FPC – Benkelman Says Thank You!

The First Presbyterian Church in Benkelman sent the presbytery office a letter updating and thanking us for the financial assistance to help fix their storm damage. This assistance actually came from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  The presbytery office helped facilitate the funds. Below is a copy of the letter and a picture of the roofing crew hard at work.

Benkelman Storm Repair 

2015 Benkelman PDA ltr

Announcing – November 14th Officer Training Cancelled

The Officer Training to be held November 14th at the Presbyterian UCC in Aurora has been cancelled. If you would like to attend one of the officer trainings listed below, please contact the pastor of the hosting church. Contact information has been provided at the bottom.  

Officer Training

November 21, 2015 First Presbyterian – Holdrege 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

January 9, 2106 First Presbyterian – North Platte 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Chuck Traylor will lead the officer training workshops for candidates for the office of Deacon and Ruling Elder from all churches in the Presbytery.

The title of the program is “Being Presbyterian, Or, How to be ‘Reformed’ and ‘Always Being Reformed’ in an Ever-changing World.”

There is no charge for these events. The hosting churches will provide lunch for participants. Participants will be afforded the opportunity to make a love offering to the church in appreciation for the lunch.

Please  make reservations to the host churches. Contact the following folks to let them know you will be attending:

The Rev. Dr. Kirwin Stewart – Holdrege (308) 995-4068 [email protected]  

The Rev. Polly Deppen-Williams – North Platte (308) 532-1083 [email protected]

For more information please read the September 1 Chatting with Chuck.

October 24, 2015 Presbytery Meeting Overview

Central Nebraska Presbytery met at First Presbyterian Church in Kearney, Nebraska, on October 24, 2015. Gary Smith preached and the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was celebrated.

A report was given by the Transitional Team. The team proposed a structure that will have a Presbyter for Leadership Care (1/2 time); a Presbyter for Congregational Encouragement and Mission Development (1/2 time); and a Ministry Priority Specialist (Approximately a ¼ time equivalent position.). Examples are a media consultant, a church finance/stewardship consultant, or an evangelist. Also there will be a stated clerk (1/4 time), and a Presbytery administrator (¾ time)/Assistant Stated Clerk (1/4 time). A financial officer will be contracted with the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, and there will be a recording clerk for each presbytery meeting. Presbytery approved this new structure.

An overture for adding the Administrative Personnel Association as a form of certified church service to the Book of Order (G-2.11) was approved by the presbytery and will be forwarded to the 222nd General Assembly.

Presbytery approved the Committee on Ministry recommendation that the minimum compensation for 2016 remain the same at $44,000 effective salary. COM reported that they approved a temporary supply relationship between Teaching Elder Steve Deines and the First Presbyterian Church of Axtell from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016.

The July, 2016 meeting of the Presbytery of Central Nebraska was rescheduled from July 2 to July 9, 2016, due to the proximity of July 2 to July 4. The meeting will be in Valentine, Nebraska.

Presbytery approved the 2016 budget and set the per capita as: $17.63 for the presbytery, $7.12 for General Assembly, and $5.25 for the Synod, for a total of $30. The United Mission Percentages were set at 13% for GA, 9% for Synod, and 78% for the presbytery.

A grant of $21,000 was approved for First Presbyterian Church of Fullerton, Nebraska for purchasing a sound system, projector, screen, laptop, and software. The total cost of the project is $30,300.

Church officer training events will be held November 14, 2015 at the Aurora Presbyterian/UCC Church in Aurora, NE; November 21 at the First Presbyterian Church at Holdrege, and January 9 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, North Platte. Time for all three is 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ray Meester
Temporary Stated Clerk

Presbytery Installs New Moderator and Vice-Moderator

2016 Installation ServiceThe Presbytery of Central Nebraska installed the Rev. Stephen Price-Gibson, Teaching Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Kearney, as the new moderator and Pastor Joyce Dean, Commissioned Lay Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Beaver City, as the vice-moderator during the October 24th stated meeting held at the First Presbyterian Church in Kearney.

PYT Estimates Due December 1st!

It is that time of year where our churches need to submit their 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium estimates. Please send these estimates directly to our Presbytery registrar, Dan Davis by no later than December 1st.

The Presbyterian Youth Triennium is a gathering of youth and adults from the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA). Youth Participants must be entering freshman through graduated seniors.

Only an estimate of how many youth will be attending PYT in 2016 is needed at this time.  Your church is not committing to anything at this point.   

An information sheet along with more information about PYT is available on the Youth Committee page of our website.

If you have any questions please contact Dan Davis (308) 380-830-0535.