May 8, 2007
3 - 9:30 am COM Executive Committee @ Presbytery Center
- 12:30 pm Retired pastors, spouses & widows of retired pastors luncheon @ Lake Vista
4 - 7:00 pm Arrive for Women’s Spiritual Retreat @ JBM Camp & Conference Center
5 - 3:00 pm Depart from Women’s Spiritual Retreat @ JBM Camp & Conference Center
8 - 4:00 pm COM and Preparation for Ministry meetings @ First Presbyterian Church, Mineral Ridge
- 5:00 pm Presbytery Meeting @ First Presbyterian Church, Mineral Ridge
9 - 12:30 pm West Area Retired Clergy Luncheon @ Martin Center, Akron University
- 1:00 pm Margaret Park Scholarship Committee meeting @ Presbytery Center
12 - 9-3:00 pm JBM Work Day @ JBM with lunch provided
14 - 12:00 pm West Area Clergy Brown Bag Lunch @ Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church
- 1:00 pm Eastminster Presbytery Women meeting @ Presbytery Center
15 - 10:00 am Leadership Development Action Learning Team @ Presbytery Center
16-17 - ***** Synod Council Meeting @ Synod office
17 - 9:30-11:00 am Interim Pastors meeting @ Presbytery Center
20 - 2:00 pm Hudson PCUSA Gathering @ Laurel Lake, Hudson
21 - 12:00 pm Eastminster Presbytery Staff Meeting @ Presbytery Center
23 - ***** Deadline to submit articles for the Evangel
24 - 12:30 pm Youngstown Clergy Luncheon @ Girard Presbyterian Church
- 6:30 pm Mission Visioning Council @ Lake Milton Presbyterian Church
25 - 9-12:30 pm ―Revisiting‖ the Acts 16:5 Initiative @ First Presbyterian Church, Warren
28 - ***** Memorial Day – Office Closed
29 - 7:00 pm Congregational Transformation Action Learning Team @ Presbytery Center
31 - 2:30 pm Hudson Commission @ Presbytery Center
6 - 5:00 pm Personnel Meeting @ Presbytery Center
8 - 9:00 am Preparation for Ministries’ Consultation Day @ Kent Presbyterian Church
9 - 1:00 pm Margaret Park PC Ministerial Scholarship Committee @ Presbytery Center
10 - 2:00 pm Hudson PCUSA Gathering @ Laurel Lake, Hudson
12 - 5:00 pm Committee Night @Youngstown First Presbyterian Church
11 - 12:00 pm West Area Clergy Brown Bag Lunch @ Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church
22-24 - ***** Presbyterian Women’s Retreat @ Bowling Green State University
28 - 12:30 pm Youngstown Clergy Luncheon @ Wickliffe Presbyterian Church
- 5:00 pm Coordinating Council Meeting @ Firestone Park Presbyterian Church, Akron
- 6:30 pm Mission Visioning Council dinner & meeting @ Firestone Park Presbyterian Church, Akron
MINERAL RIDGE / FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
3654 Main Street
Mineral Ridge, OH 44440
First Presbyterian Church is located on the west side of Rt. 46, about 1 ½ mile north of the I-80
interchange and about 1/3 mile north of Eastminster Presbytery Center.
From the NORTH or SOUTH: Take Rt. 11 to I-80 westbound. Exit at Rt. 46. Turn
LEFT (north) and go just over a mile to the church, on the left.
NOTE: if approaching on Rt. 11 from the south, you must move across lanes fairly quickly after
merging with I-80, because it’s only a short distance to the exit to Rt. 46.
From the EAST: Take I-680 to I-80 westbound and follow directions as in the paragraph
just above. The NOTE above applies here also.
From the WEST: Take I-76 to the Ohio Turnpike interchange and continue straight east
on I-80 to the next exit, which is Rt. 46. At the traffic light, turn left and go just over a
mile to the church, on the left.
Aternative Directions from the West using back roads to avoid road construction:
Get off Bailey Road exit and turn left north, take first road to right (Silica Road), to Route 45,
turn left (north) take first road to right (Gladstone). Gladstone dead ends at Lipkey turn left
(north) to first road on right which is Young-Yerke. Take Young-Yerke which turns into
Austintown Warren road to dead end immediately after crossing Meander Lake, turn left (north)
onto Ohltown -Mineral Ridge Road, take next right on Webb Road (also marked as Ohltown-
Girard Road) and that takes one to Route 46 by Pilot Gas Station by the interchange of 80 & 46,
turn left on Rt. 46 and proceed to the church.
Parking behind the church building. Turn in just before (south of) the church.
*Handicapped Accessible – (Elevator to all but balcony)
The inclusion of the material in this packet does not imply any judgment on the part of the council about the merits of
this material included and all packet material comes through a Presbytery entity unless otherwise noted.
The Listening Room
What: An experience in joining together as
Christian sisters and brothers to “Express yourself”
regarding critical issues that confront us in the 21st century
Where: Pre-presbytery meetings of Eastminster Presbytery
When: First experience scheduled for 4:00 p.m., May 8, 2007
1st Presbyterian Church, Mineral Ridge, OH
Who: Any Eastminsterite who is willing to commit the better part of an hour to
Inquire ~ Learn ~ Reflect
on how to live fully in God's holy realm as followers of Jesus Christ.
The following quotation will guide our conversation:
“Our belief about ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John: „Let
us love one another, for love is God. And everyone that loves is born of God and knows God.
He that loves not knows not God, for God is love. If we love one another, God dwells in us and
his love is perfected in us.‟ Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day.
“We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The
oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. And history is cluttered
with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate. As
Arnold Toynbee says: „Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and
good against the damning choice of death and evil.‟ Therefore the first hope in our inventory
must be the hope that love is going to have the last word."
Adapted from "Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break Silence," delivered April 4, 1967 - Clergy & Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City.
The conversation will be facilitated by Tom Niccolls using
Eric Law’s Respectful Communication Guidelines (printed on the next page)
A project of Congregational Resources Committee - Peacemaking Task Group
Developed by Eric H. F. Law
R take RESPONSIBILITY for what we say and feel
without blaming others
E EMPATHETIC listening
S be SENSITIVE to differences in communication
P PONDER what we hear and feel before we speak
E EXAMINE our own assumptions and perceptions
C keep CONFIDENTIALITY when it is requested
T TRUST ambiguity
2007 Directory Changes
Please update your 2007 Eastminster Presbytery Directory with the following changes. Remember, much
of the directory can be found at www.eastminsterpresbytery.org under ―members‖ area and using your
password. Please call the office if you are having any problems accessing this information.
Pages Changes in 2007 Directory
7 Change Henry Pearce from Inquirer to Candidate under care of Eastminster Presbytery
21, 46 Change Rev. Jim Henkel’s email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
25 After 5-10-07 change the address of the Brownlee Woods Presbyterian Church
to 1951 Mathews Rd., Poland, OH 44514
26 Add Stated Supply Rev. Bob Offerdahl to the Coitsville Presbyterian Church
27 32 34 38 45 Change the email address of Rev. Jeanine Heaven to email@example.com
29 Add Synod Commissioner Rev. Christine Ziem, Class of 2007
32 Change Preparation for Ministry’s representative on MVC to Rev. Aaron Meadows
34 Delete Elder Ellen Sansom from the Communication & Nurture Committee
34 Add Trella Johnson to Communication & Nurture Committee, Class of 2007
35 Delete Rev. Bob Offerdahl from Commission on Evangelism & Growth
35 Change Moderator of Commission on Evangelism & Growth to Jim Morrison
37 Add Rev. Robert Offerdahl to Committee on Mission, Class of 2008
38 Correct Robert Forsythe’s zip code to 44281
39 Add Sally York to Preparation for Ministry, Class of 2008
News & Notes
Our new webmaster, Kerry Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is accepting updates from committee
moderators and other material already approved and printed by the Presbytery for updates to the web site.
