The Pastor Nominating Committee continues to do its work and needs your prayers. They have looked at over 150 Minister Information Forms (MIFs) and Skype interviewed three candidates to date. This is a long arduous process and more information will be posted here as it becomes available.
The Pastor Nominating Committee worked for several week to create the MIF. The Session approved the final product in January and the Presbytery's Committee on Ministry approved it February 6, 2017.
The Transition Team has finished it's work and the torch has been passed on to a commissioned Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). The PNC had their first meeting last Sunday (10/23/26) and they will setting ground rules, digesting data provided by the Transition Team and searching for suitable pastors. They have their work cut out for them. Please keep them in you prayers. F. Brackin
The Transition Team met last night for a final meeting to go over any last changes to their report which will now go to Session for approval and then on to the Presbytery's Committee on Ministry and then ultimately the Pastor Nominating Committee. One of the things to come out of this exercise is the possible updating of the Church's Mission Statement.
The Group is to be commended for their hard work and dedication to this first of several tasks in our walk toward finding a new pastor. On Sunday's to come look for information about their report, the tentative new Mission Statement, and next step regarding the nominating of a Pastor Nominating Committee.
The Transition Team has been busy working on planning a luncheon and discussion for Sunday June 12 after the service as a time to fellowship and to aid in collecting information for the Mission Statement. It is very important that everyone that can please come and stay for the lunch and discussion - our future depends on it!
If you have questions or suggestions/ideas for the team please reach out to one of us:
Rev. Jim Hicks
Jack Scott announced this morning, before the service, that the Transition Team has been selected and will have their first meeting next Sunday (May 15th) after the Service. Pastor Hicks settles in as our Interim Pastor and begins to prepare us for the challenges ahead.
Be sure to join us in welcoming Jim and Mary to our church family at a special coffee hour after the service on Sunday, April 3rd.
Pastor Jim will be in his office in the administrative wing Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
He will also be leading the adult Sunday school class, which meets in the library at 9:30. He will begin a se-ries titled “Is Jesus in the Old Testament” on April 3rd. This is a wonderful opportunity for folks to get to know Pastor Jim!
Pastor Robinson: I want to share a paragraph from our presbytery’s “Ministerial Ethics Policy” to which I must adhere after my retirement on March 31st:
When the relationship between the minister and the pastor is dissolved, that minister shall announce to the congrega-tion that s/he will no longer be the pastor and, therefore, not available for pastoral services. A former pastor may be called upon for services only when unusual circumstances exist. Such an invitation should come only from the present pastor. It is understood that the former pastor will not conduct such services, but will only assist the pastor as re-quested in services such as baptisms, weddings or funerals. And the Book of Order (G-2.0905) reads: “Former pastors shall not provide their pastoral services to members of their former congregations without the invitation of the modera-tor of session [i.e. the current pastor].
One of the blessings I feel as I leave our congregation is that the Rev. Jim Hicks will be serving as the interim Pastor. I have known Jim since he came into our Presbytery many years ago as the Pastor of the United
Presbyterian Church in Cortland. I trust Jim and know that he will lead you in your pilgrimage of faith in Jesus Christ and enable you to develop new opportunities to share the love of Jesus with those in our church family and those in need in our community and throughout the world.
God be with you till we meet again.
Love in the Lord, Pastor Dave