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									            Meeting of the Presbytery of New Covenant
            Saturday, November 14, 2009 (9:00 am)
            St. Paul Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX




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                                      CALL TO THE STATED MEETING
                The Presbytery of New Covenant, Synod of the Sun, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
                                   Saturday, November 14, 2009 9:00 am
                                        St. Paul Presbyterian Church
                        7200 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, TX 77074 (713/774-7446)

                      This meeting of the presbytery will be called to order at 9:00 am.
        There is an Orientation Session for first-time commissioners at 8:15 am in the Media Room.

The 2009 Meeting Tool Kit is available on the website (http://www.pbyofnewcovenant.org), as are additional materials for
the meeting. Each commissioner is responsible for obtaining these materials and bringing them to the meeting. There will
be NO copies at the meeting other than Addenda.

No response is required for lunch, but childcare reservations must be made directly to St. Paul Presbyterian Church
(contact information is listed above).

Complete the registration form in the Presbytery Packet prior to the meeting, and turn it in at the registration table.

Each minister and elder-commissioner is urged to check the website three days prior to the meeting for additional
meeting materials that may be posted (to include any New Business).

          Absences may be submitted to the Stated Clerk’s Office by fax 713-526-8814, by USPS, or e-mail to
                       (jschessler@pbyofnewcovenant.org or dprevary@pbyofnewcovenant.org,).
          Directions to St. Paul Presbyterian Church were sent as part of the letter of invitation from the church.
                                 You can also obtain directions from www.mapquest.com.


Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!                                                          10/30/09
Our final presbytery meeting for 2009 promises to be a full day. You will see by the DOCKET that there are a
variety of business items to come before the body, and we will begin the day with an hour of worship and
reflection on the legacies of our Reformed Tradition. The theme of our meetings this year has been
“connectionalism.” This meeting will remind us that we are Connected through Heritage, Tradition and
Service. Jim Currie, Judy Fletcher and Wayne Eberly will remind us of the legacies of theology, worship and
service that are part of our reformed DNA. We will also pay tribute to those elders, deacons and ministers who
have entered the Church Triumphant this past year, giving thanks for their service in Christ’s ministry.

Two candidates for ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament will bring us sermons following lunch, part of
their final examinations for ordination. There will be instructions on the lunch tables regarding division of the
presbyters so that each preacher will have a portion of the assembly present to his/her sermon.

As we look toward the 219th General Assembly Meeting next summer, our presbytery will consider a proposed
overture to that assembly from the session of First Presbyterian Church, Kingwood. A majority vote of the
presbytery is required for the overture to go forward to the Office of the General Assembly.

We are grateful for the invitation and hospitality of the session and congregation of St. Paul Presbyterian Church.
We will be especially blessed by the contribution of their Calabash Choir during worship. You won’t want to miss
it! The offering for the day will benefit Ike Recovery efforts, which are still on-going more than a year later.

Serving Christ and the Presbytery of New Covenant, I am
Faithfully,
Diane [Diane K. Prevary, Stated Clerk]
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                            STATED MEETING OF THE PRESBYTERY OF NEW COVENANT
                                         SATURDAY, November 14, 2009
                                               St. Paul Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX

                                                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS


Registration Form....................................................................................................................................................... 1
Call Sheet ................................................................................................................................................................... 2
Table of Contents ....................................................................................................................................................... 3
Docket ..................................................................................................................................................................... 4-6
Stated Clerk’s Report (B) ........................................................................................................................................... 7
        Omnibus Motion (B.1) .................................................................................................................................. 8
        Minutes from the July 14, 2009 Special Meeting of the Presbytery of New Covenant ....................... Online
Administrative Division (C)
        Ecclesiastical Affairs Committee (C.1)......... ….…………………………………………………………8-9
                     Guidelines for Floor Discussion..................................................................................................... 11
                     Proposed Changes to the Standing Rules for the Meetings of Presbytery (C.1a) ..................... 10-11
                     Marked-Up Copy of Proposed Changes to the Standing Rules (C.1b) ................................... Online
        Presbytery of New Covenant, Inc. 2009/2010 Budget (C.2a) .............................................................. Online
        Debt Repayment Schedule 2007-2012 (C.2b)...................................................................................... Online
Committee on Ministry (D) ................................................................................................................................. 12-27
        Proposed November 14, 2009 Minimum Terms of Call ............................................................................. 25
Committee on Preparation for Ministry (E) ............................................................................................................. 28
        Candidates and Inquirers Under Care ......................................................................................................... 29
General Council (F)............................................................................................................................................. 30-31
        Restated Bylaws of the Presbytery of New Covenant – For Second Vote (F.1) .................................... 32-39
        Vision Initiative Grant (VIG) Committee Recommendations (F.2)....................................................... 39-41
        Lynn Johnson Social Justice Grant Fund – Funding Recommendations (F.3) ...................................... 41-42
        Current Bylaws (F.4)............................................................................................................................ Online
Ministries Division Steering Committee (G) ........................................................................................................... 43
Nominating Committee (H) ................................................................................................................................ 43-46
New Business – Proposed Overture to the 219th General Assembly (J) ............................................................. 46-47
Postlude Information ................................................................................................................................................ 48
Next Presbytery Meeting.......................................................................................................................................... 48
Presbytery Calendar of Events ................................................................................................................................. 49
Displays .................................................................................................................................................................... 49

For Information
Letters assigned for report organization:
           General Presbyter           (A)
           Stated Clerk                (B)
           Administrative Division     (C)
                Committees             (C.1, C.2, etc.)
           Committee on Ministry       (D)
           Committee on Preparation (E)
           General Council             (F)
           Ministries Division         (G)
                       Committees      (G.1, G.2, etc.)
           Nominating Committee        (H)
           Other Entities              (J)



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                     The Presbytery of New Covenant
   “Growing congregations that passionately engage their community to make disciples.”
                                   Stated Meeting
                            Saturday, November 14, 2009
                             St. Paul Presbyterian Church
            7200 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston,TX 77074 (713-774-7446)
             Theme: Connected Through Heritage, Tradition and Service

8:15 am     New Commissioner Orientation in Media Center near Registration
8:30 am     Registration in the Entrance Hallway. Coffee and light refreshments in Currie Hall.

The Media Room has been set aside for prayer and meditation during the course of the
meeting. There will be signs announcing the location.

                                         PROPOSED
                                        THE DOCKET
                            Please turn off all electronic devices.


GATHERING St. Paul’s Praise Band will offer gathering music beginning at 8:30 am.

 8:55 am    Processional Introit, led by Calabash Choir
 9:00 am    Call to Order with Worship and Prayer               Moderator Wayne Eberly
            Hymn #476 “O Worship the King, All Glorious Above” (verses 1 and 2)

            CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF THEOLOGY, WORSHIP, AND SERVICE IN THE
                                        REFORMED TRADITION
            CALL TO WORSHIP
                  One: Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of
                  our salvation.
                  All: Let us come before the Lord with thanksgiving and extol the
                  Lord with music and song.
                  One: Come, let us worship and bow down in worship, let us kneel before the
                  Lord our Maker;
                  All: For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock
                  under his care.

            Hymn #476: “O Worship the King, All Glorious Above” (verses 3 and 4)

            THE LEGACY OF THEOLOGY
                   Reflections on John Calvin                  The Reverend Dr. James S. Currie

            AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (QUESTIONS FROM THE GENEVA CATECHISM)
            Master. - What is the true and right knowledge of God?
            Scholar. - When he is so known that due honour is paid to him.
            Master. - What is the method of honouring him duly?
            Scholar. -To place our whole confidence in him; to study to serve him
            during our whole life by obeying his will; to call upon him in all our
            necessities, seeking salvation and every good thing that can be desired in
            him; lastly, to acknowledge him both with heart and lips, as the sole
            Author of all blessings.

            Hymn #476 “O Worship the King, All Glorious Above” (verse 5)


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            THE LEGACY OF THE SAINTS (NECROLOGY REPORT)
            All sing: Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love
                    The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above

            THE LEGACY OF WORSHIP
                   Preaching today is the Reverend Judy Fletcher, Executive, Synod of the Sun

            THE LEGACY OF SERVICE
                  Presentation from the Presbytery of New Covenant Day of Service
                  Offering (Designated for Hurricane Ike Recovery)
                         Offertory: The Calabash Choir
                         Doxology
                  Benediction
                  Postlude

 10:00 am   Opening Business                                    Moderator & Stated Clerk
                Declaration of Quorum and Adoption of the Docket
                Welcome by Host Church (The Rev. Kevin Boyd)
                Welcome of Others (First-time Commissioners, Corresponding Members,
                  New Minister-Members)

            Report of the Stated Clerk (B)                         The Rev. Diane Prevary (H.R.)
            Omnibus Motion (B.1)

            Moderator’s Remarks and Appointments

            Administrative Division                                               Elder Ann Hardy
                  Ecclesiastical Affairs (C.1)                                     Elder Jim Taylor
                  Action Item: Amend Standing Rules of the Mtgs. of Pby. (C.1a)
                          (C.1b) is posted separately among Meeting Materials
                  Finance Committee (C.2)                                     Elder Sid Holderness
                  Personnel Committee (C.3)                                    Elder Dave Johnson
                       Recognition of Janice Schessler and Carrie Walker,
                              Level III Certification, Association of Presbyterian Administrators
                       Report on annual evaluation of presbytery staff

            Committee on Preparation (E)                                    The Rev. Marie Mickey
                 Service of Candidacy (Barbara McClintic, Pines)

            Connections in Ministry: Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services         Josh Plumley

            Report from Administrative Commission for Heritage Presbyterian Church
                                             Elder Sidney Holderness & The Rev. Jerry Hurst

            Connections in Ministry (CUPS)                                The Rev. Laurey Murphy

11:30 am    STATE OF THE PRESBYTERY                                              The Rev. Mike Cole



            12:00 pm FELLOWSHIP AT TABLE                      CURRIE HALL

            Cards on lunch tables will indicate where commissioners will go following
            lunch, to hear sermons for ordination.



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1:00 pm    2 Sermons for Ordination
                 Fellowship Hall:     Jonathan Murray      (Candidate for DP, 1st Needville)
                 Sanctuary:           Rachel Grassley Young (Candidate for AP, Clear Lake)

           Committee on Ministry (D & D.1)
                Examination(s) for Ordination                      The Rev. Katie Cummings
                Information and Action Items                     The Rev. Margaret Desmond
                       Proposed Minimum Terms for 2010

           Nominating Committee (H)                                     Elder Mary Lee Going

           Report of General Council (F, F.1a, F.1b)                Elder Garry Schoonover
                  Action Item (F.1): Second Vote on Approval of Restated Bylaws for the
                  Presbytery of New Covenant. Current Bylaws (F.4) posted separately online
                  at www.pbyofnewcovenant.org)
                  Action Item (in F): move and recommend dissolution of the Emmanuel
                  Church of South India.

           New Business
                Action Item (J): Overture from Session of First Presbyterian Church,
                Kingwood – to the 219th General Assembly of the PC(U.S.A.) at end of
                PACKET at (J).

                 (other New Business, only if submitted to Stated Clerk 4 days prior to the
                 meeting; to be posted on-line with Meeting Materials no later than 3 days
                 prior)

           Service of Installation                    Moderator and Moderator-Elect, 2010
                        Elder Garry Schoonover and The Rev. Patricia Clark

           Adjournment
           (BY RULE OF THE PRESBYTERY, NO LATER THAN 4PM, UNLESS THE ASSEMBLY VOTES BY A
           2/3RD MAJORITY TO EXTEND BEYOND)



              THE FINAL SESSION RECORDS REVIEW FOR 2009
WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE ADJOURNMENT OF THIS MEETING.
       PARTICIPATING CLERKS WILL MEET WITH THE STATED CLERK IN
                                CURRIE HALL.


       THE NEXT STATED MEETING OF THE PRESBYTERY OF NEW COVENANT WILL BE
                          SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 , 2010
                      AT SAINT PHILIP PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
                      4807 SAN FELIPE, HOUSTON, TX 77056

THERE WILL BE A PRE-PRESBYTERY EVENT ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON, FEBRUARY 5 AT MEMORIAL
  DRIVE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, FEATURING THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR THE PRESBYTERY
MEETING, THE REV. ERIC HOEY, PC(U.S.A.) DIRECTOR OF EVANGELISM AND CHURCH GROWTH.
                              STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS.




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                                                                                                      B
                                       STATED CLERK
                                   REPORT TO PRESBYTERY
                                      November 14, 2009

I.          Recommendation for presbytery action:
            A. Move and recommend adoption of the Omnibus Motion (B.1).

II.         Actions taken on behalf of presbytery:
            A. Appointed the Reverend Tomas Spath to serve an unexpired term in the class of
               2009 as commissioner to the Synod of the Sun, due to the resignation of the
               Reverend Harry Yates.
            B. Appointed the Reverend Marcia Miscall to serve an unexpired term in the class of
               2009 as commissioner to the Synod of the Sun, due to the resignation of the
               Reverend Maricarmen Castro.

III.       Items for Information:
       A. New minister-members of the presbytery will introduce themselves at this meeting, will
          sign THE BOOK, and the assembly is invited to extend to them the right-hand-of-
          fellowship after adjournment.
       B. The final Session Records Review for 2009 will be held immediately following the
          adjournment of this meeting. Participating clerks will meet with the stated clerk in
          Currie Hall.