If you have gotten out of the habit of checking www.eastminsterpresbytery.org or www.faithfulness.com
come on back! Note that the .com version of eastminsterpresbytery is no longer ours.
We have extra Eastminster Presbytery Directories in case you need one. Please contact the office if
The 217th General Assembly invites all 11,000 Presbyterian congregations to participate between Easter
and Pentecost, April 8 and May 27, 2007 in a week of Prayer and Witness with Christians in the Middle
East. Excellent aids for celebrating the Week of Prayer and Witness have been created for you by the
offices of the General Assembly Council that relate to our Christian partners in the Middle East in
collaboration with volunteers from the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church
Congratulations to Rev. Victor WanTatah who recently received two honors at YSU: Distinguished
Professor Award for Community Service, and the Lamda Award for being chosen as the top Faculty
Advisor. Job well done!
Please keep the family of Elder Ellen Sansom, member of Goodyear Height Presbytery Church, in your
prayers. Ellen passed away on March 29, 2007. She was a member of the Communication and Nurture
Committee of Eastminster Presbytery for the last four years.
Please keep Molly Halter, member of Petersburg Presbyterian Church, in your prayers. Molly’s mother
passed away on April 28, 2007. Molly serves as the Spiritual Discernment Advisor on the Mission
Bibles – The Poland Presbyterian Church has found themselves in possession of around 100 used Bibles
after a memorial gift of Bibles were received. The Bibles are the red RSV pew Bibles. Please contact the
church office at 330-757-1547 or speak to Rev. Rusty Cowden.
The Wickliffe Presbyterian Church in Youngstown invites you to their special Potluck Dinner,
Conversation, and Prayer Service called, ― Prayer and Witness with Christians in the Middle East – The
Cradle of our Faith‖, on May 19 at 6 p.m. at the church. Come and interact with their guest speaker, Mr.
Amgad Bevlawi, who works with the Presbyterian Church (USA) as Associate for Middle Eastminster
Ministries in the United States. Amgad will be sharing about the various Christian churches throughout
the Middle East, as well as helping us to better understand the ministry role played by the PC(USA) in the
Middle East and with Middle Eastern churches here in the United States. Call Rev. Elmarie Parker at
CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, AND EVENTS
National Pastor’s Sabbath for pastors who are actively serving in parish ministry will take place on June
28 through July 2, 2007 at the Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort outside Salt Lake City, UT. The retreat
will be led by an outstanding group of inspirational speakers and preachers. The Rev. Cynthia Rigby will
lead a study and reflection on the Isaiah text. The retreat will include worship with notable preachers like
the Rev. Drs. Justo and Catherine Gonzalez, the Rev. Dr. Craig Barnes and the Rev. Robert Burkins.
Early registration will be open December 4, 2006 for pastors actively serving PC (USA) churches,
including pastors, associate pastors, interims, designated pastors, stated supply pastors and commissioned
lay pastors. More information available at www.pcusa.org/pastorsabbath.
“Empowered by the Spirit” Christian Life Conference will be held June 30 - July 3, 2007. This is
sponsored by Presbyterians for Renewal (www.pfrenewal.org) and held at the Montreat Conference
Center. ―Young and old, married or single, you will be Empowered by the Spirit and nurtured in your
faith through the ministry of outstanding speakers and leaders in the breathtaking mountain setting of
Montreat Conference Center, located 15 miles east of Asheville, N.C. Keynote Speakers include John and
Nancy Ortberg and Alice Petersen. Questions can be directed to Sarah Hill at email@example.com.
2007 Intergenerational Peacemaking Conference, Jesus: Proclaiming Peace will be held at Montreat,
North Carolina on July 3-7, 2007. Plenary Bible Study Leaders will be Mark ―keita‖ Lomas, Florence
Deenadayalan, Mathuram Shiamala Baby, and Elizabeth Nordquist. More information can be found at
PAM Westminster Conference on Worship and Music will be held on July 8-13 at Westminster
College in New Wilimington, PA. More information can be found at www.pcusa.org/pam or by calling
888.728.7228 ext 5288.
2007 National Elders Conference will be held August 29-31, 2007 in Nashville, TN. ―The office of the
General Assembly and General Assembly Council are sponsoring the first national training and
networking event for some of the most important leaders in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) – the elders
in our congregations.‖ The event is restricted to no more than two elders from any church and will include
opportunities for worship, education and fellowship. More information can be found at
National Presbyterian Evangelism Conference will be held August 31 – September 3, 2007 in
Nashville, Tennessee. Keynote speakers include Jim Wallis, Martha Sadongi, Jerry Cannon, and Virstan
Choy. This conference will include program areas including Mission Development, Multicultural
Ministries, New Church Development, National Health Ministries and Congregational Transformation.
Registration opens May 14 with an early bird deadline of June 4 and final deadline of July 27. Further
information can be found at www.pcusa.org/evengelism or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Mission ’07: A Celebration of Grace will be held on Oct 2-6, 2007 in Louisville, KY. ―You will
experience an extraordinary gathering of mission volunteers, mission network participants,
congregational, presbytery and synod mission leaders, mission trip leaders and other mission supporters.
You will hear inspiring speakers, talk with mission personnel and meet international church partners.‖
You will also hear from Hunter Farrell, the newly appointed World Mission Director, and be able to
dialogue with him in a workshop. During the celebration we will commission 30-plus missionaries who
are participating in Mission Challenge ’07.‖ Speaker Rev. Kenneth Bailey is an author and lecturer in
Middle Eastern New Testament studies.
Seeking to be Faithful Together:
Guidelines for Presbyterians during times of Disagreement
In a spirit of trust and love, we promise we will…
Give them a hearing… 1. Treat each other respectfully so as to build trust, believing that we all desire
listen before we answer to be faithful to Jesus the Christ;
• We will keep our conversations and communications open for candid
John 7:51 and Proverbs and forthright exchange,
18:13 • We will not ask question or make statements in a way which will
intimidate or judge others.
2. Learn about various positions on the topic of disagreement.
3. State what we think we heard and ask for clarification before responding, in an
effort to be sure we understand each other.
Speak the truth in love. 4. Share our Concerns directly with individuals or groups with whom we have
disagreements in a spirit of love and respect in keeping with Jesus' teaching.
5. Focus on ideas and suggestions instead of questioning people's motives
intelligence or integrity;
• We will not engage in name-calling or labeling of others prior to, during, or
following the discussion.
6. Share our personal experiences about the subject of disagreement so that others
may more fully understand our concerns.
Maintain the unity of the 7. Indicate where we agree with those of other viewpoints as well as where we
Spirit in the bond of disagree.
8. Seek to stay in community with each other through the discussion
Ephesians 4:3 may be vigorous and full of tension;
• We will be ready to forgive and to be forgiven.
9. Follow these additional guidelines when we meet in decision
• Urge persons of various points of view to speak and promise
to listen to these positions seriously;
• Seek conclusions informed by our points of agreement;
• Be sensitive to the feelings and concerns of those who do not
agree with the majority and respect their right of conscience;
• Abide by the decision of the majority, and if we disagree with
it and wish to change it, work for that change in ways which
are consistent with these guidelines.
