January 27, 2017

Langley Presbyterian Session Report – January 27, 2017

  • Session accepted with regret Alex McGregor’s resignation from active service as an elder at LPC. We thank Alex for his service and wish him God’s blessing as he moves into this new phase of his life
  • Terry Ames has asked and been granted a two year leave of absence from active session duties
  • Session agreed that we now need at least three new elders due to Alex’s retirement as well as Betty Sivern’s imminent retirement and Terry Ames’ two-year leave of absence.
  • Session members will be attending a special meeting of Presbytery on Feb. 18 for the purpose of discerning our Presbytery’s vision for future ministry
  • Session encourages all members and adherents to attend our Annual General \Meeting on Feb 26/17
  • It is noted that members and adherents may vote on all matters presented at our AGM
  • We are planning to have our Young People provide child-minding service during the AGM so parents of young families can attend the meeting
  • 2016 was a financial success ending with a surplus of income to expenses of approximately $7,000
  • A ride share to Shepherd’s House services is being planned, dates to be announced
  • A plan for renovating our chancel (stage) is on going with a gift of over $4,000 already received for this project. Estimates for completion of the project, although not finalized, are in the neighbourhood of $20,000, this includes necessary improvements to our existing sound system
  • Our Syrian Refugee family support pod reports that their work with our sponsored family is rewarding and going well
  • Our Missions Committee reports that the Christmas Hamper program was a great success with hampers given to 8 families and money still in that account for next year
  • Session recognizes that we should have done a better job of clearing the snow and ice during the recent blast of winter weather. We have a plan for the next such occurrence. But if such adverse conditions occur again and we are not able to keep our parking lot and walkways clear of snow and ice we will postpone worship services until safe conditions are achieved. No one wants to be responsible for someone falling and being injured on their way to church
  • We have received a report from an arborist indicating that some of the trees at the back of our property present a blow down hazard to our neighbours. As good neighbours we plan to act on this report by removing the dangerous trees over the course of this year
  • Our Leading with Care Committee is making progress in bringing our congregation into line with our denominational policy around being a safe and caring community of worship. You can expect a fire drill in our near future
  • This year as part of our Lenten worship, we plan to have a pancake supper at the church on Shrove Tuesday Feb 28 at 5:30 followed by a short service. Anyone who wants to help cook and serve pancakes please see Dennis
  • We also plan to have a Service of the Ashes on Ash Wednesday March 1 to begin Lent
  • For Holy week, we plan to have evening services from Monday through to Maundy Thursday. These services will be simple with Scripture readings, perhaps a short reflection, prayers and hymns
  • The minister reports that he has been maintaining his commitment to average one pastoral visit per week. Most weeks emergent visits have helped him to exceed the committed minimum number of visits
  • The minister also reports that he has been keeping office hours of 9:30 to 12:30 on Wednesday and Thursday as well as Friday afternoon. This has been helpful for him as it helps him better connect to the life of this congregation and the community of Langley. He hopes these office hours will help others with their connection to the church as well as they come to know that he is available for face-to-face meetings during these times. These office hours and the visits that he expects will come because of them are part of how he intends to use the increased time for ministry, which he hopes, will be granted to him in this year’s budget.

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