Recent Session Activity September 27 and October 25
Report to Congregation
November 11, 2018
At the September 27th Session meeting, we welcomed new members into our faith community:
- Kristin Noppenberger by transfer of letter from Christ Church Rockville MD; her sponsor will be Natalie Adams.
- Ginger Sprunger by transfer of letter from Earnest Methodist Church in Hueytown, AL; her sponsor is her son, Patrick.
- Kendra Peebles by transfer of letter from Bailey Tabernacle Church in Tuscaloosa, AL; her sponsor is Linda Grote. We also welcome her daughter, Adonna, into our fellowship.
- Rachel Lambert Queen comes on reaffirmation of faith. Her sponsor will be chosen at a later date.
Mission, Peace, and Justice Committee reported on the no-interest loan project:
Gillie Presley, Ruthie Sherrill, Judy Taylor, Tonyia Tidline, and Cathy Hoop have met with an ecumenical group of community members. The official name of the program will be the Peoples’ Loan Project. At this point, there have been $40,000 in pledges from three churches: Forest Lake Methodist, Canterbury Episcopal, and Grace Presbyterian. Meetings are held monthly to continue planning for the initiation of the program. The Project Board will be chosen by invitation. Churches will have board presence based on financial commitment to the project.
Buildings and Grounds pointed out that new blinds have been provided for the Fellowship Hall as well as the classrooms in the Ormond Building.
The Worship Committee reported that a new baptismal font has been commissioned.
Madeleine Hill introduced an action item from the Stewardship and Finance to approve the expenditure of $995 for closing costs for the Ballard property with a closing date of February 1. The motion was unanimously approved.
The Personnel Committee moved that a new policy regarding paid holidays for staff be introduced. The Session approved the following list of days office will be closed without paid compensation for staff:
- New Year’s Eve (beginning at noon)
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Day national observance
- Monday following Easter Sunday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Friday following Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Eve (beginning at noon)
- Christmas Day
- First work day after Christmas Day
At the October 25th Session meeting, it was reported that Visions of Grace has created a set of core values for their work based on their interviews with members and Grace groups:
- Community Engagement
- Maximizing Space (adaptable, flexible)
- Environmental Stewardship
- Beauty and Aesthetics (inside and outside our buildings)
Stewardship and Finance Committee reported the narrative budget information allowed a division of Grace resources used to support the four main functions of the work of our congregation is as follows:
- Worship = 31%
- Christian Formation = 21%
- Congregational Care and Fellowship = 16%
- Mission, Peace and Justice = 32%