Local Congregation Extends Partnership with Clinic in Mexico
This June, First Presbyterian Church, Waukegan IL will send a mission team to partner with the Alpha Omega Bible School and Clinica Tzeltal Manos de Cristo in Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico. First Presbyterian has sent five teams since 2007 helping to build the Clinica, teaching Vacation Bible School and worshiping in the local churches.
This year, since the clinic is complete, the team will go to a village near Palenque, a famous Mayan ruin, to help put the roof on a new church. They will also teach Vacation Bible School and live and worship within the village.
Doreen DesJardins of Waukegan, who has been to Chiapas on all five of First Presbyterian’s trips, says: “I love the work God provides for us. It is fun and challenging and it never ceases to amaze me how God can put a group of people of such diverse skills, languages, ages and turn us into a TEAM for Him.”
The church is sponsoring a rummage sale to benefit the mission trip on Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18 from 9 am to 3 pm in the lower level of the Christian Education Building. Those wishing to donate items to be sold may contact the church office.
Negotiations With Presbytery Begin
The dismissal process from PCUSA has kicked into high gear. On April 5th we received the draft of a formal offer from the Chicago Presbytery's Administrative Commission. The following day your Session met for two and one-half hours digesting and discussing the details. Prior to this time, Session approved a negotiating team of Rich Jensen, Laurie Tazelaar, Gregg Walter and Pastor Dave Eikenberry.
On April 12th the negotiating committee met with the Commission. Many questions were raised and points clarified. Subsequent to that gathering, an informational meeting was held with the congregation on Sunday, April 21st. A history of our contentious property issue was reviewed, samples of other church dismissal conditions were discussed, and details of the current draft for our dismissal terms were revealed. The negotiating committee fielded questions from our members.
Friday May 10 will be the next meeting between our negotiating team and the Commission.
It is beneficial to see the experiences of other churches as they have left the denomination, as there is little uniformity from one Presbytery to another. For more examples of the terms other churches have dealt with in their dismissal process, go to Discernment Resources and Denominational Comparisons. Also use this
location for a downloadable file on Churches seeking to realign their denominational affiliation from the PCUSA to another Reformed body: Updated 4/22/13.
First Pres., Eikenberry Received Into EPC
The First Presbyterian Church of Waukegan and its pastor, David Eikenberry, were formally received into the Rivers and Lakes Presbytery of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The vote took place at the EPC's meeting April 27 and 28 held at the First Presbyterian Church of Aurora. The move is pending dismissal from the Presbytery of Chicago (PCUSA).Prior to the late April meeting, the elders of the church had received four hours of training from an EPC teaching elder. A four person panel appointed by the EPC examined session members on a Saturday in mid-April.Eikenberry had to pass a series of three examination interviews, the final one being on the floor of the Presbytery meeting.