THE PRESBYTERY OF NEW JERSEY,
at its 140th meeting, in Middletown, New Jersey, March 17,2012, unanimously determined respectfully to request
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
at its 40th meeting, in Louisville, Kentucky, June 19-22, 2012, to consider, approve and act upon the following
WHEREAS, the various parts of the Church, and of our denomination, are related, so “that its parts should have equal concern for each other” (1 Corinthians 12:25b), and
WHEREAS, it “is the responsibility of every member and every member congregation to support the whole work of the denomination…” (BOCO 14-1.4), and
WHEREAS, the “Bookstore” offers efficient and helpful service, produces and markets materials for our denomination, directs attention to Presbyterian and Reformed sources, regularly sells products at reasonable prices, often comparable to those of mass marketers, and
WHEREAS, the “Bookstore” is not able to compete with advertising and marketing techniques of the mass marketers,
THEREFORE, the General Assembly encourages the churches, members, committees, and agencies of our denomination to make all relevant purchases through the Presbyterian Church in America “Bookstore” and, as appropriate, to urge others to use its services.
FURTHER, the General Assembly directs its Stated Clerk to forward this overture to the clerks of the various presbyteries, together with a request that they make it known among their presbyters and churches.
Adopted by theNew Jersey Presbytery , on March 17, 2012.
James A. Smith
Stated Clerk of the New Jersey Presbytery