NLPC Monthly Stated Session Meeting Minutes


MONTH OF DECEMBER, 2017

Meeting @ 3:00 p.m. – Peace Room – December 19, 2017 

ROLL CALL

Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020
Staff

Charlotte Hornback
Becky Bros
Bill Johnston
Dr. Jeff Hosmer  
Bob Peacock
John T. Smith
Dick Young
Mike Smith
Jim Crutchfield
Dottie Wise
Rose Gorman
Dennis Heasty
Dave Tyler
Lynn Miller
(Clerk of Session)
Mike Snow 

CALL TO ORDER
The Stated Meeting of the Session for the month of December, 2017, was called to order by Moderator, Dr. Jeff Hosmer, at 3:00 pm. on the 19th day of December, 2017, in the Peace Room of the North Lake Presbyterian Church. A quorum was declared present. 

DEVOTION
Moderator, Dr. Jeff Hosmer, led the Session in an opening Devotion. He referred the Session’s attention to Roman’s 12, verses 1 and 2. He urged the Session to present themselves to God as “a living, and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is our spiritual service of worship”. He challenged the Session to be transformed and lead by doing that which is “good, acceptable, and perfect”. He noted that the word “good” means “virtuous” in Greek. He suggested that this calls us to lead by example and be beneficial to our fellow followers of God. He suggested that “acceptable” requires us to conduct ourselves in a way that is acceptable to God by doing what God desires. He cautioned that the word “perfect” in Greek does not require flawless performance, but rather a reaching or striving to reach fulfillment of our goals. He urged us all to seek to determine God’s will as we consider the 2018 Budget and other important items for the future of Church during this meeting. Elder Rose Gorman then lead the Session in prayer for God’s assistance as we sought to determine His will for our Church at this meeting. 

AGENDA
The Moderator next called for additions to the Agenda. None were offered. He then declared the Agenda to be adopted. 

FINANCE
The Moderator noted that our Church Administrator was suffering from a very bad cold. While he was present, he needed to conclude his part of the meeting and leave to recuperate from the cold. He asked that we consider the Monthly Financials and the Budget Background with Dennis before he had to leave. The taking of these items out of order was approved without objection. 

The Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty, next presented the Financial Report for the Month of November, 2017. In summary, he explained that we had enjoyed another good month in November, from a financial perspective. The November, 2017, Financial Report was approved by consensus. 

Next, the Moderator asked Dennis to review with the Session the preparation of the 2018 Budget, the input from the Staff, the process used to date, and the assumptions that had been used to build the Budget that was now to be considered by the Session for the upcoming year. Dennis called our attention to a written report which he had forwarded to us, a copy of which is marked Exhibit “A”, and attached hereto. He now intended to discuss and answer any questions the Session might have regarding the assumptions included in the 2018 Budget. 

First, the staff had submitted Capital Requests for the upcoming year. These requests had been thoroughly reviewed and investigated. The final amount of capital improvements for 2018 amounted to the sum of $56,000.00. Discussion ensued about several of the items. 

Second, Dennis noted that there were 53 Sundays in 2017 while there are 52 in 2018. He had accounted for this when calculating the total receipts for 2017. He then reached the conclusion that the receipts for 2017 were approximately 6% higher than the previous year. For a proposed number for use in calculating the amount to be used for increases in salaries for 2018, he used 3% of the actual receipts for the year 2017. 

Third, Church security was then discussed, both as to need, placement, function, and cost. Several alternatives were reviewed. There is a Workshop to be conducted by the Presbytery on January 20, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. which might give us some assistance and suggestions as to how we implement a security program here. 

Fourth, Associate Pastor Mike Smith, was called upon to report on the progress of the Committee studying the Little Blessings Program, and its financial concerns. Mike gave a brief oral report, and advised that a written report should be available in the near future, before the January Session Meeting. 

Discussion on the foregoing plus site planning and Per Capita continued for some time. At the conclusion of the discussion, Dennis was excused and the Session returned to the Agenda. 

ACTION ITEMS
MINUTES OF THE NOVEMBER SESSION MEETING

The Moderator next called the attention of the Session to the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Session for the Month of November, held on the 28th day of November, 2017 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. Some structural corrections were offered. Upon motion duly made, seconded and passed unanimously, the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Session for the month of November, were approved, as corrected. 

REPORTS

CLERK’S REPORT

CORRESPONDENCE
None received. 

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: 

1. These members joined the Church Triumphant 

a. Vic Bontempo - (12/8/17) 

b. R. Gene Brubaker - (12/9/17) 

2. These members are no longer attending our Church and should be placed on the 

Inactive Membership Roll and removed from the Active Membership Roll: 

a. Greg and Diana Szymaszek - (Going back to the Catholic Church) 

3. These members have requested to be transferred to another Church and have been removed from the Active Membership Roll: 

a. Henry and Sandy Wood - (Grace United Methodist Church, N.C.) 

4. These members have moved out of our area and should be removed from the Active

Membership Roll: None 

5. These members have been reinstated: 

a. Henry and Sandy Wood

6. These attendees have been added as a new member by the Session: None

7. These members were on our Affiliate Member Roll and have joined the Church 

Triumphant: None 

8. These members were on our Affiliate Member Roll and have asked to be moved to 

the Active Member Roll: None

9. These members were on our Affiliate Member Roll and have moved out of our area 

and should be removed from our Affiliate Member Roll: None 

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

PER CAPITA PAYMENT
The Moderator next noted that there remained unpaid, at this time, the amount of $15,894.50 for the per capita payment due to the Presbytery. Many of our members have already paid their per capita amount, voluntarily, leaving this amount unpaid for those who have not yet paid. Following considerable discussion, a Motion was duly made, and seconded, that we pay this amount for this year. 

The motion passed by unanimous vote. 

PRESBYTERY MEETING REPORT
The Moderator noted that he and Elder, Jim Crutchfield, had attended the recent Central Florida Presbytery Meeting held at the Presbyterian Church of Lake Mary, Fl. The principal topic of discussion was the role of the Church in times of stress - -e.g. the shooting in Orlando, the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, etc. Some good ideas and information were shared by those present. 

ELDER REPORTS

MISSION COMMITTEE

The Moderator then called upon Elder, Becky Bros, for a report from the Mission Committee. 

Elder Bros submitted a written report which detailed the Projects supported during this past year by the Second Mile Offering and the amount of that support. Once again, the report documented the generosity of the congregation for their support over this past year. Becky also notified the Session that the Mission Committee was in the process of determining what projects would be included in the Second Mile Program during the upcoming year and when. She requested that all suggestions for inclusion be forwarded by the Session members to her as soon as possible. 

WELCOME AND WORSHIP COMMITTEE
The Moderator next called upon Elders, Rose Gorman and Dottie Wise, for the Welcome and Worship Committee Report. Dottie reported that they were still studying the issue of security during Church Services and would look forward to the Seminar in January for further input. Elder, Rose Gorman, reported that the Presbyterian Women were sponsoring their Annual Retreat, featuring inspirational speaker, Patti Davis, on Saturday, January 20, 2018 here at the Church. Advance registration is $15.00 and is due on Sunday, January 20, 2018. Late registration at the door will be $18.00. 

Registration will include a Danish, coffee, and a catered lunch. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. and the event will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. 

The Moderator next called upon Director of Music and Worship, Mike Snow, for a report on the Special Christmas Choir Performances. Mike reported that both performances were appreciated by a packed house. We received donations of almost $12,000.00 for the two performances, with expenses of approximately $9,500.00. 

CARE AND FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE
The Moderator next called on Elder, Dick Young, for a report on the bus trip to St. Augustine to see their Christmas decorations. The bus trip took place Saturday, December 16, 2017. Elder Young reported that the trip was a great success, the bus was full and a good time was had by all. . 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE
The Moderator next called upon the Chairman of the Nominating Committee Elder, Charlotte Hornback, for a report from the Nominating Committee. Elder Hornback reported that the process of interviewing of all candidates recommended or interested, had been completed. That the Committee recommended the following for service in the leadership of the Church in the coming year(s): 

For Elder in the Class of 2021 – 

1. Wayne Butler 

2. Richard Vehling 

3. Judy Wardle

For Deacons for the Class of 2021 – 

1. Carol Sabourin 

2. Joan Kirby 

3. Paul Greene

For Nominating Committee (terms as shown) 

1. Barbara King 1 year term 

2. Jack Doran 2 year term 

3. Carol Johnson 2 year term 

4. Milt Kirby 2 year term 

5. Sue Kirkpatrick 2 year term 

Elder Charlotte reported that the Nominating Committee would recommend these candidates for Session consideration and for election by the congregation at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation.  

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

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NLPC MONTHLY STATED SESSION MEETING MINUTES

MONTH OF NOVEMBER, 2017

Meeting @ 3:00 p.m. – Peace Room – November 28, 2017 

ROLL CALL

Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Staff

Charlotte Hornback
Becky Bros
Bill Johnston
Dr. Jeff Hosmer 

Bob Peacock
John T. Smith
Dick Young
Mike Smith 

Jim Crutchfield
Dottie Wise
Rose Gorman
Dennis Heasty 

Dave Tyler
Lynn Miller 

(Clerk of Session)
Mike Snow 

CALL TO ORDER
The Stated Meeting of the Session for the month of November, 2017, was called to order by Moderator, Dr. Jeff Hosmer, at 3:00 pm. on the 28th day of November, 2017, in the Peace Room of the North Lake Presbyterian Church. A quorum was declared present. 

DEVOTION
Moderator, Dr. Jeff Hosmer, lead the Session in an opening Devotion. He showed the Session a photo of Bing Crosby and David Bowie which he had recently received from a friend in ministry. He reminded us that these two singers, with widely different styles of music, had joined together in a duet, “Little Drummer Boy” in September of 1977, which had proven to be Bing’s last, as he died 30 days later. The song had been written in 1941, and first performed in 1951 by the Trapp Family singers. In the recording of the song by Crosby and Bowie, the performance was rewritten to be combined with “Peace on Earth”, so that each soloist sang their own song, Crosby, the Little Drummer Boy, and Bowie, Peace on Earth, which in combination created the classic we have come to know and love. Thanks be to God for the merger the voices and generations of the skill of these two performers which produced the result. The Moderator then reminded us that our word ‘Glory” comes from the Hebrew word for “weight”. It reminds us all that God is the substance of our beliefs. The Moderator then led us in prayer. 

AGENDA
The Moderator next called for additions to the Agenda. None were offered. He then declared the Agenda to be adopted. 

ACTION ITEMS

MINUTES OF THE OCTOBER SESSION MEETINGS
The Moderator next called the attention of the Session to the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Session held on the 15th day of October, 2017. Copies of these Minutes had also been previously forwarded to each member of the Session. The Moderator called for any corrections or additions. None were made. Hearing none, the moderator declared the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Session to be approved as printed. 

The Moderator next called the attention of the Session to the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Session for the month of October, held on the 17th day of October, 2017. Copies of these minutes had been previously forwarded to each member of the Session. The Moderator then called for any corrections or additions. Some spelling and structural corrections were offered. Upon motion duly made, seconded and passed unanimously, the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Session for the month of October, were approved, as corrected. 

REPORTS

CLERK’S REPORT

CORRESPONDENCE
The clerk reported that only one piece of correspondence had been received since our last meeting. Response to that correspondence was currently under consideration by the Moderator and Clerk. When drafted, further information will be available. 

PRESBYTERY
The next Meeting of the Central Florida Presbytery will be held December 5, 2017 in Markham Woods, Lake Mary, FL, starting at 9:30 a.m. and projected to end around 3:30 p.m. Any Elders wishing to attend as Commissioners representing the Church need to let the Moderator know. He will be departing from the Church at approximately 8:00 a.m. 