   C.       A Glossary of Abbreviations related to the ministry of the presbytery follows:
ADSC          Administrative Division                         CRT          Congregational Resourcing
                       Steering Committee                                          Team
CO            Center Operations                               E&R          Evangelism and Renewal
EAC           Ecclesiastical Affairs Committee                NCD          New Church Development
FIN           Finance Committee                               OM           Outreach Ministries
                                                              RCC          Resource Center Committee
COM           Committee on Ministry
CPM           Committee on Preparation for                    POP          Presbyterian Outreach to
                     Ministry                                                       Patients
                                                              PW           Presbyterian Women
COR           Committee on Representation
GC            General Council                                 OGA          Office of the General Assembly
NOM           Nominating Committee                            GAC          General Assembly Council
                                                              SYNOD        Synod of the Sun
MDSC          Ministries Division Steering                    PC(U.S.A.)   Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
                       Committee

PDA            Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
IRT            IKE Recovery Team




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                                                                                                      B.1
                                    OMNIBUS MOTION
                  November 14, 2009 Meeting of the Presbytery of New Covenant

THE OMNIBUS MOTION is used to expedite routine business and usually does not require
discussion and debate. The following motions are included in a single ―Omnibus Motion‖ for a
single vote unless there is a request to lift one or more of the motions out. If you have questions
or would like information about any items in the Omnibus Motion, please request that item be
lifted out for separate consideration.

At the time the Omnibus is presented, a commissioner/minister may request that an item be
lifted for discussion at a later time in the meeting. This requires no vote of Presbytery. The
Stated Clerk will announce when the item will be considered.

FROM THE STATED CLERK (B)

A. Received minutes from (to be included in the record), and moves that the following Administrative
Commissions be dismissed with appreciation:
      1. to install the Rev. Dr. Gerald Hurst as Designated Pastor of Heritage Presbyterian Church,
      Houston, on Sunday June 18, 2009 during a service of worship at 3:00 pm.
      2. to ordain, on behalf of Grace Presbytery, as a Minister of Word and Sacrament, Candice
      Klein on Sunday, July 12, 2009, during a service of worship at 7:00 pm in the Chapel at Grace
      Presbyterian Church, Houston. The Rev. Klein has been called to serve First Presbyterian
      Church, Henderson, Texas.
      3. to commission as Commissioned Lay Pastor for Indian Presbyterian Church, Livingston,
      TX, Elder Debbie Battise-Kleinman, on Sunday, May 17, 2009, during worship at 11:00 am.
      4. to install the Rev. Ryan D. Cook as Associate Pastor of Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church,
      Katy, TX, on Sunday, September 13, 2009, in a service of worship at 10:30 am.
      5. to install the Rev. Pat Ryan as Associate Pastor of Windwood Presbyterian Church,
      Houston, Texas on Sunday, October 4, 2009 during worship at 5:30 p.m.

B. That the minutes of the Special Called Meeting of the Presbytery of New Covenant on Tuesday,
July 14, 2009, be approved as distributed (posted on presbytery’s website, as part of the Meeting
Materials for today’s meeting).



                                                                                                  C.1
                                ECCLESIASTICAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

                                        REPORT TO PRESBYTERY
                                           November 14, 2009

       I.      Recommendations for presbytery action:
               Action on the Proposed Changes to the Standing Rules for the Meetings of the
               Presbytery. (C.1a attached to this report.)


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II.     Actions taken on behalf of presbytery:
        N/A

III.   Items for Information:
         1.    2010 presbytery meetings will be as follows:

               Sat Feb. 6        St. Philip PC, Houston Rev. Eric Hoey, Speaker
               Sat. May 8        Northwoods PC             Laura Mendenhall, Speaker
               Sun. July 18      Pinecrest PC, Houston Post-GA called meeting
               Sat. Aug 7           Weekends of Service
               Sun. Aug 15                   and Celebration
               Sat. Nov.13       St. John’s PC, Houston Focus TBD

               The theme for the year will be “Growing the Church, Deep and Wide”

        2. Announcements regarding events planned by a church or committee of the
           Presbytery may be submitted to the EAC for inclusion in the electronic
            announcements that run at various times during the presbytery meetings.

        3. Elected members of this committee include Elder Jim Taylor (MDPC), Chair,
           Elder Susan McPhail Wittjen, (LaMarque PC), and Elder John Jo (Korean
           Central PC). Ex-officio members include the Rev. Wayne Eberly, the Rev.
           Mike Cole, the Rev. Diane Prevary, Elder Janice Schessler and Elder Garry
           Schoonover.

        4. The Host Church Packet has been revised to bring it up to date for 2009.
           Special thanks to Susan Wittjen, Janice Schessler and Diane Prevary.


        5. Presbytery of New Covenant has been asked to name an Ecumenical
           Liaison whose role it would be to receive from GA and publicize through the
           presbytery information regarding ecumenical events and opportunities; and
           to share with GA local and regional ecumenical activities going on within the
           presbytery. A more complete description and invitation to anyone interested
           to become involved will be published in an upcoming issue of Connections.


        6. The Committee continues to be concerned about attendance at presbytery
           meetings. At stated meetings in 2008 attendance by minister-members
           averaged 45%; attendance by elder commissioners averaged 46%. No
           discernable pattern emerges when overall attendance data is analyzed by
           day or location of meeting. The Committee is trying to rebalance the basic
           elements of a presbytery meeting – worship, business, fellowship – to
           encourage increased attendance. All suggestions are welcome.




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                                                                                         C.1a
 A marked-up copy of the current Standing Rules (C.1b) is available in the Meeting Materials on-
                             line at www.pbyofnewcovenant.org.
                      PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE
            STANDING RULES FOR THE MEETINGS OF PRESBYTERY
                 FOR ACTION BY THE PRESBYTERY: November 14, 2009

   These rules, IF ADOPTED, shall replace those that were adopted by the Presbytery of New
Covenant at stated meetings on November 15, 2005 and the subsequent meeting on February 11,
    2006. They shall remain in force until altered by any subsequent vote of the presbytery.

The changes to the existing Standing Rules are matters of sentence structure and vocabulary, as
well as incorporating the current practice of using the internet as the primary medium for
distribution of meeting materials. Those items that are highlighted with yellow represent
substantive actions for the presbytery.

   1. The most recent edition of Robert’s Rules of Order (RROO) is our guide to procedure (Book
      of Order G-9.0302).
   2. GETTING HELP: The moderator and stated clerk are here to help the process of the
      meeting If a presbyter is unsure about a correct procedure:
          a. be recognized by the moderator
          b. say what you want to do
          c. ask the moderator how to do it.
   3. AGENDA: Adoption of the Docket gives permission to the officers and committees listed
      to speak and present reports in the order listed. The moderator may make changes to the
      approved order, but changing the substance of the Docket after it is adopted requires a
      two-thirds vote (RROO, sections 3, 40).
   4. SPEAKING
          a. Presbyters wishing to address the presbytery, shall PROMPTLY proceed to the
             nearest microphone,
          b. Address the Moderator (- “Madame Moderator” or “Mister Moderator”), and WAIT
             to be recognized by - the moderator- (RROO, section 3).
          c. Once recognized, presbyters are asked first to state name and church connection,
             then address the motion (RROO, section 41), or make a point-of-order.
          d. Speeches during debate are limited to two minutes each (RROO, section 15).
          e. The moderator will try to alternate Pro and Con speeches (RROO, section 41), but
             will also recognize neutral observations or questions for clarification as identified.
   5. MOTIONS
          a. Motions from a Committee are presumed to carry a second (RROO, section 4).
          b. A person making a motion is entitled to speak first in debate (RROO, section 4), for
             no more than four minutes.
          c. Any motion introduced on the floor SHALL be legibly written and submitted to the
             stated clerk, AS IT IS INTRODUCED.
          d. All business shall be submitted to the presbytery office in time to be published in
             THE PACKET, which goes online two weeks prior to each stated meeting. New
             Business shall be submitted at least four days prior to the meeting of the
             presbytery. All New Business shall be published on the presbytery’s website three
             days prior to the presbytery meeting.
          e. Business not published as in 5.d. can only be introduced with the consent of two-
             thirds vote of the Presbytery. Addenda may be made available at the meeting, if
             referenced in the published Docket.



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6. VOTING: The moderator shall use the most expeditious form of voting (RROO, section
   44):
      a. Unanimous consent
      b. Voice vote (“those in favor .... those opposed”)
      c. Rising or show of hands (The moderator may use tellers to take an actual count, or
         the moderator may simply “eyeball” the result).
      d. A written ballot – which is not a matter of right; it may be provided by the
         moderator, or ordered by a majority vote of the presbytery.

7.   ABSENCES
       a. Elder Commissioners and minister-members of the presbytery are
       requested to alert the stated clerk of anticipated absences.
       b. Attendance will be recorded in the minutes as “present” or “absent.”

8. PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR AND VOTE:

       a) Certain elders are granted privilege of floor AND vote:
             1) Former moderators of the Presbytery of New Covenant and its antecedent
                 presbyteries -- the Presbytery of Brazos, and the Presbytery of the Gulf
                 Coast from 1980 forward).
             2) Elders elected by the presbytery as general/executive presbyters or
                 associate general/executive presbyters.
             3) Elders serving in specified offices under the presbytery, namely members of
                 General Council and chairs of primary committees and divisions of the
                 presbytery.
             4) Commissioned Lay Pastors, if the Presbytery has authorized these functions.
             5) Certified Christian Educators (who are ordained elders), during the term of
                 service in an educational ministry under the jurisdiction of the presbytery
                 (G-11.0407), whether paid or volunteer.
             6) Certified Fellows in Presbyterian Church Business Administration (who are
                 ordained elders) (G-14.0742, G-14.0744).

       b) Privilege of floor WITHOUT vote is granted to:
             1) Ministers of Word and Sacrament who are members of other presbyteries of
                 the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and who register with the stated clerk.
             2) Persons who represent institutions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or
                 ecumenical agencies related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and who
                 register with the stated clerk.
             3) Non-elder Certified Christian Educators and Certified Associate Christian
                 Educators serving in educational ministry within the bounds of the
                 presbytery.
             4) Non-elder certified church professionals within the bounds of the Presbytery
                 who are employed on at least a half-time basis by a church or agency of the
                 Presbytery, (G-14.0742 and G-14.0744).

                        SUMMARY GUIDELINES FOR FLOOR DISCUSSION
       1. The presenter of the motion shall be given no more than four minutes to speak to
          the motion after it is made. The time limit for each speaker during floor discussion
          shall be two minutes**, unless the assembly votes to change the time.
       2. Presbyters shall ordinarily speak only once during floor discussion of each motion.
       3. The moderator will attempt to call upon speakers pro and con in alternating order,
          but is free to take a neutral observation or question for clarification in any order.
       4. There shall be no applause or vocal expressions of approval or disapproval.

       **A yellow card will be held up after 1 ½ minutes; a red card will be held up when the
       time limit is reached.

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                                                                                                     C.1b
                                     Marked-Up Copy
                                 Proposed Changes To The
                           Standing Rules For The Meetings Of Presbytery
                                     (Posted Separately Online)

                                                                                                     C.2a
                      Presbytery of New Covenant, Inc 2009/10 Budget
                                 (Posted Separately Online)

                                                                                                     C.2b
                              Debt Repayment Schedule 2007-2012
                                   (Posted Separately Online)


                                                                                                          D
                                Committee on Ministry
                                          Presbytery Report
                                          November 14, 2009
I. Recommendation for Presbytery action:
   1. The committee moves and recommends that Presbytery cover the cost of psychological assessment for
       Commissioned Lay Pastor candidates, to evaluate suitability for ministry.
       NOTE: It is estimated that the cost will be about $500 per candidate, with 4-6 candidates per
       year coming through the process. Money could come from funds designated for the
       support of preparation for ministry—offerings for this fund are traditionally taken at
       services of ordination and installation in the presbytery.
   2. The committee moves and recommends the approval of the Proposed Minimum Terms of Call for
       2010. (Follows COM Report in Packet).
    3. The committee moves and recommends that the examination of Rachel Grassley Young, candidate for
        ordination be sustained, called to serve as Associate Pastor at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, Houston,
        TX.
    4. The committee moves and recommends that the examination of Jonathan Murray, candidate for
        ordination be sustained, called as Designated Pastor of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Needville, TX.

II. Actions taken on behalf of the presbytery:
   1. Approved Pastoral Calls:
      a. Candidate Rachel Grassley Young nominated to serve as Associate Pastor at Houston, Clear
         Lake; effective 10/1/09; approved by COM 9/1/09; sustained examination of the Committee on
         Examinations on 8/22/09; candidate under care of Grace Presbytery; Formal Education: 2002 BA
         Religion, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA; 2008 MDiv Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena,
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  CA (Statement of Faith follows COM Report in Packet).
  Salary and Housing Allowance                                                                   $25,000
  Housing Allowance                                                                               25,000
  Professional Expenses                                                                             3,500
  Company of New Pastors expenses                                                                   1,000
  Pension Dues/Medical Full 31.5%                                                                 15,750
  Study Leave Allowance        (cumulative for 3 years)                                             1,670
  Study Leave                 (cumulative for 3 years)                                           2 weeks
  Leave for Company of New Pastors                                                                 2 days
  Vacation                                                                             4 weeks/4 Sundays
  Annual Review

b. Candidate Jonathan Murray nominated to serve as Designated Pastor at Needville, St. Paul’s
   effective 12/1/09; approved by COM 9/1/09; sustained examination of the Committee on
   Examinations on 8/22/09 candidate under care of Grace Presbytery; Formal Education: 2000 BS
   Health/Kinesiology, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX; 2003-2005 Perkins School
   Theology, Dallas, TX; 2005-2008 MDiv Austin Theological Seminary, Austin, TX (Statement of
   Faith follows COM Report in Packet).
   Salary and Housing Allowance                                                         $36,031
   SECA Supplement                                                                         2,969
   Auto Allowance @ IRS Rate                                                               2,640
   Book Allowance                                                                            400
   Pension Dues/Medical Full 31.5%                                                       11,350
   Study Leave Allowance         (cumulative for 3 years)                                  1,680
   Study Leave                  (cumulative for 3 years)                        2 weeks + 3 days
   Vacation                                                                 One month/4 Sundays
   Annual Review

c. Kristy Forbes Vits, Interim Pastor Contract with Houston, St. Philips approved by COM 7/5/09
    effective 7/1/09 – 6/30/10; Transfer of membership approved 9/1/09; sustained examination by
    Committee on Examinations on 8/22/09; Transferred from Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery;
    Ordained 07/30/00; Formal Education: 1987- 1991 BA, History, Southern Methodist University,
    Dallas, TX; 1993 Certificate Texas Paralegal, Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Houston, TX;
    1995-1998 MDiv, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX; Present, MA, Pastoral
    Studies, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO (Statement of Faith follows COM Report
    in Packet).
   Salary and Housing Allowance                                                             $24,020
   Housing Allowance                                                                          24,021
   Social Security Supplement                                                                  3,959
   Auto Allowance @ IRS Rate                                               .55 per mile up to $6,000
   Pension Dues/Medical Full 31.5%                                                            16,380
   Study Leave Allowance                                                                       1,800
   Study Leave                                                                              2 weeks
   Vacation                                                                      4 weeks/4 Sundays
   Annual Review

d. Patricia Ryan called to serve as Associate Pastor at Houston, Windwood effective 10/1/09;
   approved by COM 10/6/09
  Salary                                                                               $34,251.84
  Housing & Utility Allowance                                                           34,251.84
  Auto Allowances                                                                            4,500
  Books, Professional Dues                                                                     500
  Board of Pensions Dues Full 31½ %                                                     21,577.56
  Study Leave Allowance cumulative for 3 years                                            1,000.00

