SESSION REPORT TO CONGREGATION – MAY 2017
Session met in regular session on May 12, 2017. The following is a recap of items discussed and decisions made.
- Letter from Terry Ames announcing his desire to retire from session effective April 30/17
- Email from Louise McAree regarding broken window on landscapers truck and notice from furnace repairman stating that our heating system will not need to be replaced in the near future
- Letter from Betty Siverns announcing her retirement from session effective July 31/17
- Treasurer reports that we ended April with a $1,482 surplus and expenses are $3,000 under budget.
- Agreed that the treasurer should forward accumulated amounts to 3 of our missions: Shepherd’s House, Malawi and Langley Memorial Hospital Chaplaincy fund
Worship Planning Team Report
- At the AGM a redesign of the chancel area was approved up to the amount of $20,000. It was agreed we would move forward with this project as monies were received. A two stage quote for the sound system portion of this project was received with the first stage quoted at $6324.99 and the completing stage quoted at $4,226.42. As of the date of our session meeting, the Chancel redesign fund was at $6,800 so it was approved that we accept and move forward with the first portion of the sound system as quoted.
- Syrian refugees support pod continues to work with the Nane family
- Monies for the mission projects that we support in our budget have been distributed as noted above in the finance report
- Emberly Zhang has completed the KidBlast program and her accomplishment will be recognized during a future worship service
- Sunday school teachers and helpers are always needed. If you feel called to this important ministry please speak with Eleanor Mills
Pastoral Care Team Report
- Your pastoral care team continues to visit those in need of care. Emails, phone calls and cards are also being used to support those who could use a little encouragement
- The minister has undertaken with session that he will make at least one pastoral visit per week. He reports that this commitment is being kept
Leading with Care Team Report
- The formal fire drill is planned for September 10, 2017.
- The guidelines will be distributed in June for congregation & again in September a week prior to drill.
- The annual form required by Westminster Presbytery will be completed for the June deadline.
- The furnace & thermostat parts have been serviced. With proper maintenance, the service company does not feel that a replacement furnace is necessary for the foreseeable future.
Planned Giving /Stewardship Committee of Session
- Howard has been engaged in a planned giving mentorship program with Rev Herb Gale. One objective of this mentoring program is to develop a plan to achieve full time ministry at LPC over the next five years
- Session agreed to form a committee to carry on with this work. G Weerts & J Zhang agreed to begin the committee work & report their progress to Session each month.
Rev. Howard summer vacation
- Dennis will be on vacation for the following Sundays: July 09, 16 & 23/17.
- Dr. Ted Siverns will be the pulpit supply person for these dates.
- We plan to hold our Congregational picnic on June 25/17
- Weather permitting it will occur in the back area lawn after Sunday worship
- Hamburgers, hot dogs, pop, chips and ice cream cones will be provided
- Please bring salads and any dessert items you would like
Outdoor Worship service
- We plan to hold an outdoor worship service on August 13/17, again weather permitting
Election of Elders
- We intend to elect and ordain at least 4 new elders
- We will use the Ballot of Nominees method for the nominating process, as laid out in the Book of Forms number 132.2.1
- Details to follow
Recognition of Retired Elders
- Due to the recent retirement of elders, session plans to recognize all those who have served as elders here at LPC, this will be done in September
Designated Gifts Policy
- Session discussed the first draft of this policy. Rev Howard will submit the 2nd draft for the next Session meeting. In the interim, a current list of approved designated offering line items will be available for the counters.