Get to Know Detroit Presbytery

In the third of a series of videos to help you get to know the presbyteries of the Synod of the Covenant, Interim Executive Chip Hardwick sits down with Detroit Presbytery incoming Transitional General Presbyter Flo Barbee Watkins and outgoing Co-Heads of Staff Neeta Nichols and Bob Agnew to learn about how the Spirit has been active during this transitional season. Plus, you’ll learn a fun tidbit about Flo that might surprise you!


Get to Know Eastminster Presbytery

In the second of a series of videos to help you get to know the presbyteries of the Synod of the Covenant, Interim Executive Chip Hardwick sits down with Eastminster Presbytery leaders Sam Ewing (moderator) and Cathy Ulrich (General Presbyter and Stated Clerk) to learn about what God is up to in their presbytery, including New Worshiping Communities and the Elder Preaching Institute.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tdfyW9ty5I


Get to Know Mackinac Presbytery

In the first of a series of videos to help you get to know the presbyteries of the Synod of the Covenant, Interim Executive sits down with Mackinac Presbytery leaders Bill Clark, Sue Fantini, Jim Porter, and Bill Rayment to learn about what God is up to in their presbytery, and what they are learning during the pandemic that could be helpful to other church leaders.


Register Now for the 8/28 Synod Assembly

The next Synod Assembly is Friday, August 28, 2020, beginning at 1:00 pm ET.  The highlights of the meeting will be a report from Jay Wittmeyer of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, who will report back on the Center’s information gathering process with several from the Synod, and a conversation about the Administrative Commission’s future decision to give jurisdiction back to the Synod.

All are welcome to attend!  You can register at https://synodofthecovenant.org/synod-assembly-meeting-registration/ and find meeting papers at https://synodofthecovenant.org/assembly-papers/.  After registering, you will receive an email with Zoom details.  For questions, contact Stated Clerk Richard Rojas Banuchi at rev.rojas@gmail.com


Learn about COVID-19 and the Church from Cincinnati Presbytery's Lisa Allgood

Only God could call an immunologist to be the leader of Cincinnati Presbytery for such a time as this!

Watch this video about the church and the pandemic to see Lisa Allgood’s August, 2020, presentation to the Presbytery of Boston.  It’s an important video for church leaders–the data are chilling.


The Synod is praying for the family of Rev. David Tilly

The Synod offers our condolences to and prayers for the family of Rev. David Tilly,  pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Montpelier, OH, whose baptism was complete at his death on August 13, 2020.  Dave was a long-time commissioner and cheerleader of  the Synod’s ministries.

His fellow commissioner from Maumee Valley Presbytery, Gillian Holzhauser-Graber, offered the following poem in gratitude to God for his ministry and partnership in the Gospel. Well done, good and faithful servant!

In Tribute:  Rev Dave Tilly

Kind people we meet as time passes by
impact our lives – not because they try;
but rather because of the people they are:
sincere, loving, and giving – superior by far!

Not by design, nor from something I’d done,
but through the presbytery and Synod we served, I know someone
who matches that description, fits it in every way
“Whom?”, you ask. And I answer – “Of course, Rev, Dave..

On this day – more than ever – may we pause and reflect
on the impact of this man whom we so love and respect.
“Not only today, but for always” as friends or family we say.
His life is an example for us to live by each day.

“Dave, how we’ll miss you!”, of course, we each want to say.
His family will hear this not once, but many times today!
And if we know him – as we were privileged to do;
Dave is asking, “Why all the fuss? I’m Home with God now.
Together, we’re waiting for you.”

Why all the ‘fuss?’ The answer is simple, not the least bit complex:
It’s because we revere him; we love him; and, yes,
We would like Dave to know just how we feel –
Deep in our hearts, a feeling so warm and so real!

As we all now are gathered, each of us could impart
His or her special memory coming straight from the heart;
Of the husband, the father, and the pastor who selflessly gave
To all whom he impacted, the man, “Rev. Dave”.