Session Minutes Summary, August 21, 2017

The meeting was called to order by Rev. Jim Gates and opened with prayer.  Mary Fraaza gave the devotional. A voting quorum was declared present. 

Our meeting began with a presentation from the Long Range Planning Committee.  Mark Thompson delivered a visual presentation of the conceptual drawings for the renovation of the Old Sanctuary. Since the installation of parking lot lighting was to be included in the Phase 1 of the plan, a motion was passed to award the contract to K & M Electric for the project.  The work is scheduled to begin as soon as possible with the completion target to be prior to the time change in October.

Minutes from the previous Session Meetings were approved.

Treasurer, Mark Thompson, reported to the session which included a summary of the 2015 & 2016 Financial Review which was conducted as required in the Book of Order.  The review found our records to be consistent with standard accounting practices and made four recommendations which have all since been put into place.  In addition, the Treasurer’s report reflected our YTD total contributions are still above projections, but the surplus declined from a high of $41K in April to the current level of $29K as of this July report.

Our Clerk of the Session reported on membership which now stands at 551, in increase of 3 since last month.   

A detailed dress code for all Church Staff members was presented from the Personnel Committee.  After discussion, a motion was made, seconded and passed to adopt this policy for our paid staff members. 

Additionally, Session approved a new plan for Personnel Committee membership, tenure, and to accept Jean Rogers as Chair of the Personnel Committee for another term.

A vote passed to accept the minutes as submitted by each of the standing committee chairs.

Pastor Jim presented the final plans for our Mission trip to Camp Luther and plans for the next L.I.F.E. series beginning September 13th.  The meeting was then closed with a prayer at 9:40 P.M.