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       Study Leave               cumulative for 3 years                                         2 weeks
       Vacation                                                                                 4 weeks
       Social Security up to 8.24%                                                             5,546.24
       Annual Review

   e. David Leard called to serve as Associate Pastor at Houston, Northwoods, effective 10/1/09;
      approved by COM 10/6/09; sustained examination by Committee on Examinations on 9/26/09;
      Transferred from Indian Nations Presbytery; Ordained 11/11/01; Formal Education: 1996 BA,
      Public Administration; 2000 MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA (Statement of
      Faith follows COM Report in Packet).
      Salary                                                                                     $55,000.00
      Social Security Compensation 8.25%                                                           One-half
      Auto Allowances                                                                            @ IRS Rate
      Moving Expense                                                                              10,000.00
      Board of Pensions Dues                                                                     Full 31½ %
      Study Leave Allowance cumulative for 3 years                                                 1,500.00
      Study Leave              cumulative for 3 years                                               2 weeks
      Vacation                                                                                      4 weeks
      Annual Review

   f. James Birchfield called to serve as Pastor of Houston, First, effective 12/1/09; approved by
      COM 10/6/09; sustained examination of Committee on Examinations on 9/26/09; Transferred from
      Presbytery of Los Ranchos; Ordained 10/13/96; Formal Education: 1979 BA, Michigan State
      University; 1996 MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA; 2008 DMin, Fuller Theological
      Seminary, Pasadena, CA (Statement of Faith follows COM Report in Packet).
       Salary and Housing Allowance                                                                  $125,000
       Other Direct Compensation/reimbursement                       Loan Interest Approx                14,000
       Other paid insurance & Deductibles                                                                 7,500
       Auto Allowance @ IRS Rate                                 Leased Car & Insurance
       Books, Professional Dues                                                                           1,500
       Moving Expenses                                                                                     Paid
       Board of Pensions Dues                                                                      Full 31 ½ %
       Study Leave Allowance             cumulative for 3 years                                           5,000
       Study Leave Time                 cumulative for 3 years                                         2 weeks
       Vacation                                                                                        4 weeks
       Social Security Compensation up to 8.24%                                                          7.65%

August 4, 2009
2. Approved Changes in Terms of Call
   a. Between Pat Clark and Houston, St. Stephens effective 1/1/09
       Salary                                                                $21,424                  $17,667
       Housing Allowance                                                      20,000                   25,000
       Deferred Income                                                         3,960                    3,960
       Other paid Insurance                                                      331                      331
       Auto Allowance                                                          3,240                    3,240
       Books, Professional Dues                                                1,000                    1,000
       Board of Pensions Dues Full 31.5%                                      14,296                   14,687
       Study Leave Allowance (cumulative for 3 years)                          2,640                    2,640
       Study Leave            (cumulative for 3 years)                       2 weeks                  2 weeks
       Vacation                                                    4 weeks/4 Sundays        4 weeks/4 Sundays
       Social Security Compensation 8.24%                                      3,000                    3,000
       Annual Review

3. Appointed Jerry Hurst Pensions Liaison to the Board of Pensions.
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4. Approved renewal of Covenant
   a. Between Whitney Wilkinson, First, Bryan and Fitzroy, Belfast, Northern Ireland and under mission
      partnership supervision from the General Assembly Council’s of World Mission for 12 months
      effective June 28, 2009.


5. Approved dissolution of relationship
   a. Between John Sear and Houston, Windwood effective 6/1/09 approved
   b. Between Tom Wessman and Sealy, First effective 7/31/09 approved

6. Approved Commission to install and/or ordain
   a. To install Jerry Hurst as pastor of Houston, Heritage on 6/28/09 at 3 pm (approve 6/22/09)
     To preside and propound the constitutional questions: The Rev. Wayne Eberly, Moderator, Houston,
       Pines
     To preach the sermon: The Rev. Dr. Richard Young, Board of Pensions, Grace Presbytery
     To charge the pastor: The Rev. Debbie Cenko, Pastor, Wharton, First
     To charge the congregation: Elder Rupert Turner, Houston, Memorial Drive
     To complete the commission: Elder Sharon Darden, Houston, Pinecrest; Elder Ruth Kerr, Houston,
        Heritage; and Elder Beth Thompson, The Woodlands Community

7. Approved changing Mary Currie’s status back to Member at Large.

8. Granted George Klett permission to serve as Interim Pastor at the Friedens UCC Church in
   Washington, TX effective 9/1/09

9.   Approved – Removal of Oyo Nsfeik from supply list - died on Monday, July 13, 2009

10. Approved adding Mary Currie to Pulpit Supply List.

11. Received Triennial Visits report of visit with Houston, Pinecrest

12. Appointed Moderator
    a. Sealy, First – Blake Brinegar (approved 6/29/09)
    b. Brenham – Diane Prevary

13. Appointed Shelley Hernandez to serve as Liaison at Sealy, First (approved 6/17/09)

14. Granted Galveston, West Isle permission to form a Designated Co-Pastor Search Committee.
    (Note: The candidate must have or be prepared to take the Interim Pastor training within the first six
    months of employment; and this information must be put in call and on pastoral call form.

15. Approved Church Information Form
    a. Tiki Island
    b. Katy, Grand Lakes

September 1, 2009
16. Approved changing status of Jacob George to Member at Large and dissolved relationship between
   Jacob George and the Church of South India, Houston effective 8/30/09.

17. Approve Changes in Terms of Calls
    a. Between Howard Reed and Houston, Central effective 8/1/09
       Salary                                                                          $16,735           $14,055
       Housing and Utility Allowance                                                    43,680            37,674

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       Other direct compensation/reimbursement                                          4,100          3,536
       Cell Phone                                                                         420            414
       Books, Professional Dues                                                         1,200          1,035
       Non Cumulative Pastor Related                                                      880            880
       Board of Pensions Full 31½ %                                                    20,322         18,972
       Study Leave Allowance cumulative for 3 years                                     1,420          1,420
       Study Leave cumulative for 3 years                                             2 weeks        2 weeks
       Vacation                                                                       5 weeks        5 weeks
       Social Security up to 8.24%                                                      5,315          4,963
       Annual Review

   b. Between Cassandra Dahnke and Houston, Woodforest effective 9/01/09 - part-time
       Salary                                                                          $ 3,000       $ 3,000
       Housing and Utility Allowance                                                     15,000       15,600
       Auto Allowance                                                                    @ IRS        @ IRS
       Books, Professional Dues                                                           1,000        2,000
       Board of Pensions Full 31½ %                                                      819.84          847
       Study Leave Allowance cumulative for 3 years                                       1,000        1,000
       Study Leave cumulative for 3 years                                              3 weeks       3 weeks
       Vacation                                                                      *4 weeks       *4 weeks
       Annual Review
      *Pastor is allowed 6 additional Sundays when she does not have to fill the pulpit.

18. Granted CO Magee permission to serve as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA), LaMarque
    effective 7/1/09.

19. Granted Rachel Grassley Young permission to work on contract as Director of Spiritual Formation at
    Houston, Clear Lake beginning October 1, 2009 and until she finishes the ordination process.

20. Approved transfer of membership for
    a. Maricarmen Castro to effective Aug 1, 2009 to Alabama Presbytery
    b. Joseph Kho (Honorably Retired) back to New Covenant Presbytery pending sustaining
       examination.

21. Approved Commission to install
    a. Ryan Cook to serve as Associate Pastor at Katy, Grand Lakes on 9/13/09 at 10:30 am
       To preside and propound the constitutional questions: Elder Rupert Turner, Former Moderator;
        Houston, MDPC
       To preach the sermon: The Rev. Harry Slye, Pastor, Katy, Grand Lakes
       To charge the pastor: The Rev. Douglas Harper, HR
       To charge the congregation: The Rev. Becky Downs, Member at Large
       To complete the commission: Elder Nanette Dawson, Houston, Grace; Elder Susan Sweeney,
         Katy, Grand Lakes; and Elder Viet Ho, Pastor,
    b. Patricia Ryan to serve as Associate Pastor at Houston, Windwood on 10/4/09 at 5:30 pm.
       To preside and propound the constitutional questions: The Rev. Wayne Eberly, Moderator, Houston,
       Pines
       To preach the sermon: The Rev. David McKechnie, HR, Interim Pastor, Houston, First
       To charge the pastor: The Rev. Jennifer Horton, Member at Large, Presbytery of Giddings-
       Lovejoy
       To charge the congregation: The Rev. James Gill, Pastor, Tomball, First
       To complete the commission: The Rev. Kevin Rudolph, Pastor, Houston, Windwood; The Rev.
        Carol Tompkins, Member at Large; The Rev. David Jones, Pastor, The Woodlands Community,
        Elder Jennifer Miller, Houston, Windwood; Elder Sharon Darden, Houston, Pinecrest; and Elder,
        Sally Lichtenwalter, The Woodlands Community

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22. Accepted Annual Report for John Wheeler-Waddell

23. Approved adding Jacob George to Pulpit Supply List

24.   Appointed Gayle Smith to serve as Liaison at Galveston, West Isle

25. Approved request to elect Associate Pastor PNC Baytown, Faith

26. Appointed Kyle Walker to serve as moderator of Caldwell, First

27. Approved Commissioned Lay Pastor Contract
    a. Between Bob David and Pearland, First for 3 years, 6/15/09 – 6/15/12; and that he be granted
       permission to do the following functions: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

      b. Between Lynn David and Pearland, First for 3 years, 6/15/09 – 6/15/12; and that she be granted
         permission to do the following functions: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

28. Approved Contract
    a. Tim Philip and NCP/Evangelism & Renewal Committee – The Multicultural Café, effective 7/1/09 –
        6/30/10
       Salary                                                                                     $32,500
       Housing Allowance                                                                           32,500
       Travel & Auto Allowances                                                                      5,300
       Board of Pensions Dues Full 31½ %                                                           20,475
       Study Leave Allowance cumulative for 3 years                                          1,700 + 235*
       Study Leave            cumulative for 3 years                                              2 weeks
       Vacation                                                                                   4 weeks
       Dental                                                                                        1,217
       Annual Review
     *Clergy Retreat

October 6, 2009
29. Approved request for Validation of Ministry
    a. Dr. Andy Dearman and Fuller Theological Seminary as director of the regional campus in
       Houston, TX.
    b. John Wheeler-Waddell and The Antioch Partners

30. Granted Jonathan Murray permission to work under contract with Needville, St. Paul’s beginning
    October 1, 2009 and until he finishes the ordination process.

31. Approved Parish Associate Covenant between Bryan Kile and Kingwood, First

32. Approved transfer of membership into New Covenant, pending successful meeting with Examinations, for
    a. Jolene Currie from Presbytery of San Gabriel as member-at-large. She is working as Chaplain with
              Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, INC in Dickinson.
    b. Eid Hana from Cairo Evangelical Presbytery as member-at-large.
    d. Lynne Hall Buckridge from Mission Presbytery as member-at-large.

33. Approved transfer of membership to another presbytery for
    a. Ellen Babinsky to Mission Presbytery

34. Granted permission to Labor in/out of the Bound
    a. Vicki Evans (John Calvin Presbytery) to conduct graveside service of her mother 8/22/09

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    b. Karen Estes (Grace Presbytery) to pulpit supply on 9/27/09 at Houston, Woodforest
    c. John Nelson Pope to labor in Mission Presbytery to do pulpit supply.
    d. David Meriwether (Mission Presbytery) as he serves as interim pastor at Brenham Church.

35. Approved dissolving the relationship between Morris J. ―Skip‖ Ehrlich and Texas City, First effective
    9/30/09.

36. Approved adding Candidate under care of Presbytery of North Central Iowa, Sarah Feltman Hegar
    to Pulpit Supply List

37. Approved adding to Pulpit Supply list Eid Hanna.

38. Approved Church Information Form
    a. Galveston, West Isle

39. Approved request from Sealy, First to waiver of vacancy dues. (Note: Session must work with
   a support team from Presbytery to help them discern their future)

40. Approved that FastTrac be made a requirement for all newly called and installed pastoral relationships
    (pastor, session, PNC participate).

41. Approved request from Houston, Windwood to close position of second Associate Pastor and notify Board
    of Pensions to eliminate vacancy dues, effective 9/30/09.

