Ginny Bradford, Clerk of Session
The September meeting of the Session included several motions for approval and several items of information.
• Charlie Steele, Minister of Music: any prospective choir members or any folks who may be interested in an introductory to handbells class, please see Charlie. On Kirkin’ Sunday, Oct. 11, we will have a harpist helping provide music for the worship services. She will also provide some background music on the dulcimer at the brunch.
• Finance Ministry Team: July report – Income $39,554 YTD $332,173; Expenses $40,152 YTD $360,335; net $(598) YTD ($28,162).
• The new Christian Speakers Forum Sunday school class has been well attended.
• The parking lot project is completed. The exterior painting job is completed. This includes the repairs to the steeple. Doors in the Preschool wing have been upgraded to reflect the intruder policy requirements. Also the damaged "tunnels" in the toddler room have been refurbished. A small closet has been added in the toddler room.
• Church Family Fellowship Ministry Team is planning and implementing a farewell reception for Bob Singdahlsen on October 4, following the 11:00 am worship service in Davidson River Hall. The congregation will have the opportunity to express their best wishes to Bob. Also plans are underway for the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan brunch to be held in Davidson River Hall between the worship services on October 11. Marilyn Baldrige is in charge.
Scout Troop 703: Billy Zink will serve as Scoutmaster this year. The Scouts sent a list of their expenses for 2015, in the amount of $7412.00. A request has been made for additional financial help.
El Centro Homework Club began Sept 9. Orientation for tutors, parents and lead teachers from the elementary schools was on August 31, 2015. A fundraiser will be held at the Mountain Song Festival by selling tamales made by Margarita and other volunteers. Transportation is needed from Pisgah Forest Elementary School for students coming to El Centro. September and October are taken care of but transportation will be needed after October.
Habitat for Humanity House #57 on Oscar Chapel Road is complete and the closing is scheduled soon. Ground breaking for house #58 located on Rosman Trails has taken place and a candidate has been selected. Two additional candidates have been approved for homes. Tommy Kilgore, manager of Habitat ReStore, has retired and has been replaced by Phil McIntosh, the former assistant store manager.
House Calls: Luck Shepherd and Jim Phillips discussed the major problem facing House Calls - mainly the question of its continuance. Due to the "aging out" of the current House Calls workers, there are only 2 people continuing to do everything, Luck and Jim. Several suggestions were discussed. This is a very worthwhile outreach ministry to our community and needs more volunteers if it continues. Judy Potter has been asked to write an article for the T Times stating the problem and asking for new members. She will also place a small blip in the Communicator asking for physical assistance from our church members.
New purpose statement for Koinonia: Koinonia is an ecumenical effort embracing differing faiths in Transylvania County. While acknowledging the richness and diversity of various worship traditions, Koinonia seeks to build inter-faith understanding and to hear and answer the call to be one in God.
Sharing House: 285 pounds of goods from our church were donated in August. Total pounds delivered in 2014 were 3082; total pounds delivered thus far in 2015 are 1703.
Doug Tilton will be in the U.S. doing mission interpretation between April and September 2016.
Peace and Global Witness Offering will be promoted between September 6 and October 4 and received on World Communion Sunday. 25% of the offering remains in our community and will be given to the Preschool Scholarship Fund.
A report was given on the "Big Tent Event" held in Knoxville from July 29-Aug 1. A report on this meeting is posted on the Outreach Bulletin Board.