A single vote is taken on consent calendar items with no discussion. Any member may request that an item be removed; it is then discussed and action then occurs during the appropriate report. For clarity Items appear in both places.
Approval of the Minutes of the July 17, 2018 minutes (available online only).
STATED CLERK REPORT
Proposed Amendments - (Available online only; Clerk’s note: GA has removed the mandate to print and no longer distributes printed copies.) The Presbytery will vote on the proposed amendments at its January 2019 meeting.
Terasaki Installation Commission – The Rev. Laura Terasaki was installed as Associate Pastor of Newport Presbyterian Church on August 26, 2018 by the following Administrative Commission who are dismissed with thanks: Rev. Dr. Jesse Mabanglo, Moderator, Rev. Leah Klug, Rev. Jonathan Saur, Elder Naomi Brewer, Bellevue, Elder Joel Chalmers, Newport.
Hostetler Installation Commission – The Rev. Kelly Walsh Hostetler was installed as Associate Pastor of Newport Presbyterian Church on August 26, 2018 by the following Administrative Commission who are dismissed with thanks: Elder Loretta Pain, Moderator, Rev. Jeff Gephart, Rev. Debbie Blane, Elder Glen Ferguson, Overlake Park, Elder Mindy Lincicome, Bellevue.
Capitol Hill Administrative Commission – The final report of the Administrative Commission is included in this agenda, and the following resolution is reported: Resolved, That the commission be dismissed with thanks.
Permanent Judicial Decision, Tronsen v. the Session of University Presbyterian Church – the report of the decision has been received from the clerk of the PJC. The full decision is distributed with the agenda for this meeting of the presbytery and will be entered into the minutes.
Motion to Rescind; Amend Something Previously Adopted – The following motion to “Rescind or Amend Something Previously Adopted”, in the form of a written resolution, was received from Teaching Elder Mark Zimmerly and is hereby included in the call for the meeting. The familiar format used for GA Book of Order amendments is followed below. The full text of Roberts Rules, Section 35, is available here.
Permission to Sell Church Property
Shall the resolution adopted July 17, 2018 be amended as follows [text to be added is shown in italic, paragraph numbering has been edited to conform to the previously adopted resolution]
That the presbytery empowers the Administrative Commission for First Presbyterian Church of Seattle to act as the presbytery with the following purposes and authority:
a. to enter into an agreement with a commercial real estate broker to market the real property owned by First Presbyterian Church of Seattle at 1013 8th Avenue, specifically the block bounded by Madison and Spring Streets and by Seventh and Eighth Avenues, legally described as
Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, Block 53, A. A. Denny’s Plat of an extension to Terry’s 1st Addition to the City of Seattle, according to the Plat thereof recorded in Volume 1 of Plats, Page(s) 86, in King County, Washington; together with the vacated alley adjoining in said Block, which attached to said Lots by operation of law, pursuant to City of Seattle Ordinance Number 89584.
b. to enter into a purchase and sale agreement for this real property on terms that the Administrative Commission in its discretion determines are reasonable and appropriate, so that proceeds may be realized for the use and benefit of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.);
c. to execute and deliver conveyance documents as required by the terms of the purchase and sale agreement, or as otherwise required by law or custom, to cause the conveyance of the real property in accordance with the terms of the purchase and sale agreement; and
d. to execute and deliver such ancillary transactional documents as the Administrative Commission may deem reasonable or necessary to cause the conveyance of the real property.
2. That the presbytery designates Robert Wallace, Kathryn Smith, and William Longbrake as authorized signatories, on behalf of the Administrative Commission for First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, with full power and authority to execute and deliver documentation in furtherance of this resolution. Without limiting the foregoing, they have authority to execute and deliver any and all documents on behalf of First Presbyterian Church of Seattle or the Administrative Commission as may be necessary to complete the transaction contemplated by the purchase and sale agreement.
