Presbytery of Seattle
September 17, 2013 Stated Meeting
Summary by Stated Clerk Kathy Lueckert
• University Presbyterian hospitality was enjoyed by the presbytery. Thank you!
• Ordination examination for Nate Mochizuki (candidate from Japanese Presbyterian Church). Nate has been called as pastor of three Presbyterian churches in Southeastern Illinois presbytery: the Little Egypt parish. Nate will be ordained on September 22, 2013.
• Ordination examination for Ryan White (candidate from Bethany Presbyterian Church). Ryan will be engaged in a validated ministry as a PC(USA) mission co-worker, partnering with the Iranian Presbyterian Church in Berlin, Germany. Ryan will be ordained on September 22, 2013
• Examined and commissioned ruling elder Kathy Smith to service at North Point Presbyterian Church.
• Welcomed new teaching elder members: Jera Bloomquist, Luke Crook, Kurt Heineman, Staci Imes, J.J. Kissinger, Tiare Mathison, Erin McArdle, Chris Pritchett, Margaret Redman, Charlie Scoma, Jaci Smith-Patman, Janie Stewart.
• Recognized the retirements of teaching elders Tom Masters, Robert Bayley, Roger Nicholson, Dennis Hughes, and Alan Beasley.
• Heard a sermon on “Remembering the Future” from Moderator Vonna Thomas. This was her last presbytery meeting, as she has accepted a position as interim pastor at First Presbyterian, Clarkston, Washington. God speed, Vonna, and thank you.
• Approved affiliate membership category for Presbytery of Seattle. This change to the standing rules allows congregations who are not PC(USA) members to remain in relationship with Seattle Presbytery.
• Approved separation agreements for three congregations. The presbytery approved the terms of separation for Adventure of Faith and Maple Valley Presbyterian Churches (moving to A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians) and Wabash Presbyterian (moving to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church). The congregations were dismissed with their property, and will make payments to the presbytery that encompass any delinquent per capita, support for per capita for a set number of years, and an amount for the property that addresses the trust clause in the Book of Order. For details, see the presbytery papers for the September 2013 meeting.
• Triennium Report. The presbytery heard from representatives from the Seattle Presbytery delegation to this year’s Youth Triennium at Purdue University. The group thanked the presbytery for their support and it was clear that the event had a significant spiritual impact on all attending.
• SeaPres Café. The Coordinating Council introduced a proposed change in the meetings of presbytery, moving from Tuesdays to Saturdays. The new format would include workshops and extended time for networking. Comments on the proposal can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Committees to Commissions. The Coordinating Council proposed changing some of the presbytery’s existing committees to commissions, and empowering the commissions to do more work on behalf of the presbytery. Also presented was proposed standing rules enabling language for commissions. Comments on the proposal can be sent to email@example.com.