Statement of Purpose
For such a time as this, the congregations and leadership of Lehigh Presbytery
will partner to challenge and resource each other,
so that we may boldly risk our comfort
for the sake of the Gospel of Christ.
The Lehigh Presbytery had their first Assembly for 2019 on Saturday, March 2 at the Community Presbyterian Church of Mt. Bethel/Portland. The snow did not keep 56 commissioners and visitors from attending this meeting.
Nicole Vogel, candidate under care, was presented, examined and approved for ordination. She had completed all her requirements and had been certified ready to receive a call. Nicole received a pastoral call to the Presbyterian Church of East Stroudsburg. The Committee on Ministry presented her approved terms of call and the moderator was empowered to appoint an administrative commission to ordain and install Nicole Vogel as a minister of word and sacrament and pastor of the Presbyterian Church of East Stroudsburg.
The Committee on Ministry presented a pastoral Severance Policy and a revised Dissolution of a Pastoral Relationship Policy for a first reading. It will be brought to the Lehigh Presbytery May Assembly for a second reading and vote.
The Committee on Preparation for Ministry brought forth a motion to design an alternative Bible Content Exam for one of our inquirers under care. The motion was approved. They then brought forth a motion to design an alternative Exegetical Exam for one of our candidates under care which was also approved.
A funding proposal for 2019 for the new worshipping community, Blank Slate, was presented and approved by the commissioners.
The Assembly then explored their context of ministry, the state of our congregations, and possible ideas for the next steps in connecting with each other, supporting each other, and ministering to our communities. Lehigh Presbytery is living into their new purpose statement by providing an educational piece at each Assembly. The featured presenter at this meeting was the Rev. Dr. Stan Ott, President of Vital Churches Institute. It was a very thought provoking time with breakout times for discussions amongst the attendees. Click here for an outline of discussion points.
A memorial tribute to the Rev. Charles E. Staples, honorably retired member of Lehigh Presbytery, was read.
The meeting adjourned with prayer.