REPORT #1 OF THE COMMISSION TO OAK GROVE CPC
Members of the Oak Grove CPC Commission who were Present:
The Reverend Harold Bone PhD, Chair; Reverend Geoff Knight; Reverend Doctor Sam Wayman; Elder Mayre Drennan
Members of the commission who were absent:
The Reverend Rusty Rustenhaven; Elder Bill Spurr
Purpose of the Commission: "to investigate fully the difficulties and circumstances that the congregation is presently experiencing, and provide a report to Trinity Presbytery as to what course of action it took concerning the viability and ongoing life and ministry of Oak Grove CPC".
Actions of the Commission:
The commission met with interested persons on June 14, 2013. The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Dr. Harold Bone. A quorum was declared and the meeting commenced with an opening prayer by Rev. Dr. Sam Wayman agreed to be the Commission Clerk.
A. The discussion of gathered members-Persons present at the hearing were: Bonnie Graham, Betty Stork, Tammy Bell, Doris Balback, Darrell Lewis, Glenda Bell, Martie Eastas.
All interested parties were invited to share their understandings of the Oak Grove Church's present condition. They all spoke movingly of her past history and expressed great concern for her future. It seemed apparent that all of the persons present at the meeting viewed Oak Grove CP Church as:
- Extremely weak.
- Neglected by Trinity Presbytery
B. The Executive Session of the Trinity Presbytery Commission to Oak Grove
Cumberland Presbyterian Church
After the hearing- the commission recessed to executive session. The commission decided to not close Oak Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Furthermore, the Commission decided to begin investigation of possible remedies that could insure the continuation of the ministry of Oak Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church. We reported our decision to the attendees.
The members and interested persons of Oak Grove CPC promised to continue meeting on Sunday morning with bible study and prayer. They also promised to work with the commission in order to facilitate a meaningful future for Oak Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Finally, they promised to attend worship services whenever a minister was made available to them.
As a result, the commission is researching viable leadership options for Oak Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Closing Prayer was given by the Reverend Geoff Knight.