Saturday, December 31, 2011

Fremont Presbyterian split and land holdings challenged

Fremont Presbyterian split and land holdings challenged
  • Fremont Presbyterian, Sacramento, CA
  • Congregation voted 427-164 to leave the national denomination in October.
  • A vote on establishing the investigating committee will be held Jan. 9.
  • Local Presbyterian leaders have called for an investigation of Fremont to determine if there is a schism
  • The announcement by the presbytery has shocked Fremont church leaders, who said they followed Presbyterian guidelines on leaving the denomination.
  • They contend that presbytery leaders are changing the rules to keep the church and its 5 acres across the street from California State University, Sacramento.
  • Ed: The Presbytery of Sacramento: Thy shall not covert thy neighbors ...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Christian Post: Pa. PC(USA) Presbytery Sues Church Seeking to Leave
  • Redstone Presbytery
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church of Ligonier
  • 425 members
  • Pittsburgh Live
  • Last month, Redstone voted to seize the keys of the church to thwart the move to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, saying it first needed to assess church members' desires and the church's finances before allowing the move.
  • The congregation of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church near Somerset split off in 2008 and, more recently, members of Fort Palmer Church in Fairfield left the presbytery.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

First Presbyterian Wenatchee, WA out the door and in EPC

This is one church that has been under the Radar. voted two years ago to leave the PCUSA, Has 600 members, Has been released by the North Central Washington Presbytery, with all Property, Has been accepted by the EPC, and took oaths to join EPC last week. I believe there are 10 to 15 other churches in Washington, that are just starting the process to leave PCUSA, the biggest presby churches in Washington.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sumner PC votes to leave PCUSA

Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald Story: Sumner Presbyterian votes to leave national Presbyterian denomination
  • 90% Yes
  • 6% No
  • 4% Undecided
  • move to Evangelical Covenant Church

The Presbytery of Olympia opted out of ordainments. Lay leadership appointments were left up to individual congregations.

Recent departure-elect congregations:

  • Chapel Hill Presbyterian of Gig Harbor
  • First Presbyterian of Tacoma
  • Evergreen Presbyterian in Graham.

Monday, November 7, 2011

EPC church under attack? by Golf balls!

Washington Post Story: Fairfax church in dispute over errant balls from driving range neighbor

2,600 Balls a year!

I seeing golf crews every day picking up driving range balls from the sidewalk and ditch next to ours. Even though they have a HUGE fence to stop them.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Statistics Anyone?

Is it time for me to fire up the statistics machine and see where PCUSA stands (or falls down) in number of churches and members? anyone interested?

Or is the review from GA Junkie sufficient?

Presbytery removes minister from Enid Church that voted to leave PCUSA

Enid News Story: Enid minister removed from post
  • The Rev. Roy Schneider
  • Retirement scheduled for Dec. 18.
  • Enid First Presbyterian Church
  • by the Presbytery’s Administrative Council. (Ed: Is this unusual?)
  • At a Committee on Ministry meeting Tuesday, Schneider accepted the judgment of the Presbytery’s Administrative Council and stepped aside.
  • Members of First Presbyterian voted 131-69 in October to seek dismissal

2 Churches leave the same Ohio Presbytery.

Layman Story: Ohio church votes to leave PCUSA By Jason P. Reagan, The Layman, Posted Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • Oct. 30, FPC of South Charleston voted 102-0 to disaffiliate from the PCUSA to EPC.
  • Six Presbyterian churches have voted to leave the denomination in October.
  • Lebanon Presbyterian Church (LPC) of Lebanon, Ohio voted 304-8 to disaffiliate a week before South Charleston. STORY
  • The Presbytery of Miami Valley voted to approve Amendment 10A by a vote of 58-36 and nFOG by voice vote.
  • Miami Valley “wants to keep the word grace in gracious dismissal.”