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: 

1. These members joined the Church Triumphant: 

a. Pat Taylor 

b. Ross Rath 

c. Herbert Luce 

d. Frank Campbell 

e. Peggy Cizewski

William Vivrett – For informational purposes only 

Herman DeJonge – For informational purposes only 

2. These members are no longer attending our Church and should be placed on the 

Inactive Membership Roll and removed from the Active Membership Roll: 

Lynda Young - (converted to Roman Catholicism) 

3. These members have requested to be transferred to another Church and have been removed 

from the Active Membership Roll: None 

4. These members have moved out of our area and should be removed from the Active

Membership Roll: 

John Kennedy - (moved to Ohio) 

5. These members have been reinstated: None

6. These attendees have been added as a new member by the Session: None

7. These members were on our Affiliate Member Roll and have joined the Church 

Triumphant: None 

8. These members were on our Affiliate Member Roll and have asked to be moved to 

the Active Member Roll: None 

9. These members were on our Affiliate Member Roll and have moved out of our area 

and should be removed from our Affiliate Member Roll: None 

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

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION
The Moderator noted that we needed to establish the date and time of the Annual Meeting of the Congregation so that proper notice of the time and place could be given to the Congregation. It was 

suggested that, consistent with our past practice, we should hold the Annual Meeting in conjunction with the F.A.B. Dinner, on the first Tuesday in February. Following discussion, it was duly moved, seconded, and passed unanimously that we hold the 2018 Annual Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on the 6th day of February, 2018, in conjunction with the F.A.B. Dinner in the Social Hall of the North Lake Presbyterian Church . 

ELDER REPORTS

MISSION COMMITTEE
The Moderator then called upon Elder, Becky Bros, for a report from the Mission Committee. 

Elder Bros reported that she had heard from Pastor Eldelberto with many thanks for the support we had provided to his Church after Hurricane Irma had passed through and devastated Cuba. Proving that God often works in mysterious and wonderful ways, he reported that six new members had joined his Church during and as a result of Irma. God be blessed. 

WELCOME AND WORSHIP COMMITTEE
The Moderator next called upon Elder, Dottie Wise, to give us the report from the Care and Fellowship Committee. Elder Wise reported that while no final decisions had been made yet, the Committee was continuing to study the changes that could be made to make our Church friendlier to 

first time visitors and repeat attendees. Ideas include vested greeters at the entrances, banners changed with the Seasons, public signage regarding Church activities, etc. She reported that studies she had read had concluded that approximately 10% of new attendees had come in due to church signage. 

CARE AND FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE
Elder Young advised that the Committee had filled the bus for the trip to St. Augustine, FL, to see their lovely Christmas decorations. The bus trip will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at a cost $89.00 per person, plus tip for the bus driver. 

Elder Young also reported that the Villages Pop Chorus would be performing their Christmas Program in the Sanctuary on December 4th, at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. He requested help from someone who could welcome the attendees to the program on behalf the Church at the 6:00 p.m. performance. 

DISCIPLESHIP
Elder Jim Crutchfield next reported that the Youth Program would be participating in the 

Lady Lake Community Christmas Parade again this year. They will need to use the bus and borrow a golf cart to facilitate their planned participation. The “Grumpy Shepherd” will lead in the golf cart, followed by the bus, loaded with goofy animals in costume. 

It was also reported that the New Spring Schedule of Events and Programs at North Lake would be available for circulation to and among the Congregation next week. 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE
The Moderator next called upon Elder, Charlotte Hornback, for a report from the Nominating Committee. Elder Hornback reported that the Committee had already interviewed three prospective candidates, two of those interviews had been completed today. 

STAFF REPORT

FINANCE
There being no other Elder Reports, the Moderator called upon Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty for a review of the monthly Financial Report through October, a copy of which had been attached to the Agenda. Dennis proposed that he present only a cursory analysis of the past month and year to date information, unless there were some questions that needed to be answered. The proposal was accepted. Dennis noted that our numbers to date for this last month and year to date are still pretty good. Donations are up over last year and over budget. Expenses are down below actual income and below Budget. The floor was opened for questions and there were none. 

MODERATOR’S REPORT
The Moderator next presented an oral update to the written report attached to the Agenda. He noted the positive financial report through October as presented by Church Administrator Dennis Heasty, and thanked God for the generosity of our congregation. 

He noted the favorable trajectory of this year’s financial report and recommended that we absorb the per capita expense for this year. He suggested we wait until the December Meeting to see results of the budget for 2018 and closer to the final numbers for 2017 before a final decision is made. 

He reported that the strategic planning team had been chosen, The name for the group will be the Body Builders Team and the members are: Bob Collins, Jeff Hosmer, Sue Kirkpatrick, Mike Snow, Dottie Wise, and Dick Young. The initial organizational meeting will be held next Monday, December 4, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. 

He reminded all of the Staff and Session Party on Friday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. With the establishment of the new Deacons, he had invited them as well. 

He noted that he was considering expanding our mentoring program from new members only, to include all members of our Congregation. Judy Etheridge has agreed to participate in the leadership for this expanded program. Planned rollout of the program would be for 201 

ASSOCIATE PASTOR
The Moderator called upon Pastor Mike Smith for a report on his activities. Pastor Mike reported that he was working on a retreat for next year and that Elder, Charlotte Hornback, was also assisting in this endeavor. 

He reported that the over-sight Committee for the Little Blessings Program that he is working with is up and running and expanding. Roles were being established for all members. Specific orientation by Mike is focused on the need for their work, the scope of their work, and the deadline for completion of their work. From the early meetings, Pastor Mike feels encouraged that we have a good team in place and that they understand the magnitude of their responsibility and are dedicated to completing their work by the deadline established by the Session. 

BUDGET 2018
The Moderator opened the discussion by giving the Session some relevant background for their consideration. First, he hoped at this meeting to provide relevant facts and information to the Session to properly equip them as they considered the financial information for next year and the financial plan that must be developed for next year at our December Meeting. 

Second, he took a moment to refresh our memories regarding the process that had been adopted last year for the performance of this responsibility. Salient points were as follows: everyone will have input; the Session is the final decision maker; the deadline for decision is the January meeting of the Session; we need more reliable information on the pledging for next year; and, the guiding principle of this process is that the projected expenses should not exceed a reasonable estimate of projected income. 

In working with the Staff to provide their input for our consideration, the following information is provided to explain how certain conclusions were reached by them. For example, the Staff took this year’s actual income and added 3% of that amount to reach their estimate of next year’s income. Further, they limited the amount available for salaries for next year to 2% of the amount paid this year. Finally, they added the net of this year’s operational requests over the amount requested for last year ($103,000.00) to the amounts of capital requests for this year ($57,000.00) which leaves currently a shortage in the amount of ($160,000.00). 

Other factors to consider include the following: we had a one-time tax windfall of approximately $10,000.00 last year which is not available to us this year; while we do move monies into and out of the money market, as surpluses and shortages occur during the year, we do not currently have any reserve for forecasted future capital needs; and, while we do have a most generous giving congregation, the congregation has already given, over and above their pledged amounts, the amounts given for the Second Mile Offering and the Shoe Boxes (an estimated $40 - $50,000.00). Therefore, we need to find reasonable places to conserve and be good stewards of God‘s assets. 

At the current time, January 28, 2018, is Commitment Sunday. We will be getting messages to the Congregation in the bulletin as to what we believe our campus needs to grow the body of Christ. 

CLOSING PRAYER
The Moderator then asked the Session to stand, hold hands, and pray with him to God for His healing care and presence to support those in need as identified earlier in the Meeting, 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 5:25 p.m. 

Respectfully submitted, 
W. David Tyler, Clerk of Session

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SESSION MINUTES                  
A Special Meeting was duly called to order at the time and date listed below for the purpose of receiving new members.  The method of reception follows each name.  The meeting was opened and closed with prayer.  A quorum was present as shown by the names listed.  These actions meet the requirements of Book of Order G-5.0101.

Date: October 15, 2017 (Fellowship Hall) – 4:00 p.m.

Present: Charlotte Hornback, Rose Gorman, Dick Young, Lynn Miller, Becky Bros

Active Membership

8:15 a.m.

Sue Ann Baker - By Reaffirmation of Faith

Ann and Clay Bolus - By Reaffirmation of Faith

Mary Gilson – By Reaffirmation of Faith

Jim and Sharon Manning – By Reaffirmation of Faith

Allison Muir – By Reaffirmation of Faith

Nancy Re – By Reaffirmation of Faith

9:45 a.m.

Ralph and Nancy Bodenner  -  By Reaffirmation of Faith

Brenda Colvin – By Reaffirmation of Faith

Dan Fitzgerald – By Reaffirmation of Faith

Rick and Donna Mumma – By Reaffirmation of Faith

Dave and Skyring Price - By Letter of Transfer

Moe Sanders - By Reaffirmation of Faith

Marilyn Wahlstrom - By Reaffirmation of Faith

11:15 a.m.

Steve and Claudia Cummings – By Letter of Transfer

Doc Davis - By Reaffirmation of Faith

Allan Hinkel - By Reaffirmation of Faith 

Maureen Lovaglio – By Letter of Transfer

Wyatt and Emily Spann – By Reaffirmation of Faith

Tom and Sally LaBaugh – By Reaffirmation of Faith

Affiliate Member
8:15 a.m.

Bobbi Ackerman — By Affiliate Member

11:15 a.m.
Ron and Donna Diehl — By Affiliate Member

Dave Tyler, Clerk

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NLPC SPECIAL SESSION MEETING MINUTES SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
Meeting @ 2:00 p.m. – Peace Room

Class of 2019

Becky Bros
John T Smith
Bill Johnston
Dick Young
Rose Gorman
Dr. Jeff Hosmer
Mike Smith
Dennis Heasty
Lynn Miller
Mike Snow
Dottie Wise (Clerk of Session)

CALL TO ORDER
The Special Meeting of the Session was called to order by Moderator,
p.m. on the 26th day of September, 2017, in the Peace Room of the North Lake Presbyterian Church. A quorum was declared present.

He next called the attention of the Session to the Background Information submitted by the Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty, at the last regular meeting of the Session, regarding the North Lake Presbyterian Church Health and Retirement Plan Recommendation for 2018. He also called attention of the Session to the Moderator’s Report to the Session Re: Staff Benefits, which he had forwarded to the Session, since the last regular meeting. He expressed his desire that the meeting today would not last longer than 90 minutes. He noted, however, that we needed to take the time necessary to make an informed, careful, collaborative, and faithful decision. Specifically, we needed to try to discern what the Lord would have us to do to improve His ministry to His children in this place.

AGENDA
The Moderator noted that the sole matter before the Session at this Meeting was the making of a decision about the Staff Benefits Package for 2018.

DISCUSSION
The Moderator then noted that we first need to determine --- Where we are today? What are our broader goals for our Church? What is God calling us to do and be in the next 3, 10 years etc.? How Dr. Jeff Hosmer, at 2:00 does the Little Blessings Program compare with other similar programs in the Villages area with respect cost, program, staffing etc.? Are the parents of the children attending Little Blessings active in other programs within our Church? How do we feel about Little Blessings, its program, and whether it should remain a key part of our NLPC mission? If so, how do we sustain it? How do we sharpen the Business Plan (or future vision) for it? Do we have a need for additional full time staff? What do we do to fill the needs for staff for this program right now? Do we have space for this program and what it may expand in to? How are going to reorganize our campus to make space for our needs and that of Little Blessings? Should we consider a separate business structure for Little Blessings, etc.? The Session did not seem to feel prepared to make a final decision on these and other issues at this time. The Moderator noted that we needed to make some decisions, today, due to time pressures and deadlines that others have imposed, which, if missed, could foreclose our Church from having the opportunity to make desired decisions in the near future.

The Moderator then suggested that we consider declaring a moratorium for at least one (1) year, thereby, maintaining the staff included within the current benefit program at the current level, (to include the two part-time openings at Little Blessings), that exist at this time. Elder Peacock suggested that we organize a study into the questions raised during our discussions, by one or more committees, which committees could be made up of Staff, Session members, and key knowledgeable members of the Congregation. Specifically, that we charge them to examine plans for Employee/Insurance/Benefits in the future; and to develop a Business Plan (Future Vision) for our Church, including, but not limited to, structural changes that could beneficially impact the cost of future Operations.

It was then moved and seconded, that the Session authorize the acceptance of the proposed Benefit Plan from the Board of Pensions for the calendar year, 2018. Following discussion, the motion passed unanimously.

