The following summarizes the reports,
discussions and actions from the August 2019 Stated Meeting of the Session of
Calvary Presbyterian Church. (No Session meeting was held in July.)
Clerk’s Report: Session acknowledged 1 member death and
approved 5 changes from active to inactive membership status. Membership as of end
June 2019 = 758. Average July worship attendance: 2019 = 217, 2018 = 232, 2017 = 226.
Session approved the sale of books at a 10/6/19 Adult Ed event. Former Calvary
member Keven Bellows will read from her newly published book of poetry and lead
The Calvary Foundation presented and
Session approved a Pastor Housing Policy that includes terms by which the
Foundation will provide capital to assist an eligible pastor with purchasing or
renting a home in San Francisco. The goals are to improve housing affordability
and attract the best pastor candidates.
The Western Region, Presbytery of San
Francisco, has been allocated $1,000,000 to use in grants that support mission
projects. An Executive Panel has been elected to vet grants and make
recommendations that will be voted upon at Western Region meetings. Session is charged
with overseeing grant proposals from Calvary.
The Giving Ministry Team reported that
pledge numbers and dollars are trending down this year versus last year. The
team will continue to monitor.
Adult Ed and the Giving Team are co-sponsoring a program on 10/20, “The Gift of
giving: Teaching Generosity Across
Generations”. It will be led by Maggie Harmon, Ministry Relations officer SW
for the Presbyterian Foundation.
The Personnel Mission Team reported
that performance evaluations are 90% completed. Compensation decisions have
been made and came in under budget.
The Finance Team and CAO reported that
there will be a transition this Fall to new financial accounting software due
to the age and lack of technical support for the existing software.
Session approved a revised motion that
reconfirms our commitment to give 10% of Calvary’s Total Support & Income
to serve the outside community each year, and to take steps to meet that 10%
goal as part of the 2020 budget.
& Spiritual Formation – Adults (Kathy Bear, chair)
event “Remembering the Southeast Asian Refugee Crisis” was well attended. Speakers
included Calvary member Tina Tran, whose family resettled in the U.S. during
the Vietnam War, and Justin Woodard, ethic studies professor at SF State and an
expert on SE Asian history.
Centering Prayer group, led by Doug Person, continues to meet on Sunday
mornings at 9:15.
of Calvary Bible Study, led by Rev. Chinn, continues their Monday 8 AM studies
– Children’s Ministries Mission Team (Erin King, chair)
2019 average attendance in programs: Sunday
Studio 17 children, 8 caretakers, Playgroup 86 children, 5 caretakers
– Youth Ministries Mission Team (Zanne Mrlik, chair)
Summer Mission Trip to Spokane, Washington with the Sierra Service Project was
a growing experience for our youth. We continue to build on our ecumenical
partnerships with St. John’s Presbyterian and Sherith Israel. 18 youth and 5
(Betsy Dodd, chair)
on Poverty Partners and other community outreach:
and Girls Club – Emi Alexander and Joni
Lachman – SAT tutoring continues; on Mother’s Day Calvary preschoolers
stuffed “welcome to summer” bags for Sunnyvale club members; Calvary Seniors
filled 50 prize bags for the 7/23 spelling bee at the club; Amy Hockman and
others are providing financial literacy for middle and high school youth.
Door Ventures – Jane Bryson – Existing
cohort of 13 youth still together. New cohort will be larger (20) and will
House – Mary Kate Wheeler – 6
volunteers attended the 7/6 summer family party, including Danielle Adams who
is program staff for SF Achievers and in charge of setting up community service
opportunities for the SFA youth. She and Kellen at RH discussed coordinating
Achievers – Betsy Dodd – 5 Calvary
volunteers attended a Mentor Mixer at Folsom Street Club; Family Fun Day 7/13
in Serramonte Center video game arcade – families of all newly accepted
scholarship youth were invited and 3 Calvary members attended and 2 met their
new college student mentees; SFA is still looking for mentors.
De Porres – Reid Carter – 6/29 event
went well with sufficient volunteers, some Calvary, some non-Calvary
House Community Chefs – Mary Kate Wheeler
– Starting January 2020 Raphael House will change the Community Chefs
monthly cooking date so Reid can attend.
Food Pantry – Paula Jesson and Betsy Dodd
– 5 Calvary volunteers participated in the All Faiths Pantry (all 5 sponsoring
churches) on 6/15
– Stephanie Gee – Adult Mission Trip
scheduled for 10/4-6 with CARECEN at the Mexico border; June 6th “report back” on the Honduras trip to study
root causes of migration was very successful and well attended; the Sanctuary
Team is forming an accompaniment team for a family seeking help with their
discussed the 5 year anniversary of breaking cycles of poverty initiative and
decided to refresh the anti-poverty focus of the team’s work.
(Kathy Hanson, chair)
Calvary fans attended the 6/15 Giants game
45 people attended the Fellowship BBQ/picnic on 8/3 at Stow Lake in Golden Gate
Park. There was more than enough food to share, two grills going steadily, and
all ages mixing and enjoying the day.
on the annual Homecoming Sunday all-church potluck and Calvary Talent Showcase
to be held on 9/8.
Sunday coffee hour treats, both savory and sweet, continue to be deliciously
prepared and served by Mission teams and by our Cookie Army.
– Young Adults
(Eddie Higgins, chair)
& Formation – In June the CYA Book Club read Evicted: Poverty and Profit in
the American City by Matthew Desmond. The 9 attendees had a lively
discussion around the morality of housing affordability and the issues facing
the Bay Area that contribute to trapping people in the margins of poverty.
to do SAT tutoring at the Boys and Girls Club, moving to a new night of the
week – Monday
Saturdays – on 6/29 a group went to Martin de Porres to help prepare and serve
Sundays – on 6/30 CYA fulfilled our ushering responsibilities, welcoming a full
few CYA members helped out Raphael House by volunteering at their Independence
Day party for the families staying there.
happy hour in August was at NightLife at Cal Academy. We had a great turnout
and enjoyed an evening touring the museum, the terrarium and enjoying each
– New Members
(Dale Barnes-Anderson, chair)
people were welcomed into Calvary membership after giving their Statements of
Faith to Session in June; they were recognized during worship on Sunday, 6/9.
– Nurture & Database (Susan Hempstead, chair)
to reach out to members who don’t seem to be involved at Calvary, and made recommendations
regarding changes in membership status for Session approval
Dress, Clerk of Session