42. Approved Contracts
    a. New interim contract between Lynn Hargrove and Houston, St. Giles effective 12/1/09 ½ time for one
    year.
     Salary                                                                                           $10,000
     Housing Allowance                                                                                 10,000
     Social Security Supplement                                                                         3,650
     Auto Expense Reimbursement                                                                         2,500
     Medical & Pensions Full 31 ½%                                                                     10,909
     Study Leave Allowance                                                                                625
     Study Leave Time                                                                                   40 hr
     Vacation                                                                                           80 hr
     Books and Professional Expenses                                                                      500
     Annual Review

   b. Stated Supply between Sharon Gazaway and Jasper, First effective 9/1/09 – 5/31/10 ¼ time.
     Salary                                                                                   $ 60/ Sunday*
     Housing Allowance                                                                          140/Sunday*
     *An additional payment of $100 ($70 Housing Allowance and $30 salary) will
     be made for each day the session requests the pastor’s presence in the Jasper
     area during the week.
     Annual Review

   c. Stated Supply between David O’Neal and Nacogdoches, Trawick full time effective 7/13/09 for 6 months.
     Salary                                                                $ 1,721                   $ 1,301
     Housing Allowance                                                      10,619                     6,369
     Auto Expense Reimbursement @ IRS Rate                                    2,750                    1,750
     Vacation                                                                   600                      500
     Annual Review

   d. Stated Supply between Joseph Delgatto and Pasadena, Faith effective 1/1/10 for one year ¼ time

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     Salary                                                                       $15,000                 $15,000
     Auto Expense Reimbursement @ IRS Rate                                             .55             @ IRS Rate
     Study Leave Allowance                                                            375                     375
     Study Leave Time                                                             2 weeks                 2 weeks
     Vacation                                                                      1 week                  1 week
     Annual Review

   e. Stated Supply between Tomas Spath and Crockett, First effective 9/15/09 – 9/15/10 full time.
     Salary                                                                   $23,500                  $23,500
     Housing Allowance                                                          20,000                   20,000
     Auto Expense Reimbursement @ IRS Rate                                       3,000                    3,000
     Medical and Pension                                                  Full 31 ½ %              Full 31 ½ %
     Study Leave Allowance                                                       1,600                    1,600
     Study Leave Time                                                         2 weeks                  2 weeks
     Vacation                                                                 4 weeks                  4 weeks
     Annual Review

43. Approved Interim Pastor Contract between Brenham and David Meriwether effective 11/1/09–
    10/30/10
       Salary 11/1/09 - 1/31/10                                                                            $38,070
       Housing Allowance                                                                                    20,900
       Medical Deductible                                                                                    2,000
       Board of Pensions                                                                                    18,576
       Auto Reimbursement @ IRS Rate                                                                         7,250
       Books, Professional Expenses                                                                          1,200
       Moving Costs                                                                                          1,000
       Educational Allowance                                                                                 1,615
       Cell Phone                                                                                              900
       Educational Leave                                                                                   10 days
       Vacation                                                                                            28 days
       Salary 2/1/10 – 10/31/10                                                                            $39,975
       Housing Allowance                                                                                    21,945
       Medical Deductible                                                                                    2,000
       Board of Pensions                                                                                    20,135
       Auto Reimbursement @ IRS Rate                                                                         7,250
       Books, Professional Expenses                                                                          1,200
       Educational Allowance                                                                                 1,615
       Cell Phone                                                                                              900
       Educational Leave                                                                                   10 days
       Vacation                                                                                            28 days

III. Items of Information:
   a. Committee on Ministry met August 4, 2009; September 1, 2009 and October 6, 2009

Statements of Faith
John Melsness
I believe the Bible is the inspired, written Word of God, which, when read with dependence on the illumination
of God’s Spirit, functions as our normative guide for faith and life.

 I believe in God whom Jesus called, ―Daddy‖, Creator and almighty Ruler of the universe, whose love moved
God the eternal Son to become incarnate in Jesus Christ, and be born of the virgin Mary. I believe Jesus has
decisively acted in his life, death, and resurrection to redeem an alienated, broken, sinful humanity, reconciling
us to God. I believe Christ rules with the Father and the Spirit, seeking all people to respond to God’s grace by
putting their faith and trust in Christ.

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I believe in the Holy Spirit sent by God to draw all people to the Lord, moving and working through people and
events, living in the hearts of those who have received God’s grace in Christ, comforting, teaching, and
empowering them to build one another up in the church and to be Christ’s witnesses in the world.

I believe in one holy catholic Church, the universal communion of those who have received God’s grace and
entrusted themselves to Christ. I believe God has chosen to act through this Body in God’s mission of
reconciling the world to God. I believe the Church participates in God’s mission by loving people
incarnationally and sacrificially in Jesus’ name, and in a way appropriate to their needs, whether spiritual,
emotional, medical, or economic. God’s mission compels us to seek justice, love mercy, and walk in humble
dependence on God. I believe Christ’s love is whole and complete, and demands joyful service to the whole
person: body, soul, and spirit.

I believe in the second coming of the resurrected Christ, the resurrection of the dead, and the ultimate
establishment of God’s kingdom where love, justice and wholeness will be joyfully celebrated as God’s people
enjoy perfect communion with the Triune God for all eternity.

Rachel Grassley Young
I believe in God the Father, the sovereign and personal Creator and Sustainer of the universe. God made all
creation good for the praise of God’s glory. God created humanity in God’s image and appointed humans to be
wise stewards of God’s gifts provided in creation.

God reveals who God is through relationship, first with the people of Israel and then with all people through the
person of Jesus Christ. Scripture witnesses to this revelation by telling the covenantal story of God’s love for
creation, creation’s rebellion against God, and God’s redemption of creation. Scripture is authoritative for
understanding who God is and who humans are in relationship to God and one another.

I believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord. Jesus is fully God and fully human, the most
complete Revelation of God. I believe Jesus died on the cross in order to restore creation to right relationship
with God, a relationship hopelessly broken by the human choice to worship false gods of our own making.
Jesus bore the penalty of our sin, saving us from death and eternal separation from God. Out of pure grace and
love, God chose to reconcile us to God, to one another, and to the rest of creation. By suffering with us, Jesus
communicates God’s grief over the suffering of our world and God’s intent to set things right.

I believe Jesus rose from the dead, conquering the powers of sin, death, and evil. We have nothing to fear from
the suffering and injustice we encounter in our world. We follow Jesus’ example and take up our cross, living
justly and resisting the powers that physically and spiritually oppress people. I believe Jesus ascended into
heaven, sits at God’s right hand as Lord of the Cosmos, and will come again, bringing to completion the
redemption of the world that he accomplished once-for-all in his death and resurrection.

I believe that no one else can do for us what Jesus did in his death and resurrection. By coming to Christ in faith
and repentance, Christ forgives our sins and sets us free to live in gratitude, love, courage, and hope. Yet, sin so
blinds us that God must enable us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to say ―Yes!‖ to Christ’s work through
faith.

I believe in God the Holy Spirit, who breathes new life in us. The Holy Spirit awakens faith, illumines the truth
of the gospel, reassures us that God’s promises in Christ are for us, and sanctifies us to grow continually in
Christ’s likeness.

I believe in the Church, the community of Christ’s followers. This global community of the past, present, and
future witnesses to and invites others into Christ’s kingdom of love, justice, and peace. I believe Christ is
present to the Church in a special way through the Word and sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The
sacraments, instituted by Christ to nurture and sustain the Church, are outward signs of an inward grace. Adult
believers and their children receive baptism as a sign of God’s covenant love and their new life in Christ. I

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believe Christ is spiritually present in the Lord’s Supper to nourish our faith. I believe the Church has many
faces, of which the Reformed tradition is just one. All Christian traditions need one another to gain a more
complete picture of God. I believe when Jesus comes again, the Church will finally be one, unified for the glory
and praise of God. So, I continue to put my trust in the one triune God and I pray, ―Come, Lord Jesus!‖

Jonathan Murray
         I believe in God, One in three, holy and sovereign, who creates, sustains and reconciles the world. God
redeems us through God’s only son, Jesus Christ, and sustains us through the Holy Spirit. The oneness of God
is the unity of a community of persons existing in relationship, eternally united in mutual love. God has acted
on our behalf to restore right relationship and His work through time is recorded in Holy Scripture. God entered
into covenant relationship with Israel, is revealed in the person, Jesus, who is the Christ, and continues to be
present with us through the Holy Spirit.

         God has interacted with humanity since before the beginning of time and continues to act in and through
humanity to draw us back into intentional fellowship. I believe humans are not what God originally intended;
we have been infected with sin by our own choice; sin is the lie that separates us from God as we convince
ourselves that we have life without God. I believe it is impossible to talk about God without talking about
humanity, and it is insufficient to talk about humanity without talking about God. The fellowship that exists
with God and humanity is such that we are inseparably joined in communion with God through the love of the
Spirit. When God became incarnate in Jesus Christ, humanity was lifted up and affirmed; Jesus’ humanity is
forever and always a part of God's nature. Through the birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus
Christ, who was and is truly human and truly divine, God’s grace and mercy has been revealed and extended to
undeserving humanity. We are totally dependent upon God's forgiveness, acceptance and love. I believe faith is
the indispensable means by which we accept and live in God’s love. Faith is not an action that saves us; it is our
response to God having made things right between God and humanity.

          God is continually present and active at work in the world and in the believer through the Holy Spirit,
who gives us the gifts of faith, new life, communion with God, and sustains us to the fullness of life. Wherever
life is preserved, defended, and respected we recognize the creative, life-giving Spirit of God at work. The Holy
Spirit is at work in the lives of people before, in and after their baptism, which is a sign of new life in Christ.
We are transformed by Christ’s real presence in the Eucharistic celebration as we learn to offer ourselves, as
living and holy sacrifices, and as servants demanding reconciliation in the world through love. The sacraments
are celebrated to re-member, to re-celebrate and to re-unify the people of God to the source of life, God.
Through the authority of scripture we are reminded of God's action in and for the world; we are able to apply
scripture so we may live intentionally in fellowship of God's transforming love. As we worship as the people of
God, we profess God’s Kingdom is here already, and seeing the chaos and trouble of the world we understand
God’s Kingdom is still to come.

         I believe that in life and in death we belong to God. Our hope rests in God for transformation of the
world now, and God is our future hope. Receiving God’s grace includes us in the redemption of the visible and
invisible church, and in the promise, similar to the thief on the cross, that we will be with Christ in paradise
existing in communal praise of God.

Kristy Forbes Vits
I believe in the triune God—Father, Son, Holy Spirit; Creator, Reconciler, Redeemer. God is who God is in
three persons. God is our faithful, loving parent. God is our gracious creator.

God sent God's son Jesus—fully human and fully divine—to live with human beings on earth. Christ's life was
a life of teaching, of eating with sinners, and of healing. In Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection we are reconciled
to God and graciously forgiven for our sins. Reflecting on Christ's life, I am reminded of the powerful witness
that life is to me and to all believers.

Through God's Spirit we are made aware of God's redemptive presence with us. God's Spirit is active in us
enlivening us to the life of faith. The Spirit of God works in us to comfort, protect, and enlighten us along our

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journey of faith. In my own life I have been touched by the grace of God and experienced the power of the Holy
Spirit, and I want to share that grace with others.

As human beings we are sinful, but our God is merciful. In Jesus' death and resurrection our sins are forgiven
and our relationship with God is restored. When we confess our sins before God we accept that we have sinned
against God, and we ask for forgiveness. God's gift to humanity is the forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ.

God reveals who God is in the scriptures. The old and new testaments are foundational to our beliefs as
Presbyterians. What we confess in the church's confessions is subordinate to what is revealed to us in the
scriptures but is informed by what is written. Interpretation of scripture is the privilege of all who seek to live a
life of faith and come to know the triune God who is revealed to us in the Bible.

In the sacrament of Baptism we are claimed by God as God's own. Through Baptism our sins are washed away,
and we are new creations ready to begin our life with God.

The sacrament of the Lord's Supper reminds us of the radical act of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for the
sins of all. Through this sacrament, we experience the grace of God. When we eat the bread and share the cup
we remember our Lord Jesus Christ, and we give thanks to God.

Mission is God's mission. As Christians we carry out this mission through ourselves and God's church. Mission
is the movement of the triune God in the world. The Kingdom of God is among us, and the Kingdom of God is
yet to come. This is the tension we live in as the people of God. With this tension comes the call to serve others
actively.

I believe with certainty that as a child of God I am called into relationship with God to faithfully serve God—
who created me, who saves me, who dwells within me. My relationship with God is essential to my journey of
faith. It forms my understanding of who I am as a person called to the ministry of Word and Sacrament. God's
relationship with those people whose lives have touched me and opened me up to God's claim upon me is as
important as my own relationship to God. It is my privilege and responsibility to continue to reflect on and
discover the possibilities relationship with God graciously offers.

David Leard
I believe in one God displayed in three persons; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. God is loving, just,
righteous, faithful, merciful, and true. The covenant people of Israel display this truth through the course of
history revealing God’s plan for salvation, a restored relationship, for all people.

I believe God created all things good. Humanity entered sin through turning to falsehood and disobeying God in
unfaithfulness. The consequence of sin is separation from God, which is death. All of humanity stands
condemned by being born into this inclination to sin and to self-centered love in exchange for loving God.
Therefore, all men and women need to be restored to the intended relationship with God, which we were
created.

I believe in the Son of God who is co-eternal with the Father, who came in the person of Jesus Christ to the
world being fully human and fully God. Jesus Christ was tempted in every way, yet lived a sinless life. His
words and actions demonstrated how we are to love God and one another. Living a perfectly faithful and
obedient life he died on a cross. Three days later, he rose from the dead successfully restoring humanity’s
relationship with God. Jesus Christ has become our salvation by bringing us life and victory over death. He is
alive and reigns in heaven as Savior and Lord of all.

I believe in the Holy Spirit sent by God through Jesus Christ as our advocate. The Holy Spirit is the giver of life
for all who receive the gift of salvation. There is nothing that any human can do to deserve this gift. By faith
we respond to God’s grace through acknowledging our disobedience and sinful acts along with asking
forgiveness. By faith we trust God’s judgment against our sins and profess that Jesus Christ is our Lord and


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Savior in whom we are justified and restored to a right relationship with God. Through this response to God’s
grace we choose to daily live and grow as a follower of Jesus Christ and die to our sinful ways.

I believe in the Church as the community of faith united in Jesus Christ. The Church is sustained by the Holy
Spirit and through the Word of God. The Church is empowered and gifted by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the
good news of the Gospel brining glory to God by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and
imprisoned, welcoming the stranger, and caring for those neglected by society. The Church is a nurturing
community that celebrates life together through fellowship, teaching, and worship while growing in the
knowledge of God’s grace. The Church invites others to join them in the way of life as they make a difference
in the world around them.