It was then moved and seconded, that the Session establish a moratorium on new hires to positions currently included within the Staff Benefit Program for the calendar year, 2018, excluding necessary replacements due to vacancies. Following brief discussion, the motion passed unanimously.

It was then moved that the Session authorize the creation of special task forces to address the following:

1) A comprehensive, strategic plan for North Lake to:

  • Clarify our purpose and vision for the future

  • Identify our core ministries, mission commitments, and objectives for the coming years

  • Assess our campus, facilities, parking, and other assets that support our ministries

  • Develop plans to improve our capacity and impact for Christ.

    2) A vision and business plan for Little Blessings Daycare Center, including business structure, methodology of operation, special needs and location, etc.

    3) An evaluation of our current NLPC staffing model and a plan for optimal staffing to accomplish the vision of the church (including positions needed, full-time and part-time considerations, salaries, benefits, etc.).

The Session stipulated that these studies be commenced on or before November 1, 2017, and concluded on or before June 1, 2018. Following brief discussion, the motion passed unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT AND CLOSING PRAYER

With the business for this meeting now concluded, and with much more work ahead now to be completed, the Moderator expressed sincere appreciation to all for their participation in the decisions reached today. At 3:30 p.m. a motion was then made to stand, join hands, and conclude with a prayer during which the Moderator thanked God for His presence and participation in our Meeting today by and through all those present, and asked God to continue to be with us and assist us through the process on which we are now embarked as we seek to do His will at this time and in this place for the benefit of all of His children.

Respectfully Submitted,
W. David Tyler, Clerk of Session

Class of 2018

Charlotte Hornback
Bob Peacock
Jim Crutchfield
 Dave Tyler

ROLL CALL
Class of 2020

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NLPC MONTHLY STATED SESSION MEETING MINUTES
MONTH OF AUGUST, 2017
Meeting @ 3:00 p.m. – Peace Room – August 15, 2017

Class of 2019

X Becky Bros X John T Smith

X Dottie Wise

X Bill Johnston X Dick Young X Rose Gorman

Staff

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

(Clerk of Session)

CALL TO ORDER

The Stated Meeting of the Session for the month of August, 2017, was called to order by Moderator, Dr. Jeff Hosmer, at 3:00 pm. on the 15th day of August, 2017, in the Peace Room of the North Lake Presbyterian Church. A quorum was declared present.

DEVOTION

Moderator Dr. Hosmer led the Session in an Opening Devotion. He first called upon all present to report on their participation in the ministry of NLPC as he circled the room serving us. He then called our attention to the word of God as found in Acts, Chapter 6, verses 1 – 7 and reminded us that in serving the Congregation, physically, in the many ways reported, we should not forget to serve, teach and share the God we serve with the congregation, as well. The Session then stood, joined hands, and prayed that we all be good servants in response to the physical and spiritual needs of the Congregation as Elders and Deacons at NLPC.

DEACON’S PRESENCE

The Moderator then explained the presence of the new Deacons, Classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019, to the Session. He noted that the Book of Order requires the new Deacons “be examined” before ordination and installation. While the prospective Deacons had all been extensively examined by the Nominating and Selection Committee, as a part of the process that lead us to this moment, he felt it advisable to bring the two groups of the leadership of the NLPC together for a face to face meeting as we begin this new journey together. He then explained the different roles and responsibilities that each

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group would and should perform. Each of the Deacons had submitted their Statement of Faith, in writing, copies of which had been forwarded to the Elders. Each Deacon was then given the opportunity to address the Session regarding their role as a Deacon, and their calling to it. At the conclusion of the presentation made by each individual Deacon, the Elders were given the opportunity to ask questions of the Deacons. Lynn Miller, the Director of Congregational Services, was then recognized, and she reported to the Session that this new group had most enthusiastically undertaken their required training and commencement of their service to the Congregation. Further, she noted the quality of the Deacons and expressed her gratitude to the Nominating and Selection Committee for their good work in the selection process. Following the discussion, the new Deacons were approved for ordination and installation on Sunday, August 20, 2017, and/or Sunday, September 17, 2017. With visible gratitude of the Session for their willingness to serve, this portion of the Session Meeting was recessed, with prayer, and the new Deacons were released to leave

AGENDA

The Agenda for the Session Meeting to be held on the 15th day of August, 2017, was presented, reviewed, and discussed. Elder Young requested that the “Church Bulletin” be added to the Agenda for discussion, at the appropriate time. Following discussion, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed, unanimously, the Agenda, was approved, as amended.

ACTION ITEMS MINUTES OF JULY SESSION MEETING

As the Meeting was reconvened, the Moderator next called attention to the Minutes of the July Meeting of the Session that had been attached to the Docket forwarded to the Members. Discussion ensued. It was noted that the numbers of new members at the times to be introduced did not match with those that were actually introduced and the request was made that the minutes be changed to reflect that actual numbers introduced. Received into membership at NLPC were 2 members not requiring introduction; 6 at the First Service; 16 at the Second Service; and 4 at the Third Service. Upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the Minutes were approved, as amended.

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SESSION MEETING FOR MEMBERSHIP

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receiving new members. Minutes of that Meeting were attached to the Docket. Following discussion, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the Minutes were approved .

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

A Special Meeting of the Congregation was held on August 1, 2017, for the purpose of adopting New By Laws for NLPC, which By Laws would create a Board of Deacons for our Church. Following the adoption of the New By Laws, the Nominating Committee would present a slate of candidates for election to those newly created Deacon positions, with classes of three per year for the next three years. Minutes for that Meeting were attached to the Docket. The Moderator explained that the Minutes could not be finally approved until the next Congregational Meeting, but they were submitted for review and approval by the Session at this time. Upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the Minutes were approved.

CHANGES IN THE MEMBERSHIP ROLL

These members joined the Church Triumphant - -

a. David O’Dwyer (7/22/17) b. Marvin Clickner (8/6/17)

  1. These members are no longer attending our Church and should be placed on the Inactive Roll and removed from the Active Membership Roll – None

  2. These members have requested to be transferred to another Church and have been removed from the Active Membership Roll:

    1. Donna DeBard (Eagles Nest Baptist Church)

    2. Ed and Shirley (Kat) Tanza (New Life Presbyterian Church)

    3. Richard Dahman (New Covenant Methodist Church)

    d. Tom and Annette Steed (St. George Episcopal Church)

  1. These members have moved out of our area and should be removed from the Active Membership Roll - - None

  2. These members have been reinstated - None

  3. These attenders have been added as a new member by the Session - None

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6. 7.

8.

These members were on our Affiliate Member Roll and have joined the Church Triumphant - None

These members were on our Affiliate Member Roll and have asked to be moved to the Active Member Roll - None

These members were on our Affiliate Member Roll and have moved out of our area and should be removed from our Affiliate Member Roll - None

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

CLERK’S REPORT

Correspondence - None Presbytery -

Upcoming Meetings - 2017 - Tuesday, September 12, @9:30 a.m., First Presbyterian, Vero Beach, Fl

ELDER REPORTS MISSION COMMITTEE

The Moderator called upon Elder Becky Bros for a report from the Mission Committee of the Session. Elder Bros submitted her report in writing and commented on it orally. She first reviewed the Status of the Second Mile Offering over the last month, reporting that 380 pairs of shoes to the children in the forest. We also raised approximately $8,000 for the Feed the School Children. This amount is almost enough for seven months of food. For the future, she reported that Love Inc. would be the beneficiary for September, with proceeds going to help defray the expense of some needed remodel of their existing building. In October, the will be no Second Mile Request as we will be kicking off the Christmas Shoebox Program. In November, no Second Mile request will be made due to the dedication of the Shoeboxes. However, Bob Kimbrough will be making a presentation on behalf of the Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund and Breakfast. In December, again no Second Mile request but we will

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have The Angel Tree and the HB Tree. Because of the absence of Second Mile requests in November, December, Christmas Love Offering and January and no identified beneficiary for the Christmas Eve Offering, she suggested that we consider these months and the Christmas Eve offering to solicit contributions for the construction of a New Regional Medical Center/Clinic, which facility would provide local initial and minor medical aid, pre-natal and post-natal care, and injections in a sterile atmosphere for the regional population in Tete Province, Mozambique, under the supervision of the Outreach Foundation and Nedson Zula. Discussion ensued, following which, she made her suggestion into a formal motion with a goal of $40,000 for this project. Following further discussion, the motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

SUNDAY BULLETIN

The Moderator next called upon Elder, Dick Young, to lead us in a discussion of his concern about our Sunday Bulletin. Elder Young expressed his concern that while we may be realizing a
savings by reducing the size and content of our Sunday Bulleting, he felt we might be shortchanging our congregation by not making info regarding our programs and schedules on a repetitive basis. He strongly felt that many in our Congregation were missing information about us and our programs that could produce additional interest and participation. Discussion ensued. It was suggested to secure more information before going any further. Specifically we need financial info from our Administrator regarding the financial consequences of any change, and a survey of what other alternatives might be available, before making a final decision.

STAFF REPORTS FINANCE

There being no other Elder Reports, the Moderator called upon Administrator Heasty for a review of the monthly Financial Report, a copy of which had been attached to the Docket. The Administrator noted two reports for the Session, one on Staff Benefit Insurance and one on Building Security. He indicated, especially on the Staff Benefits Report, that there would be significant impact on next year’s budget. Dennis noted that we continued to have good news from a financial standpoint. We seemed to have weathered most of the absence of our snow-bird members with money in the bank. Not only were we showing good results from the actual income/expense standpoint, but also from the budget perspective (income up over budget/expenses down under budget - - good management)

STAFF LEADERSHIP TEAM REPORT

The Moderator noted the lateness of the hour and expressed concern that the last item on the Agenda would require some significant thinking, discussion, and time for adequate consideration. He

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felt, therefore, that we should postpone consideration of the SLT at this meeting. However, because of the potential budget impact of some of the recommendations, that we should spend some considerable effort thinking, discussing, considering alternatives, and deciding on many of the issues raised in the Report. To do so will require a significant amount of time and prayerful consideration. If there is insufficient time at our September meeting, perhaps we will have to hold a Retreat for that purpose.

He suggested we delay further study and discussion on this matter until the September Meeting of the Session.

CLOSING PRAYER

The Moderator, in light of the lateness of the hour, asked Associate Pastor, Mike Smith, to lead us in prayer and for the Session to provide Mike with any special prayer requests they wish to have addressed. Mike lead us in prayer, as we stood and joined hands, thanking God for our new Deacons, for all those who labored in this place, and for his presence and his guidance both here tonight and as we face the challenges that lie ahead as we seek 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 5:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

W. David Tyler, Clerk of Session

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NLPC MONTHLY STATED SESSION MEETING MINUTES
MONTH OF JULY, 2017
Meeting @ 3:00 p.m.
Peace Room
July 18, 2017

Class of 2018
Charlotte Hornback
Bob Peacock
Jim Crutchfield
Dave Tyler

ROLL CALL
Class of 2020

Staff

Class of 2019
Becky Bros
John T Smith
Dottie Wise
Bill Johnson
Dick Young
Rose Gorman
Dr. Jeff Hosmer
Mike Smith
Dennis Heasty
Lynn Miller
Mike Snow (Clerk of Session)

CALL TO ORDER
The Stated Meeting of the Session for the month of July, 2017, was called to order by Moderator, Dr. Jeff Hosmer, at 3:00 pm. on the 18th day of July, 2017, in the Peace Room of the North Lake Presbyterian Church. A quorum was declared present.

DEVOTION
Moderator Hosmer called upon, Mike Smith, Associate Pastor, to lead the Session in an Opening Devotion. Mike called our attention to Paul’s farewell. He noted that Paul no longer valued his life for himself but only as it may have some value for the purposes of God. Paul prayed he would have the courage to continue so that Christ would be exalted by his ministry. He acknowledged that Christ came to save sinners of which he felt he was the worst. Mike then asked each member of the Session to verbally comment on the importance of Paul’s ministry to them, with most emphasizing the passion with which Paul had dedicated his life to his ministry on behalf of his Savior, Jesus Christ. Mike then lead us in prayer asking for God to enable each of us to bring to our service and ministry for and on behalf of God, a passion to serve similar to Paul’s.

