended this past meeting! We are looking forward to seeing you next year on Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at 8:30am, location TBD. Please note that all meeting packet and handout materials are due by email to the Presbytery Office by Thursday, January 23rd. Feel free to contact the Presbytery Office with any questions.

2020 Women of Faith Awards

The Women of Faith Awards, sponsored by Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries in the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will offer an awards breakfast at the 224th  General Assembly (2020). The 2020 theme is Women who Disrupt Systemic Poverty.  Nominations are being sought for women who challenge systems of poverty and join in action and solidarity with low-income communities and individuals.

Below is a nomination form, which can also be found on the web at www.pcusa.org/women. Please share this information with others in your mid-council and nominate women whose lives of service give witness to their commitment to Jesus Christ. Additional copies of the nomination form are also available by contacting Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries, 800-728-7228, ext. 5013 or email [email protected].

Nominations must be postmarked by January 8, 2020.

Many of us know women who have raised the economic level of entire families and communities. We also know women who have provided educational opportunities for girls and boys, joining alongside poor communities, listening to dreams for a better future, and supporting communities as they determine how to make their dreams reality. Gratitude abounds for these women who “see those who are hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison” and give of themselves to serve others, through the power of Jesus Christ, who is Savior of all. Your assistance in the nominating process is greatly appreciated.  We look forward to seeing you at the Women of Faith Awards breakfast in Baltimore, MD, on Sunday, June 21, 2020.


Nomination Form (.docx)

GA 224 Hands & Feet Service Opportunities

Bring your hands and feet to Baltimore
The Center offers opportunities to serve at the 224th General Assembly (2020)

Visitors attending the 224th General Assembly (2020) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) next summer in Baltimore will have the opportunity to put their hands and feet to work during the assembly. The Center, a mission outreach of the Presbytery of Baltimore, will be offering hands-on service opportunities for youth groups and others. Registration is now open for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 22, 24–26.

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We encourage you to read the stories coming out of the work being done on the ground in Baltimore and look for similar opportunities in your own communities. Send us stories along with photos or videos of how your community of faith is living out being the Hands and Feet of Christ so that we can share these with the church. Please forward these to Andrew Yeager-Buckley, Hands and Feet Coordinator whose contact information can be found here.

Hands and Feet is an initiative that highlights and strengthens local and national efforts by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to facilitate change and communicate God’s love. It’s funded by Per Capita dollars and individual gifts. More information is available at https://handsandfeet.pcusa.org/.

Reflection from the Clergy Retreat

Pastors often refer to our calling as a very lonely one. We see examples of that in the Old Testament prophets. They stood alone, spoke words of God that didn’t fit people’s agendas and plans. And they weren’t very well liked. Most of them were probably a bit confused. But still, life was simple back then. In modern times, we have the Word of God to proclaim as God wants it declared, and at the same time, we have all these important words to contend with: Vision, Relevance, Skillset, Training, Trends, etc. All the while, pastors describe our lives as being lived out in a fishbowl for all to watch: Does she have the skillset? Is he up-to-date on the trends? Does she have vision?

That’s why, I believe, the clergy retreat is vital. It’s a place set aside to pray together, to encourage one another, to hear each other’s stories, to lift up, to edify, to heal, and at times, to shed tears. That’s my hope and expectation in coming to this and any clergy retreat.

This was the third annual Clergy Retreat. After missing the first one, I’ve attended two now. We gathered together at Holmes Camp and Conference Center in Holmes NY for two nights. The guest speaker for the small gathering was Dr. Corey Schlosser-Hall, the Executive Presbyter of Northwest Coast Presbytery. He led us with a theme titled, “Flourish with Spiritual Grounding.” He began the first session with a quote from Jesus: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10b). And he challenged us to seek to live an abundant life, or a balanced life. And then he invited us to talk about what that might look like for a church. There was a lot of sharing, a lot of processing. It was all good.

But maybe the highlight of the retreat, and it goes back to how I began this reflection, were the times we shared lives. Through being together, in the eating and fellowshipping, in the sharing stories and hearts, we connected as fellow pastors – usually standing alone, but for few days, standing together hand in hand. It was for me, as was for most of us, a time of great refreshing of souls.


by Rev. Jin Bae of Bethany Presbyterian Church

Summer Happenings in Newark Presbytery

Join our churches this summer for education, fun and fellowship! And, if you have events to add, please email us.

