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1544 South Snoqualmie St.
Seattle, WA 98108
USA

(206)762-1991

The mission of Seattle Presbytery is to participate, in word and deed, in God’s transforming work through the Gospel of Jesus Christ: †by strengthening the witness and mission of our congregations and members and by building strong partnerships with each other and the larger Christian community.

2016.01 Meeting

LAKE BURIEN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
15003 14TH AVE SW, BURIEN, WA 98166

STATED MEETING OF SEATTLE PRESBYTERY
JANUARY 19, 2016

Proposed Agenda

5:00         Welcome, Prayer, & Agenda
5:05         Stated Clerk Report
5:10         Coordinating Council Report
5:15         Committee for Special Administrative Review Report
5:20         Seattle First PC Administrative Commission Report
5:30         Worship
6:15         Dinner
7:00         Mission Highlights
7:15         General Assembly Discussion
7:45         Committee on Ministry Report
7:50         Examination Jonathan Saur
8:00         New Business
8:45         Consent Agenda
8:50         Adjourn & Prayer

*SeaPres is going green.  All meeting reports and documents will be available online.  Only a limited number of printed copies will be available at each presbytery meeting. Click here to download a PDF version of meeting papers.


Worship

Welcome
TE Lina Thompson

 

Call To Worship
RE Charity Jensen

The One who call you together this day
yearns for each of you and for all people to hear
and be blessed. 
Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.
Blessed is the One who comes bringing trustworthy words,
for the healing of the world.
Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening.

Opening Prayer
You invite us, O God, to live in your ways, 
and you give us to each other to know and to love,
as we journey in this life.
Show us your will for all creation.
Help us to listen to your urgings with prayerful heart, 
so that we may honor what you have made,
in the name of the holy Trinity, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

 

Hymn (lyrics on screen)

 

Call to Confession
TE Tom Hay

Assured that the One who calls us to hear and obey
already knows the confessions of our hearts
and is ready to forgive,
let us confess our sin before God and before one another.
Holy God, you see into each of us
and know us fully
as creatures in need of your constant care.
We confess that we have neither heard your word
nor followed your will.
We have failed our nation, neighbors, families, friends,
and ourselves.
Give us ears to hear your wisdom.
Lead us to honesty and faith
so that we may begin again with renewed strength;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon
God knows the hearts of those who seek forgiveness,
and by grace you have been saved.
In Jesus’ name you are forgiven.
Your sins are no more.
You have been made clean.
God strengthen you with freedom
through the Holy Spirit, in Christ Jesus.

 

Sharing the Peace

 

Presbytery Leadership Thanksgiving
TE Scott Lumsden

 

Scripture Reading

 

Homily
TE Lina Thompson

 

Hymn (lyrics on screen)

 

The Lord’s Supper
TE Tom Hay
 

Mission Dinner Offering
TE Lina Thompson

 

Benediction


reports

STATED CLERK REPORT

Stated Clerk Report 2016-01 (added 1/18/16)

DRAFT October Presbytery Meeting Minutes 
DRAFT November Special Presbytery Meeting Minutes (added 1/14/16)
Pyung An Discernment Team Report
Foster Tukwila Discernment Team Report (added 1/15/16)
Rose Hill Administrative Commission Report (added 1/18/16)


COORDINATING COUNCIL REPORT

  1. Coordinating Council (CC) moves that presbytery approve the 2016 Corporate Resolution stated below:

MEMBERS AND TRUSTEES
PRESBYTERY OF SEATTLE
A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON
TAX I.D. # 91-0601568

The Presbytery of Seattle, in a duly called special meeting of the corporation on January 19, 2016, as described in the By-Laws of the corporation, elected officers of the corporation for the year 2016:

President:                       Ben McConaughy (Moderator of Presbytery)
Vice President:               Rev. Becki Barrett (Moderator of Presbytery Coordinating Council)    
Secretary:                       Loretta Pain (Vice Moderator of Presbytery)

The corporation names Kris Green, the bookkeeper of the Presbytery of Seattle as Treasurer for the corporation without vote.  The bookkeeper is not authorized to sign legal documents.

