NORTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
7706 25TH AVE NW, SEATTLE, WA 98117
STATED MEETING OF SEATTLE PRESBYTERY
JANUARY 17, 2017
5:00 Welcome, Prayer & Agenda
5:05 Stated Clerk Report
5:15 Nominating Report
5:20 Coordinating Council Report
5:25 Seattle First PC Administrative Commission Report
5:35 Worship (Colombia Mission Trip Commissioning)
7:15 Mission Highlights (Steel Lake PC)
7:20 Rev. Kevin Nollette Recognition
7:40 Bills & Overtures Report
7:55 COM Report
8:00 CPM Report (exams)
8:15 New Business
8:20 Consent Agenda
8:25 Adjourn & Prayer
STATED CLERK REPORT
We conduct almost all of our business by voice or counted (raising hands or standing) vote. Should a commissioner wish to vote by paper ballot, he/she may do the following:
• prior to the call for the vote, obtain the recognition of the moderator
• move that the vote on the item under discussion be held by paper ballot
• if seconded, the moderator will call for the vote – the motion is not debatable and passes with a simple majority
NOMINATING REPORT (ADDED 1/13/17)
SEATTLE FIRST ADMINISTRATIVE COMMISSION REPORT
Seattle First Presbyterian is worshipping and serving our Lord in downtown Seattle! On the litigation front we had a mediation session in December where the parties met with a neutral mediator to try to resolve the remaining disputes. After a day long meeting, the mediator said that the parties’ positions were “orders of magnitude” apart, and that no settlement seemed possible at that time. This was a disappointment to us, but we will continue to move forward with the case and will keep an open line of communication to the former leaders. Meanwhile, the former leaders eventually did not oppose our motion for summary judgment on their defamation claim, so that claim has been dismissed. All of their other claims aside from the indemnification claim have also now been dismissed (that is, claims for interference with contract, slander of title, trademark infringement, and ultra vires actions). Our motion for summary judgment declaring the former pastors’ severance agreements void is scheduled to be heard on March 17. That hearing date was delayed from February due in part to a change in judges for the case. That change also resulted in the trial date being stricken. No new trial is set yet.
1. 2017 Corporate Resolution
CC recommends to the presbytery approval of the 2017 Corporate Resolution stated below to be included in the consent agenda of the Coordinating Council:
MEMBERS AND TRUSTEES
PRESBYTERY OF SEATTLE
A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON
TAX I.D. # 91-0601568
The Presbytery of Seattle, in a duly called special meeting of the corporation on January 17, 2017, as described in the By-Laws of the corporation, elected officers of the corporation for the year 2017:
President: Loretta Pain (Moderator of Presbytery)
Vice President: Rev. Becki Barrett (Moderator of Presbytery Coordinating Council)
Secretary: Rev. Jesse Mabanglo (Vice Moderator of Presbytery)
The corporation names Kris Green, the bookkeeper of the Presbytery of Seattle as Treasurer for the corporation without vote. The bookkeeper is not authorized to sign legal documents.
The corporation requires only one signature on all documents and each elected officer is authorized to sign legal documents.
The Presbytery of Seattle must approve the sale, purchase, or encumbrance of the trust by the ecclesiastical organization. Such approval authorizes the officers and trustees to complete the necessary contractual transactions required.
The Trustees are authorized to complete all necessary contractual transactions to encumber property owned by the Presbytery of Seattle.
2. CC recommends that Rev. Karen Breckenridge be elected for a one year term to serve as Stated Clerk. The position is a (1/4 ) quarter time exempt position; no change in terms.
