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:
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.
MISSION TEAM REPORTS:
Education & Spiritual Formation – Adults (Kathy Bear, chair)
Fellowship – Adults Mission Team (Kathie Cheatham, Chair)
Lois Dress, Clerk of Session