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Readers' Service


Who we are

Readers' Service is an agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Worldwide Ministries Division working in partnership with Stony Point Center in Stony Point, New York.

What we do

Since 1947, the mission of Readers̓ Service has been to supply books to workers and institutions in countries where books are in short supply and funds are quite limited. Our books come as donations and are sent at minimal cost, a packaging fee and postage reimbursement. Recipients choose books from our list of holdings and add them to theft collections.

Whom we serve

All mission workers and institutions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its partner churches in approximately eighty countries are eligible.

How you can help

Individuals and churches in the United States can support this mission service in several ways:

• Monetary gifts to help with operating expenses.

• Sponsoring a mission worker or institution by agreeing to cover (he cost of their orders— especially if you already have close ties to mi overseas mission or church.

• Donating recently published books in good condition which would interest readers in other countries. Guidelines are available.

Contact us

Readers' Service
5 Crickettown Road, Stony Point, NY 10980

Telephone: 845-786-5491 Fax: 845-786-5919



Readers' Service offers these suggestions to people who want to help by contributing books:

The Readers' Service staff appreciates your willingness to participate in our mission, providing books to persons who otherwise do not have ready access to reading materials. Given our focus, restricted storage space, and minimal personnel, it is necessary that we place limits on the donations we accept.

Presbyterian Church (USA) resources are squandered, and valuable staff tine is expended when we must sort materials not suited to the needs of our overseas constituents and destined for the recycling center. PLEASE SORT YOUR BOOKS!!!

We accept books in all subject areas that meet the following criteria.

bullet Books must be clean and in good condition: covers firmly intact, no torn or missing pages, paper not brown & brittle, no mold or dampness
bullet Text must not be excessively underlined or highlighted
bullet Publication dates should be 1980 or later (exception: classical works)  Works of fiction should be 1995 or later (exception: classical works)
bullet Our holdings contain more Bibles and hymnals than our subscribers request; weare not currently accepting these items.

We do not have requests for, therefore do not accept, the following:

bullet Encyclopedias
bullet Magazines or journals
bullet Church school curricula
bullet Reader's Digest condensed books
bullet Textbooks
bullet Videos, cassette tapes, or any other non-printed materials

Materials not suitable for distribution through Readers' Service may be welcomed by other organizations. e.g., literacy programs, prisons, child and adult day care centers.

Thank you again for your support of Readers' Service and your cooperation in our mission.


The Staff at Readers' Service

Hours: Tues.-Sat.
9:00 AM-noon, 1:00 PM-5:00



GA actions ratified (or not) by  the presbyteries   

A number of the most important actions of the 219th General Assembly have now been acted upon by the presbyteries, confirming most of them as amendments to the PC(USA) Book of Order.

We provided resources to help inform the reflection and debate, along with updates on the voting.

Our three areas of primary interest have been:

bullet Amendment 10-A, which  removes the current ban on lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender persons being considered as possible candidates for ordination as elder or ministers.  Approved!

bullet Amendment 10-2, which would add the Belhar Confession to our Book of Confessions.  Disapproved, because as an amendment to the Book of Confessions it needed a 2/3 vote, and did not receive that.

bullet Amendment 10-1, which  adopts the new Form of Government that was approved by the Assembly.   Approved.

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Some blogs worth visiting

PVJ's Facebook page

Mitch Trigger, PVJ's Secretary/Communicator, has created a Facebook page where Witherspoon members and others can gather to exchange news and views. Mitch and a few others have posted bits of news, both personal and organizational. But there’s room for more!

You can post your own news and views, or initiate a conversation about a topic of interest to you.


Voices of Sophia blog

Heather Reichgott, who has created this new blog for Voices of Sophia, introduces it:

After fifteen years of scholarship and activism, Voices of Sophia presents a blog. Here, we present the voices of feminist theologians of all stripes: scholars, clergy, students, exiles, missionaries, workers, thinkers, artists, lovers and devotees, from many parts of the world, all children of the God in whose image women are made. .... This blog seeks to glorify God through prayer, work, art, and intellectual reflection. Through articles and ensuing discussion we hope to become an active and thoughtful community.


John Harris’ Summit to Shore blogspot

Theological and philosophical reflections on everything between summit to shore, including kayaking, climbing, religion, spirituality, philosophy, theology, politics, culture, travel, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), New York City and the Queens neighborhood of Ridgewood by a progressive New York City Presbyterian Pastor. John is a former member of the Witherspoon board, and is designated pastor of North Presbyterian Church in Flushing, NY.


John Shuck’s Shuck and Jive

A Presbyterian minister, currently serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tenn., blogs about spirituality, culture, religion (both organized and disorganized), life, evolution, literature, Jesus, and lightening up.


Got more blogs to recommend?

Please send a note, and we'll see what we can do!


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