3. That the presbytery authorizes Executive Presbyter Scott Lumsden to execute such certificates of authority or consent as necessary to evidence the continuing effect of the foregoing resolutions (including, without limitation, certificates as may be requested by the purchaser or by the title company in connection with the transaction contemplated in the purchase and sale agreement).
4(a) [That the presbytery] instruct the Executive Board to study the proper stewardship of Presbytery land and to recommend a Vacant Property Policy for consideration by the Seattle Presbytery. This policy should include:
i. Management of vacant church properties,
ii. Forming strategies for new ministries in the geographic areas of vacant properties,
iii. Guidelines for disposal of real properties, including determination for the use of
(b) withhold permission for the Seattle First congregation to sell its property until the Vacant Property Policy has been approved and implemented by the Presbytery.
We affirm the commitment of the SFAC to the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ in the world and thank them for their time and work. The decision to authorize the unencumbered sale of SFPC was approved in July 2018. Since that time, quite a lot of discussion has emerged about the future of the Presbytery and our collective vision regarding vacant properties and our hope for the future of struggling congregations.
We now have new information that merits consideration:
1. There are churches and nonprofits who have expressed interest in this location. With a public Request for Proposals (RFP) additional ministry partners are expected to come forward.
2. First Hill is the second fastest growing neighborhood in our entire region (next to South Lake Union). There is more housing currently planned in the downtown core than in the rest of King County combined . This is the time to invest in pastoral leadership in the area.
3. Previous decisions to sell were made under very different circumstances (the great recession in 2009, conflicted pastoral relationship in 2016). Today we are the fastest growing metropolis in the country during a time of social unrest. A fresh response is needed from the Seattle Presbytery.
4. Seattle First received $8.5 million for the sale of the parking lot. This property is not a drain on Presbytery resources. A fraction of these proceeds can be used for ongoing building maintenance while the Presbytery develops its Vacant Property Policy.
5. The Seattle First AC reports that the congregation is down to a hand-full of members and is likely to close, not to relocate. The responsibility for this property therefore rests with the Presbytery as a whole, along with other vacant properties.
6. Other presbyteries have developed Vacant Church Property policies that give direction to Administrative Commissions in circumstances such as these. Here is one example from the Presbytery of the Cascades. We do not have to burden the SFAC with land use issues on top of their work of closing the Seattle First congregation and resolving the current lawsuit.
7. Market rate rent at the Capitol Hill property (i.e. $20k/month) and a market rate listing price for the Seattle First property put these sites out of reach for churches and nonprofits who have expressed interest. This issue of land stewardship is one that now needs clear articulation from the membership of the Presbytery.
8. In the five round-table discussions that followed the July 2018 meeting, it became increasingly clear that our Presbytery needs to engage in visioning work before moving forward with major decisions such as this one. A Vacant Property Policy would serve to begin that process.
For reference, our Presbytery’s existing policy is as follows:
Fiscal Policy: Sale and Use of Real Property – The Executive Board, upon recommendation from its appropriate committee, shall recommend any transfer of property (sale, purchase, or lease longer than five years) to the presbytery for a vote. Net proceeds (amounts above all maintenance, investment and costs of sale) from any sale of presbytery property shall be placed in a reserve account held for the furtherance of the presbytery’s mission and ministry. The Executive Board is responsible for making recommendations to presbytery for the use of reserve account funds. Any use of reserve account funds requires a majority vote of presbytery. (approved September 20, 2011) (G-4.0201)
Parliamentary and Constitutional Advice from the Stated Clerk
A body may change any previous action by a motion to rescind or refer and any time, including a bylaw, rule, policy, decision or choice. The entire previously adopted action may be stricken in its entirety, part of the text may be changed, or a different version may be substituted.
It requires a second, and is debatable, debate may go to the merits of the original motion.
If included in the call to the meeting, a majority is required to adopt, if not, 2/3rds is required.
The proposed amendment may be amended, but if the amendment exceeds the scope of that which was provided in the call to the meeting, that is “greater than that for which notice was given,” a 2/3rds majority is required. If such an amendment is passed, a 2/3rd is required for the now amended amendment because it would exceed the change in the notice.
