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DENOMINATIONAL AFFILIATION

Discernment: Updates


January 10, 2015  email communication to congregation

Subject: Message From Session

DISCERNMENT UPDATE

We want to thank all of you who were able to attend our recent Town Hall meeting held on Wednesday, January 7, and we’d like to provide an update of our time for those who were not able to attend.

Town Hall Meeting Update

At the town hall meeting, Session presented an overview of IPC’s discernment process to date, as well as an update about where the Los Ranchos Presbytery is in terms of relating to churches in the discernment process. For more details, please visit IPC’s website at www.irvinepres.org/discernment.

As a result of the Presbytery's recent changes to the Property Policy and Procedures, established to guide churches through the discernment process, IPC is now considered to be in the "joint solution" phase, where representatives of the Presbytery and IPC work together toward crafting a proposed terms of dismissal, i.e., a "Joint Solution." 

Reflecting on the last six months of discernment at IPC, it is Session’s recommendation that we continue on the path toward a Joint Solution that, if approved by the congregation, will result in dismissal from the PC(USA) and alignment with the new Reformed denomination, A Covenant of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO).  

Straw Poll

We recognize that pursuing this new path is an exceptionally important one in the life of our congregation, and for that reason, Session wishes to gauge the congregation’s support before taking this next step. Beginning this Sunday, January 11, and concluding Wednesday, January 21, we will be conducting a straw poll of IPC’s members and regular attendees. The poll will seek your input on the question:

“Should IPC continue in the Presbytery’s Joint Solution process to seek dismissal from PC(USA) and alignment with ECO?”

This straw poll will be conducted in the same fashion as the previous straw poll that was conducted last June. Both members and regular attendees will be permitted to vote. Ballots will be available at a table on the patio on Sundays, January 11 and 18, as well as at the church office during the week. You will also be able to cast your vote online by visiting the discernment section of IPC’s website.

Please note that this poll is solely for the purpose of determining your support to continue in the Joint Solution process with the Los Ranchos Presbytery. This is not a formal vote to approve a dismissal from the PC(USA) denomination to ECO. 

While this process has been challenging at times, we are confident in the direction that God is leading us regarding our denominational affiliation. So, as we encourage you to participate in the straw poll, we also continue to urge everyone to keep on praying, asking for God’s wisdom, guidance and spiritual safe-keeping as we seek to do His will.

In His grace,
IPC Session

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October 21, 2014  email communication to congregation

Subject:  A Word from your Session

During this time of discernment, IPC's Session welcomes conversations with you. Elders are available to talk. Below is a list of our elders' names and contact information. Please feel free to reach out to engage us in dialogue during this time of prayer and reflection. May we all continue to seek God’s will for our faith community.

Don Barkley
949.887.1487
don.barkley@searchministries.org

Dorothy Bregozzo
949.733.0330
dbregozzo@cox.net

Laura Boyd
949.433.9727
lauraboyd@cox.net

Michelle Drever
714.396.2323
m.drever@cox.net

Jennifer Dietz
714.345.3034
jenniferdietz@fssi-ca.com

Merlin Eelkema
714.599.4157
meelkema@cox.net

Julie Giglio
714.669.1584
juliegiglio@sbcglobal.net

Steve Thames
949.715.1442
srthames@gmail.com

Greg Smith
949.433.1221
gsmith@cox.net

Bud Thoreen
949.246.8743
budthoreen@cox.net

Jan Wolensky
949.723.0367
janetwolensky@gmail.com

Matthew Yi
714.822.1097
mattyi@gmail.com

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September 14, 2014  Sunday announcement

Subject:  Denominational Discernment Update

Message from Steve Thames, IPC Elder ›

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July 24, 2014  email communication to congregation

Subject:  Denominational Discernment Update

Dear IPC Congregation,

As most of you know, during the week of June 15–21, our congregation participated in a non-binding straw poll to determine if our members and regular attenders wished to move forward with the discernment process with Los Ranchos Presbytery. With nearly 300 people participating, more than 80% voted in favor of continuing the process.

