The stated meeting of the Grace Presbytery Council was held Tuesday, August 10 via Zoom. Rev. John Williams served as moderator.

Presbytery Council acted on behalf of Grace Presbytery in accordance with Standing Rule 1.4.9: “In the event of a natural disaster, a state of emergency, or other situation which would delay, postpone or cancel a meeting of the presbytery, the Presbytery Council is delegated the authority to act on behalf of Grace Presbytery” to approve the following motions:

• Beginning Wednesday, August 11, all participants at in-person Grace Presbytery meetings, staff meetings, and committee meetings are required to wear a mask. This policy will remain in effect until further notice.

• Presbytery Council concurred with the decision of Presbytery Moderator Rev. Dr. Lisa Patterson to cancel the September 25, 2021, hybrid presbytery meeting.

• Presbytery Council scheduled a virtual presbytery gathering for September 25, 2021, to include worship, a brief report from Interim General Presbyter, Rev. Dr. Steve Shive, and breakout groups led by council members with the topic of conversation centered on visioning.

“We do not make these decisions lightly but with the intention of being flexible during changing circumstances to provide safe space for the members of Grace Presbytery and those with whom they come in contact.

We are grateful for the ways we can continue to gather virtually, and we look forward to the time when we can do so in-person. In the interim, we will build upon our new learning, recognizing that our challenges become opportunities to grow and rely upon God’s guidance.”

Rev. Dr. Lisa Patterson
Moderator, Grace Presbytery
Associate Pastor, St. Andrew Presbyterian, Denton

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