10. Include our disagreement in our prayers, not praying for the triumph of our
viewpoints, but seeking God's grace to listen attentively, to speak clearly, and
to remain open to the vision God holds for us all.
Adopted by the 2004th General Assembly (1992) of the Presbyterian Church
(U.S.A.) for use by sessions and congregations
The Church of Jesus Christ
assembles as a
Stated Meeting of Eastminster Presbytery
Pre-Presbytery Mission Groups Meet
4:00 Committee on Ministry
Preparation for Ministry
Permanent Judicial Commission
Peacemaking Pre-presbytery meeting
5:00 Gathering of God's People: Registration and Refreshments Assembly of Commissioners/Visitors &
Moderatorial Welcome and Comments,
Opening Worship and Prayer of Constitution, Welcome by the Host Church
5:03 Assembly Formalities
Business of the Clerk; Docket Presentation; Referrals; Correspondence; Recognition of
Corresponding Members; Approval of Minutes of March 13, 2007.
5:05 Presbytery Family Remembrances and Celebrations
Sharing and Supporting Our Ministries
5:10 Consent Agenda p. 10-17
5:15 Report of the General Presbyter
5:20 Joseph Badger Meadows – Larry Myers
5:25 Evangelism and Church Growth – Jim Morrison p. 18-19
5:30 Communication and Nurture – Christy Ramsey
5:33 Resource Center Coordinator – Lorriane Jones p. 20-21
5:38 COM/CPM Task Group – Dale Riley p. 22
5:46 The Presbytery at Worship
6:30 Fellowship at the Dinner Table
Sharing and Supporting Our Ministries (cont'd)
7:30 Committee on Ministry – Nick Mager p. 23-25
7:45 Committee on Preparation for Ministry – Mark Phillips p. 26
8:00 Trustees – Ross Jackson
8:05 Hudson Commission – Reford Nash and Bob Gillette
8:15 Coordinating Council – Sue Ann Schmidt p. 27-28
8:45 Consulting Commission – Lynn Thompson Bryant
8:55 Congregational Resources – Jane Stoffer
9:00 Presbyterian Women – Goldie Burrier p. 29
9:05 Nominations – Bob Forsythe p. 30
9:10 Mission Committee – Paul Johnson
9:15 Mission Visioning Council – Peggy Richmond
9:20 Miscellaneous Business
9:30 Report on Leave and Absence
May 8, 2007
1. To append the Minutes of the February 22, 2007 Eastminster Presbytery Meeting Coordinating
council to the March 13, 2007 meeting.
2. To append the Minutes of the February 22, 2007 Mission Visioning Council to the March 13,
3. To append the Minutes of the March 22, 2007 Mission Visioning Council to the March 13, 2007
4. That upon the recommendation of the Presbytery Meeting Coordinating Council that the offering
of the May 8, 2007 Stated Meeting be designated to JBM Scholarships.
5. That upon the recommendation of the Nominating Committee that the General Assembly
Commissioners policy on page 11-12 be approved.
Eastminster Presbytery Nominating Committee
General Assembly Commissioners
May 8, 2007
The election of Commissioners to General Assembly process was revised at the May 10, 2005 Presbytery
Meeting. The Nominating Committee continues to evaluate the process and is recommending to
Presbytery the following changes. The Italicized and underlined is new wording and the strike through
words are to be deleted.
For Nomination of Clergy Commissioners:
1) A list of Minister Members of Eastminster Presbytery will be included in the May and July issues of
News and Notes the year before the GA is scheduled to meet. The list will include columns for Ordination
Date and Commissioner to GA Date, and will be in order of ordination date (the earliest date being at the
top of the list). The Nominating Committee will give strong consideration to Ordination Date when
considering potential nominees. Any Minister Member who has served as Commissioner to one of the last
10 General Assemblies will not be considered for nomination.
2) Applications will be requested from Minister Members of Eastminster Presbytery. The application will
ask, but will not be limited to, questions on how the applicant will serve GA, how they have served other
governing bodies within the Presbyterian Church, and how they have served other organizations,
particularly in leadership positions. Strong consideration will be given to participation and leadership in
Presbytery, Presbytery Committees, Commissions and Task Groups. The application will also include a
statement, which indicates that the applicant agrees to participate in orientation and training prior to
General Assembly, and conduct training for commissioners to the next GA. The applicant will also be
asked to indicate that no known health problem will prevent their full participation in the hectic pace and
long hours of General Assembly. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability.
3) The Nominating Committee will submit a nomination at the January Presbytery meeting.
For Nomination of Elder Commissioners:
1) A list of Churches will be included in the May and July issues of News and Notes the year before the
GA is scheduled to meet. The list will include a column for the date an elder member of that church last
served as Commissioner to General Assembly. The list will be in order of those dates, with the earliest
date being at the top. In the cases where elders from two different churches were commissioners to the
same GA, the church organized earliest will be higher on the list.
2) Sessions of Churches at the top of the list All eligible sessions will be asked to offer applications to
elder members, both those currently serving on session and those not currently on session, who
would be interested in serving as an Elder Commissioner to GA. Elders who have served as
Commissioner to one of the last 10 General Assemblies will not be considered for nomination. The
application will ask, but will not be limited to, questions on how the applicant will serve GA, how they
have served other governing bodies within the Presbyterian Church, and how they have served other
organizations, particularly in leadership positions. Strong consideration will be given to participation and
leadership in Presbytery, Presbytery Committees, Commissions and Task Groups. The application will
also include a statement that indicates that the applicant agrees to participate in orientation and training
prior to General Assembly, and conduct training for commissioners to the next GA. The applicant will
also be asked to indicate that no known health problem will prevent their full participation in the hectic
pace and long hours of General Assembly. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of
3) If no applications are received by the October Nominating Committee meeting, all elders in
Eastminster, who have not served as Commissioner to one of the last 10 General Assemblies, will be
asked, if interested, to submit applications.
4) 3) The Nominating Committee will submit a nomination at the January Presbytery meeting.
EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERY MISSION VISIONING COUNCIL
March 22, 2007
The Mission Visioning Council of Eastminster Presbytery met on March 22, 2007 at the Lake Milton
Presbyterian Church, beginning at 7:05 p.m.
The meeting was opened with prayer by the Moderator, Elder Peggy Richmond (Petersburg).
Present: Elder Peggy Richmond, the Rev. Aaron Meadows, Elder Bob Gillette, the Rev. Jeanine Haven,
the Rev. Elmarie Parker, the Rev. Bonnie Dutton, Elder Bob Forsythe, the Rev. Ross Jackson, Elder Alice
Jackson, the Rev. John Besore, Elder Sharon Woods
Excused: Molly Halter
Staff: the Rev. Dan Schomer, the Rev. Meta Cramer
The minutes of the February 22 meeting were approved, with the exception that the name of the Rev.
Jeanine Haven had been misspelled.
