What Happened at Assembly on March 25th?
The Presbytery enjoyed the hospitality of the Mitchell Presbyterian Church, Mitchell, Indiana
Installation of Vice Moderator and Stated Clerk
The Moderator installed David Crittenden as Stated Clerk and Barbara Ferguson as Vice-Moderator of the Presbytery of Ohio Valley.
Examination of Je Myoung Lee
After preaching for the Presbytery Je Myoung Lee, a candidate under care of the Presbytery of Chicago, was examined by the Presbytery and approved for ordination to the ministry of Teaching Elder. Je has been called to served the congregations of the Mitchell Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church, Bedford, as pastor of the Lawrence County Parish.
Proposed Amendments from the 222nd General Assembly
The Commissioners approved all sixteen amendments to the Book of Order proposed by the 222nd General Assembly. (Ballot tallies are shown below.)
Congregational Mission and Vitality Committee Grants Approved by Presbytery Council
The Council report noted two grants from the Monroe City Funds one in the amount of $3,400 to the Scipio Presbyterian Church for an outdoor worship, spirituality and fellowship area and the other in the amount of $4,000 to the Community Presbyterian Church in Charlestown, Indiana, for funding for a Bundle of Joy Basket Program as part of the congregation’s D.I.A.P.E.R. ministry.
|16-A||Child & Youth Protection Policy|
On Amending G-3.0106
|16-B||Parity in Committees|
On Amending G-3.0109
|16-C1||Ministers of the Word and Sacrament |
On Amending F-3.0202
|16-C2||Ministers of the Word and Sacrament |
On Amending G-2.0102
|16-C3||Ministers of the Word and Sacrament |
On Amending G-2.0301
|16-C4||Ministers of the Word and Sacrament |
On Amending G-2.05 and G-2.0501
|16-C5||Ministers of the Word and Sacrament |
On Amending G-2.0701
|16-C6||Ministers of the Word and Sacrament and Commissioned Pastors |
On Amending G-3.0307
|16-C7||Minister of the Word and Sacrament and |
On Amending the Directory for Worship and
the Rules of Discipline
|16-C8||Minister of the Word and Sacrament |
On Amending W-4.4001a.
|16-D1||Relationship to the PC(USA) of a Person Who Has |
Renounced Jurisdiction of the Church
On Amending G-2.0509
|16-D2||Relationship to the PC(USA) of a Person Who Has |
Renounced Jurisdiction of the Church
On Amending D-10.0401
|16-E||Certified Service Requirements |
On Amending G-2.1101
|16-F||The Ministry of Members |
On Amending G-1.0304
|16-G||Access to the Lord’s Table |
On Amending W-2.4011a. and b.
|16-H||Directory for Worship|
On Replacing the Current Directory for Worship
Joining God’s Good Work in Our Communities: The Presbytery of Ohio Valley assembles to celebrate what we’re doing already and explore what we might yet do.
God is up to something! All around the world, and right around the corner, God is up to something. And the good news is that we are a part of it! The congregations of the Presbytery of Ohio Valley make a difference as we bear witness, in word and in deed, to God’s sovereign activity in the world.
The Congregational Mission and Vitality Committee and the Evangelism and Congregational Witness Committee invite you to a different kind of Presbytery Assembly. Regular business will be kept to a bare minimum, as our primary business of the day will be to celebrate what we’re already doing in our communities and to explore what we might yet do. Consider bringing an additional member or two from your congregation for this special day.
- Gather for worship and proclamation, hearing a few new stories of congregations who are joining God’s good work.
- Engage with one another (using “World Café” conversations) to generate new ideas.
- Be led in song by the gospel band “Living By Faith” (in which our moderator Zack Ellison plays). And those who play an instrument are welcome to bring it and join in a pick-up band for the closing worship.
- Feast on fellowship with one another, as well as grilled cookout fare (hamburgers and hot dogs with vegetarian and gluten-free options available).
- Receive a small gift to help us make a joyful noise.
The Assembly will take place at 10:00am (9:00am Central) on Saturday, 6/4/2016 at the Mitchell Presbyterian Church, with registration starting an hour earlier.
The packet, driving directions, and the minutes from the April meeting will be available for download from the assembly web page after 4:00pm on May 26th.
Online Pre-registration for the Assembly is available now.
POV enjoyed the hospitality of First Presbyterian in Jeffersonville. The windows in the sanctuary have been refurbished in a major project that has been completed since the last time that the Presbytery met there.
Ruling Elder Zack Ellision moderated his first meeting.
The Transitional Executive from the Synod of Lincoln Trails was present. Sara Dingman brought the sermon to our worship. Sara also made comments during the meeting to outline the work and contributions of the Synod to our common life. Specifically she discussed:
- The synod is encouraging exploration of Bi-Vocational Ministry.
- The synod is intensely in discussions about per-capita and mission giving.
- The synod is intensively encouraging care for pastors with peer groupings and other interventions.
- Transitional skills (applicable to all persons) is to be taught locally in the synod.
A Vote was held on concurrence with an Overture to GA. Overtures start on a presbytery level. They move to the General Assembly where they are approved, rejected, edited, changed or answered in some way. Every overture must have referral from more than one presbytery to be considered by GA. If the changes involve change to the constitution, they must go back to the presbyteries.
The overture we acted upon did not involve constitutional change. It was to support ministry of GA efforts related to HIV/Aids persons.
The Presbytery Foundation’s ministry was presented by Lisa Longo. The Foundation’s national office is located in our presbytery in New Albany. Lisa outlined for us several important supports for mission and stewardship that are available to our congregations.
The POV Academy Committee reported through Trudy Vanderbeck. The Academy has broadened its mission to focus on leadership training for all people in the Presbytery. There is little demand by Elders for training to be Commissioned Ruling Elders. However, the need for training and education is still a need.
Report of the Lilly Grant Charlie Pye brought us an update on Lily Grant issues. Charlie reported for the Lily Excellence in Ministry Program. Both loans and grants are available through the program. Charlie reported his own work and helps. He also emphasized the “no interest” loans for debt resolution.
Presbytery had its year-end meeting. As is normal, the meeting was an afternoon meeting only in Mitchell. The congregation at Mitchell hosted.
It was the final meeting for our Moderator, Eric Erickson. Rev. Erickson preached at the opening worship time.
An Inquirer was presented to the Assembly who has become a candidate. The preparation for ministry process has two levels of standing as potential ministers learn and move along in the process. Each level takes a year to complete at a minimum. Tamara Recob is now a candidate for ministry from the Newburgh Church. She has completed her seminary training and will spend the next year in a chaplain training program in Evansville. Tamara is like most candidates for ministry these days. She has been in another career for some years and has felt the call to ministry in the midst of life.
The Corporation of the Presbytery of Ohio Valley, Inc. met. The presbytery is both a church body and a formal corporation under Indiana law. We formally turn into a company for a few minutes in order to meet legal rules for a company.
Elections were part of the meeting. The December meeting is the time when we receive the report of the Nominations Committee and elect officers. Ruling Elder Zack Ellison is our Moderator for 2016. He is from Columbus First Presbyterian Church. Our Vice Moderator is going to be Rev, Deborah Fortel.
Service Recognition for outgoing officers was shared.
Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Ohio