95th Stated Meeting Will Be Held On-line to
Vote on Overture to General Assembly
April 25, 2020
UPDATE, April 7, 2020:
These days, things seem to change constantly. Our planned meeting schedule is a victim of this!
Our April online meeting will be the 95th Stated Meeting of the presbytery. This will be held as a Zoom meeting beginning a 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. A packet, registration, and Zoom instructions are in the works and will be announced soon.
Our planned July meeting will NOT be held. The plan now is to hold our 96th Stated Meeting on the regular September dates, September 25-26, 2020 at River Oaks Community Church in Clemmons, NC.
The highlight of our 95th Stated Meeting on April 25 is to vote on the proposed Overture to General Assembly creating the boundaries of the three new presbyteries previously approved by PMA. We will be forwarding the language of this Overture to you within the next week. Technically, all overtures are due to the Office of the General Assembly by April 10, but we have received permission to finalize this Overture at our called meeting on April 25 and it will be presented at the General Assembly meeting in June. As you may be aware, it takes two meetings of the General Assembly for an Overture of this type to be ratified. The “first reading” will occur at the 2020 GA meeting and the final reading and vote will take place at the 2021 GA meeting. The plan is for the approved recommendation for the three presbyteries to become effective on January 1, 2022 if all necessary elements are in place.
We wil lalso be examing a Teaching Elder. If we become aware that there are other items that must be included, we will announce that soon.
In addition, we are offering a weekly “Fireside Chat/Time of Prayer” with and for our pastors. This meeting will be offered by Zoom link and will be scheduled by region.
The times are as follows—
- Coastal region will be 10:00 a.m on Tuesdays beginning on March 24.
- Piedmont region will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning on March 25.
- Mountain region will be 10:00 a.m on Thursdays beginning on March 26.
The Zoom link will be sent to pastors.
On a personal note, I want to thank all of you for your prayers. As you may know, I’m in quarantine at a skilled care facility in Black Mountain receiving IV antibiotics each day for an infected knee joint. I’m stuck in my room until at least April 7. Not exactly the way I want to see our presbytery through this time of testing, but God has a purpose. I’m not really suffering or in any danger. I’m just confined for the time being. I look forward to seeing you all when all of this blows over, and it will. God has a plan and purpose for each of us and all of us in this time of national crisis.
In the meantime,
“Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always devote yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” I Corinthians 15.58.
Your brother in the battle,
Rev. Ronald W. Horgan
Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic