DATE: May 17, 2010
TO: Delegates of the Local Churches
and all Authorized Ministers of the Potomac Association
FROM: Rev. Francine Vinson, Chair, Committee on Church and Ministry
Ms. Felicia Simms, Moderator, Potomac Association
Rev. Kwame Osei Reed, Associate Conference Minister
SUBJECT: Ecclesiastical Council, 6/18/2011
An Ecclesiastical Council is called to examine Bart Cochran as a Candidate for Ordination.
DATE: Saturday, June 18, 2011
LOCATION: Bethesda UCC
10010 Fernwood Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817-4925
Phone: (301) 365-3387
SCHEDULE: 9:00 – Registration of Delegates, Continental Breakfast
9:30 – Call to Order, Establishment of Quorum
9:45 – Examination of Candidate for Ordination
11:00 – Adjournment
The purpose of this council is to examine the named Candidate(s) for Ordination, in accordance with the Association Bylaws, Article II.B.2.
As provisioned in the Manual on Ministry, Section 3: Ordained Ministry, Candidates can seek one of two designations from the council:
a) Authorized for Ordination, Pending Call—where the Candidate has completed the In-Care process, and is seeking a call to ministry
b) Authorized for Ordination—where the Candidate has completed the In-Care process, and has received a call to ministry
Information on the candidate(s) and applicable information on a call to ministry will be provided via email to the local churches in the Association, and posted on the Association website prior to the council. Please ensure that delegates and authorized ministers receive this information.
The candidate(s) will provide an oral presentation of a paper describing their faith journey and readiness for ministry, followed by questions/responses/examination by the assembled delegates. A vote will take place after the candidate’s presentation and examination, with the candidate excused from the voting.
It is important that each congregation be represented at this Ecclesiastical Council. A quorum for any meeting of the Association shall consist of twenty voting ministers and delegates, from at least seven local churches, including not less than five ordained ministers and five lay persons (Bylaws, VIII.D).
Voting credentials will be issued to each congregation’s delegation upon registration. While voting is restricted to delegates, the meeting is open to all members of the Association. Congregations are encouraged to invite all members of the congregation to attend. All authorized ministers with standing in the association are asked to be in attendance.
Pillar of Faith Awards Luncheon
The 10th Annual James Floyd Jenkins Pillar of Faith Awards Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 16, at 12 p.m. This year’s honorees include: School of Divinity professor, Rev. Dr. Bertram Melbourne; Dr. Anne Emery, Rabbi Dr. Gary Fink, Mrs. Anne Hale Johnson, Rev. Frank D. Tucker, and Rev. Bennie E. Whiten Jr.
This event is a joint effort between the School of Divinity and the United Church of Christ Friends of Howard University School of Divinity. Proceeds benefit the American Missionary Association Endowed Chair and the Ph.D. Program in Religious Studies.
Installation of Ron Hopson
The Potomac Association,
Central Atlantic Conference,
United Church of Christ
and Covenant Baptist Church UCC-Washington, DC with
Howard University School of Divinity
cordially invite your presence and prayers for
The Installation of Ron Hopson
April 6, 2011, at 5:30 p.m.
in The Thurman Chapel
at Howard University School of Divinity
Clergy who wish to robe and process should arrive one-half hour prior to the service to robe, pray, and prepare for the processional. Red or rainbow stoles encouraged!
Directions and Location Instructions:
Please follow this link for an interactive map to Howard University School of Divinity.
1400 Shepherd St NE
Washington, DC 20017
Retirement of Verne Arens
Please contact Little River UCC for details for this event.
Boundary Awareness Training
This is a gentle reminder that all clergy within the Association are required to participate in Boundary Awareness Training by August 30, 2011. Participation in Boundary Awareness Training is a requirement for maintaining ministerial standing in the Central Atlantic Conference and the Potomac Association – thus in the United Church of Christ. The Committee will need to evaluate the clergy standing of all who have not participated in the training.
This program was established with the goal of providing all clergy with tools to maintain the integrity of ministerial relationships and to protect vulnerable persons with whom local church clergy and other ordained ministers interact in their professional capacities. This includes Interim Ministers, Retired Ministers and others serving in specialized ministries. The training will enable clergy to more readily identify potentially unethical conduct, abusive situations, and importance of self-care within all ministerial relationships.
If you have not had this training, we encourage you to please sign up for the next event to be presented on March 28 and March 29, 2011 at Lincoln Congregational Temple UCC located at 1701 11th Street NW in Washington DC. The sessions run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Attendance is required on both days. We cannot award a certificate of completion for anyone who, in the judgment of the instructors, has not fulfilled the two-day attendance requirement.
Please register with Angie Megna at the Conference office by calling 410-788-4190 or 800-441-1965, or by email at email@example.com .
Please prepay. Checks should be made payable to the Central Atlantic Conference for $55.00 which includes all meals (breakfast snack & lunch) as well as registration and workbooks for each participant.
We are fully aware that some persons have requested weekend training because of their place of employment. We are planning a training for 2 successive Saturdays in the near future. We will let you know the dates and location at the earliest date possible.
BRING YOUR BIBLE.