I believe in the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as given to the Church by our Lord as visible
symbols of God’s covenant. In Baptism, believers experience the grace of God that purifies us from our sins
and claims us as the children of God. Adult believers who desire baptism make a public profession of their faith
and vows, while parents declare for their children an intention that their child would grow to know God’s grace
and one day make a personal profession of faith. In the Lord’s Supper believers have communion with the risen
Christ, celebrating his life, death, and resurrection until he comes again in glory.

I believe in the Holy Scriptures as the embodied authority of God that is sufficient to instruct us as the rule of
faith and practice in all areas of life. In both the Old and New Testament of God’s Word, it is revealed that
humanity is called to be in a covenant relationship with God. Every generation needs to approach the Scriptures
with an open heart and mind humbly acknowledging that we live in a broken world. Together, we are on a
journey of faith as we anticipate the return of Jesus Christ when he will establish a new heaven and a new earth
where all things will be made right.

James Birchfield
I believe in the majesty, holiness and providence of the one triune God who is the creator and sustainer of life;
who is the awesome, yet personal God who loves us first and calls us to relationship; the one for whom I live
and whom alone I desire to glorify, worship and serve.

I believe that I belong to my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, who is the only begotten Son of God, miraculously
fully human and fully God; the fulfillment of God’s ancient covenant of love and faithfulness to all people. I
believe that as Jesus lived his life on earth he proclaimed the Kingdom of God, and taught by word and through
his example of humility, self-sacrifice and service to others, what it means to be a child of God and a citizen of
God’s kingdom. I take hope from his example of obedience to the will of God, even to his death on the cross as
a sacrifice for my sins, and for the sins of the world. I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and exalted
him in heaven, demonstrating authority over sin and evil, so that all who call upon his name might receive new
hope and new life through their faith in Jesus Christ.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, who was given by God to be a comforter and counselor for the followers of Jesus
Christ. I believe that this Spirit dwells within me, as a gift of God through my faith alone, as the spirit of the
risen Christ, and helps me each day to become more Christ-like and Christ-led. I further believe that this same
Spirit inspired the prophets and apostles, bears authoritative witness to God’s character and to God’s plan for
our salvation through the Holy Scriptures, helps me to recognize the Bible as the Word of God, and helps me to
use it as my ultimate authority and as the infallible foundation upon which to order my life and my faith.

Though I am thankful for my salvation and my status as a child of God, I know that I often rebel against my
creator and am too often guilty of the sins of self-worship and idolatry. I also know that I fall far short of
proper stewardship over the gifts, talents and resources given to me. But I know too, that though I deserve
God’s judgment and condemnation, I am forgiven and chosen by God for salvation simply through my faith in
the Lord Jesus Christ.

I believe in the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. I believe they were instituted by God and that
they consist as outward visible signs of the inward work of God through the Holy Spirit, and as such serve as

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symbols and seals which set us apart as God’s people. Through Baptism I am sealed as a member of Christ and
an heir to eternal life, and through the Lord’s Supper I am reminded of Christ’s atoning work, proclaim his death
until his return, and am strengthened and nourished spiritually through the taking of the bread and the cup.

Finally, I believe that God, through the written Word and through the Word made flesh, has called Christians to
obedience, and to be united in one spirit as the church of Jesus Christ; called not just as individuals, but as the
community of faith; called not just for salvation, but for service; called in the name of Christ to preach the
gospel, present the claims of Jesus, makes disciples, live as peacemakers, stand for justice, and be a witness to
God’s love and God’s glory to the ends of the earth.




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ACTION ITEM:                           Proposed November 14, 2009
                                         Minimum Terms of Call
                                       Presbytery of New Covenant
                                        Effective January 1, 2010


Part One: Compensation
       Experience
       Newly Ordained                  $37,400
       1 year experience               $38,200
       2 years experience              $38,700
       3 years experience              $39,300
       4 years experience              $39.800
       5 years experience              $40,300
       6 years experience              $40,800
       7 years experience              $41,500
       8 years experience              $42,000
       9 years experience              $42,500
       10+ years experience            $44,100

       [Compensation consists of salary plus housing and utility allowance as well as Social Security
       Supplement 8.25% and above of Effective Salary, other paid insurance or compensation, and deferred
       compensation.]

PART TWO: Reimbursed Expenses
     Auto Allowance– to be reimbursed at the IRS standard rate of reimbursement.

Part Three: Benefits
       a. Pension/ Medical Dues
       Full participation in the denominational Pension and Major Medical Insurance Program: 31.5% of the
       Total Effective Salary.
       b./c. Study Leave
       For those Clergy who do not attend the Presbytery of New Covenant Clergy Retreat:
                Study leave for two weeks with expense allowance of $1,450 annually, accumulative for 3
                years.

       For those Clergy who attend the Presbytery of New Covenant Clergy Retreat: Study leave for two
       weeks with expense allowance of $1,700 annually, accumulative for 3 years. This includes an additional
       allowance of $250 for the Clergy Retreat and additional leave of three days (this leave is not
       cumulative).

       Newly Ordained Clergy are required to participate in the Presbytery of New Covenant Clergy Retreat
       for the first three years of ministry.

       Newly Ordained Clergy shall participate in Entry into Ministry Events sponsored/ supported by the
       Presbytery of New Covenant. Full provision will be made for the actual cost for one year (plus or minus
       $750) and the time needed to participate in these events.

       d. Paid Vacation
       Paid vacation for four weeks (includes 4 Sundays).

       Actual Moving Expenses (where applicable).
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Part Four: Annual Review
   The session will establish review committee to meet with the Minister every twelve months to discuss:
   -       The congregation’s expectations of the minister and how well he/ she meets those expectations;
   -       The minister’s expectations of the congregation and how well it (and its members) meet those
           expectations; and
   -       Adequacy of compensation.

   The review committee is encouraged to utilize the resources provided by the Committee on Ministry
   ―Guidelines for Church Professional Evaluations‖
   http://www.pbyofnewcovenant.org/forms/2008_01_Guidelines_for_Evaluations.pdf

Note:
        Details of how Compensation is to be reported are explained in the Compensation Worksheet,
        which will be updated and available on the Presbytery of New Covenant website through the page
        devoted to COM forms.
        http://www.pbyofnewcovenant.org/sections/committees/committee_on_ministry.html




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Rationale for Increases:

I.     In Compensation: Approximately 2% or $ 800 per experience level.

       Factors:
       1) Grace Presbytery:
       Following historical trends, Grace will base its increase on 80% of the previous year's church
       wide median salary (which was $50,800) to the end that Grace’s minimum will increase from
       $39,800 in 2009 to $40,600 in 2010 representing a 2.0% increase.

       2) Church-wide Median
       The Church-wide Median Salary as reported by the Board of Pensions. Median Salaries for 2009
       Based on effective salary information reported to the Board of Pensions as of May 1, 2009, the
       full-time median salaries for 2009 are:

        Employment Classification             2009            2010               2009 to 2010
           Pastors' Median *                 $50,800         $52,200               + 2.7%

       3) Mission Presbytery
       The Minimum Effective Salary for Mission Presbytery will be adjusted in October, 2009. It is
       based on a formula linked with increases in the Consumer Price Index. Presently their minimum
       is $39,914 and is estimated to go up by 2%.

       From: Mission Presbytery Policies Concerning Ministers and Educators
       ―Consistent with the Presbytery Policy approved February 28 - March 1, 2003, the Presbytery
       minister’s minimum compensation package is to be adjusted by an amount equal to the
       ―Consumer Price Index-All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) US City Average, All Items,‖ as listed by
       the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics on October 1 of each year.‖

       4) Consumer Price Index (CPI)

         From BLS – DOL:
         ―The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 2.0% percent in 2008 and is
         expected to be 0 to 2% in 2009.


II.    For Study Leave: Proposed increase of $30

       The 2.0% increase attempts to keep pace with inflation for the Retreat.

       Allowance for Clergy Retreat $250 (4% increase over 2009)
       Registration $76 plus – Single Room $200
                             -- Double Room $150 per person




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                Committee on Preparation for Ministry
                         Presbytery Report
                        November 14, 2009
I. Recommendation for Presbytery action:
   a. The committee recommends and moves that Barbara McClintic (Houston, Pines) be enrolled as a
      candidate.

II. Actions taken on behalf of the presbytery:
   a. Granted Sally Wright (College Station, Covenant) permission to do Pulpit Supply at First
       Presbyterian Church, Caldwell.
   b. Approved assessing Joann Lee (Houston, Pines) as ready to receive a call.
   c. Approved request from Nora Gonzalez (Houston, Memorial Drive) to be removed from the process.
   d. Granted Charlie Becker-Hornes (Lufkin, First) permission to take Worship and Sacraments and Theology
       ordination exams.
   e. Approved Christina Chambers (Houston, First) job description for her chaplain residency.
   f. Approved enrolling Elizabeth Cluff (Bryan, First) as an inquirer.
   g. Approved enrolling Murice ―Brian‖ Long (Kingwood, First) as an inquirer.

III. Items for Information:
   a. The Committee met on August 15, 2009 and October 10, 2009.




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                      Candidates and Inquirers Under Care
                           New Covenant Presbytery
                                      2009
 Atchison, Kay                   Houston, Memorial Drive         Inquirer
 Augustus, David                 Houston, First                  Inquirer
 Becker-Hornes, Charlie          Lufkin, First                   Inquirer
 Michele
 Bleike, Wendy                   Houston, First                  Inquirer
 Booth, Cynthia                  Houston, Memorial Drive         Inquirer
 Brinegar, Selena M.             Houston, Memorial Drive         Assessed as Ready to Receive a Call
 Ceder, Anthony                  Houston, First                  Inquirer
 Chamber, Christina Stone        Houston, First                  Assessed as Ready to Receive a Call
 Cho, Hwa                        Houston, Korean Central         Candidate
 Clarkson, Craig                 Houston, First                  Inquirer
 Cluff, Elizabeth                Bryan, First                    Inquirer
 David, Gregory                  Houston, San Pablo              Assessed as Ready to Receive a Call
 Garner, Paul ―Martin‖, Jr.      The Woodlands                   Inquirer
 Gordon, Luke                    Houston, Memorial Drive         Inquirer
 Hatch, Lindsay                  Houston, Clear Lake             Candidate
 Henderson, Ray                  Houston, Northwoods             Inquirer
 Hergert, Sabrina S.             Houston, Grace                  Inquirer
 Herrera, Juan                   Houston, St. Andrew’s           Assessed as Ready to Receive a Call
 Homeyer, Shelly                 Houston, First                  Inquirer
 Kelly, Charles                  Houston, Central                Inquirer
 Klinkovsky, Amy                 Bryan, First                    Inquirer
 Lloyd, Jennifer N.              The Woodlands                   Inquirer
 Long, Murice ―Brian‖            Kingwood, First                 Inquirer
 Mass, Jody                      Missouri City, Southminster     Inquirer
 McClintic, Barbara              Houston, Pines                  Candidate
 Palmer, Bettye                  Houston, University             Candidate
 Payne, Alyssa Shultz            Houston, Grace                  Candidate
 Pettit, Jane                    Houston, Grace                  Candidate
 Plunkett, Mark                  Houston, Spring Branch          Candidate
 Rivera-Velez, Isabel            Galveston, Emmanuel             Candidate
 Shannon, Jessica L.             Houston, Grace                  Candidate
 Slaughter, Andy                 Houston, Grace                  Inquirer
 Stevenson, Ashley               Houston, First                  Candidate
 Summer-Minette, Teresa          The Woodlands                   Assessed as Ready to Receive a Call
 ―Teri‖
 Tsuei, Andy                     Houston, Formosan               Inquirer
 Wallace, Anne Marie             Houston, First                  Inquirer
 Webb, Shane K.                  Pasadena, First                 Candidate
 Whitney, Jane                   Houston, St. Andrew’s           Inquirer
 Wright, Sally                   College Station, Covenant       Inquirer
TOTAL – 39

For information regarding the preparation for ministry process of the PC (USA) contact:
www.pcusa.org/pre4min

The Reverend Marie Mickey, Chair mmickey@fpcbryan.org
The Reverend Robert Murphy, Vice Chair murphmail@aol.com
Sharon Darden, Coordinator of Committee on Preparation for Ministry, sdarden@pbyofnewcovenant.org;

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                                  REPORT TO THE PRESBYTERY
                                      GENERAL COUNCIL
                                     NOVEMBER 14, 2009

I.    Actions Recommended for Presbytery’s consideration:
        A. Move and recommend adoption of the Restated Bylaws of the Presbytery of New
        Covenant, found at F.1 in the PACKET. This is a second vote, required by the current
        Bylaws. The first vote, on July 14, 2009, was in the affirmative. [Note: A copy of the
        Bylaws currently in effect (F.4) is posted online among the meeting materials.]

        B. Move and recommend the dissolution of Emmanuel Church of South India, a union
        church of the PC(U.S.A.) and the Church of South India, effective December 31, 2009.
        Organized in 1994, it was pastored by The Rev. Jacob George, who is now a member-at-
        large of our presbytery. The membership has moved to another congregation affiliated
        only with the Church of South India. As a union church, the Trustees will divide any
        remaining assets (probably less than $10,000) equally between the Church of South India
        and the Presbytery of New Covenant.

II.   Actions taken on behalf of the presbytery
        A. Instructed the Director of Business Affairs and Finance to pay 2008-2009 benevolences
        and per capita to General Assembly at the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2009), as
        budgeted.

        B. Established a “Beyond Per Capita” study/discussion group that will consider deeper
        issues related to the ongoing conversation about whether or not to support per capita to
        the Office of the General Assembly. This group is comprised of Moderator of Presbytery,
        Wayne Eberly, Moderator-Elect Garry Schoonover, Chair of Administrative Division
        Steering Committee, Ann Hardy, Mort McPhail from General Council, and Pastors Ted Foote
        and Casey Jones.

