Scioto Valley Presbytery Meeting Highlights, Tuesday, February 19 at Worthington Presbyterian Church

From the PSV Stated Clerk, Sally Robinson…  Many words of gratitude go to the Worthington Presbyterian Church pastors, staff, elders and members for their radical hospitality for this meeting of the Presbytery. The Presbytery Meeting opened with prayer by Moderator. Rev. Rebecca Tollefson on Tuesday, February 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the Worthington Presbyterian Church. The meeting followed an inspiring and energizing gathering of persons committed to Global Mission led by guest leader Ellen Sherby, Coordinator for Equipping for Mission Involvement. Ellen also led worship during the Presbytery Meeting. Highlights of the Meeting included: One Great Hour of Sharing Offering Minute for mission on the Mid-Ohio Workers Association, which recently received a Self-Development of People Grant Presentation by James G. Rissler, President of the PC(USA) Investment and Loan Program (PILP) and presentation for interest rebate checks to …

Clerk’s Corner… From PSV Stated Clerk, Reverend Sally Robinson

I would love to have a quarter for every time over the years I have heard the phrase “General Assembly, they….” as though GA were some sort of nefarious entity in which most of us have no part. I could have retired a very rich woman, and sadly, nothing could be further from the truth. In the words of the immortal Pogo, “We have met the enemy and they are us.” Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly are us. You elect your session, sessions elect commissioners to presbytery and presbyteries elect commissioners to Synod and General Assembly. With all that said, we have a chance to bring some changes to the Book of Order. We will be voting on Amendments to our Constitution at our stated meeting on February 19. The amendments will be part of the docket for the meeting, …

Clerk’s Corner…By Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

With one week break here is the second in the series about what our Presbytery’s Leadership Commissions do. Two weeks ago, I focused on the Commission for Nurture and Outreach. This week I want to look at the Commission for Congregational Life or “CCL”. In our current structure, the work of the former Committee on Ministry was divided. The purpose of CCL reads as follows: “To promote and nurture healthy and faith-filled relationships within and among congregations and the presbytery through facilitation, communication and coordination.” This is a very short description for a Commission that does a tremendous amount of work. CCL works with every congregation that is without a pastor through a group of folks who work with churches in transition. They oversee self-studies, work to place transitional pastors and CREs, and work with churches who might have issues …

CLERK’S CORNER…Thoughts from Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

Last week I said that I would spend the next four weeks talking about the four Commissions that have the authority to take action on behalf of presbytery between quarterly meetings. I’d like to begin with the Commission for Nurture and Outreach (CNO), which is chaired by the Reverend Mary Gause. The purpose of this Commission as outlined in the structure design states: “To provide and nurture educational, connectional, and outreach opportunities which promote growth in discipleship, encourage congregational partnerships, and support special areas of ministry such as peacemaking, youth and campus ministry.” CNO is the mission, education and program Commission. It works with educators and youth leaders, those working in areas of mission and outreach, both in the local community and around the world, and in other program areas of the church, including older adult ministries. It administers some …

CLERK’S CORNER… Thoughts from Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

In preparing for the next presbytery meeting, I am realizing that there are still questions about our “new” structure which was put in place nearly 6 years ago. At that time, the presbytery went from a traditional structure with committees and a Council to a structure that is made up of four Commissions and two committees. This was done in accordance with the Book of Order, G-3.0109, which allows a presbytery to structure itself in a way that will best serve the mission of Christ in a particular place. With that said, I would remind you that Commissions take action on behalf of presbytery and report those actions at the next presbytery meeting. In order for you to easily find those actions, from this presbytery meeting forward, the report of actions taken on your behalf will be at the beginning …

Clerk’s Corner…Thoughts from Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

Last week I wrote about connections. This week I want to answer a question/complaint I hear frequently, “Why do we have to do all this statistical stuff? What would Jesus think about what the church has become?” I can’t possibly answer the second question, but I do know that the Apostle Paul thought that the image of the church as Christ’s body was so important that he wrote about it several times. During my time in Chicago earlier in the month I attended two workshops on statistical work and began to realize that it is our statistics and records that act as the sinew that keeps the parts of the body together. It is our records and statistics that keep churches connected to each other, that keep churches connected to Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly, and that keep us connected …