March 2018 Session Meeting Highlights

The following summarizes the reports, discussions and actions from the March meetings of the Session of Calvary Presbyterian Church.

Clerk’s Report: Session approved the Minutes of the February 2018 Session meeting. Membership as of end February 2018 = 888.

Session heard Statements of Faith and welcomed 6 new members into the congregation: Charlane Brady, Swan Brown, Brant Thompson, Anna Nordberg Thompson, Ryan Tweedy, Diane Shin Tweedy.

Session adopted a resolution to declare Calvary a Sanctuary Congregation and as such to provide accompaniment, advocacy, and rapid response for immigrants. (Letter from Session announcing this decision can be found at

Robin Morjikian, Director of Development and Volunteer Engagement, reported there has not been a lot of change since last month’s annual giving update. We are 83% towards our goal.

The Transitional Pastor Team reported that Presbytery has approved the job description for the 30 hour a week position, and the team has interviews scheduled with two candidates within the next two weeks.


Education & Spiritual Formation – Adults (Kathy Bear, chair)
Arlene Jech, Deacon, led a two-part series in February. Part 1 focused on the Aramaic language and culture during Jesus’ time; part 2 focused on the Aramaic idioms in the book of Revelation
Education – Children’s Ministries (Laura Co, chair)
February average attendance in programs: Playgroup 111, Sunday Studio 24, 2nd and 3rd Grade series 7
Planning for City Camp at Calvary, which will be held June 18-22
Education – Youth (Zanne Mrlik, chair)
Sunday School average attendance February: 4th/5th grades 4, Middle 9, High 5
Organizing and enrolling for 2018 Mission trip; it will be an interfaith trip with representation from Sherith Israel, St. John’s Presbyterian, and Old First Presbyterian
Close to 20 people from Calvary joined with members of Sherith Israel to cook, serve, and clean up at the Interfaith men’s winter shelter dinner on February 9
Fellowship – Adults (Kathie Cheatham, chair)
Collaborated with Adult Ed to host Lenten Bible Study Kickoff Lunch on February 18
Upcoming events:
March 10 – Presidio Art Hike to view Andy Goldsworthy’s creations from natural trees
April 28 – City Guides tour of the Mission District murals
Fellowship – Young Adults (Eddie Higgins, chair)
Hosted a game night at Calvary
Upcoming event: March 24 Habitat for Humanity interfaith day of gardening in the Bayview
Worship & Music (Jennifer Miller, chair)
Lent – reported on plans for Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
Easter – three services are planned: 7 a.m. sunrise service on the rooftop (weather permitting) and two identical services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. complete with brass ensemble
Applause during Sunday worship: Continuing to weave worship elements tightly together, allowing quick but reverent transition from one element to the next so the service feels like a worship journey and not a performance calling for applause. Members of the congregation are encouraged to speak with a member of the Worship & Music Team if they have comments.
Presbytery Meeting 2/13/18 (Elder Ellen Champlin)
A new Presbyterian worship congregation, led by a Commissioned Lay Pastor, will be organized in the Bayview Hunters Point area soon.
Presbytery voted to support two overtures to the 2018 General Assembly
One deals with the support of Peace Churches in the PCUSA. Two local churches, Montclair Presbyterian in Oakland and First Presbyterian in Palo Alto, are engaged in a “Peace Discernment” process of study and conversation about whether to declare themselves Peace Congregations.
The second directs the Board of Pensions to adopt a Family Leave Policy as part of the Board of Pensions benefits package of twelve weeks of paid leave that would be available to all parents of new children, including birth, adoption, and fostering.
Board of Deacons (Sarah Anderson and Alan Thomas, co-moderators)
Several concerns were raised regarding members, family members and others who are ill, injured, or recuperating
Rev. Floyd trained the Deacons on providing home communion

Respectfully submitted,
Lois Dress, Clerk of Session