MINUTES OF TRINITY PRESBYTERY
MEETING IN REGULAR SESSION WITH
ROUND ROCK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
ROUND ROCK, TEXAS
AT 1:00 P.M. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
Trinity Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church met with Round Rock Presbyterian Church of Round Rock, Texas, September 27, 2013.
Call to Order, Certification of Quorum, Constituting Prayer
Moderator Fredy Diaz called the meeting to order at 1:05 PM. Stated Clerk Paula Hayes certified a quorum. The Rev. Diaz led in the constituting prayer. The roll showed the following present: 14 delegates; 26 ministers; 1 licentiate; 2 candidates. (APPENDIX A)
Adoption of Program and Agenda
The program and agenda were adopted. (APPENDIX A)
The devotional was given by the Reverend J. P. Kessie. The message was based on the need for prayer. “Be still and know that I am God”. Take time to sit quietly and bring those things to God that separate us from Him. Ask God to help us not let the things of the world lessen needed time with God. If there are issues and projects that keep us from giving God our full attention, we need to ask that those are brought to our minds and that God help us repair the problem knowing that as we bring those things to mind God’s kindness lets us give them back to Him. Help us to name our sins, claim responsibility and release those sins to God through His grace.
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: Maxine Glimp, Bertram; Cathy Bettoney, Freeport CPC; Carolyn Snow, Marshall CPC; Linda Trejo Todd, Houston First; Jim Miller, Longview First Visitors: Janelle Lynn Dougherty, Jefferson CPC; Bill Stramler, Austin First; Nancy Stramler, Austin First; Jin Huh, Ye Rang; Rolando Cardona, Nueva Vida; Olene Rush, Tomball Presbyterian; Ruth Gardner, Austin First
The Reverends Mark Davenport, Toby Davis, Ron Stevenson, and Lee Attema were seated as Advisory Ministers for this meeting of Trinity Presbytery.
Hearing of Excuses
The Reverend Nora Gonzalez was excused.
Welcome and Announcements by Pastor Host
The Reverend Catherine Craley graciously welcomed presbytery to the Round Rock Presbyterian Church and made necessary announcements.
Memphis Theological Seminary Presentation
Cathi Johnson of the Memphis Theological Seminary spoke of its growth in both numbers of students and programs. Fifty Cumberland Presbyterian students now attend Memphis Theological Seminary.
The seminary is offering an additional drug-abuse counseling certificate through on-line courses.
Two ten-day seminars in 2014 and 2015 are directed to those who wish to teach elders.
A PAS course of study is being prepared to be used in Columbia.
MTS is in the planning stage of setting up a satellite campus for the purpose of reaching a greater number of prospective students.
Don Hausgen of Antioch won a gift from Cathi.
Discipleship Ministry Team Presentation
Le Ila Dixon, Elder at Marshall CPC and member of the Discipleship Ministry Team, presented a report saying that the Children’s Fest is scheduled in June 2014 and will be held in Denton at the Children’s Home. A separate Fest is to be held in July 2014 in Tennessee. Volunteers are needed to help with these events.
All churches are encouraged to become Safe Sanctuaries. A work shop to help churches in this effort is available through the web site.
A new Ministry Council app is ready for your cell phone.
Unification Task Force for CPC and CPCA
Rev. Gloria Villa Diaz spoke for the Unification Task Force. Rev. Diaz referenced a print-out that outlined three phases that have been defined to better our efforts at unification.
A survey was presented to each person present and time was made available for all to complete the survey.
Communications were received as follows:
- A letter from the Reverend Chuck Smith was received. He spoke to the closing of the Faith Church in Metairie, Louisiana.
- Nancy Williamson, Steve Martin and Roy Sellers, members of Faith Church wrote to request that Presbytery reconsider the decision to close Faith.
- A letter was received from Rev. Harold Bone. Moderator Diaz referred the letter to the Committee on Probationers.
- Robert Lancaster of Bethel University wrote to Trinity for the purpose of introducing the Certificate in Christian Studies program.
- A communication from Nueva Vida was referred by the Moderator to both the Board of Finance and the Board of Missions
Selection of the Recipient of the Presbytery Offering
The Presbytery Offering is to be sent to the Missions Ministry Team for the support of the new missionaries to Guatemala, Fhanor and Socorro Pejendino. The amount of the offering was $501.25.
Appointment of the Committee on Resolutions
Moderator Diaz appointed a resolutions committee composed of Rev. Mark McNeese, Rev. Gloria Villa Diaz, Elder Tony Martin.
Reports of the Commissioners to General Assembly and the Youth Advisory Delegate
The Reports of the Commissioners to General Assembly and the Youth Advisory Delegate were received as information. In addition, Reverend Kevin Colvard stated his appreciation of the excellent job that Reverend Dr. Robert Rush did while in the position of Moderator of General Assembly.