Any other amendment, or rescinding part of the text, to the previously adopted resolution introduced without notice requires 2/3rds majority.
Actions that been done as a result of a vote that are impossible to undo cannot be rescinded or amended, however the unexecuted part of an order can be rescinded or amended.
The presbytery’s existing policy as cited applies to property owned by the presbytery. The property addressed in the adopted resolution is owned by the congregation. Property transfers to the presbytery on the dissolution of a congregation. A congregation may request that its property be transferred to the presbytery. Neither has occurred.
The distinction between selling property and providing permission to sell is important. Congregations own their property. A presbytery may not sell a congregation’s property. A presbytery may only sell property owned and held by the presbytery. A congregation “shall not buy, sell or encumber any of its property . . . without written permission of the presbytery.”
While an actions of an Administrative Commission are the actions of a presbytery, the FPC Administrative Commission was given, among other powers, “. . . the full power of the session. This commission shall assume original jurisdiction of the existing session, if any, which shall cease to act until such time as the presbytery shall otherwise direct. (G-3.0303). Therefore the FPC of Seattle AC constitutes the session. A session alone cannot sell church property, but as the trustees, it executes the decision of the congregation. In this instance the congregation has voted to sell its property. By empowering the session, who are the legal trustees of the corporation who alone can execute the vote of the congregation, and by recording the action in the its minutes, the presbytery has satisfied
G-4.0206 Selling, Encumbering, or Leasing Church Property
a. Selling or Encumbering Congregational Property
A congregation shall not sell, mortgage, or otherwise encumber any of its real property and it shall not acquire real property subject to an encumbrance or condition without the written permission of the presbytery transmitted through the session of the congregation.
COMMISSION ON PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY report
1) Harborview Medical Center/Barbara Williams: Having received evidence that Certified Candidate Barbara Williams has fulfilled the educational requirements of the Constitution of the Church, Be it Resolved, That Barbara Williams proceed to ordination and service as Chaplain at Harborview Medical Center, upon successful examination by the presbytery.
a) “The presbytery shall examine each . . . candidate who seeks membership in it on his or her Christian faith, views in theology, the Bible, the Sacraments and the government of this church.” (G-3.0306). The examination shall also 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).
b) When a motion to end the exam is approved by a 2/3rd vote, the candidate will exit; the presbytery will “discuss and discern,” and vote.
Clerk’s note: It is the presbytery moderator’s duty (not CPM) to rule a question out of order if he or she believes it is outside the bounds of the exam. Any member may rise and immediately appeal a ruling by the moderator. A second is required. Debate ensues. No member may speak to the appeal more than once, except for the moderator, who may respond with additional reasons for the ruling. A majority or a tie sustains the moderator’s decision.
Barbara Williams: Statement of Faith
Jesus! At the center of my faith is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Christ has not been raised, my faith is in vain, is useless and futile (1 Corinthians 15:17). I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, both fully God and fully human; born of a virgin. Christ is the full revelation of the Father (John 14:9); all we need to know of the Father is evident in the person and work of Jesus.
God desires to be in a loving relationship with us, which is impossible given our rebellious nature. Yet through God's mercy, the Father has provided a way for believers to be in fellowship with God through Jesus-- the Messiah who was promised to God's people in the writings of the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament. I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, sufficient for our understanding God's nature and God's mission. It speaks to our sinful nature and is a guide for our lives. Through the death of Jesus on the cross, our sins are forgiven. And through his resurrection from the dead, we have everlasting life. I believe that Jesus is the only way to have a restored relationship with the Father, and no one comes in contact with the Father except through Jesus.
God is trinity- one who exists in the person of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God has neither beginning nor end, and God creates and sustains all that is seen and unseen. God is love. I am encouraged, in fact, commanded, to love God with all my heart, soul and mind, and to love my neighbor as myself (Mark 12:30-31). God is also just and will come to judge the living and the dead; the righteous elect will receive eternal life and those who are not chosen will receive eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46).
