MINUTES OF TRINITY PRESBYTERY
MEETING IN REGULAR SESSION WITH
ELMIRA CHAPEL CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
AT 1:00 P.M. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014
Trinity Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church met with Elmira Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Longview, Texas on February 21, 2014.
Call to Order, Certification of Quorum, Constituting Prayer
Adoption of Program and Agenda
The program and agenda, with revisions, were adopted.
The devotional was given by Licentiate Walter Hoke. The scripture reading was from First Corinthians. What is the solution to help grow within ourselves and our churches? The apostle Paul calls us to go into the Word for the best way. He urges us to be attentive to the lessons taught in scriptures. He talked not about ambitious programs but following the Word of God.
Election of the Moderator and Vice-Moderator of Trinity Presbytery
The Reverend Dr. James Cantey was elected, by acclimation, Moderator of Trinity Presbytery for the year 2014. Rev. Nora Gonzalez was elected Vice-Moderator.
Appointment of the Engrossing Clerk and Parliamentarian
Stated Clerk Paula Hayes will serve as Engrossing Clerk. The Reverend Geoff Knight was appointed Parliamentarian.
Recognition of First Time Delegates and Visitors
The following first time delegates and visitors were recognized: Delegates: Sam Hamilton, Bertram; Sherry Poteet, Elmira Chapel; Tatiana Eyer, Nueva Vida; Carlotta Martin, Concord’ Carol Cline, Houston First Visitors: Jeff Gehle, Red River Presbytery; Dave Roberts, Bethel University; Victor Stacy, Daingerfield; Valerie Maher, Pine Hill; Rev. Kimo Maher. Pine Hill;; Carol Hoke, Oak Grove; Tammy Bell, Oak Grove; Glenda Love Bell, Oak Grove; Lue Wilhite, Oak Grove
Seating of Advisory Members
The following were seated as Advisory Members: Rev. Jeff Gehle, Red River Presbytery; Rev. Ron Stevenson, Mission Presbytery PCUSA; Rev. James Lively, East Tennessee Presbytery
By Motion Le Ila Dixon was given permission to address Presbytery while delivering the Report of the Board of Missions
Hearing of Excuses
The Reverends Bob Weston, Mark McNeese, Sharon Bowers, Mark Mitchum, Ray Santillano and Harold Bone were excused.
Welcome and Announcements by Pastor Host
Moderator James Cantey graciously welcomed presbytery to the Elmira Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian church and made necessary announcements.
Report from the Reverend James Lively, Vice-Moderator of General Assembly
Greetings were extended from Moderator Forest Prosser and the Stated Clerk Mike Sharpe.
New denominational Leadership was mentioned: Johan Daza is in charge of Cross Cultural Ministry; Dr. Richard Brown is now the head of the Children’s Home in Denton, Texas; Dr. Milton Ortez is now director of the Mission Ministry Team. We also have a director for OUO in the person of Cliff Hudson.
Some events are also coming soon: Children’s Fest; Forum on Christian Education led by the Discipleship Ministry Team; Minister’s Conference. People can register for all events by going online to Cumberland.org.
The Stott-Wallace fund has been established to finance missionaries. Anyone can donate to this fund at any time.
Love and Logic is a program sponsored by the Children’s Home. They will visit churches and bring the program to the members.
Unification of the CPC and the CPCA remains a priority. A meeting will be held in June in Chattanooga to continue the work to unite these two denominations.
Memphis Theological Seminary Presentation
Mary Kathryn Kirkpatrick, representing the Memphis Theological Seminary, spoke of its growth in both numbers of students and programs. The number of CPC and CPCA students is currently 52. From our presbytery, Gloria Villa Diaz is a doctoral student and Licentiate John Lawson is a student in the PAS program. The seminary continues to expand it online studies. Rev. Sung-In Park taught a seminar in January of this year .In a few years MTS is planning on having a larger, free-standing chapel in which to worship.
Dave Roberts, on motion, was given permission to speak on the floor of Presbytery.
Bethel University Presentation
Dave Roberts, Regional Director of Development for Bethel University, began his talk by saying that Bethel is strong in enrollment (upwards to 6,000) and in finances. He exhibited pride in announcing that the nursing program received the highest score nationally offered in that area and has a waiting list of student wishing entrance to the program. The website is now available for streaming sports activities. The plans for the construction of Cumberland Chapel is on-going. Continuing prayers are requested for the students and staff of Bethel.
