June 2018 Session Meeting Highlights

The following summarizes the reports, discussions and actions from the joint meeting of the Session and Calvary Foundation Trustees that was held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Clerk’s Report:  Session approved the following: Minutes of the May 1 and May 22 Session meetings, 16 membership changes, and serving communion at the June 20 Pre-Pride Prayer Service. Membership as of end May 2018 = 903.

Jack Poindexter gave a review of the relationship with Grace Tabernacle and the construction issues that threatened their church last year.  Bishop Jackson had reached out to Calvary for help, and in August 2017 Session approved a one-time gift of $50,000 to help them get back into their building safely, with the condition that there was a viable path to completion, including obtaining all necessary permits, the balance of funding secured to ensure the project would be completed, and a contractor to take on the remaining work. Jack was excited to report that these conditions have finally been met, noting that Cahill Construction contributed in many ways, including donating time and resources to keep the project viable. With the building project nearing completion. Grace Tabernacle will be able to begin church services soon. Session voted unanimously to follow through on the previous commitment to send Grace Tabernacle $50,000. Rev. Chinn observed that this is an example of Calvary following through with our commitment to serve in the world and is a reflection of our values.

The Mission, Vision and Values sub-committee—Rev. Chinn, Kathie Cheatham, Jennifer Gee, Anne Grawemeyer, Travis Pearson, and Jack Poindexter–presented a draft of the revised MVV for review. Numerous observations were made, both commending the committee on the excellent work and offering suggestions for tweaking. The document will be presented at the June 10 Town Hall meeting to gather input from the Congregation. The sub-committee will review all feedback and will take a revised MVV to the July 10 Session meeting for further discussion and adoption.


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

  • On May 6, Natalie Terry, community organizer with Faith In Action Bay Area, gave an interesting overview of the Sanctuary Movement and led a discussion on what it means to Calvary today now that our church has declared Sanctuary.
  • A World Refugee Month Panel Discussion will be held on June 11
  • A Vision Project Photography Exhibit will be displayed in the Library Lounge June 3 – July 8. The Vision Project aims to empower refugee girls and change perception within their communities by providing the girls with the skills and support they need to envision a positive future
  • 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.

Education – Youth, (Zanne Mrlik, chair)

  • Youth fellowship average attendance April: 4th/5th grades 4, Middle 10, High 7; May:  4th/5th grades 6, Middle 6, High5
  • Confirmands read their statements of faith at the April 3 Session meeting and were welcomed into membership
  • Started preparations (recruitment, curriculum, planning) for the 2018/2019 confirmation class and discussed possible changes to the 4th and 5th grade Sunday School class

Faith in Action (Scott Nagelson and Betsy Dodd, co- chairs)

  • Updates on Poverty Partners and other FIA teams:
    • New Door Ventures – Jane Bryson – Have enough Calvary volunteers for the 5/22 Resume Workshop; June 26 will be mock interviews
    • Boys and Girls Club – Emi Alexander/Joni Lachman –Tenderloin Club after-school volunteering continuing bi-weekly; B&G teens delivered the sack lunches for Calvary’s Pack-a-Sack on April 29—It went well, and they want to do it again!
    • SF Achievers – Betsy Dodd – Executive Director Duane Wilson and mentee Tofik recently spoke during a Calvary worship service; 7 potential mentors and 1 new lunch person signed up at Coffee Hour; High school lunches ongoing 2X/week at two high schools; May 25 is the annual awards ceremony
    • Raphael House – Melissa Koerner – RH needs 5-10 volunteers to assist at the Family Party the weekend prior to July 4th
    • International Mission and Sanctuary Refugee Assistance – Stephanie Gee – CYA sponsoring a screening of  “Breathin’:  The Eddie Zhang Story” on May 21; June is world Refugee Month – kick-off panel discussion on July 11 from the International Refugee Committee, partnering with St. Mary the Virgin for this event; June 1-2 the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity is having a panel on racism and its ties to immigration
    • Martin De Porres/Raphael House Community Chefs – Reid Carter – Need more volunteers
  • Discussed and approved a revised 2018 FIAT budget, cutting another $58,000 as directed by Session

Fellowship – Adults  (Kathie Cheatham, chair)

  • Calvary Seniors had a variety of interesting programs during the month of May
  • Tiburon Sunset Cruise on May 19 – 28 adults and 6 children participated in an evening of fellowship, fun and spectacular views on the SF Bay
  • Upcoming events:
    • 6/3 – Calvary’s annual All-Church Lunch, with Ruth Ellen Miller serving as chef
    • 6/23 – Giants game vs. San Diego Padres at 1:05 pm in AT&T Park

Fellowship – Young Adults (Eddie Higgins, chair)

  • Hosted the 7th installment of the CYA Book Club – discussed Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Participated in Habitat Interfaith build day, cleaning up, weeding and generally beautifying the Palou Phelps park & community garden in the Bayview
  • Hosted a picnic brunch at Alta Plaza Park after the Easter Sunday service
  • Continue to enjoy monthly CYA happy hours

Giving (Greg Hausler and Marion Stanton Co-chairs, Robin Morjikian, Director of Development and Volunteer Engagement)

  • 2018 Pledge Campaign Results as of May 31: Total dollars pledged = $1,261,299, # of pledges = 336
  • New Restricted Donations in May: $20,000 for Music Ministry, $1,700 for Young Adults

Membership – New Members (Dale Barnes-Anderson, chair).

  • Five new members were welcomed into Calvary membership after they presented their Statements of Faith to Session on May 1
  • The next new member class will begin on Friday night, November 2

Membership – Nurture & Database (Ellen Champlin, chair)

  • Recommended 16 members to be moved to inactive membership

Worship & Music (Jennifer Miller, chair)

  • Recently learned that two of our pianos can no longer be tuned and now need to be replaced; discerning next steps
  • Working to identify ways to cut the W*M budget by $12,000 without making major cuts to any one ministry or impacting our staff
  • Due to the budget cuts and Dave Scott’s departure, the September evening Jazz Service is being cancelled
  • Summer choir begins July 1 and will continue through August
  • Extended gratitude to those who planned and executed the Ramadan Interfaith Iftar Dinner, it was a huge success, with nearly 200 people attending
  • Coming on August 26: another Hymns to Swear By evening service; Rev. Victor Floyd and The Bernal Hillbillies will lead the congregation in singing many old favorite hymns

Board of Deacons (Sarah Anderson and Alan Thomas, co-moderators)

  • Several concerns and celebrations were raised
  • Floyd led refresher training on Deacon Visiting
  • Deacon Sunday debrief – it was a great success

Respectfully submitted,

Lois Dress, Clerk of Session