I believe that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, to comfort us, to give us wisdom and understanding, and to convict us of our sin. The Holy Spirit dwells, and is active, in us today.
I believe that the church is the body and bride of Christ. Just as our physical body has a head that gives direction to our body, so Christ is the head of the church. As believers, we take part in the life of the church, hear God's word proclaimed, and share in the sacraments. God calls people to participation in the church and we are equipped by the power of the Holy Spirit and sent into the world bringing the good news of Jesus Christ; working toward peace and justice.
I believe that Jesus gave us the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. In Baptism, we participate in Christ's death and resurrection. It is a sign and a symbol of our adoption into the family of God, and union with Christ and with other Christians. By partaking in the Lord's Supper, we remember God's covenant with his people, Jesus' death, our forgiveness, and his spiritual presence with us today.commission on ministry report
Barbara Williams: Bio
Barb Williams grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She earned a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Washington and a M.Div. from Fuller Seminary. She works at Virginia Mason Medical Center as a healthcare research analyst, and part-time as a Harborview Chaplain. After graduating from college, Barb considered herself a hard-core atheist and much to her surprise, two years later she committed her life to Jesus during an altar call at a small church in Pasco, Washington. Barb is married to Carlos, and they are both actively involved at Bethany Presbyterian Church. Barb coordinates the weekly Wednesday Night Dinner outreach of Bethany; enjoys swimming, attending Shakespeare Theater with her husband, and hanging out with their two children, Mark and Catherine.
2) UW Medical Center/Jordan Uomoto: Having received evidence that Certified Candidate Jordan Uomoto has fulfilled the educational requirements of the Constitution of the Church, Be it Resolved, That Jordan Uomoto proceed to ordination and service as Chaplain at UW Medical Center, upon successful examination by the presbytery.
The process for examination is according to “a.” and “b.” above.
Jordan Uomoto: Statement of Faith
The idea of a personal statement of faith gets me really excited and also puts me off. On the one hand, it seems a bit counter to our shared communal faith. Because the dominant culture is so individualistic I wonder if our goal should be to make our community’s statements of faith our own, to really lean into our tradition.
And so, I affirm the confessions and creeds of the Christian tradition in general and the Presbyterian Church (USA) in particular. I affirm our Book of Confessions and find the Christian faith within it full and robust. And I claim this family in all her messiness and affirm that she is a wise counselor.
On the other hand, I like the idea of a personal statement of faith very much. Alongside every contextual theologian I believe that all theology is contextual theology. Because theology is the act of reflecting on our encounters with the divine every generation needs to reinterpret and reflect on the faith that has not only been passed on to it but is continually experienced afresh.
And so, as a person born to this time, this place, and these people, here is my statement of faith for this occasion. I believe the Triune God witnessed to in Scripture, in the diverse Christian traditions, and in my own personal experience is living and active in the life of the world. I believe the Christian story goes something like this: God made space within Godself, as intimate as a womb, for all of creation to dwell. And breathed God’s life into humanity, creating us in God’s image to live, in imitation of the Triune life, in communion with one another, creation, and Godself. God created us to fill the earth with life and diversity, as ambassadors and stewards. God called out for Godself a community, beginning with Abraham and Sarah, to bless the world. God’s spirit entered that community through the willing receptivity of Mary, as Jesus the Christ. Christ is fully human and fully divine. It is in his birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension that we see most clearly the face of God, the true face of humanity, and the in-breaking of God’s kingdom. God’s spirit renewed God’s chosen people by breathing afresh into them, that they might continue the work of Christ as his Body, the church. We currently live in this time between celebrating Christ’s first coming and eagerly anticipating his second, which will be the wedding of heaven and earth, the consummation of all creation.
