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Digest of November 14, 2020 99th Stated Meeting
of New Harmony Presbytery By ZOOM 
The Presbytery of New Harmony held its 99th Stated Meeting by ZOOM. Moderator Linda Jackson called the meeting to order and opened it with prayer. A quorum was declared and the docket adopted. Special Rules of Order for electronic meetings were reviewed and adopted, and any Standing Rules which contradicted them were suspended. First-time Ruling Elders and Corresponding Members were welcomed. Corresponding Members were seated. Rev. Erika Rembert Smith led the Presbytery in worship. 
Presbytery took the following actions:
  • Received a report from the Stated Clerk, including approving the recommendation for Commissioner Balance by allotting two ruling elder commissioners from First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach (same as 2020).
  • Received “A Testimonial of Faith and Witness of Old Bethel Presbyterian Church” presented by Rev. Dr. Franklin Colclough.
  • Received a report from the Guiding Council, including approving Amending the Manual of Operations by revising the Standing Rules to allow for electronic meetings (final reading); adding a Standing Rule concerning “conflict of interest” (final reading); removing the restriction of $150,000 “permanently restricted portion” of the Invested Fund for Camp Pee Dee; removing Outdoor Ministries from the Presbytery design (first reading); receiving on first reading the Proposed 2021 Operating Budget (The second reading and action on the budget will take place at the February 20, 2021 Stated Meeting.); and electing Rev. Annette Brewer, Rev. Jim Clark, and Carrie Hampton to serve on Committee on Representation and Nominations.
  • Received a report from the Committee on Ministry, including approval of a rule to allow Temporary Membership in Presbytery for non PCUSA ministers approved by COM for validated ministry or pastoral covenant with a congregation, upon examination and their affirmation to the order and discipline of the PCUSA; approval of Rev. Jennifer Kottler [Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)] who is serving as Stated Supply of John Calvin Presbyterian Church as a Temporary Member of New Harmony Presbytery for the duration of her service to John Calvin Presbyterian Church; approval (by more than 75%, as required) Rev. Ashley Cheek as the next installed Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Hartsville, effective December 1, 2020; introduced Rev. Pete Brzezinski as a new minister at large; and approved increasing the minimum terms of call for full-time installed pastors by 1%.
  • Received the report of the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, including a review of inquirers and candidates currently under the care of presbytery.
  • Received reports from Administrative Commissions for Camp Pee Dee, Friendfield, John Calvin, New Harvest, and Old Bethel and approving dissolving Old Bethel Presbyterian Church Administrative Commission when transfers have taken place.
  • Heard verbal reports from representatives from Board of PensionsPresbyterian Mission Agency, and Synod of South Atlantic.
Following announcements and thanks, the meeting was adjourned with prayer. 

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