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Presbytery-Congregation Reconciliation Process, GA, and more …


April 30, 2018

From Tricia Dykers Koenig,
Associate for Mid Council Relations, 502-569-8360

Per Capita

Carol McDonald, Executive Emerita of the Synod of Lincoln Trails and a member of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly, lifts up the Reformed emphasis on community in her reflection on the importance of per capita.

Deputy Stated Clerk Kerry Rice has updated the narrative per capita budget with more details; you can contact him with questions or send them through me.

Presbytery-Congregation Reconciliation Process and Service

Dan Saperstein, Executive Presbyter in the Presbytery of Lake Huron, shares the liturgy for a service of reconciliation between the presbytery and one if its congregations, along with information about the process that led to it.
@Daniel Berkmann /Adobe Stock

Constitutional Corner

In response to the article about housing allowance rules in Laurie Griffith’s inaugural Constitutional Corner in the last newsletter, a Q&A:

Q: “Where will the ruling apply, if upheld? Will this just be in the states that are served by the district court, or will it have effect nationwide? In the past, it seems the former is the case (according to the Board of Pensions), pending either subsequent legislation or a ruling that expands the effect beyond the court that issued it.”

A: The federal District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin covers a portion of Wisconsin. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals covers Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. If the Seventh Circuit upholds the District Court’s ruling and there is no appeal, the ruling would at least be applicable in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. It is possible, however, that the Internal Revenue Service could choose to enforce the decision nationwide to promote consistent tax policy. As was stated in the article, it is still too early to predict what the outcome might be. ~ Associate General Counsel April L. Davenport.

In this issue, Laurie discusses transfers of ministers between presbyteries, with emphasis on reference checks.

Constitutional Corner Index—See Archive.
4/16/18                Housing Allowance Rules
4/30/18                Minister Transfers and Reference Checks

The GA Offering—All Can Participate

In the April 9 episode of Coffee with the Clerk, Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II, explained that the opening worship offering at the 223rd General Assembly (2018) in St. Louis will be used to bring release to captives—prisoners who have been jailed for their inability to afford fines levied for minor offenses. The Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys plans to receive a special offering at their May presbytery meeting to add their contributions to this justice effort. Perhaps your mid councils and congregations might do the same.

GA Dates to Know

May 2: 45-day deadline for General Assembly business with no constitutional or financial implications
May 3: Registration deadline
June 16–23: 223rd General Assembly (2018), St. Louis, Missouri

Conference Dates

Mid Council Leaders Gathering
Cosponsored by the Office of the General Assembly and the Board of Pensions (BOP): a combination of the former Fall Polity Conference (OGA) and the Regional Benefits Consultations (BOP). October 5–7, 2018, Chicago, Hyatt Regency O’Hare.
Association of Stated Clerks and Association of Mid Council Leaders
October 7–9, 2018, Chicago, Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

Mid Council Financial Network Conference
This conference is a continuing education and training opportunity for people who work with finances for synods, presbyteries, and congregations.
November 7–9, 2018, Austin, Texas, Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake
Moderators Conference
November 15–17, 2018, Louisville, Brown Hotel 
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