Craig Presbyterian is a small church, but provided a big welcome for Presbytery.
Registration and display areas were well arranged and provided perfect flow. Wonderful welcome refreshments were ready and the Ladies of the church made a great home-cooked lunch. Presbytery celebrated Mission Creek Church for its satisfaction of its Mortgage Grant from the General Assembly, in full and ahead of schedule.
Presbytery celebrated with the Mission Creek Church
Rev. Rhonda Kruse, PCUSA Director of Mission Engagement brought the Word through sermon. The Rev. Dr. James Makuei Choul, Executive Director of Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan the shared ravages of the civil war and of the current conditions and needs of the displaced refuges.
Rev. William Notage-Tacey led the Assembly through a Town Hall exercise to consider the future structure and ministry of Homestead Presbytery. Notes were taken which will be the basis of the next step aided by the Synod.
Audrey Richert shared the new programs of the Nebraska Presbyterian Foundation to aid retired ministers from Homestead and Nebraska.
Rev. Charity Potter shared the importance of coaching for clergy.
he Homestead Presbytery has lost a net of 677 members in 2017. The current membership of our congregations is 6,864.
Homestead Presbytery honorably retired Rev. Raymond Meester from Lincoln Heritage and Rev. Steve Braezier from Pender United Church.
Bylaws were amended to create the standing committee of New Worshiping Communities, Church Development and Redevelopment to oversee and guide new worshiping communities, and redeveloping churches. The new committee will be working with 3 new worshiping communities: CoOp 513; Pivot, and Contemplate, all in Lincoln.
Upon recommendation of the Nominating Committee the following were elected: Rev. John Ashley (Fremont) to Calvin Crests Board; Elder Suzanne Byler (Beatrice) to COM; and Rev. Carl Eskridge (at-large) to Moderator of Personnel.
The Hebron Church was approved to sell their manse.