AGENDA
The Agenda for the Session Meeting to be held on the 18th day of July, 2017, was presented, reviewed, and discussed. Following discussion, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed, unanimously, the Agenda, was approved, as presented.

ACTION ITEMS

MINUTES OF APRIL SESSION MEETING
The Moderator next called attention to the Minutes of the June Meeting of the Session that had been attached to the Docket forwarded to the Members. Discussion ensued and no corrections were noted. Upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the Minutes were approved.

CHANGES IN THE MEMBERSHIP ROLL
These members joined the Church Triumphant - -

a. Anne Bailey (May 16,2017) b. Joyce Johns (May 17, 2017)

  1. These members are no longer attending our Church and should be placed on the Inactive Roll and removed from the Active Membership Roll –

    --Katherine Tulloss (requested to be removed)

  2. These members have requested to be transferred to another Church and have been removed from the Active Membership Roll:

a. Dick and Beth Keith (Community Church - Tennessee)
b. Glenn and Sandie Paluso (First United Methodist Church - - Clermont)

3. These members have moved out of our area and should be removed from the Active Membership Roll - - None

  1. These members have been reinstated - a. Chuck Houser -

    b. Susan Hill -

  2. There were no proposed actions for members listed on our Affiliate Member Rolls -

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

BY LAWS
The Moderator next called the Session’s attention to the Proposed Amended By Laws attached to the Agenda. He explained that the source of this draft was found in the records of the NLPC as By Laws Adopted in 2014. Those By Laws had been editorially revised by a committee selected for that purpose and, most importantly, for the creation of the Board of Deacons, previously approved and created as was inserted, (see By Law III). After review and discussion, it was noted that the second sentence, of paragraph B, of By Law III, needed to be amended to read as follows:

“The nine deacons will be divided into three (3) classes, of three(3) each, serving a three (3) year term (March-February) from the time of their election, except for replacement deacons.” and that the date of adoption be noted at the base of each page.

After further discussion, the Proposed By Laws, as amended, were adopted by the Session for presentation to the Congregation and a Meeting called for that purpose on the 1st day of August, 2017, upon motion duly made, seconded. and passed unanimously, without abstentions.

CLERK’S REPORT
Correspondence - None Presbytery -

Upcoming Meetings - 2017 - Tuesday, September 12, @9:30 a.m., First Presbyterian , Vero Beach, Fl

ELDER REPORTS NEW MEMBERS
The Moderator called upon Elder, Bob Peacock, to report on the activity of the Membership Committee. Bob reported that we had 33 new members, from our recent 101 Classes, that had indicated their interest in joining NLPC. Arrangements were being made to introduce these new members to the Congregation at the Services to be held on the 30th of July, 2017; with 9 at the First Service, 4 at the Second Service, and 17 at the Third Service. The Committee received a “well done” for their impressive performance

FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE
The Moderator next called upon Elder, Dick Young, to report on upcoming activities of the Fellowship Committee. Dick reported that plans had been made for a trip for interested members to the Holy Land Experience in Orlando. The trip would be taken on the 4th day of October, 2017, by 56 passenger bus (s) at a cost of $69.00 per person, including tip for the driver. Many of the elders present commented upon the quality of the program to be seen.

WORSHIP COMMITTEE
The Moderator next called upon Elder, Rose Gorman, to report on the activity of the Worship Committee. Rose reported that further investigation into the purchase of new offering plates had produced some unexpected information. The projected cost for the replacement of the current size plates would be $161.00 per plate. The Committee felt further investigation was necessary before final purchase in order to try to keep within the budget for that purchase.

WELCOME COMMITTEE
The Moderator next called upon Elder, Dottie Wise, to report on that activities of the Welcome Committee. Dottie reported that the Committee was working on several items.

First, they were considering ways to help eliminate the congestion in the parking lots between the Sunday Services. They were investigating having police help with movement in and out of the parking lots. Also, they were considering a 8-passenger golf cart to assist worshipper’s movement to and from the Parking lots. They were also considering pre-service hymn singing to help relieve the time concentration. It was noted, however, that the key to such a program’s success, would be to find a
well qualified leader for the singing.

Second, for concerts that we were hosting, they were considering using no-cost tickets to facilitate seating, to assist with congestion in and out of the sanctuary.

FINANCE
The Moderator called the Session’s attention to the financial information attached to the Agenda. In Summary, the revenues continue to be up over last year and budget, the expenses continue to be down from last year and under budget, all of which is good news, however, the concern is that our attendance is down. Continued effort with the Welcome Committee will hopefully solve this problem. Perhaps we should check and see if other Churches in the Village are experiencing similar reduced attendance the year over last.

The Moderator called the Session’s attention to the Budgeting Assumptions and noted that we are waiting for insurance info before we can proceed. However, we should be prepared to start the process soon.

STAFF REPORTS
The Moderator called upon Pastor Mike for a report.
Mike reported that he scheduled a wedding for a young couple on November 4th.

Mike next reported that he was in the process of studying the operational concerns of the Little Blessings Program. Our inability to be able to recruit teachers qualified to work in our program is limiting our program and any plans for expansion in the future. Currently, we have a long waiting list
of parents who want to get their child into the program. We currently have 118 children enrolled, 132

is considered to be our current capacity, and 150 is the building capacity. We also may be in need of considering a “sheltering structure” to be used to house the program. Planning is ahead, with more info to come. Possible increases in fees are also being considered.

SPECIAL COMMITTEE REPORT
The Moderator next referred the Session’s attention to the Report from the Special Committee
Selected after the June Meeting, to consider alternative wording for the “What We Believe” page of our website. Their Report is attached to the Agenda for this Meeting of the Session. After much study, and consideration of other local church websites, they concluded that “our website can be better used as a marquee for headline-beliefs and for welcoming folks, rather that for providing detailed statements or covering the hardest issues.” Therefore, they recommend that the current Congregational Letter and the Advisory Opinion on Marriage Passage be removed from the website and replaced with the suggested statement that the essence of our belief in God and our worship of God at NLPC is love! Further, in the future, they recommend that our website be limited to use as an information source. Discussion ensued. Following discussion, it was moved, and seconded, that the recommendations of the committee be adopted as the official position of the Session. The Motion passed unanimously.

CLOSING PRAYER
The Moderator then lead the Session in a closing prayer, thanking God for his presence and participation in our Meeting. He specifically asked God for help for all of us as we attempt to emulate the attitudes, teachings, and life of Paul here in our ministry in our Church.

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 5:25 p.m. -

Respectfully submitted,
W. David Tyler, Clerk of Session

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NLPC Monthly Stated Session Meeting Minutes
Month of June 2017
Meeting @ 3:00 p.m. – Peace Room – June 20, 2017

Roll Call

Class of 2018                          Class of 2019                     Class of 2020                 Staff                            
Charlotte Hornback                 Becky Bros                        Bill Johnston                  Dr. Jeff Hosmer

Bob Peacock                           John T Smith                      Dick Young                    Mike Smith

Jim Crutchfield                       Dottie Wise                         Rose Gorman                 Dennis Heasty

Dave Tyler                                                                                                                 Lynn Miller

CALL TO ORDER
The Stated Meeting of the Session for the month of June 2017, was called to order by Moderator, Dr. Jeff Hosmer, at 3:00 p.m. on the 20th day of June 2017, in the Peace Room of the North Lake Presbyterian Church.  A quorum was declared present.

DEVOTION
Moderator Hosmer conducted the devotion beginning with us needing to understand ways of relating to people.  He quoted the following: “In essentials unity, In non-essentials liberality, In all things charity(love).  We desire to engage others in love but love in the English language is somewhat clumsy.   Ex. I love my Cajun food and I love my granddaughter.  There are 4 nuances of love in Scripture which in Greek are Eros (erotic attraction or romantic), Phileo (brotherly love), Storge (family love), and Agape (unconditional, charitable love with nothing in return).   Some of the best love happens in conflict and then Moderator Hosmer read I Corinthians 13 from The Message.

AGENDA
The Agenda for Session Meeting to be held on the 20th day of June 2017, was presented, reviewed and discussed.  The draft of congregational by-laws to be presented for congregational meeting on Aug. 1st was removed from action items as they needed some reworking.  Following discussion, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed, the Agenda, was approved.

ACTION ITEMS
The Moderator next called attention to the Minutes of the May Meeting of the Session that had been attached to the Docket forwarded to the members.  Discussion ensued and correction made to Elder Dottie Wise’s report changing “program” to “list.”  Upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the Minutes were approved.

CHANGES IN THE MEMBERSHIP ROLL
1.     These members joined the Church Triumphant

a.    Anne Bailey (5/16/17)

b.    Joyce Johns (5/17/17)

2.     These members are no longer attending our Church and should be placed on the Inactive Membership Roll and removed from the Active Membership Roll –

a.    Katherine Tulloss

3.     These members have requested to be transferred to another church and have been removed from the Active Membership Roll –

a.    Dick and Beth Keith (Community Church – Tennessee)

b.    Glenn and Sandie Paluso (First United Methodist Church – Clermont)

4.     These members have permanently moved out of our area and should be removed from the Active Membership Roll – none

5.     These members have been reinstated –

a.    Chuck Houser

b.    Susan Hill

There is no proposed activity for members who were on our Affiliate Member Rolls.  Following review, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the proposed changes in the Membership Rolls, were approved.

CLERK’S REPORT

Correspondence – None

Presbytery –

Upcoming meetings – 2017 – Tuesday, September 12, @ 9:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, Vero Beach, FL

PURCHASE OF NEW COMMUNION WARE

The Moderator called upon Elder of Worship, Rose Gorman, to report to the Session on the investigation into cost and what communion ware needed to be purchased.   Rose referred the Session to the attached report in our Session packet which gave items recommended and cost from Artistic Manufacturing.  Motion made to accept proposal with stipulation of cost not to exceed $6000.  Rose will find out if there is a discount to be had and Pastors will decide if Pastor’s Chalice needs to be replaced.    Following discussion, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the proposal to purchase new communion ware, was approved.

ELDER REPORTS

TIME CAPSULE

Elder Dick Young reported on the items in the time capsule which also had a DVD player in it so that all items on disks could be played in 2042 when there may not be such items available.  Some of the other items included 25 years history, pictures of choir and other ministries, song written for 25th anniversary as well as newspaper article about anniversary, 101 book (New Member Orientation), letter from youth to 2042 youth and many other items.  Container is to be stored in church rather than being buried to prevent decay.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Elder Jim Crutchfield reported that VBS was great success with plenty of volunteers and children.

YOUTH PROGRAM

Youth will be leaving soon on mission trip to Daytona Beach.  Brad sends e-mails to all with details of activities and assignments for each youth.

DISCIPLESHIP

The brochure for fall classes will soon be out and the team is working on a vision statement.

An Adult Sunday Bible Study will soon be starting after the Contemporary Service.  A teacher has been designated and materials bought.

STAFF REPORTS

CONGREGATIONAL CARE

Pastor Lynn Miller, Director of Congregational Care, reported she was meeting with Love, Inc. to coordinate services being offered.  She is delivering Homebound Meals once a week so there will be a pastor to serve and pray with clients.  Deacon Training will be held August 8th and Stephen Ministry Training on September 9th.   A trip to The Holy Land Experience in Orlando is being planned for October 4th or 11th.

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Pastor Mike Smith reported that a business model for Little Blessings is being formed.

The Discipleship team is looking for someone to oversee Small Groups.  Another Spiritual Retreat is being planned.  Judy Etheridge is helping to find Outreach opportunities and Sharon Hay is working on a symbol to represent Discipleship that perhaps can be incorporated into other ministries at NLPC.

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty, reported Mortgage Extension was completed.  A half-page ad for NLPC was placed in the Newcomer’s Guide. He is considering Little Blessings’ playground equipment needs. 

A question about security at our church resulted in research being done as to cost and what other churches in the area were or were not doing.  A handout was given with the results and follow-up is expected with recommendations in August.

A 2018 Budgeting Vision was given which is a summarization of several vision documents.  These are not specifically for 2018 but to be considered for the future.

The Year to Date donations continue to be ahead of budget by about $42,700 and expenses for the year continue to remain under budget by approximately $39,600.

MODERATOR’S REPORT

The Moderator requested that we look at the By-Laws and gave us some of the corrections that needed to be made.  The reworking will be done and the corrected form will be sent to us in about 1 week.

DISCUSSION ON NLPC POSITION ON SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIP

The Moderator explained PCUSA’s position on change in Marriage Amendment and requested that we be open to each other and listen to what is said.  It is not necessary to make a decision today.

Some comments made:

-Message on Website not welcoming and that is what Pat Johnston’s letter was about.  She was not questioning interpretation of Scripture.

-We have been forced to address the issue because of the demand to not declare it a sin which other sinners do not request.

-Whole website needs revised and clarified for what we believe in a positive way.

-I want our church to welcome and love all people.

-I agree we needed to make the statement but also think we need to say it in a way that is not harsh.

-Have struggled with my own sin and how to deal with sin in others lives all my life.  We need to love and welcome everyone.

-Scripture says it is wrong and I would never not welcome anyone as repentance is possible.

-Believe it is a sin and Christ loved everyone.  Understand need for statement at the time on website but maybe not needed now.

-With the PCUSA we can be on both sides of the issue and state what we believe.  I hear the word judge and I think we use it differently.  We don’t want to condemn but we know what is right and wrong so how do we live it out?  People want to know where we stand.  Will they be comfortable in our midst when they know our stand?

-How does the church witness?  Jesus said, “Be wise as serpents, innocent as doves.”  We want NLPC to be known for who we stand for and not what we stand against.  We need to convey it in grace.

The Moderator requested Session to give permission to Pastors and Dottie Wise to rewrite website statement and present draft for July Session Meeting.  Permission granted by all.

ADJOURNMENT BY PRAYER

Upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the Meeting was adjourned at 5:25 pm and closing prayer was given by Elder Rose Gorman.

Respectfully Submitted by Charlotte Hornback, Clerk Pro-tem

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NLPC MONTHLY STATED SESSION MEETING MINUTES

Class of 2018
Charlotte Hornback
Bob Peacock
Jim Crutchfield
Dave Tyler
(Clerk of Session)

ROLL CALL
Class of 2020 Staff

NLPC MONTHLY STATED SESSION MEETING MINUTES MONTH OF APRIL, 2017
Meeting @ 3:00 p.m. – Peace Room – April 18, 2017

Class of 2019
Becky Bros
John T Smith
Dottie Wise
Bill Johnson
Dick Young
Rose Gorman
Jeff Hosmer
Mike Smith
Dennis Heasty
Lynn Miller
Mike Snow

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CALL TO ORDER

The Stated Meeting of the Session for the month of April, 2017, was called to order by Moderator, Jeff Hosmer, at 3:00 pm. on the 18th day of April, 2017, in the Peace Room of the North Lake Presbyterian Church. A quorum was declared present.

DEVOTION

Moderator Hosmer called upon Mike Snow, Director of Music and Worship, to lead the Session in an Opening Devotion. Mike called our attention to Christ’s final commandment, made after His crucifixion and before His ascension, as found in Matthew, 28:19 and 20, as follows:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and

the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; . . . “
He raised the question, “What does it mean to make disciples?” Using his favorite guitar to demonstrate, he suggested that the task of making disciples might be much like learning to play the guitar. First, you need talent, a gift from God. Second, you need good teachers, to teach you what to do and not do. Third, you need joy to keep you interested and developing. Finally, you need hours of practice to develop the muscle memory necessary to play. Oh, and yes, you need faith that someone who is highly qualified will write and create the songs to play. He then lead the Session in prayer, praying that we find these qualities in us, to allow us as leaders, to “go and make disciples.”

AGENDA

The Docket for the Session Meeting to be held on the 18th day April, 2017, was presented, reviewed, and discussed. Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty, requested that due to exigent

circumstances, an item be added: that the Church purchase a bus for use in its programs.. Following discussion, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed, unanimously, the Agenda, amended as requested, was approved.

TRIENNIAL VISIT FROM THE CENTRAL FLORIDA PRESBYTERY

The Moderator noted that NLPC is a member of the Presbytery and that one of the many functions
of the Presbytery is to visit its member churches, periodically, with the purpose of learning about the performance of the Church in its community, and to provide assistance to its member churches if there
Is a need for those services. The Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery is the Committee charged with that responsibility. Two members of that Committee were present to meet with the Session in open, candid dialogue for the benefit of the Session and the Presbytery. The Moderator introduced the two members of the C.O.M. who were present, Ruling Elder Al Passwater and Rev. Bill Kramp.

The two spoke briefly about the need for this meeting, from the Presbytery perspective, as they hoped to listen and discuss the program of NLPC over the recent past, with the purpose to learn about our program, discuss its purpose and function, and, if necessary, offer some suggestions which assist the Church in its Ministry. The floor was then opened for discussion. The Elders, each and all of them, responded with a wealth of information including the following: that the Church had recently and successfully celebrated its 25th Anniversary of service; the physical plant of the Church had been expanded many times during its history to the present campus; that the campus was well maintained; that the Church was in strong financial position due to the generosity of the Congregation and its willingness to meet the needs of the church whenever they arose; the list of programs we sponsor even shocked many of the Session when each was paraded down the aisle during the 25th Anniversary Celebration; from 50 children at the recent Easter Egg hunt; to Vacation Bible School; to Little Blessings; to Parents Night Out; to Youth and young people, including a new member of staff recently added to service and grow this program; Adult Discipleship programs, including small group studies, café ministry, choir, contemporary music, focus groups in program areas, an active multiple class Adult Sunday School program, F.A.B Tuesday Dinners, etc; Community activities, Handy Men, meals being delivered weekly to a large number of members of our community, participation with other Churches in our area in the work of Love Inc. and many more, etc; the recent establishment of the Board of Deacons to assist in our care ministry; a well rounded mission program with Sister Churches in Cuba and Africa, periodic mission trips, the food pantry, the back pack program for local schools, the undie-Sunday program for the children of Haiti, the Second Mile Offering on a monthly basis to allow our congregation to give beyond the Budget for worthy unbudgeted programs as they arise; a new member activation program that has been effectively assimilating new members into meaningful activity within our congregation; and many more. The Session noted that we are constantly focusing our attention on responding to our growth in membership with programs designed to assist with retention of this new growth. The Session asked the representatives from the Presbytery to share with all the Churches in the Presbytery new programs that are assisting member Churches to do a better job serving their congregations. Meaningful discussion occurred and the elders and the members of the C.O.M. shared ideas and concerns raised during the meeting. At the conclusion of the discussion, The Moderator lead us all in prayer praising God for the assistance and value of the Presbytery, the C.O.M. and their significant presence at this meeting.

REVIEW OF THE TRIENNIAL MEETING

With great appreciation, the C.O.M. members were excused so that the Session could complete its monthly business. Before turning to the business at hand, the Moderator asked for feed-back from the Session, regarding their impressions and reactions to the Meeting. The reactions were overwhelmingly positive with an expression of concern over lack of awareness of the extent of our program at NLPC that seemed to exist at the Presbytery level. Hopefully, this will now change as these representatives get a chance to report back to the Presbytery. The Moderator noted that this Presbytery is odd-shaped and that makes it difficult to maintain frequent communications within its members.

ACTION ITEMS MINUTES

The Moderator next called attention to the Minutes of the March Meeting of the Session that had been attached to the Docket forwarded to the Members. Discussion ensued and corrections were noted. Upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the Minutes were approved, as amended.

CHANGES IN THE MEMBERSHIP ROLL

  1. These members joined the Church Triumphant - -

    1. Kathy Raper

    2. Ed Clements (3/24/17)

    3. Charley Berkley 3/29/17)

    4. Vic Mars (4/2/17)

  2. These members are no longer attending our Church and should be placed on the Inactive Roll and removed from the Active Membership Roll - None

  3. These members have requested to be transferred to another Church and have been removed from the Active Membership Roll - None

  4. These members Have permanently moved out of our area and should be removed from the the Active Membership Roll - None

  5. These members have been reinstated - -

a. Sylvia Gmyr

There is no proposed activity for members who were on our Affiliate Member Rolls. Following review, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the proposed changes in the Membership Rolls, were approved.

Correspondence - None Presbytery -

CLERK’S REPORT

Upcoming Meetings - 2017 -Tuesday, June 6, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m. Hope Presbyterian Church, Lake Nona, Fl.

Tuesday, September 12, @ 9:30 a.m., First Presbyterian, Vero Beach, Fl

- Triennial Visit from the Central Florida Presbytery
(With the consent of the Session, the Moderator suggested that we delay discussion of the Triennial Visit until later in the meeting.)

PURCHASE OF BUS

The Moderator next called upon the Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty, to report upon the current status of the purchase of the bus for the Church. Dennis reported that many of the various programs of the Church had been discussing the need for such a vehicle for some time. Recently, an opportunity arose, which made it beneficial to the Church to consider this opportunity. Investigation into the vehicle revealed it to be a 24 passenger bus, with 23,000 miles on it. The First Presbyterian Church of Leesburg is asking $25,000.00 for the vehicle. It is in immaculate condition. However, it would require that seat belts be installed for us to be able to make maximum use of it. The cost of installing the seat belts would be approximately $2,150.00. An exploratory offer has been discussed with the Church and they are willing to accept $20,000.00. It is not handicap equipped so really not useable for transporting the elderly for trips or attendance on Sundays. It would have to be insured, which would cost an additional approximate $800.00. Through some recent discussions with the Bank, we could acquire the vehicle by extending our current financial arrangements to cover the cost. Discussion ensued. Following discussion, a motion was made, seconded, and passed unanimously, that we buy the vehicle on the terms outlined above.

MISCELLANEOUS DISCUSSION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS THE MORTGAGE BALANCE

Arising out of the earlier discussion regarding the purchase of the bus, an inquiry was made about the current balance of the mortgage. The Church Administrator advised that the current balance of the mortgage is in the amount of $2,940,411.11 Dollars. There was no further discussion.

YOUTH MISSION TRIP

Associate Pastor, Mike Smith, advised that the Youth of our Church were planning a Mission Trip to Daytona Beach, this June. Under the leadership of Brad Harter, they will be performing minor repairs on homes in need of those services, under supervision and be spending time with each other and in the ministry of God.

YARD SALE

It was noted that two members were developing a proposal for a Yard Sale on the Church Property this Summer/Fall. Some questions were asked about when it would be held, if insurance been arranged, if permits been secured, with the response that they were experienced people who had done this before, but they would be asked so the Session could be advised.

EDELBERTO VISIT

The Session was reminded of the opportunity for a short meting with Pastor Edelberto on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

SECOND MILE OFFERING FOR MAY

It was announced that the Second Mile Offering for the month of May,2017, would be for the Back Pack Program.

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

It was announced that there would be an ice cream social held at the Church on August 1, 2017 (the usual night for the FAB Tuesday dinner). At that Social, we are planning to have a Congregsational meeting to approve the By Law changes that will create the Deacons and elect the first class of deacons.

REPORT ON THE SEARCH FOR THE NEW CHOIR DIRECTOR

The Session was then updated on the search for the new Choir Director.

CLOSING PRAYER

The Moderator then lead the Session in a closing prayer, thanking God for his presence and participation in our Meeting. He asked for God’s special care for Becky Bros and Dennis Heasty as they dealt with illness and its challenges.

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 5:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
W. David Tyler, Clerk of Session

_______________________________

MONTH OF FEBRUARY, 2017
Meeting @ 3:00 p.m. – Peace Room

ROLL CALL
Present - -
Class of 2017 - Class of 2018 - Class of 2019 – Staff -
__ Rose Gorman __Charlotte Hornback __ Becky Bros __Jeff Hosmer Etheridge
__ Judy Etheridge __ Bob Peacock __ John T Smith __ Mike Smith
__ Dave Tyler __ Jim Crutchfield __ Dennis Heasty
 (Clerk of Session) __ Mike Snow

Elders - Elect
__ Dottie Wise
__ Dick Young
__ Bill Johnston


CALL TO ORDER
The Stated Meeting of the Session for the month of February, 2017, was called to order by Moderator,
Jeff Hosmer, at 3:00 p.m. on the 21st day of February, 2017, in the Peace Room of the North Lake
Presbyterian Church. A quorum was declared present.


