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What Happened at the November 11th Called Meeting

Presbytery of Ohio Valley Called Meeting

Fairlawn Presbyterian Church Columbus, Indiana
November 11, 2015 

The Assembly was Called to Order and worship at (10:30 a.m.) by Moderator  Rev. Eric Erickson.

The scripture lesson read was Mark 6:1-13. Was the basis for the sermon offered was to “Keep On Keeping On”.  Deacon Kimber-lee Docke Adams preached.

Introductions, Quorum, Seating of Corresponding Members Rev. Lawrence Jackman ruled that a quorum was present.  Rev. Catherine Knott was introduced at her first meeting of this presbytery.  Elder David David Doup welcomed the Assembly to the newly remodeled worship space of Fairlawn Presbyterian.

Report of the Committee on Ministry was offered by Rev. Deborah Fortel. Rev. Fortel presented of Kimber-lee Docke Adams for examination for ordination as a Teaching Elder.  A period of examination followed.

Rev David Lee moved that the examination be sustained. The motion passed. Deborah Fortel moved that the presbytery request that Peace River Presbytery ordain Kimber-Lee on behalf of Ohio Valley.  The motions passed.

The business appropriate to the call for the meeting having been accomplished, a motion was made to adjourn with the benediction following the celebration of the Lord’s Supper and the prayers of the Presbytery.  Susan McGhee led the assembly in prayer.  The celebrant was Rev. Mitch Coggin.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:40 a.m.

Lawrence Jackman
Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Ohio Valley

Called Assembly on November 11, 2015

The Presbytery Council has called a special Assembly of the Presbytery of Ohio Valley for Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at 10:30 am (9:30 am Central Time), to examine Kimber-lee Docke Adams for ordination to the ministry of Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Congregation of First Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, has called Kim to be Associate Pastor. Kim is under care of the Peace River Presbytery, and wishes to be ordained in her home congregation before she moves onto the field. As the Presbytery of Call, it is our privilege to examine her for ordination and to request that Peace River ordain her on our behalf. Please find attached Kim’s statement of faith and autobiographical statement.

We wil gather at Fairlawn Presbyterian Church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus, Indiana. Registration begins a half hour before.
The meeting will conclude before Noon.

Documents for the meeting can be found on the Assembly webpage.

Peace and all good,
Lawrence Jackman        Susan McGhee
Stated Clerk                    Presbytery Council Moderator

North Central Region Meets 5/7/2014

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Fairlawn Presbyterian Church
2611 Fairlawn Dr., Columbus, Indiana

The church is located on Fairlawn, just north of 25th St., about 7-8 blocks east of National Road (Hwy 31).

Join us for fellowship, food, worship, and program

To assist with a count for the meal, please RSVP to the church office at fairlawn@nullsbcglobal.net or by phone at (812) 372-3882 by Monday, May 5th.

The program will include information about overtures to be presented at the General Assembly, an update about Camp Pyoca, and a fond farewell to Pastor Brad Napier. 

Worship will be led by The Rev. Tim Jessen.

There will also be a “speak-out” session for announcements.

See you on May 7th!

Bright Stars of Bethlehem Presentation in Columbus, IN

Rev. Scott Hill and Beth Nelson Chase

Rev. Scott Hill and Beth Nelson Chase talk.

On Sunday, July 14th, Beth Nelson Chase, VP of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, brought greetings and thanks from the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, to First Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Indiana. The Presbytery of Ohio Valley has a Partnership with the International Center of Bethlehem.  Beth reports that this Partnership, which is now seven years old, is a model for other denominations, and she expressed gratitude for all that the Partnership means in Bethlehem.

Beth reports that the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation recently announced investments in the work the POV has been partnered with for these seven years. The Foundation has researched work being done in Palestine, and have agreed to oversite of investments of the work under the direction of Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb. This is an opportunity to work with the people of Bethlehem, who are touching the lives of 60,000 a year in the city and surrounding villages with the services for elders, young families, children, young adults, students and in health and wellness.

In addition, Beth reports that the Dar al-Kalima College is now accredited as a four-year institution of higher education. This accreditation opens possibilities for exchange and the sharing of resources with institutions around the globe. The Dean of the college, Dr. Nuha Khoury declares, “This is a work of life for young people in Palestine.”

The morning event included a Brunch such as is served at the Guesthouse in Bethlehem.  The tables were full of flowers and photos taken by the people from the Presbytery of Ohio Valley who have traveled to Bethlehem as part of the Partnership work.

Columbus Fairlawn – 50 Years


This Saturday, April 20th & Sunday, April 21st


Weekend Events:

Saturday, April 20th from 2:00p to 5:00p: Reception in fellowship hall.

Sunday, April 21st

  • 9:00 a.m.:  Special Gathering Music by the Fairlawn Worship Band
  • 9:30 a.m.:  Special worship service at Fairlawn
  •   12 noon:  Catered lunch at Donner Center

RSVPs NeededPlease call the church office, 812/372-3882 or email fairlawn@nullsbcglobal.net

Church Address:

2611 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus IN  47203

2012 Laws Lecture

2012 Laws Lecture To Focus on Achieving Healthy Communities

William R. Laws, pastor of First Presbyterian Church between 1950 and 1976 was a civil rights leader, youth advocate, beloved pastor, and first and foremost a peacemaker. The annual lectures, funded at the time of his death by family and friends, aspire to keep the vision of what God promises and requires before us all.

This year’s series will be on Healthy Communities: An Issue for People of Faith, and will be presented by Dr. Stephanie Paulsell of Harvard Divinity School on Saturday, October 6, 4:00-5:00 p.m. “The issue of healthy communities is as much a spiritual and religious issue as it is a social, political, and medical one, but we often neglect to draw upon the powerful resources our religious traditions hold for the development of healthy communities, such as religious understandings of the goodness of creation, convictions about human being made in the image of God, and the prophetic call for peaceful communities where none are harmed and all are cared for. This lecture will explore the religious imperative for healthy communities and draw on resources from our religious traditions to help us imagine and achieve them.”

Stephanie joined the faculty of Harvard Divinity School in 2001 as Lecturer on Ministry and was appointed associate dean for ministry studies in 2003. She served in the post of associate dean until 2005, when she was appointed Houghton Professor of the Practice of Ministry Studies. Before coming to Harvard, she served as director of ministry studies and Senior Lecturer in Religion and Literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School. She studies the points of intersection between intellectual work and spiritual practice, between the academic study of religion and the practices of ministry, and between the contemplative and active dimensions of the vocations of minister and teacher. She is the author of Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice and co-editor of The Scope of Our Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teacher. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Her father, William (Bill) was pastor of North Christian Church in Columbus.

The lecture is sponsored this year by First Presbyterian Church at 512 7th Street in Columbus in collaboration with Healthy Communities Initiative of Bartholomew County and InterFaith Forum Columbus and is free and open to the entire community. Elementary school aged youth are invited to come to the gym during the lecture to participate in Dances of Universal Peace and other activity. Following a brief Question and Answer period, a reception is planned. Stephanie will also be available at First Presbyterian Sunday School on Sunday morning October 7.

For information visit fpccolumbus.org.