February 5,6, 2016 - Twin Lakes Retreat Center, Moderator RE Paul Adams
April 25, 2016 - Called Meeting at Lakeland Presbyterian Church, Moderator RE Paul Adams
May 3, 2016 - French Camp Academy, Moderator TE Caleb Cangelosi
August 2, 2016 - Northpointe Presbyterian Church, Meridian, Moderator First Nominee RE Bebo Elkin
November 1, 2016 - Westminster Presbyterian Church, Vicksburg, Moderator First Nominee TE David Strain
February 3,4, 2017 - Twin Lakes Retreat Center
May 2, 2017 - Belhaven University
August 1, 2017 - Open
November 7, 2017 - Open
SUMMARY OF OUR NOVEMBER 10, 2015 MEETING OF
THE PRESBYTERY OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY
The Presbytery of the Mississippi Valley (PMV) held its stated meeting on November 10, 2015, at Wynndale Presbyterian Church in Terry, Mississippi. Past Moderator, Ruling Elder (RE) Rod Russ, opened the meeting in prayer, after which the First Nominee, Teaching Elder (TE) Robert Penny, was unanimously elected as moderator of the meeting. The Wynndale Presbyterian Congregation and particularly the women provided for an excellent setting for presbytery to meet. They chose the theme “How beautiful are the feet of those who proclaim good news…” to display boots filled with flowers for each lunch table. Presbytery was blessed by their generous service and delicious provisions.
TE Ralph Kelly presented the report of the Administration Committee. He advised the court that many churches are behind on their presbytery askings. He encouraged the churches to be faithful in their giving. During the Administration Committee report, TE Guy Waters was elected to complete the unexpired term of the previous Parliamentarian TE John Reeves.
During the Shepherding and Advisory Committee report, the court approved the dissolution of the pastoral relationship between Delhi Presbyterian Church and TE Paul Lipe, who served that church faithfully for 54 years. TE Brister Ware offered a prayer of thanksgiving, after which the court gave TE Lipe a standing ovation as an expression of joy and thanks for his many years of faithful service to the Lord’s church.
Worship was led by TE Caleb Cangelosi on behalf of past moderator RE Rod Russ. Several hymns were sung and prayer was led by TE Carl Kalberkamp. TE Cangelosi then preached a challenging message from 2 Chronicles 16 titled “Finishing Well.” He closed worship with the benediction.
During the Credentials report, oral reports were received from several candidates and interns, Kyle Brent, Addison Canevaro, Seth Duhs, Anthony Forrest, Ian Hammond, Zack Owens, Jemar Tisby and Josh Williams. Nick Robison was examined and approved for candidacy. Nick Bullock was examined and approved for ordination, pending completion of seminary which is expected later this year. He will serve as the new pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Yazoo City beginning with his ordination on January 10, 2016.
During the Campus report, TE Elbert McGowan expressed his thanks to the court for its many years of support for RUF Jackson State. TE McGowan introduced the RUF Interns serving at Jackson State and expressed confidence in them as he transitions to become the Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
Reports were also received from the Special Committee on Racial Reconciliation and the Special Committee on SCOTUS. RE Hugh Potts reported that the Special Committee on Racial Reconciliation had met three times. He provided a handout to the court detailing a list of items currently being considered by this committee. RE Matt Vines reported that the Special Committee on SCOTUS has also met three times and is in the process of analyzing and evaluating both the legal issues and pastoral issues implicated in the Obergfell decision.
RE Paul Adams was elected First Nominee for the next Stated Meeting which will take place at Twin Lakes Camp and Conference Center on February 5 and 6, 2016. When the court’s business was concluded, RE Bebo Elkin closed the meeting in prayer.
Written by the Communications Subcommittee and approved by the Administration Committee as part of its effort to further communication with our churches. It is hoped that this will be distributed to congregations as a bulletin insert or on church websites. You can find it on the presbytery website :www.msvalley.org.