DEVOTION
Senior Pastor and Moderator, Jeff Hosmer, led the Session in a brief devotion and prayer with specific
reference to the last verse of the 23rd Psalm.


AGENDA
The Docket for the Session Meeting to be held on the 21st day February,2017, was presented,
reviewed, and discussed. Following the discussion, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed,
the Docket for the meeting was approved by unanimous vote.


ACTION ITEMS
Minutes of the Session Meeting of January 17, 2017 -
The Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of the Session for the Month of January, 2017, were
attached to the Docket. After review and discussion, the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of the
Session for the Month of January, 2017, were approved. Thereafter, upon a motion duly made,
seconded, and passed unanimously, the Minutes were adopted, as printed.

Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Congregation of February 7, 2017 -
The Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Congregation of North Lake Presbyterian Church held on the
7th day of February, 2017, were attached to the Docket. After review and discussion, minor amendments
were made to the Minutes. Thereafter, the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Congregation held on
the 7th day of February, 2017, as amended, were tentatively approved and referred back to the
Congregation for final approval at the next Annual Meeting.
Minutes of the Special Meeting With the New Members Class of January 15, 2017 -
The Minutes of the Special Meeting of the New Members Class held on the 15th of January, 2017, were
attached to the Docket. After review and discussion, the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the New
Members Class held on the 15th day of January, 2017, were approved. Thereafter, upon a motion duly
made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the Minutes were adopted, as printed.


CHANGES IN THE MEMBERSHIP ROLL

1. Members who joined the Church Triumphant - -
 a, Willis Bartholomew - (1/14/17)
b. Gary Given - (1/16/17)
c. Tom Dorgan - (1/27/17)
d. Jay Smith - (1/30/17)
e. Pete Seago - (1/30/17)
f. Tom Hogshead - (2/1/17)

2. Members who should be removed from the Active Membership Roll due to requested
transfer to another Church:
a. Brian and Marla Hunt - (Community Methodist Church, Fruitland Park, FL.)
b. Jim and Sue Sprague - (First Presbyterian Church, Flint, MI.)
3. New Members who should be added or reinstated to the Active Membership Roll
a. Linda Williams - By Letter of Transfer
b. Robert and June Gillespie - By Letter of Transfer
c Michael and Joyce Heppner - By Reaffirmation of Faith
d. Dana Staniak - By Reaffirmation of Faith
e. Susan Drechsel - By Reaffirmation of Faith
f. Stan and Karen Hall - By Reaffirmation of Faith
g. Ron and SallyBottke - By Reaffirmation of Faith
h. Sue Dodd - By Reaffirmation of Faith
h. Josana Berdzinski - -By Reaffirmation of Faith

It was duly noted that 9 new members had Joined NLPC in January, 2017.

SELECTION OF 2017 CLERK OF SESSION
The Moderator noted that the Current Clerk of Session, Orv Liesman, has served the Church for
several years with distinction. Recent health concerns made it difficult for him to serve further
in that capacity. The Moderator expressed the appreciation of the Church to Orv Liesman for
his outstanding service during his tenure as Clerk. In light of the foregoing, the Moderator
recommended that Dave Tyler be selected to serve a one year term as the Clerk of Session.
Following discussion, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed, the Session adopted the
recommendation of the Moderator, and selected Dave to serve a one year term as Clerk.


NLPC CORPORATE OFFICERS
The Moderator advised the Session that the Florida Law applicable to non-profit corporations,
under which the NLPC structure had been created twenty-five years ago, required that we elect
Corporate Officers, and file the names and positions for which they were elected with the Office
of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida. The following names for the listed positions
were placed in nomination, with full disclosure and explanation for the reasons
therefore:
 For President - Dave Tyler;
 For Vice President - Becky Bros;
 For Secretary - Charlotte Hornback;
 For Treasurer - Dennis Heasty ;
 For CFO - Dennis Heasty; and
 For COO - Dennis Heasty.
The Session participated in a full discussion of the need for these officers and the nominees for
the various positions. Following the discussion, further nominees from the floor were called for.
There were no further nominees offered. Therefore, upon motion duly made, seconded, and
passed unanimously, the foregoing nominees were elected to the positions listed.


EXAMINATION AND APPROVAL OF NEW ELDERS FOR ORDINATION/INSTALLATION
The two of the Elders nominated for membership in the Class 0f 2020 were introduced to the Session by
the Moderator. Included in the introduction were NLPC members Dick Young, and Dottie Wise. The
other electerd Elder who is a member of the 2020 Class is Bill Johnston, and he could not be at the
meeting. For that reason, a Committee of the Session met with him earlier and received his most
impressive Statement of Faith. Based on the strong recommendation of the Committee, and the
impressive examination of the two Elders present, upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed
unanimously, all three Elders of the Class of 2020 were approved for Ordination and Installation. The
Moderator next explained that he had worked out a convenient schedule for this purpose, as follows:
 For Dick Young - - O/I on the 26th of February, at the 9:45 Service;
 For Dottie Wise - - O/I on the 26th day of February, at the 11:15 Service; and
 (4)
 For Bill Johnston - - O/I on the 12th of March at the 9:45 Service.
The proposed schedule was adopted by the Session by consensus.


VACANT POSITION FOR DIRECTOR OF YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
The Moderator noted that the staff position for the Director of Youth young Adult Ministry had been
vacant for some time. That during that vacancy, the Search Committee established to find and interview
candidates for this vacant position, under the able leadership of Jim Crutchfield, Elder for Children and
Youth, and Associate Pastor, Mike Smith, who had worked tirelessly to complete their assigned task.
An extensive Report of the Search Committee was attached to the Docket for review by the members of
the Session prior to the Meeting. Considerable discussion ensued, during which the candidate was
personally interviewed by the full Session, and with the candidate excused, the materials, and contacts
with the Applicant by the Search Committee, were fully explored. Following this discussion, upon
motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, the Search Committee and the Staff were
authorized to proceed to hire Bradley Harter, as the new Director of the Youth and Young Adult
Ministry for NLPC, pursuant to the terms and conditions proposed by the Search Committee. The
prospective candidate for the vacant position of Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, was
welcomed back into the Session Meeting with a standing ovation.


CLERK’S REPORT
Correspondence - None
Presbytery -

 Upcoming Meetings - 2017 - Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m. @ Church of the Lakes,
 Orlando, Fl.
 -Tuesday, June 6, 2017 @ 2:30 p.m. Hope Presbyterian Church,
 Lake Nona, Fl.
 -Tuesday, September 12 @ 9:30 a.m. First Presbyterian,
 Vero Beach, Fl.
The Moderator inquired if there were any Elders who wished to attend the upcoming Presbytery
Meeting in Orlando. The following Elders volunteered to do so: Becky Bros, Charlotte Hornback, Rose
Gorman, Dottie Wise and Dick Young. The Moderator noted that it would be appropriate to designate
the above listed as Commissioners so that they would be authorized represent and vote on behalf of
NLPC at the Meeting. Upon motion duly made, seconded and passed, the above listed were designated
as Commissioners for the Orlando Meeting.

ELDER REPORTS
 Discipleship - - - No Report
 Worship and Welcome - - - No Report
 Care and Fellowship - - - No Report

 Ministry and Mission - - - No Report
 Administration - - - No Report
It was duly noted by the Moderator that reports from the various Committees were in the making and
would be forthcoming in the future.


STAFF REPORTS
Church Administrator’s Report - - - Dennis Heasty - - - No Report


Associate Pastor’s Report - - - Mike Smith
Associate Pastor, Mike Smith, reported that the Discipleship Council, in its preparation for next Fall,
was planning to use Focus Groups to help determine interests. The theme will be ---“Connect – Grow –
Serve”. Also, Mike suggested that the Elders might find God’s blessing in reading the book, “Family,
Faith, and the Future of Our Church” by Kenda Dean. It is available for about $10.00.


Senior Pastor’s Report - - - Jeff Hosmer
Senior Pastor, and Moderator, Jeff Hosmer, asked that the Session keep our former Choir Director,
Sandra, in our prayers as she is suffering through a slow recovery from her congestion problems which
resulted in her hospitalization. He also asked that the Session keep the Choir in their prayers, as well, as
we begin to face the reality of a search for a new Director, starting with the creation of a Search
Committee and a meeting with the Choir, after practice next Wednesday.


CLOSING PRAYER
Elder Charlotte Hornback lead the Session in a closing prayer, thanking God for his presence and
participation in our Meeting.


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 5:15 p.m.
 
Respectfully submitted,
David Tyler,
Clerk of Session
__________________________________________________

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION OF NLPC
These minutes will be approved at the annual meeting in 2018.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017
6:00 P.M. IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL

CALL TO ORDER

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation of North Lake Presbyterian Church was called to order by the Moderator, Senior Pastor Jeff Hosmer, at 6:00 o'clock p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in the Fellowship Hall of the Church. The Moderator declared a quorum (10%) of the Congregation to be present.

OPENING PRAYER
The Moderator called upon the Vice-Moderator, Associate Pastor, Mike Smith, to lead the Congregation in an opening prayer.

CLERK PRO-TEM
The Moderator advised the Congregation of the need to appoint a Clerk Pro-Tem for the purpose of recording the actions taken at the Meeting. He suggested Member and Veteran Elder, David Tyler, for the position. Upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, David Tyler was selected to serve as the Clerk Pro-Tem to record the matters to come before the Congregational Meeting.

MINUTES OF THE 2016 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION
The Moderator referred the members’ attention to the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Congregation held on February 2, 2016, copies of which had been made available to the Congregation. He inquired as to whether or not there were any corrections or additions to be made to those Minutes. None were expressed. The Moderator called for approval as prepared. Upon Motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously the Minutes were approved as printed.

REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE
The Moderator next called upon the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Elder Charlotte Hornback, to present the report of the Nominating Committee for members to serve as Elders for the upcoming year(s). Elder Hornback presented the names of the following members for the position of Elder as recommended by the Nominating Committee:

  1. Rose Gorman - Class of 2020 (Second Term);

  2. Bill Johnston - Class of 2020;

3. Dick Young - Class of 2020; and
4. Dottie Wise - Class of 2019 (Filling unexpired term of Lynn Miller)

Elder Charlotte Hornback next moved the election of the above named for the terms listed. The Moderator called for any further nominations from the floor. None were advanced. Upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, nominations were closed, and a unanimous ballot was cast for the nominees for the office of Elder of North Lake Presbyterian Church for the terms set forth above.

Elder Charlotte Hornback further reported that the Nominating Committee proposes Ann Collins, Sandy Emery and Orv Liesman for election as members of the 2017 Nominating Committee. Elder Hornback further moved the election of the three named above. The Moderator declared the floor open for further nominations for members to serve on the 2017 Nominating Committee. None were advanced. The Motion on the floor was then duly seconded, and passed unanimously.

The Moderator then expressed the appreciation of the body to Elder Charlotte Hornback and her Committee for their service; also to Orv Liesman for his service as Clerk of the Session; and to Orv Liesman, Lynn Miller, and Judy Etheridge for their service as Elders on the Session.

PROPOSAL FOR DEACONS
The Moderator next called the members attention to the Proposal for Deacons that was attached to the materials provided for the Meeting as Attachment “A”. He introduced the subject by referencing the Biblical basis for the position and function, and the authorization for such a position, as is found in the Book of Order of our Denomination. He noted the that even with the outstanding service of our pastoral staff, including the recent addition of our new Director of Congregational Care; our excellent congregational involvement through the Stephens ministry; the men’s and women’s groups; the support groups for specific purposes; and an extremely active and diversified mission portfolio, etc. many of the staff and leadership felt that we were needing to do more. After considerable study by the staff and the Session, it was the consensus that more brains, eyes, voices, arms, backs, and legs were needed to make Congregational Care a core part of our Mission as a Church. Based upon this study, the Session has proposed an amendment to our By Laws, to create a ministry of Deacons to assist in the expansion and performance of this Mission, under the authority and supervision of the Session and the Director of Congregational Care. A copy of the recommended amendment, See Attachment “A”, to the By Laws of North Lake Presbyterian Church that is proposed for action is enclosed in the materials provided for this meeting. Much discussion ensued. In summary, there was unanimous consensus that there was a need for the deacons as provided, but some concern as to why a similar proposal brought forth several years ago had been abandoned. The Moderator was unaware of the details of that action. However, in light of the agreed need for this program, he offered to investigate and defer implementation of the program until all legal requirements have been met. Thereupon, a motion to adopt the amendment to the By Laws of North Lake Presbyterian Church to establish the Deacons Program was duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously, subject to the results of the investigation.

