First Row: Jennifer Carle, Beth Farcht, Judy Reynolds, Nicki Bruton, Elizabeth Guman, Jean Russell, Pete Galloway
Second Row: Laura Raws, Vicki Schroeder, Kathy Westhafer, Vicki Gansner, Kaela Dakes, Anna Bentley
Third Row: Jim Serum, Doug Sherman, Bob Smith, Doug Congdon-Martin, Doug Hendricks, Amanda Blevins, Kathleen Skomorucha
Not Pictured: Kathy Bird, Tracy Burke
In an effort to keep the congregation up to date with Session matters, we are including this section with highlights from the latest Session meeting. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our elders, our Clerk of Session Pete Galloway, or our moderator Rev. Caroline Cupp.
The Session met on Monday evening, September 28, via Zoom. We had 100% attendance!
We began with an introductory time with Bob Sheldon. Each committee chair shared what the committee is passionate about and their joys and concerns for 2021. Bob shared his vision for working with Session over his time as our Interim Pastor.
We conducted our regular business of roll review, communications with Session, the report from Trustees and report from Deacons. Elders who attended the September 22 Presbytery meeting where Pastor Eugene Cho preached and then led a conversation around his recent book: Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging in Politics shared reflections and positive feedback.
The Finance and Stewardship Committee reviewed the upcoming annual campaign. Bob has been generously working with the committee prior to his start date to support a well planned and strong rollout of the campaign, which will run from October 11 – October 28. More will be shared on the three Sundays during the campaign.
There will be a virtual New Members class on October 1.
We then discussed a proposal for beginning to reopen the church, including limited worship attendance. A task force from Session conducted a small pilot in September with 13 members of Session to test the safety processes and to understand how to adjust the service to be a positive worship experience for both in-person and online attendees. The task force is working on refining the process and Session will meet again next week to review the revised proposal. The proposal calls for a limited start with expanding capacity if all goes well and the COVID count in the county stays level or decreases. We are hopeful that we can roll out in-person worship in October. Once the proposal is finalized, information will be shared in Sunday morning worship, via the Wednesday email/video announcements and on the website.
In addition, staff shared a proposed protocol for having groups begin to meet in person in the building. Session approved a motion to have committees to make decisions about programs and groups related to their work who are ready to begin to do in-person meetings following the safety protocols.
Our regular meeting is scheduled for October 26, and we called a special meeting for October 8 to address the in-person worship plan.
First Row: Janice Engle, Robert Bird, Nancy Ferdik, Andy Rode
Second Row: Lorrie Fabrizio, Evelyn Norton, Peg Osborne, Sandi Hambleton, Jean Frick, Lynn Wildrick
Third Row: Lorie McDermott, Cynthia Menan, Barbara Lade, Linda Haake, Ellen Landis, Kathie Myhre, Meg Bauer, Sallie Yoder
Fourth Row: Cathie Voorhees, Dan Campbell, Peter Guman, Charlie Myhre, Gordon Leidy,
Not Pictured: Denise Black, Connie Kohler, Carolyn Hitchcock
Cory Scheibe (Chairperson), Liz Single (Vice Chairperson), Chris Menan (Secretary), Steve Soulas, Greg Duke, Jack Thompson, Glenn Burkland, George Zumbano, Dennis Park, Dan Ohms, Ellen Endslow, Dick Westerman, Andrea Tweedie, David Stone, Mark Creager