February 20, 2018, 3:00 P.M.

ROLL CALL

Class of 2018

  • Charlotte Hornback
  • Bob Peacock
  • Jim Crutchfield
  • Ex Dave Tyler (Clerk of Session)

Class of 2019

  • Becky Bros
  • Ex John T. Smith
  • Ex Dottie Wise

Class of 2020

  • Bill Johnston
  • Dick Young
  • Rose Gorman

Staff

  • Dr. Jeff Hosmer
  • Mike Smith
  • Dennis Heasty
  • Lynn Miller
  • Mike Snow

CALL TO ORDER

The Stated Meeting of the Session for the month of February, 2018, was called to order by Moderator, Dr. Jeff Hosmer, at 3:00 pm. on the 20th day of February, 2018, in the Peace Room of the North Lake Presbyterian Church. A quorum was declared present.

OPENING DEVOTION

Moderator, Dr. Jeff Hosmer, led the Session in an opening Devotion. He reported that while he was recently working on a home improvement project, he began to consider with God the real meaning of Lent. After some deliberation, he concluded that Lent was about creating a newness in our lives in our relationship with God. God desires to be fully installed in our lives and during this Lenten Season, he called upon us to concentrate on deepening our relationship with God. He then called upon the Session to stand, hold hands, and join him as he lead the Session in prayer.

APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

Following discussion, the Moderator called for the approval of the Agenda. It was moved, seconded, and passed unanimously, that the Agenda be approved as presented.

NEW BUSINESS
INTRODUCTION OF NEW ELDERS – CLASS OF 2021

The Moderator next introduced the newly elected and installed elders, who were proposed to compose the Class of 2021, Judy Wardle, Wayne Butler, and Richard Vehling. He then called upon each of them to address the Session regarding their service as members of the Session and their faith journey to this position. Following the presentation by each, a motion was duly made to accept each and all of them as the Class of 2021. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

ACTION ITEMS
MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SESSION MEETING

The Moderator next called the attention of the Session to the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Session, held on the 9th day of January, 2018, in the Peace Room of the North Lake Presbyterian Church. Copies of the Minutes had been previously forwarded to each member of the Session. The Moderator asked for any corrections or additions. Upon motion duly made, seconded and passed unanimously, the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Session held on the 9th day of January 2018, were approved, as printed.

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SESSION MEETING

The Moderator next called the attention of the Session to the Minutes of the Regular Meeting
of the Session, held on the 16th day of January, 2018, in the Peace Room of the North Lake Presbyterian Church. Copies of the Minutes had been previously forwarded to each member of the Session. The Moderator asked for any corrections or additions. Upon motion duly made, seconded and passed unanimously, the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Session held on the 16th day of January 2018, were approved, as printed.

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SESSION MEETING

The Moderator next called the attention of the Session to the Minutes of the Special Meeting
of the Session, which was held on the 21st day of January, 2018, in the Fellowship Hall of the North Lake Presbyterian Church. Copies of the Minutes had been previously forwarded to each member of the Session. The Moderator asked for any corrections or additions. Upon motion duly made, seconded and passed unanimously, the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Session, held on the 21st day of January 2018, were approved, as printed.

REQUEST OF BRAD HARTER FOR SUPPORT FOR INQUIRER STATUS

The Moderator next referred The Session’s attention to The Application for Inquirer Status
that had been submitted by Brad Harter. A copy of which has been attached to the Agenda. He further explained the essence of the Inquirer Status, and the nature of the requested support. Brad also spoke to how he came to the desire to file the Application. Following discussion, a motion was duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, that the Session support Brad’s Application for Inquirer Status, and forward the Application on to the Committee on Preparation for Ministry of the Central Florida Presbytery for their further consideration and review.

REQUEST FOR SUPPORT OF PASTOR MIKE SMITH FOR SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE FROM THE PRESBYTERY FOR HIS DOCTORATE DEGREE

The Moderator noted that Pastor Mike Smith was making a request for scholarship assistance from the Central Florida Presbytery for his continuing work on his doctorate degree in ministry. He had asked that the Session support his application. Following discussion, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the Session approved the request for support and agreed to forward
notice of their support to the Central Florida Presbytery.