The Council engaged in a discussion of essential tenets referencing the resource ―Who’s In? Who’s
RESOLUTION ON ORDINATION STANDARDS
The General Presbyter discussed the resolution regarding ordination standards that first came to the
Presbytery in September 2006. By the action of the Presbytery in January 2007, action on the resolution
was postponed until a time to be set by the Mission Visioning Council; at the February 2007 meeting of
the Council, it was determined that the vote will be taken in November 2007. A group has been created of
two persons from the Committee on Preparation for Ministry – the Revs. Aaron Meadows and Harry van
Fleet, and three persons from the Committee on Ministry – Elder Dale Riley, the Rev. David Black, and
Elder Mary Louise Forsythe – to examine the whole process of examination for ordination. Dan Schomer
stated that he was pleased that the Presbytery did not wish to either ignore an important question or
embrace an easy answer. It is hoped that this group can report to the Presbytery in May and September. It
was suggested that representation from each Council as well as the Stated Clerk and General Presbyter
meet with the COM/CPM group to plan May and September reports and responses.. The perception is
that ―table talk‖/small groups have been wonderful opportunities to practice what the PUP Report is
Elder Robert Gillette volunteered to be the representative from the Mission Visioning Council.
Dan Schomer announced that the personnel of the Action/Learning teams approved by the Mission
Visioning Council in October 2006 are as follows:
Leadership Development Congregational Transformation
Elder Robert Forsythe Rev. Scott Parker
Rev. Joe Atkins Rev. Jan Douglass
Elder Carole Rummell Rev. Derek Starr Redwine
Rev. Brian Nutt Rev. Ross Jackson
The Rev. Elmarie Parker expressed interest in the Leadership Development Team.
REPORT ON GENERAL ASSEMBLY COUNCIL
Dan Schomer reported on the most recent meeting of the General Assembly Council, describing it as the
most delightful meeting of that body which he’s attended. Restructuring doing away with ―silos‖ within
PCUSA has been very helpful. Linda Valentine is doing a fine job as Executive Director of the GAC.
Dan is serving on the search committee for a new Middle Governing Body staff person for the
Aaron Meadows noted that the first meeting of the COM/CPM group will be held on April 2 at the Kent
The Moderator closed with a reading from Philippians 2 and words to a song she learned in Sunday
The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 p.m.
The next meeting will be held on April 26 at the Wickliffe Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, Ohio.
Elder Peggy Richmond, Moderator
The Rev. Meta Shoup Cramer, Stated Clerk
Draft – these minutes have not yet been approved by the Coordinating Council.
EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERY COORDINATING COUNCIL
APRIL 26, 2007
The Coordinating Council met on April 26, 2007 at the Wickliffe Presbyterian Church, beginning at 5
p.m. Moderator Sue Ann Schmidt led in a time of sharing of joys and concerns and opened the meeting
MAY 8, 2007 STATED MEETING
The Council formulated the docket for the May 8 Stated Meeting, with a projected adjournment time of
approximately 9:30 p.m.
By consensus, it was decided that the May offering would be for JBM Camperships.
The Moderator shared a request from inquirer Kristin Stroble for time to share her need for support for her
planned Young Adult Volunteer work in the Philippines.
By consensus the Council decided to suggest to Kristin that she ask the Mission Committee for docket
time during their scheduled report. The Council would consider a recommendation from the Mission
Committee that Kristin be the recipient of the July offering.
It was noted that the Coordinating Council had given permission to the Peacemaking Committee via an e-
mail poll for Jane Stoffer to present a pre-presbytery program prior to the May Stated Meeting.
JULY 10 STATED MEETING
It was decided by consensus that July 10 will be a one-hour meeting followed by vespers and a family
picnic. The Council will urge entities to bring only items for action to the floor, with all informational
items to be presented in print.
NEXT COUNCIL MEETING
The next Coordinating Council will be held on June 28, 2007, possibly at the Firestone Park Church in
The meeting was adjourned at 6:14 p.m., with closing prayer offered by the Rev. Lynn Thompson Bryant.
The Rev. Sue Ann Schmidt, Moderator
The Rev. Meta Shoup Cramer, Stated Clerk
Draft: These minutes have not yet been approved by the Council
Mission Visioning Council
April 26, 2007
Present: Peggy Richmond (Moderator),Carole Rummell, Aaron Meadows, Jeanine Haven, Bonnie
Dutton, Molly Halter, Sharon Wood, Elmarie Parker, Bob Gillette, Lynn Thompson-Bryant, Alice
Jackson, Ross Jackson, Sue Ann Schmidt (Moderator, Coordinating Council)
Excused: John Besore, Bob Offerdahl, Debby Dockstader, Meta Cramer
The meeting was opened with devotions and prayer by Spiritual Discernment Advisor Molly Halter.
Molly shared the familiar gospel story of Jesus walking on the sea and Peter attempting the same. We
were reminded that we are often faced with the choice of whether fear or the spirit of adventure will
influence our actions. Particularly memorable is the phrase, ―Say yes to the moment.‖
Sue Ann Schmidt reported for the Coordinating Council. She shared that the July 10 presbytery meeting
will be a picnic at JBM. The Coordinating Council is asking that presbytery business be kept to one hour
followed by a brief vespers service. The presbytery will then enjoy a picnic. All
committees/commissions are asked to use the consent agenda as much as possible and keep verbal reports
to a minimum.
Motion prevailed to approve the March 22, 2007, minutes of the Mission Visioning Council.
General Presbyter Dan Schomer reported on three matters. First, he reported that he met with the
COM/CPM Task Group authorized by Eastminster Presbytery to consider the examination process for
ministers in Eastminster Presbytery. In addition to the task group, Elder Bob Gillette represented the
Mission Visioning Council and Elder Stan Christensen represented the Coordinating Council. It was
decided that the following would be requested of the Coordinating Council to be a part of the docket for
the May 8, 2007, presbytery meeting:
1. That Elder Dale Riley, task group chairperson, be given five minutes on the docket.
2. That 30 minutes be docketed for ―table talk‖ following the dinner break.
3. That a recorder be appointed for each table and that a summary of responses be provided to
the Task Group and communicated to the presbytery.
Further, the group encouraged that commissioners to the May, 2007, meeting of Eastminster Presbytery
be elected by sessions as commissioners to the September, 2007, meeting, and that the questions for table
talk be included in the packet. The questions that will be used in the table talk time are:
1. What do you see as the important issues relating to the ordination and/or installation of ministers by
2. What concerns do you have about the examination of ministers by Eastminster Presbytery?
3. What kind of examination process would promote trust within Eastminster Presbytery?
Second, Dan Schomer shared that the April 24-25 Pastors’ Retreat focused on the theme of leadership
development was attended by 17 ministers. Feedback to date has been positive. An evaluation form will
be emailed to all participants and the results will be reported to the Mission Visioning Council and the
Communications and Nurture Committee.
Third, Dan provided detailed reports of the April 17 meeting of the Congregational Transformation
Action Learning Team and the April 18 meeting of the Leadership Development Action Learning Team.
Both teams have begun to define their work and meetings are already scheduled for both teams in May.
Moderator Richmond shared an email received from Paul Johnson, Moderator of the Mission Committee,
regarding The Season of Giving. The Committee indicated that they saw the Season of Giving pilot
project approved by the Council as conflicting with the intent of the committee to interpret presbytery
mission causes in October and November, 2007. Dan shared with the Council that the Season of Giving
is not a special offering, but a tool for interpretation of the mission of the whole church and is meant to be
adapted in whatever way presbyteries and sessions see fit. Dan agreed to talk with Paul Johnson and
Elmarie Parker. By consensus, the Council agreed that the Mission Committee will have final say about
participation and, if they are willing to review materials, they have veto power as long as they indicate
why they do not wish to use the materials. Dan indicated that any critical feedback will be helpful to the
Mission Funding Task Force.
