By Rev. Scott Lumsden, Executive Presbyter
Our meeting last night was a mixture of remembrance, celebration, and preparation. The meeting began appropriately with a time of remembrance for our dear sister Madeleine Brenner, who, after serving this presbytery faithfully for the past decade plus (and in nearly every capacity), was suddenly taken away from us on October 25. Moderator Rev. Dale Sewall, Rev. Sara Koenig, and I all shared memories of her life and service and reflected on what her legacy means to our presbytery now. For those who would like to hear some reflections on her life, you can watch her memorial here on UPC’s website, and read Dale's and my remarks here.
Our time of remembrance moved appropriately to worship as Rev. Dale Sewall reminded us to trust Jesus above all else, and the MIPC music ministry led us in song. Our time of communion extended into the community hall as we shared a (more than) delicious fall dinner.
Resuming our work as presbytery, our hearts were challenged to consider the Roma people and the mission work of Doug & Liz Searles. We acted on several nominations as we officially voted to make Elder Bruce Manger moderator of presbytery for 2012, and Rev. Vonna Thomas our new vice moderator. We thank you both for your willingness to serve us in this capacity; and we give God thanks for your ministry to the presbytery.
We also examined and approved the ordination of Angela Miksovsky to her call as associate pastor/tentmaker, to Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church. Pastoral transitions were honored as well in the welcoming of Rev. Roger Nicholson as Interim Pastor to Overlake Park Presbyterian Church and a goodbye was offered to Rev. Wes Nordman of Woodland Park Presbyterian Church. Wes served as Co-Moderator with Madeleine Brenner for two years and was instrumental in refocusing the work of COM in a time of transition – thank you Wes, and God's deep blessings to you in your new call.
Last, we were challenged to think about our future in a discussion about affiliation. It was clear in the conversations in the pews and in some of the comments that there are still many discussions to be had as a presbytery about the challenges we face as a larger church. But it is encouraging that despite these challenges for us as a larger church, there is a deep desire to maintain relationships within and across our presbytery.