Report of the Commission to Freeport CPC
The Report of the Commission to Freeport Presbyterian was presented by Rev. Steve Turner, Chair of the commission. The report was received and the Commission was dissolved.
Report #1 of the Commission to Oak Grove
The first report of the Commission to Oak Grove was received as information
Report #2 of the Commission to Oak Grove
The second report of the Commission to Oak Grove was received and the question was divided.
Recommendation 1: Approved that the Oak Grove Session be dissolved and that a new commission be elected to oversee Oak Grove until the members have the ability to govern their own affairs. The commission is to be named the Redevelopment Commission of Oak Grove.
Recommendations 2 – 5 were referred to the new commission which will be called the Redevelopment Commission for Oak Grove.
Recommendation 6: a motion was made and approved to table Recommendation #6 until after the Report of the Presbytery Council #2 is considered
Redevelopment Commission to Oak Grove
Rev. Duane Dougherty, Elder Marvin Terrell, Rev. Sung-In Park, and Rev. Mary Kathryn Kirkpatrick, were elected to the Redevelopment Commission for Oak Grove.
Recess In/Recess Out
At 3.00 p.m. recess was called. Recess was called out at 3:35 p.m.
Due to special circumstances, Moderator Fredy Diaz called for a change in the agenda in order to bring the Report of the Task Force on Ordained Clergy to the front of the agenda.
Report of the Task Force on Ordained Clergy
Rev. Lee Attema was received as an ordained minister. Having completed his PAS courses, Trinity prepared to ordain Rev. Attema into the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Rev. Attema was asked to come to the microphone to answer any questions the body might have of him. Rev. Attema, having satisfactorily answered the questions of the body, now turned to the Constitutional questions which were asked by the Reverend Don Nunn. The Constitutional questions being answered in the affirmative, Rev. Attema was declared an ordained minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
The question was divided and Recommendations 1-3 were approved. A prayer was offered by Rev. Nunn asking blessings on the ministry of Rev. Lee Attema.
Rev. Lee Attema was excused from Presbytery at that time and a prayer was given by Rev. Duane Dougherty for Lee and his family as the health of Rev. Attema’s wife is failing and her death is imminent.
Recommendation 4 was brought to the floor. A motion to amend this recommendation to add that the question of Rev. Bower’s insurance be reviewed at each regular presbytery meeting was approved. Recommendation 4, as amended, was adopted.
Report of the Board of Christian Education
The report of the Board of Christian Education was received and recommendations 1 and 2 were adopted.
It was moved that the Stated Clerk of Trinity Presbytery distribute the Triennium funds to only those payers whose youth registered through Trinity Presbytery. The motion was carried.
It was moved that Elder Libby Aden be approved for re-training to administer the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and that Rev. Mary Kathryn Kirkpatrick be the trainer. The motion was carried.
Point of Order
A point of order was called by Rev. Kevin Colvard. He asked that the secretary of the Board of Christian Education be instructed as to how to better write a report containing recommendations.
It was moved that the Presbytery Council meet to outline a proper report to presbytery. The Stated Clerk is to develop guidelines for the minutes that will be applicable to all Committees and Boards. The motion was approved.
Report of the Board of Finance
Rev. Dr. James Cantey presented the Report of the Board of Finance. Recommendation 1 was removed as it had already been accomplished at a previous Presbytery meeting. The remaining Recommendations were re-numbered. The report was concurred in and its recommendations adopted.
Report of the Board of Trustees
The Report of the Board of Trustees was received as information.
Report of the Committee on Judicial Concerns
Rev. Rusty Rustenhaven presented the Report of the Committee on Judicial Concerns. The report was received. Rev. Rustenhaven asked for help on the web site through presbytery members sending information and pictures to be posted.
The Report of the Disciplinary Commission
Rev. Rusy Rustenhaven presented the Report of the Disciplinary Commission. The report was received as information.
Report of the Board of Missions
Rev. Steve Turner presented the Report of the Board of Missions. It was received. The question was divided. Recommendation 1 was approved.
Taskforce to Nueva Vida
Rev. James Cantey, Chair, Rev. Daryl Johnson, Ladd Daniel and Rev. Dr. Robert Rush were appointed to the Taskforce to Nueva Vida.
Report of the Board of Missions First Called Meeting
The report of the first called meeting of the Board of Missions was received for information and was not acted on as the dismission papers for the Reverend Toby Davis had not been received by the Stated Clerk.