Moderator Richmond invited comments on how our structure is working. Carole Rummell expressed
concerns about the Nominating Committee finding ministers to fill vacancies. Moderator Richmond
expressed her desire that committees be asked to evaluate the Manual of Operations description of their
work and the effectiveness of their ministry. Council members will be asked to report back from their
committees beginning at the Council’s May, 2007, meeting.
Ross Jackson shared about the delightful level of generosity to the Second Mile/Richard Braun Memorial
Fund. He indicated that, with the $10,000 matching grant, we have received adequate funds to cover the
$15,000 deficit in the 2007 mission budget and are just $600 short of receiving an additional $10,000.
When we receive the additional $600, the $10,000 will be used to restore a line item in the Evangelism
and Church Growth Commission budget for new church development and redevelopment. The $10,000 is
eligible for a matching $10,000 grant from the Synod of the Covenant. The Trustees and Evangelism
Commission have agreed that the resulting $20,000 be designated for the Hudson Presbyterian Church
(PCUSA) Redevelopment Fund.
A question was raised about the COM/CPM Tasks Force’s work as well as what additional events are
being scheduled. Mention was made of the Peacemaking Task Force’s pre-presbytery event on May 8.
When asked whether they have responsibilities to create further conversations about the ―PUP‖ report, the
consensus of the Council was that their work need only focus on their recommendations on the
examination process to be presented at the November 13, 2007 meeting of presbytery. Members of MVC
suggested that it would be appropriate for the COM/CPM task group to expand conversations beyond the
examination process to other issues raised in the PUP report, but it is not expected. Elmarie Parker
pointed to the Joe Small paper, especially near the end, and suggested that, when the presbytery discusses
issues about which there is a wide range of views, we encourage people to communicate in a nonanxious
way and recognize the importance of developing trust. It was suggested that ground rules, such as the use
of I –language, may help this endeavor. During table talk, presbyters will be asked to share and listen, not
debate or criticize. In further discussing the Joe Small paper, the question was raised, how do we have in-
depth theological conversations of differing views with conviction, but without annihilating one another?
Moderator Richmond thanked the Council for their good work. The meeting was adjourned with prayer
by Moderator Richmond at 8:40 p.m. The next meeting of the Council will be held on May 24, 2007, at
6:30 p.m. at the Lake Milton Church.
Elder Peggy Richmond, Moderator
The Rev. Dan Schomer, Clerk Pro Tem
“The churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in numbers daily”
EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERY Phone: 330-505-2167
P.O. Box 316, 3833 Main Street 800-215-2416
Mineral Ridge, Ohio 44440 Fax: 330-505-1545
April 24, 2007
Dear Pastor and Session:
As I’m sure you have noticed, these are difficult times to be pastors and to be the church. So much is
changing so quickly that we can barely catch our collective breath. Changing times bring new challenges, but
also new opportunities. So how are you doing as a congregation? Are you making disciples? Are the
members of your congregation displaying committed stewardship? Or is much of your time, energy, and
resources, focused on survival?
On September 14, 2004, Eastminster Presbytery heard a stirring presentation by the Rev. Dr. E. Stanley Ott
about the potential for experiencing the transforming power of Jesus Christ through the Acts 16:5 Initiative.
Beginning November, 2004, thirteen congregations in Eastminster Presbytery participated in the Acts 16:5
Initiative. The two-year process ended with a day-long event on November 2, 2007. All participating
churches indicated their interest in seeing a ―Year Three‖ Acts 16:5 program developed by Eastminster
―Year Three‖ is about to begin and ALL churches of Eastminster Presbytery are encouraged to participate. On
May 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. we will revisit the Acts 16:5 Initiative, reviewing the foundations of
this transformational initiative and hearing how congregations have used this initiative to breath new life into
their congregations. Those who attend will gain insight into the foundational concept of the Acts 16:5
Initiative and will be provided with materials that will enable you to interpret to your session and congregation
enrollment in Acts 16:5 Year Three. You will hear about the fall, 2007, event on Discipleship, and the spring,
2008, event on Stewardship. Please note that only those churches that enroll in Acts 16:5 Year Three will be
eligible to attend the Discipleship and Stewardship events…so please come and learn more!
The location of this event is First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Avenue, N.W., Warren, Ohio
44483. There is no cost for the event; but each participate is asked for a $5.00 registration fee to cover the
costs of refreshments by our host church. For those who wish to purchase Acts 16:5 Manuals Volume One
and Volume Two, they may be ordered in advance at a cost of $20 per volume. (The churches who
participated in the two-year Acts 16:5 Initiative already have these manuals.)
To register for the May 25 Acts 16:5 event, please fill out the enclosed registration form and return it to
Eastminster Presbytery, Box 316, 3833 Main Street, Mineral Ridge, Ohio 44440, by Monday, May 21, or
email email@example.com with the information requested on the registration form.
The Evangelism Commission
―REVISITING‖ THE ACTS 16:5 INITIATIVE
May 25, 2007
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church Warren
Fee: $5.00 per person times no. of registrants _____ = _______. If paying by check, please make it out
to ―Eastminster Presbytery‖
Acts 16:5 Volumes One and Two may be preordered and must be paid in advance. Please indicate the
number of manuals you wish to order and enclosed payment. (Please note that purchase of manuals is not
necessary to attend the event. Churches that participated in years One and Two are encouraged to bring
their manuals to the event).
If you wish to purchase manuals, please indicate below:
(no.) _____ Acts 16:5 Manual Volume One @ $20 per volume.
(no.) _____ Acts 16:5 Manual Volume Two @ $20 per volume
Please return to Eastminster Presbytery, Box 316, 3833 Main Street, Mineral Ridge, Ohio 44440,
by May 21.
RESOURCE CENTER NEWS
Eastminster Presbytery Office
330-505-2167 or toll free 1-800-215-2416
Lorraine Jones, coordinator
Resource Center Hours:
Mon 9:00 a.m. —2:00 p.m.
Wed 9:00 a.m. —2:00 p.m.
Thurs 9:00 a.m. —2:00 p.m.
May 20 Presbyterian Heritage Sunday*
May 27 Pentecost**
June 17 Men of the Church+
* Visit www.history.pcusa.org/cong/heritage.html for
downloadable bulletin covers and a word search puzzle for
youth. The theme this year is “People will come from East and
West.” The Resource Center carries books and videotapes on
the history and traditions of the PCUSA. Presbyterians: Their
History and Beliefs by Walter L. Lingle and John W. Kuykendall (John Knox Press, 1988) traces
the spiritual ancestry of Presbyterians from the early church to the present. For those people
who prefer to watch a videotape, the RC carries The Presbyterians series of videotapes from
PCUSA. These videos will answer: “Who are we Presbyterians?” “How did we get to be this
way?” “What do we believe?” “Why do we govern the church they way we do?”
**Visit the RC to sign out one of the Jubilee Celebrations books; each book contains 8 different
celebrations for children and adults to worship and learn together. All three contain unique ways
to celebrate Pentecost. Jubilee Celebrations #1 by Dorothy M. Harnish (Brethren Press, 1994)
concentrates its celebration of Pentecost on the birthday of the church. Jubilee Celebrations #2
by Bertha M. Landers (Brethren Press, 1995) celebrates the unity we have in the Holy Spirit and
sends us out on a common mission. Jubilee Celebrations #3 by Brenda Glanzer and Mariann
Martin (Brethren Press, 1996) focuses its celebration on the coming of the Holy Spirit.
