I am writing on behalf of the Grace Presbytery Council to bring you up to date on the activities of the presbytery and your Council in recent months.

As you know, in light of the COVID 19 pandemic, and in accordance with CDC Social Distancing Guidelines, the Council acted to cancel the stated presbytery meetings in May and September. 

At its stated meeting on Wednesday, September 2nd, the Council decided to cancel the November 14, 2020 stated presbytery meeting as well.

While the decisions to cancel these meetings are prudent and appropriate, we on the Council join our fellow presbyters in grieving lost opportunities for connection, discussion, deliberation, and fellowship.

In the meantime, the Council continues to handle the ongoing business of the presbytery: managing property, receiving inquirers and candidates, nominating and electing folks to serve within presbytery structures, and working with congregations and mission agencies.

The minutes of Council Meetings are available in the document library of this website for your review.

I encourage you to take advantage of additional opportunities to participate in the work of the presbytery in the coming days and weeks, including:

General Presbyter Search Committee (GPSC) Listening Sessions at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20th and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22nd. Be sure to register your attendance.

PC(USA) Research Services Survey, again an effort of the GPSC, to gain feedback and insight regarding the general presbyter search. This email invitation was delivered to your inbox on October 12th.

Online nominations are now being accepted on behalf of the Nominating Committee, as work continues to slate members to officer positions and standing committees of the presbytery. Learn more here.

The Social Justice Task Force will welcome Rev. Dr. Michael Waters for his 5-part series, “Race in America,” beginning Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. and continuing weekly (Thursday evenings) through the month of February. Save these dates and watch for more information soon.

All of us on Presbytery Council want to express our gratitude to the faithful leaders in the congregations of Grace Presbytery.

It sure has been a weird year, but the churches in Grace Presbytery have pivoted, adjusted, and persevered — bearing the Gospel and caring for this struggling world.

Grace and Peace to you all,

Rev. John Williams, Ph.D.
Moderator, Grace Presbytery Council