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HPC Timeline to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC)

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2018
February 15
Elders

October 2014 — HPC members vote 42-0 straw poll to investigate dismissal from PCUSA

January 2015 —1st meeting of Presbytery’s Administrative Commission (AC) including HPC’s Georgia Riedel

March–May 2015 — AC conducts straw poll. HPC members overwhelmingly vote in favor of leaving PCUSA

Spring 2015 — Independent appraisal values HPC church and manse properties @ $1.67 million

Fall 2015–January 2016 — A CPA revises and approves HPC financial statements needed for Presbytery

February 2016 — Presbytery indicates total payment required will be:

$ 167,000 tithe on property +

16,700 legacy gift +

15,758  outstanding annual per-member fees [later adjusted in 2018 to $17,825]

$ 199,458  total [later adjusted]

Spring–Summer 2016 — Proposals and discussions between Session and AC

AC investigates and approves the EPC as a Reformed body for HPC to join

October 2016 — HPC Session meets with congregation to propose financial plan to pay the Presbytery

December 2016 — HPC members vote 43-1-1 to leave the PCUSA for the EPC and approve financial plan

January 2017 — The Hudson River Presbytery approves HPC’s dismissal to the EPC pending NYS Supreme

Court approval and final payments by HPC

Spring 2017 — Presbytery requests HPC reincorporate. HPC dissolves its old corporation and forms a new corporation with gracious help of new pro bono lawyer, Paul Siegert, an HPC member

Pastor Tom prepares the Session for upcoming EPC visit and examination on Reformed Christian beliefs and the EPC church

Summer 2017 — EPC pastors and elders visit to examine the Session. We pass the test!

Pastor Tom is examined by EPC pastors and also passes the test!

September 2017 — HPC and Pastor Tom are voted unanimously by the EPC’s Presbytery of the East as a new member church and an approved EPC pastor, pending dismissal by the PCUSA

Fall 2017 — NYS Supreme Court approves HPC’s mortgaging the manse. Mortgage preparation occurs.

January 2018 — HPC closes on mortgage for $100,000 with Sterling National Bank

HPC votes unanimously to approve revised plan to pay Presbytery $16,700 in 2019-22

Hudson River Presbytery overwhelmingly approves the same revised payment plan

Upcoming Feb/Mar 2018 — NYS Supreme Court approves transfer of property from Presbytery to HPC

HPC closes with Presbytery, pays money due, and receives full property rights

Please pray that we renew our efforts “to glorify and worship the living God by preaching the Word, making disciples, and reaching out to the community and world for Jesus Christ”—HPC Mission Statement.

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