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We are grateful for the expertise brought to us through our Membership in the PC(USA) which enabled Rachel Yates and Steven Wirth to come and share some of the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Presbyterian Foundation. These are just two of the incredible resources available to us, to our churches through the denomination which were conceived, developed and redeveloped continuously over more than two centuries of Christian service in our denomination and its antecedents. It will be decades, if ever, before the ECO has similar resources to offer its churches.
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It is a blessing to have the opportunity to concur with the Gonzales Community Presbyterian Church to confer the title of Pastor Emeritus on the Rev. Ed Lee who now abides in glory.
We welcome the Rev. Ted Esaki to the presbytery and to El Estero Church in Monterey.
We also welcome the Rev. Debra Whaley to the Presbytery and to Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church. Our prayers are with Ted and Debra as they work to prepare these two congregations for their future ministry to Jesus Christ.
We are grateful for the hospitality of First Presbyterian church of Palo Alto: to the Session, Deacons, choir and others who made us welcome, prepared food and tended to our needs. We thank the Pastor, Rob Martin for his message pointing us to the risen Christ in Galilee – and wherever people are in need.
And now, Mr. Moderator, I move that we adjourn with prayer.
Adjournment with prayer Presbytery approved of adjournment, and the meeting was closed with prayer by the Moderator.
1. Recommend the transfer of the Rev. David Rodriguez to the Presbytery of the Redwoods, effective September 1, 2015, pending request from the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of the Redwoods and validate the ministry of the Rev. Rodriguez at Mayflower Presbyterian Church (ECO) through August 31, 2015.
2. Recommend that the Rev. Jason Barraca be approved as temporary supply associate pastor at Lincoln Avenue, Salinas (16% time, salary of $24,000/year).
3. At the March 28, 2015 meeting, the Presbytery approved a motion declaring Rev. Geoffrey Holmes’ work as the Executive Pastor of Morgan Hill Bible Church to be a disapproved work pursuant to G-2.0509 of the Book of Order.3 It is the understanding of COM that Rev. Holmes continues to engage in the disapproved work despite having been notified by COM through the Stated Clerk that the work has been disapproved. Rev. Holmes has been provided notice of the Presbytery approved the ordination of Ms. Baker and validated her ministry at Santa Catalina School at the June 2014 meeting.
From the March 28, 2015 COM report to the Presbytery:
Throughout 2014, the Committee on Ministry engaged in a series of written communications and personal consultations with the Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Holmes, the former Pastor of Gilroy Presbyterian Church, in regard to his work as a pastor at the Morgan Hill Bible Church and his need for validation of his ministry. The COM put Rev. Holmes on notice that it was about to initiate the process by which the presbytery could find that he had renounced the jurisdiction of the church for continuing to engage in a work disapproved by the presbytery. Prior to the November 2014 presbytery meeting, Rev. Holmes agreed to no longer allow himself to be identified as a pastor of the Morgan Hill Bible Church, and to immediately begin a search for employment by filing a PIF and using the PC(USA) call system.
Consequently the COM agreed to stay action on renunciation of jurisdiction.
Rev. Holmes is now serving as the Executive Pastor of Morgan Hill Bible Church. His biography and photograph appear on the website including a statement that he has been serving on the staff since July 2014 and that he will be working overseeing ministry programs, teaching, and giving leadership to MHBC staff. Additionally, the Stated Clerk has not received notification that the Rev. Holmes has filed a PIF. Rev.
Holmes did not advise the COM or the Stated Clerk that he was accepting a call to serve as a pastor at MHBC and Rev. Holmes has not requested validation of his ministry.
intended action of the Presbytery and the recommendations of COM before each meeting and he has been given the opportunity to address the Presbytery.4 COM now recommends that the Presbytery of San José conclude that the Rev. Geoffrey Holmes has renounced the jurisdiction of the church by continuing to engage in a disapproved work pursuant to G-2.0509 of the Book of Order.
1. Next Meeting of COM is June 8, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos. Please note: COM will not meet in July.
2. The Presbytery of San Jose Clergy Retreat was held on April 20-21, 2015. The event was a great success. COM appreciates the hard work of Jay Bartow, Chris Williams, Joey Lee, and the Presbytery staff. COM is planning a retreat for 2016.
3. COM continues to work with Foothill Presbyterian Church as they conduct their mission study.
The Rev. Bob Butziger has resigned as interim pastor due to health issues and COM is working with the Session to find a new interim pastor. Ruling Elder Nan Notor is serving as Moderator of Session.
4. Ruling Elder Erik Khoobyarian has informed COM of his intention to resign as Chair of COM following the August 10, 2015 COM meeting. Erik will be coming under care of the Presbytery as an Inquirer and moving to New Jersey to attend Princeton Theological Seminary.
Applicable excerpt from G-2.0509 Renunciation of Jurisdiction: “When a teaching elder persists in work disapproved by the presbytery having jurisdiction, the presbytery shall consult with the teaching elder and shall give notice of its disapproval. If after having been provided opportunity for consultation and upon written notice of its disapproval, the teaching elder persists in the work, the presbytery may then conclude that he or she has renounced the jurisdiction of this church.” Polity and Government Committee Review of Session Records 2014 As of 5/29/2015
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