Welcome to Eastminster Presbytery
Per Capita for 2018
General Assembly PCUSA: $ 7.73 Synod of the Covenant: $ 3.25 Eastminster Presbytery: $21.02
Standard Mileage Rate 2018
- 54.5 cents (.545) , up 1 cent from 2017.
Attention Clerks of Session!
223rd GA Update
The 223rd General Assembly is now in the books.
St Louis was a wonderful venue for this biennial gathering of Presbyterians. The hotels and convention center were within easy walking distance to wonderful restaurants and iconic sights. However, most of us spent our time with the business and events of the assembly.
There were 14 committees organized to do the work of the assembly. These committees ranged from Polity to The Way Forward. All of the business, and the action of the assembly, may be found (here) on PC-Biz.
These reports give good information but do not replicate the experience of worship, Bible study, prayer, and discussion with hundreds of other Presbyterians. The theme of the assembly was Renewing the Vision: Kin-dom Building for the 21st Century, with the scripture from Matthew 6:33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness. The focus was on kin-dom, relating to one another as siblings in Christ, rather than kingdom which infers the structures of power and wealth. During the assembly plenaries Kin-dom Building was placed on the docket. This was a time for commissioners and advisory delegates on the floor to have focused conversations with one another around kin-dom building themes rather than business items. The assembly drew strength from these spirited albeit brief conversations.
All of the items of business effect us in some way. The one that directly effects us is an increase in the GA per capita from $7.33 to $8.95 per active member. There has been, and will continue to be, extensive conversation around this subject. 10% of this increase was recommended for assembly operations and staff; 5% was the result of the actions taken by this assembly. These costs include the formation of new committees and task forces to address the issues raised during the assembly committee and plenary meetings.
Part of that per capita increase will fund a team of no less than 12 and no more than 15 elders and ministers to review the current per capita based system of funding the ministry of councils higher than the session, for financial sustainability into the next 10 years. The team will accomplish this by identifying the adaptive and technical challenges of sustainability in funding, consulting, and receiving feedback/input from the leadership of the presbyteries, synods, and the Office of the General Assembly, as well as the Presbyterian Foundation.
The assembly approved the formation of a Moving Forward Implementation Commission to oversee the recommendations from the Way Forward Committee which were approved by the assembly. These may be found in PC-Biz.
Eastminster was so well served by dedicated participants RE Beth Loresch, TE Rich Lapehn, and YAAD Lex Prindle. One of the expectations of a GA commissioner and advisory delegate is to interpret the actions and events of the General Assembly. This responsibility extends until the 224th GA is convened in Baltimore June 20, 2020. If you would like to invite one of them to share this experience with your church, please contact them directly to make arrangements. They will be presenting Reflections from GA during the stated presbytery meeting on September 4 in Vienna. The 225th GA (2022) will be hosted by the Presbytery of Scioto Valley in Columbus, Ohio. This means the next two assemblies are within driving distance from Eastminster. It is my hope that you will schedule some time to participate as an observer or commissioner to these gatherings.
Thank you for your continued support of our connectional church.
Blessings and peace,
Stated Presbytery Meetings in 2018
September 4, 2018
Vienna Presbyterian Church
December 4, 2018 10:00 a.m. The Vine Fellowship, Copely.
March 6, 2018 3:00 p.m. Heritage Presbyterian Church, Poland
June 5, 2018 5:00 p.m. North Benton Presbyterian Church