+Visit www.pcusa.org/men for worship resources, thematic material, and ideas for men’s
ministries. Invite the men of your church to view A Gathering of Men (Public Affairs Television,
1990). In this 90-minute video, Robert Bly, one of America's best-loved poets, joins Bill Moyers in
a gathering of men who learn from one another through sharing the confusion over the problems
of life. Available for sign out at the Resource Center.
Recommended…….. By Meta Cramer
A Place to Pray: Conversations on the Lord’s Prayer from Ecufilm
I used Roberta Bondi's presentation on ‘A Place to Pray: Conversations on the
Lord’s Prayer’ for a Lenten series at Northminster Presbyterian Church. This series
investigates the seven phrases of the Lord's Prayer, with two separate presentations
on each of the seven topics. This video series was very well received. Roberta Bondi
is an exceptionally honest and humane presenter who incorporates illustrations from
her own life as well as the teachings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. The only
difficult thing about using this series was choosing which portions to share as I did not
have time to use them all. (I did choose to begin with the final portion because it
addressed the whole issue of prayer as a discipline.) I highly recommend these videos
for any study of prayer and spirituality.
New at the RC…..
Praying In Color: Drawing A New Path to God by Sybil Macbeth (Paraclete Press,
2007) is a short, simply written book that may change people’s prayer lives profoundly.
People who struggle with a short attention span, visual learners, people who love color,
people who don’t know what to say when they pray, will all find this new prayer form
intriguing. Drawing is half the prayer, the other half is remembering the images you
have drawn throughout the day. Sybil Macbeth explains why you might wish to try
praying in color, how to pray in color and then shows variations on the basic way to pray
in color. Both the book and a DVD that explains how to host a workshop on praying
in color are available to sign out now at the Resource Center.
….Dom John Chapman
May 8, 2007
At its January 2007 meeting, Eastminster Presbytery took action that led to the formation of a task group
consisting of three representatives of the Committee on Ministry (COM) and two representatives from the
Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) to consider the examination processes for ordination, installation,
and reception of Ministers of Word and Sacrament within Eastminster Presbytery. The COM/CPM Task Group
is to make their final recommendations to the November 13, 2007, meeting of Eastminster Presbytery. The
members of Task Group are Elder Dale Riley, the Rev. David Black, Elder Mary Louise Forsythe, the Rev. Harry
van Fleet, and the Rev. Aaron Meadows.
This evening following dinner, we will continue around tables for a time of “table talk.” Prior to dinner, a
representative of the Task Group will make a brief presentation on the preliminary work of the Task Group.
Following dinner, we have set aside up to 30 minutes for those gathered around tables to reflect on the following
4. What do you see as the important issues relating to the ordination and/or installation of ministers
by Eastminster Presbytery?
5. What concerns do you have about the examination of ministers by Eastminster Presbytery?
6. What kind of examination process would promote trust within Eastminster Presbytery?
Please note that ―table talk‖ is intended to be a time of sharing and listening, not challenging and
debating. We ask that you use ―I‖ language in your sharing. A recorder at each table will summarize the
responses to the questions provided by each table and the recorders’ notes will be provided to the Task
Group and the presbytery.
Thank you for participating in Table Talk and for the insights your sharing will provide the COM/CPM
Task Group as they continue their work. Please pray for members of the Task Group as they serve
Eastminster Presbytery in this special and challenging way.
Please note: In response to the continued work of the Task Group, Table Talk will again take place at the
September 11, 2007, meeting of Eastminster Presbytery. Sessions are therefore asked to consider electing
the same elder commissioners to the September presbytery meeting that attend the May meeting.
COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY
Items For Information:
1. The Interim Covenant between the Northminster Presbyterian Church and Dr. Meta Cramer
has been extended through October 7, 2007 by the COM at the same terms.
2. COM is working with the Presbytery Staff to ―update‖ Presbytery’s Pulpit Supply List.
3. Rev. Wayne Bogue has informed the Presbytery that effective 4-5-2007 he has renounced
the jurisdiction of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
4. First Presbyterian Church of Hubbard voted on April 15, 2007 to accept the resignation of
Rev. Larry Stewart in order that he might become honorably retired as of June 30, 2007.
Item For Presbytery Action:
1. Recommend that Presbytery approve the call of the Poland Presbyterian Church to the Rev.
Dr. David Gilbert, to begin June 1, 2007 at the terms listed in the terms of call summary; and
that Presbytery request Rev. Gilbert’s credentials from the Presbytery of Lake Michigan.
2. Recommend that Presbytery set the Installation Service for Rev. David Gilbert as Pastor of
the Poland Presbyterian Church for Sunday, July 8, 2007, at 3 p.m. in Poland; and that the
following persons be named as an Installation Committee on behalf of the Presbytery: Rev.
Debby Dockstader, Moderator; Rev. Dr. Victor Wan-Tatah, Rev. Bonnie Dutton, Elder
Sheila Wadlinger (Poland), Elder Bob Thomas (Canfield), and Elder Henry Pearce
3. Recommend that Presbytery approve all the terms of call for pastors and churches in
Eastminster Presbytery as listed on the attachment 2007 Pastors’ Terms of Call (pages 24-
4. Recommend that the following ministers of Eastminster Presbytery be determined to have
validated ministries for calendar year 2007:
Rev. Alan Hutchison, Chaplain, Park Vista Retirement Community
Rev. David Shriver, Family Counselor and Therapist
Rev. Dr. Victor Wan-Tatah, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Y.S.U.
Rev. Sue Ann Schmidt, Associate Pastor, 1st Congregational Church, Hudson
Rev. Ross Jackson, Chaplain, Salem Community Hospital
5. Recommend that Rev. Jay Groat, Pastor of the Congregational Church of Akron, Ohio be
dismissed to the United Church of Christ Denomination at his request.
