The Spring Stated Meeting of Charleston Atlantic Presbytery was held Tuesday, May 18 via Zoom. You can view the meeting on Facebook Live.
DID YOU KNOW? That the Handbook for the Spring Stated Meeting is available for anyone to read on the CAP website? Well it is, so if this ReCap sparks an interest, one may find out more by “referring to the handbook.”
Despite some technical difficulties, the Spring Meeting of the Charleston Atlantic Presbytery was another success in the face of social distancing. About 100 individuals participated in the zoom meeting, which also was streamed on Facebook Live. Worship was presented in pre-recorded segments allowing worshippers a peek inside the sanctuaries of the various churches from which elders, pastors and musicians participated. The Rev. Tracey Daniel brought the message on “The Good Shepherd.” Rev. James Rogers led communion.
Three guests made presentations. The Rev. Joyce Lieberman, Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk of the Synod of South Atlantic, Olanda Carr, Senior Ministry Relations officer of the Presbyterian Foundation, and Lauren Thompson, Advancement Officer of The Thormwell Home for Children expanded on the written reports they had submitted in advance and which are in the handbook.
Nothing illustrates our presbytery as beautifully and succinctly as the “Celebration of Joys’ video. Since Dorothy Blackwelder had this idea a few years ago, the photo submissions from congregations have been a a great way to show the many ways our many congregations are doing ministry. During this time of Covid, it is especially heartening to see the creative ways Presbyterians are continuing to connect within their own churches and in the greater community. A big thank you goes out to all who contribute these photos.
As Stated clerk, it was my joy to report that preparations are under way for the 225th General Assembly to be held in June of next year. The assembly will be a hybrid meeting, with commissioners meeting in person in committees in Louisville, but all plenary sessions via Zoom. Dates and calendar are in the Handbook with more information on the PC(USA) website.
The Commission on Ministry introduced the Rev. Margaret Fleming, who has been ordained by the presbytery to service as a hospital chaplain. Rev. Fleming was under care of the CAP Committee on Preparation for ministry. The Committee on Preparation for Ministry introduced two new inquirers joining those currently under care.
Rev. Lissa Long and Elder Cassandra Roper, speaking out of their own experience, encouraged all elders and ministers of word and sacrament to consider serving on one of the presbytery agencies. Anyone who is interested in the opportunities to serve in the presbytery should review the report of the Committee on Representation. It contains descriptions of all the commissions, committees, and teams of the Presbytery, all of which will need new members to be nominated for 2022. New members to fill certain spots for 2021 were placed in nomination and approved. The COR currently has a vacancy which needs to be filled for 2021.
The Shepherding Team presented various resolutions all of which passed. As a result, two churches, Lowcountry PC and Hebron Zion PC, will receive the deeds to their church real estate to hold in trust. Zion Olivet was approved to pursue the purchase of the Advent Lutheran property in which it has nested since selling its property in downtown Charleston. At the recommendation of the Shepherding Team, the presbytery approved the creation of a new commission: The “CAP Presbyterian Disaster Commission” will be a part of the South Carolina Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Commission. Descriptions of the commission and the initial members elected by the presbytery can be found in the handbook.
Four Churches in the Presbytery have been recognized as PC(USA) Earth Care Congregations: Dorchester PC, James Island PC, Lowcountry PC and St Andrews PC (Charleston). A description of the Earth Care program is in the Handbook. Cap Moderator, Rev Spike Coleman (pastor of St. Andrews) encouraged other churches to consider becoming an earth Care Congregation.
Service to Others Committee is very busy, planning, among other things, a vaccine clinic to be held at the Presbytery Office in June and a possible mission trip to Puerto Rico in October.
Nurture Ministry also highlighted its work in their report in the Handbook. In speaking for the ministry, Rev Brian Henderson called for youth to serve on the Youth Council.
The Presbyterian Women submitted a written report, but Elder Linda Rousseau also spoke, saying it was an honor to be Moderator of the PW. She encouraged participation in PW activities, noting that “all women who are Presbyterian are Presbyterian Women!”
Alas, not all news reported was good: So many great things are happening in our presbytery, yet we are running over the rather barebones budget carefully crafted by the Stewardship of Financial Gifts of Ministry Team and approved by the presbytery last December. Peter Jones, the team moderator reported the shortfall is due individual churches not giving as projected.
Currently, the next CAP meeting is scheduled to be a zoom meeting on September 18. We hope and pray that by December we will be able to meet again in person.
Catherine D. Byrd, Stated Clerk