REPORTS - None received

CLERK’S REPORT CORRESPONDENCE

CHANGES IN THE MEMBERSHIP ROLL

The Moderator next called attention to the changes in the Membership Roll, copies of which had been previously provided to the members of the Session for review, as follows:

These members joined the Church Triumphant Jerry Shaw - (1/17/18)

  • Betty Moore - (1/18/18)
  • Barbara Cope - (1/19/18)
  • Donna Burns - (1/25/18)
  • Doris Ann Hennessey - (1/27/18)
  • Terry Henry - (2/5/18)

There were no further changes to be recorded.

Following review, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the proposed changes in the Membership Rolls, were approved.

REVISED COMMUNION SCHEDULE DUE TO EASTER SERVICES

The Moderator recommended that since Easter falls on the first Sunday in April, we should postpone our regular celebration of communion from the first to the Second Sunday in April. Following discussion, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the regular celebration of communion was moved to the second Sunday in April (April 8, 2018).

The Moderator next noted that he was recommending that a Communion Service be held in conjunction with the conduct of the Maundy Thursday Worship Service. Following discussion, it was duly moved, seconded, and passed unanimously, that communion be served at the Maundy Thursday Worship Service.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The Moderator noted that we needed to elect new corporate officers, specifically a Vice President and a new Secretary, to replace those current officers who were retiring from the Session this year. Nominations were declared open for the office of Vice-President. The name of Becky Bros was placed in nomination. There were no further nominations. A motion was then duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, to close nominations, and cast a unanimous ballot for Becky Bros for the office of Vice-President.

Nominations were then declared open for the office of Secretary. The name of Bill Johnston was placed in nomination. There were no further nominations. A motion was then made, seconded, and passed unanimously, to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Bill Johnston for the office of Secretary. Congratulations were then extended to the new officers.

ACTION ON RESIGNATION OF MIKE ENGLAND AS DEACON

The Moderator next noted that we had received a letter of resignation from Deacon, Mike England, which required Session action. Following discussion, it was duly moved, seconded, and passed unanimously, that the Session accept the resignation of Mike England as Deacon with regret
and appreciation for his previous service.

FINANCIAL REPORT

The Moderator next called upon Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty, for the presentation of the financial report for the month of January, 2018. In general, Dennis noted that we had a good month in January and a strong finish to the end of 2017. He did note that we had 5 Sundays in January of 2017, and only 4 in January, 2018 which explained the discrepancy between the two years. He also
presented the results of the Session voting to establish the priority for capital expenditures during the current year, if and when the funds became available. Dennis thanked the Session members for their cooperation in participating in the prioritization process.

BODY BUILDERS TEAM REPORT

The Moderator next reported that the Body Builders Team was meeting regularly and often. Further, that while much was being accomplished, they were now anxiously awaiting the results of The Congregational Survey, which were still coming in. He encouraged the Session to encourage the Congregation to participate. He noted that the response to date was sufficient to make the information statistically significant and reliable. More later.

LITTLE BLESSINGS STUDY COMMITTEE REPORT

The Moderator next called upon Pastor Mike Smith for an update from the Little Blessings Study Team. Pastor Mike reported that the Final Report should be completed soon. He looked for the Final Report to be presented to the Session in the near future.

ATTENDEES FOR MARCH PRESBYTERY MEETING

The Moderator next inquired regarding interest with the member of the Session to attend
the upcoming Presbytery Meting on March 3, 2018. Several noted interest so we should be well represented.

CHURCH SECURITY

The Moderator noted that the recent Cole Conference held under the auspices of the Presbytery provided some interesting topics for future discussion regarding Church Security. We would tackle those at a future Meeting.

CLOSING PRAYER

The Moderator then asked the Session to stand, hold hands, and pray with him to God to thank God for His guidance here today, and to request His continuing presence and wisdom as we face the challenges that lie ahead of us in our search to minister to His congregation at this time, here, in this place.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Session at this Meeting, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the Meeting was adjourned at approximately 5:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
W. David Tyler, Clerk of Session