2007 Pastors Terms of Call
Cash Manse or Utilities Other Effective S.S Expenses Medical Pension Disability 1 Month 2 Wks Extra Dental or
Salary Housing Reimburse Income Salary Allowance Reimburse Deduct Dues Vacation Study Time Eye/Other
ALLENSIDE/Pete Macauley (CLP)
FIRESTONE PARK/Lynn Bryant (IP) $20,000 $20,000 $1,950 $400 $8,079 yes yes yes
FIRST AKRON/Mark Ruppert $35,927 $14,678 $3,246 $53,851 $2,748 $5,732 $1,077 $16,963 yes yes yes 2 wkds 1 Month Dental
GOODYEAR HTS/Christy Ramsey $29,733 $19,550 $953 $50,236 $3,741 $3,195 $1,005 $16,141 yes yes yes 2 wkds Dental -$675
NORTH SPRINGFIELD/Janet Lowery $21,630 $14,420 $36,050 $2,400 $3,850 $727 $11,176 yes yes yes 2 wkds Dtl $227/Insur $344
OAK HILL/Brian Nutt $37,273 $22,330 $4,927 $64,530 $4,927 $3,850 $1,291 $20,327 yes yes yes Dtl-$1,217/PH-840
UNIVERSITY/In-Kyu Park No Report
WESTMINSTER/Derek Starr Redwine $31,000 $30,000 $61,000 $5,049 $1,220 $19,288 yes yes yes Cell Phone - $663
BARBERTON FIRST/Reford Nash $28,275 $30,000 $1,322 $59,597 $2,280 $3,850 $1,192 $18,773 yes yes yes
CANFIELD/Carolyn Griffeth (IP) $35,445 $20,000 $55,445 $4,242 $4,526 $1,109 $17,465 yes yes yes
COLUMBIANA/Scott Parker $25,300 $23,700 $3,850 $52,850 $3,850 $980 $15,435 no answer yes yes
NORTHMINSTER/Meta Cramer (IP) $27,400 $11,622 $39,022 $2,900 $4,050 $1,845 $12,292 no answer yes yes
UNITED-CUY. FALLS/Ross Slaughter $33,000 $18,000 $1,785 $52,785 $4,200 $4,070 $2,040 $16,627 yes yes yes
EAST PALESTINE/Donald Aull (IP) $13,500 $18,000 $31,500 $2,409 $630 $9,923 no answer no no
ELLSWORTH/Bonnie Dutton (PT) $10,630 $11,000 $21,630 $2,310 $433 $8,667 yes yes yes
GIRARD/Debby Dockstader (Yoked) $11,225 $6,800 $18,025 $1,379 $2,200 $5,678 yes yes yes
HUBBARD/Larry Stewart $2,069 $47,591 $49,660 $3,850 $993 $15,643 yes yes yes
HUDSON No Report
KENT/Aaron Meadows (DP) $29,050 $19,500 $48,550 $3,900 $901 $15,293 yes yes yes
KINSMAN/Larry Myers $25,980 $8,934 $3,800 $38,714 $2,500 $4,500 $1,000 $11,880 yes yes yes 1/QTR Dtl/Prof. $250
NEW LISBON/Mark Wilds $28,700 $17,425 $2,460 $48,585 $3,015 $4,136 $972 $15,305 no yes yes Death $724
LAKE MILTON/Jan Douglass (PT) $13,750 $13,750 $700 $7,681 no yes yes
MINERAL RIDGE/Mark Phillips $42,056 $12,616 $2,500 $57,173 $4,938 $572 $18,009 yes yes yes 1 Wk Prof $200
NILES FIRST/Henry Pearce (CLP) $24,965 $11,600 $36,565 $5,900 $731 $11,518 yes yes yes
SOUTH SIDE/D. Dockstader (Yoked) $11,225 $6,800 $18,025 $1,379 $2,350 $5,678 yes yes yes
Common Ground/Steve Fortenberry $18,000 $30,075 $48,075 $3,678 $5,150 $2,500 $15,931 no yes yes
NORTH BENTON/James Henkel $31,000 $9,300 $40,300 $5,800 $4,100 $3,775 $12,695 yes yes yes
NORTH JACKSON/B. Jagger (UCC) No Report
Cash Manse or Utilities Other Effective S.S Expenses Medical Pension Disability 1 Month 2 Weeks Extra Dental or
Salary Housing Reimburse Income Salary Allowance Reimburse Deduct Dues Vacation Study Time Eye/Other
Poland/David Gilbert $42,000 $25,000 $3,000 $70,000 $4,514 $1,400 $22,050 yes yes yes
SALEM FIRST/John Besore $45,526 $15,450 $5,150 $66,126 $3,296 $5,595 $1,322 $20,830 yes yes yes
SEBRING/Christine Ziem $27,220 $10,890 $38,110 $2,915 $3,250 $762 $12,005 yes yes yes 2 wknd
STOW No Report
STRUTHERS/Steven Breazier $19,417 $20,000 $39,417 $3,015 $3,850 $3,300 $12,417 yes yes yes 1 week
VIENNA/Paul Johnson (TS) $7,220 $6,000 $13,220 $4,460 no yes yes Med In $2790
CALVARY WARREN/D. Black (3/4) $20,228 $5,392 $2,800 $28,420 $3,950 $835 $8,952 yes yes yes
CHAMPION WARREN/Paul Gaug $28,310 $23,000 $51,310 $12,290 $1,026 $15,906 yes yes yes
COVENANT WARREN/D. Black (1/4) $5,505 $1,988 $7,492 $912 $220 $2,360 yes yes yes
FIRST WARREN/Burt McGlawn $24,000 $21,700 $45,700 $3,400 $5,300 $914 $14,338 yes yes yes Misc $9,964
BROWNLEE WOODS/Peter Lawson* $22,495 $22,495 $44,990 $3,442 $4,436 $1,248 $13,947 yes yes yes Temp. PT until 9/07
BUTLER MEMORIAL/T. Grissett (SP)
COITSVILLE/Bob Offerdahl (PT/SS) $3,900 $570 $760 no yes yes
YO. FIRST/Nicholas Mager $29,400 $22,500 $13,800 $65,700 $5,800 $1,270 $20,696 yes yes yes Life Ins $478
GIBSON HTS/B. Offerdahl (PT/SS) $12,000 $2,700 no yes yes
JOHN KNOX/Jeanine Haven (PT) $9,012 $9,013 $18,025 $689 $1,925 $180 $5,678 no yes yes
LIBERTY/Jeanine Haven (TS) $11,773 $3,532 $150 $15,454 $654 $1,051 $309 $4,791 yes yes no answer
PLEASANT GROVE /Nick Cammarata $27,290 $30,000 $57,290 $4,600 $1,000 $17,328 no answer yes yes 2 wknd
WESTMINSTER YO/David Joachim $26,170 $26,170 $52,340 $3,965 $1,419 $6,326 yes yes yes Med. $1314
WICKLIFFE/Elmarie Parker (DP) $28,000 $10,000 $38,000 $3,850 $380 $11,970 yes yes yes 2 wknd
PT - part time
IP - Interim Pastor
AP - Associate Pastor
DP - Designated Pastor
TS - Temporary Supply
SS - Stated Supply
CLP-Commissioned Lay Pastor
PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY COMMITTEE
R. Joseph Hrach
The Task of Minister of the Word and Sacrament
Luke’s tribute to Barnabas in Acts 11:23 just might be the best visionary statement encouraging the life’s work of an
ordained Christian minister: ―A good [person] full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.‖ Barnabas, the ―son of encouragement‖ who
encouraged Paul and Mark’s ministries, keenly saw God’s grace at work in the people he met and taught. The first use of the
word ―Christian‖ grew out of his ministry…what a tribute to faith, reliance on the Holy Spirit and a personal identification with
Christ! Barnabas, however, paid a price for his gift of encouragement by losing an old friend (Paul) in order to give a new
friend (Mark) a second chance. Despite the difficulties, a pastor must always be a ―people‖ person…someone who loves God
and likes God’s people enough to be willing to persevere with God’s help ―to make disciples.‖ Sometimes that means
comforting the afflicted. Other times that means afflicting the comfortable. The ministry of word and sacrament is all about
baptizing and teaching disciples as Christ commanded the Church to do.
Paul told Timothy a good minister pays close attention to one’s actions and teachings (1 Tim. 4:16) and sets ―an
example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity (1 Tim. 4:12).‖ For me, this means submitting to live with Christian
character, integrity and goodness in a manner that enlivens me and points others to the Source of my well-being. I cannot do it,
but God can ―train [me] in godliness (1 Tim. 4:7).‖ Paul also directs Timothy to concentrate on reading, preaching and
All the above requires the discipline of prayer for oneself and the cultivation of prayer by those being ministered to.
