- Londonderry: Trial Ends, Verdict Next
- Londonderry: Settlement Reached
Details: LPC (NW/EPC):
Layman has the official announcement and court filings as PDF: Proposed settlement
UPDATE 2: Layman Story
Call to Congregational Meeting
The Session calls the congregation of Londonderry Presbyterian Church EPC to a special meeting on Sunday, August 17, 2008, immediately following the 10:00 am service, for the purpose of ratifying the negotiated settlement agreement with the Presbytery of Northern New England (PNNE) and the Session of Londonderry Presbyterian Church PCUSA.
Official Announcement Also on: LPC(PCUSA) website
The Presbytery of Northern New England, the Session of the Londonderry Presbyterian Church (a particular church of the Presbyterian Church (USA)), and the currently unnamed New Wineskins Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Londonderry have reached agreement to resolve their lawsuit. Under the settlement agreement which has been approved by both churches' governing bodies, but is subject to ratification votes by each church's congregation by August 31st, the Londonderry Presbyterian Church, which is a particular church of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), would receive the name, buildings, and property at 126 Pillsbury Road. The New Wineskins Church would receive 15 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to this location. All parties involved are grateful that this outcome could be reached, and pray that God's Spirit will continue to move powerfully in Londonderry. Praise God!
UPDATE: Eagle Tribune
The conservative members will also take to their congregation: a fund, Bibles, handbells and recently acquired furniture and computers.
Judge Tina Nadeau approved the settlement Monday, according to Roy McCandless, an attorney representing PCUSA. Both congregations will vote by Aug. 31 whether to ratify the agreement. McCandless said the two sides hammered out a joint statement yesterday to announce the deal had been reached.
Ed: The sanctuary was built in 1837, the educational wing in 1974 and expanded in 1996. In the long run, the EPC side may have gotten a better deal. I hope the PCUSA side can afford the original church building.