Monday, September 23, 2013

More good news from South Carolina, Presbyterian edition

Another South Carolina congregation has extricated itself from an apostate national denomination. Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington has voted, quite overwhelmingly, to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Pastor James D. Glatz posted the results of a recent congregational vote on the church's website.
September 22, 2013

Dear Fellow Servants,

Following a careful and prayerful process of discernment, the membership of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC voted on Sunday, September 22nd to leave the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and join the ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO). Of the 851 members who voted, 793 voted for the motion and 58 voted against the motion.

The next step in the process is for Trinity Presbytery to vote on a recommendation to dismiss Saxe Gotha Presbyterian to the ECO (effective December 31, 2013) and for the ECO to act to receive the congregation into membership (effective January 1, 2014). Trinity Presbytery's next meeting is scheduled for October 8, 2013.

We realize that not all of our members are happy with the decision to move to the ECO. Please remember that we are God's family here at Saxe Gotha and we love each other despite our differences. Let us continue to journey together as one as we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Please keep our congregation in prayer as we work to give God joy in all that we say and do.

In Christ's love,

Pastor Jim