Presbytery Meeting Highlights- September 22, 2015

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The Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Monmouth was held in the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Middletown, New Jersey, on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Report of the General Presbyter

General Presbyter the Rev. Wendy Bailey informed the Presbytery about services available to congregations as part of the Presbytery’s contract with the Mission Insite demographic information service, including graphic representations of some of the Mission Insite web pages. (Click here for more on Mission Insite)

Small Group Discussion; Meeting of COM; Meeting of Cuba Working Group 

After Ms. Bailey’s presentation, the Presbytery recessed until the conclusion of dinner. During the recess, the Committee on Ministry met and commissioners not serving on that committee had the choice of participating in either small-group discussions on ways of using the Mission Insite service or in a discussion on recent developments affecting the Presbyterian Church in Cuba, led by the Cuba Working Group.

Board of Trustees 

It was moved and carried that the manse on the Aberdeen Township property owned by the Presbytery and being used by the Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana Principe de Paz be demolished.

It was moved and carried to request the Aberdeen Township municipal authorities to remove the lot division lines within the church and manse property (lots 1, 2, 14 and 15), thereby creating a single lot.

It was moved and carried to request the Aberdeen Township municipal authorities to combine the two lots on block 242, across the street from that property, into a single lot.

A motion to transfer the contiguous church and manse property to the Principe de Paz congregation will follow in the near future, following the demolition of the manse. The future disposition of the block 242 property across the street from the church remains under discussion and could possibly be sold by the Presbytery in the future, in order to recoup some of the costs associated with remediating the fuel-oil spill near the church sanctuary.

It was moved and carried to recommend to the Presbytery that the Bayview Presbyterian Church of Cliffwood Beach be dissolved, pending the transfer of Sessional records and any remaining financial resources to the Presbytery.

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