The corporation requires only one signature on all documents and each elected officer is authorized to sign legal documents.

The Presbytery of Seattle must approve the sale, purchase, or encumbrance of the trust by the ecclesiastical organization.  Such approval authorizes the officers and trustees to complete the necessary contractual transactions required.

The Trustees are authorized to complete all necessary contractual transactions to encumber property owned by the Presbytery of Seattle.

2.    Motion to approve a 4% salary increase for Seattle Presbytery Executive Presbyters and Stated Clerk (effective January 1, 2016).

  • Rationale: On October 15th the personnel committee for the Seattle Presbytery reviewed our Presbytery staff’s performance, the cost of living in the Seattle area, and what other comparable positions are making in our local presbytery and nationally and determined that an increase was warranted based on scope of responsibility, longevity of service, and performance. The data we looked at suggested this would more accurately align them with other colleagues. This was true across the board, as we have an outstanding staff that is continuing to push themselves to serve the Presbytery.  

    EJ Lee's position of Executive Assistant was also reviewed and adjusted for the same reasons as above. Last, we wish to thank Aaron Willett for his six years of service to the presbytery as Communications Coordinator; we regret the position is not sustainable going forward. (Information updated by Personnel Committee 1/18/16.)

 

COMMITTEE FOR SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW (CSAR) REPORT

CSAR Final Report

 

SEATTLE FIRST PC ADMINISTRATIVE COMMISSION REPORT

The Seattle First Presbyterian Administrative Commission is working hard and conducting a thorough investigation of the matters that you assigned to it.  To date, we have met five times and have talked with over 25 people who expressed interest in sharing with the AC.  We have agreed to devote, whenever possible, a minimum of 30 minutes at the front end of our meetings for open comment from any of you.  At our last invitation, we heard from a dozen presbyters.  

Thank you all for your interest and for your prayers.  We have tried to meet with the Session of FPCS, scheduling multiple meetings at times they indicated they could attend, but at this writing, we still have not had a face-to-face with them.  We are still hopeful, having issued yet another invitation to the session of FPCS to come and speak with the commission on January 20.

We are being very deliberate in our investigation, and that takes time.  But know that we have both the presbytery’s and FPCS’s interests in mind as we move through our tasks.  Your prayers are vitally important to us. 

-The Seattle First Administrative Commission

 

COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY

Examination of Jonathan Saur

Jonathan Saur Bio (added 1/15/16)


New Business

FROM THE SESSION OF NEWPORT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

A commissioner from Newport informed the Stated Clerk of Seattle Presbytery
of their intent to move the following motion at the January meeting.
 

Fossil Fuels Overture
Fossil Fuels Overture Rationale


Consent Agenda

The Consent Agenda consists of those actions that the
Presbytery has empowered its committees to resolve on its behalf.
Those actions are then reported to the presbytery at its next meeting.
A commissioner may lift a consent item for debate by informing
the Stated Clerk or Moderator of Presbytery to that effect.
 


COUNCIL

  1. CC selected Riley Drinkwine from Kent First Presbyterian Church to serve as presbytery’s youth advisory delegate for General Assembly.

  2. Moderator Ben McConaughy is calling a special meeting of the presbytery for March 1, 2016 (time & location TBD) for the purpose of acting on GA business.  

  3. Concurred with Property & Finance subcommittee’s recommendation to invest $100,000.
  4. Property & Finance subcommittee recommends that Seattle Presbytery approve the request of the Session and Congregation of University Presbyterian Church to sell the following two properties located at 4722 15th Ave NE and 4726 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105.   (added 1/18/15.)

COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY

  1. Concurred in the action of the congregation of Mercer Island Presbyterian Church to call Rev. Kristy Roberts Farber as pastor, according to the following terms of call: effective salary $112,000, professional expense $5,400, study leave $800, 22 days vacation, 10 days study leave.

