Posted October 13, 2017 in Around the Synod

The Synod of the Trinity

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Assembly Meeting

October 22, 2017 – October 24, 2017
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center – 215 Innovation Blvd., State College, PA 16803
Docket Dated: October 13, 2017


(Needed paperwork will be available at the Synod Assembly Meeting.)



6:45 p.m.                        Gathering Music: Bagpipers

7 p.m.                              Opening Worship, Executive Suite (Ground Level)

                Rev. Dr. Alonzo Johnson, preaching

                 Adriana Cleveland, soloist; Brett Terry, musician

8:15 p.m.                         Reception: 300th Anniversary Cake & Coffee (break area)

Registration packets will be available after worship for Monday’s meeting


300th transparent png8-9 a.m.                         Breakfast Buffet: Gardens Restaurant, Ground Floor

  • 7 a.m.-5 p.m. — Hot/cold beverages available in meeting area
  • 9-11 a.m. — Continental breakfast items available in meeting area

8:30-9 a.m.                     Registration: Executive Suite, Ground Floor

8:30 a.m.                        Governing Commission Meeting, McKinnon Board Room, Ground Floor

8:55 a.m.                         Gathering Music: Brett Terry

9 a.m.                               Assembly Convenes

  • Morning Prayer
  • Blessing and bestowing of Commissioner Stoles

9:45 a.m.                         Business Meeting

  • Declaration of Quorum
  • Consent Agenda

Download Consent Agenda here.
Insurance Certification document here.
Audit Certifications here and here.
Other Supporting Documents here.

New business due in writing to the Stated Clerk by 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

  • Synod Moderator’s Report on Governing Commission Work
  • Nominating Committee Reports
    • Moderator and Vice Moderator
    • New Governing Commission Members
    • 2018 Nominating Committee (report here)
  • Amendments to Standing Rules Motions
    • Communion & Offerings
    • Filling Governing Commission vacancies in mid-term (click here for related document)
  • Governing Commission Personnel Committee Report
    • Review of Transitional Executive
    • Review of Synod Stated Clerk
    • 2018 Compensation Recommendation

10:45 a.m.                             Break

11:15 a.m.                             Engagement I: How do we listen?

    by Rev. Skip Noftzger, Redstone executive presbyter

12:15 p.m.                             Break

12:30 p.m.                             Lunch Buffet: Gardens Restaurant, Ground Level

1:30 p.m.                                 Greetings from the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly

Dean’s Hall I, Main Level

2 p.m.                                   “The Gift of Unity: Breaking Down Walls to Build the Beloved Community”

Rev. Dr. Alonzo Johnson and Rev. Wayne Gnatuk

5:30 p.m.                                   Dinner: Senate Room, Main Level

6:45 p.m.                                   Assembly Reconvenes: Regional Engagements

Break area on Main Level, outside Rooms 106-107

7:30 p.m.                                   300th Anniversary Celebration Ice Cream Sundae Social, Break area, Main Level

  • Three-congregational grant drawing
  • History: Board of Pensions and Presbytery of Philadelphia


8-9 a.m.                                       Breakfast Buffet: Gardens Restaurant, Ground Floor

  • 7 a.m. — Hot/cold beverages available in meeting area
  • 9-11 a.m. — Continental breakfast items available in meeting area

9 a.m.                                             Worship: Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Rev. Helen Kester, preaching

9:45 a.m.                                       Participant Engagement: The Common Good

New Business

10:45 a.m.                                     Break – Check out


11:15 a.m.                                    Speak Out! Where have you seen the Spirit of God moving in this meeting?

Evaluation                                  Please take a moment to fill out the evaluation form.

11:30 a.m.                                    Closing Worship                                                      

  • Installation of new Moderator, Vice Moderator and Governing Commission members
  • Recognitions

Noon                                              Benediction

Governing Commission: Those staying for the wrap-up meeting, please gather in the McKinnon Board Room.