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Trinity Presbytery

PRELIMINARY MINUTES

OF

TRINITY PRESBYTERY

MEETING IN REGULAR SESSION

WITH

FIRST CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

BERTRAM, TEXAS

FEBRUARY 20-21, 2015

AGENDA

TRINITY PRESBYTERY OF THE CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

FIRST CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

BERTRAM, TEXAS

FEBRUARY 20-21, 2015

CALL TO ORDER 1:00 PM 9:00 AM

DEVOTIONAL 1:15 PM

GENERAL BUSINESS 1:30 PM

RECESS 3:20 PM AS DECLARED BY MODERATOR

READING OF MINUTES 5:30 PM

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015

CALL TO ORDER – MODERATOR CANTEY

CERTIFICATION OF QUORUM – Stated Clerk

CONSTITUTING PRAYER

ADOPTION OF REVISED PROGRAM AND AGENDA

DEVOTIONAL

ELECTION OF MODERATOR

ELECTION OF VICE-MODERATOR

APPOINTMENT OF ENGROSSING CLERK/PARLIAMENTARIAN

RECOGNITION OF FIRST TIME DELEGATES AND VISITORS

HEARING OF EXCUSES

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS – REV. DARYL JOHNSON

SEATING OF VISITING MINISTERS

SEATING OF ADVISORY MINISTERS

HEARING OF DENOMINATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

HEARING OF FRATERNAL REPRESENTATIVES

COMMUNICATIONS

CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHILDREN’S HOME

SELECTION OF RECIPIENT OF PRESBYTERY OFFERING

APPOINTMENT OF RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE

REPORT OF THE RE-DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION TO OAK GROVE

REPORT OF THE HOUSTON PROPERTY COMMISSION

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION – Page 4

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF FINANCE – Page 4

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES – Page 8

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAL CONCERNS – Page 9

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF MISSIONS – Page 10

REPORT OF THE TASKFORCE ON ORDAINED CLERGY – Page 11

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PROBATIONERS – Page 14

REPORT OF THE PRESBYTERY COUNCIL – Page 15

REPORT OF THE STATED CLERK-TREASURER – Page 16

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS

READING, CORRECTION, APPROVAL AND ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES

RECESS

CLOSING PRAYER

SATURDAY, February 21, 2015

CALL TO ORDER

DEVOTIONAL

RECOGNITION OF VISITORS NOT IN ATTENDANCE FRIDAY

HEARING OF EXCUSES

RESUME THE BUSINESS OF PRESBYTERY

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

The Board of Christian Education met on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Texas.

Members present were Charelle Webb, Duane Dougherty, Karen Locke, David Dean, Fredy

Diaz and Marvin Terrell. Davis Webb, Chad Humphries, and David Montoya were excused.

The meeting was opened and closed with prayer.

Duane Dougherty was elected as chairman and Marvin Terrell as clerk.

The board discussed and planned the following:

1. Approved a camp staff retreat to be held at the Webb’s property near Buffalo, TX. The date is to be determined.

2. Encourage early registration for Presbyterial summer camp. Forms will be sent to churches and previous campers in late February.

3. Hear an oral report on plans for the Youth Winter Retreat.

4. Noted difficulties getting some churches to disseminate information about events.

5. Discussed transportation issues for CPYC participants and voted to approve a

recommendation to use air transportation.

Recommendation #1: That Presbytery allow the Board of Christian Education to make flight reservations for those participants to the annual CPYC event.

The passing of recommendation #1 would require registrations to be received by May 31 so that flight reservations can be made. Charelle Webb will coordinate this and make the necessary reservations.

6. The Safe Sanctuary Policy of the Ministry Council and our policies for child protection and safety with events in our congregations and presbytery were reviewed.

Recommendation #2: That Trinity Presbytery adopt the denominational Safe Sanctuary Policy as presented by the Ministry Council.

The entire policy can be viewed and downloaded at the web site: http://ministrycouncil.cumberland.org/safesanctuary.

