News from the Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk
WELCOME CFP’S NEWEST CONGREGATION
It was a joyous Sunday afternoon on January 16 as an Administrative Commission of Central Florida Presbytery oversaw a worship service where the English-speaking ministry of Korean Presbyterian Church of Orlando (KPCO) was chartered as a separate congregation, Harvest Church. KPCO continues with its Korean-speaking ministry (Vision Church), and both congregations will share the facilities where Presbytery held a stated meeting in December of 2018. A video of the chartering service can be viewed here.
During the service, David Larry Kim, Associate Pastor of KPCO, was installed as the pastor of Harvest Church. Two elders were also installed to service on the initial Session for Harvest Church, with additional elders to be added. The service was followed by a reception where the church provided boxed meals of chicken or spicy pork for people to take home, in lieu of an on-site gathering.
The Administrative Commission consisted of Nancy Graham Ogne, chairperson (Hope Lake Nona), Paige McRight (Honorably Retired), Mario Bolivar (First Eustis), Laura Krusz (St. Cloud), and Aaron Hines (KPCO/Harvest Church Clerk of Session). Ex Officio members included Inki Kim (KPCO/Vision Church), David Larry Kim (Harvest Church), and Dan Williams (Presbytery Staff). The commission worked with the Session of KPCO to work out issues such as bylaws and other organizing documents for the new congregation, how the two congregations would share the property, including dividing the expenses equitably, and related matters.
Inki Kim, pastor of KPCO, plans to retire at the end of this month. KPCO (Vision Church) has a pastoral candidate identified and slated to be examined by the Committee on Ministry this month, with action to be taken at the March 5 stated meeting of Presbytery. Inki has been a primary visionary for the growth of KPCO, including its relocation to the present site on Davenport Road in Winter Garden, and now, the birthing of Harvest Church as a separate congregation. It is with joy and excitement that we welcome Harvest Church to our ongoing work as a Presbytery!
BOARD OF PENSIONS NEWS
Effective April 1, the Board of Pensions is adding Care Navigation to the Benefits Plan. Here is what the Board announced about this new feature:
We are pleased to partner with Quantum Health so that our members have access to the care they need, when they need it. Quantum Health has helped individuals realize a better healthcare experience for more than 20 years. They bring specialized clinical expertise and healthcare industry knowledge needed by the Board of Pensions to carry out our mission to serve those who serve. Quantum Health’s Care Coordinators engage with members early in their healthcare journeys when treatment is typically less complicated and the opportunities for improved health outcomes are better. Members will engage with Quantum Health as their primary point of contact whenever they have a question about medical or prescription drug benefits. Care Coordinators will be available to support needs like answering claims questions as well as help with ongoing and complex medical issues. We believe that care navigation is the next step in supporting wholeness for our members. In addition to the support provided through the Medical Plan, Care Coordinators will connect a member with resources to support positive health outcomes. These include safe and affordable housing, access to education, availability of healthy food, and addressing public safety concerns.
In March, members of the Benefits Plan will receive new Medical and Prescription cards from the Board of Pensions. These new cards will have the phone numbers for Quantum Health listed on them, so that when members or providers need to contact the Board for information or other needs regarding benefits coverage, they will make these calls through Quantum’s system. This program will include follow-up contacts from Quantum to members to make sure they are receiving the care that is needed for whatever circumstance with which they are dealing. Benefits will still be coordinated by the Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield system, and the final authority for benefits remains the Board of Pensions, but Care Navigation is designed to bring various aspects of the Benefits Plan under one umbrella, or perhaps better stated, one gateway.
OTHER BOARD ITEMS
Two additional items from the Board of Pensions deserve mention.
Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk
Rev. Dr. Dan Williams