Thursday, July 18, 2013

St. Giles Presbyterian Church Leaves PCUSA for ECO

Layman Online Story: St Giles Pays $250,000 for exit from PCUSA
  • June 18 meeting of Presbytery of the James dismissed by voted 137-39
  • "we’re paying nearly twice the average (settlement price) as a church of our size."
  • October 2011: 18-0 session vote
  • January 2013: Straw Vote: 178 for, 8 against, 7 abstentions
  • May 2013: 165 of 175 congregants for
  • Presbytery had an investment portfolio totaling more than $4 million at the close of 2012.
  • Faced with the possibility of losing the church property, St. Giles’ leaders put off some needed repairs to the facilities as well as a capital campaign.
  • Four other churches are seeking to be dismissed by the presbytery.
    • Christ Presbyterian-ECO
    • Crestwood Presbyterian-ECO
    • Third Presbyterian (Richmond) -ECO
    • Spotsylvania Presbyterian (Fredericksburg) - EPC

Rockville PC (S.C.) leaves PCUSA for EPC

Layman Online Story: Rockville church gets out of PCUSA; pastor overcomes ecclesiastical accusations
  • Rockville Presbyterian Church
  • The 125-member church
  • Founded in 1850
  • Wadmalaw Island in Charleston County, S.C.
  • Congregational meeting on May 15 resulted in a unanimous vote
  • Released May 18 to EPC
  • Witch hunt by the presbytery, against the Pastor.
  • $45,000 property and $10,000 “fair share” contributions to the presbytery.
  • First church to seek dismissal from Charleston Atlantic Presbytery

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United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. - UPCUSA(N) PUSA & UPCNA New York City8,909/2,342,4411958-1983
Presbyterian Church in United States (Confederate) - PCUS(S) Presbyterian Church in United States Atlanta, Ga.4,250/814,9311861-1983
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) PC(U.S.A) UPCUSA(N) & PCUS(S) Louisville, Kentucky11,596/3,122,213June 10, 1983
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