        C. Referred to the Nominating Committee a concern registered by the session of First
        Presbyterian Church, Lake Jackson, about the way nominees for General Assembly
        commissioners are selected. A task force is being formed and will report back to the
        General Council through the Nominating Committee. Members of the Task Force are:
        George Bones (chair and member of Nom Com); Alan Trafford (who brought this to our
        attention in behalf of the FPC, LJ session); Mary Herlitz (member of GC); Susan Wittjen
        (former moderator and very knowledgeable about what our presbytery once did to choose
        commissioners), and a member of Committee on Representation.

        D. Approved the recommended recipients of the Vision Initiatives Grants for 2009-2010
        (see F.2 in PACKET).

        E. Approved the recommended recipients of the Lynn Johnson Social Justice Fund Grants
        for 2009-2010 (see F.3 in PACKET).

        F. Amended the Manual of Operations to make the following addition to Appendix B,
        Manual of Operations (Policies & Procedures of Ecclesiastical Affairs Committee)

              C. Process for Motions affecting the policies and practices of the Presbytery of New
                      Covenant
              Motions received from church sessions that will directly affect the policies and practices of the
              Presbytery of New Covenant shall ordinarily be presented to the presbytery for consideration by a
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               First Reading for information and questions; and a Second Reading for vote. Such motions shall
               include a “Rationale” for the proposed action, additional relevant background information, as well
               as the specific language of the motion to be considered. Adopted by GC: 9/15/09

       G. General Council approved the Day of Service and Celebration for August 7 and
       August 15, 2010, respectively. As with the past year churches are encouraged to let
       the presbytery office know what their service project is and document the day's activities
       so that the record might be shared with other congregations. All congregations are
       encouraged to participate even if unable to engage their project on August 7. This activity
       is one way of displaying the common bond of service we have as the Presbyterian part
       of Christ's church. Unlike last year, there will not be a central location for the "Day of
       Celebration;" rather, Clusters will be encouraged to hold regional celebrations involving all
       churches in each cluster. A week between the Day of Service and the Celebration is
       planned to facilitate better distribution of pictures of the various activities in which our
       congregations engage, and to give folks time to rest after the Day of Service.

III. Items for Information
       A. The presbytery now has a contract with “MissionInsite” – instead of Percept.
          www.MissionInsite.com. Through this online program, demographic information is
          available to all of our churches. Our contract includes 16 free congregational plots
          (membership list sent in and then location of members can be seen online in the
          geographic context). For more information, contact Associate General Presbyter
          Wendy Bailey.

       B. A Communications Task Force is in place and reporting to General Council. This group
          is considering and evaluating a variety of ways to strengthen communications and
          connections within the presbytery.

       C. Congregations are reminded of the request to submit a cross symbolizing their
          ministries to the presbytery office, in order to become part of a WALL OF CROSSES
          representing the member churches of the presbytery.

       D. General Council will go on retreat January 12-13, 2010 at Cho-Yeh.

       E. Referred a letter received from session at LaMarque Presbyterian Church to the
          “Beyond Per-Capita” study/discussion group.


                                      THE COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP
Moderator: Elder Garry Schoonover                    Vice-Moderator: The Rev. Patricia Clark
Class of 2009:       Elders Rhonda Haskins, Nancy Penney; Ministers Asa Hunt, Bill Poe
Class of 2010:       Elders Jeff Early, Ginger Broussard; Ministers Pat Clark, Doug Ferguson
Class of 2011:       Elders Mary Herlitz, Mort McPhail; Ministers Mauricio Chacon, Debbie Measells

2009 Ex Officio (“By Virtue of Office”) w/voice and vote:
Moderator-Elect of Presbytery:                                    Elder Garry Schoonover
Moderator of Ministries Division Steering Committee:      Elder Pam Engler
Moderator of Presbytery:                                          The Rev. Wayne Eberly
Moderator of Administrative Division Steering Committee:  Elder Ann Hardy

Staff Support (voice, no vote):
                       General Presbyter Mike Cole    Stated Clerk Diane Prevary
                     Associate General Presbyters Mary Marcotte and Wendy Bailey.

                                              [end: GC Report]




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                                                                                                 F.1
                   PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION: SECOND VOTE
                         RESTATED BYLAWS
                                  OF
                  THE PRESBYTERY OF NEW COVENANT

These Restated Bylaws (―Bylaws‖) govern the affairs of The Presbytery of New Covenant, a non-profit
corporation (hereinafter, the ―Corporation‖ or ―Presbytery‖).

                                       ARTICLE 1: OFFICES
Principal Office
1.01. The Corporation’s principal office in Texas is located at 1110 Lovett Boulevard, Houston, Texas
77006-3824. The Corporation may have such other offices, in Texas or elsewhere, as the General
Council (as that term is defined in the Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation) may determine.
The General Council may change the location of any office of the Corporation.

Registered Office and Registered Agent
1.02. The Corporation will maintain a registered office and registered agent in Texas. The registered
office may, but need not, be identical with the Corporation’s principal office in Texas. The General
Council may change the registered office and the registered agent as permitted in the Texas Non-Profit
Corporation Act (as amended or replaced from time to time, the ―ACT‖).

                                       ARTICLE 2:
                           OBJECTIVES, PURPOSES, FORMATION,
                       LIMITATIONS, POWERS AND DUTIES, PROPERTY
Purpose
2.01. The purposes for which the Corporation is formed are as more fully set forth in the Constitution
of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (as the same may be amended, established, made and declared by
the authority of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) from time to time, hereinafter called the ―PCUSA
CONSTITUTION‖) (citations herein are to Part II of the PCUSA CONSTITUTION, entitled the Book
of Order), including the ―Great Ends of the Church‖ (see Book of Order G-1.0200), and in the articles
of incorporation of the Corporation (as amended or restated from time to time, the ―Articles of
Incorporation‖).

Formation
2.02. The Corporation has been formed pursuant to the PCUSA CONSTITUTION (see Book of Order
G-8.0202). Presbytery is a member of the Synod of the Sun, of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Authority
2.03. In carrying out such purposes, the Trustees (as hereinafter defined) and the Corporation shall be
at all times and in all respects, conform to and support the PCUSA CONSTITUTION , except to the
extent, if any, that the same conflicts with the laws of the State of Texas.

Trustees



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2.04 The General Council of the presbytery shall constitute the Board of Trustees of the corporation
unless the presbytery determines an alternative method to constitute the Board of Trustees (see Book of
Order G-8.0202). (Duties as Trustees outlined in Section 7.8)

Powers and Duties
2.05. The Corporation shall have the powers and duties set forth in its Articles of Incorporation.

All Property Held in Trust
2.06. All property of the Corporation, both real and personal, is held in trust for the use and benefit of
the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (see Book of Order G-8.0201).


                                        ARTICLE 3: MEMBERS

Eligibility for Membership
3.01. Presbytery is a corporate expression of the church consisting of all the churches and ministers of
the Word and Sacrament within a certain district. When the presbytery meets, each church shall be
represented by an elder(s) commissioned by the session as allowed by the PCUSA CONSTITUTION
(see Book of Order G-11.0100).
3.02 All minister-members of the Presbytery and those elders elected by the sessions of the individual
churches of the Presbytery, and elders who formerly served as Moderator of the Presbytery, or
designated by virtue of office, may serve as voting commissioners to meetings of the Corporation.
3.03 Minister-members and members of congregations that constitute the Presbytery shall be eligible
to be elected to committees and divisions.
3.04 Only ministers and elders shall be elected to the Committee on Ministry and General Council.

                              ARTICLE 4: MEETINGS OF MEMBERS
                                  (see Book of Order G-11.0201)

Meetings
4.01 There shall be no fewer than two meetings of the Members of the Corporation each year. Stated
meetings are those called by General Council, the dates and times for which are published at least six
months in advance.

Place and Time
4.02. Such meetings shall be held at locations determined by the General Council of the Presbytery.
Both ecclesiastical and corporate business may be conducted at the same meeting.

Special Meetings
4.03. Special meetings of the Members may be called as provided in Section 4.04 for any or all of the
purposes appropriate to a stated meeting or to conduct such other business as may be proper for
presbytery consideration. The business to be transacted shall be limited to items specifically listed in
the call for the meeting.

How Meetings Are Called
4.04. Meetings of the Presbytery may be called:
       (a) by the General Council whenever it determines such a meeting is necessary,
       (b) by the Presbytery whenever it determines such a meeting is necessary, or
       (c) by the Moderator of the Presbytery when requested in writing by two ministers
       and two elders, the elders being of different churches.
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Notices
4.05. Public notice of any meeting of the Members shall be given two weeks in advance. Notice for
stated meetings may be in writing, sent electronically, or posted on the presbytery’s website. Notice
for special called meetings shall be in writing, addressed to the moderators and clerks of the churches’
sessions and to all other minister-members of the presbytery and elders who are Members by virture of
office, and shall be sent not less than ten days in advance.

Quorum
4.06. The quorum of a meeting of the Members shall be not less than three minister-members and the
elder members present, provided at least three churches are represented by elders. The Presbytery by
its own vote may fix a higher quorum.

Procedural Requirements
4.07. The meetings of the Presbytery shall be conducted to conform to the procedural requirements and
the provisions of the PCUSA CONSTITUTION (see Book of Order (G-9.0300). In addition to those
requirements and provisions, these Bylaws provide specific guidance for the Corporation. Robert's
Rules of Order (Newly Revised) shall be used for parliamentary guidance.

Proxy Voting
4.08. Voting of Members by proxy is prohibited.

Electronic Meetings
4.09 A principle of Presbyterian Government is that “decisions shall be reached in governing bodies
by vote, following opportunity for discussion, and a majority shall govern (G-4.0301).‖ By these
Bylaws further provision for meetings is also made as follows:

4.10 Members of the Presbytery or Board of Trustees of the Corporation or of any committee or
division of the Presbytery may participate in and hold a meeting by means of:
        (a) conference telephone or similar communications equipment by which all persons
        participating in the meeting can hear each other; or
        (b) another suitable electronic communications system, including videoconferencing
        technology
        (c) or the Internet, only if:
                 (i) each member entitled to participate in the meeting consents to the meeting being held
                 by means of that system; and
                 (ii) the system provides access to the meeting in a manner or using a method by which
                 each member participating in the meeting can communicate concurrently with each
                 other participant.
Participation in a meeting pursuant to this Section shall constitute presence in person at such meeting,
except where a person participates in the meeting for the express purpose of objecting to the
transaction of any business on the ground that the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.

                             ARTICLE V. PRESBYTERY'S OFFICERS
5.0 The presbytery shall elect and at the close of the meeting install a moderator for the following year
during the final stated meeting each year. The moderator shall take office January 1, and shall serve
until the next moderator takes office. This nomination shall be made by the Nominating Committee.
The moderator shall serve according to the provisions of the Book of Order, these Bylaws, and the
Manual of Operations of the Presbytery of New Covenant.

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      5.1 The presbytery shall elect and install a moderator-elect during the final stated meeting each year.
      Ordinarily the moderator-elect shall be the next moderator. This nomination shall be made by the
      Nominating Committee. Term of office shall begin January 1.

      5.2    The offices of moderator and moderator-elect shall be filled alternately by
      ministers and elders.

      5.3 At the end of every three years or when the office is vacant, the presbytery shall elect a stated
      clerk to serve a three (3) year term. The general presbyter shall not be elected to the office of stated
      clerk. Method of nomination is found in The Manual of Operations.

5.4   5.4 At the end of every three years or when the offices are vacant, the presbytery shall elect a treasurer
      and a recording clerk, each to serve a three (3) year term. Method of nomination is found in The
      Manual of Operations.

      5.5 The Moderator may appoint a parliamentarian for any meeting of the presbytery and for up to a
      year’s service. Ordinarily the stated clerk will provide this service to the presbytery.


                        ARTICLE VI. PRESBYTERY'S ELECTED PROGRAM STAFF

       6.1 Presbytery's elected program staff shall consist of a general presbyter and such associates as shall be
       necessary to accomplish its work, in accordance with the vision and mission of the Presbytery. The
       Personnel Committee, in consultation with General Council, will compose job descriptions for the
       general presbyter and any associate staff and will submit these job descriptions to presbytery for
       approval. Job descriptions and changes in job descriptions must be approved at a stated meeting of the
       presbytery.

       6.2 The general presbyter shall have oversight and responsibility for all staff whether elected or
       appointed.


                        ARTICLE VII. THE GENERAL COUNCIL OF PRESBYTERY

        7.1 The General Council shall serve as presbytery’s visioning agency and shall coordinate the
        mission and program of the presbytery. The General Council will annually review and evaluate
        presbytery’s mission and structure in the light of adopted priorities; coordinate and present to
        presbytery an annual budget; allocate benevolence funds to the Synod of the Sun and the mission
        program of the General Assembly; allocate funds to pay the per capita assessment of the General
        Assembly; implement and monitor the budget adopted by presbytery and provide for an annual audit;
        provide for the development of funds for presbytery’s mission and budget; make any necessary
        recommendations to presbytery concerning elected and contract personnel; receive and deal with
        complaints, criticisms, and disagreements arising out of or between internal agencies and
        congregations; receive and provide for implementation of referrals from presbytery; encourage and
        promote a sense of unity and community in the presbytery.

        7.2 The Moderator-elect of Presbytery shall preside over the meetings of the General Council.

        7.3 The Presbytery shall elect twelve members to the General Council who shall be organized into three
        equal classes. The twelve elected members, the chairperson of the Administrative Division, the chairperson of
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the Ministries Division, the moderator of the presbytery and the moderator-elect shall be voting members of
the General Council. The General Council will elect a vice-chairperson from its membership; the stated clerk
of the presbytery shall serve as clerk of the General Council.

7.4 Ordinarily the General Council will meet monthly. In addition the General Council will meet annually
for review and planning. The General Council is accountable to the presbytery and reports to each stated
meeting of the presbytery.

7.5 No action of General Council shall be counter to the Book of Order, nor encroach on the
prerogatives of presbytery as a governing body.

7.6 The quorum for the General Council shall be no fewer than a third of its voting members.
General Council may set the quorum at a higher number.