7. Status of Youth Advisor Delegates to the General Assembly is Cali, Colombia was also reviewed.

8. Set the Pastor’s Retreat for Oct. 2-3, 2015 at the Webb’s property near Buffalo, TX. Fredy Diaz will be the Director.

9. The board was updated about leadership changes at Camp Gilmont.

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF FINANCE

MEETING IN HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS ON JANUARY 9 AND 10, 2015

The Board of Finance met on Friday, January 9 and Saturday, January 10, 2015. Both meetings opened and closed with prayer.

All Board members were present with the exception of Ruben Albarracin (unexcused) and Rose Mary Magrill (excused).

RECOMMENDATION #1:

That spouse and dependent health insurance coverage be discontinued in 2016.

RECOMMENDATION #2:

That the 2016 model for apportionments for all churches be based on funding of operational activities (non-insurance expenses) using the current formulas. Pastors’ insurance would then be added to the apportionments only for the individual churches who have pastors.

RECOMMENDATION #3:

That Trinity Presbytery send a check in the amount of $500 to the Bethany Cumberland Cemetery Management, Corp. (a nonprofit corporation) with thanks for maintaining and caring for the manse property during the period Trinity Presbytery was responsible for the property before it was sold. This will come from the funds realized when the manse property was sold.

RECOMMENDATION #4:

Upon motion, it was recommended that Trinity Presbytery request $12,318 for church aid from Mission Synod to cover certain anticipated insurance short-falls.

A letter from Steve Martin (Council President of the group currently meeting in the Faith church property in Metairie, LA) was referred to the Trinity Presbytery trustees for action.

It was noted that the Pearland property is currently under a 120-day contract.

Respectfully submitted,

Ethel Benedict

Secretary

**The apportionments found on the following table do not reflect the stance of the Presbytery at this time. The apportionments will be revisited at the August meeting of the Board of Finance. Until such time, all churches are asked to pay their apportionment based on the 2014 schedule.

2015 APPORTIONMENTS**(PLEASE SEE NOTE ABOVE TABLE)

[[PASTING TABLES IS NOT SUPPORTED]]

2015 BUDGET

[[PASTING TABLES IS NOT SUPPORTED]]

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

MEETING IN HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS ON JANUARY 10, 2015

REPORT TO TRINITY PRESBYTERY

Trustees present: Brian Martin (Concord), James Webb (Houston) and Ethel Benedict (Bertram).

Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church Property, Metairie, Louisiana

Upon motion, it was agreed that Brian Martin will send a letter to Steve Martin, Council President of First Trinity Evangelical United Church of Christ (“First Trinity”), in response to Steve Martin’s letter dated December 23, 2014. The letter will state that the Board of Trustees of Trinity Presbytery has voted to place the church property on the market effective March 1, 2015. The property will be listed through Re-Max at the price recommended by Trinity Presbytery and that realtor.

Respectfully submitted,

Ethel Benedict

Secretary

REPORT of the COMMITTEE ON JUDICIAL CONCERNS

TRINITY PRESBYTERY

CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Regular Meeting of January 10, 2015

Present: Rusty Rustenhaven, Ladd Daniel, Gloria Diaz, Jack Holt, Cathy Bettoney

The opening prayer from the opening assembly of the board members of Trinity Presbytery, immediately prior to this meeting, served as our committee’s opening prayer.

Rusty Rustenhaven presented several topics for discussion and recommendations.

  1. The committee prepared a sympathy note to Jane Davis and sons on the death of their husband and father Al Davis.
  2. The committee adjusted the division of the churches for review of session minutes. The list follows in this report.
  3. The committee discussed possible replacements for Al Davis.
  4. Rusty led discussion of possible improvements to the presbytery website.
  5. Rusty suggested the committee review the standing rules for each committee.

Division of Churches

Send minutes to these committee members.

