Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Seven churches dismissed from the PCUSA

Layman Online Story: More churches dismissed from the PCUSA
  1. First Presbyterian, Lake Jackson, Texas
    • New Covenant Presbytery
    • $53,000 over 5 years
    • 496-member congregation
    • April it entered into the discernment process
    • voted 240-6 on October 14 to request dismissal.
    • EPC
  2. Memorial Presbyterian, San Augustine, Texas
    • New Covenant Presbytery
    • 65 members
    • $9,000
    • congregation voted 31-0 on Oct. 14 to seek dismissal from the PCUSA
    • Presbytery of the Central South of the EPC
  3. Advent Presbyterian, Spring, Texas
    • New Covenant Presbytery
    • 66-member congregation
    • session of the sent a letter to presbytery on March 18
    • ECO: A Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
  4. Westminster Presbyterian, Lubbock, Texas
    • 10 percent tithe of the church’s assets: 350,000-370,000
    • First congregational vote 200 ballots cast, 80% leave, 13% Stay, 7% ?
    • AC to consult with Westminster on May 5.
    • 580 ballots mailed, 319 (55%) returned, 268 (84%) leave 47(15%) stay, 4 undecided.
    • Pal Duro Presbytery voted Oct. 12-13
  5. First Presbyterian, Hanford, Calif.
    • 233 members
    • 193 people. 70% Leave, 29% Stay, 1% undecided.”
    • Per-capita funds withheld from previous years, as well as current per capita obligations; and reimburse the transition team for expenses they incurred.
    • On Oct. 11, the pastor and congregation were officially received into the EPC’s Presbytery of the Pacific
  6. Bethany Grace Community (formerly Bethany United), Bridgeton, N.J.
    • 100 members
    • June 2012 meeting, West Jersey Presbytery dismissed
  7. Westminster Community Presbyterian, Canton, Ohio
    • 111 members
    • March 10, 2012, Muskingum Valley Presbytery voted to transfer
    • EPC’s Presbytery of the Allegheny.
    • $5,000 to one or more mutually agreed upon local ministries

Monday, October 22, 2012

Guinston, PA votes to leave PCUSA for EPC

York Daily Record/Sunday News religion reporter John Hilton: Belief & Beyond: Guinston votes to leave PCUSA
  • 84-0 10/21/2012, Sunday
  • Rev. Daniel Moore
  • Guinston PC
  • Presbytery of Donegal
  • 157 Members

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

David fells Goliath … again

The Layman Online Story: David fells Goliath … again
  • U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear case:
  • Carrollton Presbyterian Church vs
  • South Louisiana Presbytery
  • 20 member church
  • Church asking for sanctions and legal fees
  • Presbytery held in contempt!
  • Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal upheld summary judgment in favor of Church

The experience of three Hispanic churches in the Texas Rio Grande Valley

he Layman Online Story: The experience of three Hispanic churches in the Texas Rio Grande Valley

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Two churches leaving PCUSA

Cornelius News Story: Bethel Church votes to leave PCUSA Note: Article also mentions Huntersville Presbyterian Churchleaving in June to ECO

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

One church leaves PCUSA; Others discern their future

Layman Online Story: One church leaves PCUSA; Others discern their future
  • 2,302 - Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita, Kan. - Dismissed to EPC, Aug. 31.
  • 4,125 - Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Menlo Park, Calif. - Discernment
  • 573 - Church of the Redeemer, Snellville, Ga. - Cong. Approved.
  • 675 - First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City, Ga. - Session Approved
  • 497 - White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, Newark, Del. - Cong Approved
  • 496 - First Presbyterian, Lake Jackson, Texas - Session Approved

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Canton, OH church splits with governing body over gay clergy issue

Canton Rep Story: Canton church splits with governing body over gay clergy issue
  • Westminster Community Church
  • Canton, OH
  • Muskingum Valley Presbytery
  • 95 percent of the congregation voting in favor of the move.
  • Westminster was allowed to keep its 62-year-old building at 171 Aultman Ave. NW.

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