Stated Meeting of Presbytery
April 26-27, 2019
Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, Casper, WY
The meeting was called to order by moderator, Rev. Susan Reichenberg at 8:03 a.m. on April 26th, 2019 at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, Casper, Wyoming.
Friday April 26th
Morning worship was led by Rev. Lynn Williamson, Rev. Shayla Graham and Libby Tedder-Hugus.
The Moderator convened the meeting and after announcements, introductions and seating of corresponding members, the education focus of the day began.
The moderator introduced Jason Moore, a presenter from Ohio, who conducted a workshop titled “The Creative Worship”.
In Session 1 – Culture, Jason talked about analyzing keys to our digital culture and exploring creative applications in worship. One of the examples he gave was the use of Playdough as an expression of how God is shaping us.
In Session 2 – Art, Jason spoke about learning to create powerful imagery for worship. He discussed three categories of art, which include fine art, folk art and pop art. He suggested that most of the art used in worship should come from the third category, pop art.
At this point the group broke for lunch and reconvened at 1:30pm.
Session 3 – Team started out the afternoon. Jason said that the work of putting together a Creative Worship is better when you collaborate with a team of people. He had the group break into teams of four to seven people and brainstorm for 15 minutes to design a worship based on Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. At the end of the breakout session, someone from each team presented their ideas.
After a short break, Jason introduced Session 4 – Technology. He gave a list of five levels, or phases, of technology. He spoke about the various types of hardware and software needed, ranging from simple and inexpensive items such as a projector, to sophisticated and expensive video equipment. He also shared a list of free or inexpensive software.
Evening worship was led by Jason Moore and celebration of the Lords Supper was led by Rev. Susan Reichenberg and Rev. Lynn Williamson.
Saturday, April 27th
Presbytery reconvened at 8:05 a.m. at Shepherd of the Hills with morning worship led by Rev. Larry Turpin
Presbytery Voted to Approve the following consent agenda items:
Approve the minutes of the October 2018 Presbytery meeting.
Inscribe into the minutes the report of presbytery Council.
Inscribe into the minutes the latest financial statements.
Inscribe into the minutes the report of the General Presbyter.
Inscribe into the minutes the report of the Stated Clerk.
Annual Statistical Report
Annual Pastor Database report and redress of imbalance
Action Agenda Items for Presbytery:
1. Items from the Nominating Committee – the following persons were elected to office:
Committtee on Ministry
Sara Shields, Mtn. View
Sam Starnes, Thermopolis
Ed Brenegar, Jackson
Evangelism, Congregational Development & Leadership
Budget & Finance
Deb Smith, Mtn. View
ROCCS Retreat, Outdoor, Camping, Conferences & Service
Moderator - CJ Clem, Sheridan
Moderator - Bob Thomson, First Cheyenne
General Assembly G.A. Commissioners
Warren Genderen, Jackson
Alternate Trenda Weisshaar, Lingle
2. Items from Council
Presbytery Approved the adoption of:
Revised Sexual Misconduct Policy
Minor and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy
Presbytery Voted for the Moderator to appoint an implementation team of three members for the newly approved policies.
Presbytery Voted on the proposed Constitutional Amendments GA 223 as follows:
Election of Ruling Elders and Deacons: On Amending G-2.0401 (Item 06-11)
On Amending G-2.0509 (Item 06-09)
On Amending D-10.0401d (Item 06-09)
Officers: On Amending G-3.0104 (Item 06-16)
Membership of Presbytery: On Amending G-3.0306 (Item 06-05)
Pastor, Counselor, and Advisor to Its Pastors and Congregations: On Amending G-3.307 (Item 06-02)
Welcoming to the Table: On Amending W-4.0202 (Item14-03)
Disciplinary Offense: On Amending D-2.0203b (Item 06-04)
On Amending D-10.0401b
On Amending D-10.0401c(1)
Council reported that it is still in the process of interviewing applicants for Stated Clerk and will make an interim selection in the near future.
After amendment, Presbytery voted to form a New Administrative Commission for Riverton and Dismiss existing the AC effective July 1, 2019
After amendment Presbytery voted to designate ECDL as the oversight Commission for our two NWC’s
3. From Committee on Ministry
Presbytery voted to sadly confirm the honorable retirement of Rev. Larry Turpin
Presbytery voted to confirm the transfer of Rev. Marc Jones to St. Augustine Presbytery
Presbytery voted to confirm dissolution of call for Rev. Guy Helms
Presbytery concluded with a service of appreciation for Rev. Larry Turpin.
The meeting was adjourned with Prayer by the Moderator at 12:18pm.
Note: the next meeting the Presbytery of Wyoming will be September 27-28, 2019 hosted at United Presbyterian Church, Guernsey WY.
Tuesday, May 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Laramie County Library
Cottonwood Room (main floor lobby)
Jack, a nationally recognized and celebrated speaker, is a dynamic, humorous and interesting presenter. We are confident you will be intrigued, inspired and captivated! The title of his presentation is “Transformed People, Transformed Church, Transformed World” and it is exactly what the churches of this country need at a time such as this. Jack will be introducing the JustFaith program, and how its use in your church will inspire your members to actively engage in the work of mercy, advocacy, organizing, solidarity, earth care and economic justice.
