The following summarizes the reports, discussions and actions from the April 2019 Stated Meeting of the Session of Calvary Presbyterian Church.
Clerk’s Report: Session welcomed 2 adults and 12 Confirmands into membership. Session approved 3 changes from active to inactive membership status. Membership as of end March 2019 = 750. Average March worship attendance: 2019 = 292, 2018 = 306, 2017 = 323.
Finance: David Foster presented a first look at how the 2019 financial results are unfolding. It is early and invoices are often a month or so behind actual activity and programs, but expenses appear, in total, to be on or under budget. Revenue, especially pledging, also seems close to expectations, although we are still about $70-80,000 pledges short of the budgeted financial target for the entire 2019 year.
David also presented updated 2018 financial results since Calvary’s bookkeeping firm, Donna Cohen, has finished their year-end accruals, assessments, and generally accepted accounting review classifications (GAAP). The total 2018 operating loss was a bit greater, about $15,000, than first estimated in late January. However, there were also a few other positive working capital (i.e., balance sheet) entries which led to the Total Savings Balance, with which 2019 starts, being about $26,000 greater than initially estimated in late January when the 2019 Financial Plan was approved by Session. The formal review (not audit) by the independent firm Cook & Company will be done in April and discussed by the Finance Team in May or June.
Giving: Marion Stanton reported that as of March 31, 2019, we have pledge commitments of $1,168,321 towards a campaign goal of $1,300,000. These commitments represent 93% of the financial plan goal of $1,250,000. The number of pledging households is up slightly, while the average pledge increase (5% per household) is holding steady. Robin Morjikian and David Foster are developing new graphs and charts to enhance understanding of pledge patterns.
Marion also reported that the Senior Adults program is holding a piano recital on Tuesday, April 16. The Giving Team and the Membership Team invited 135 Calvary members with 25+ years of membership to attend the program as a way to recognize and appreciate long tenured members.
An In-Kind Memorial gift was given to the church by Mr. and Mrs. Rick Allen and family (Bethesda, Maryland) in loving memory of Rev. and Mrs. James G Emerson. It is a teak wooden garden bench that has been placed in the Sculpture Garden.
Session approved a motion reconfirming a commitment to give 10% or more of Calvary’s budgeted operating expenses to serve the community each year, and to take steps to meet that 10% goal in 2019.
Session approved a motion from the Adult Education & Spiritual Formation Team to allow tickets and books to be sold for theAnne Lamott event on May 22, 2019.
MISSION TEAM REPORTS:
Education & Spiritual Formation – Adults (Kathy Bear, chair)
Education – Children’s Ministries Mission Team (Erin King, chair)
Education – Youth Ministries Mission Team (Zanne Mrlik, chair)
Faith in Action (Betsy Dodd, chair)
Fellowship – Young Adults (Eddie Higgins, chair)
Membership – New Members (Dale Barnes-Anderson, chair)
Membership – Nurture & Database (Susan Hempstead, chair)
Worship & Music (Jennifer Miller, chair)
Board of Deacons (Alan Thomas and Robin Person, Co-Moderators)
Lois Dress, Clerk of Session