I believe that the Good News is that in Jesus Christ the Triune God stepped into creation to be with us and for us in such a way that by his spirit we might be joined to the life of God, which is an all-inclusive dance that welcomes and embraces the increasing diversity and interdependence of all things. Just as God made room for us within Godself, God desires that we might make room as Mary did for God to dwell within us. The life of God is outward curving instead of inward, always expanding and making room for the other. It is this love for the other that I find most beautiful about the Gospel. And I believe we experience it when, through the power of the Holy Spirit and in imitation of Christ, we give the lives God has given us back to God with thanksgiving. The Good News expands as it spreads, being filled with new meaning in every time and place, and we won’t know its fullness until every voice is joined to sing God’s praises. Hallelujah! Amen.
Jordan Uomoto: Bio
I’m a home-body. Ten-toes deep in Seattle, fourth generation in the Central District on my father’s side. I went to Garfield High School, where I met my wife during the spring musical. I studied theology at Seattle Pacific University and received my MDiv from Seattle Pacific Seminary. My wife and I have a 6-year-old son and a girl due in October. I love poetry and words, whether that’s reading, writing, or rhyming. If my health allowed it, I would bboy (breakdance) the rest of my life. Dancing and movement are such a joy! I’m passionate about preaching, and love it when the Gospel is really understood as good news! And I want each member of the Church to experience that they have a purpose and place in Christ’s body, that each one brings something to Jesus’ table. As a chaplain I feel enlivened when I get to minister and be present with those in the hospital, being a witness to their experiences of joy and sorrow.
3) Calvary PC/Amy Besola: Having received evidence that Certified Candidate Amy Besola has fulfilled the educational requirements of the Constitution of the Church, Be it Resolved, That Amy Besola proceed to ordination and service as Temporary Associate Pastor at Calvary PC, upon successful examination by the presbytery.
The process for examination is according to “a.” and “b.” above.
Amy Besola: Statement of Faith
I believe in a Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Father God is eternal, immortal and all-powerful. God has created everything in the universe and given humanity life through his gracious design and purpose. God is sovereign and he has taken full responsibility for our salvation. God's gracious gift is an election to service, not an election to privilege. A relationship with God is never the result of an individual's sole decision after weighing the options and choosing God, but a gracious gift of God. We are each called to live out God's purpose and to pray God's will be done in and through each of our lives. We are called to a posture of gratitude and humility.
Sin is rooted in pride and selfishness, placing our personal interests before God and others. Sin breaks down our relationship with God, corrupting every aspect of human life. Humanity's relation with God was redeemed through the death of Jesus Christ.
God's infinite love was revealed in a baby born to humble circumstances in Bethlehem. Jesus Christ came to fulfill prophecies and was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He was both fully divine and fully human. In Jesus Christ, God became human. God demonstrated his infinite love for humanity by making himself vulnerable and experiencing pain, suffering and death.
Without Jesus Christ we are helpless and hopeless. Jesus Christ's story did not end at the grave. On the third day he was bodily resurrected. Jesus Christ has ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. Our ascended Lord intercedes on our behalf and he will come again. This brilliant hope of the resurrection sustains us.
Jesus Christ is our Risen Savior and Lord and he lives today through his church. Through the Holy Spirit we respond to God's gracious love in worship and obedience. The Holy Spirit transforms us into the people whom God would have us be, no longer captive to sin and death. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are strengthened to go into the world as ambassadors for Christ. Christian community is a gift from the triune God in which we are invited to participate. Through Christian community we may personally and corporately live a life of death and resurrection through God's grace.
When the Word of God is read, preached and taught we encounter Jesus Christ and we find encouragement and the nourishment of God for the service of one another and God. Through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, Scripture becomes the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ.
There are two sacraments: baptism and the Lord's Supper. In the sacraments God bestows grace. Jesus Christ is uniquely and spiritually present in his body, the community of faith. In the Lord's Supper we celebrate God's gracious gift received by faith. We are nourished and strengthened in our faith by the power of the Holy Spirit and we celebrate our reconciliation with God and the new covenant which was sealed in Jesus' death. In the Lord's Supper we celebrate the blessings of faith Jesus Christ has given and acknowledge the spiritual presence of Jesus Christ, the cross and resurrection. Baptism is a gift of God's grace and symbolizes our adoptions into the family of God to be children of God's grace. Baptism is an outward visible sign of an inward grace at work.
