On a day which felt like summer might be on the wane, the Summer Stated Meeting of the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery was held on September 16 at Aimwell Presbyterian Church. At least 120 were in attendance enjoying the warm welcome of the host church beginning with an ample spread of breakfast goodies and ending with a delicious lunch of pulled pork, chicken and accompanying sides. And in between there was a busy meeting!
Worship included Rev. Perry Griffin’s powerful sermon, “Talking to Yourself and God” based on Psalm 42:5 and Luke 15:17-23, music provided by the Aimwell Choir, and Holy Communion. An offering of $1,488 was collected to benefit Presbyterian Disaster Assistance work in the wake of the Maui wildfires.
Please read the HANDBOOK and SUPPLEMENT for more information about the business of the meeting. Highlights included Introduction of three pastors new to CAP: Rev. Rob Blumer (Interim, Peace PC), Rev. Joe Johnson (Associate. Providence PC), Rev. Garland Hart (Retired, living in Williston) and the transition of seminary Student Caroline Grinrod from Inquirer to Candidate status.
Other important business included the passage of a resolution to require boundary training, to be administered by the Commission on Ministry, for all Pastors, Seminarians and Certified Christian Educators, the adoption of a Revised Building Use policy developed by the Property Ministry Team, and the first reading of the 2024 Budget.
Important information included the announcement by the MaKay Presbyterian Ministry of a photo exhibit, “En El Camino” (On the Path) to be held at the CAP offices Nov. 3-Feb 9, after which the photos will be variable for exhibit at other locations, an overview of the structure and work of the South Carolina Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Commission, and an introduction to the work of the Congo Presbyterian Mission Network (which will hold its national meeting next year at the CAP office).
Finally, transitions in Presbytery leadership were addressed: The Shepherding Team requested and was granted authority to form a Search Committee for the position of General Presbyter, Elder David Yandle was elected Stated Clerk for the three year term beginning January 1, 2024, Rev. Cibele Santos was elected Moderator of presbytery for 2024 and Commissioned Ruling Elder Priscilla Holtzclaw was elected Vice Moderator for 2024. With great sadness the presbytery recognized that Rev. Dorothy Blackwelder was resigning her post as Presbytery Director of Communications after more than seven years. Her hard work, much of it behind the scenes, was celebrated. Also celebrated was the hiring of Julie McCormick, a member of Summerville PC, to take over from Dorothy.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday Dec.12 at St. Andrews PC on Wappoo Road in Charleston.
View this meeting’s Joys Video below: