Forums address GA actions and amendments
Approximately 120 teaching elders, ruling elders and members from churches throughout the Florida Presbytery attended a forum at Dogwood Acres Camp and Retreat Center Sunday, Aug. 10. The Presbytery's commissioners to the 221st General Assembly – Rev. Randy Jackson, teaching elder, and Leslie Yandle, ruling elder – discussed recent GA actions. Presbytery Stated Clerk Jeannie Dixon explained the process by which the Presbytery will vote at the January presbytery meeting on constitutional amendments proposed and recommended to presbyteries by GA. Each church will soon receive two printed copies of amendments booklets; these also are now available online at http://www.pcusa.org/resource/ga221-proposed-amendments-constitution.
Another GA forum will be held in the Presbytery's Western District Sunday, September 7, 2014, 2 – 4 p.m. CDT, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3400 Bayou Blvd, Pensacola, FL. The Presbytery's GA commissioners will repeat their presentation given at the recent gathering at Dogwood Acres for the benefit of those unable to attend. The gathering will finish in time for participants to return home for Sunday evening activities at their churches.
Other events and opportunities
• Faith Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, invite you to their 2014 Fall Pastor's Series, which will address General Assembly actions, including same gender marriage, on Wednesday evenings beginning Aug. 27 with retired pastor and Presbytery of Florida immediate past moderator Rev. Dr. John Lown. Download the Series schedule here. If you'd like to join them for dinner from 5 – 6 p.m., prior to the series, please call the church office at (850)385-6151 for reservations. No reservation is required to attend the series.
• The PC(USA)’s Peacemaking Offering – traditionally received on World Communion Sunday in autumn – has been a source of relief and encouragement to those seeking peace around the world. Now, the 2014 General Assembly is transforming it into the Peace and Global Witness Offering. The new Offering will have a greater global reach, make a more significant impact, and empower participating congregations to use 25 percent of the money they raise on local and worldwide ministries of their choice. Learn more here.