Ginny Bradford, Clerk of Session
The January meeting of the Session included several motions and items of information.
Session approved a request from Stewardship Ministry Team to change their name to Generosity Ministry Team. The change is intended to highlight a renewed emphasis on our generosity and better reflect our Church Mission Statement (Glorifying, Growing, Giving). Stewardship has come to be defined as pledging, or paying a bill; which is only one part of our program. Church support (the pledge), charity donations (our “Beyond the Budget” giving - $109,000 in 2016), and our volunteer service hours are the three pillars of our personal and congregational generosity. Also approved was the Service Survey that will be distributed to all members.
Session approved the 2017 operating budget of $558,475. Also included in the approved budget was $5000 to help offset expenses for the Guatemala Mission Trip scheduled for March. Total donations including the $5000 so far total $19,000 of a total of approximately $23,000 needed for expenses to fly and stay in Guatemala. This team has been meeting weekly and will soon starting learning Spanish. Nearly all have gotten their passports.
Property Ministry Team stated the main water line from the street to the front of the CM wing will be replaced. The existing line is old and not of the proper material for resilience. This will be done in concert with the Covered Walkway Project to minimize costs, and to not have to rework areas that will have been finished during the Covered Walkway Project. The Covered Walkway Project has been initiated with the removal of the greenery around the front entrance. Further work is expected shortly.
Christian Ed Ministry Team gave an update of the Adult Sunday Study Groups:
Faith and Life: Sara Keller; Old Testament DVD Study
Searchers: Judith West, Jeanny Hart; Lectionary
Nacho Grandmothers/Young Life Group: Mary Jane Bennett; Bible Centered
Adult Classes in Davidson River Hall:
Christian Speakers Forum will now be held on only the first Sunday of the month; skipping January 1, February 5.
Ministry and Mission presentations will be held on the last Sunday of the month.
Drop-in Bible Study, utilizing DVD media, will be held on the interim Sundays.
Membership Ministry Team announced that a new pictorial directory will be scheduled this spring.
Officers’ Training was held on Saturday, January 14, 2017, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Outreach announced that the Salvation Army had a very successful season. Our volunteer bell ringers raised $515.09 at Ingles and $137.41 at Food Lion. We are looking into asking for December 10 and 11, 2017 at Ingles.
The Boy Scouts reported that the troop is planning a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico during the summer of 2018. Nine boys and 4 adults will be going. Nathan Mahoney has received his approval from National Council for his Eagle rank. Parker Winston has passed his Council Board of Review and expects approval from National in 4 to 5 weeks. Ian Fox is in the planning phase of his Eagle Project. Scoutmaster Billy Zink continues to make "improvements" on the Scout Hut by painting and hauling away trash. Plans for the annual February BBQ sale are underway.