By the grace of God we are forgiven sinners and in response to God's graciousness we are called to lives driven by gratitude, growing in grace. We are called to choose lives which demonstrate our response to God's gracious love, knowing that the world is not what God wants. As disciples of the risen Christ we are called to work to build his kingdom.
Amy Besola: Bio
Amelia Besola, known as Amy to friends, is a single parent to an almost 6 year old daughter, Annalise. They reside on a nearly 23 acre farm in rural Auburn, home to dogs, cats, sheep, two cows and one llama. Amy practices fulltime at A Small Animal Hospital, her veterinary practice in Federal Way. Amy grew up on Lopez Island and attended the Lopez Community Church as a child. After high school she attended Washington State University and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in conjunction with undergraduate degrees in General Agriculture and Veterinary Science. Amy attended Fuller Theological Seminary Northwest and received her Master of Divinity. She completed a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bakke Graduate University in Seattle in Transformational Leadership. Her doctoral thesis was “The Veterinary Hospital as a Place for Spiritual Transformation.” Amy has been under care at Wabash, Steel Lake and now Calvary Presbyterian Churches.
Amy enjoys lap swimming at the YMCA and is the Vice President of Valley Christian School’s Parent-Teacher Fellowship association. In addition, Amy fills her spare time doing farm chores and chauffeuring Annalise to her various activities, including ballet, horseback riding lessons, piano and harp lessons.
Authorized Delegated Actions Reported to the Presbytery:
1. Inquirer Elaine Myers, member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, was interviewed, examined, and received as a candidate by the Commission on Preparation for Ministry on July 31, 2018 as authorized by the bylaws. The commission examined Elaine with respect to her Christian faith, forms of Christian service undertaken, and motives for seeking the ministry.
Elaine Myers Bio:
I (Elaine Myers) was born in Los Angeles and raised in many places around the West Coast; spent my thirteenth year in England, and went to high school in Wisconsin. My thirteenth year, I began to wonder about God, and by the time I started high school, I’d become a Christian. My passion for theater led me back to the West Coast to train in theater at CalArts. Upon graduation in 1984, I headed to Vancouver B. C. to help found a theater for Christian artists. There I met and married Greg Myers, a pastor and director, originally from Kansas City. We moved to Pasadena for Greg to complete his MDiv at Fuller; then to Kansas City to be near Greg’s family. In 1990, we became parents to Elizabeth; and joined an Evangelical Presbyterian Church, my first experience with Presbyterians. In 1993, our second daughter, Audrey, was born. During the years I stayed home to raise children, I grew into ministry through singing. I led small groups, served on committees, led singing for Alpha courses; became an Elder.
In 2007 we moved to Seattle to be near my father before he died. In 2011, I applied to SPU for seminary. My first year of school, I went with Jane Pauw to the Calvin Worship Symposium. It struck me there that God is an Artist, and being image bearers, creativity is at the heart of our identity. I began to develop a theological imagination, and learn ideological hospitality. I enjoy creative collaboration, and the relationship between reconciliation, theology, and creativity. I am grateful for the privilege of seminary, the fellowship of Bethany, and the shining examples of pastoring in Lynne Blessing and Doug Kelly. Since graduating in 2017, I’ve been leading a weekly celebration of worship at Aegis of Queen Anne at Rodgers Park.
2. Annual consultation was held on July 31, 2018 with Dan Hammer, Mercer Island PC, and he was approved to continue as a certified candidate.
3. Annual consultation was held on September 4, 2018 with Laura Nile, Bethany PC, and she was certified as ready to receive a call.
4. Received Matt Gephart, Trinity PC, as an inquirer on October 2, 2018.
5. Annual consultation was held on October 2, 2018 with Zac Calvo, Mercer Island PC, and he was certified as ready to receive a call.
6. Consultation was held on October 2, 2018 with Jill Jones, St. Andrew PC, and she was approved to be reactivated as a certified candidate.