Our Book of Order states that praying with and for the congregation is one of the primary individual duties of pastors. Other
primary duties include studying, teaching and preaching the Word; and, administering Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. With
the Session elders, pastors should encourage the worship and service of God, equip members for the mission of the church,
provide pastoral care, and participate in the governing and decision making tasks of the congregation. With deacons, pastors
should share in the ministries of sympathy, witness and service. Beyond pastoral duties, ministers should participate in the
church at connectional levels and in ecumenical relationships.
Practically speaking, the task of minister of Word and Sacrament is larger than anyone can handle alone -- because it
was never meant to be handled alone. The greatest threat to pastoral work is losing communion with God. This spiritual
communion rightly acknowledges that knowing God is a lot different from knowing about God. ―Pastoring is a spiritual quest,
not the managing of a religious business,‖ states Eugene Peterson. This spiritual quest centers on God, calls attention to God,
and looks for God in others. It is an act of worship.
“Christian Vocation in the Reformed Tradition As It Relates to My Call”
For me, ―call‖ is the Godly, spiritual atmosphere that encompasses all ministries of the Church, including vocation and
place. God calls all Christians to ministry. I am expecting God to expand my call to include the ministry of Word and Sacrament.
If that comes about, fine. If it does not, my ―call to ministry,‖ which includes a call to church leadership, remains in tact. God’s
Spirit within has regularly reaffirmed this call throughout my adult life. Over the years, both the Presbyterian churches I have
served and individuals I have known have confirmed God’s call to me to serve the Church of Christ by ordaining me, providing
opportunities and offering testimonies. I am not saying that a call to elder some 25 years ago is automatically transferable to
minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church today. Nor, am I suggesting that the roles are the same. However, my
pursuit of a call to minister of Word and Sacrament stems from my life as a Presbyterian and my earlier call to, and subsequent
service in, ordained office within the Presbyterian Church. My current vocational pursuit and my current avocation as elder are both
part of a larger life’s plan for my ministry initiated by God. This plan also led me into many meaningful pursuits as a resting elder.
God also called and equipped me to take my faith into the workplace during my business career.
I do not equate a call to minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church as ―moving up.‖ I see it as ―moving
out‖ or ―moving beyond‖ in (for me) a naturally evolving, yet supernaturally directed, act of spiritual progression or sanctification.
Undoubtedly, my history in the pews will largely determine my future in pulpit. My hope is that I might help move the pulpit closer
to the pews and the pews closer to the pulpit.
At my age, interacting with young adults in seminary has been a wonderful experience. During my business career, I spent
a lot of time coaching and mentoring. I have also tried to offer some Godly and practical advice in my new role as ―elder‖ student.
This ―nosiness‖ has shown me how narrow we can fix the place and limits of a Christian vocation in ways that restrict the healthy
freedom and flexibility inherent within God’s call to ministry. Fortunately, the Presbyterian Church has a discernment process that
moves its ―priesthood of all believers‖ to leadership service by discerning God’s call. I submit to God and trust our confirmation
process to ―direct my paths‖ to a place among places since the harvest remains more plentiful than the available effort.
Book of Order, G-6.0202
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
(U.S.A.) AS APPROVED BY THE 217TH. ASSEMBLY (2006)
06-A. Revision of Form of Government, Chapter XIV with Additional Amendments to Book of
Order Preface and G-6.0500, G-6.0600, G-6.0700, G-9.0405, G-ll.0405, G-ll.0408 and G-ll.0504
(Item 05-11 A.1 & A.2.)
06-B. Additional Proposed Amendments to Form of Government, Chapter XIV
06-B.1 Moving Ordination, Installation, and Commissioning Questions and Service
Information to the Directory for Worship – On Amending G-14.0206 - .0209, G—14.0405,
G-14.0510-.0511, G-14.0801g & h, and W-4.400 (Item 05-11, B.1.)
06-B.2. Adding Licensure of Candidates – On amending G-14.0309 (Item 05-11 B.2.)
06-B.3. Removing Synod Approval of Extraordinary Exam Process – On amending G-
14.0313b. (Item 05-11 B.3.)
06-C. Enabling New General Assembly Council Structure-On Amending G-9.0703, G-13.0107,
G-13.0201 and G-13.0202 (Item 08-08)
06-D. Opening COM to Access by Commissioned Lay Pastors--On Amending G-11.0503 (Item
06-E. Members of the Synod-On Amending G-12.0101 (Item 05-01)
06-F. Naming Certified Christian Educators as Mandated Reporters-On Amending G-14.0701
Upcoming July Presbytery Meeting
Our July Presbytery Meeting will be a combination of a short business meeting and a
Bring your families and come to JBM camp on July 10, 2007 for an evening of family fun. Some of the
activities available will be:
Games are being planned by Tom & Karen Riley
Registration will begin at 4:45 p.m. Business meeting will be limited to an hour, with a
short vespers service and then enjoy the rest of the evening together. Dinner will be $7/per
person or $25/family.
Reservation by June 29, 2007 please!
Synod Gathering for Women from 18-113!
June 22 -24, 2007
NOMADS – TENTS – JOURNEYS
Bowling Green State University
Keynoters: The Rev. Lydia Hernandez, Austin TX
The Rev. Betty Meadows, Louisville, KY
Pastoral Counselor: Mary Kuhns, Louisville, KY
Mark your calendar for the PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN SYNOD GATHERING, JUNE 22-24, 2007 at
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
The theme is NOMADS – TENTS – JOURNEYS. Women have always been nomads with a purpose to
their journey. Who made a tent for you? When was your tent a place of safety? Mentoring? Sisterhood?
Fellowship? Explore your tent and journeys with the presenters as they tell us their stories of journeys.
There will be presentations, discussions, spiritual reflection, music, conversations, workshops, fellowship
and worship. You won’t want to miss the Spirituality Center complete with a labyrinth, massages, prayer
practices and lots of other surprises. We will even have a little business. Get first hand information from
Synod of the Covenant women who are serving at the Churchwide level. This weekend promises to be a
special time for ALL women.
You won’t want to miss these three days. It is a gathering that will be enriched by the participants of all
ages and stages of life. Call a friend, daughter, granddaughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, or
mentor and invite them to explore tents and journeys with you in a comfortable setting. This gathering
promises to be a special opportunity that you will want to share with others. REMEMBER….. Make
plans to attend……JUNE 22 – 24, 2007. Mark your calendar NOW!
Registration will begin February 15th. Cost will be $190 and includes accommodations, meals, program,
and presentations. Moderators will have registration brochures in early February.
Lydia Hernandez, an ordained Presbyterian minister, is executive
director of Manos de Cristo, a Presbyterian outreach ministry for
social justice working with immigrants and refugees in Austin, Texas..
Betty Meadows is General Presbyter of Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. Rev. Meadows will share her
experiences and insight of her sabbatical experience where she learned about people of everyday life.
Nominating Committee Report
May 8, 2007
Resignations have been received from:
Mark Stoffer, JBM, Class of 2008
Rusty Cowden, Trustees, Class of 2008
Donna McCullum, COM, Class of 2009
Communications and Nurture, Class of 2007 - Trella Johnson (north)
Joseph Badger Meadows Camp & Conference Committee, Class of 2008 - Brad Dutton, WML
Committee on Ministry, Class of 2009 - David Watts, WML (east)
Synod Permanent Judicial Commission, Class of 2010 - Bob Forsythe, WML (west)
Evangelism & Growth, Class of 2009 (can be either clergy or lay)
Self Development of People, Class of 2007 (does not need to be Presbyterian)
Trustee, Class of 2008 (must be clergy)