UPDATE!!!: IMPORTANT: Check out the comment at Reformed Pastor by Mac McCarty: Londonderry Church Trial Begins
However, there was also a place on the poll form for “Comments.” The comments showed that a vast majority of the “No” votes added words to the effect of “But if we could keep our property, “Yes.’” That information apparently did not get to the presbytery.
Eagle Tribune story: Trial begins in Londonderry church dispute - By Margo Sullivan
- Eric Meyer, president said the church leaders kept secret a straw poll showing 61 percent of the congregation wanted to stay in the national church.
- 71 percent of the congregation voted to leave
- The church leaders "struggled with a competing sense of responsibility" toward the entire congregation and honoring "their own sense of Scripture."
I found (again?) the Londonderry PCUSA website for "this" church. They are meeting at Tupelo Music Hall. They have a Pastor, Associate Pastor, Session and an AC listed on their website. They also have a legal info page that is empty, but the Pastor does cover some items in the July newsletter. His attempt to justify his position, seems like a swipe at those who disagree. I may be thin skinned, if so, it is because it has been beaten upon too many times. There is also a May 2008 Newsletter that has "legal" arguments. There is also a brief statement in the first one: January 2008 Newsletter
Editorial: Regarding the straw poll vs the vote to leave. I am not surprised by the change. Too many people in the pews are not aware of the facts of GA misbehavior. They are busy serving the Lord and not watching what National is doing. That is the job of the leaders (pastor, session). They are the spiritual leaders and not just a board of directors. When the congregation is made aware of the FACTS, the voted changed. National kept saying "Nothing has Changed!", we now know that is a lie.