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Presbytery Meeting Minutes June 2008

Presbytery Meeting June 2008

Nashville, Indiana

Devotional Exercises and Call to Order

A regular meeting of the presbytery of the Presbyterian Reformed Church was held at the Abe Martin Lodge within the Brown County State Park in Nashville, Indiana on Wednesday June 18, Thursday June 19, and Friday June 20, 2008. The meeting was opened with the singing of a portion of Psalm 78 , and, devotional exercises having been conducted the evening before, the meeting was called to order with prayer by Moderator Timothy Worrell at 9:00 a.m.

Roll Call

Sederunt: Rev. D. Douglas Gebbie, Rev. Timothy Worrell, Rev. Michael Ericson, Rev. Bradford Freeman, Dr. Steven Dilday, Rev. Michael Ives, ministers; Mr. Brian Myers, Mr. Christopher Levi, Mr. Daniel McGinn, Mr. Lindsay Smallidge, ruling elders.

Minutes

The minutes of the June 2007 regular meeting and the January 2008 pro re nata meeting were approved by common consent.

Appointment of ad hoc Committee, Review of Session Books

Mr. Ives, Dr. Dilday, Mr. McGinn, and Mr. Smallidge were appointed to the Review of Session Books ad hoc committee.

Appointment of Officers

Mr. Humphrey was appointed to another term as treasurer.

Mr. Myers was appointed clerk.

Mr. Ericson was appointed moderator.

Approval of the Docket

The draft docket was amended by common consent to move item VIII. Closed Session to be the order of the day for Thursday June 19, and that the Treasurer’s report and the Publications Committee report be deferred until later in the day.

Committee Reports

Training of the Ministry Committee

Mr. Gebbie presented the Training of the Ministry Committee report. It was moved and seconded to receive the report. The motion carried.

It was moved and seconded that the presbytery empower the Committee to find a suitable course in practical theology for Dr. Manring. The motion carried.

Missions and Church Relations Committee

Mr. Ives presented the Missions and Church Relations report. It was moved and seconded to receive the report. The motion carried.

It was moved and seconded to send two ministers and one ruling elder to NAPARC. The motion carried.

It was moved and seconded that the Missions and Church Relations Committee be divided into the Church Relations Committee and the Missions Committee; That the two committees be comprised of the same members; That Rev. Worrell be the convener of the Missions Committee; and That Rev. Ives be the convener of the Church Relations Committee. The motion was tabled.

Congregational Reports

Mr. Gebbie presented the Chesley congregational report. It was moved and seconded to receive the report. The motion carried.

Mr. Ives presented the Rhode Island report. It was moved and seconded to receive the report. The motion carried.

The presbytery recessed at 10:20 a.m. and reconvened at 10:34 a.m.

Dr. Dilday gave the Northern Virginia congregational report. It was moved and seconded to receive the report. The motion carried.

Mr. Levi gave the Des Moines (Trinity) congregational report. It was moved and seconded to receive the report. The motion carried.

It was moved and seconded to receive the Stockton-on-Tees report as written. The motion carried.

Mr. Worrell gave the Charlotte congregational report. It was moved and seconded to receive the report. The motion carried.

It was moved and seconded that upon the installation of Mr. Ron Posvar to the Charlotte session that Mr. Myers be relieved of his seat on that session. The motion carried.

Mr. Freeman gave the Columbus congregational report. It was moved and seconded to receive the report. The motion carried.

It was moved and seconded that the clerk send post cards expressing the presbytery’s concern and care to the presbyters that were unable to attend the meeting due to health issues and the like. The motion carried.

Committee Reports

Ad Hoc Committee on the FoG-BoD

Mr. Gebbie gave the FoG-BoD ad hoc committee report. It was moved and seconded to receive the report. The motion carried.

Standing Orders

It was moved and seconded that the Presbytery approve the adoption of the Standing Orders (copy on file) for the next annual meeting of Presbytery. The motion was tabled.

It was moved and seconded that the Presbytery instruct the committee to bring a set of Standing Orders covering cases of discipline to the next annual meeting of Presbytery. The motion carried.

The presbytery recessed with prayer at 11:38 a.m., and reconvened with prayer at 12:08 p.m.

Charlotte Overture Re: An Amendment to FoG-BoD

Mr. Worrell presented the Charlotte Overture. It was moved and seconded to receive the Charlotte Overture. The motion carried.

The presbytery recessed at 1:40 p.m., and reconvened at 1:46 p.m.

It was moved and seconded that the Charlotte Overture be passed to the sessions for consideration, and that position papers and materials- for and against- be requested, due for distribution to members by December 31, 2008. The motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report

It was moved and seconded to receive the Treasurer’s report as written. The motion carried.

Publications Committee

Mr. Worrell gave the Publications Committee report. It was moved and seconded to receive the report. The motion carried.

It was moved and seconded that Dr. Dilday be the convener of the Publications Committee. The motion carried.

Standing Orders, continued

It was moved and seconded to take the Standing Orders motion from the table. The motion carried.

The Standing Orders motion was amended as follows: That the Presbytery approve the adoption of the Standing Orders for the next annual meeting of Presbytery, with the Standing Orders to be approved at each subsequent annual meeting for the intervening year, and may be suspended by a simple majority at any time. The amended motion carried.

Missions and Church Relations Committee, continued

It was moved and seconded to take the Missions and Church Relations Committee motion from the table. The motion carried.

It was moved and seconded to move into a committee of the whole. The motion carried.

After discussion it was moved and seconded to come out of the committee of the whole. The motion carried.

The Missions and Church Relations Committee motion was as follows: It was moved and seconded that the Missions and Church Relations Committee be divided into the Church Relations Committee and the Missions Committee; That the two committees be comprised of the same members; That Rev. Worrell be the convener of the Missions Committee; and That Rev. Ives be the convener of the Church Relations Committee. The motion carried.

It was moved and seconded that the Missions Committee be directed to study the situation in Pennsylvania, assist, and report to the next meeting. The motion carried.

The presbytery recessed for the day with prayer at 2:06 p.m.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The presbytery reconvened at 9:06 a.m., Thursday June 19. Ephesians 4:7-16 was read and a portion ofPsalm 68 was sung, followed with prayer by the moderator.

Appointment of ad hoc Committee, Review of Session Books

Mr. Ives gave the report of the Review of Session Books ad hoc committee. It was moved and seconded to receive the report. The motion carried.

It was moved and seconded to move to closed session. The motion carried.

The presbytery recessed with prayer at 9:55 p.m.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The presbytery reconvened at 9:02 a.m., Friday June 20. Psalm 110 was read and a portion of Psalm 2 was sung, followed with prayer by the moderator.

It was moved and seconded to return to open session. The motion carried.

Resolution of Thanks

It was ordered by common consent to thank the Columbus congregation for their work and hospitality in hosting the 2008 annual meeting of the PRC.

Next Meeting and Adjournment

It was ordered by common consent that the presbytery meet next year at Dayton, IA August 11-18.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:35 a.m. with prayer by the moderator.

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