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 …

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

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the connectional church lately. First, there was the presbytery meeting last month with our worship leader from General Assembly, our chance together to create a new congregation, the Rose Run Presbyterian Church at New Albany, and our reception of new pastors from other presbyteries in a peaceful and orderly fashion. Then last week, your Executive Presbyter and I traveled to Chicago to meet with other EPs/GPs and Stated Clerks as we spent some time in workshops and plenary sessions visioning with other Presbyterians about what dialogue with those of different races, cultures, genders and ages might look like. In this era where so many of us feel, and are, divided from one another, can we Presbyterians have the courageous conversations that might model something different for society? Can we show that Christian …

Clerk’s Corner…. Thoughts from the Stated Clerk

Thoughts from our PSV Stated Clerk, The Reverend Sally Robinson There’s a little-known section of the Book of Order – G-1.0304 – that has a heading called “Ministry of Members.” Most folks have never read it, but I’ve often wondered if there has ever been a church brave enough to print it in their newsletter. This section begins “Membership in the church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege. It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission. A faithful member bears witness to God’s love and grace and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christ’s Church.” It then goes on to list 12 areas in which a member should participate. A real responsibility indeed! One of the areas refers to supporting ministry through the giving of money, time and talents. In the Presbyterian …

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

I am writing this on the 4th of July, remembering that our founders based this country’s form of government on our Presbyterian form of government – representative, constitutional, and relational. Those fundamentals were in place at the 223rd General Assembly (GA) as overtures were brought forth from committees and discussed, as commissioners were advised by advisory delegates, and voting took place. The overture that was of interest to many of you was #05-03 from Cincinnati Presbytery, and concurred with by several presbyteries, including our own, asking for an Administrative Commission to review the Synod of the Covenant. The Synod sent an overture in opposition to General Assembly as well. What came out of the Committee on Mid-Council and approved by GA was a recommendation that the Co-moderators of the PC(USA) appoint an Administrative Commission, but also place an emphasis on …

Clerk’s Corner…Reverend Sally O. Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

Clerk’s Corner…Reverend Sally O. Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk As part of my staff report at the Presbytery meeting on May 15, I tried to encourage folks to follow the working of General Assembly on line. I want to use this space to repeat some of that for those of you who weren’t at the meeting. It’s easier than you may think. Go to the General Assembly website at www.pcusa.org/oga. The Office of the General Assembly web page will open. Click on the 223rd General Assembly link. When the GA web page with a large picture of the St. Louis arch comes up, you will see lots of different red ovals that are links to various tasks for staff and commissioners. But the red oval on the right side at the bottom says, “What is General Assembly?” The page that comes up …

Clerk’s Corner…

Clerk’s Corner… Thoughts from the Reverend Sally Robinson, Presbytery of Scioto Valley Stated Clerk On Monday, April 9, the presbytery held a special called meeting for the purpose of reviewing Overture #05-03 from the Presbytery of Cincinnati to the 223rd General Assembly. The overture asks that General Assembly form an Administrative Commission to look into difficulties within our Synod of the Covenant. The presbytery voted to concur with the overture by a vote of 54-3. All the paperwork for the meeting, including the minutes, can be found on our website. Please note all the particulars in terms of how we hold this kind of special meeting. It takes a certain number of ministers and elders to ask the moderator to call the meeting. It takes a certain number of ministers and elders to form a quorum to do the business of …

Clerk’s Corner

One of the things I am working on as the “newish” Stated Clerk is how to streamline some of what we do. At the last meeting of the presbytery in November there were some changes in the meeting docket.

A Note to Clerks of Sessions From Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

A Note to Clerks of Sessions From Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk The statistical reports are now online on the GA Website, and instructions on how to access yours will come to you right after the first of the year. Be on the look-out for a mailing that will provide more details for you. If you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact Dagmar or me at the presbytery office 614-847-0565. The General Assembly Stated Clerk’s Session Annual Statistical Report is found at: http:oga.pcusa.org/stats This link will take you to the GA Statistics page. You will need your church’s user name (Church PIN number) and the church’s password. The passwords are the same as last year. If you cannot find your church’s password, please contact Dagmar in the presbytery office (614/847-0565) or me (740-708-4656).