The 78th General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is meeting at Sandy Cove conference center, North East, Maryland, June 8-15, 2011. This running daily report is written by Everett Henes and edited by Linda Foh and Stephen Pribble. Questions or comments may be addressed to George Cottenden, stated clerk.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Mr. Sawyer introduced the Rev. Messrs. Riemer Faber and Doug Vandeburgt, the fraternal delegates from the Canadian and American Reformed Churches, who were promptly seated as corresponding members.
The work of the day began quickly as we heard the report from the Committee on Coordination. At this time, because the current moderator serves on this committee, Mr. Pontier was called upon to assume the chair.
The chairman of the Committee on Coordination, Mr. Paul H. Tavares, presented the report. Mr. Tavares began with an explanation of the committee’s work, as a point of instruction for the newer commissioners. The Committee on Coordination exists to recommend the combined budget for the three program committees of the OPC (Christian Education, Foreign Missions and Home Missions and Church Extension). The committee further seeks to promote the work of these three committees in the presbyteries through the Ambassadors Program, which exists in each individual presbytery.
Mr. Haney gave highlights of the report, looking at the giving this year as well as the proposed budgets. Everything was on target with only a 3.5% increase in needs projected.
Mr. Louis C. LaBriola, ruling elder at Providence OPC in Denver, Colorado, reported for AC # 4, giving thanks to the Lord for his faithfulness and to the committee for its diligent labors. With regard to the recommendations of the committee (budget), AC 4 reported silence.
The recommendation was put before the Assembly for a vote and was unanimously adopted.
Elections for the class of 2014 were opened. The class needs one ruling elder and one minister. Mr. Tavares and the Rev. Larry D. Conard (retired minister from the Presbytery of the Northwest) were nominated and, there being no further nominations, the two men were declared elected to the class of 2014.
Mr. LaBriola prayed for the work of the Committee on Coordination.