Rusty Rustenhaven         Freeport, Pine Hill, Houston First

P.O. Box 1303

Marshall, TX 75671

903-935-3787

903-930-0737

[email protected]

Cathy Bettoney               Antioch, Concord, Oak Grove, Jefferson, Progress,

1149 Ash St. Daingerfield, Marshall

Clute, TX 77531

(979) 265-7630

[email protected]

Ladd Daniel                    Shiloh, Elmira Chapel, Austin 1st, Nueva Vida

13023 Taylorcrest

Houston, TX 77079

1-713-463-8352

1-713-266-2686

[email protected]

Gloria Diaz                   Round Rock, Shepherd of the Hills, Stone Oak, Longview First,

2425 Holly Hall #B42

Houston, TX 77054

(713)527-7159

(832)602-9057

[email protected]

Jack Holt                      Pine Tree, Bertram, Northminster, Mt. Hope

5039 Hwy. 37 N.

Clarksville, TX 75426

1-903-428-9909

1-903-517-8387

[email protected]

Respectfully Submitted,

Your Committee on Judicial Concerns

REPORT OF THE BOARD OF MISSIONS

To: Trinity Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, meeting with the Bertram congregation on February 20, 2015

Presbyters: the Board of Missions makes the following report.

Conversations where held during the Board meeting with regards to the Oak Grove Church and the Kardia Fellowship. It was noted that attendance for the Oak Grove church for the month of December was up near 15, a large increase in the worship attendance. Rev. Hoke continues to pastor the church as its stated supply and his wife, Carol Hoke, is leading a Wednesday evening Bible study group.

The Kardia Fellowship continues to hold weekly worship services. Rev. Davenport has also enrolled in CPE through Methodist Health Systems and spends two days per week in Dallas for these studies. He continues to develop and invite families to be a part of the Kardia Fellowship.

Recommendation 1: That the moderator lead us in prayer for the developing churches and fellowships in our Presbytery and their pastors, including the Oak Grove Church and Rev. Hoke; the Kardia Fellowship and Rev. Davenport; the Ye Rang Fellowship and Rev. Park.

It was reported that Rev. Steve Turner has resigned as pastor of the First Church, Longview.

It was reported that Rev. Don Nunn has resigned as pastor of the Pine Tree Church, Longview.

It was reported that the search for a new pastor at the Shepherd of the Hills church in Austin continues. Shepherd of the Hills is one of three Union Churches in our Presbytery. The church has secured an interim pastor, Rev. Jim Capps, who will begin his ministry on March 1st.

Recommendation2: That the moderator lead us in prayer for those churches and ministers in our Presbytery who are undergoing changes in ministry, including: First Church, Longview; Pine Tree Church, Longview; the Shepherd of the Hills Church, Austin and Rev. Capps; Rev. Don Nunn; Rev. Steve Turner.

Recommendation 3: that the following ministers be appointed to serve as moderator of the session for the following churches:

Antioch Church, Quitman – Don Nunn

Dangerfield, Dangerfield – Jimmy Cantey

Mount Hope, Joinerville – Duane Dougherty

First, Longview – Mary Katherine Kirkpatrick

Pine Hill Church, Winnsboro – Jack Holt

Pine Tree, Longview – John Lindsey

Progress Church, Pleasant Hill – Steve Turner

Thankfully and prayerfully submitted,

The Board of Missions

Report of the Permanent Task Force on Ordained Clergy

To Trinity Presbytery

Meeting with the Bertram Cumberland Presbyterian Church

February 20-21, 2015

The Task Force for Ordained Clergy met on Friday, January 9, 2015 in Huntsville. All members were either present or requested to be excused due to health issues.

The meeting was opened and closed with prayer.

The Task Force reviewed information regarding the following ministers:

Joshua Murray is living in Arkansas, working part-time for Walmart and providing pulpit supply for Sherwood Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is actively seeking a pastorate. When he is not preaching he attends his home church, Rose Hill in Monticello, Arkansas. Trinity Presbytery’s insurance commitment to Josh expired in January. He has requested his membership be transferred to Arkansas Presbytery.

  • Recommendation #1 that a letter of dismission and recommendation be granted by Trinity Presbytery to Arkansas Presbytery for Joshua Murray.

Timothy Suenram is living in Corpus Christi where he has worked as a pharmacist, but is currently unemployed. He says he worships with a variety of Christian communities. Tim has not attended Presbyterial meetings or communicated with the Presbytery since the dissolution of the Pearland Fellowship.

