By Charlie Brennan, Daily Camera.
The First Presbyterian Church of Boulder has raised more than 85 percent of the $2.29 million it is required to pay to the Presbyterian Church (USA) to secure its downtown property and complete its switch to a new denomination.
The initial payment of $750,000 was made on schedule last week, and the paperwork signed by officials of both First Presbyterian Church of Boulder and the Greeley-based Presbytery of the Plains and Peaks, the PCUSA-affiliated assembly from which the Boulder church has achieved dismissal.
With last week’s business matters handled, the 1,500-member First Presbyterian Church of Boulder is now officially aligned with ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, a network of more than 230 congregations founded in 2012 and based in Goleta, Calif.
Less than a week into cementing its new affiliation, not too much is different, First Presbyterian Pastor Erik Hanson said Tuesday.
“We made these changes really hoping that we would be able to retain what has been the most vibrant part of our ministry for decades,” Hanson said. “In a certain way, we hope very little feels different, in the short term.”