Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Land and Building Wars

Christianity Today Article: This is about Episcopal Church vs All Saints Church in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. It also talks about PCUSA on page 3.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Struthers OH church secedes from Presbytery

Again the story from Vinny.com:
  • 97% in favor of disaffiliation
  • Standing-room only
  • Each side had 10 minutes to present views before the members.
  • General Presbyter: said the church had between 180 and 185 members on its last report to the presbytery
  • Presbytery first learned of intention to leave the denomination at a meeting Jan. 4
  • The church has been without a pastor for 10 months
  • On Jan. 5, the church obtained a temporary restraining order
  • Struthers church, in 1983, “disavowed any trust interest.”

Presbylaw Commentary:

  • The GP comments as reported are disappointing. They are either "political" mis-statements or unbelievable ignorance.
    • Everyone know membership size reports are inaccurate, only worship attendance is a good indication of size.
    • If the Presbytery knew nothing until Jan 4 meeting, Then the Presbytery is failing to communicate in-between its meetings or is failing to keep in touch with Struthers.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Update on Struthers PC withdrawl vote Sunday.

This updated story from Vindy.com has more details:
  • in December Session voted Unanimously recommends withdrawal.
  • on Tuesday, Judge issued a TRO barring the Eastminster Presbytery.
  • Hearing in two weeks.
  • PCUSA strategy paper used as evidence for TRO
  • Representatives of the presbytery have been invited to observe Sunday’s vote
  • Church wants to settle out of court.
  • Church founded in 1804 and joined the Presbyterian Church USA in 1983.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Struthers, OH PC to vote Sunday to secede from the PCUSA

Vindy.com Story: Members of Struthers Presbyterian Church are expected to decide Sunday whether to secede from the Presbyterian Church USA and its Eastminster Presbytery.

Sunday’s congregational meeting follows last month’s unanimous recommendation from the church’s 12-member session that the local church no longer be affiliated with the national church and the presbytery “for theological reasons of conscience.”

Struthers PC - The Bridge (facebook)

173 members, $138,000 budget (2007)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Tiny New Orleans congregation defeats denominational superpowers

Layman Story: Tiny New Orleans congregation defeats denominational superpowers

In a sweeping Declaratory Judgment and Permanent Injunction on behalf of the 20-member Carrollton Presbyterian Church, the 19th Judicial District Court of Louisiana has ordered “the Presbytery of South Louisiana of the Presbyterian Church (USA), its officers, agents, employees and counsel, and any persons or entities in active concert or participation with the presbytery, or acting by or through the presbytery or on its behalf or in its stead” to leave Carrollton’s property alone.

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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
Evangelical Presbyterian Church EPC UPCUSA(N) & PCUS(S) Livonia, MI67/19,000 (1982)1980/1981
Presbyterian Church of America PCA PCUS(S) Lawrenceville, GA260/41,232May 18, 1973
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Presbyterian U.S.A. Willow Grove, PA 300/20,417 1936
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Associate Presbytery/Reformed Presbytery Greenville, SC 250/40,392 1782



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