July 1, 2021
by Donna E. Wells, Stated Clerk
Due to the recommendation from the Committee on Ministry, the Council has called for a meeting of Presbytery for Saturday, July 24 at 9:00 AM. This meeting will be held via Zoom.
 
Statement of the purpose of the meeting: To act on a request from the Committee on Ministry to call a special meeting of the Presbytery in order to call for an Administrative Commission to assume original jurisdiction of Atlanta Korean Presbyterian Church due to the severe level of conflict within the congregation.
 
MOTION: That an Administrative Commission be elected to assume original jurisdiction of the session of Atlanta Korean Presbyterian Church. That the Commission be granted the following powers:
  1. take over the finances of the church
  2. validate the current contract with the pastor and evaluate the viability of his continuing
  3. evaluate the viability of the congregation and recommend to the presbytery whether the congregation should continue or be dissolved.
 
That the following people be elected to serve on this Commission:
           Elder David Kim, Korean Community Presbyterian Church
           Elder Jae Hah, Korean Central Presbyterian Church
           Rev. Katie Ricks, Validated minister serving at Columbia Theo. Sem.
           Rev. Kate Colussy-Estes, Covenant Presbyterian Church
           TBD
 
You can signup to attend the meeting here or on the website link below. On July 7 or July 8 an email with the agenda and materials for the meeting will be sent out. A quorum of 10% of churches, ministers and elders are needed; so please make every effort to attend. Also, please be in prayer for the congregation and pastor during this difficult time in their life.

Click here to visit the Stated Meeting Information page.
Volunteer for a Committee or Commission
by Debbie Durden, Nominating Committee
The Presbytery Nominating Committee invites all who may be interested in serving on a committee or commission of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta to complete and submit a Volunteer Information Form (VIF) by early August. Committees can only be as representative as the individuals willing to serve. Please review the full descriptions of committees and commissions found at www.atlpcusa.org/committees, and complete and submit the electronic VIF also found there so that the Presbytery Nominating Committee can know of your interests, talents, and skills.
 
Terms of service on committees and commissions of the Presbytery are ordinarily three years, with the upcoming class beginning January 2022 and ending December 2024. Committees and commissions work on a wide range of issues pertaining to the mission of the church and the operations of the Presbytery. Some committees/commissions require members to be ordained elders while others do not. All committees offer training, so don’t worry if you have never volunteered at the presbytery level before!
 
The Presbytery Nominating Committee will work in August and September to nominate persons for the upcoming Classes of 2024. As it selects members, the Nominating Committee seeks to represent the Presbytery in all committees and commissions as well as to provide the skills needed by the various committees/commissions. Please prayerfully consider lending your skills and talents to the Presbytery. Complete the VIF today!
A Farewell Letter from Rev. Dr. Hyunsung Samuel Cho
by Rev. Dr. Hyunsung Samuel Cho, former Congregational Consultant for ECKAM and Korean Churches
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

I greet you all in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I am very proud and glad to become a member of the honorably retired pastors of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. Looking back at my time in the PGA, four years and four months, as the Congregational Consultant of ECKAM Churches:
  • I learned and practiced many things from the Book of Order, the policies of the Committee on Ministry, from working with several Korean churches and pastors, and from Rev. Donna Wells, Stated Clerk.
  • I realized that studying and practicing the Book of Order is very important to being a healthy leader and for the ministries of the church.
  • The position of Congregational Consultant is that of a bridge-builder between congregations and the Presbytery; a guide and support for good pastoral ministry.
  • I think deep relationships and a closer connection between Korean church pastors and the Presbytery were made during the time I worked and served. The Presbytery also acknowledged Korean churches, ministries, faith, culture, and tradition.
  • Unfortunately, I missed a lot of staff and consultant meetings, staff celebrations, and retreats. I enjoyed that we always prayed together for staff, families, and churches; studied and reflected on books together; and that we discussed and collaborated on many hard and difficult matters with joy, laughter, and hope under the inclusive leadership of Rev. Aisha Brooks-Johnson, Executive Presbyter.

I thank all staff, consultants, the Stated Clerk, the Executive Presbyter, all committee members, and all Korean pastors for your kindness and support of me and my work.

I will remember working with you and pray for your abundant life in Christ.

In the Grace & Love of Christ,
Rev. Dr. Hyunsung Samuel Cho
Welcome Rev. Dr. Mun Gye Lee
by Mary Martin, Chair of Personnel Committee
Welcome to Rev. Dr. Mun Gye Lee who has been selected to serve as the new part-time Congregational Consultant for ECKAM and Korean churches in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. Rev. Lee follows Rev. Dr. Hyunsung Cho in this role. Dr. Cho’s retirement is effective June 30, 2021, and his rich ministry was celebrated at the May Presbytery meeting. 
 
Rev. Lee has been the pastor of the Hanbit Presbyterian Church in Johns Creek since 2012 and has been involved in the Presbytery through his work on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) and as a Commissioner to the General Assembly. Before moving to Georgia, he served as pastor of the Tri-City Korean Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, Tennessee. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Presbyterian College & Seminary in Seoul, Korea; Master of Theology from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan; and Doctor of Ministry from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. 
 
Rev. Lee will serve as consultant for ECKAM – The Evangelical Coalition of Korean American Ministries, a partnership of the Presbytery, and the Korean churches in the Presbytery. In conversations with Rev. Lee, he has emphasized the importance of equipping sessions and leaders and strengthening “the oneness” of our Presbytery with all Korean congregations. He desires to continue to build on the work Dr. Cho has done bridging relationships so that the Korean congregations and the Presbytery can all flourish and grow spiritually.
 
