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“And So It Begins!” – A Blog about Beginnings
This blog is about the thoughts and feelings of today's happenings from Pastor Bob Titus.  If you have a particular topic in mind that you wish to see Pastor Bob write about or have feedback about one of his previously posted blogs, please feel free to contact him.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 20:55

PASTORS PEN
I have often shared with the congregation that our God is a God of detail.  There is nothing too small for his attention.  We see this in His wondrous creation, where even the underside of a turtle is a masterpiece of design.  We see it in the detail He applies to the building of the ark, the Tent of Meeting, the Ark of the Covenant, and culminating in the building of His temple in Jerusalem.  We also see it in the myriad of colors and detail of His throne room.  So, is it any wonder that we, as His people are concerned about the house of worship that He has given us here at Lebanon PC, especially in light of our discernment on whether we should remain a part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) or find a new theological home elsewhere.  I for one don't know how the discernment process will work itself out.  We will probably schedule our first congregational information meeting with the Pittsburgh Presbytery Discernment team by the end of the month.  However, in the midst of this process, which may require change on the part of the congregation, I have been told that there is a REAL FEAR out there that the congregation might lose our building after it is all said and done.  Allow me to assure you in no uncertain terms, THE CONGREGATION WILL NOT LOSE OUR BUILDING!  Now, some might ask, how can Pastor Bob know?  Can he predict the future?  The answer is no, but what I can do is share with you the process by which the discernment process will work.  Unlike other churches in our presbytery, Lebanon is working through the discernment process ACCORDING TO THE PROCESS ESTABLISHED BY PRESBYTERY.  We are doing everything according to what Presbytery has approved, and therefore, we are legal and aboveboard.  Because we are following the process that
Presbytery has established, the policy states clearly that they DO NOT WANT OUR BUILDING.  As we continue to follow the process and policy, and remain within the rules, Pittsburgh Presbytery will IN NO WAY SEEK TO TAKE THE CHURCH BUILDING.  Now, as I stated last month, and I want to clarify something as well, the discernment process has two parts.  The first part is the Presbytery Discernment Team meeting with the congregation and asking them about their concerns, while trying to share why they think we should stay.  After no less than three meetings, the session will decide whether or not the congregation should be polled on if they believe we should NEGOTIATE A FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT with Pittsburgh Presbytery.  This actually IS NOT A VOTE TO LEAVE, but a vote on whether we should see how much Pittsburgh Presbytery will seek to allow us to leave.   If the polling meets the quorum number as dictated within the policy, then a team from Pittsburgh Presbytery and members of the church will begin to negotiate on the financial terms of departure.  If Pittsburgh Presbytery and the members of the church who will negotiate on the congregations behalf cannot decide on a settlement, than both the Presbytery and the church will submit themselves to binding arbitration.  If it comes to that, than whatever the binding arbitrator decides, or the Presbytery and the church mutually decide will come before the congregation and THAT VOTE WILL BE WHETHER TO MOVE TO ANOTHER DENOMINATION AND WHAT IT WILL COST.  If the congregation approves that vote, than Pittsburgh Presbytery and the congregation will mutually stay goodbye to each other after Lebanon pays whatever the agreed upon cost may be.  We do not know what that cost will be, but the policy also clearly states that it WILL NOT HAMPER THE CHURCH'S ABILITY TO DO MINISTRY.  AT NO TIME ARE WE IN DANGER OF LOSING THE CHURCH BUILDING!  If the
congregation does not meet the polling requirement dictated by the policy, than we will remain a PC(USA) congregation in good standing.  One of the things that I do want to point out, AS OF NOW, THE DENOMINATION DOES OWN THE CHURCH.  We need to be clear on that.  However, if the congregation ultimately decides to move to a new theological home, the CONGREGATION WILL OWN THE CHURCH.   I hope this has clarified what will be happening and will assure everyone that there is not question of the congregation losing the church.  We have entered into a process with Pittsburgh Presbytery seeking discernment, and by seeking the TRUTH of Jesus Christ, we will walk the path that God in Christ will lay before us.  By the way, I do ask for your forgiveness in putting so much of this letter in CAPITAL LETTERS.  I wanted to ensure that the main points could be easily seen, so if you need to refer to this letter again, you wouldn't have to read through it.  I hope it was helpful.
In the Love of Jesus Christ, Pastor Bob