Mission Synod Presentation
Rev. Robert Rush will speak to the unification efforts at Mission Synod in April. We are asked to pray for unification and the efforts being exerted by both denominations
Communications were received as follows:
- A thank you note was received from the Reverend Lee Attema for the gift given in memory of his wife, Barbara.
- A letter from the Reverend Paul Pic thanking Trinity for giving the UCC church the opportunity to purchase the Faith property before placing it on the market. He also asked that an extension be given as they cannot have their congregational meeting until March 16, 2014 to consider the offer. A motion was made and approved that an extension be given until March 23, 2014 for final action on the purchase of the land was approved.
- Nancy Williamson, Steve Martin, Laura Sellers and Roy Sellers, originally members of Faith Church, wrote to request that Presbytery reconsider the decision to close Faith. Stating that they are in a position of being able to maintain their monetary obligations.
- The Reverend Bob Weston wrote asking to be retired from Trinity Presbytery due to ill health. However, he is planning on continuing in the roll of Pastor of Northminster for at least the next two years. His letter was referred to the Taskforce on Ordained Clergy.
- The Session of Daingerfield CPC wrote to ask that Elder Jim Stoutjesdyk be reauthorized to serve Communion in 2014. A motion that Elder Jim Stoutjesdyk be retrained to serve Communion was approved.
- The Reverend Sharon Bowers wrote telling of her current work status and her involvement in Austin First by often filling the pulpit. She asked that her health insurance be continued. Motion was made and approved that Rev. Bower’s insurance should be continued for the next six months.
- The Reverend Mark McNeese submitted a report of his activities. This letter was referred to the Taskforce on Ordained Clergy.
- The Reverend Ray Santillano wrote to inform Presbytery that he has been promoted to the rank of Major and that he continues to appreciate the support and prayers of Trinity. This letter was referred to the Taskforce on Ordained Clergy.
Selection of the Recipient of the Presbytery Offering
The Presbytery Offering is to be divided between the Stott-Wallace Missionary Fund and support for Samantha Herman, a youth from the Marshall that is going to Hong Kong on a summer missionary trip.
Appointment of the Committee on Resolutions
Moderator Cantey appointed a resolutions committee composed of Rev. Duane Dougherty, Rev. Toby Davis, Rev. Dr. Sam Wayman and Elder Dan Flanagan
Report of the Special Committee to Nueva Vida
The report was presented by the Rev. Dr. Robert Rush. The report was concurred in. Having completed the tasks assigned to it by Presbytery, the committee was dissolved.
Report of the Board of Christian Education
Report of the Board of Finance
Rev. Ruben Albarracin presented the Report of the Board of Finance. The report was concurred in and it recommendations were adopted.
Report of the Committee on Judicial Concerns
The Report on the Committee on Judicial Concerns was presented by the Reverend Rusty Rustenhaven. The report was received.
Reverend Kevin Colvard Briefly Told of Something Good
Kevin told of Jana’s Quilters of the Stone Oak Church. The group has donated 700 lap quilts to Cristus Santa Rosa Hospital.
Report of the Board of Missions
Elder Le Ila Dixon presented the Report of the Board of Missions. The Board deleted recommendation 5 and 6 from the report and recommendation 7 became recommendation 5. With these changes the report was then concurred in and its recommendations were adopted.
Rev. Mark Davenport Spoke of Kardia Fellowship
Kardia Fellowship is our new NCD in Tyler, Texas. Kardia is the most frequently used word for heart in the New Testament and represents that God should be at the center of our lives. Rev. Davenport expressed appreciation to all present for their prayers. He also thanked: Trinity for its support; the Concord Church for their financial support; the Marshall Church for the baptismal fount and communion table; Elmira Chapel for its help in obtaining the chairs. The four core values of the Kardia Fellowship are hospitality, generosity, community and family and the ministry is developed on these values. The first worship service will be April 13, 2014, Palm Sunday.
Recess In/Recess Out
At 3.30 recess was called. Recess was called out at 3:50 pm.
Report of the Taskforce on Ordained Clergy
Rev. Duane Dougherty presented the report of the Taskforce on Ordained Clergy. The report was concurred in and its recommendations were adopted.
