Gracious Dismissal Request
March 6, 2012 – Resolution of the Session Recommending disassociation from the PCUSA
March 7, 2012 – Congregational Letter,
March 7, 2012 March 14 & 18 – Congregational Information Meetings to Discuss Reasons for Dismissal Handouts:
- Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Recommendation to Seek Dismissal (This will be periodically updated)
- Theology Reasons for Seeking Dismissal from the PCUSA
April 19 & 22 – Congregational Information Meetings to Discuss Denomination Options Handouts:
- Evangelical Presbyterian Church: Who We Are
- Evangelical Presbyterian Church: The Essentials
- ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians: Understanding ECO: 11 Characterisitics of Our Polity and Vision
- The Fellowship Theology Project: Essential Tenets
April 24 – Session votes unanimously to seek dismissal to ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.
May 24 – Congregational Information Meeting with Dr. Jim Singleton, President of the Fellowship of Presbyterians.
June 12 – Congregational Information Meeting with the Presbytery Response Team (PRT)
June 14 – Letter to the Congregation from Dr. Jenkins June 19 – Voting Instructions via Church Mailing
- Letter to the Congregation from Mike Lavespere, Clerk of Session
- Congregational Meeting Fact Sheet
June 24 – Congregational Meeting and Vote at 10:00 AM to seek dismissal from the PCUSA and join ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. RESULTS of VOTE: ** We had 554 active members in attendance for the 10:00 am meeting. 502 voted in support of the motion (that is 90.6% of those present) and 52 voted to oppose.**
August 9 – Presbytery Response Team (PRT) met on Thursday August 9, 2012, at 7 PM at the Presbyterian Home Chapel with members of the congregation who wish to remain within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). September 24 – Church Mailing
September 30 – Congregational Informational Meeting to discuss the Terms of Dismissal.
October 4 – Congregational Informational Meeting to discuss the Terms of Dismissal.
October 4 – Letter to Congregation from Mike Lavespere, Clerk of Session
October 14- Congregational Meeting to vote on Terms of Dismissal at 10:00 AM
- Terms of Dismissal
- RESULTS of VOTE:: 439 Voted: 432/Yes-7/No
December 6 – Presbytery of New Harmony Called Meeting to vote on whether to accept the terms of dismissal approved by our congregation on October 14, 2012 and to dismiss First Presbyterian Church from PC (USA) to ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, Presbytery of the East. RESULTS of VOTE: Terms of Dismissal were accepted. Dismissal will be effective January 1, 2013.
Updates from our Monthly Newsletter: The Reminder
Response to the Passing of Amendment 10-A (May 2011) Letter from Mr. Mike Lavespere, Clerk of Session
May 12, 2011 Letter from Dr. Barry Jenkins, Senior Pastor
Past Session Actions relating to the 218th General Assembly of 2008:
Past Session Action relating to previous General Assemblies:
September 26, 2006 Resolution of Session Regarding PUP Report This resolution was adopted in response to the 2006 action of the 217th General Assembly passage of the Peace, Unity and Purity Report (PUP report) regarding ordination standards.
Past Session Action relating to previous General Assemblies: Three Vital Affirmations: August 28, 2001 Resolution of Session Adopted by the Session of First Presbyterian Church affirming our belief in Jesus Christ, The authority of Scripture, and a call to live a holy life.
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