7.7 Whenever presbytery's council, division, ministries, committees, or task forces discuss or act
upon a matter on which a member has a vested interest, that member will be expected to excuse
himself/herself from that portion of the meeting; that member shall preserve the right to make a
presentation.

7.8 The General Council of the Presbytery of New Covenant, as constituted in these Bylaws, shall be the
Trustees for the Corporation, with the officers of council serving as the officers of the corporation. Upon the
approval of the presbytery, the General Council shall have the power to buy, sell, mortgage, and lease Property
and shall report these transactions to the next stated meeting of the presbytery (see Book of Order G-
11.0103v). The presbytery shall be a Texas non-profit corporation as defined by Texas non-profit corporate
statutes. The corporation shall be organized within the meaning of Section 501 C 3 of the Internal Revenue
Code for religious, charitable and education purposes and none of the properties owned by said corporation
shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, trustee, or member of said Corporation. The corporation shall be
organized on a non-stock membership basis with the members of the Presbytery of New Covenant constituting
the membership of the corporation.

7.9 The General Council shall have the authority (G-11.0103v) to approve mortgages, loans, and
guarantees of loans of congregations between the meetings of the presbytery and shall report these
transactions to the next stated meeting of the presbytery.

                       ARTICLE VIII: THE ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION

8.1 The Administrative Division shall, in cooperation with the general presbyter, oversee the
operation of the Presbyterian Center; participate in the annual personnel evaluations and make
any necessary recommendations to the General Council; conduct other personnel reviews as
requested by the General Council; and as provided by the personnel manual participate in the
employment, release, and termination of appointed personnel. This division shall also annually
prepare and propose an administrative budget to the General Council; monitor the
administrative budget and report to the General Council; oversee the administration of the
business affairs of the presbytery; review requests from congregations for guarantee of loans
and make recommendations to the General Council concerning the guarantee; recommend to
the General Council whether to purchase property and whether to sell presbytery owned
properties; manage/service/monitor presbytery debt and accounts receivable; oversee the
ecclesiastical affairs of presbytery including worship for the meetings of presbytery,
relationships with other governing bodies, ecumenical affairs, review of the minutes of
sessions; training of commissioners, principals and alternates for the General Assembly; and
recommend the approval of presbytery minutes. The particular committees and other entities of
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the Administrative Division shall be outlined in The Manual of Operations.

8.2 The presbytery shall elect a chairperson and a vice-chairperson to serve for a period of one
year with the possibility for re-election in one-year increments not to exceed three years.

8.3 The Administrative Division Steering Committee will be composed of the chairperson and
the vice chairperson and the chairperson of each committee of the division, who shall be voting
members of the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will elect a secretary from among
its members.

8.4 The Administrative Division is accountable to and reports directly to the presbytery.


                         ARTICLE IX: THE MINISTRIES DIVISION

9.1 The presbytery shall elect a Ministries Division which shall coordinate the programs of
the presbytery in light of the presbytery’s mission and priorities; annually prepare and
propose both program and benevolence budgets of the presbytery; administer the program
and benevolence budgets of the presbytery, including the authority to reallocate budgeted
funds among ministry areas; administer scholarships for individuals to attend events
outside the presbytery; coordinate the development and implementation of new presbytery
ministries within the limitations of approved budget and personnel; approve the creation
and elimination of committees, teams and task groups within the ministries of the
presbytery, including the establishment of the number of authorized personnel for each;
develop, promote and encourage a sense of unity and community as the Presbytery of New
Covenant. The particular committees and other entities of the Ministries Division shall be
outlined in The Manual of Operations.

9.2 The presbytery shall elect a chairperson and a vice-chairperson to serve for a period of
one year with the possibility for re-election in one-year increments not to exceed three
years.

9.3 The Ministries Division Steering Committee shall be composed of the chairperson, the
vice-chairperson, and the chairperson of each of the entities of the division, the Committee
on Ministry and the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, who shall be the voting
members of the Ministries Division Steering Committee. The Steering Committee shall
elect a secretary from among its members.


                       ARTICLE X: COMMITTEES OF PRESBYTERY
                         (Required by the Book of Order, G-9.0902)

10.1 COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY (Book of Order G-11.0500) The Committee on Ministry shall be
composed of a chairperson, vice chairperson, the chairpersons and vice chairpersons of its subcommittees,
and members of all subcommittees except Examinations, which meets at a different day and time.
Subcommittees shall be divided into three (3) equal classes, one of which is elected each year by the
presbytery. Terms will be three (3) years with eligibility to serve up to two (2) terms.

10.1a The chairperson and vice chairperson of the Committee and the chairpersons and vice chairpersons
of its subcommittees shall be elected from within the committee’s membership by the presbytery for a
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period of one year with the possibility for re-election in one-year increments not to exceed three years.


10.2 COMMITTEE ON PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY (Book of Order G-14.0400) The Committee
on Preparation for Ministry shall be composed of fifteen (15) members divided into three (3) equal classes,
one of which is elected each year by the presbytery. Terms of service will be three (3) years with eligibility
to serve up to two (2) terms.

10.2a The chairperson and vice chairperson shall be elected from within the committee’s membership by
the presbytery for a period of one year with the possibility for re-election in one-year increments not to
exceed three years.


10.3 COMMITTEE ON REPRESENTATION (Book of Order G-9.0105)
Presbytery shall elect a Committee on Representation in conformity with the Book of Order, G-9.0105. In
carrying out its function, this committee shall have the right to advocate to the Nominations Committee or to
the presbytery prior to election or approval of any nominees as provided in the Book of Order, G-11.0302.

10.3.a This committee will annually report to the presbytery and higher governing bodies in accordance
with the Book of Order, G-9.0105c.


10.4 COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS (Book of Order G-9.0800)
Presbytery shall elect a Committee on Nominations in conformity with the Book of Order, G-9.0800.
Members of this committee will be nominated annually by the moderator, moderator-elect and the most
recent former moderator of presbytery.

10.4a Annually the Nominations Committee shall submit to the presbytery its nominations for
moderator, moderator-elect as provided for in Article V. It shall nominate members of presbytery
committees (except the Committee on Nominations), members of council, divisions, ministries and
members of other agencies of the presbytery, as provided in The Manual of Operations. It shall
nominate commissioners and alternate commissioners to Synod and General Assembly following the
guidelines adopted by the presbytery and found in the Manual of Operations.

10.4b When vacancies occur in any position elected by presbytery, the Committee on Nominations
shall make every effort to nominate a replacement to the next stated meeting of the presbytery.

10.4c The Committee on Nominations shall endeavor to encourage qualified persons to participate in
the work of the presbytery.


10.5 PERMANENT JUDICIAL COMMISSION (Book of Order D-5.0000)
Presbytery shall elect a Permanent Judicial Commission composed of nine members and at no time no
fewer than seven (7) ministers and elders in conformity with D-5.0101. In the cases transmitted to the
commission, the commission shall have the power prescribed by, and conduct all proceedings
according to, the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and rules governing the procedure in
such cases. Members of the commission shall be nominated to the presbytery by the Nominations
Committee.

10.5a The commission shall perform those duties directed by the Book of Order, D-5.0000.
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  10.5b The commission shall elect a moderator and a clerk from among the members of the
  commission.

  10.5c The commission shall meet at the call of the moderator of the commission.

  10.5d When any case has been transmitted to the commission, the presbytery shall take no further
  action.


                  ARTICLE XI: A PRESBYTERY MANUAL OF OPERATIONS

    11.1 A manual of operations shall establish rules for the interrelationship of presbytery's
    various officers and agencies and for its internal operating procedures. The General
    Council shall be responsible for approving changes to The Manual of Operations. The
    General Council will report these changes to the next stated meeting of the presbytery.

    11.2 The Manual of Operations may be amended by a majority vote of the General
    Council at any of its meetings.

    11.3 A specified portion of The Manual of Operations may be suspended for a particular
    meeting by a majority vote of members present and voting.

                          ARTICLE XII: PROCESS FOR AMENDMENT

These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of members of General Council present and
voting at a meeting, provided the proposed amendment has been published at the meeting previous to
the one at which the vote takes place. Any changes in the Bylaws shall be presented to the presbytery
at the next stated meeting following the vote to change. The presbytery may override that change by a
two-thirds (2/3) majority vote.
                                          [end: Proposed Bylaws]

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             Vision Initiative Grant (VIG) Committee Recommendations for Awards
                                      Grant Year 2009-2010
                               General Council Meeting 21 July 2009


Approved by General Council: 7/21/09
General Council elected to provide no new money for Vision Initiative Grants this year and thus only
the prior year’s unused funds, $51,061, were available to award among the applicants. The VIG
Committee recommends a gift be provided to the following organizations:

   1. Hansarang PC – College Station – A program informing potential Texas A&M students about
      the presence of and support of Hansarang PC around the College Station area. Committee
      recommendation --- $700 with encouragement for Hansarang to apply next year, presuming
      funds are available, with a more detailed application.

   2. Young Nak PC – Houston – The grant will help continue to fund a portion of the English
      speaking ministry for new and second generation youth and young adults in the congregation.
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       This is an ongoing program which was supported by VIG last year and will eventually become
       self sufficient as new members join the church. They have 17 youth currently in worship.
       Second year applicant. Committee Recommendation --$15,542.

   3. Spring Branch PC – Houston – The grant will help support advertising and musicians for a
      special Advent music performance for the community. There are other churches in the area
      involved in the music service. Committee Recommendation -- $600 for advertising the event.

   4. FPC Tomball – Tomball – The grant would be used to acquire materials and advertise an Alpha
      Program as community outreach and evangelism. They are currently borrowing some materials
      and have 24 individuals in the program. Committee Recommendation -- $1,750.

   5. St. Stephen FPC – Houston – The grant would help build and maintain a community garden.
      The most complete application of those received. Committee Recommendation -- $3,916.

   6. Biyaya Community Church – Stafford – The grant would provide additional support for a
      community youth and young adult program in Friday night Bible Studies and quarterly sports
      program. They are currently borrowing material for the study involving 15-20 young adults
      and 40 attend the ―sports fest‖. Committee Recommendation -- $1,000 for study materials
      with encouragement to apply again next year, presuming funds are available, with a more
      detailed budget.

   7. Heights PC – Houston – The grant would provide funds to begin a modern worship service that
      will attract the upwardly mobile community surrounding the church. This
VIG Committee Recommendation to General Council (Cont.)

   grant would also provide some of the funds needed to acquire a matching grant of $25,000 from
   General Assembly. Committee Recommendation -- $11,502.

   8. Heritage PC – Houston – The grant will provide program funds for development of an
      evangelism and community outreach program to be developed under the direction of a newly
      hired designated pastor and the session. Heritage received money from the VI Fund last year.
      Committee Recommendation -- $11,501 with a condition the funds not be disbursed until a
      more detailed explanation of the programs and costs for which these funds will be used. We
      also recognize the 3 year commitment of the presbytery to support this congregation.

   9. Ecclesiastical Affairs Committee – Presbytery – The grant will provide funds for engaging
      outside speakers to offer views to members of our presbytery about evangelism, discipleship
      and other topics during the February, May and November presbytery meetings. These keynote
      speakers would also be available for presbytery leaders (pastors and elders) on the Fridays
      before those presbytery meetings for more intimate discussions on the theme for 2010,
      ―Growing the Church Deep and Wide‖. EAC received a similar grant for speakers in the 2007-
      2008 grant year. Committee Recommendation -- $2,500 with a suggestion from the
      committee that funding sources, other than VIG, be obtained in the future.

   10. FPC Brazoria – Brazoria – The grant will provide assistance in feeding lunch to approximately
       75 at-risk children for the remainder of this summer. Through this program, the church has
       added several new members in the past. Committee Recommendation -- $1,350.


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Respectfully submitted,

Elder Garry Schoonover, Co-Chair
Elder Mary Herlitz, Co-Chair
Elder Ben Svoboda
The Rev. Patricia Clark
The Rev. Lacy Sellars
The Rev. Dr. Kevin Boyd



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                           PRESBYTERY OF NEW COVENANT
                      LYNN JOHNSON SOCIAL JUSTICE GRANT FUND
                            FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS
                                        2009
                                    July 15, 2009

Approved by General Council: 7/21/09

The Task Force to Administer the Lynn Johnson Social Justice Grant Fund received seven applications
for funds. These applications were in response to articles placed in the Presbytery Connections and in
the newsletter of the Synod of the Sun and to an all-church email that was distributed through the
office of the Presbytery.

The six applications received and the Task Force’s funding recommendations are summarized below:

Pine Crest Presbyterian Church
Requested funding of $2,000 to provide a health fair for the community of Fifth Ward, an underserved
community. The total projected cost of the fair is to be $2,000. The health fair will target low-income,
minority populations and is scheduled to occur just prior to the start of the 2009-10 school year, in
order that children in need of immunizations and health check-ups may take advantage of this
opportunity.
        FUNDING RECOMMENDATION:                        $1,200
        Rationale: The proposal meets the guidelines of the LJSJ fund. This grant provides a
                        substantial portion of the requested funding; there are
                        other funds available in the community to complete the funding
                        necessary to host this fair.

Pine Crest Presbyterian Church
Requested funding of $2,000 for a Summer Employment program for minority, low-income youth.
The total projected cost of the program is $11,000.
       FUNDING RECOMMENDATION: $800
       Rationale: The proposal meets the guidelines of the LJSJ fund; Pine Crest PC is
                       seeking funding from multiple sources; this is a long-standing ministry of
                       Pine Crest PC; the Task Force members believe that Pine Crest will be
                       able to garner funding sufficient to operate this ministry, at least in part,
                       from other sources.

Heights Presbyterian Church
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Requested $6,000 to help develop an inclusive worship service that would welcome and affirm
members of the LGBT community into the life of the church. The total projected cost of this service is
$10,000.
       FUNDING RECOMMENDATION:                      $1,800
       Rationale: The proposal meets the guidelines of the LJSJ fund. The maximum
                     allowable grant according to the guidelines developed by the
                     Task Force and approved by the General Council is $2,000.

