99th Stated Meeting
September 24–25, 2021
Lake Forest EPC
Meetings to be held in each region in January and April.
99th Stated Meeting of the
Friday, September 24, 2021, Noon
A Letter from Our Moderator
A letter from TE Kevin Cauley, Moderator of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic.
Dear Members of the Presbytery of Mid-Atlantic,
As I write this letter of invitation to the Presbytery meeting on September 24-25, 2021 at Lake Forest EPC in Huntersville, NC, it is with mixed emotions as we come to this last in-person meeting of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic.
The Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic is more than a governing body, it is our family. Think of all the friendships enjoyed through the years and surely, we feel regret we will not all be together in the future. For many of us, the PMA was a theological and missional refuge, which sparked in us a flame of renewal as we joined others deeply committed to Jesus Christ and His work. Thanks to Howard Shockley and other great leaders, the PMA not only shaped the future of the EPC, but also our own lives and ministries. So, it’s not really a sadness that marks this last meeting. This last meeting represents a culmination of God’s Work for which we can only express gratitude for the privilege of sharing in the story of God’s amazing work in the PMA.
Yet, joy also fills our hearts as we anticipate the growing outreach of the Gospel through the birth of three new Presbyteries out of the PMA. Our longing is to see the multiplication of EPC Churches in the Carolinas and Virginias who are committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ. Can you imagine the new churches that will arise because of what we do? Can you see the once dark faces that will shine because they know Jesus through new and renewed churches? What may seem like a funeral of a presbytery is more like a planting of a fruit-bearing seed that will give life to three new fruit-bearing trees. As we come together to express gratitude for what has been, we also gather to celebrate the future of God’s amazing work through these three new presbyteries.
On Friday afternoon, during our Resource time, we will reflect on who we are as the EPC. We are blessed with dynamic leaders who have been part of the growing identity of the EPC. They will speak to the four distinctives (Reformed, Presbyterian, Evangelical, and Missional) that make us who we are. They will remind us why these distinctives matter for the future of our three new presbyteries. The ethos of the EPC is meant to drive us out into the world to carry the Gospel to all people. Our prayer is for God to fan the flame of the faith that fuels our passion for His churches to make disciples of Jesus Christ who make disciples.
To mark this special occasion, you’re also invited to join us for dinner on Friday on the Lake Forest campus (suggested $10 donation) before our worship service where Dean Weaver will deliver the message.
Make plans to join us for this special time together and let us gather to give thanks to God as well as celebrate the future of God’s amazing work among us
In Christ’s Grace,