Friday, January 31 2014, 06:32 PM EST
Contributed by: Maha Faragalla
Pictures from January 2014 Stated Meeting
The theme of the stated meeting, as stated by the host pastor, Rev Gareth Icenogle, was geared towards helping the hungry and reaching out in compassion to those in need. Towards this end the dinner was comprised of soup and bread, so that the proceeds would be directed to the Centre of Food Action in Mahwah. During worship canned foods and monetary donations were also collected. The Sermon, by Rev. Icenogle was entitled “Criteria and Judgment: Caring for the Family”, most fitting with the theme of the day.
Staff and volunteers, although very busy with other church affairs, graciously helped ensure the smooth running of the meeting.
Summary of the proceedings:
- The past Moderator, Rev. Debra Given, led the service of installation of the new Officers, Elder Paul Talarico, Moderator, and Elder Patricia Pastas, Vice-Moderator. Rev. Given propounded the constitutional questions and exchanged the symbols of office.
- The Transitional Leader, Rev. Marianne Rhebergen, in her report, highlighted past and present successful initiatives and some future challenges. Rev. Rhebergen also shared about the deliberations coming up before the 221st GA and the changes in the Medical Benefits for 2015.