Presbytery Announces “Town Hall” Meetings

The Presbytery of Central Nebraska invites congregations to attend a “town hall” type gathering. Chuck Traylor will be leading the discussion which will focus around the Presbytery of Central Nebraska structure and staffing for the future. 

The goal of these town hall meetings will be to take the information we have gleaned to date regarding what the larger presbytery has told us about what it believes the corporate Presbytery should be doing to resource congregations, and what functions Presbytery staff members should be performing in service of congregations, and focus these priorities and functions into specific position descriptions. Additionally, we will begin talking about corporate Presbytery facilities – what type of facilities, if any, are needed, and where those facilities most appropriately would be located; this is an opportunity for congregations of the Presbytery of Central Nebraska to discuss these matters prior to the October 24th presbytery meeting in Kearney.

Time:   3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The group discussion will take place at the following locations:

August 2nd
First Presbyterian Church-Kearney
Contact: Stephen Price-Gibson
RSVP by: July 30th

August 9th
First Presbyterian Church-Holdrege
Contact: Kirwin Stewart 
RSVP by: August 7th

August 16th
First Presbyterian Church-O’Neill
Contact: Karen Larson
RSVP by: August 14th

August 23
First Presbyterian Church—Superior (Tentatively)
Contact:  Mark Diehl
RSVP by:  August 21st.

September 13th
First Presbyterian Church—North Platte
Contact:  Polly Deppen-Williams
RSVP by:  September 11th

Please RSVP with the hosting church or the presbytery office.



Announcing – Annual Session Minute Review Meetings

The Presbytery of Central Nebraska is asking that all clerks mark their calendars now for the annual session minute review meetings that have been scheduled throughout the Presbytery. 

The Presbytery of Central Nebraska office has scheduled five Session Minute Book Reviews.  Please remember that this is the year you are TO BRING your Roll Book along with your minute book to the review. We ask that each church make an effort on attending one of the five in order to have their session books approved and roll books reviewed.  As the clerk, you can assign someone to go in your place to have the minutes reviewed if you are unable to attend. The reviews have been scheduled so that we may take them to the October Presbytery meeting for final approval.  Below is the schedule:

August 26—First Presbyterian Church in Grand Island at 6:30 p.m.

August 27 – First Presbyterian Church in O’Neill 6:30 p.m.

September 17—First Presbyterian Church in Holdrege at 6:30 p.m.

October 6– First Presbyterian Church in North Platte 6:30 p.m.

October 15– First Presbyterian Church in Hastings 6:30 p.m.

In order to help us better prepare for the meetings we are asking that each of the clerks please contact the Presbytery office by emailing [email protected] or phone 855-436-6996 with the date of the review that he or she will be attending.  



Ray Meester                          
Temporary Stated Clerk                     
[email protected]             

Angie Palmer
Presbytery Administrator/ Assistant to the Temporary Stated Clerk
[email protected]   

Presbytery Office will be Closed

Due to staff schedules the presbytery office will be closed Wednesday, July 15th.

Dr. Scott McCormick, Jr. Services Scheduled for July 8th

Dr. Scott McCormick, Jr., who served as Professor of Religion from 1970-1992 and Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department, died on July 4, 2015, in Hastings, Nebraska. Services will be 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8 at Livingston-Butler-Volland in Hastings. His full obituary and memorial information are available here:,-jr/

June 27, 2015 Presbytery Meeting Review

Central Nebraska Presbytery met at the First Presbyterian Church, North Platte, on Saturday, June 27. Transitional executive Chuck Traylor preached on how God is doing new things.

The Manual of Operations was amended to add the function of promoting and reviewing the presbytery’s implementation of the church’s commitment to inclusiveness and representation in accordance with G-3.0103 of the Book of Order.

The Transitional Team made a creative presentation about possible functions of future presbytery staffing. The presbytery broke into small groups to discuss the functions. After the presbytery gathered, the Transitional Team led a process of prioritizing these functions.

The Committee on Ministry reported the following actions:
Caroline Price Gibson was appointed moderator of the St. Paul Church, Stephen Price-Gibson of the Broken Bow Church, and Kirwin Stewart of the Lexington Church
Phil Laroe was approved as CRE of St. Paul
Steve Deines was approved as Stated Supply at Axtell
Dawn Black was transferred to Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery; Jim Splitt to Homestead Presbytery; and Caroline Vickery to Redstone Presbytery.

Presbytery viewed a video on the work being done by the Rev. Bob and Kristi Rice, missionaries working at the invitation of the Presbyterian Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The morning’s offering was designated for their work, a ministry that is supported by First Church, North Platte
A responsive prayer was offered to celebrate the mission and ministry of the Loup City Church which is now closed.
Presbytery approved the grant request from the Church Development Fund to the First Presbyterian Church of North Platte in the amount of $26,049.00 for the purchase of a video system.
Council reported that Teaching elder Chuck Traylor’s contract as Transitional Executive was extended to December 31, 2016.
The audit of the 2014 financial statements was received.
Teaching elder Caroline Price-Gibson was elected to the Committee on Minister, class of 2017.
Thanks to the people of First Church, North Platte, for doing a wonderful job of hosting the meeting and serving the refreshments and dinner.
Raymond Meester—Temporary Stated Clerk