3. CC recommends a 9% raise for Rev. Scott Lumsden and Rev. Eliana Maxim for 2017.
Rationale: The personnel committee, with the approval of council, would like to recommend a salary increase of 9% for Scott Lumsden and Eliana Maxim for 2017. In the past year the Presbytery staff has gone from having one executive presbyter and two associates to one executive and one associate, essentially two people (Scott and Eliana) are now doing the work that was formerly handled by three. Due to the increase in their job responsibilities and change in tasks, the Personnel Committee is recommending a 6% increase to reflect this change that Scott and Eliana have so expertly taken on. The other 3% is the standard cost of living increase. The Personnel Committee came to this recommendation after careful analysis of prior compensation and minimal increases over the past several years, as well as, an in depth look at the job descriptions and work loads of each position. We feel this increase honors the work of our staff and the rising cost of living in the Seattle area.
REV. KEVIN NOLLETTE RECOGNITION
BILLS & OVERTURES REPORT
1. Motion: Recommend that Seattle Presbytery dissolve the congregation of Korean Glory Presbyterian Church.
Background: The Myong Sung Presbyterian Church AC/session (Northwest Coast Presbytery) accepted an offer from Korean Glory Presbyterian Church to merge by having the members of Glory join Myong Sung effective September 1, 2015. The Myong Sung AC/session received the entire congregation of Korean Glory by letter of transfer. They called a congregational meeting, elected a PNC, who nominated Rev. Byeung Kyu Kim, Pastor of Korean Glory PC to be pastor of Myong Sung PC. The congregation voted to elect Rev. Kim as their pastor. As of December 2015, Korean Glory PC owed $3,120 in past due per capita to Seattle Presbytery. Seattle Presbytery is working with Northwest Coast Presbytery to get the invoice paid.
1. Having received evidence that Certified Candidate Bianca Quezada has fulfilled the educational requirements of the Constitution of the Church, and has a call for ministerial services as Temporary Associate Pastor at University Presbyterian Church, the Committee on Preparation for Ministry presents her for examination. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003). Councils shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates. Consistent with (G-3.0304) the presbytery will examine candidates on; Christian faith, views on theology, the Bible, the Sacraments and the government of this church.
2. Having received evidence that Certified Candidate Steve Aeschbacher has fulfilled the educational requirements of the Constitution of the Church, and has a call for ministerial services as Temporary Associate Pastor at Overlake Park Presbyterian Church, the Committee on Preparation for Ministry presents him for examination. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and commitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003). Councils shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to individual candidates. Consistent with (G-3.0304) the presbytery will examine candidates on; Christian faith, views on theology, the Bible, the Sacraments and the government of this church.
Examination of Bianca Quezada (Statement of Faith)
Bianca Quezada bio:
I (Bianca Quezada) grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington and attended Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church as a youth. I stayed in the NW area to study Physics/Astronomy at the University of Washington, graduating in 2006. From there I worked as an intern in University Ministries for 2 years at First Presbyterian Church San Antonio. It was there that my community encouraged me to attend seminary, which I did, graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2011. From there I found a great position in Washington, D.C. that incorporated my interests in science and religion at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Missing home, I returned to Seattle and started working with the Middle School Ministry at University Presbyterian Church. In February 2017, I will have worked with UPC youth and families for 4 years.
The curiosity and energy of youth are gifts to all of us - gifts that I feel privileged to harness and unleash on God's world. Leading this group toward knowledge and acceptance of God's love for us through Jesus' example and sacrifice is a great joy and I am thankful to be able to continue this work with the recognition by the Church that this is important work. I am also thankful for my parents Vicky and Gregg Adkins and the support of my sister, Aissa, and brother, Casey.
Examination of Steve Aeschbacher (Statement of Faith)
Steve Aeschbacher bio:
Steve is excited about this ministry opportunity at Overlake Park Presbyterian. He is (virtually) a lifelong Presbyterian. He is married to Alice, and they have two adult daughters, Annie and Gracie. Annie lives in Los Angeles as an urban missionary and Gracie lives in St. Louis. Steve graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in 2015. He received a CPE credit at Harborview Hospital in 2016. Steve worked as a trial lawyer for 30 years, first in a law firm in Salt Lake City and then in-house at Microsoft. He was Associate General Counsel in the Litigation group when he retired in 2016 to do his CPE. He is currently a member at BelPres, where he recently served as a ruling elder. He also served as a ruling elder and a deacon at Redmond Pres. He was a commissioner from Seattle Presbytery to General Assembly in 2008 and 20016 (when he also moderated The Way Forward Committee). He was a board member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (previously the General Assembly Mission Council) from 2008 to 2014. He is currently on the General Assembly Nominating Committee. He loves to hike, read and listen to music, particularly many kinds of live music. He also loves learning, listening and seeing how Jesus is acting in people’s lives.
