in Essentials … Unity

in Non-Essentials … Liberty

in All Things … Charity

(APRIL 24-25, 2020)


Taking under consideration the most recent guidelines from the various state governments and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Executive Council voted unanimously on March 18 to cancel the 118th Stated Meeting (April 24-25, 2020) – all business that would have been conducted at the April meeting will be moved to September 2020.

Meal reservations that have already been made will automatically be cancelled.  However, if you have made reservations at a hotel for the April meeting, you will need to take care of your own cancellations.

The POTE is encouraged to use this time to be a beacon in its communities and to the members of the POTE churches and those churches and organizations being served by out of bounds POTE pastors.  You are encouraged to find ways to help those who are unable to help themselves.  One suggestion was for the younger generation to help the older, less tech savvy generation, order groceries on line for contactless delivery.  There are so many more ways to help each other.

NOTE:  The Training Team has scheduled a Webinar “Ministry in the Midst of the Covid-19 Crisis” so the POTE can discuss ideas.  Please see the announcement below for details and how you can participate.

Ministry In the Midst of the COVID-19 Crisis
A Webinar to Discuss Ideas

The Presbytery of the East’s Training Team would like to invite you to join us as we try to figure out together how to minister to our congregations and communities during these weeks we are not meeting in person.  This webinar is open to any church leader who would be interested in attending.  We’ll talk about setting up online giving, the use of free Zoom video conferencing, and other strategies for doing ministry.

Wednesday, March 25
1:30 p.m.

https://zoom.us/j/683666305 or +1 253 215 8782 US


7:30 p.m.

https://zoom.us/j/140037566 or +1 253 215 8782 US

Just click on the Zoom link and follow the online prompts with a computer, tablet or phone with a camera.  If you don’t have a camera, you can join the webinar by phone.  If you have never used Zoom you’ll want to log on a few minutes early so you can download the Zoom launcher and log on.  If you have any questions, contact Steve McLean – steve10mclean@gmail.com or (518) 791-6249



Given recent guidelines from the CDC and the request from the White House to refrain from public gatherings, the POTE Missions Workshop scheduled for May 2nd has been cancelled.  The POE WO Team will be in touch via email with those who have already registered.  We hope to reschedule in the fall of 2020.