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January 26, 2019, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Business Meeting including lunch

Meeting documents can be found on the Presbytery Meetings page of our website.

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Open Space

10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Business Meeting (Click here for more information)

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“Open Space” Conversation and Light Breakfast
Come to Ballston Spa to Feed Both Body and Soul
Events begin at 9:00 am

This invitation is not restricted to presbytery meeting commissioners!  Non-commissioners will be free to leave at 9:45 if they wish.

3 Open Space Options for the January 26th gathering in Ballston Spa:

Mission-Minded People

The Rev. Michael Plank will share stories from Underwood CrossFit: our new worshipping community where exercise blends with group building and prayerful reflection. Insights you gain may help you connect better with “spiritual-but-not-religious” neighbors.

You’ll also learn how the presbytery’s Church Mission Committee can help you discern and/or reach mission goals.  Take home a resource sheet for your Session or your local mission committee. And of course, enjoy networking.

Proposed Amendments to our PC(USA) Book of Order, led by Vice-Moderator, Rev. Michael Burkley

“Amazingly enough, the governance of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is left up to … us!  Our churches elect Ruling Elders to serve in the local church and the presbytery. Working with the Presbytery our churches call pastors to teach and care for their congregations and to serve in the mission of the presbytery. The presbytery, as a union of our local churches, reaches out to our larger denomination and world, and inward to support its churches in their ministry. It’s a rather complicated system that is sometimes bewildering but is always seeking to be faithful….”

Click here to read: Proposed Amendments to PC(USA) “Book of Order”

Guided Visualization with The Rev. Beth Illingworth

The Rev. Beth Illingworth will be leading a guided visualization. This is an opportunity to connect with yourself, the Presbytery community and the Presence of God at a deeper level. It will be a meaningful way to enrich your experience of the Presbytery meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Beth at bethillingworth@gmail.com.

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January 26, 2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa
22 West High Street
Ballston Spa, NY 12020 United States
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