Note: Rev. Hartman has facilitated the JustFaith program the last two years. I have facilitated JustFaith for eight times. Both of us can answer questions and share with you how it has transformed the folks who were in the program. There are currently 95 grads in Cheyenne (50,000+ in the U.S. from 1,400+ congregations
Our goal is to have a dozen or more churches represented at the event. The May 14, 2019 presentation is FREE, but you are asked to register in advance justfaith.org/cheyenne-workshop.
For more information, you can go to the JustFaith website www.justfaith.org or contact me, Ed Boenisch, at firstname.lastname@example.org 635-1639 h, 214-0645 c, or Rev. Diana Hartman, email@example.com, 638-3345 o, 772-1295 c.
We hope you will join us. It could change your church! Attached you will find a flier and info sheet.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
May 31-June 1, 2019
Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole
An event sponsored by The Evangelism and Redevelopment/Leadership Team of the Presbytery and the Presbytery of Yellowstone! It is being funded by both Presbyteries and by the Synod of the Rocky Mountains!
It will focus on “Equipping Christ Followers to Go into the Neighborhood.” The keynote speaker will be Co-Moderator of the PCUSA Vilmarie CINTRÓN-OLIVIERI,
She is a native of Puerto Rico and an English as a Second Language teacher. She is a ruling elder who has served on the Committee on Theological Education and as a translator from English to Spanish at numerous General Assemblies. As our ultimate global ambassador, Vilmarie has a deep passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ. When she was elected, she said, “We don’t know when our time will come. We need to try to live every day, loving God and loving the neighbor in concrete ways, not only by our words but by our actions. We must look for ways to be better Christians, citizens, and neighbors, to effect change and make a difference.”
There will be worship and breakout sessions focusing on engaging our neighbors.
The cost will be low and housing will probably be paid for!
Presbyterian Women of the Synod of the Rocky Mountains Triennial Gathering
The Presbyterian Women of the Synod of the Rocky Mountains Triennial Gathering, will be held August 9-11 at the Holiday Inn, Sheridan, WY, 1809 Sugarland Dr
Who is your pastor’s pastor? To whom do they turn when they need to talk? Where are the safe places where they can be open and talk about the realities of their ministries and the struggles, the strains and the joys?
The Presbytery of Wyoming has encouraged and supported our General Presbyter, Steve Shive, to convene and meet with groups of Clergy and Commissioned Elders throughout the state.
The meetings usually meet at 10:00 AM with a format including:
Check-In and Reflection
A Spiritual Practice
The groups usually break up at noon and they all go to lunch together!
Community Federated Church, Thermopolis, Tuesday, May 14
Star Valley United Church, Thayne, Thursday, May 30, 10:00 AM
North Central Group
First Presbyterian Church, Gillette, Thursday, May 9, 10:00 AM
The Presbytery of Wyoming – Spring Meeting
April 26th and 27th
Shepherd of the Hills Church - Casper
Friday – Jason Moore presenting a workshop on “Making Worship More Creative”!
Information to be included in packets or to be considered for the agenda must be submitted to Jan DeBeer (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Friday, April 5th. If you miss this deadline, your report or other information will not be included on the docket for the April Presbytery Meeting!
The Presbytery Personnel Team as it interviews potential candidates for the Stated Clerk position and makes a recommendation to the Presbytery. Mark Owens will be retiring at the end of May.
The Presbytery as it learns to go into its neighborhoods
Peace in Syria, Palestine and Israel.
Presbytery of WY Stated Clerk, Mark Owens as he continues to heal from cancer surgery.
The Worland Church as they navigate the transition to a part-time pastor and as they say goodbye to their pastor of ten years, Rev Guy Helms.
Libby Tedder-Hugus and Shayla Graham as they lead pioneering work in the New Worshipping Communities in Casper and Pine Ridge!
Rev. Shayla Graham, pastor at Pine Ridge New Worshipping Community, for healing of the seventh cranium nerve after her surgery to remove a tumor on her auditory nerve.
The United Presbyterian Church of Riverton as they put their building on the market to sell and the Administrative Commission as they work with them to determine next steps.
Rev. George Pasek and the Powell Church as he serves as their Interim Pastor.
The First Presbyterian Church of Sheridan and the United Presbyterian Church of Laramie as they are discerning who God is calling as their new pastor!
Dakota (Frederick) and Tanner Kohfield as they begin a year of ministry as YAVs (Young Adult Volunteers) with the PCUSA in Tucson, AZ
Community Federated Church, Thermopolis, as they begin the call process for a new pastor.
Rev. Amir Issak and the Tyre Evangelical Center as they live out the love of neighbor among the many refugees in their community! Rev. Amir asks, "We have around 4 families from a Kurdish background that started to attend church with us on Sundays. They are around 25 persons, we are constantly following up with them spiritually and humanitarian. Pray for them for the Lord to bless them and fulfill their needs"
Rev. Larry Turpin and the Union Presbyterian Church, Evanston as Larry will be retiring on June 15th. Pray for the many transitions that are occurring in Larry and Julie's life and the life of the congregation!