PASTORS PEN

 I have often shared with the congregation that our God is a God of detail.  There is nothing too small for his attention.  We see this in His wondrous creation, where even the underside of a turtle is a masterpiece of design.  We see it in the detail He applies to the building of the ark, the Tent of Meeting, the Ark of the Covenant, and culminating in the building of His temple in Jerusalem.  We also see it in the myriad of colors and detail of His throne room.  So, is it any wonder that we, as His people are concerned about the house of worship that He has given us here at Lebanon PC, especially in light of our discernment on whether we should remain a part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) or find a new theological home elsewhere.  I for one don't know how the discernment process will work itself out.  We will probably schedule our first congregational information meeting with the Pittsburgh Presbytery Discernment team by the end of the month.  However, in the midst of this process, which may require change on the part of the congregation, I have been told that there is a REAL FEAR out there that the congregation might lose our building after it is all said and done.  Allow me to assure you in no uncertain terms, THE CONGREGATION WILL NOT LOSE OUR BUILDING!  Now, some might ask, how can Pastor Bob know?  Can he predict the future?  The answer is no, but what I can do is share with you the process by which the discernment process will work. 

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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 20:46

PASTORS PEN
As many, if not all of you know, the session of Lebanon Presbyterian has asked Pittsburgh Presbytery to enter into a discernment process with our congregation on our direction and future denominational home.  As part of the Separation Policy adopted by Pittsburgh Presbytery, a Discernment Team (DT) has been assigned to our church, to begin exploring the issues that confront us, and why we should remain in the PC(USA).  The process is relatively simple.  They have already met with me and Pastor Dave, as well as the session, and will now schedule three congregational meetings.  Each meeting will have an agenda that will seek to help the congregation understand the denominational positions, while at the same time, hopefully answer any questions we may have for them on the future of the denomination and the presbytery in the theological issues that confront it.  The team is made up of four ministers and one elder, all of who are people of integrity and Christian faithfulness.  They are Dirk Lesnett, pastor of Elfinwilde Presbyterian Church, Dan Beckstrom, elder at Mt. Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Sharon Stewart, pastor of Crafton Presbyterian Church, and Ayana Teter, Associate General Minister for the Southern Branch of Pittsburgh Presbytery. The first Meeting with the congregation will focus on listening to the members of Lebanon, about the critical issues that need to be addressed, from the congregation's perspective.  They will want to know how you are feeling about the session's decision to enter into this discernment period, and what process issues need to be clarified.  A time of prayer and scripture will begin and end this meeting. The second Meeting with the congregation will seek to discuss and examine the theological issues that were identified in the first meeting.  Various perspectives will be shared, and the DT is calling on the congregation to listen with an open heart and mind.  The DT will want to ensure that they have heard everyone and everything that needs
to be heard, or to identify who else needs to be heard. The third Meeting with the congregation will explore the pros and cons of leaving or staying.  Options are discussed and the DT members may offer personal testimony as to why they are committed to staying in the denomination. The DT will once again meet with the session and the pastors in a separate meeting, and engage in a period of prayer for at least two weeks, before meeting with the session once again for their recommendation on whether they still wish to proceed with a polling of the congregation. The DT's meeting with me and Pastor Dave centered around our perceptions of the issues that concern the congregation.  We both expressed that decisions at both the denominational and presbytery level has caused concerns about where the denomination is going and how it muddles our ability to proclaim the Gospel.  We shared with the DT that many members of the congregation were saddened by the direction the denomination is moving, and Sheldon Sorge, admitted that he did not see the denomination moving back to its previous positions.  During the DT's meeting with the session, they once again requested feedback, and not surprisingly, the session essentially affirmed everything that Pastor Dave and I had shared.  The session is considering meeting with the DT one more time before setting up the first congregational gathering.  In the meantime, I would call upon all members of the congregation to clarify in their own minds the issues that have concerned them over the years and be able to speak to them.  The Vision Committee and the Theological Home Committee are working diligently on identifying the direction we believe God is guiding Lebanon.  The Theological Home Committee, which has been tasked by session to examine the pros and cons of staying in the PC(USA), as well as the pros and cons of finding our home in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, or the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterian, will soon make a recommendation to session and
communicate its reasoning to the congregation. Thank you for your continued patience during this long process, and once again, I ask you to participate so that Lebanon Presbyterian can continue to be faithful to our Lord and Savior.I
In the Love of Jesus Christ, Pastor Bob

PASTORS PEN

As many, if not all of you know, the session of Lebanon Presbyterian has asked Pittsburgh Presbytery to enter into a discernment process with our congregation on our direction and future denominational home.  As part of the Separation Policy adopted by Pittsburgh Presbytery, a Discernment Team (DT) has been assigned to our church, to begin exploring the issues that confront us, and why we should remain in the PC(USA).  The process is relatively simple.  They have already met with me and Pastor Dave, as well as the session, and will now schedule three congregational meetings.  Each meeting will have an agenda that will seek to help the congregation understand the denominational positions, while at the same time, hopefully answer any questions we may have for them on the future of the denomination and the presbytery in the theological issues that confront it. 

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