Our Mission Statement
We, the Synod of the Covenant,
in partnership with
our presbyteries, congregations, the General Assembly
and other faith communions,
are called and sent by God
to be a living, active and inclusive witness
to the love of Christ.
SYNOD ASSEMBLY HIGHLIGHTS
The Synod Assembly met at Muskingum University on August 8th-9th, 2014. This was the third summer Assembly meeting held within the past three years. Our previous summer meetings were held at Presbyterian Colleges; Alma College in 2012, and College of Wooster in 2013. Rev. Will Mullins, College Chaplain of Muskingum University, led the opening worship this summer.
Doris Evans, Synod Program Coordinator, introduced the Mobile Health Fair Team (comprised of six young adults) who were warmly thanked by the Assembly. The Synod held 38 free MHF's for 1,458 clients with the help of 452 volunteers. The team members this year were: Brendan Adkinson, Thomas Collins, Markus Creachbaum, Brian
|Mobile Health Fair Team|
Harper, Minjung Kim, and Hanan Zaki.
Doris Evans also reported on the Multicultural Youth Conference that was held in conjunction with the Covenant Gathering at The Michindoh Conference Center. Sixteen high school students participated and were led by: Mrs. Charon Barcony, Michael Barcony, Joanna Johnson, Eman Zaki, and Hadi Zaki.
Mission to the USA has a three-year focus on the Middle East. This year's program will take place on October 18th-November 8th, and will include international partners from Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Syria/Lebanon, and possibly Iraq.
As with every summer Assembly, Presbytery Moderators and Presbytery Executives were invited. Each Presbytery was given an opportunity to share about the context of their ministry and exchange learning. Ten presbyteries shared.
During evening worship, the Assembly celebrated our ecumenical ties with ecumenical greetings from the Ohio Council of Churches by Rev. Rebecca Tollefson and the Rev. Dr. Otha Gilyard preaching. Dr. Gilyard is the President of the Ohio Baptist General Convention and President of the Governing Board of the OCC. The offering and donation were dedicated to support the ministry of the Ohio Council of Churches.
Raafat Zaki, the Synod Executive, made a presentation titled "Autopsy of a Deceased Church" by Thom Rainer, and led a discussion on the 221st GA decisions with a focus on the action related to Mid-Councils. Rev. Zaki reported that the Synod Executives Forum will convene by the end of the month to start a collaborative response with Synods and Presbyteries. The General Assembly voted to reduce the 16 Synods to 10-12 Synods in number.
Rev. Russell Cowden was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Class of 2016.
New grant criteria were approved including Peacemaking Scholarships, Racial Ethnic Program Grants, both are due by September 1. New Covenant Grants due date remains October 1. The next Synod Assembly will be held on November 7-8, 2014 at the Synod Office in Maumee, Ohio.
New Concord, Ohio