A letter will be sent to Tim asking him to meet with the Task Force in August. He will also be encouraged to fulfill his commitment to Trinity Presbytery and the terms of his ordination by attending meetings and keeping the Presbytery informed of his ministerial activities.

Leslie Attema met with the Task Force in Huntsville to discuss her work with the Freeport congregation and preparation for ordination. The Task Force is pleased with Leslie’s work and progress as a licentiate. She was encouraged to continue in her ministry.

The Task Force will provide two subscriptions for the church to the Cumberland Presbyterian magazine and see that church members receive the Missionary Messenger.

Mary Jarnagin has not attended meetings of Presbytery for quite some time, nor has she responded to attempts to contact her. Communication through an intermediary resulted in a response that Mary does not want to talk with anyone from Trinity Presbytery. Apparently she is working as a substance abuse counselor for the Gateway Foundation in Kyle, Texas near Austin.

A letter will be sent to Mary asking her to meet with the Task Force in August, encouraging her to fulfill her commitment to Trinity Presbytery and the terms of her ordination, to attend meetings, and keep Presbytery informed of her ministerial activities.

Lynn Hamilton has not communicated with Trinity Presbytery or attended meetings for at least a dozen years, about which time she ceased to serve as Stated Supply for the Oak Grove congregation. Her whereabouts are unknown. We will continue to seek information about her.

David Mike Mills has not communicated with Trinity Presbytery or attended meetings for at least fourteen years. A letter will be sent to David requesting that he meet with the Task Force in August to discuss his situation. He will be encouraged to fulfill his commitment to Trinity Presbytery and the terms of his ordination, to attend meetings, and keep Presbytery informed of his ministerial activities.

Robert Bozeman is a retired minister living in Louisiana. His contact information is correct in the denominational Yearbook and Presbyterial Minutes. In 1999 Presbytery granted him permission to labor in the Methodist Church. He attends Bayou Sie UME.

The Task Force discovered that Robert has suffered two strokes that left him physically impaired. His health does not permit him to attend meetings of Presbytery.

David J. Peters (Dave) is Senior Pastor at Seed Christian Fellowship, a nondenominational new church development in Rancho Cucamonga, California and working one day a week as a prison chaplain. He was formerly pastor of Round Rock Presbyterian Church from 2006 - 2010. He is exploring moving his membership to Del Cristo Presbytery.

Ray Paul Santillano has been promoted to the rank of Major and is assigned as the Chief of the Functional Division (Chaplaincy Resource Management) at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, S.C. He is associate pastor of the Chapel NeXt Contemporary Protestant Military Chapel. Ray continues to look forward to the day when he can serve the Cumberland Presbyterian Church as a pastor.

Harold Bone owns and operates the Ru’ah Counseling Center. He is providing pulpit supply for Mission Presbytery (PCUSA). He and his wife, Perry Anne, along with their three small boys, attend St. Mark Presbyterian Church (USA) in Boerne.

Steve Turner has resigned from First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Longview to return to work in construction. He will be working in south Louisiana and returning home to Longview every other weekend.

Donald Nunn has resigned as pastor from Pine Tree Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He serves on the Task Force.

Gary Hewitt died in March of 2009 and was buried at National Cemetery in Houston, Texas. The Presbytery had lost contact with Gary some years ago, but he has been carried on the Presbyterial roll and is still listed in the denominational Yearbook. This information was discovered in the book, Legacy of Grace, by Rose Mary Magrill.

Mark Mitchum was notified that his ordination has been suspended, but he has not contacted the Presbytery or responded to the Task Force.

Please Note: All ordained ministers of Trinity Presbytery who are not currently serving a Cumberland Presbyterian congregation within the bounds of the Presbytery, are reminded that they should send a written report of their ministerial activities to the Task Force every six months. Reports should reach the secretary of the Task Force by January 1st and August 1st each year.