Welcome Rev. Lee!
Casa Materna Ana Sayre, THANK YOU
by Cassandra Morrow, Congregational Consultant
We are sad to report that the Board of Directors of Casa Materna Ana Sayre, a Presbytery of Greater Atlanta Partnership, made the heartfelt decision to disband and disperse the funds of the non-profit corporation for disaster relief in Guatemala through our longtime PCUSA Partners at CEDEPCA. CEDEPCA is an educational center that provides safe, accepting, creative spaces where women and men from different Christian traditions can deepen their faith while strengthening their ability to confront the key issues facing their communities.
 
The mission of Casa Materna Ana Sayre was to serve women in the rural, isolated, poverty-stricken region of Cahabon, Guatemala by providing a free, safe, short-term residence within reach of a medical facility for expectant mothers with the purpose of reducing the high maternal and infant mortality rate in this region known as the "corridor of death.”
 
Since 2006, Casa Materna Ana Sayre, a program under the women’s ministry of CEDEPCA (Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America), provided midwifery care to women residing in the mountainous remote areas of Cahabon. Recent evidence of its success was noted in the 2017 annual report, which showed 157 women received medical care with no losses or birth injury to mother and infant.  Key to this report is the notation that all who sought care from the facility had been discharged under normal healthy conditions.
 
Due to the arrival of the 2020 pandemic in Guatemala and hurricanes Eta and Iota causing massive flooding and devastation to Alta Verapaz, the CMAS Board voted to disperse the funds to CEDEPCA. This decision will assist in rebuilding Cahabon communities and serving those in need of food and medical assistance.
 
Special thanks to Anne Sayre, former member of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta staff and current minister member, for her love, dedication, and witness to the organization in Guatemala and in the United States. Also, special thanks to Casa Materna Ana Sayre for many years of service and ministry to our brothers and sisters in Guatemala.
 
Casa Materna Ana Sayre will not receive further donations, but donations can be sent for disaster relief in honor of Anne Sayre directly to CEDEPCA USA, PO Box 920243, Norcross, GA 30010.
Memorial Drive Ministries School Supplies Drive
by David Roth, Executive Director of Memorial Drive Ministries
Dear friends and supporters of MDM,
 
I hope this email finds you well! As many of you may already be aware, this summer MDM is hosting a School Supplies Drive! All collected items will benefit our community of Onsite Partners and those we serve and walk alongside- resettled refugees and other under-served populations in and around the Clarkston area. Rather than requesting items that these students and families are often already able to receive from the county and in their schools, we have identified a specific list of other necessities and helpful items that are often harder to come by that we are asking our friends, supporters, and partner churches to collect and deliver. If you and/or your congregation or group would like to participate please collect the following items (and only these items please!): Glue sticks, Jumbo crayons, Washable markers, Erasers, Printer paper, Hand sanitizer, Notebooks, Pens, & Pencils. I have attached a flyer for the School Supplies Drive with all the pertinent information – please feel free to share this graphic far and wide (on social media and with your church’s communications teams!).
 
The more you can prepackage these items all together, the better. But we will also aim to have volunteers at the drop-off day who can also assist with that as well. The Drop Off day and time will be Saturday, July 17th from 3:30pm – 5:30pm at Memorial Drive Ministries, located at 5140 Memorial Drive Stone Mountain, GA 30083. We truly won’t have capacity to be accepting these donations at other times before or after this specific drop-off window, so thank you for making plans to deliver the items on that date and during that specific time window! To play it safe in terms of COVID pre-cautions, we will again ask that everyone wear masks and watch your distance when delivering the donations.
 
Lastly, for any of you who may have missed it when we first released it, please also find attached MDM’s Annual Report from 2020. It reports on our last year and casts some vision for the future as well. If any of you would like to connect further about anything you see in this report, please let me know and I’ll be happy to follow up with you. As always, thank you for being a people who stand for welcoming refugees and who take concrete action to make our community more hospitable for newcomers who fled war and violence. It makes a difference!

Links:
Crowdsouce Summer Schedule
The Wednesday Crowdsource meeting will be on a summer schedule for the next months. We will meet on July 14th, August 11th, and September 8th on Zoom.
The Prayer Box
Each month we are taking the time to pray for our churches and new worshiping communities throughout the year. Please take a moment each week to lift up the following communities in prayer:

7/4 - Central, Church of the Master
7/11 - Clairmont, Columbia, *Atlanta Mizo Christian Fellowship
7/18 - Conyers, Covenant
7/25 - First Covington, Cristo para Todas Las Naciones, *aijcast

*Denotes New Worshiping Communities
Click here to read Summer 2021 PathWays, the newsletter of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.
Click here to read the July newsletter of the Peace and Global Witness Partnership.
The Presbytery Staff will never email you asking for money or gift cards. If seeking donations, Staff would direct you to the Presbytery website or invite you to mail a check. If you have any suspicion, please reach out to one of us directly before responding! Stay safe in cyberspace!!
Upcoming Events
Click here for CTS's Center for Lifelong Learning courses and events.
Click here for the Calvin Center's programs.
The presbytery advertises employment opportunities within our congregations and partnerships. If you would like to browse opportunities or submit a new opening click here.
The next newsletter will go out August 1. Articles will be accepted through July 19th. The following newsletter will go out September 1. To request space for an article, email your Congregational Consultant or Mark Sauls at msauls@atlpcusa.orgClick here to view submission guidelines.
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