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Moore To Be Commissioned Lay Pastor of Two Churches

Pam Moore of rural Monmouth will be commissioned as a lay pastor on August 13, 2006 at 4:00 p.m. at the Stronghurst Presbyterian Church. A commissioned lay pastor (CLP) is an elder of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), who is granted a local commission by the Presbytery to lead worship and preach the gospel, watch over the people, and provide for their nurture and service.

Moore received her training through Dubuque Theological Seminary by taking courses which included: Introduction to Old Testament, Introduction to New Testament, Reformed Theology, Reformed Worship and the Sacraments, Presbyterian Polity, Introduction to Preaching, Pastoral Care, and Foundations of Christian Education.

She was examined by the CLP Sub-committee of the Committee on Ministry on June 27, 2006 as to her personal faith, motives for seeking the commission, and about her areas on instruction.

With this commission, Moore will administer the sacraments of the Lord's Supper and Baptism, moderate the session under the supervision of the moderator, have a voice and vote in meetings of Presbytery, and perform a service of Christian marriage.

She also will attend to funerals.

Moore has been serving as a pulpit supply for Media and Stronghurst Presbyterian churches since last summer. After her commissioning service she will be commissioned to serve as pastor to those two churches.

Moore lives on a farm near Little York and has been married to her husband, Terry for 33 years.

The couple have three daughters: Leslie of Naperville, Erin of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Kellie of Normal. Moore is a member of the Sugar Tree Grove United Presbyterian Church of rural Monmouth.

She also teaches computer and business classes at ROWVA High School, and has directed church music for various churches including Bible School. She has been conducting Bible studies, taking part in women's activities, visiting church members at the nursing home since her employment last year.

Moore's commissioning service August 13 is open to the public. It will be at 4 p.m. at the Stronghurst Presbyterian Church.