December 7, 2013 meeting of Pittsburgh Presbytery
A summary of actions and information from the meetings of Pittsburgh Presbytery
The budget for 2014 of $1,796,145 was approved after the second reading.
New terms of call for 2014 were approved for the General Minister, the Senior Associate Minister and the Stated Clerk.
The presbytery approved a discount plan for Per Capita payments in 2014:
- 5% if paid in full by January 31
- 3% if paid quarterly
- 2% if paid monthly (discount taken off of final payment)
- Major Credit Cards will be accepted
Presbytery chartered The Upper Room Presbyterian Church
as a member congregation of Pittsburgh Presbytery.
The presbytery approved an overture
presented by Hampton United
churches to be sent to the 2014 General Assembly, that the church engage in deeper support of Christians suffering persecution in other countries.
Presbytery also approved a recommendation from the Elfinwild Presbyterian Church
that Pittsburgh Presbytery concur with an overture
to the General Assembly
by the Presbytery of South Alabama
, requesting review of denominational efforts to support vulnerable children as directed by existing policies.
Having completed the Presbytery’s process for gracious dismissal, the Lebanon Presbyterian Church was dismissed with its property to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, with a settlement payment of $35,000 to Pittsburgh Presbytery and payment of back and current Per Capita in the amount of $15,000.
Presbytery approved a settlement negotiated by the Administrative Commission investigating the irregular departure of the Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church, releasing all claims on its property with its payment of $215,000 to Pittsburgh Presbytery, and an agreement to remove “United” from its name.
Presbytery approved a settlement negotiated by the Administrative Commission investigating the irregular departure of the Round Hill Presbyterian Church, releasing all claims on its property with its payment of $8,200 to Pittsburgh Presbytery.
Ruling Elder Lenore Williams from the East Liberty Presbyterian Church
was elected Senior Vice-Moderator of the Presbytery for 2014.
The full slate of nominees circulated in advance for service on committees and as delegates to Synod and General Assembly in 2014
was approved as presented by the Nominating Committee.
The Commission on Preparation for Ministry
reported that Rebecca DePoe, Jason Freyer, and David Quel were enrolled as Inquirers.
The presbytery approved the Candidacy of Ashley Birt, Kelly Jean Norris-Wilke and Alan Olson.
The Commission on Preparation for Ministry
submitted for a first reading a proposed amendment to the Manual of Pittsburgh Presbytery that would make explicit its authority to act on behalf of presbytery to enroll Inquirers as Candidates, provided that all enrolled Candidates will then appear before presbytery to speak to their sense of call to ministry.
Upon offering to presbytery his statement of faith and standing for his oral trials, Candidate Aaron Gordon of National Capital Presbytery
was approved for ordination to ministry of word and sacrament for service in the validated ministry of Chaplain of the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh
Calls were approved for the Rev. Steven Werth as Pastor of the Riverview United Presbyerian Church
and the Rev. Derrick Weston as Executive Director of The Pittsburgh Project
The following temporary pastoral relationships were approved or renewed:
Presbytery acted on other ministry transitions as follows:
- Received the Rev. Donna Giver-Johnston from the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee, the Rev. Derrick L. Weston from Miami Valley Presbytery, the Rev. Steven Werth from Kiskiminetas Presbytery, and the Rev. Joshua Brown from Washington Presbytery
- Dismissed the Rev. Louis Charles Willard to the Presbytery of Tampa Bay, the Rev. Alice Fisler to the Presbytery of New Hope, the Rev. Amanda Richey to Mission Presbytery; and the Revs. Paul Becker, Harper Brady, and Bob Titus to the Presbytery of the Alleghenies of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church
- Granted permission for the Rev. Donald Ewing to labor outside the bounds of Pittsburgh Presbytery as Temporary Pastor at the Center Presbyterian Church in Washington Presbytery
- Granted the request of the Rev. Lloyd Sewdin to be enrolled as a Member at Large of Pittsburgh Presbytery
- Granted requests for Honorable Retirement from the Rev. Darlene Hann, effective November 1, 2013; the Rev. Donald Ewing, effective November 30, 2013; and the Rev. William Gracey, effective November 30, 2013
- Extended for six months the Commission of Ruling Elder Douglas Kearns at the Gladden United Presbyterian Church
Permission was given the Noblestown United Presbyterian Church to sell a parcel of land for $12,000.
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