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT
A letter dated September 13, 2018 was received from the Revs. Mark Zimmerly and Fred Choy suggesting that “temporary member” Rev. Ed Park’s suggestions for the disposition of Seattle First’s property were being rebuffed by the current FPC of Seattle AC, and requesting that members of the Sanctuary Administrative Commission step down to be replaced by the Board.
Since the Rev. Ed Park is not currently a member of good standing in the presbytery, and the Executive Board has no authority
to designate or change the personnel of an Administrative Commission, no action was taken.
A letter dated September 13, 2018 from Mark Zimmerly and 22 elders was received informing the Board that a motion to reconsider the July action on the FPC property would be brought so that alternative proposals could be considered. A request was made to alter several of the normal rules for discerning and deciding at a presbytery meeting. After a lengthy discussion, the Board took no action, believing that the normal meeting process would suffice.
Financial Statements were received and reviewed.
Grants – A $14,900 grant was awarded to Vashon PC for furnace and carpet replacement and a $5,000 grant was awarded to Redmond PC for sound system replacement and video equipment.
Benefits Plan for Full Time Non-Ordained Staff – The personnel committee, in consultation with the Property and Finance Committee, and within the approved operating budget, was directed and authorized to draft and finalize a plan.
West Seattle Contemplative Church was recognized as a New Worshiping Community.
Elder Tom Bohman of Bellevue Presbyterian was appointed to Property and Finance.
Rev. Aaron Willett was appointed to the New Worshiping Communities Task Force.
Elder Pulemau Savusa, of Lake Burien was appointed to the Anti-Racism Task Force.
The Board reviewed and recommended the agenda to the presbytery for the next meeting.
The following Presbytery Meeting Schedule was established:
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 5:00 PM - West Side PC
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 5:00 PM - TBD
Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 5:00 PM - Vashon PC
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5:00 PM - Woodland Park PC
The following Executive Board Meeting Schedule was established:
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 4:00-7:00 PM - Seattle First PC
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 4:00-7:00 PM - Seattle First PC
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 4:00-7:00 PM - Seattle First PC
Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 4:00-7:00 PM - Seattle First PC
Pastoral Care Seminar Endorsement – A seminar led by Rev. Lynne Baab entitled Trends and Skills in Christian Pastoral Care was endorsed.
fpcs ac/session REPORT
commission on ministry REPORT
1) Rev. H.T. Lee/Overlake Park PC: Eligibility of Rev. H.T. Lee to serve as an Installed Associate Pastor –(requires a 3/4ths vote per G-2.0504c.)
Resolved, That the Rev. H.T. Lee, currently serving in a temporary relationship with the session of Overlake Presbyterian Church, be determined to be eligible according to G-2.0504c, to serve as the next installed Associate Pastor at Overlake PC;
2) That the presbytery establish an associate pastor “installed pastoral relationship for an indefinite period” between the Rev. H.T. Lee and Overlake Park Presbyterian Church, according to the following terms: Effective Salary $65,000 (cash salary and housing portions to be determined by the session), full Board of Pensions Benefits, four (4) weeks annual vacation; two (2) weeks annual study leave; annual study leave coaching $1,500, annual professional expense $2,000;
3) That the Rev. Lee be installed by an Administrative Commission to be designated by the Moderator.
Authorized Delegated Actions Reported to the Presbytery:
Bellevue/Associate Pastor Nominating Committee - Granted permission to Bellevue Presbyterian Church for the congregation to elect an Associate Pastor Nominating Committee.
Background: The congregation of BelPres elected an Associate Pastor Nominating Committee, who after a thorough search, shall nominate an Associate Pastor of Prayer and Care for election by congregation.
Northminster/Temporary Associate Pastor - Approved the request of Northminster Presbyterian Church session to establish a Temporary Associate Pastor position according to the attached position description.
Minimum Terms of Call - Set the minimum terms of call for 2019 at $59,100, the Board of Pensions median effective salary.