  2. Approved the call of Rev. Jesse Mabanglo to be Interim Associate Pastor at West Side Presbyterian Church, according to the following terms of call: effective salary $72,000, professional expense $1,200, study leave $2,000, car allowance $2,400, 4 weeks vacation, 2 weeks study leave.

  3. Approved the call of Rev. Lynn E. Longfield to be Interim Pastor of Vashon Presbyterian Church and give her permission to moderate the session, according to the following terms of call: effective salary $32,000, professional & study expense $500, 6 weeks vacation, 2 weeks study leave. [Half-time position 20-24 hours/week.]

  4. Approved the request of John Knox Presbyterian Church to establish a new Associate Pastor position and to present Jonathan Saur for examination at the January 19 presbytery meeting according to the following terms of call: effective salary $60,000, professional expenses $3,600, study leave $3,600, 4 weeks vacation, 2 weeks study leave.

  5. Approved the request to restore Rev. Richard Meske to Honorably Retired.

  6. Approved the transfer of Rev. Byeung Kyu Kim to Northwest Coast Presbytery.

  7. Approved moving Rev. Kendy Easley to the Member-at-Large roll effective October 6, 2015.

  8. Approved validating the ministry of Rev. Kendy Easley’s as Executive Pastor at Bethany Community Church.  

  9. Approved moving Rev. Joe Thomson to the Member-at-Large roll effective June 31, 2015.

  10. Approved transferring Rev. Emily Mitchell to Maumee Valley Presbytery if the way be clear.

  11. Approved transferring Rev. Jaci Smith Patman to Peace River Presbytery if the way be clear.  

  12. Approved transferring Robert Bayley (HR) to the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina if the way be clear.

  13. Approved  Rev. Jill Rasmussen-Baker’s request to transfer her membership from the Presbytery of Lake Huron to Seattle Presbytery and to validate her ministry as CPE supervisor at Harborview Medical Center.   

  14. Approved  Rev. Katherine M. Douglass’ request to transfer her membership from Miami Presbytery to Seattle Presbytery and to validate her ministry as adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University.  

  15. Approved  Rev. Leah Klug’s request to validate her ministry as chaplain at Harborview Medical Center.

  16. Approved the Ministry Information Form for PNC of Newport Presbyterian Church.

  17. Approved  Rev. Paul Kim’s request to validate his ministry as Interim Coordinator for Global & Urban Ministries and Small Groups at Seattle Pacific University.

  18. Approved Rev. Nicole Chilivis’ request to validate her ministry as chaplain for Providence ElderPlace in Seattle.

  19. Approved the renewal of the Temporary Associate Pastor relationship between Rev. Julie Kae Sigars and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church with changes in the contract: salary & housing $13,800, SECA $1056, professional expense $750, 4 weeks vacation, 2 weeks study leave.  

 

COMMITTEE ON PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY

  1. Annual Consultation was held with Colleen Chinen, Steel Lake PC and she was approved to continue as an Inquirer.

  2. Annual Consultation was held with Robert Mathis, Sammamish PC and he was approved to continue as an Inquirer.

  3. Annual Consultation was held with Lara Gritter, Bellevue PC and she was approved to continue as a Candidate.

  4. Annual Consultation was held with Josh Gritter, Bellevue PC and he was approved to continue as a Certified Candidate.

  5. Annual Consultation was held with Dan Hammer, his membership and care status was moved to Mercer Island PC and he was approved to continue as an Inquirer.

  6. Annual Consultation was held with Dexter Kearny, University PC and he was certified as ready to receive a call upon graduation this Spring.  He was given permission to circulate a PIF noting his pending graduation.

  7. Annual Consultation was held with Liz Kearny, University PC and she was certified as ready to receive a call upon graduation this Spring. She was given permission to circulate a PIF noting her pending graduation.

 

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