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
Rev. Jim Hicks will preach for the first time on April 3 and a Coffee Hour will be held to welcome him.
A transitional pastor includes all the many roles that Rev. Jim Hicks will fill as he leads the church through a exploration of defining our mission and ministry.
Over 130 people gathered at the Dryden VFW for a lovely dinner and program to wish Dave and Carol Robinson a Farewell. The choir sang, the current Clerk of Session Jack Scott and the former Clerk of Session Dave Smith both spoke. The evening ended with everyone singing Until We Meet Again.
Rev. James E. Hicks, a retired pastor from Cortland Presbyterian Church, has accepted to be the interim pastor.
He will begin as of April 1, 2016.
He has extensive experience leading congregations through the transition between installed pastors.
Please pray for the Lord to be with Rev. Hicks.
From PCUSA On calling a Pastor:
Ordinarily an associate pastor is not eligible to become the next installed pastor of the congregation he or she is serving. In the same way, a temporary pastor is not ordinarily eligible to become the next installed pastor, co-pastor, or associate pastor (Book of Order, G-2.0504a-b). If a presbytery determines that in its mission strategy it is advisable for a teaching elder currently serving as associate pastor or temporary pastor, to be permitted to serve as the next installed pastor, co-pastor, or associate pastor, the relationship shall be established by a three-fourths vote of the members of the presbytery present and voting (Book of Order, G-2.0504c).
An Ad Hoc Interim Pastor Search Committee of session is interviewing candidates.
THe PCUSA handbook: On Calling a Pastor defines Types of Pastoral Positions
The types of pastoral positions are pastor, co-pastor, and associate pastor. Pastoral relationships with congregations can be either “installed” or “temporary.”
Installed Pastoral Relationships Installed pastoral relationships are typically for an indefinite period. However, an installed pastor may be called for a designated term as determined by the presbytery, in consultation with the congregation. Calls with a predetermined end date may be renewed for an additional designated term or changed, with the approval of the presbytery and congregation, to an indefinite call.
Temporary Pastoral Relationships
* Session invites for service with presbytery concurrence
* Teaching elder, PC(USA) or other; PC(USA) candidate, or ruling elder
* Titles determined by presbytery
* Up to twelve-month terms, but may be renewed
“Titles and terms of service for temporary relationships shall be determined by the presbytery. A person serving in a temporary pastoral relationship is invited for a specified period not to exceed twelve months in length, which is renewable with the approval of the presbytery. A teaching elder employed in a temporary pastoral relationship is ordinarily not eligible to serve as the next installed pastor, co-pastor, or associate pastor.” (Book of Order, G-2.0504b)
In January, Session met with the liaison from Presbytery's Committee on Ministry Rev. Doug Hatch. Doug is the Pastor of the Marathon Presbyterian Church.
Session also selected from its midst 4 members to interview and select an interim pastor.
Rev. Robinson announced his retirement in the Fall of 2015. His last Sunday will be Easter March 27, 2016.