MESSAGE FROM WINSHAPE CAMP
“There is a WinShape volunteer meeting on July 17th @ 6:00pm in the Enterprise High School cafeteria. A light dinner will be served. Volunteer t-shirts will be available for pick up. If you are 18 or older and do not have a background check you can sign a form at the meeting (10 dollar donation for processing is suggested but not required). Bring friends, they can sign up to volunteer at the meeting. Thank you so much for your help.”
2016 PCUSA GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS
The PCUSA General Assembly for 2016 was held last month in Portland, Oregon. The theme of the assembly was, “The Hope in our Calling.”
Some of the highlights included: adding the Confession of Belhar to the denomination’s Book of Confessions, approving a new Directory for Worship, taking steps to protect from harm the children and youth in our midst, and creating an administrative commission to tend to structural issues in the church and a “vision team” to establish and reclaim the church’s identity.
A summary report of the actions taken at General Assembly is available on the church website, and several printed copies have been placed on the table in the narthex. If additional printed copies are needed, please let the church office know.
Excerpt from the summary:
MINISTER OF THE WORD AND SACRAMENT
“After several hours of debate, commissioners voted to send to presbyteries a proposed amendment to the Book of Order that would restore the previous nomenclature for ordered ministry. If approved by a majority of the denomination’s 171 presbyteries, those now called teaching elders would become ministers of Word and Sacrament; ruling elders would be elders; and commissioned ruling elders would be commissioned pastors. The vote was 320- 218 to return to language in use prior to 2012, when the new Form of Government was adopted.”