Welcome - Rev. Dani Forbess
Hymn - Amazing Grace #649
(verses 2 and 5 sung by congregation)
First verse sung in Cherokee by soloist, Gary Ingle
Call To Worship - Robert Ruiz, RE
The One who calls you together this day years for each of you and all people to hear and be blessed.
Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.
Blessed is the One who comes bringing trustworthy words for the healing of the world.
Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.
Let us pray.
You invite us, O God, to live in your ways,
and you give us each other to know and to love
as we journey in this life.
Show us your will for creation.
Help us to listen to your urgings with prayerful hearts
so that we may honor what you have made,
in the name of the holy Trinity, one God, now and forever.
Call to Confession - Marion Rosenbaum, RE
Assured that the One who calls us to her and obey already knows the confessions of our hearts and is ready to forgive, let us
confess our sin before God and before one another.
Prayer of Confession
Holy God, you see into each of us and know us fully
as creatures in need of your constant care.
We confess that we have neither heard your word nor followed your will.
We have failed our nation, neighbors, families, friends and ourselves.
Give us ears to hear your wisdom.
Lead us to honesty and faith so that we may begin again with renewed strength;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Declaration of Forgiveness
God knows the hearts of those who seek forgiveness,
and by grace you have been saved.
In Jesus’ name, you are forgiven.
Your sins are no more.
You have been made clean.
God strengthens you with freedom through the Holy Spirit, in Christ Jesus.
Hymn - Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling #418
First verse sung by Coastland Commons, congregation sings verse 3 only
Moderator & Vice Moderator Commissioning - Rev. Becki Barrett & Rev. Scott Lumsden
We are called by God to be the church of Jesus Christ, a sign in the world today of what God intends for humanity.
The great ends of the church are the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.
The call of Christ is to willing, dedicated discipleship. Our discipleship is a manifestation of the new life we enter through baptism. Discipleship is both a gift and a commitment, an offering and a responsibility.
Loretta and Jesse, the grace bestowed upon you in baptism is sufficient for your calling because it is God’s grace. By God’s grace we are saved, and enabled to grow in the faith and to commit our lives in ways that serve Christ. God has called you to particular service. Show your purpose by answering these questions.
Who is your Lord and Savior?
Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.
Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love?
I will with God’s help.
Do you welcome the responsibility of this service - Loretta as Presbytery Moderator and Jesse as Presbytery Vice-Moderator - because you are determined to follow the Lord Jesus, to love neighbors and to work for the reconciling of the world?
Will you serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination and love, relying on God’s mercy and rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit?
I will, with God’s help.
Do you, the members of the Presbytery of Seattle, confirm the call of God to our sister Loretta Pain and brother Jesse Mabanglo as Moderator and Vice-Moderator respectively in the service of Jesus Christ?
Will you support and encourage them in this ministry?
Let us pray. Faithful God, in baptism you claimed us; and by your Holy Spirit you are working in our lives, empowering us to live a life worthy of our calling. We thank you for leading Loretta and Jesse to this time and place. Establish them in your truth and guide them by your Holy Spirit, that in your service they may grow in faith, hope and love, and be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever.
Scripture Reading - Jonah 2:1-10
Homily - “The Turning of the Prophet”, Rev. Dani Forbess
The Lord’s Supper - Rev. Dani Forbess, Loretta Pain, RE
Communion Music: “Come to the Table” ; “He Was Known”
Words and music by Coastland Commons.
Tonight, Coastland Commons is: Kristine Zellman, Carl-Eric Tangen, Zac Calvo, and Kyle Turver. Together, they represent a larger community of artists and thinkers across the PNW and the country who abide by a rule of “creative and generous living.
Colombia Trip Commissioning - Loretta Pain, RE & Rev. Jesse Mabanglo
Let us pray.
Faithful God, you have called these children of yours to share of themselves with our
Christian family in Colombia. We thank you for the way you are working in and through
this missional partnership. We are grateful for your presence in their lives,
in the people of Colombia, the ongoing peace process and the work of the church.
Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you called disciples and by the Holy Spirit, made
them one church to serve you. Let your Spirit rule your church, so that we may
be joined in love and service to Jesus Christ, who, having gone before us,
is coming to meet us in the promise of your kingdom. Amen.
Charge to the Mission Team
You are commissioned by the Presbytery of Seattle to service with our sisters and brothers of the Presbytery of the Coast in Colombia. Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God through him.
May the God of peace keep you safe on the journey, and bless your ministry of presence and accompaniment with the gifts of grace, love and justice. Amen.
Blessing & Sending
Hymn - “In the Lord [We’ll Be] Ever Thankful” #654
In the Lord we’ll be ever thankful/In the Lord we will rejoice
Look to God, do not be afraid/Lift up your voices, the Lord is near (x2
STEEL LAKE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Steel Lake Presbyterian Church in Federal Way, has embarked upon a missional approach for its mission. Specifically, Steel Lake is focused on ministering with the aging population, their families and caregivers. Our journey began with the NW Renewal Ministry's 3 month discernment retreat format. It literally changed our lives.
We are now worshipping on three campuses and actively selling our building. It may sound crazy but we are totally excited about what we are doing while being scared to death we might actually get what we prayed for! Come hear more about it at Presbytery!
The Consent Agenda consists of those actions that the Presbytery has empowered its committees to resolve on its behalf.
Those actions are then reported to the presbytery at its next meeting.
A commissioner may lift a consent item for debate by informing the Stated Clerk or Moderator of Presbytery to that effect.
1. Approved the 2017 Operations Budget and the Mission Asset Fund Budget (Properties) and established a per capita of $40.00 apportioned as follows: Seattle Presbytery $31.00, Synod of Alaska-Northwest $1.50, General Assembly $7.50.
2. Approved a grant request from Southminster PC to fund a sanctuary audio-visual upgrade.
3. Approved changing the language of the grant policy to read “to ensure a broad distribution of
limited funds, only one grant may be approved per church per year.”
COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY
1. Upon CMC's recognition that Iglesia de Restauracion is no longer a fellowship of Seattle Presbytery, with prayers and good wishes, removed Rev. Jose Corado (a member of another denomination who had been serving in a ministry of Seattle Presbytery) from the rolls of Seattle Presbytery (G-2.0506).
Background: A requirement for being considered a fellowship or worshiping community of the presbytery is that the congregation and its leadership be in relationship with the presbytery. As there has been none for the year of 2016 (with the exception of tenant related questions), CMC concluded that there is no desire on the part of Iglesia Restauracion to be a fellowship of the Presbytery of Seattle. This was communicated to Iglesia de Restauracion.
2. Granted financial assistance to Calvary Presbyterian Church for a Renewal Ministries NW retreat in early 2017.
3. Approved Rev. Charlie Scoma’s request to validate his ministry as Chaplain at the Seattle Police Department effective June 1, 2016.
4. Approved the call of Rev. Jesse Mabanglo to be Interim Associate Pastor at West Side Presbyterian Church, according to the following terms of call: effective salary $73,940, professional expense $2,000, study leave $2,000, car allowance $1,400, 4 weeks vacation, 2 weeks study leave.
5. Approved the request from Overlake Park Presbyterian Church to establish a Temporary Associate Pastor position (half time) with the following terms: salary & housing: $35,000, professional expenses: $1,200, continuing education: $600, 2 weeks vacation, 1 week study leave; and to present Steve Aeschbacher for examination at the January 17, 2017 presbytery meeting.