Bethany Presbyterian Church

293 W Passaic Ave
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

  • Sunday, June 9, 10:30am – Homecoming Sunday, Worship followed by bbq picnic and fellowship

Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green

147 Broad St
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

  • July 7-11, 6:00-8:30pm – Vacation Bible School – “Roar! Life is wild, God is good,” is the theme, Register Now

Central Presbyterian, Montclair

46 Park Street
Montclair NJ 07042

  • July 8-12, 9am-12pm – Vacation Bible School: To Mars and Beyond, Register Now

Elmwood United Presbyterian Church

135 Elmwood Ave
East Orange, NJ 07018

  • Saturday, June 1, 6-9pm – Family Bowling Night, $25 covers shoes and lane for 2 hrs – Eagle Rock Lanes, 424 Eagle Rock Ave, West Orange NJ 07052
  • Tuesday, June 4, 6:30pm – Marriage Enrichment Ministry’s Sip & Sear Event for couples ($25/person)
  • Sunday, June 9, 9:30am – Youth and Young Adult Takeover Pentecost Sunday followed by Caribbean Meal ($12)
  • Saturday, June 15, 11am-2pm – East Orange Annual Father’s Day Brunch – guest speakers, poetry, martial arts demo, vendors, at Langston Hughes School, 160 Rhode Island Ave, East Orange NJ 07018

Fewsmith Memorial Presbyterian Church

444 Union Avenue
Belleville, NJ 07109

  • Sunday, June 9, 10am – Blessing of the Animals

First Presbyterian Church of Arlington

663 Kearny Avenue
Kearny, NJ 07032

  • Saturday, June 15, 10am-4pm – West Hudson Community Blood Drive

First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell

326 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006

  • Saturday, June 8 – Jr High Car Wash to support the youth Pittsburgh Project trip
  • August 12-16 – Johnsonburg VBS

First Presbyterian Church of Irvington

777 Grove St

Irvington, NJ 07111

  • July 22-26 – Johnsonburg on the Road Day Camp, K-5th grades, $25/child, call the church for more information and registration – 973.374.0913

First Hispanic Presbyterian Church

236 Verona Ave
Newark, NJ 07104

  • July 8-12 – ROAR Vacation Bible School

Grace Presbyterian Church, Montclair

153 Grove Street
Montclair, NJ 07042

  • July 8-12, 9am-3pm – Grace Day Camp
    • Johnsonburg on the Road Day Camp is designed for young people aged 6-12
    • $75/camper
    • Registration

Presbyterian Church of Livingston

271 West Northfield Rd
Livingston, NJ 07039

  • Saturday, June 1, 7pm – Voices of Praise Community Choir & Orchestra Concert

Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair

53 Norwood Ave
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

  • June 30-July 3 – VBS, To Mars and Beyond

Prospect Presbyterian Church

646 Prospect St
Maplewood, NJ 07040

  • Camp Prospect – www.campprospect.org
    • Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm each session
    • Session One – June 17-21 & June 24-28
      Camping at the Beach
    • Session Two – July 1-3 & July 8-12
      The World of Color Through Art & Science
    • Session Three – July 15-19 & July 22-26
      Animals Big & Small & Near & Far

Roseville United Presbyterian Church

36 Roseville Ave
Newark, NJ 07107

  • Saturday, June 1, 9am-3pm – Annual Flea Market – shop and eat

Taiwanese Presbyterian Church of Northern Jersey

343 East Cedar St
Livingston, NJ 07039

August 9-11 – Summer Camp for ages 4-15

Trinity Presbyterian Church

5 High St
Montclair, NJ 07042

  • Weekdays, July 1-August 2, 8:30am-4pm – Trinity Youth Academy Summer Camp Program
    • Arts, Life Skills, Music, Games, Field Trips and more
    • Ages 6-12, you can register by week or for the whole program
    • $35 Registration Fee and $35/day, $150/wk
    • Contact the Church Office at 973.744.3396 for more information and registration

