Stated Clerk's Corner
A Letter from the Stated Clerk Regarding COVID-19 and Worship Gatherings
To Indian Nations Congregations,
We are clearly in some uncertain and unsettling times. I pray that you and your loved ones are healthy.
In a meeting of the Coordinating Council on Wednesday, March 18, the Council unanimously voted to approve the following statement:
"The Coordinating Council of Indian Nations Presbytery strongly recommends INP congregations suspend worship and gatherings through April 15. Council will reconsider this action at that time."
Sessions are encouraged to connect with their congregation members in whatever ways work for your setting.
If you would like to let your congregation know about some options for worship, we know that the following INP churches are broadcasting their worship services:
Westminster Presbyterian, OKC at 10:00 http://www.wpcokc.com and also their Facebook page. Westminster is also on Sundays on Fox25 at 5:00 am and KOCO5 at 11:00 am. These are on one week delay, except for Palm Sunday and Easter which will be full services from last year.
Covenant Presbyterian, OKC at 10:30 http://www.covenantokc.org
First Presbyterian, OKC at 11:00 fpcokc.org/worship
Santa Fe Presbyterian, Edmond at 11:00 via the Santa Fe page on Facebook
Other churches are working on broadcasting on Facebook, including Trinity, OKC (via Pastor Richard Mize's page) and Memorial, Norman.
Please let the INP office know if your church is meeting on-line or if you are doing some other creative way to connect to one another.
Remember that according to our Book of Order, the session of a particular congregation is responsible for the worship and it is the decision of the session to cancel worship.
This decision is made out of care and concern not only for congregants but also for the communities in which we live and beyond.
I have also included a pastoral message regarding the coronavirus from the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly and the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, President, Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Tracy L. Evans
Annual Statistical Reports
Every year Clerks of Session provide an essential function for the INP office and for our denomination as a whole to function at an optimal level – the sharing of information.
If you are a Clerk of Session within INP looking for guidance, this is the place. In a previous email from the INP office you should have received your individual church’s User I.D. and Password. If not, please contact Sue or Matt at the INP Office.
Presbytery Annual Reports – due to the presbytery office, January 31, 2020.
Forms to be completed for presbytery commissioners, lay leadership, necrology and session members. You may view or download presbytery report forms at www.okinp.org/forms . Scroll to Clerks of Sessions – Annual Reports, download each form (AR-1 through 5), complete, and forward to the presbytery office at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail hard copies to the presbytery office.
General Assembly Statistical Reports – due to G.A., February 2019
The forms will be available for on-line entry at oga.pcusa.org/stats. The User I.D. and Password for your church was previously sent to each clerk (in late September). Note: Sessions are to approve this report before submitting to the General Assembly.
If you have any problems or questions, please do not hesitate to call the Presbytery office.