Kingston Presbyterian Church, Kingston, New Jersey
4565 Route 27
PO Box 148
Kingston, NJ 08528

Pastor’s Message – Rev. Sharyl Dixon

Kingston Presbyterian Church ~ MAY 2022 Where we seek to Welcome, Grow and Serve!

It is a great time to be a part of KPC! I thought I would take the opportunity to share some of our next steps as a church.

In April, the Executive Committee met three times to organize and group the almost 200 post-it notes that were shared at our March retreat. Ideas were weighed to see if they were easy or hard to do, while asking would they or do they align with our heart and mission as a congregation (Love God, Love Neighbor, Love Self alongside our Mission of Welcome/Grow/Serve). Repeats and duplicates were paired. We are already doing many and some are easy to implement or were already on our radar. Dividing up the post-its, there were 54 for Building and Grounds, 26 for Mission, 26 for Deacons, 20 for Membership & Outreach, 18 for CE, 15 for Steward- ship, 17 for Worship, 6 for the Executive Committee and 2 for Pastor Sharyl.

Through all of these we heard your heart to be a blessing. Moving out of what was lifted up at the retreat, the Session voted at their April 19th meeting, to begin sharing $100,000, (understanding there will be more shared later but beginning here): $25,000 for the Mission Commission to designate a first gift to FFHH, ISI, New Life Associates, World Team and Karla Koll, $25,000 for Books & Breakfast, and $25,000 ($10,000 to Iglesia Presbiteriana Nueva Vida and $15,000 to Rev. Carlos Rivera). This is a church that began in KPC, and this gift honors the pastor’s sacrifices serving an immigrant church and their struggles these last years. And the last fourth, $25,000 to be put towards hiring a person to work part time with our children and youth, alongside other local churches.

The next parts to follow are:

Part 4, our May 1st, Adult Sunday School, will be a continuation of the Retreat in March. (Please come especially, if you weren’t able to join us in March.) It will be a time to review what we did but our main focus will be to explore where the Spirit is moving us and stirring our hearts.

Part 5, will be a June meeting to work with the various stewards of different ideas. (Mission, CE, Worship, Membership & Outreach, Deacons, Buildings and Grounds). All in the congregation will be invited alongside these groups to decide where to put energy and where we need to explore ideas, partnerships and places these ideas are already being lived out.

Part 6, will be a meeting of the Finance Committee so Session can hear a recommendation about how much of the transformational gift should be invested and put to work for the future of God’s ministry at KPC.

Part 7, will be the creation of a grant system. It is our hope this would allow others to apply with an idea (naming how it Loves God, Loves Neighbor and Loves Ourselves) with at least 3 people ready to put the idea into action.

And part 8, will be in a continued practice of active listening to the Holy Spirit.

We believe these steps will move us forward in faith and mission. It is a great time to be God’s people in partnership and ministry at KPC. We hope you are as excited and hopeful as we are. Please let us know where and how you see yours as a part of these next steps at God’s work through KPC.

In Christ’s hope and mission, Pastor Sharyl