Thanks were offered for the life and ministry of Ruling Elder Thelma Sessions, late Moderator of the Presbytery. Rev. Carl Wilton read a MEMORIAL MINUTE.
REPORT OF THE HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY TEAM The Rev. Mary-Lynn Morrison reported on the following recent accomplishments of the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Team: Eight Monmouth Presbytery youth from churches affected by the storm who are attending this summer’s Youth Triennium have received scholarships that cover their travel expenses and fees. GRACIOUS DISCERNMENT TASK FORCE UPDATE The Rev. Myrlene Hamilton Hess, on behalf of the Task Force, presented the following recommendations: FULL REPORT . It was moved and carried to approve these recommendations.
In a few weeks, a group of over 40 youth will be welcomed for a Sandy-recovery mission trip within the bounds of Monmouth Presbytery.
Princeton Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian Camp at Johnsonburg have both offered to partner with the Presbytery in order that vouchers may be distributed to pastors and leaders from Sandy-affected churches, allowing them up to 10 free nights of lodging for a time of sabbath respite. Regional Presbyter Wendy Bailey is available to provide supply preaching at no cost to the congregation, if their pastor’s sabbath leave takes place over a Sunday.
MINISTRIES DIVISION STEERING COMMITTEE (MDSC) Emily Allen, Librarian for the Presbytery’s Genesis Center (formerly known as the Presbytery Resource Center) presented a report on the large variety of resources available at the Center, emphasizing that the entire collection is now available in a searchable online catalog. Ms. Allen invited the Presbytery to the Genesis Center’s Grand Re-Opening on August 8, 2013.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES On Behalf of the Trustees, the Rev. Theresa Swenson recommended that the Presbytery approve a mortgage loan of $350,000 for First Presbyterian Church, Belmar, from the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program, to help the church address damage to their building from Hurricane Sandy. The church has obtained a special disaster-relief loan rate from PILP. It was moved and carried to approve the loan.
Ms. Swenson reported that the Trustees have voted to fund a matching grant of up to $15,100 for the First Presbyterian Church, Belmar from the Small Church Assistance fund. This grant matches gifts totaling that amount that have been made to the Belmar church by several other churches of the Presbytery.
COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY Elder Dan Raisch, Committee on Ministry chair, presented the following recommendations to Presbytery, based on actions taken at the COM’s stated meeting of May 7, 2013 that, if the way be clear, Presbytery concur with the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church, Manasquan in their call to the Rev. James Dunson, effective July 14, 2013. After Mr. Dunson was examined on the floor of Presbytery, it was moved and carried to approve these recommendations.
On behalf of the Committee, Mr. Raisch recommended that, if the way be clear, the Presbytery receive the Rev. Heesuck Moon as an At-Large member upon transfer from Kyungkee Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, noting that Mr. Moon will serve as pulpit supply for the Korean Church of New Jersey (the Korean new church development, Holmdel). Mr. Moon was examined on the floor of Presbytery, with Elder Dung Suk of the Korean Church of New Jersey translating from the Korean. Following the examination, it was moved and carried to approve the recommendation.
COMMITTEE ON PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY On behalf of the Committee, Ruling Elder George Gill presented Rebecca Gresham-Kesner, a member of the Forked River Presbyterian Church and an Inquirer of the Presbytery, to be received as a Candidate under Care. After the Presbytery examined Ms. Gresham-Kesner on her sense of call, it was moved and carried to advance her to the status of Candidate.
INSTALLATION OF NEW OFFICERS Former Moderator the Rev. Rob Carter led the Presbytery in a service of installation for the Rev. Stephen Heinzel-Nelson as Presbytery Moderator and the Rev. Jean Pinto as Vice-Moderator, recognizing the Presbytery’s previous election of them to these positions.