Advent Resources Kits Available

Let us help you! The Johnsonburg team will assemble Advent kits with activities to prepare for Christmas, and mail them to as many people as you wish! No need to reinvent the wheel; let’s work together. Our #jburg2u kits were much loved this summer!
Order easily online (or call the office at 908-852-2349 and send a check) and we will take care of the rest.
These kits are available to churches, individuals, or families!

Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2020 Postponed

Postponing but Planning-

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” – Psalm 40: 1-3.

Due to the ongoing impacts on health and limitations affecting travel the Stewardship Kaleidoscope planning committee has made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s conference.

While we are very disappointed that we will not be able to be together in person in September, we are planning to share important stewardship resources, fellowship, and support virtually.

Details about our online offering will be coming soon, but in the meantime mark your calendar for three Tuesdays in the fall, September 22nd, 29th, and October 6th. We will be virtually together from 11:30 – 1:30 eastern on each of those days, and can’t wait to share more soon.

If you have already paid for registration please contact Robert Hay at [email protected]org and indicate if you would like a refund, to transfer your registration to 2021, or apply a portion to this year’s virtual gathering.

We pray that you are in good health and strong spirit, and look forward to being together again soon.

Presbyterian Outlook Staycation Bible School 2020

Are you looking for a way to engage children this summer, but struggling with how to connect during social distancing? The Presbyterian Outlook has you covered with Staycation Bible School!

Camp JBurg 2020 Kits

Donate online today- click button below and choose #jburg2u under “Purpose”. Any amount helps, but one kit is a basic $35.
Thank you for your help!

Want a kit for yourself, a friend or kids and youth in your church? Click the button below to order as many kits as you wish!
Thanks for helping us get camp to as many people as possible this summer!

Stay Connected

Stay connected with your Presbytery colleagues throughout the week for encouragement and support as we navigate this unprecedented season of ministry together. Please email [email protected] for Zoom access if you wish to take part.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Pastor/Church Leader Check Ins at 10:30 am
Wednesdays: Virtual Happy Hour at 5:00 pm

Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2020 Registration is Open

Over 40 workshops, networking, and learning with stewardship experts

Even as we navigate new waters for worship, for connection, and for service we look ahead to the time when will be able to be together as a community.

Registration for Stewardship Kaleidoscope is open and we hope you will be able to join us in Cincinnati September 21-23.

This annual conference offers education, worship experiences and amazing opportunities for growth in stewardship and generosity. This year we are offering group pricing that will allow more people from your congregation to attend together, to learn, and to take home tools for expanding generosity.

There will be over 40 speakers and workshops addressing change and opportunities in stewardship today.

Flourishing in Ministry

Flourishing in Ministry: Cultivating Trustworthy Relationships

A Circle of Trust Experience for Ministry Leaders


Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood…Let me keep company always with those who say, ‘Look!’ and laugh in astonishment and bow their heads.~Mary Oliver
Flourishing in Ministry is a Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR) retreat series for clergy and faith leaders.  Across the country clergy spanning the religious spectrum have benefited from participation in CCR programs, based on the work of writer and activist Parker J. Palmer.  The unique Circle of Trust approach has helped many clergy feel more grounded in their calls, more courageous in claiming their voices, and more hospitable to the differences of others.

Flourishing in Ministry aims to support congregational clergy through its unique Circle of Trust approach to self-reflection and community building.  Clergy will be invited to reflect on their sense of call as it exists now, learn from each other, and find strength and possibility for the next season of ministry.

Flourishing in Ministry includes five different cohort series, and one of them is at Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center outside of Baltimore!  Each cohort series will consist of three retreats (one 4-day event and two 3-day events) over a 13-month period, as well as small group peer learning calls in between retreats.  Generously underwritten by the Lilly Foundation, Flourishing in Ministry has ample scholarship money to make the series affordable for anyone.  Don’t delay – application deadlines are approaching!  More information on this unique opportunity can be found here

Blessed Tomorrow: Caring for Creation Today

Are you, or is your faith community growing more concerned about climate change? How do you as a church leader help people make the connections between faith and climate? How well-equipped do you feel to speak about the spectrum of solutions? About opportunities to act and advocate? Are you looking for cost effective ways to decrease the carbon footprint of your church?

Rev. Ruth Boling and Dr. Carlos Monteagudo, from Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green, have recently been trained and certified as Blessed Tomorrow Climate Ambassadors. They seek opportunities to speak to congregations and groups about 1) the impacts of climate change on health, livelihoods and communities, and 2) faith-based responses that will help protect the health and wellbeing of families and communities now, and ensure a prosperous, just, and secure future.

Blessed Tomorrow is “a coalition of diverse religious partners united as faithful stewards of God’s creation,” and is a program of ecoAmerica, “which builds institutional leadership, public support and political will for climate solutions int he United States.” The PC(USA) is a partner organization.

For more information contact the church office: 973-743-1796 or email [email protected].

Tricentennial Celebration at First Presbyterian Newark

Come and Fellowship With Us!!

Old First Presbyterian Church is celebrating our Tricentennial as a Presbyterian Church (1719-2019).
November 10, 2019 11:00am
First Presbyterian Church in Newark
(aka: Old First Presbyterian Church)
820 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Rev. Dr. Betty J. Tom, Pastor
(T) 973-642-0260 (F) 973-643-5304

We will have special guests:
•Mayor Ras Baraka
•Councilwoman L. R. McIver
Special Guest Speaker:
Rev. Dr. Barbara Smith, Transitional Director of Presbytery Ministries, Newark Presbytery

Fall Boundary Training- Oct. 24, 2019

Fall Boundary Training
Community Presbyterian Church of Chester (Newton Presbytery)
A Workshop Especially for Teaching Elders, But Open to all Church Leaders

Workshop Overview:
Historically, Boundary Awareness workshops focused only on sexual boundaries in ministry. This training will also include:

· Financial boundaries

· Conflict of interest

· Complications of social media.

Why are boundaries so difficult to set and maintain?

The workshop will explore internal and external reasons why this is so difficult, and the ways issues of the self interact with issues of the system.

Finally, the workshop will focus on prevention by helping us examine our own issues, as well as how we are impacted by the system dynamics within our congregations. Special attention will be placed on:

· improved levels of differentiation of self,

· improved emotional intelligence,

· and steps to begin to develop both.

Dr. Stephen R. Treat is a Senior Therapist and former Director and CEO of Council for Relationships. Dr. Treat received his doctorate from the Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1976. He completed post-doctoral work in Human Sexuality at the University of Pennsylvania and the Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program at Council for Relationships in 1981. In addition to being an instructor in Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, he is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counseling.

9:30 Registration and Coffee
10:00 Workshop Part One
12:30 Lunch
1:30-4:00 Workshop Part Two

There is no cost to participants and lunch will be provided.