Ginny Bradford, Clerk of Session
The October meeting of the Session included several motions for approval and several items of information.
The Kirkin O’ of the Tartans Sunday was a great day with over 400 people in attendance.
A Congregational Meeting will be held Nov 1 following the 11:00 am worship service to elect new elders, deacons, and 2 members to the Nominating Committee.
Bill Marable, Reg Tomlin and Jack Baldrige were commissioned to attend the Oct 31 Presbytery Meeting in Shelby.
The next Quarterly Information Meeting for the congregation on Nov 15 was planned. Several ministry teams will give descriptions of their work.
Property MT is discussing the remodeling of the Bell Tower entrance room. Session approved the installation of a loop system for hearing aid improvement for the sanctuary.Session approved the overhaul of the sanctuary sound system.
Worship MT announced that Martha Spencer is now the Sound System Coordinator. All Saints Day is November 1. Session approved having the Kirkin O’ the Tartans again next year on October 9, 2016. Session also approved having two services for Christmas Eve – 4:00 pm for families, children and others; 7:00 pm Candlelight Communion Service. Due to falling attendance, there will not be an 11:00 pm service.
Christian Education MT: Gary Greene reported that 32 people attended the dinner for parents with children in our church. After dinner the children enjoyed playing games. Gary presented the programs currently in place and about future programs the parents would like to have – a choir for children and a family mission team. The new Christian Speakers Forum Class as had excellent attendance and Karen Alcorn has been doing a superb job on our bulletin boards. Keith will speak on Nov 22.
Congregational Care MT is in charge of bereavement receptions, as well as dinners for any member requesting either service, if they are not associated with a Circle.
Deacons will start providing Greeters at both services, both entrances, beginning in January.
Personnel MT: Gail Blunt reported about Safe Church/Intruder Policy. The Preschool wing is in good order. Attention will now be turned to the sanctuary and office wings.
Outreach MT: Black Mountain Home: The Fall Festival was held Oct 10. $30,000 was donated to BMH by the Grove Stone Quarry. Two Welcome totes have been donated to BMH for new children coming in. White Water Cove currently has four children (two sets of siblings).
Boy Scouts: 9 boy scouts, in uniform, carried banners at the early service for the Kirkin O' the Tartan Oct 11. They did an amazing job considering they could not attend the rehearsal on Saturday. Way to go Scouts! Sixty-three merit badges were awarded at the last court of honor and two rank advancements. Billy Zink has assumed Scoutmaster duties from Jim Fox. He is currently coordinating the building of improved campsites behind the hut. A tandem load of double ground mulch was donated by Rance Jones of Toxaway Grading. It will be used to landscape the proposed campsites. The district camporee is Oct 24-25. Nine boys will be attending. The boys are stepping up and taking responsibility for leadership.
El Centro: Homework Club is underway and is doing well. A van driver is still needed for Monday and Wednesday afternoons to transport Pisgah Forest Elementary students to the Homework Club. Margaret is looking into the requirements for this position. El Centro was awarded grants from St. Phillips Episcopal Church.
Five Cents a Meal: $480.27 collected in September. YTD $3,712.46.
Habitat for Humanity: Home 58 started on Rosman Way. Home 59 will begin before the end of the year. Homeowners have been selected for both houses.
Sharing House: 391 Pounds collected for September. Total lbs delivered 2014 = 3082 and YTD 2015 = 2094 pounds. Pack the Pantry will be November 14. Bob Kellar will be calling for volunteers to be at Food Lion.
Finance Ministry Team: Sept report – Income $33,861 YTD $373,862; Expenses $42,882 YTD $404,199; net $(9,021) YTD ($30,337).
Planning and Development Committee: Things that have been accomplished since the Session Retreat in May:
• Using the T-Times to advertise our Sunday services as well as many items of interest.
• Made some changes to our Sunday music (way to go Charlie).
• Bob's departure (even though we did not want him to go) was smooth due to planning which included honoring him for his service.
• Started the outside speaker group in the Sunday school hour and it seems to be a popular addition.
• Started a grief group.
• Parking lot has been paved.
Things that are pending:
• Continue to focus on our "young families".
• Update church web page.
• Preschool look at forming a PTA.
• Redesign/improve our church brochure.
• Have a way of recognizing visitors to our service(s). A gift bag with information about us needs to be prepared for visitors to pick up.
• Property items we need to review are the sanctuary windows, bell tower entrance cleaned and “spruced up”, a sign developed to place on the bell tower doors that directs visitors to the Narthex entrance.