With this affirmation from the congregation, our Session has moved forward in submitting a letter to the Stated Clerk of Los Ranchos Presbytery formally requesting that IPC and the Presbytery enter into the formal discernment process as outlined in the Property Policy and Procedures adopted by the Presbytery in June 2013. We anticipate that the Presbytery will recognize our request soon and will begin to engage with us as outlined in the Property Policy.

With the busyness of our summer schedules, and with 73 individuals from our IPC family serving in South Africa for the latter part of July and early August, we plan to resume the process of discernment within our congregation beginning early this fall. In September, we will start to engage in the following steps forward:

  1. Invite speakers from the Los Ranchos Presbytery, PC(USA); and ECO (A Covenant Order of the Evangelical Presbyterians).
  2. Continue studies and discussions on theology and IPC's mission and vision, including how they relate to the PC(USA).
  3. Offer educational opportunities and discussions on important issues including human sexuality and how the unrest between Israel and the Palestinians affects our denomination.
  4. Begin 40 days of prayer together as an IPC faith family.

A timetable of events and town hall meetings will soon be determined and made available late this summer.

As we are preparing to move forward, we encourage all of you to pray that God will lead us together to a decision that will honor Him and further His kingdom in this community.

In His Grace,
IPC Session

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June 25, 2014   email communication and letter to congregation

Subject:  Straw Poll Update, A Message From IPC Session

 

Dear IPC Congregation,

We wish to provide an update on last week’s straw poll and the discernment process. We were very encouraged that so many members of IPC, and regular attendees who call IPC their home church, took the time to participate in the straw poll. With nearly 300 people participating, more than 80% voted in favor of moving forward with the discernment process with Los Ranchos Presbytery. 

Specifically, a total of 224 members and 69 non-members (including 23 who did not declare their status) participated in the poll. Of those members polled, 183 voted to enter into the formal discernment process with Los Ranchos Presbytery, 40 voted not to do so, and one was undecided. Of those non-members and undeclared voters polled, 58 voted to enter into the process, while 11 voted not to do so.  

As a session, we believe that we are being directed by God to move forward in the discernment process and we believe that the straw poll affirms that direction. To that end, we have now submitted a letter to the Stated Clerk of Los Ranchos Presbytery formally requesting that IPC and the Presbytery enter into the formal discernment process as outlined in the Property Policy and Procedure adopted by the Presbytery in June 2013. We anticipate that the Presbytery will recognize our request within the next 30 days and will begin to engage us as outlined in the Property Policy shortly thereafter (a copy of the policy is posted on the IPC website).
 
It is important to note that this decision to begin the discernment process is not a decision to leave the Presbytery and the PC(USA) denomination. Rather, it is a decision to engage with the Presbytery in a good faith and God-edifying process to discern whether there is sufficient reason for ending our affiliation with the PC(USA) and transferring to another Reformed body. During this time, we will continue to wrestle with the concerns and issues that have brought us to this point. As we indicated earlier, we will continue the process of discernment within our congregation through a number of steps, including:

  • Inviting speakers from Los Ranchos Presbytery of PC(USA)
  • Inviting speakers from ECO (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians)
  • Continuing studies and discussions on theology, IPC’s mission and vision, including how they relate to PC(USA)
  • Starting discussions on other important issues including human sexuality
  • Organizing 40 days of prayer together as an IPC faith family

As we begin this next stage in the discernment process, we encourage all of you to participate in the dialogue, to raise questions and seek answers, and most of all, to pray that God will lead us together to a decision that will honor Him and further His Kingdom in this community.
 
Finally, we wish to thank all of you who took the time to participate in this initial stage of the discernment process by attending town hall and small group meetings and reading the materials that were distributed or published online. We would also like to thank those of you who contacted us by phone, online, or by letter to ask questions and express your thoughts and concerns about this process. May we continue this process in a manner that is loving and respectful to all. 
 
In His Grace,
IPC Session

 
 

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