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General Assembly Moderator Heath Rada Opens Dialogue

The 221st General Assembly (2014) of our church adjourned on June 21 after eight days of deliberations, worship, and voting. Many decisions were made, which usually means answers to questions were settled. However, in our Reforming church, we find that the decisions only helped to highlight some of the issues that face our denomination today. Certainly we received directions on what we should do in regard to many matters, but many questions were raised instead of solved.

I have my own questions, and a number of you have expressed your own. As I enter my two years of service as Moderator, I wish to share with you some of the questions I have been asked in the past weeks, and which I hope to explore more fully during my tenure. These are not offered with a bias nor an agenda, but instead as the beginning of a dialogue that I hope we will share in the coming months. [Click on "Read More" and scroll down.]


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God calls us through the Holy Spirit to connect with each other to plant, grow, and nurture vital, faithful communities of Christ for service and ministry. In response, we build partnerships, communicate with and support congregations, leaders, and individuals, and embody Christ's transforming love in the world.

Prayer Church -- July 17-23 -- Columbus Overbrook

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Columbus Overbrook Presbyterian Church had its beginnings in 1912 when land was purchased by the Columbus Presbytery to establish a church at the north end of Columbus. A chapel was built and the first service of the Oakland Park Presbyterian Church was held in 1914. The congregation outgrew the building after the second World War. In 1950 a new church was planned in a new location at North High Street and Croswell Road. With the move to a new location, the congregation voted to change the name to The Overbrook Presbyterian Church. Today the Overbrook Church continues to be an active and caring community of disciples who worship, pray, serve and study together. Overbrook serves both the neighborhood and the world under the pastoral leadership of the Reverend Bill Gause. He is joined in ministry by Interim Associate Pastor, the Reverend Mary Gause. For more information about the vital ministry and mission of the Overbrook Presbyterian Church, visit the website: www.overbrookchurch,org

Presbytery Events

  • Mission Work Trip -- August 16-23 -- Point Pleasant, WV. West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy and Work Camps, Inc.(WVMAW).  Click for information.
  • Fall Older Adult Rally -- September 27 -- Geneva Hills Center, Lancaster -- 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Click for more information.
  • Mission Work Trip -- October 19-25 -- Point Pleasant, NJ. -- Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in Superstorm Sandy recovery. More details later.
  • Older Adult Forum and Lunch -- October 31, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. -- Westminster Thurber Community, Columbus. Click for more information.

Events Beyond the Presbytery

  • National Multicultural Conference -- July 31-August 3 - Fort Worth, Texas. Information at
  • Evangelism and Church Growth Conference 2014 -- August 11-14 -- Sponsored by the Evangelism and Church Growth Office of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Tradewinds Resort, St. Pete Beach FL. For a registration form, CLICK HERE.
  • Rediscovering the Beloved Community: Overcoming Isolation (15th Annual Conference) -- October 27-30, 2014-- First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, Texas. Sponsored by Presbytery Pastoral Care Network and the Synod of the Sun. Information will be available at


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