Through Him Fellowship (housed within Heights Presbyterian Church)
Requested $6,000 to continue to develop a worship service, held at Heights Presbyterian Church, for
the LGBT community. Heights has partnered with Through Him Fellowship to offer this worship
service. Through Him Fellowship is a 501(c)(3) organization, and a copy of its certificate is attached
to this report. The projected total cost of this ministry is $9,600.
         FUNDING RECOMMENDATION:                        $500.
         Rationale: The proposal meets the guidelines of the LJSJ fund. The maximum
                       allowable grant according to the guidelines developed by the Task Force and
                       approved by the General Council is $2,000. This application, while meeting the
                       requirements for funding set out in the LJSJ grant guidelines, this is a partnered
                       ministry with a Presbyterian church, rather than a ministry of a PC(USA) church
                       within the Presbytery of New Covenant or Synod of the Sun. It was also felt by
                       the members of the Task Force that priority for funding should go to the worship
                       service being developed by Heights Presbyterian Church.

St. John’s Presbyterian Church
Requested $1,500 to develop a Special Education Advocacy Ministry. This ministry will reach out to
low-income children and families to help secure special education services. The total projected cost to
start-up this ministry is $3,700.
        FUNDING RECOMMENDATION:                         $1,000
        Rationale: The proposal meets the guidelines of the LJSJ fund. This ministry will serve
                        to bring justice to a group of people who traditionally are underserved. It is
                        believed the there are additional funding possibilities to complete the funding
                        necessary to implement this ministry.

2009 Focus Planning Team
Requested $500-$1,000 to bring a global missions speaker to the 2009 Focus event on October 3,
2009. This speaker would be coming from Durban, South Africa. The total projected cost of her
airline ticket is approximately $2,000.
         FUNDING RECOMMENDATION:                        $700
         Rationale: The proposal meets the guidelines of the LJSJ fund. This falls within the
                        range of funds requested; it is believed that the 2009
                        Focus Planning Team will be able to secure sufficient funding for this project.
                        Helen DeLeon, Chair of the LJSJ Task Force and of the 2009 Focus Planning
                        Team recused herself from scoring this application and Rev. Wendy Bailey
                        scored it in her place.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Lynn Johnson Social Justice Fund Task Force,
Rev. Helen P. DeLeon, Chair
Members of the Task Force: Elder Garry Schoonover, Moderator, General Council;
                             Elder Susan Wittjen

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                                      Current Bylaws
                                 (Posted Separately Online)

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                            Ministries Division Steering Committee
                                     Report to Presbytery
                                      November 14, 2009


III.   Item for Information
        The Ministries Division Steering Committee has limited funds available to provide scholarships
of up to $100 for leadership events to pastors and members of congregations in New Covenant
Presbytery. Ordinarily these scholarships will be limited to two per congregation during the fiscal
year. Scholarship applications are available on the presbytery website (www.pbyofnewcovenant.org).


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                           Nominating Committee
                      November, 2009 Presbytery Meeting
ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION STEERING COMMITTEE
2010 – CHAIR – Ann Hardy (Houston, St. John’s)
2010 – VICE CHAIR – Bill Strange (Houston, Northwoods)

AD/CENTER OPERATIONS
2010 – CHAIR – Kent Whitten (Houston, Grace)
2011 – Joan McMillian (Webster, Webster)
2012 –

AD/ECCLESIASTICAL AFFAIRS
2010 – CHAIR – Jim Taylor (Houston, MDPC)
2012 – Jim Taylor (Houston, MDPC)

AD/FINANCE
2010 – CHAIR – Peter Koester (Webster, Webster)
2010 – VICE CHAIR –
2012 – Bill Strange (Houston, Northwoods)
2012 –


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AD/PERSONNEL
2010 – CHAIR – Rev. Laurey Murphy (Houston, Spring Branch)
2012 – Rev. Jerry Hurst (Houston, Heritage)

COM/COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY
2010 – CHAIR – David Coles (Houston, Heritage)
2010 – VICE CHAIR – Rev. Margaret Desmond (Port Neches, Trinity)

COM/ADMINISTRATION
2010 – CHAIR – Phil Cummings (Houston, Grace)
2010 – VICE CHAIR – Rev. Gayle Grubbs (PNC, At Large)
2012 – Rev. Christena Alcorn (PNC, At Large)
2012 – Elizabeth Duerr (Houston, St. Philip)
2012 – Bill Sandy (Houston, St. Andrew’s)
2012 –

COM/CARE OF CONGREGATIONS
2010 – CHAIR – Shelley Hernandez (Houston, St. Giles)
2010 – VICE CHAIR – Patty Tremble (Houston, Spring Branch)
2010 – Andrie Chen (Houston, Formosan)
2012 – Richard Black (Galveston, First)
2012 – Shelley Hernandez (Houston, St. Giles)
2012 – Rev. David Jones (Woodlands, Woodlands)
2012 –

COM/CONTRACTS
2010 – CHAIR –
2010 – VICE CHAIR –
2012 – Menser Howard (Houston, Christ)
2012 – Rev. Connie Alexander (Orange, Drake Memorial)
2012 –

COM/CARE OF CHURCH PROFESSIONALS
2010 – CHAIR – Rev. Jim Gill (Tomball, First)
2010 – VICE CHAIR -
2012 – Rev. Jim Gill (Tomball, First)
2012 – Paul Alexander (Orange, Drake Memorial)
2012 – Susan McGrail (Bryan, First)

COM/EXAMINATIONS
2010 – CHAIR - Rev. Dean Pogue (Pasadena, First)
2010 – VICE CHAIR – Rev. David Barnes (PNC, HR)
2011 – Barbara Dow (Houston, MDPC)
2012 – Rev. Mark Cooper (Webster, Webster)
2012 – Rev. Marie Mickey (Bryan, First)
2012 – Peggy Hendricks (Houston, Northwoods)
2012 – Robert (Bob) Whitten, Jr. (Houston, Grace)

COM/LAY PASTOR COMMITTEE
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2010 – CHAIR – Rev. Debbie Cenko (Wharton, First)
2010 – VICE CHAIR – Rev. Steve Rehrig (Woodlands, Timber Ridge)
2012 – Dorothy Smith (Houston, Christ)
2012 –
2012 –

COMMITTEE ON REPRESENTATION (COR)
2010 –
2012 – Sharon Darden (Houston, Pinecrest)

COM/COMMITTEE ON PREPARATION
2010 – CHAIR – Jim Bushong (Huntsville, First)
2010 – VICE CHAIR – Julie McLemore (Mo. City, Southminster)
2012 – Jim Bushong (Huntsville, First)
2012 – Agnes Adair (Houston, MDPC)
2012 – Rev. Barrett Ingram (Galveston, Westminster)
2012 – Julie McLemore (Mo. City, Southminster)
2012 – Rev. Harry Yates (PNC, At Large)

GENERAL ASSEMBLY MINISTER ALTERNATE COMMISSIONERS 2012
Rev. Jeff Smith (Houston, St. Andrew’s)
Rev. Bill Poe (Houston, St. Philip)
Rev. Philip Chiang (Houston, Grace Taiwan)
Rev. Vicky Jones (Houston, MDPC)
Rev. Mary Currie (PNC, At Large)

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELDER ALTERNATE COMMISSIONERS 2012
Gail Northern (Houston, St. Giles)
Nell Schwartz (Mo. City, Southminster)
Jennifer Carr (Webster, Webster)
Miles Harper (Houston, Grace)


GENERAL COUNCIL
2010 – Rev. Hmingi Browne (PNC, At Large)
2012 – Nancy Penney (Conroe, First)
2012 – Rev. Shawn Kang (Houston, Pathways)
2012 – Rev. Mary Currie (PNC, At Large)
2012 –

MD/STEERING COMMITTEE
2010 – CHAIR – Rev. Blake Brinegar (Houston, Westminster)
2010 – VICE CHAIR – Dr. John Freeman (Houston, St. John’s)

MD/CONGREGATIONAL RESOURCING TEAM
2010 – CHAIR – Rev. Rhonda Detenbeck (Rosenberg, First)
2010 – VICE CHAIR – Lynne Quinn (Houston, First)
2012 – Rev. Rhonda Detenbeck (Rosenberg, First)
2012 – Ruth Kerr (Houston, Heritage)
2012 – Sylvia Howard (Houston, Christ)
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2012 – Ine Ine Ndu (Houston, First African NCD)

MD/EVANGELISM & RENEWAL
2010 – CHAIR – Rev. Jeff Smith (Houston, St. Andrew’s)
2010 – VICE CHAIR – Rev. Scott Cummings (Conroe, First)
2012 – Roland Zavala (Kingwood, First)
2012 – Sharon Carey (Houston, St. Paul)
2012 – Thao Hoang (Houston, Korean Young Nak)
2012 – Rev. Clay Faulk (Nederland, Providence)

MD/NEW CHURCH DEVELOPMENT
2010 – CHAIR – Rev. Craig Sanders (Navasota, First)
2010 – VICE CHAIR –
2010 –
2011 – Rev. Craig Sanders (Navasota, First)
2012 –
2012 –
2012 –
2012 –

MD/OUTREACH
2010 – CHAIR – Carl Quebedeux (Kingwood, First)
2010 – VICE CHAIR – Carl Allen (Webster, Webster)
2012 – Karen Persley (Bellaire, ChristChurch)
2012 – Jim Luther (Houston, Clear Lake)
2012 – Jerry Beetz (Houston, Community of Servant Savior)
2012 – Rev. Emilee Whitehurst (PNC, At Large)

SYNOD OF THE SUN COMMISSIONERS
2009 – Rev. Tom Spath (Crockett, First)
2011 – Rev. Jack Barden (Austin, APTS)
2011 – Rev. Marcia Miscall (Livingston, First)



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            PROPOSED OVERTURE TO THE 219TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
                 FROM THE PRESBYTERY OF NEW COVENANT
                           SYNOD OF THE SUN

             FOR ACTION OF THE PRESBYTERY: NOVEMBER 14, 2009
                 Stated Meeting at St. Paul Presbyterian Church
                                  Houston, TX

The Session of First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood, Texas, requests the Presbytery of
New Covenant to overture the 219th General Assembly (2010) to:



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“joyfully reaffirm the historic, biblical and Christological teaching of the Church on the
topic of marriage as a gift from God to bless humankind. As God created man and
woman, so does God call some men and women to live together as husband and wife.
God’s very order and design defines the institution of marriage.”
                                      [end.FPCK Overture]

Note:
The Session of Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church voted unanimously Monday, October 26, 2009 to
concur with the recommendation for action by the session of FPC, Kingwood.

Process for Action:
A representative of the FPC Kingwood session will be given four minutes to present the
motion and speak to it.

The floor will be opened to discussion, following the Guidelines for Floor Discussion as
follows:
                          SUMMARY GUIDELINES FOR FLOOR DISCUSSION

          5. The presenter of the motion shall be given no more than four minutes to speak to
             the motion after it is made. The time limit for each speaker during floor discussion
             shall be two minutes**, unless the assembly votes to change the time.
          6. Presbyters shall ordinarily speak only once during floor discussion of each motion.
          7. The moderator will attempt to call upon speakers pro and con in alternating order,
             but is free to take a neutral observation or question for clarification in any order.
          8. There shall be no applause or vocal expressions of approval or disapproval.

          **A yellow card will be held up after 1 ½ minutes; a red card will be held up when the
          time limit is reached.




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                            Postlude,
the publication that highlights the events and business conducted at the presbytery
meeting, will be published on the presbytery’s website.

An e-mail will be sent notifying you when the Postlude is available. Commissioners are
encouraged to share it with their sessions.

Those churches not having internet access will be mailed a copy of The Postlude.

Comments and suggestions should be directed to:
                                   Helen Wolf at hwolf@pbyofnewcovenant.org



       NEXT STATED MEETING OF THE PRESBYTERY
        THE NEXT STATED MEETING OF THE PRESBYTERY OF NEW COVENANT WILL BE
                           SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 , 2010
                       AT SAINT PHILIP PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
                       4807 SAN FELIPE, HOUSTON, TX 77056

THERE WILL BE A PRE-PRESBYTERY EVENT ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON, FEBRUARY 5 AT MEMORIAL
  DRIVE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, FEATURING THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR THE PRESBYTERY
MEETING, THE REV. ERIC HOEY, PC(U.S.A.) DIRECTOR OF EVANGELISM AND CHURCH GROWTH.
                              STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS.




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                              PRESBYTERY OF NEW COVENANT
                                  CALENDAR OF EVENTS

NOVEMBER                                        January 23-24
     November 14                                PYCC Prep Retreat
     Session Records Review                     Camp Cho-Yeh, Livingston
     Immediately following presbytery
     meeting                            FEBRUARY
     St. Paul PC, Houston                    February 6
                                             Stated Presbytery Meeting
       November 21                           St. Philip PC, Houston
       Chip Arn Seminar
       How to Reach the Unchurched              February 19-21
       Timber Ridge PC, The Woodlands           Youth Conclaves

       November 26-27                           February 26-28
       Presbytery Office Closed                 Youth Conclaves

DECEMBER                                MARCH
     December 3                             March 5-7
     Presbytery Open House                  Youth Conclaves
     Presbytery Center
     11 a.m. to 2 p.m.                          March 13
                                                Session Records Review (Clusters 3 &
       December 24-25                           17)
       Presbytery Office Closed                 Faith PC, Baytown

                                        APRIL
                 2010                           April 17
                                                PW Spring Gathering
JANUARY
     January 23                         MAY
     Church Officer Enrichment                  May 8
     Session Records Review (Clusters           Stated Presbytery Meeting
     8,9,10)                                    Northwoods PC, Houston
     St. Luke’s PC, Houston


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                         Displays for Today’s Meeting
                            Brazos Presbyterian Homes, Inc.
                        CUPS (Communidades Unidas Pro Salud)
               John Calvin Display from PC(U.S.A.) Department of History
                                 Lay Pastor Committee
                              Montreat Conference Center
                      Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services
                                     Resource Center
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