September 23, 2014 Presbytery Meeting Highlights-Oak Grove

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Presbytery Meeting Oak Grove Presbyterian Church
HIGHLIGHTS

REPORT OF THE REGIONAL PRESBYTER

Regional Presbyter the Rev. Wendy Bailey requested her call to New Brunswick as half time Regional Presbyter, be dissolved and New Brunswick Presbytery has voted to concur, effective December 31, 2014.  She continues half-time in Monmouth Presbytery.

MISSION COUNCIL

Vice-Moderator Elder Bill Faust presented the report of the Mission Council.  After the  approval of the 2015 meeting dates and locations,  January 27th-Englishtown, April 28th-Lakewood Hope, June 23rd -Lakehurst, September 22nd– Cornerstone, Jackson and Saturday, November 21st Jamesburg, Mr. Faust also announced that November’s (2014) meeting has been moved from Tuesday, November 25th to Saturday, 9-1:00pm, the location also being changed from Martin Luther King, Neptune to Tower Hill, Red Bank.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

From Presbyterian Women:  No Wreaths this year!

COMMITTEE ON PREPARATION FOR MINISTRY

Mission Council to receive Sue Smith as a candidate and held a reception with the Moderator presiding and with prayer from the Rev. John Monroe of Rumson.

After examination, Mission Council to approve the Rev. Lisa Day as pastor, First Presbyterian Church Hightstown

COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY

Elder Bill Faust went over the changes anticipated for the benefits 2014-15. Mission Council to revise the Presbytery’s terms of call requirements to allow cost-sharing with respect to medical costs, reflecting changes in BOP medical coverage:

  • Board of Pensions allows individual or family medical coverage with different rates
    • 23% of Total Effective Salary for Individuals
    • 24.5% of Total Effective Salary for Families
  • Upper Limit on Social Security will be increased from $117,000
  • Mileage Rate reimbursement will change

COM recommends to Presbytery the following changes for Monmouth Presbytery 

  • Increase Cash Salary by 1% or 2% and eliminate the Monmouth Presbytery medical reimbursement requirement
  • Determine with Pastor the appropriate Medical Coverage – Family vs Individual
  • If Family Medical Coverage is appropriate, determine with Pastor how much of the incremental 1.5% cost will be assumed by the Pastor

The recommendation is that the medical-expense reimbursement line be transferred into cash salary.  If there is a need for family medical coverage, the Presbytery is recommending that the congregation enter into negotiation with the pastor as to how much, if any, of the cost of family medical coverage will be borne by the pastor.

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