First Presbyterian Church Joins the Cumberland Presbyterian Denomination
The Spring meeting of Trinity Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination met on Feb. 15, 2013. John Seward and Cathy Bettoney attended. The Presbytery took the following actions.
1. Trinity Presbytery received the Freeport Presbyterian Church’s congregation into the Cumberland Presbyterian family, without provision, with this action reported to the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly.
2. A Commission of Trinity Presbytery to Freeport CPC consisting of the Board of Missions of Trinity Presbytery with Rev. Steve Turner as Chair convene with said congregation at its place of meeting, during a special worship service on a date to be determined in consultation with the congregation, for the purpose of officially receiving and welcoming the new congregation into the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with prayer and the proclamation of the Word, an affirmation of intent by the congregation, and an affirmation of the presbytery’s commitment to mentor the congregation.
3. The Commission to Freeport of Trinity Presbytery will coordinate efforts with the Freeport congregation to provide mentoring opportunities and facilitate assimilation of the new church and its leaders into the life of the Presbytery and the denomination, and to co-opt others to assist in this process as needed. This process includes the election and ordination of elders and any necessary training.
4. The present pastoral leader at Freeport, Rev. Lee Attema, is to be examined by the appropriate boards of Trinity Presbytery so as to determine his ministerial qualifications and what possible course of appropriate action(s) is/are required by our CP Constitution.