April 2018 Session Meeting Highlights

The following summarizes the reports, discussions and actions from the Stated Meeting of the Session of Calvary Presbyterian Church that was held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.

Clerk’s Report:  Session approved the following: Minutes of the March 11, 2018 Annual Meeting, Minutes of the March 6 and March 11, 2018 Session meetings, and 13 membership changes. The Alcoholic Beverage Policy developed by the Property Team and implemented in 2016 was re-approved. Membership as of end March 2018 = 893.

Session heard Statements of Faith from the 18 youth in the 2017-2018 Confirmation class and welcomed them as members of the congregation.

Marion Stanton, co-chair of the Giving Mission Team, reported that as of March 30 we have $1.1 million in pledges. The goal is $1.3 million. The Annual Giving campaign will conclude on Sunday, April 15.

Jim Arce reported that the Finance Team has two concerns:  immediate 2018 giving and expenses, and Calvary’s longer-term financial future.  Session approved reducing expenses by $175,000 from the existing programs and ministries in the 2018 budget. Elders were requested to submit recommendations for cost savings. Jim will call a special meeting of the Joint Budget Committee to propose a revised 2018 Financial Plan, which will then be reviewed at the May Session meeting. A Special meeting of the Session will be called in May to discuss the longer-term financial future.

Session debated options regarding the current banner on the exterior of the church, with some speaking in favor of keeping the existing banner up, some speaking in favor of replacing it, and some speaking in favor of taking the banner down with no replacement. The decision was to replace the current banner with a new banner to be displayed on Homecoming Sunday, September 9. A volunteer group will work on the design of the new banner.

Jennifer Miller discussed the work done on developing a 2018 Mission Study. A larger team will be needed to complete the work before a Pastor Nominating Committee can get started.

The Transitional Pastor Team reported on their recommended candidate, and Session gave approval. The Presbytery Committee on Ministry will review the recommendation at their April 12 meeting.

Session thanked and dismissed the Continuity Team.


Education & Spiritual Formation – Adults (Kathy Bear, chair)
– The 6 week Lenten Small Group Bible Studies, which  concluded on March 25, was comprised of 7 groups with over 80 participants
– Calvary member Dr. Derek Pursey will be presenting a 4-part series on “God, Science and Creation” April 8 – 29

Education – Youth (Zanne Mrlik, chair_
– Youth fellowship average attendance March:  4th/5th grades 5, Middle 12, High 5
– This month’s focus was completing the 2017-2018 Confirmation class.
– The  Children and Youth ensemble enjoyed participating in and contributing to the Palm Sunday service with their 10 minute rendition of  “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
– Mission trip planning continues on schedule, with 10 youth and 1 adult from St. John’s, 2 youth and 1 adult from Old First, and 11 youth and several adults from Calvary.

Faith in Action (Scott Nagelson, chair)
-Betsy Dodd will serve as co-chair of FIAT.
– Updates on Poverty Partner and other FIA teams:
o New Door Ventures – Jane Bryson has taken over for Bonnie Halford as liaison; working on a 4/5 Career Panel followed by 4/10 Mock Interviews
o Boys and Girls Club – Emi Alexander/Joni Lachman – volunteering continues every other week after school; Calvary members volunteered in February for college scholarship interviews with teens and attended Youth of the Year Luncheon in January
o SF Achievers – Betsy Dodd – had 10 Calvary volunteers in February doing 8 different lunches; now have 22 mentors from Calvary
o Raphael House  – Melissa Koerner – Spring Carnival on 4/7; Calvary Seniors are assembling snack bags
o International Mission and Refugee Assistance – Stephanie Gee /Alexa Frankenburg – Calvary is now listed on the national Sanctuary register as well as with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.

Fellowship – Adults (Kathie Cheatham, chair)
– Calvary Seniors, a very successful community outreach mission, continues to meet Tuesday mornings. The programs draw anywhere from 65 attendees (depending on the weather) to 110. Marion Stanton has been coordinating this program for about 15 years.
– Women of Calvary Bible Study, led by Rev. Joann Lee, has met 7 times over the course of the year. The Presbyterian Women Horizons  9-month curriculum is the basis for the study.
– On March 10 seventeen hikers participated in a Presidio Art Hike viewing of Andy Goldsworthy works of art created from trees in the Presidio. Lunch followed at Arguello.
– Upcoming events:
o April 28 – City Guides tour of murals in the Mission District
o May 19 – Tiburon Sunset Cruise

Fellowship – Young Adults (Eddie Higgins, chair)
– Participated in a Lenten Small Group Bible Study, culminated by a potluck lunch at Calvary
– Participated in Habitat for Humanity’s latest Interfaith gardening effort to beautify Palou and Phelps park in the Bayview
– Continue to enjoy monthly CYA happy hours
– Calvary Book Club will be discussing Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Membership – New Members (Dale Barnes-Anderson, chair).
– Recent new members class presented Statements of Faith to Session on 3/6 and were welcomed into membership. The class was comprised of 3 women and 3 men, ranging in age from 30s to 90s
– Next new members class the weekend of April 27

Membership – Nurture & Database (Ellen Champlin, chair)
– Recommended 11 members to be moved to inactive membership, and reported deaths of 2 members

Worship & Music (Jennifer Miller, chair)
– A total of seven services were held in Holy Week – Palm Sunday worship, a semi-traditional Seder on Maundy Thursday, 2 Good Friday services, and 3 Easter services.
– To better meet the desires of those craving more space for quiet and personal reflection in the worship services, the Order of Worship will be structured to more regularly incorporate specific time for reflection
– Calvary Chancel Choir and Orchestra will perform G. F. Handel’s Israel in Egypt on 4/28 at 8 pm

Board of Deacons (Sarah Anderson and Alan Thomas, co-moderators)
– Several concerns and celebrations were raised regarding members, family members and others
– Furthered plans for deliveries of Easter Lilies and serving home communion on Easter
– Andrea Polites explained the process for signing up to serve as an usher

Respectfully submitted,
Lois Dress, Clerk of Session