Ardara United Presbyterian Church
3380 Nehrig Hill Road, Box 175, Ardara, PA 15615-0175
Patrick Ewing, Pastor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Randy Pedder
Cell Phone: (412) 607-4213
Redstone Presbytery Votes to Dismiss Ardara United Presbyterian Church to the Presbytery of the Alleghenies of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Delmont, PA, March 23, 2013: At the Saturday, March 23, 2013 regular meeting of the Redstone Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA, PC(USA), in Delmont, Pennsylvania, the Presbytery of Redstone voted to dismiss Ardara United Presbyterian Church to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church denomination. There were only a few dissenting votes.
The actual motion that was approved is as follows:
“Ardara United Presbyterian Church moves that it be dismissed with its property to the Presbytery of the Alleghenies of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, conditioned upon the documented acceptance of Ardara United Presbyterian Church by the Presbytery of the Alleghenies.”
This action was the culmination of nearly two years of discernment and discussion between the congregation of Ardara United Presbyterian Church and the Committee on Discernment, appointed by Redstone Presbytery, in accordance with the “REDSTONE PRESBYTERY POLICY ON Congregations Considering Making a Request to Leave the PC (USA)”, which is available as a downloadable file from the Redstone Presbytery website : (http://www.redstone.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=10&Itemid=211) (Select Presbytery Gracious Dismissal Policy towards the middle of the page.)
Key elements to the discernment process included multiple face-to-face meetings between the Redstone Presbytery’s Committee on Discernment and the Session of Ardara Church, as well as its congregation, and the unanimous vote of the congregation of Ardara United Presbyterian Church to seek to affiliate with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
The meetings between Ardara church members and the Redstone Committee on Discernment were at all times cordial, yet lively, with clear differences of opinions outlined by both sides of the discussion throughout the numerous meetings, ultimately yielding a recommendation to the Presbytery from the Committee on Discernment in support of Ardara Church’s request for dismissal.
In accepting its dismissal from the PC (USA), Ardara United Presbyterian Church has pledged an annual contribution of $2,400 per year, for four years, to Pine Springs Camp (www.PineSprings.ORG), a Christian summer camp affiliated with the Presbytery of Redstone and the PC (USA) denomination. Ardara Church has had a longstanding relationship with Pine Springs Camp, sending more than a dozen of its youth per year as campers for many years.
About Ardara United Presbyterian Church:
Ardara United Presbyterian Church, formerly the Duffsville United Presbyterian Church, is located in Ardara, Pennsylvania, three miles west of Irwin, and was organized July, 21 1895. The current pastor is Rev. Patrick Ewing, who ministers a flock of sixty to eighty active members each Sunday. Ardara United Presbyterian Church became part of the PC(USA) through the 1958 merger of the United Presbyterian Church of North America and the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, and the subsequent 1983 merger with the Presbyterian Church in the United States to form the Presbyterian Church USA, or PC (USA).
About Redstone Presbytery of the PC (USA):
Redstone Presbytery consists of 79 congregations from the counties of Westmoreland, Fayette, Somerset and Cambria. Redstone Presbytery has a total of 14,183 members (2011), is one of 16 presbyteries in the Synod of the Trinity, and one of 173 presbyteries in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
If you would like more information on this topic, or would like to interview Randy Pedder, Clerk of Session of Ardara United Presbyterian Church, or Rev. Gary Close, Stated Clerk of Redstone Presbytery, please contact either of them at the contact information below:
Randy Pedder, Clerk of Session, Ardara United Presbyterian Church, (412) 607-4213, Randy.Pedder@ArdaraTech.com
Rev. Gary Close, Stated Clerk, Redstone Presbytery, PC(USA), (724) 448-6121, firstname.lastname@example.org
Worship Service every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Faith and Fellowship begins at 11:10 a.m.
Pastor Patrick Ewing
Church Phone - 724-863-5010
Ardara Church is a Christ-centered, Bible-believing congregation whose mission
is to lift up the name of Jesus and share the Good News so that
people may come to salvation in Christ and be equipped to be His disciples.