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October 25, 2016
This was definitely a forward looking meeting! Melvin Mears (Hickory) was elected Moderator for 2018, serving as Vice-Moderator in 2017. A significant advance was the calling of Billy Robinson to be our Associate Presbyter. He will work closely with Bobbi White, our good General Presbyter, in the areas of mission, witness, and church support. 
Our Presbytery will also be strengthened by the addition of four new pastors: Kimberleigh Wells (New Hope, Asheville), David Garnett (Unity), Connie Button (Newton), and Jacob Douylliez, who was approved for ordination and installation at Marion. In addition, Brenda Howard was commissioned as a lay pastor for a Hospice in Spruce Pine. Also looking to the future, Jackie Putnam (Northminster) was enrolled as a candidate for the Ministry. 
Most Presbyterians understand that a great deal of the work of our Presbytery is done by its Administrative Commissions – and currently there are about ten, all hard at work.  Sad to say, some of them are working with congregations that wish to leave the PCUSA.  But at this meeting, there was ample demonstration that congregations that follow Presbytery’s “Guidelines” can be dismissed with mutual blessings, harmony and pastoral care – witness Walnut Grove and Lenoir. 
With the fine facilities and hospitality of the Brevard-Davidson River church, the Presbytery, with 187 in attendance, was skillfully guided by Moderator Barbara McLean, Vice-Moderator Susan Denne, and Stated Clerk Cam Murchison. An inspiring service of worship of God included a celebration of the Lord’s Supper and a sermon highlighting “Gratitude” by Pastor Keith Thompson. 
Other notable accomplishments were:

  • Six churches were certified by Jane Laping as “Earth Care Congregations:” Black Mountain, Brevard-Davidson River, Asheville First, Grace Covenant, Montreat, and New Hope, Asheville. 
  • James Holeman reported on Youth events, including a Middle School Retreat in November and a High School Mission Retreat on March 17-18, 2017.
  • Joanne Glaser, for Christian Education, announced a Spring Spirituality Retreat with Carl Horton in Flat Rock on March 31. 
  • Lamar Williamson was commended for his many years of excellent service to Christ’s Church. 
  • Ed Forsyth announced a Mission Team to West Virginia in May.
  • Dick Larson reported that the Building HOPE Campaign to support four Ministries of our Presbytery is in its “Wind Up Phase.”  72% of the goal has been achieved, and much of those contributions are already at work at Camp Grier, Malawi, and Guatemala.  Congregations still have time to ensure that their contributions are received and acknowledged in the final list of contributors.

Terry Hanna fittingly closed this meeting before lunch with our Prayers of Intercession and Thanksgiving. 
To God Alone be the Glory!
James Aydelotte

Having met at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church in beautiful Brevard, NC on October 25, 2016 for the 110th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina:
We give thanks...
For the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit which goes with us and before us in all things.
We give thanks...
For Jesus' body, the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church led by the Spirit to the glory of God in mission to the world.
We give thanks...
For the work of the Presbytery of Western Carolina, bearing witness to the Gospel in ministry and supporting congregations locally and globally as they do the same. 
We give thanks...
For the hospitality and organization of the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church in hosting this meeting and leading God's people in worship of Word and Sacrament.
We give thanks...
For the work of presbytery staff, committees, councils, and commissions before, during, and after this meeting.
We give thanks...
For Jackie Putnam, Billy Robinson, Jacob Douylliez, Brenda Howard, Connie Button, Kimberleigh Wells, and David Garnett, who are entering this presbytery through ordination, commissioning, or transfer in service to Christ and his church.
We give thanks...
For the work that is yet to come, praying with humility that “whatever we do, whether in word or deed, we do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
For these things, and more, we give thanks.
Respectfully submitted,
Rev. Blake Daniel & Ms. Susan Blair, First Presbyterian Church of Sylva

Earlier Event: November 9
Child Care Center Renovations
Later Event: November 13
Special Small Group Classes