[Background: The median effective salary for teaching elders for 2019 has a calculated value of $59,100, an increase of 1.9% over the 2018 median of $58,000.]
Other presbytery minimums (remain unchanged):
Study Leave - minimum shall be $800 and two weeks annually, both accumulative for three years
Vacation - 4 weeks vacation, annually
Mileage reimbursement – at the current rate allowed by the IRS
Seattle Community/Hesch – A full-time installed relationship between Seattle Community Church and Rev. Brenna Hesch as Associate Pastor was approved according to the following terms: Effective salary - $67,000 (cash salary and housing portions to be determined by the session); full Board of Pensions benefits; $5,125.50 SECA offset; four (4) weeks annual vacation; two (2) weeks annual study leave; $800 continuing education expenses; $4,000 professional expenses.
Blane/Honorably Retired - Granted Rev. Debbie Blane Honorably Retired status effective August 31, 2018.
Burns/Member At-Large - Moved Rev. Mark Burns to the Member At-Large roll effective August 3, 2018.
Williams/Harborview Medical Center - Certified Candidate Barbara Williams’s call as Chaplain at Harborview Medical Center was recognized as a call to validated ministry requiring ordination as a teaching elder upon successful examination for proceeding to ordination and reception as a member of the presbytery.
Uomoto/UW Medical Center - Certified Candidate Jordan Uomoto’s call as Chaplain at UW Medical Center Medical Center was recognized as a call to validated ministry requiring ordination as a teaching elder upon successful examination for proceeding to ordination and reception as a member of the presbytery.
Besola/Calvary PC - Certified Candidate Amy Besola’s call as Temporary Associate Pastor at Calvary PC was recognized as a call to validated ministry requiring ordination as a teaching elder upon successful examination for proceeding to ordination and reception as a member of the presbytery.
Rev. Chris Delmar - The Rev. Chris Delmar, a member in good standing of the Presbytery of Southern New England, was examined August 1, 2018 according to G-3.0306 and received as a member at-large. [Background check completed, boundary training completion confirmed.]
Rev. Chris Delmar bio:
I grew up in the New York City suburbs, third oldest in a Catholic family of seven children. I studied philosophy and religion at Wellesley College, and became a Presbyterian in my early thirties, discerning a call to ministry in the late ’90’s after many years of lay service at Wilton Presbyterian Church (Wilton, CT) and for the Presbytery of Southern New England (COM). While under care, I received an M.Div. in 2006 from Yale Divinity School. I was ordained to hospital chaplaincy at Yale New Haven Hospital. Following that call, I served for several years as an Associate Minister of Pastoral Care for a large Congregational church in New Canaan, CT.
I will have been married to my husband Dan for forty years next June. We first met in Boston long ago when we were young students. We have two adult children, Gregory (Aury) and Anne both of whom ended up in Seattle over the past decade for employment. Aury is married to our lovely daughter-in-law, Melissa. About a half a year after Dan retired from management consulting a couple of years ago, I left full-time ministry so that I could be freer to travel with him, to visit our NW family, and also so that I could help with my elderly mother’s transition to a memory care residence due to Alzheimer’s. Most recently, while still living in CT, I served as a per diem hospice chaplain, and continued to serve on COM.
My ministry passion and expertise is pastoral care. I consider it a very great privilege to walk along with folks in whatever path God has sent them on, and into whatever wonderings that may be part of their journey. Presently, as I adjust to life in the NW and becoming part of new communities, and while still going back East, I am seeking to continue as a Member at Large. In addition to travel, my hobbies are reading, daily walks, learning Tai Chi and challenging games like Mah Jongg to keep mentally fit, and simply enjoying the many blessings of this beautiful part of God’s world.
Reported For Information:
1. Moved to affirm and support the work of the FPCS AC/Session and the presbytery in their ministry and mission.
2. Met with Rev. Gabe Molinaro (Sanctuary Church), and recommended specific action items in order for him to proceed with his membership transfer request process.
3. Reinstated Rev. Sandra Larson’s (Seattle Presbytery member at-large) PIF on CLC.