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The Omnibus Motion is a process intended to speed action on routine or non-controversial matters. Any item may be withdrawn from the omnibus motion upon request of any member of the assembly. Items remaining are adopted without discussion when the motion is approved. Items from committees or other reports will be recorded in the minutes as part of that committee or staff person’s report.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: That the Presbytery vote to:
1. Approve the Docket as distributed, with such changes as may be announced at the start of the assembly.
2. Enroll the Corresponding Members that have been introduced, and grant to them permission of the floor. Names and presbytery of membership of these persons must be written on the attendance roster or given to the stated clerk.
3. Approve the minutes of the October 24, 2017 Presbytery Assembly as posted on the Presbytery website, except for making any changes in the attendance roll that may be required.
THE STATED CLERK RECOMMENDS that the Presbytery vote to:
4. Administrative Commission for First Presbyterian Church, Lakewood
Dismiss with appreciation for the hours of attention and thoroughness in which they conducted and concluded their work, the Administrative Commission approved by the Presbytery on January 24, 2017, for one year: The following work was assigned and has been completed:
I. inquire of and work with the session to develop a plan for the disposition of the building and its contents;
II. work with the session in discerning the membership needs of the congregation;
III. be authorized to assume original jurisdiction if it is determined that the session, after thorough investigation, is unable or unwilling to manage wisely the affairs of the church particularly in regards to G-3.0201c, nurture of the covenant community of disciples of Christ;
IV. be granted the authority to dissolve the pastoral relationship;
V. be granted authority to inventory and receive all Session Records, retain records to conclude the business of the church, and deposit with the stated clerk of the presbytery who will forward them to the Presbyterian Historical Society;
VI. be granted authority to grant letters of dismissal to members whose names are still on the roll; members not dismissed to other churches will remain on a roll at the presbytery for two years after dissolution;
VII. will take possession of all real and personal property, financial records, inventories of equipment, and arrange for transfer of title to the presbytery of all accounts and real property known to be in the possession of First Presbyterian Church, Lakewood; under the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) G-4.0203 all property held by or for a congregation, whether legal title is lodged in a corporation, a trustee or trustees, or an unincorporated association, and whether the property is used in programs of a congregation or of a higher council or retained for the production of income, is held in trust nevertheless for the use and benefit of the Presbyterian Church (USA);
VIII. follow the Church Closing or Dissolution Task List.
5. Affirm the continued validity of “Amended Articles of Incorporation”, specifically:
Article Fourth, whereby
a) The officers of the corporation are: Moderator (President), Vice-Moderator (Vice President), Stated Clerk (Secretary), Treasurer (Treasurer).
b) The Board of Trustees shall be the Council of the Presbytery of Denver.
Article Fifth, whereby
The registered agent of the Corporation shall be the Stated Clerk.
Article Seventh, whereby
Following Presbytery corporate action, the signature of any two officers of the Corporation shall be valid and binding when affixed to legal documents with the corporate seal.
6. Affirm that the Corporate officers for 2018 are:
John Anderson (President), Wanda Beauman (Vice-President), Olivia L. Hudson Smith (Secretary), and John Boettiger (Treasurer).
Background: This action reaffirms the authorization of persons by Presbytery to act as Presbytery’s agents according to the articles of incorporation. Such authorization is often required at times of signing legal documents. This action is taken annually or at times of change in officers.
7. Affirm the Stated Clerk Report:
The Permanent Judicial Commission met on December 13, 2017, to fulfill Standing Rule 3.14f. MWS John O’Lane was elected moderator; RE Neil Johnson was elected clerk.
The Synod of the Rocky Mountains approved the 2016 minutes of the Presbytery of Denver, with three exception, No record of the approved budget, No financials recorded in treasurer’s report, No summary of the auditor or financial review committee report in the minutes.
Business Denver reported on the sale of 1710 S. Grant Street on October 30, 2017, in an article by Thomas Gounley found at https://businessden.com/2017/10/30/platt-park-church-1-acre-sells-3m/ .