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Pray for Jeff
Rev. Jeff Lewis, Lawrenceville, GA, was working on a construction project this week and was involved in an accident with a circular saw.  He damaged several ligaments and bones in one hand.  He will have surgery today at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta that will attempt to repair the damage. Please pray for this surgery and for Jeff and his family.

Death
Annie Mae “Judy” McClung, Andalusia
Annie Mae “Judy” McClung, 89, of Andalusia died Sun., March 15, 2009, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., today, Tues., March 17, at Beda Baptist Church with the Rev. Anthony Clark officiating. Interment will follow at Beda Cemetery with Foreman Brown-Service Funeral Home directing. Mrs. McClung retired in 1983, after working 30 years as a nurse at Andalusia Hospital.

She is survived by her son, Rev. P. J. McClung and wife Donna of Andalusia; grandchildren, Shon McClung and wife, Tari, and Phillip McClung, both of Andalusia; Amanda Jones and husband, Bert of Lowell, Ariz.; great grandchildren, Sarah McClung and John Paul Jones.
Pallbearers will be Robert Little, John Knox, John Maust, Bruce Carraway, Gary Smith, and Donald Gene Smith.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home 30 minutes prior to services at the church.
Friends and family unable to attend services may sign a guest register at www.foremanfuneralhome.com.

Highlights from Spring Presbytery Meetings

SECOND PRESBYTERY
Dr. John Carson presented a program related to his work with MT3.  Presbytery then prayed for Dr. Carson and his upcoming three-month trip to Africa and Europe.

Presbytery voted to grant Tom Richie honorable retirement from Young Memorial Church.

The Minister and His Work committee reported on the resignation of Jeff Lewis as Pastor of the Grace Presbyterian Church in Lawrenceville, GA.

Other actions included:

  • Received by transfer from Catawba Presbytery student of theology Stuart Moore.
  • Removed from the roll licentiate Spencer Swain.
  • Heard student sermons from Mark Hering and Timothy Brooks.
  • Heard reports from the Travelers Rest Mission, the International Community Outreach and the Clemson Korean Mission.
  • Learned that the trustees of Presbytery leased the Woodruff property, but are still seeking a buyer for that property.
  • Asked the Stewardship Committee to make a review of projected revenue and expenses for the next five years.

CATAWBA PRESBYTERY

  • Heiko E. Burklin was examined and received from Florida Presbytery effective March 10, 2009.  He has received a call to become pastor of the Neely’s Creek Church and will begin on April 1, 2009.
  • Presbytery voted to begin a mission work in Indian Land, SC.  A call was extended to Gary A. Stiltner to become mission developer effective April 1, 2009.  Stiltner has been working for the Presbytery during the last year to determine the feasibility of the area for a mission. The official name of the mission will be Indian Land Associate Reformed Presbyterian Mission.
  • Received as a candidate Jamey A. Dagenhart, a member of the First Rock Hill Church and a junior at Erskine Seminary.
  • Elected J. Steve Maloney, elder from the Tirzah Church, as Vice Moderator/Moderator-elect.  He will begin his term as Vice Moderator on July 1, 2009 and assume the role of Moderator on July 1, 2010.
  • Heard Mark Witte, a member of First Columbia, preached his Middler Sermon.
  • Elder David Mitchell from the Hickory Grove Church presided as Moderator.

FIRST PRESBYTERY

  • Voted down a proposal to request Synod to divide the Presbytery.
  • Affirmed the language in a memorial to Synod calling for the severing of all fraternal relations with the Presbyterian Church, USA.
  • Approved a memorial to Synod concerning the 500th Anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, encouraging the congregations and presbyteries to promote commemorative events and petitioning the state and national governments and their leaders to mark the date by appropriate resolutions.
  • Approved the organization of the Covenant of Grace Mission in Winston-Salem, and the call to Rev. Roger Wiles as pastor.
  • Granted permission to Craig Avenue Tabernacle Church to sell the property of its daughter congregation, Hemby Bridge Mission.
  • Granted permission for Hemby Bridge Mission to relocate to Indian Trail and re-appointed the Provisional Session for the Mission; changed the Mission’s name to Good Shepherd Community Mission Church.
  • Appointed provisional elders for Calvary Church and Rivertown Mission.
  • Approved request to the Board of Church Extension for a supplement for the Hope Chapel Mission.
  • Went on record as supporting church planting in Scotland and requested assistance of Outreach North America and World Witness. Gave permission for the treasurer of First Presbytery to receive funding for this project.
  • Endorsed candidacy of the Rev. Juan Carlos Unda as an Army chaplain.
  • Removed Rev. Scott Siems from the roll of ministers and Jeff Weber from the roll of seminary students. Noted transfer of Rev. Luke Davis to the PCA.
  • Received three students under care of Presbytery:  Patrick Gretzinger (All Saints), Josiah Jones (Coddle Creek), and Tripp Kimbrough (Christ Community).
  • Licensed student Robert Arendale and approved his ordination and call as associate pastor to the Ballantyne Church.
  • Approved call to and ordination of Licentiate Stephen Myers to Pressly Memorial Church.
  • Elected elder Bob Stone (Ballantyne) as moderator; Rev. John Currid as vice moderator for the fall 2009 term; and Rev. Vaughn Hathaway as moderator for the spring 2010 term.

NORTHEAST PRESBYTERY
An historic meeting of Northeast Presbytery took place on Thursday, March 5, 2009, when the presbytery met in Flushing, NY, at the Hyo Shin Presbyterian Church.  The Hyo Shin Church was received into full membership, along with a number of other Korean-speaking congregations and ministers in October 2007.

Meals of Korean ethnic food were graciously provided by the Church.  Seasons of prayer were led by Korean Pastor Peter Lee and C. K. Rhee.  Devotional hymns were sung in both Korean and English.  Holy Communion was led by Suk Ho Moon, pastor of the Hyo Shin Church, assisted by elders from his congregation.

At this meeting, the presbytery received three additional Korean-speaking pastors: (Rev. Daniel Rhee, Rev. Dong Ik (John) Hwang and  Rev. Jin K. Kim) and voted to ordain and install a Korean assistant pastor (Chang Taek Jeong) for the Joyful Church, Fresh Meadows, NY.

Already the presbytery’s Manual of Procedure is being translated into Korean for the convenience of our Korean speaking brothers.  At this meeting, Presbytery voted to authorize Sessions to keep their minutes in the language most useful to each congregation.

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