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Telephone 843-662-8411 

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2352 Presbyterian Road
Florence, South Carolina 29501

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Digest of February 26, 2022
104th Stated Meeting of New Harmony Presbytery By ZOOM
The Presbytery of New Harmony held its 104th Stated Meeting, February 26, 2022, by ZOOM. Rev. Rhett Talbert, Moderator, called the meeting to order with prayer. A quorum was declared. Special Rules of Order for electronic meetings were reviewed and adopted and any Standing Rules which contradicted them were suspended. The Docket and Omnibus Motion were adopted. First-time Ruling Elders were welcomed. Corresponding members were welcomed and seated.
Rev. Christa Brewer, Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach led worship. Rev. Rhett Talbert, Ruling Elder Rachel Chandler, Rev. Dr. Ella Busby, Rev. Gavin Meek, Moderator Elect Dorothy McBride, and Margaret Rogers assisted in worship. The service included Installation of the Moderator and Leaders of the Presbytery of New Harmony. It also included recognition of Ruling Elders, who joined the Church Triumphant and Eternal in 2021, and a brief memorial for Rev. James Patterson Dickson. The service is available for viewing on www.newharmonypres.org.
Presbytery took the following actions:
  • Received from Ruling Elder Commissioners, Good News Happenings in their respective congregations.
  • Received the Stated Clerk Report, which included, the appointment of two Investigative Committees for different allegations of offense; the annual report of the balance of Ruling Elders and Ministers of Word and Sacrament; and other statistics about the make-up of the churches and members. The Presbytery had a net loss of 324 members in 2021.
  • Received the Guiding Council Report and approved a recommendation for the 2022 Proposed Budget in the amount of $646,630. Information was shared included reallocation of Presbytery Investments; Dissolution of the Friendfield Administrative Commission with thanks and appreciation resources on the Presbytery website, and New Harmony University. (Refer to “This Week in New Harmony,” the weekly electronic news, for more information.) 
  • Received the Committee on Ministry Report and approved recommendations, which included the release of Rev. Kyle Henderson from ordered ministry as a Teaching Elder/Minister of Word and Sacrament with thanks for his many years of service; the waving of ordination exams for and receiving the membership of Rev. Jennifer Hope Kottler in the PC(USA) as a Teaching Elder/Minister of Word and Sacrament and member of New Harmony Presbytery, requesting her transfer from the Disciples of Christ. The Committee also reported the approval of Interim Pastor, Supply Pastor, and Commissioned Pastor Covenants for 2022 and welcoming Rev. Dr. Bob Brearley (Interim, First, Sumter) and Rev. Dr. Larry Hill (Bridge Pastor, Melina) to the Presbytery.
  • Received a report from the Committee on Representation and Nominations and approving electing Ruling Elder Kenneth Sharp to fill a vacancy on the Committee on Ministry in the class of 2024.
  • Heard presentations from Cultivation and Empowerment Committee, concerning the awarding of grants; Presbyterian Mission Agency, concerning the resources PMA offers to local churches and thanks for the Presbytery’s commitment to mission;  Presbytery Community of Florence, concerning participation in Sunday afternoon Vesper Services, and Union Presbyterian Seminary, concerning the celebration of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte’s 20th Anniversary April 8 Gala, April 9 Homecoming celebration.
  • Received written reports from Committee on Preparation for MinistryAdministration Commissions for Camp Pee DeeFriendfield Presbyterian ChurchJohn Calvin, and New Harvest, and Presbyterian Agency for Developmentally Disabled.
  • Following announcements and thanks, the meeting was adjourned with prayer.


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