Respectfully submitted,

The Permanent Task Force on Ordained Clergy

THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PROBATIONERS

The Committee on Probation Care met in Huntsville, Texas on January 10, 2015

ORGANIZATION OF THE COMMITTEE

Robert D. Rush was elected to succeed himself as Chairperson;

Lolly Lockhart was elected Vice Chair/Secretary.

LICENTIATE JOHN LAWSON

John Lawson was interviewed by the committee. Mr. Lawson has to complete

the assignments for one course from the Program of Alternate Studies School in

2013. Mr. Lawson has been hindered by health problems. The committee commends

Mr. Lawson for his perseverance in spite of major health problems. After Mr. Lawson

completes this course, he will have six more courses to take. Due to Mr. Lawson's

health , Doctor Michael Qualls, the Director of the Program of Alternate Studies, has

approved Jimmy Cantey or another member of the presbytery to teach the courses

in lieu of Mr. Lawson traveling to Tennessee for the Program of Alternate Studies

School in July. Mr. Lawson continues to serve as the Stated Supply of the Daingerfield

Congregation and reported that two new families have started attending the worship

services.

CANDIDATE DAVID MONTOYA

Candidate David Montoya failed to attend the meeting and did not respond to phone

calls or e mails. In the fall Mr. Montoya planned to enroll in on line courses either at

Austin Presbyterian Seminary or Memphis Theological Seminary; however, he never

enrolled.

A CHALLENGE TO CONGREGATIONS

Although only the Holy Spirit can call people to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament,

congregations and pastors need to be proactive in praying for and providing opportunities

for people to explore becoming candidates. The committee is well aware that God calls people to various vocations; but the call to be an ordained minister is primary for the Church. Congregations and pastors are encouraged to invite their members to explore with the session

the call to be a candidate for ordained ministry. Local sessions must send letters of recommendation to the Committee on Probation Care prior to the Committee interviewing a potential candidate.

When a presbytery has received a potential candidate for ordination, the committee will mentor

the candidate and guide her/him in meeting the educational standards according to the

Constitution.

Respectfully submitted,

Robert D. Rush

Lolly Lockhart

REPORT OF THE PRESBYTERY COUNCIL

Your Presbytery Council met January 9, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Texas

The meeting was called to order by Moderator James Cantey and the opening prayer was offered by the Reverend Daryl Johnson.

The following members were present: James Cantey, Moderator; Geoff Knight, Vice-Moderator; Duane Dougherty, Board of Christian Education & Taskforce on Ordained Clergy; Robert Rush, Committee on Probationers; Rusty Rustenhaven, Committee on Judicial Concerns; Le Ila Dixon, Board of Missions; Brian Martin, Board of Finance; Lezlie Daniels, Taskforce on Theological and Social Concerns; Daryl Johnson, Pastor Host; Paula Hayes, Stated Clerk

Also present were Jeff Gehle, Mary Kathryn Kirkpatrick.

Various topics were discussed.

By motion, the treasurer’s report was approved.

The meeting was adjourned and the closing prayer was given by Reverend Mary Kathryn Kirkpatrick.

MEETING DATES, TIMES AND SITES FOR 2015:

GENERAL ASSEMBLY: June 20-25, 2015 Cali, Colombia

PRESBYTERY COUNCIL

JANUARY 9, 2015 - Huntsville

AUGUST 21, 2015 – Huntsville

BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

JANUARY 10, 2015 - Huntsville

AUGUST 22, 2015 - Huntsville

TRINITY PRESBYTERY

FEBRUARY 20-21, 2015 Bertram CPC

SEPTEMBER 25-26, 2015 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Marshall CPC

REPORT OF THE STATED CLERK/TREASURER

To: Trinity Presbytery meeting with First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Bertram, Texas on February 20, 2015

Please send a copy of your current Session roster to my office. These are needed yearly. In addition, please make sure that Trinity Presbytery is an “additional insured” on your insurance policy. There is no additional charge to have this done.

With the changes in our insurance rulings, 2015 is becoming something of a challenge to all of us. I do appreciate your patience as the Board of Finance, Presbytery Council and I try to even out all the “crinkles” and make this transition easier.

The following represents a financial overview of 2014.

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