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June 17, 2021 - Hope of a tomorrow ...

Welcome to the MIDWEEK MUSINGS,
our bi-weekly newsletter to equip, spark and grow our mutual ministries.  We invite you to share our publication with your church and community ... with thanks!


We pray for empowerment of positive and vocal agents of change for those most marginalized in our world.
There is much to be celebrated as the House approved a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.  The bill will now be signed by President Biden marking a federal holiday for a day ending slavery in Texas, a full independence day from slavery in the United States.  Although this is most definitely a step forward for recognizing the missteps of the past, ensuring equal justice to fulfill the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation and our Constitution must remain in our focus. 

View resources and opportunities for service this Juneteenth: 
"Love each other as I have loved you..." ~John 15:12-13

Training and Equipping for Elders and Deacons

Join colleagues from the Presbytery of Southern New England for the third monthly education online event TONIGHT, June 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Access the Zoom registration link at:

View previously recorded clerk training on the Presbytery website here.

Parliamentary Procedure for Leaders
A Year of Leader Formation Webinar
July 14, 2021; 7-8:30 pm (eastern) 
Registration Deadline July 6 HERE

PC(USA) ruling elders and deacons have responsibilities as leaders in Christ’s church. Whether you serve as a moderator or as a participant, your call will involve meetings conducted by parliamentary procedure
Matthew 25- Poor People's Campaign
The Poor People's Campaign is proposing a Resolution for the House of Representative to pass calling for a Third Reconstruction. The First Reconstruction was the post-Civil War era. The Second Reconstruction was in the 1960's with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Third Reconstruction is to fully address poverty and low wages from the bottom up. In anticipation of the Poor People’s Campaign mass virtual gathering across the nation calling on Congress to pass the Resolution for a Third Reconstruction, we provide the following information to encourage your participation within New Castle Presbytery.
MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2021, 12:00 NOON
A press conference and rally will be held outside on the front steps of First & Central PC at Noon on Monday June 21 (1101 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE). The press conference will publicly ask Representative Lisa Blunt-Rochester to support the Resolution calling for a Third Reconstruction. You can read additional information regarding the Third Reconstruction at:

MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2021,  5:30 P.M.
A mass virtual rally across the nation calling on Congress to pass the Resolution for a Third Reconstruction. The mass virtual rally will give the reasons for a Third Reconstruction. It will be led by excellent presenters.
Please participate. The more people the stronger our case.
Please sign-up for the mass virtual rally on Monday at 5:30pm by going to
NCP Session 2020 Minutes Review 
UPDATE from Connectional Presbyter/Stated Clerk, Cindy!

Minutes Review and Leadership Training
Mark your calendars! We’re going to experiment with a different way of reviewing session minutes and providing leadership training! Tracy and I are going to approach this as a team, with me working with clerks of session and Tracy working with whoever else from the congregation wants to participate. The idea is to bring a carload and deepen the impact of these opportunities.
The confirmed dates/locations are as follows: 
  • Sunday, August 15 at 3 p.m. – Elkton Presbyterian Church, 209 E. Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921
  • Sunday, August 22 at 3 p.m. – Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Highway, Seaford, DE 19973
  • Room specifics will be confirmed and emailed to registrants the week prior to the gathering
 Please register online to facilitate our planning:
Our Committees - CORN
The 225th PC(USA) General Assembly will be held June 18, 2022 - July 9, 2022, both virtually and in-person in Louisville, KY.
At its September meeting, New Castle Presbytery will elect one Minister of Word and Sacrament Commissioner, one Ruling Elder Commissioner, one Young Adult Advisory Delegate, and one alternate for each position.
The Committee on Representation and Nominations (CORN) is responsible for presenting the slate of nominees for these positions to the Presbytery. CORN requests that the Session of each congregation and worshiping community of New Castle Presbytery prayerfully identify a Ruling Elder and/or Young Adult in their congregation who would be faithful representatives of New Castle Presbytery as a Commissioner or Delegate to the General Assembly.

View guidelines and online application forms on the Committee on Representation and Nominations webpage here.  Nominees for Commissioners and Alternates will be selected from the nominations received by August 1, 2021 and submitted to CORN through the appropriate nomination form.

If you need additional information, please contact Rev. Caitlan Gartland, Committee on Representation & Nominations chair via email.
Our Pastors - Prayer Request
On the passing of the father of The Rev. Cindy Kohlmann

Dear friends,
Please join us in fervent prayer and support for our sister and friend Cindy Kohlmann, whose beloved father died suddenly on Monday. She will be away from the office from now until Tuesday, June 29th in order to tend to family matters and to have space and time for the early demands of grief.
As we hold Cindy and her family in our prayers, we hold fast to the knowledge that the love of God in Jesus Christ is from everlasting to everlasting, and entrust her father to God’s tender and eternal embrace.

Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice and no one will take away your joy.” ~John 16:22
NCP Presbyterian Women - Gathering!
View the invitation and full information here.
Our New Worshiping Communities - Riverfront

There's exciting news about the Wilmington Kitchen Collective at Riverfront to aid culinary entrepreneurs!  View the article here.
Our Partnerships - Guatemala
Stoves: A Hot Commodity
In celebration of the Supporting Our Sisters initiative, we will be sharing real-time updates of the many projects and programs we support in Guatemala. And as summer heats up, there is no better way to start than with the delivery of Fuel-Efficient Stoves!  

View the full article here.
NCP Interfaith Peacemaker- Rev.Tom Davis
Universal Communication Tool

I called a friend recently to reconnect after well over a year on account of the pandemic. He's the director of a group of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim volunteers called the Wilmington Peacekeepers. Before the pandemic we would gather after shooting incidents to pray on street corners with friends and families of the victims, and also to do what we could to support neighborhood leaders. Wilmington Peace Keepers come from several faith traditions, races, ethnic groups, and income levels. When we work together on the streets we bridge a number of social boundaries and get to know each personally. I have missed this opportunity during all the months we have endured social distancing.

My friend asked whether I had seen a recent text message about last week's Peace Keepers event, a food give-away downtown.  I hadn't, I apologized, because I mainly use email and hadn't checked the messaging app on my phone. "Oh" he said, "Well, it's important to watch your messaging app, because some of our members don't have computers, and they don't use email. But they all have phones!  

Duh!!! I should have recognized that boundary, but my income level kept me preoccupied with my laptop.

"Mobile phones are the most universal communication tool on the planet allowing us to bridge social boundaries. It behooves us to get more adept with the tools for mobile communication, including messaging."

Thank you Rev. Tom Davis and friends for continuing to assist us with enhancing our abilities to communicate, connect and engage. #NCPTechtalk #NCPresbytery
Health Ministry - Keeping Up with COVID Updates
This month we'll bring attention the valuable resources available from the CDC to continue  safe and effective measures for a "way forward" from COVID-19.  These resources include your health, vaccines, travel, school and more!  View the site here. Individual safety broadens community safety as well. 

Be well! 

Stephanie Scully Eskridge, RN BSN 

Order your 2021/22 Planning Calendars
The Presbytery office offers bulk purchase price planning calendars for members within New Castle Presbytery.  This price reflects bulk order rates at a per copy price for the calendar only $10.25 each, plus shipping to your location if required.  The bulk order is delivered to the Presbytery office and I will individually package each order and provide an invoice with shipping charges included (USPS Priority Mail is utilized for this purpose).  Special arrangements are required for pick-up from the Presbytery office if you do not choose the shipping option.
Please note the calendars have been amended as a 16-month calendar commencing September 2021 through December 2022. The cost per copy this year if purchased directly from the PC(USA) store is: $16.95 each; $14.50 each for 10-49; $9.75 each for 50 or more; plus shipping for all orders.  

To facilitate the order process through the Presbytery at the reduced bulk price, please click on the following link:
Presbyterian Giving Catalog
The new Summer of Song concert series is brought to you by the Presbyterian Giving Catalog and is provided as a way of thanking Giving Catalog supporters for their generosity. The series will celebrate the ways song brings us together as people of faith. 

The first concert is June 21 at 7 p.m. EST. Elizabeth Stockton Perkins, with accompaniment by Cameron Edmiston, will be performing favorites from musical theatre to kick off the concert series.

On July 21 at 7 p.m. EST, The Stillman College Concert Choir, an ensemble from the Presbyterian-affiliated historically black Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will sing sacred and secular music from the Renaissance to present.

On August 21 at 7 p.m. EST, The Mission Musicians, all members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will come together to share their belief in the power of music to spread God’s love.

Click here to watch the concerts live or to view on demand after each premiere!
Background Screens
We're making every effort to get back to "normal" and that means mission trips and youth camps are on the rise. Facilitating background screens for your advisors, participants and new employees doesn't have to be daunting.  Contact your insurance provider for discount screening services.  A few examples, with links to their background safety information, include: Protecting our faith with safe practices!

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Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – General sharing time
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – Lectio Divina and prayer
Thursdays, 12 p.m. –Transformational pastors

Pastors are gathering with Presbytery staff “online” through Zoom each week to laugh, share experiences, ask questions, and find support.  All pastors are invited to join us at one or more of these times.  A link to join the ZOOM meetings is sent each Monday.  Misplaced the email? 
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Presbytery staff are here to serve you!
The NCP physical office is closed during this time, however the staff are available via email and cell phone.  "Normal" business hours, with noted sabbath exceptions, include: 

Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Friday closed  (limited staff available via email)

Tracy Keenan - Fridays
Cindy Kohlmann - Mondays 
Donna Scully - Fridays (during the summer months) and Weekends 
Jerry Hunter - Thursdays and Weekends

Monday, July 5 (in observance of the July 4 holiday on Sunday)

View the ABOUT tab and OUR TEAM on our website for contact information.
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