Presbytery Community

Not only is a church a community, so is a presbytery. Yesterday at the Mid-South Presbytery meeting Elaine Harriss, Trinity’s ruling elder commissioner, and I were part of the presbytery community for worship, prayer, breaking of bread, and fellowship.

Like all aspects of our lives, sometimes things don’t go as planned. For some reason there was no musician. Before singing the first hymn during worship, the host pastor asked if anyone would be willing to play the piano. Elaine immediately volunteered.

Fifteen minutes before noon, the pastor announced that they had contacted the restaurant that was catering lunch to ask why the food hadn’t been delivered. They were told they had it on their calendar for Wednesday instead of Tuesday. So small group meetings continued until the newly ordered sandwiches from a different restaurant arrived 45 minutes later.

Everyone, except maybe the host pastor, saw the humor in the change of plans. We all have been there. We all have dealt with the unexpected. The spontaneity of the day united us all in our humanness and contributed to the sense of community.

Easter blessings,


The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles.  – Acts 2:42-43

Information from the May 13 Presbytery Meeting

Business conducted at the May 13 Mid-South Presbytery meeting included the following action items.

  • Received teaching elder Linda Post, Springville, TN, as a presbytery member.
  • Approved the transition plan for Cordova Presbyterian Church.
  • Approved honorable retirement for teaching elders

Amy Howe, William S. McAliley, and Robert Norvell.

  • Enrolled Matthew Whittingon as a candidate for teaching elder.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the business conducted at the Presbytery meeting, please contact

Elaine Harriss, our ruling elder commissioner, or the pastor.

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