6. Approved the request from University Presbyterian Church to establish a Temporary Associate Pastor (Director of Middle School Ministry) with the following terms: salary: $43,500, full UPC benefits (medical, dental, vision, 403(b) match, life insurance, LTD, vacation/sick/paid holidays); and to present Bianca Quezada for examination at the January 17, 2017 presbytery meeting.
7. Approved the request of Rev. Roger Harwerth to transfer his membership from Eastern Oregon Presbytery to Seattle Presbytery. Background: Roger Harwerth serves as the senior pastor of Newport Presbyterian Church and his terms of call were approved at the October 2016 presbytery meeting. An exam team met with Rev. Harwerth on Aug. 12. Found that he is suitable for membership in Seattle Presbytery and for the call of Newport PC should the way be clear.
8. Approved a grant to Magnolia Presbyterian Church to help provide Rev. Deb Sunoo a sabbatical from June-September 2017, to be awarded in 2017.
9. Approved a grant to Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church to continue the Youth and Kids Ministry Director position at 30-35 hours/week, to be awarded in 2017.
10. Approved the request of Rev. Larry Grounds (Redmond Presbyterian Church) that Seattle Presbytery accept his retirement effective February 1, 2017.
11. Approved the request of Rev. Vonna Thomas (member-at-large) that Seattle Presbytery accept her retirement effective November 1, 2016.
12. Approved Rev. Adrienne Schlosser-Hall’s request to validate her ministry as Pastor for Congregational Care at Edmonds United Methodist Church effective November 7, 2016.
13. Approved the renewal of the Temporary Associate Pastor relationship between Rev. Julie Kae Sigars and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church with changes in the contract: salary & housing $13,800, SECA $1056, professional expense $1,000, 4 weeks vacation, 2 weeks study leave.
14. Approved the dismissal of the Rev. Kevin Livingston to the Presbyterian Church in Canada at his request. He has been serving there since August 28, 1988.
15. Approved a grant for Calvary PC to participate in the Ekklesia Fellowship Program at Whitworth University in 2017.
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COMMITTEE ON PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY
1. Received Elaine Myers, Bethany PC, as an inquirer.
2. Received Lauryn Schrock, Bellevue PC, as an inquirer.
3. Received Sarah Butler, Trinity PC, as an inquirer.
4. Annual Consultation was held with Amber Slate, Sammamish PC and she was certified as ready to receive a call. She was given permission to circulate a PIF.
5. Annual Consultation was held with Bianca Quezada, Rolling Bay PC and she was certified as ready to receive a call. She was given permission to circulate a PIF.
6. Approved Dan Hammer’s, Mercer Island PC, request to complete his internship at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.
CATALYZING MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES COMMITTEE
1. Dissolved the formal relationship with Vietnamese Good News Fellowship effective December 31, 2016.
2. Dissolved the formal relationship with Iglesia de Restauracion and recommend to COM that Rev. Jose Corado (a member of another denomination who had been serving in a ministry of Seattle Presbytery) be removed from the rolls of Seattle Presbytery effective December 31, 2016.
Background: A requirement for being considered a fellowship or worshiping community of the presbytery is that the congregation and its leadership be in relationship with the presbytery. As there has been none for the year of 2016 (with the exception of tenant related questions), CMC concluded that there is no desire on the part of Iglesia Restauracion or Vietnamese Good News Fellowship to be fellowships of the Presbytery of Seattle. This was communicated to both groups.
3. Provided a matching PC(USA) seed grant for New Hope Revival Worshiping Community.
4. Elected Rev. Susie Beil unanimously to serve on Council representing CMC.
5. Provided Rev. Lauden Kangele with registration funding for DML assessment in Los Angeles.
1. TE Rich Leatherberry and RE Jim Drinkwine agreed to serve a second term on the committee.
2. The committee will be establishing more formal resourcing and partnership with the PC (USA)’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities program. This will include restructuring the committee to provide coaches/liaisons for all worshiping communities.
3. CMC will revise and update the CMC protocol document.