The meeting was held at the Highlands Presbyterian Church in Allendale. The members of the Presbytery were warmly welcomed by The Pastor, Rev. David Baer, staff and volunteers of the Church.
Our pre-presbytery guest speaker, Ms. Vera White, Associate for 1001 Worshipping Communities, PC(USA), gave an overview and explained the purpose and goals of the 1001 Worshipping Communities and encouraged listeners to get more information by visiting the website Onethousandandone.org
Ms White also lead the worship service entitled “Sent: A Sermon in 4 Parts” addressing issues of Fear, Peace, Joy and Power in our lives modeled after the disciples of Jesus Christ.
Stated Meeting proceedings:
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- Rev. Marianne Rhebergen gave a Power Point presentation explaining the upcoming changes in the Board of Pensions Medical Dues Structure clarifying issues and options available to congregations and ministers. Rev. Rhebergen, distributed a calculations example and encouraged the Presbytery members to complete a survey in which they would express their comments and opinions re the draft policy.
- Rev. Jeffrey Leininger, Chair of the Pensions and Benefits Committee, presented a draft policy reflecting these changes for a first reading. Rev. Leininger also informed the body that staff involved in the Shared Medical Pool Wrap Around Policy will undergo a special HIPAA Training in the Policies and Procedures governing Health issues. This is a compliance matter which we are required to fulfil.