Report #2 of the Board of Missions
Elder Le Ila Dixon presented the second report of the Board of Missions. Recommendation 2 was deleted from the report by the Board and the remaining recommendations were renumbered. The report was concurred in and its recommendations were adopted
Commission to Install Rev. Robert Davis
The membership of the Commission to install the Reverend Robert “Toby” Davis as pastor of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Jefferson, Texas at 7:00 PM on March 15, 2014 is to consist of Rev. Duane Dougherty, Rev. Mary Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Elder John Dougherty and Elder Randy Kennedy. The Commission was elected by Presbytery.
Commission to Install Rev. Lee Attema
The membership of the Commission to install Reverend Lee Attema as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Freeport, Texas at 6:00 pm on April 13, 2014 will consist of Rev. Fredy Diaz, Rev. Daryl Johnson, Rev. Dr. Sam Wayman, Elder Cathy Bettoney and Elder Carol Cline. The Commission was elected by Presbytery.
Commission to Install Rev Fredy Diaz-Villa
The membership of the Commission to install the Reverend Fredy Diaz-Villa as Associate Bi-lingual Pastor of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Houston, Texas at 5:00 pm on March 23, 2014 is to consist of Rev. Duane Dougherty, Rev. Gloria Villa Diaz, Elder Cathy Bettoney and Elder Carol Cline. The Commission was elected by Presbytery.
Report of the Committee on Probationers
The report of the Committee on Probationers was presented by Rev. Dr. Robert Rush. The question was divided. Licentiate Walter Hoke was examined on the floor of Presbytery and his examination was sustained. The second recommendation was then also approved.
Adjourned Session Requested
By motion an adjourned session of Presbytery on March 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Bertram Cumberland Presbyterian Church will be held for the purpose of ordaining Walter Hoke.
Report of the Presbytery Council
The Reverend Fredy Diaz presented the Report of the Presbytery Council. The report was concurred in and its recommendations adopted.
Report of the Stated Clerk/Treasurer
The Stated Clerk presented the report. The report was received by Presbytery.
Stated Clerk Given Permission to Address Presbytery
Stated Clerk Paula Hayes was given permission to address the body. She recalled a time five years pervious when her husband was near death in the hospital due to complications of chemotherapy and the entire Presbytery joined hands and prayed for his healing. His health began immediately improving and less than a week later he was dismissed from the hospital. He continues to enjoy good health. Following her statement, all members of the body joined hands and gave a prayer of thanksgiving for the life and healing of James (Possum) Hayes..
Oral Report of the Houston Property Commission
The Houston Property Commission is actively working on the sale of the Pearland property.
Election of an Alternate Elder delegate to General Assembly
James Webb was elected as alternate elder delegate to General Assembly.
The Minutes, to this point in the meeting, were read by the Stated Clerk and corrections were made.
At 5:20 PM Moderator Cantey called recess in. The Rev. Joshua Murray asked a blessing for the food and a blessing for Trinity that we as a Presbytery always do God’s will.
Recess was declared out at 6:45 PM.
Worship Service and Communion
Our time of worship began with the beautiful piano playing of Judy Freeman. This led to a time of quiet prayer and contemplation.
“Sweet, Sweet Spirit” was the opening hymn followed by prayer offered by the minister of Elmira Chapel, Rev. Dr. James Cantey.
The offertory was in the honor of God and will be sent to the Stott-Wallace Missionary Fund and to help support Samantha Herman as she prepares to go on a missionary trip to Hong Kong.
The scripture Matt 28:21-28 was read by Rev. Cantey.
The message was brought by the Reverend Fredy Diaz-Villa. Would the Lord Jesus call you Satan? Are we really being the people that God needs in this day and time? Is this day and time really that essentially different from the time that Jesus walked? Does Jesus need only the wealthy, intelligent advocators for the church, or does he need us to be Peters? Peter was called the rock of the church because he took the “I” out of the equation and placed God in it. The revelation of the Son of the living God is the rock on which the Church is built. The rocks can be old or young, smart or dim, any color, slow moving or running – all are important and have a purpose unto God.
The message was closed with prayer by Rev. Diaz.
The Sacrament of Communion was celebrated.
The Service was closed with the singing of “Grace, Love and Fellowship”
Moderator Cantey once again took up the gavel.
Report of the Committee on Resolutions
The Report of the Committee on Resolutions was presented by the Rev. Duane Dougherty. The report was received
Reading, Correction, Approval and Adoption of the Minutes
The Minutes of the meeting were read by the Stated Clerk. Corrections were made and approved. The Minutes were adopted.
Presbytery was adjourned to meet with the congregation of Bertram Cumberland Presbyterian Church on March 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM for the purpose of ordaining Walter Hoke.