REVIEW OF THE 2016 ANNUAL REPORT AND FINANCIAL REPORT
The Moderator referred the attention of the members to the materials for the meeting which included the 2016 written Annual Report, the Financial Report, and the detailed back up therefore. He next called upon Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty, to provide explanation and details regarding the Financial Report. Dennis explained that in 2015, we had been overly optimistic in projecting the income for 2016 at 10% over the actual income for 2015. The actual income received in 2016 amounted to only a 1.5% increase over that received in 2015. However, good fiscal and operational management reduced our actual expenses so that our actual shortage amounted to only 2%, and we used past general fund surpluses to fully pay all of our expenses, including fully funding our directed commitments. As a result, as will be seen later, adjustments were made in the preparation of the 2017 Budget. Dennis responded to several questions, including individual payment of the annual assessment, available amounts to pay monthly bills, etc., until all questions were answered.

PRESENTATION OF THE 2017 BUDGET
The Moderator called upon the Church Administrator to present the 2017 budget. In summary, Dennis noted that the Budget for this year, 2017, was based on projected income at the level actually received in 2016, and expenses limited so as not to exceed the projected income. The result of the application of these budgeting principles was that certain programs were not expanded as requested and salaries of all staff were frozen. Discussion ensued and continued until all questions were answered.

APPROVAL OF THE TERMS OF CALL FOR THE INSTALLED PASTORS
The Moderator first called upon Elder Judy Etheridge to Chair the Meeting. The installed pastors and their spouses were then invited to leave Fellowship Hall. After the installed staff departed, Judy explained that the Meeting would next consider the compensation and benefit packages for these staff members. The Church Administrator explained that the now Approved 2017 Budget provided for no increase in compensation for the installed staff and the only benefit change was to add 2 weeks of vacation for the Senior Pastor to bring him to the level he had enjoyed prior to coming to NLPC. The Moderator Pro Tem next called for a motion from the floor. Upon motion duly made, seconded and passed unanimously, the Calls for the installed staff were continued at current levels of compensation and benefits, with the one exception that the Senior Pastor's vacation was increased by 2 weeks per year. The installed staff and their spouses returned to the Meeting.

PREVIEW OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Upon his resumption of the Chair, the Moderator called upon Elder Judy Etheridge as Chair of the 25th Anniversary Celebration Committee to bring the Congregation up to date on what was in the planning stages for the year-long Celebration of the 25th year of our existence as a Church. Judy outlined the highlights of what promises to be an exciting time in the life of our Church. Many Special Events are planned, including the return of our original pastor to preach from our pulpit again. Keep watching for the announcements of the events as they are scheduled.

CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC MINISTRY OF DR. SANDRA WILLETTS
The Moderator resumed the Chair and promptly announced that the plans for the Celebration of the Music Ministry of Dr. Sandra Willetts that was planned to commence now would have to be postponed to a future date due to the fact that the honoree was currently hospitalized due to pneumonia condition from which she has been suffering. More later!

ADJOURNMENT AND CLOSING PRAYER
The Moderator called for any further business from the membership. There was no response. Upon motion duly made, seconded, and passed unanimously the Meeting was declared adjourned. The Moderator then led the Membership in a Closing Prayer. The Meeting was closed at approximately 7:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
W. David Tyler Clerk Pro Tem

_____________________________________

North Lake Presbyterian Church
Stated Session Meeting Minutes
January 17, 2016, 3:00 P.M.

Present: Senior Pastor and Moderator, Jeff Hosmer, Associate Pastor, Mike Smith; Elders Becky Bros, Jim Crutchfield, Judy Etheridge, Rose Gorman, Charlotte Hornback, Orv Liesman, Bob Peacock, John T. Smith, Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty and guest Lynn Miller, Director of Congregational Care.

Call to Order: Stated Session meeting was convened in the Peace Room at 3:00 pm. A quorum was present.
Devotion: Becky Bros led and offered prayer.

New Business: 25th Anniversary Celebration proposal for 2 services be added to action items.

Order of the Day:
Actions Items:
1. Motion was made to approve the docket. The motion was made, accepted, and carried.
2. Motion was made to approve the minutes from November 15th Session meeting as corrected. The motion was moved, accepted, and carried.
3. Motion was made to approve changes in Membership Roll. The motion was moved, accepted and carried.
4. Motion was made to accept proposal for Deacons at NLPC. The motion was moved, seconded, and carried unanimously.
5. Motion was made to have 2 services only on March 26th at 9 am and 11:30 am for the 25th Anniversary. The motion was moved, seconded, and carried.
6. Motion made to have a balanced budget to approve 2017 budget proposal based on column G having a 1 page bulletin and per capita not budgeted. Motion was moved, seconded, and carried unanimously.
7. Motion was made to increase vacation time to six (6) weeks as part of compensation for installed pastors. Motion was made, seconded, and carried.
8. Motion was made to designate $60,000 for housing allowance for Pastor Jeff Hosmer and $17,000 for Pastor Mike Smith. Motion was moved, seconded, and carried.


These members joined the Church Triumphant
- Marge French – 12/23/16
- Don List – 12/25/16
- Cindy John 12/28/16


These members are no longer attending our church and should be placed on the Inactive Roll and removed from the Active Membership Roll:
- James and Joan Pullen
- Toodie (Florence) Ramsey


These members have requested to be transferred to another church and have been removed from the Active Membership Roll:
- Howard Braden (joined Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Fruitland Park)
- Judy Spraley (joined Heritage Presbyterian Church in Mason, OH)
Clerk’s Report: 13 new members joined NLPC on 1/15/17
Elder Reports:
Youth and Children: Elder Jim Crutchfield (no report)
Congregational Life:
Elder Judy Etheridge: My last session meeting will be in February since I have served 2 terms. It has been my great honor and extreme pleasure to serve with such a fine, dedicated group of men and women. Much has been accomplished in the past 6 years. It has been exciting to be part of this time of growth; bringing a new senior pastor; seeing the physical transformation of our facility with the expansion of the kitchen and the building of the Fellowship Hall; the continuation of many of our outstanding programs and mission as well as the start of many new ministries. We have redefined our Vision and Mission statements and developed a true sense of direction: to create Disciples. I know you will continue to serve faithfully and North Lake will reach out in many directions of service. My prayers and best wishes will always be with you.
1. The 101 class was held 1/15/17 and 19 attended with 13 joining; the 6 who did not join indicated they would at a later time. Pastor Mike has redefined the program; it is clear, concise and seems to meet questions asked by attendees.
2. PW continues to have an enthusiastic following – the 8 circles meet monthly; have Bible Study and work on numerous mission projects. The Art Showcase was cancelled due to the small number of artists willing to participate. The major fund raiser will be the Tea and Fashion Show on Feb. 24th. I want to share one outreach to the College Age Youth of our church undertaken by one circle, led by Susan Morris. They mailed a packet to 7 students with 12 handmade items to be opened on 12 consecutive days before Christmas. The young people really enjoyed their efforts.
3. There is a new strong, positive leader for the Spirited Singles. Mary Houdak will do a fine job.
4. Thursday Exercise is going strong – our numbers are small, but a very dedicated group.
5. Just for FYI: the Choir will celebrate our dear director with a luncheon on her last day – Feb. 5th. Sandy Fuller is directing this team. Choir men will serenade her and a special scrapbook filled with “love notes” showing our appreciation will be given to her. A bulletin notice for a “Shower of Cards” from the congregation to be presented to her and hopefully the Session will fund a gift for her service.
6. Plans are in full swing for a grand celebration for our 25th Anniversary which will include a special event on each Sunday in March. There will be a brief announcement of anticipated activities presented at the Feb. FAB dinner. We have received one “yes” from Stan and Leslie O’Loughlin. Unfortunately, Bill Allen will be in England, but will send a note to be included in the handout/bulletin for the Homecoming Sunday the 26th of March.
7. FYI: the Ministry Coaching Program is ready for the 2nd group of new members to be mentored. The Oct. class has received evaluations to fill out. Ditto for the Coaches themselves. I have received some back and they are very positive about the help received.
Worship: Elder Rose Gorman (no report)
Mission Outreach: Elder Becky Bros (no report)
Administration: Elder John T. Smith (no report)
Adult Discipleship: Elder Bob Peacock (no report)
Ministry: Elder Charlotte Hornback (no report)
Staff Reports:
Church Administrator: Dennis Heasty
- Explained impact of health insurance on staff & their choices.

Finance Report: Dennis Heasty
- Reported a deficit of $80,000 for 2016, expenses were under budget by $83,000.
- Operation Homebound support required was $55,000 vs estimated $94,000.
- Little Blessings had a $9,000 deficit.
Associate Pastor’s Report: Mike Smith - No report
Pastor’s Report: Jeff Hosmer – no report

Motion was made, accepted and carried to adjourn at 5:30 pm. Closing prayer was given by Pastor Mike Smith.

Respectfully Submitted by Charlotte Hornback, Clerk Pro-tem

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North Lake Presbyterian Church
Stated Session Meeting Minutes
December 20, 2016 3:00 P.M.

Present: 
Senior Pastor and Moderator, Jeff Hosmer, Associate Pastor, Mike Smith; Elders Becky Bros, Jim Crutchfield, Judy Etheridge, Rose Gorman, Charlotte Hornback, Bob Peacock, John T. Smith, and Church Administrator,
Excused: Elder Orv Liesman

Call to Order: 
Stated Session meeting was convened in the Peace Room at 3:01 pm. A quorum was present. Devotion: Bob Peacock led and offered prayer. New Business: Advertising needs to be discussed.

Order of the Day:

Actions Items:

1. Motion was made to approve the docket. The motion was made, accepted, and carried.

2. Motion was made to approve the minutes from November 15th Session meeting as corrected. The motion was moved, accepted, and carried.

3. Motion was made to approve changes in Membership Roll. The motion was moved, accepted and carried.

These members joined the Church Triumphant:
Joan Jones - July 2016
Terry Martin - December 7

These members are no longer attending our church and should be placed on the Inactive Roll and removed from the Active Membership Roll: 
Chris and Dana Delzio
Joan Calhoun  
Erin Westfall

These members have requested to be transferred to another church and have been removed from the Active Membership Roll:
Bob and Billie Thatcher (The Congregational Church)

These members have permanently moved out of our area and should be removed from the Active Membership Roll:
Dick and Emily Friese (moved to Georgia)

These members have been reinstated: 
Bob and Billie Thatcher
Randee Dalzell
Kelly Thomas

Clerk’s Report: 
Letter of thanks from Columbia College for scholarship aid for Holly Reimer. Request from Lynn Miller for Elders to pray Christmas Eve at 8:30 for soldier to be deployed in January.

Elder Reports: 
Youth and Children: Elder Jim Crutchfield (see attached report)
Congregational Life: Elder Judy Etheridge (see attached report)
Worship: Elder Rose Gorman (no report)
Mission Outreach: Elder Becky Bros (no report)
Administration: Elder John T. Smith (no report)
Adult Discipleship: Elder Bob Peacock (no report)
Ministry: Elder Charlotte Hornback (see attached report)

Staff Reports: 
Church Administrator: Dennis Heasty
- Lynn Miller added to payroll December 1st.
- Letter sent for $1 increase in Homebound meals.
- Presented new plan for health insurance coverage and staff choices.

Finance Report: Dennis Heasty
Previewed 2017 budget.

Associate Pastor’s Report: Mike Smith
- Invites for Right Now media sent and 27 new emails given to receive.
- Discipleship Council to be formed with Pastor Mike, Bob Peacock, & perhaps Dave McCullum and Bob Collins.
- 1 new small group formed led by Bob Hazlett for parents having older adult children in home.
- Truth Project in January being offered by Cecile Glunt; a widows group and a Yada Yada prayer group.