It was moved that the pastoral call and contract between the Reverend Toby Davis and the Jefferson CPC be approved and that Rev. Davis be appointed Stated Supply of Jefferson CPC and also Moderator of their session. The motion was approved.
At 5:30 PM Moderator Diaz called recess in. The Rev. Steve Turner asked a blessing for the food and a blessing for Trinity that we as a Presbytery always do God’s will.
Worship Service and Communion
The Rev. Catherine Craley of Round Rock Presbyterian opened the service with responsive readings. Following the readings, Moderator Fredy Diaz read the list of memorials.
The opening hymn was “Just a Closer Walk With Thee”.
The Offertory prayer was given by Rev. Craley and the Offertory music was beautifully played. The offering of $501.25 will be sent to the Board of Missions in support of the new missionaries to Guatemala, Fhanor and Socorro Pejendino.
Rev. Craley read the scripture passage, Act 11:19-30, in preparation for the Message being delivered by Moderator Fredy Diaz. He spoke of Barnabus. Barnabus did not allow what people said to divert him from his mission. We must, like Barnabus, get rid of our prejudices, anger and preconceived notions and rather see through God’s grace. We, as Trinity Presbytery, should not let our disagreements divide us but rather through the spirit of inclusiveness come to God’s understanding of our mission through resolution of disagreements by placing God’s mission first. We must work together to help each other to grow in the grace we receive from God. When Barnabus saw the grace of God, he rejoiced. We should also be joyful to have new ministers, a new church that has joined with us, a new church being planted and new believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. The success of all these are dependent on our working together, pulling together, involving all peoples in our Presbytery. Celebrate the grace of God, share His story, give generously to His programs, Love God.
The Sacrament of Communion was celebrated.
The Service was closed with the singing of “Amazing Grace”.
Moderator Diaz once again took the dais.
Recess was declared out at 7:40 PM
Report of the Board of Missions Second Called Meeting
The report of the second called meeting of the Board of Mission was presented by Rev. Steve Turner.
The question was divided.
Recommendation 1: Approved and Mark Davenport was enrolled in Trinity.
Recommendation 2: Approved
Elder Tony Martin led in prayer for the success of our new church planting in Tyler, Texas.
Report of the Presbytery Council
The report of the Presbytery Council was presented by the Stated Clerk. The report was concurred in and its recommendations adopted.
Report #2 of the Presbytery Council
Rev. Rusty Rustenhaven presented the second report of the Presbytery Council. The report was concurred in and its recommendations were adopted.
Recommendation Taken from the Table
Recommendation 6 from Report #2 of the Commission to Oak Grove was returned to the table. The recommendation was defeated.
Report of the Committee on Probationers
Rev. J. P. Kessie presented the Report of the Committee on Probationers. The report was received and its recommendation that Walter Hoke be asked the questions in preparation to become licensed for the ministry was adopted. The body asked questions of Mr. Hoke. Following the questions put him by the body, Mr. Hoke answered in the affirmative the constitutional questions put to him by Chairperson J. P. Kessie. After a prayer led by the Reverend Dr. Robert Rush, Mr. Hoke was licensed.
Report of the Stated Clerk/Treasurer
Elder Paula Hayes presented the Report of the Stated Clerk/Treasurer. The report was received as information.
Resolution from Elmira Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church
A resolution from Elmira Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church was presented by the Reverend Doctor James Cantey. The resolution was approved.
Motion concerning the Rev. Dr. Robert Rush
It was moved by the Reverend Sam Wayman that we as a Presbytery go on record to thank Rev. Dr. Robert Rush for his ministry as Moderator of General Assembly this past year. We also thank his wife Olene for her gracious support and ministry. The motion was approved and a round of applause followed.
Motion Concerning Mount Hope CPC
It was moved that a commission be elected to meet with Mount Hope CPC concerning the following needs:
- A functioning Session ( minimum 3 members)
- Liability Insurance
- A maintenance plan for church and utility building
- Have the pastor get Cumberland Training
Commission to Mount Hope
The Commission to Mount Hope was elected. The members of the Commission to Mount Hope are Rev. Steve Turner, Rev. Rusty Rustenhaven, Elder Nancy Abernathy, and Rev. Duane Dougherty
Motion Concerning Rev. Toby Davis
It was moved to reimburse Toby Davis for his medical insurance expenses until such time that he is received into presbytery.
Motion Concerning the Stone Oak Subsidy
It was moved that the subsidy to Stone Oak allowed for in the 2014 budget be increased from $12,000 to $36000.00 through December 2014 with the promise that December of 2014 would be the conclusion of the financial assistance Stone Oak CPC. Motion carried.
Report of the Committee on Resolution
The Report of the Committee on Resolutions was presented by the Rev. Mark McNeese. It was concurred in.