St. Andrew and Emmaus councils met separately this past Tuesday; each council crafted a recommendation to be considered by its own congregation at its September 14 congregational meeting. It was also decided that on September 14 we have two worship services at 9:00 a.m., one at Emmaus and the other at St. Andrew. Following each service there will be a congregational meeting at each location to consider the recommendation made by their council.

The Emmaus recommendation is the following:
The Council of Emmaus recommends that as of Reformation Sunday, 2014, we will worship at Emmaus; and that we, Emmaus, will invite Emaús and St. Andrew into covenant. The covenant will be developed by the covenant partners to be approved at the next annual congregational meeting in January, 2015.

Based on the Emmaus council’s recommendation to their congregation to invite St. Andrew to join them in worship at Emmaus, the St. Andrew Congregation Council is presenting the following options to the St. Andrew congregation. We will decide between the following two choices:
1. We will continue to worship at St. Andrew, regroup and determine how we will move forward and sustain ourselves in our space. Or,
2. We will come together in worship with the Emmaus congregation at their location.

In accordance with both congregations’ constitutions, proxy voting is not allowed. This is in part due to the possibility of amendments being offered to the motions put forward by the Emmaus and St. Andrew church councils during the congregational meetings.

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