August 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, August 7, 2018.

Clerk’s Report:  Session approved the following:   Minutes of the July 10, 2018 Session meeting, 2 baptisms and 4 membership changes. Membership as of end July 2018 = 879.

Session approved motions from the Children’s and Youth Mission Teams:

  • To accept donations for the bi-monthly Dance Meditation classes August – December; donations will not be required.
  • To allow scheduled speakers to sell their books on October 21, 2018 (Janna Barkin, He’s Always Been My Son), and on October 28, 2018 (Sabrina Moyle, Be the Change: The Future is in Your Hands.)

Session approved Calvary hosting a press conference on Monday, August 20 for the Citizenship for All:  Journey to Justice DREAM Ride.

Mission Study:  Rev. Chinn reported that the Mission Study Team had an organizational meeting. He highlighted the importance of the August 19 Town Hall Meeting, which will give the congregation a chance to have input into the Mission Study. The Mission, Vision, Values Statement will be shared with the congregation at that meeting.

Financial Update:  David Foster reported that after some extensive work by the Giving Team in the last three months, as of mid-year, Calvary is close to meeting its pledging and contribution goals for all of 2018. Expenses are being well controlled by staff and Team Elders, but because Calvary is still operating at an annual cash deficit of about $500,000, the program and expense reductions agreed to in May remain in place. The financial and budgeting process for 2019 will begin in September and will be coordinated with Mission Study feedback and conclusions.

Financial Scenarios:  David Foster noted that we are in the middle of a broad, sequential planning process, starting with the Mission, Vision, Values Statement, followed by strategy; ministry, and program decisions, then a financial plan for the next 5-10 years that reflects the objectives and a consensus on how to use Calvary’s current financial assets. All of these will roll into a Mission Study, which will guide the Pastor Nominating Committee in the search for a new head pastor. He then discussed various scenarios and the major decisions that are needed to close the annual cash deficit and maintain a sustainable level of Calvary financial assets within the next 5-10 year period.

Banner Working Group:  Scott Nagelson acknowledged the other members of the group – Kathy Bear, Betsy Dodd, Stephanie Gee, Fran Johns, Ellen Manerud, Zanne Mrlik, Marion Stanton, and staff Rev. Cal Chinn, Candice Bottomley, and Robin Morjikian – for the hard work the group had done over the past three months. Their goal was to update the existing banners and create a cohesive format. They tried to maintain a discernible link to Calvary as a Christian institution and the recognizable outside movements Calvary has supported Session unanimously approved the proposed banner for the Sanctuary entrance.  Session requested that the Banner Working Group finalize a banners design for the Education Building, which Session will review when ready.

Coffee Hour Plan:  Kathie Cheatham, Chair of the Fellowship Mission Team, presented a proposed Coffee Hour Schedule for 2019, which assigns various teams to take on the responsibility for Coffee Hour based on an allotted number of Sundays each. Session approved the 2019 Coffee Hour Plan and Schedule as presented.


Education & Spiritual Formation – Adults (Kathy Bear, chair)

  • One Church, One Book Summer Read: The Far Away Brothers:  Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life  by Lauren Markham. Copies available in the Calvary Library. Schedule change:  The follow-up book discussion with author Lauren Markham has been moved from September 23rd TO October 14th due to a schedule conflict.
  • Centering Prayer, September 16, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Doug Person and Lindsey Brown will lead an introduction to Centering Prayer, a spiritual discipline of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer.
  • Sunday, September 23 from 9:00-9:50 am, Lindsey will continue to lead weekly Centering Prayer sessions in the Garden Room for anyone interested in attending prior to worship service.
  • Women’s Bible Study will resume on September 13, the second Thursday of the month, from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Library Lounge, led by Sally Durgan and Joann Lee.
  • Men’s Bible Study – Rev. Chinn will be leading a Men’s Bible Study at Calvary this fall. Contact Kathy Bear – or 206-724-5819 – for all men interested in being a part of this new bible study. A time and date TBD.

Fellowship – Adults Mission Team (Kathie Cheatham, Chair)

  • A group of 32 participants, including 6 young adults, enjoyed a walking tour of the 2 windmills in Golden Gate Park, and the Lucien Labaudt murals of San Francisco At Play in the Beach Chalet. After learning historical tidbits about the area, the group enjoyed lunch at Park Chalet.
  • Upcoming events:
    • Saturday, August 18 – BBQ at Crissy Field West Picnic Area
  • Sunday, September 9 – Homecoming Potluck Lunch at Calvary followed by a Talent show, open to all

Respectfully submitted,

Lois Dress, Clerk of Session