May 15, 2017 Session Meeting

Highlights from Your Session

The meeting was called to order by Rev. Jim Gates at 06:36 P.M. and opened with prayer.  A voting quorum was declared present.  Current membership stands at 548.

Minutes from the previous Session Meeting were approved as was the request for the Zblewski and Koskey Wedding to be held at CCPC.

Our Treasurer, Mark Thompson, gave his report to the session which included a note that Members-pledged giving is $41,000 above projection YTD.  He also noted a line item on the expense statement indicating $4,525 the purchase of a new furnace replacement covering the old sanctuary space.

The chairman of the Deacons, Gregg James, reported on the activities of our Deacons.  They are considering the purchase of another cooler/refrigerator to accommodate the delivery of milk and perhaps eggs and/or cheese.  He also reported that our Mentoring program has received names of several members who are interested in becoming mentors for our youth, but no individual has stepped up to be willing to be in charge of the program, stalling progress of the initiative for now.  He brought exciting news about the community meal being served on June 14th before the start of the Food Pantry serving.  This meal is designed to get to know our food pantry customers on a more personal basis and in keeping with our vision of “feeding the spirits”.  Barb Smejkal heading up this program and will be seeking additional volunteers to assist with the meal as well as interacting with our guests.

Pastor Jim conducted a roundtable introduction of Elders and guests, and the guests shared their faith journeys prior to being accepted as new Elders and Deacons.

The WIG Report was given (Wildly Important Goal).  We hope to pull more of our youth into our Worship and Fellowship WIG of greeters, ushers and fellowship.  In addition, Pastor Jim is working with the hiring service on the Youth Minister hiring process.  He should be bringing us three candidates for our search committee to evaluate, and there should be candidates named by our June Session Meeting.

Reports were given by Gary Freels from our Long Range Planning Committee and our Endowment Committee.  The Long Range Planning Committee was formed back in 2016 focusing on personnel and the physical building.  Several projects and ideas are being considered but the first step of setting the goal of reduction of the mortgage debt by $200,000 has previously been approved by Session.  The endowment committee is developing a working framework designed to give members and friends of the church the opportunity to give to the endowment fund if they so desire.  Those funds could not be used for any other purpose.  The framework will be ready to be voted upon by the June Session Meeting.

Standing committees gave their reports highlights of which include: special thanks to Margaret Hawkins for our new candles on the alter table, plans for our combined 30th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Church Picnic, as well as a need for more volunteers to assist with this celebration.

The Session Meeting closed in prayer by Tom Wrysinski and adjourned at 09:04 P.M.

These are highlights from the Session Meeting and do not represent the complete minutes.  As soon as they are published, the complete Minutes are available to be read by any member in the Church Office.  Unless the Session is conducted in a private meeting, all members are welcome to be a guest at the monthly meetings.  It is our intention to provide these highlights to all congregants on a monthly basis in order to keep everyone informed and involved in your faith community.