In the Spotlight
Proposed Amendments to the Constitution of the P.C.(U.S.A)
At this past year's General Assembly in Portland, the gathered body voted on a number of amendments to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) As most of you know, these amendments only become a part of the Constitution if a majority of the Presbyteries of the P.C.(U.S.A) vote in favor of their adoption. The Presbytery of the Western Reserve will be voting on whether or not to adopt at the Stated Meeting this March. You can access a PDF of all the proposed amendments on the Office of the General Assembly website by clicking here, and the clicking the download link for English, Spanish, or Korean.
This is a great opportunity for all of us (whether or not we are commissioners) to get "up to speed" with what is going on in our denomination. We encourage you to download and read the proposed amendments.
APCE Advocates for All in Faith Formation
by Lisa Watts, CACE
Have you heard the acronym APCE mentioned around our presbytery? Have you wondered who they are, and what they’re all about?
APCE or the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators is an organization that is designed to connect, enrich, empower, and sustain those who are involved in faith formation at all levels of the church.
In Our Congregations
A Field Trip with God
By the Rev. Matthew Reeves
On a recent late Sunday afternoon, twenty-some members of the Christ Church community met at one of Geauga County’s parks, The Rookery, for a “Field Trip with God.” Before we set out to walk or, in the case of some, to run or scurry over the old Interurban Railroad line that is now a path through wetlands and hardwood forest, we listened to Jesus’ admonition to his disciples
In Our Denomination
2016 Statistical Information is on the way
It’s that time of year again!
The Statistics program for both the churches and presbyteries has been turned on. 2016 data can now be entered. So let the Statistics Season begin! (http://oga.pcusa.org/stats) You can find a FAQ on the left, under the Statistics heading, FAQ Statistical Reporting.
In Current Events
New Church in the Presbytery
Excitement, Celebration and Greater Community Service! That’s what happens when a 160-year-old church joins with a 60-year-old church to form a new congregation serving the Berea and Olmsted Falls communities.
Why would two strong churches join together? When First Congregational sold their building in 2009 to Baldwin Wallace University, they began by considering whether they would build or buy a new building. For the first four years, they