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fremont PC (Sacramento) votes to dissmiss to EPC

KY Post Story: Sacramento congregation to leave Presbyterian Church USA over gay clergy ordination

Monday, October 31, 2011

Eastminster votes to leave PCUSA for EPC

The Wichita Eagle Story: Eastminster church decides to break from denomination
  • "people have voted with their feet,"
  • 2,302 members - Eastminster had been the largest church in the presbtery
  • Presbytery of Southern Kansas
  • The Presbyterian News Service estimated earlier this year that 100 congregations had left the denomination in the past five years
  • Presbyterian Lay Committee says that at least four congregations, including Eastminster, have left this month.
  • St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Newton also has voted to leave the denomination.
  • In a vote last Sunday, the congregation overwhelmingly approved the break on a vote of 657-20.
  • Voted to join EPC

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Four congregations dismissed from Presbyterian Church (USA)

Commercial Appeal Story, Memphis Tennessee: Four congregations dismissed from Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Advent Presbyterian Church of Cordova (1,230 members)
  • Woodland United Presbyterian Church of Memphis (287)
  • First Presbyterian Church of Ripley, Tenn. (29)
  • First Presbyterian Church of Adamsville, Tenn. (37)
Mid-South Presbytery

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

PCUSA no longer exists! Updated

Presbyterian Church USA in now Presbyterian Club USA.

Fox News Story

Christian Post Story

Looks like someone agree with me. The Daily Reporter Story: PCUSA No Longer a Church

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Desert Hills PC, Carefree, AZ members support leaving to EPC

Church’s voting majority supports PCUSA departure The Layman

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PDF Legal Strategy #1PC(USA)'s Legal Strategy for churches wanting to leave
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Denominations

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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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NewsThe Layman OnlineTHE News Source about PC(USA)
NewsLayman - propertyThe Layman - Property Issues Archive
Blog Reformed Pastor EPC Pastor - Church Planter
BlogFull Court PresbyPastor Lance's Blog to his Congregation about PUP etc.
BlogClassical PresbyterianBlogging for the Reformed Resistance in the PC(USA)
BlogAnderson SpeakCommentary on Faith, Christianity, and the PCUSA by Noel K. Anderson
BlogBayou Christian Bill Crawford, Pastor First Presbyterian Church of Thiboduax
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BlogTruth in Love NetworkA group of Presbyterian elders who are concerned with the direction of the PC(USA).
BlogMark D. RobertsProfessor & Senior Pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church, CA
BlogInstitute on Religion and Democracy25 years of working to reform the social and political witness of American churches
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BlogTom's ThoughtsTom Gray, Co-Pastor, Kirk of the Hills, Tulsa, OK
WebStand to ReasonChristian Ambassadors for defense for classical Christianity
WebPresbyterian ForumWorking for reformation through overt political action
WebWiki:PresbyterianWikipedia's Presbyterian Overview
WebKirk Of The Hills, Tulsa, OKChurch in Tulsa, OK - Fighting for its Property.
WebKirk's Legal Docs (pdfs)Kirk Of The Hills, Tulsa, OK
WebKirk Docs (text)Kirk Of The Hills docs, Converted to text
PDFLegal Strategy #1PC(USA)'s Legal Strategy for churches wanting to leave
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DocSecret Document #3News about a third secret document
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WebPresby Chart 2Presbyterian Church History-Lesson 13-An Overview of Contemporary American Presbyterianism
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WebAdvisory OpinionsPC(USA) Stated Clerk Advisory Opinions (not binding, nor authoritative)
WebPC(USA) Constitutional MusingsOffice of Constitutional Services - Unofficial Thoughts
WebPC(USA) Amicus Curiae BriefsStated Clerk & AC on Litigation - Friend of the Court Briefs
WebGAPJC PC(USA)PC(USA) General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission Decisions
WebPension Board PC(USA)PC(USA) Board of Pensions
WebFoundation PC(USA)Presbyterian Foundation, New Covenant Trust and New Covenant Mutual Funds
WebPC(USA) BOO AnnotatedPC(USA) Book of Order - Annotated
WebPresbyterian CoalitionWorking for a Revitalized Church
WebConfessing Church Movement1,314/434,697
WebNew WineskinsNew Wineskins Association of Churches(2001)
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