United Presbyterian Church of West Orange

20 Old Indian Rd
West Orange, NJ 07052

  • Saturday, June 8, 9am  –   St. Cloud Neighborhood Food Drive

Wyoming Presbyterian Church

432 Wyoming Ave
Millburn, NJ 07041

Focus on Ministry: The Presbyterian Church of Upper Montclair Confirmation Retreat

Reflection on the Holy Land Trip

a path in the woods covered in fallen leaves in fall colors with trees on either side and canopying the path and light shining at the end of the path

Newark Presbytery Pastoral Leader Retreat Reflection

2018 Participants in Newark’s Pastoral Leader Retreat – join us next year!

Jesus told his disciples, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile,” and for the second straight year the Presbytery of Newark has offered that opportunity to its ministers using the facilities of the Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center, a retreat facility in a beautiful wooded environment in Holmes, New York, administered by the Presbyteries of Hudson River, Long Island, and New York City. This year, from October 8 through 10, seven church leaders enjoyed a peaceful natural environment, remarkably fresh air, walking trails, and some really outstanding meals prepared by the Holmes staff. 

The experience was topped off by a presentation on “Motivating and Inspiring Called Disciples” by Karen Noble from Central Presbyterian Church (Montclair), a skilled presenter and facilitator. Karen’s talks provided context for stimulating and illuminating discussions by the participants that began with the first arrivals and continued through the final lunch on Wednesday. Among Karen’s topics were the importance of aligning vision and church structure; the value of quietness and “space” in allowing the Spirit to speak; and the importance of developing the habit of coaching as a method of communication. Jesus’ advice is sound: quietness and a change of location can renew and reinvigorate us. Hopefully we will be able to find more and more opportunities for such “purposeful pauses” as time goes on.

Kirk Woodward, Pastoral Leader at Bethel Presbyterian Church & Fewsmith Memorial Presbyterian Church

presbyterian youth triennium 2019 here's my heart logo


From: Liz Hathaway

In a very informal survey of my non-Presbyterian family and friends, I’ve come to the conclusion that the word “Triennium” is not a very well-known or used word. Brave former Latin students manage to conjure up “three… years…?”, which is rewarded with a big smile and a “Yup! That’s right. The conference happens every three years.”

I’m talking, of course, about the Presbyterian Youth Triennium, the largest youth conference of the PC(USA) and Cumberland Presbyterian denominations. The conference itself has been around since 1980, an outgrowth of the “Design for Ministry in Youth”, approved at the 1977 General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. It has brought together thousands of Presbyterian high school students every three years for a time of connection and discovery: of themselves, their purpose and place in society, their connection to God and the church, and the community of other Presbyterians around the country and across the world. The five-day conference features engaging worship, dedicated small group time, an interactive prayer center, and tons of recreation activities that promote unity and relationship-building among the hundreds of churches represented.

What makes Triennium different from any number of youth conferences that happen every year? I can tell you from personal experience that the sheer number of youth at this conference, who all come with their own diverse backgrounds and experiences and yet are unified as one body, is almost overwhelming. Coming from a church with a small youth presence, it made my heart swell to worship with thousands of other Presbyterians my age, knowing that I was part of a bigger community committed to doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God. When I went as a youth in 2007, we made over 6,000 school kits for disaster victims in an intense assembly line-esque operation, and what I remember most of all were the awfully deep conversations I had with those around me from all different states who were all struggling with this idea of why disasters happen. (Not so much on a physical science level, although a few chimed in with those explanations, but on a spiritual level of asking God why we had to suffer.) I don’t remember making too much headway on the answer, but I was comforted by the fact that I had found people my age who were also struggling with that same question, and also their response that question. Those conversations, along with the worship and transformative small group discussions, instilled in my young teenage heart a passion for faith development, mission, and service, along with a certain fondness for my traditional mainline denominational background.

The theme of the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium is “Here’s My Heart,” a reference to the very popular hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” What a wonderful theme for such a time as this, when thousands of teenagers across the country are adding their voices to issues they care about, saying to the country and to God, “Here’s our heart!” If you know a high school-aged youth who might enjoy this experience, please send them the details below and have them reach out to join the Newark Presbytery next summer for the 14th triennial Presbyterian Youth Triennium, as we collectively cry out to God and are moved to action.

Date: Tuesday, July 16th – Saturday, July 20th, 2019
Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN