THE SESSION CORNER
by Ginny Bradford, Clerk of Session
The September meeting of the Session included several motions for approval and several items of information.
• Property Ministry Team toured the Manse and made a list of needed repairs. Work has started on the Sanctuary window muntins.
• An Open House for the Administration Reception Area was held August 31 following the 10:00 am. worship service. Thanks to Pat Crawford, Ann Gerlach and Brenda Monk for all their work in refurnishing this area and for the sons of Ruth Feaster who funded the project in memory of their mother.
• Church Family Fellowship Ministry Team announced plans for the Kirkin’ brunch. Advent wreath making will take place November 30 during the Sunday school hour. This team along with the Earth Care Committee have instituted “Going Green” by using china plates, coffee mugs and washable plastic glasses. Breaking Bread groups have been formed under the leadership of Marilyn Baldrige.
• 2nd Wednesday Fellowship Ministry Team announced that over 50 people enjoyed a BBQ picnic at Whitewater Cove and enjoyed touring the facilities and visiting the foster family.
• Finance Ministry Team reported Aug income: $33,896, YTD $350,892; expenses: $41,657, YTD $372,493; net total ($7,761), YTD (21,601).
• Stewardship Ministry Team stated that the Stewardship theme this year is “Jubilee”. The Building Fund will be part of the Stewardship campaign. The Stewardship luncheon will be October 26 following the 11:00 am. worship service (one service that day) and the Boy Scouts will help serve.
• Outreach Ministry Team announced that October 11, is the Fall Festival at Black Mountain Home with a silent auction, live music, car show, BBQ and pumpkin patch with pumpkins for sale. House Calls, Luck Shepherd, chair, has installed foundation vents, caulked a roof leak, completed a pruning project, built a wheelchair ramp for a 50+ year old handicapped man with one leg and has started work on 18 Sanctuary window muntins that are in bad shape. PW is still collecting used postage stamps for mission work in the Congo.
• Congregational Care Ministry Team has developed a new Bereavement Meals document and has given this to all members who volunteer to help with a meal for church members who have had a death in their immediate family, a service is held in town, and our pastor officiates. These meals are served at the member’s home. There are four teams with seven people on each team rotating each month.
• Worship Ministry Team stated that the Kirkin’ of Tartan plans are complete. Marty Spencer will be the Beadle this year.
• The Kitchen Committee announced that a new freezer and refrigerator has recently been installed in the church kitchen thanks to the generosity of Roberta Schlacks for allowing Bill Schlacks’ memorial donations be applied to these two purchases.
The Session again discussed General Assembly’s recently proposed amendment of the Book of Order (to be voted on by each Presbytery) and Authoritative Interpretation (AI) of the constitution.