Pastor’s Report: Jeff Hosmer
- Annual reports are due by end of December.
- 25th Anniversary planning to be led by Judy Etheridge.
- Sandra Willetts retiring end of January and to be honored at the February FAB dinner. Chris Endsley will be interim director.
- Proposal for deacons was discussed and decided to go forward. Pastor Jeff will work with Lynn Miller to produce a job description and Pastor Jeff will do the writeup for the changes needed for the constitution for the Congregational Meeting in February.

Motion was made, accepted and carried to adjourn. Closing prayer was given by Becky Bros.

Respectfully Submitted by Charlotte Hornback, Clerk Pro-tem

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North Lake Presbyterian Church
Stated Session Meeting Minutes
November 15, 2016 3:00 P.M.

Present: Elders Lynn Miller, Jim Crutchfield, Bob Peacock, Becky Bros, Judy Etheridge, Rose Gorman, John T. Smith, Charlotte Hornback; Clerk of Session, Orv Liesman; Moderator, Jeff Hosmer; Associate Pastor, Mike Smith; Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty.

Call to Order: Stated Session meeting was convened in the Peace Room at 3:00 pm. A quorum was present.

Devotion: Becky Bros led and offered prayer. Order of the Day:

Actions Items:

  1. Motion was made to approve the docket. The motion was made, accepted, and

    carried.

  2. Motion was made to approve the minutes from October 18th Session meeting. The

    motion was moved, accepted, and carried.

  3. Motion was made to approve October 16th Special Session meeting to receive new

    members. Motion was made, accepted, and carried.

  4. Motion was made to approve membership roll changes. The motion was moved,

    accepted, and carried.

  5. Motion was made to hire Lynn Miller as Director of Congregational Care. The motion

    was moved, accepted, and carried. Lynn Miller gave her resignation from Session to accept this new job. (letter attached)

These members joined the Church Triumphant:

  • Lonnie Lerch – 10/18/16

  • Chuck Ramsey – 11/2/16

  • Gilbert Belair – 11/6/16

(For Informational purposes only –Doris Lounsbury and Betty Markhard passed away – they had already been removed from Session a while ago)

These members are no longer attending our church and should be placed on the Inactive Roll and removed from the Active Membership Roll:

  • Bob and Billie Thatcher

These members have requested to be transferred to another church and have been removed from the Active Membership Roll:

  • William Boonstra (moved to Michigan – Second Reformed Church)

  • Keith and Beth Llewellyn (New Covenant United Methodist Church

  • Ralph and Lorie Long (New Covenant United Methodist Church)

These members have been reinstated:

  • Dianne Castle

Clerk’s Report: (No report)

The Presbytery meeting is December 6, 2016.

Elder Reports:

Worship: Elder Rose Gorman
80-90 ushers attended the usher training

Adult Discipleship: Elder Bob Peacock
A Right Now Media report was given.

Congregational Life: Elder Judy Etheridge
Singles Ministry now has a chair person.

Mission Outreach: Elder Becky Bros
The Cuba trip is approaching. The Team will be taking much needed medication to Cuba.

Ministry: Elder Charlotte Hornback
The Nominating Committee met to discuss the three new positions that will be

opening next year.
Youth and Children: Elder Jim Crutchfield (no report) Administration: Elder John T. Smith (no report)
Staff Reports:
Church Administrator: Dennis Heasty

Financial Report (attached).

Associate Pastor’s Report: Mike Smith

  • Reported transportation concerns

  • Discussed upcoming spiritual retreat April 6-8, 2017 in Silver Springs

  • Mary Grace, prospective youth director, has declined the job. This job is presently open again.

  • Pastor’s Report: Jeff Hosmer

  • 25th Anniversary is being celebrated March 26th (Homecoming Sunday)

  • Discussed classes

  • Proposed an organizational chart

Motion was made, accepted and carried to adjourn with prayer in triad groups and to leave when finished.

Respectfully Submitted by Lynn Miller, Clerk Pro-tem

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North Lake Presbyterian Church
Stated Session Meeting Minutes
October 18, 2016 3:00 P.M.

Present: Senior Pastor and Moderator, Jeff Hosmer, Associate Pastor, Mike Smith; Elders, Judy Etheridge, Rose Gorman, Charlotte Hornback, Lynn Miller, John T. Smith, and Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty.

Excused: Elders, Jim Crutchfield, Orv Liesman

Call to Order: Stated Session meeting was convened in the Peace Room at 2:57 pm. A quorum was present.

Devotion: J.T. Smith led and offered prayer.

New Business: Change of Youth Director job description to Youth/Young Adult Ministry job description was added to action Items

Order of the Day:

Actions Items:

  1. Motion was made to approve the docket. The motion was made,

    accepted, and carried.

  2. Motion was made to approve the minutes from September 20th Session

    meeting as corrected. The motion was moved, accepted, and carried.

  3. Motion was made to approve July 17th Special Session meeting to receive new members. Motion was made, accepted, and carried.

  4. Motion was made to approve Christmas Offering to go 1⁄2 to Operation Homebound and 1⁄2 to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. The motion was moved, accepted, and carried.

  5. Motion was made to approve new Youth/Young Adult Ministry job description and a salary range of $36,000 – 40,000. The motion was made, accepted, and carried by unanimous vote.

These members joined the Church Triumphant:

  • Jane Stratz (9/22/16)
  • Jeff Maddison (10/1/16)

Clerk’s Report: (No report)

Elder Reports:

Youth and Children: Elder Jim Crutchfield (no report)

Congregational Care: Elder Lynn Miller (see attached report)

Congregational Life: Elder Judy Etheridge (see attached report)

Worship: Elder Rose Gorman (see attached report)

Mission Outreach: Elder Becky Bros (no report)

Administration: Elder John T. Smith (no report)

Adult Discipleship: Elder Bob Peacock (no report)

Ministry: Elder Charlotte Hornback (see attached report)

Staff Reports:

Church Administrator: Dennis Heasty

Operation Homebound on good track.

Theresa Strickland terminated and ad placed for replacement.

Some misunderstandings over mid-year statements. Discussed having financial report in bulletin again.

Finance Report: Dennis Heasty

Finances still need watching. We need to be prudent with expenses but not doing badly.

Associate Pastor’s Report: Mike Smith

Reported on Right Now media and how it will be given to all members in December.

Reported that Parents Night Out is planned for Little Blessings parents on December 9th – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm as well as other outreach possibilities in the future.

Pastor’s Report: Jeff Hosmer

Pastor Dave Stull retiring December 1st and Lynn Miller will be stepping up.

Brainstormed 25th Anniversary celebration and need for a committee (Judy Kiley, Judy Etheridge, and Sue Kirkpatrick recommended).

Other suggestions: Sharing past (possible Right Now Video); Concert & dinner; invite Gary Lester to preach and past members to attend; cheerleaders; theme song (possible contest); Bill Davis to lead hymn sing; future-cartoon representing 25 yrs. from now; find where the kids who grew up here are now.

Motion was made, accepted and carried to adjourn with prayer in triad groups and to leave when finished.

Respectfully Submitted by Charlotte Hornback, Clerk Pro-tem

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North Lake Presbyterian Church
Stated Session Meeting Minutes
September 20, 2016 3:00 P.M.

Present: Senior Pastor and Moderator Jeff Hosmer, Associate Pastor Mike Smith; Elders, Bob Peacock, Charlotte Hornback, Rose Gorman, Jim Crutchfield, Lynn Miller, John T. Smith, Becky Bros, Clerk of Session, Orv Liesman; Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty

Excused: Elder, Judy Etheridge

Call to Order: Stated Session meeting was convened in the Peace Room at 3:00 pm. A quorum was present.

Devotion: Becky Bros opened with prayer and led devotions.

Order of the Day:

  • Actions Items:

  1. Motion was made to approve the docket. The motion was made, accepted and passed.

  2. Motion was made to approve the minutes from August 16, 2016 Session meeting. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

  3. Motion was made to approve the Special Called Session Minutes of September 4, 2016 in reference to Holly Reimer. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

  4. Motion was made to approve membership changes. Motion was made, accepted and carried.

These members joined the Church Triumphant:

  • Robert Branson (8/17/16)

  • Marianne Renchenski (8/23/16)

  • Sharon DePersia

  • Jim Reedy

  • Lenore Busser (9/10/16)

These members have been reinstated:

  • Lois Chamberlain

  1. Motion was made to approve the pension and insurance decision. The church will absorb $350.00 per month toward dependent coverage. The employee will pay $160.00 per month for member and spouse or $263.50 per month for member and family for insurance costs. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

  2. Motion was made to delegate to the Mission Committee decisions to re-allocate designated mission funds (maximum $5000.00) that exceed the amount needed for a particular project or mission. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

  3. Approved the request from Janet Kobar, Moderator of Presbyterian Women to have Becky Bros serve communion at the Presbyterian Women’s Fall Retreat on Thursday, October 27. A letter will be sent by Clerk of Session, Orv Liesman, to Janet giving her approval by Session to allow Becky to serve communion.

  4. Motion was made to approve the Christmas Service schedule as follows:

Christmas Eve services: 5:00 p.m. Contemporary service, 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Traditional services

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day – 1 service at 11:00 a.m.

This motion was moved, accepted and passed.

Clerk’s Report:

  • The next Presbytery meeting will be on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Good Shepherd Church.

Elder Reports: (As needed, written reports will be circulated with minutes)

Adult Discipleship: Elder Bob Peacock – Three classes in October will be the last ones for 2016.

Youth and Children: Elder Jim Crutchfield (see attached report)

Worship: Elder Rose Gorman (no report)

Ministry: Elder Charlotte Hornback (no report)

Mission Outreach: Elder Becky Bros

  • Presented Session with a mission chart (see attached)

  • There will be about 6 people going on the Mission Trip to Cuba. The dates are January 26th – 31st. They are working on the list of events. The original cost of $1100.00 has been cut to around $800.00 (hopefully a bit more).

  • We have added Operation Shoebox as one of our endorsed missions.

  • We have increased the amount of children for Feed the Children to 88 starting in October.

  • Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund follows a teen through college.

Congregational Care: Elder Lynn Miller

  • Memorial Service Ministry has been overwhelmed with Saturday services. They are cheerfully sharing the responsibility to lighten the load for everyone. The team is splitting into groups so no one has the total responsibility of working every service.

  • Extended Table Ministry is open to new volunteers (former deacons and elders)

  • Pastor Dave has started a new grief support class and they are using a series called “Your Journey from Mourning to Joy.”

  • Healing Service is October 9th at 4:00 p.m. Individual prayer is available upon request.

  • Training a new team of Stephen Ministers and 3 former trained Stephen Ministers are joining the Team.

  • Lynn is currently working on a policy for walk-ins requesting aid.

  • The ministry of deacons is set forth in scripture as one of compassion, witness and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ. Her hope is that the Session will receive and prayerfully consider the addition with a loving heart when fully presented.

Congregational Life: Elder Judy Etheridge (not present but a report was handed out)

  • Ministry coaches have been selected to serve as mentors to the new members taken in at the new member classes. These coaches will strive to help new members become immersed in the life of the church. It is the goal to get each member involved in at least one activity. These coaches will get their first people after the October 16th new member class.

  • The Presbyterian Women have been working all summer setting up their budget and mission goals. The Coordinating Team met on the 6th under the leadership of new Moderator, Janet Kobar. Their annual PW retreat will be held on October 27 with the theme “Looking at Jesus Through a Different Lens.” All are invited and invitations will be sent to other churches. The Art Show and Tea are scheduled for January and February respectively.

  • The PW hopes to have a fundraiser. They would like to see note cards with an image of the church. They hope to get Sharon Hay to create the image. This project will coincide with promotions of the 2017 celebration of our 25th anniversary. Circle meetings will restart this month.

  • The Spirited Singles are meeting and are still trying to secure a leadership person, however, volunteers are currently working to keep the group going and meeting monthly.

Administration: Elder John T. Smith

  • A personnel plan for Theresa Strickland was discussed. Her leave is effective immediately. Compensation was reduced to 30 hours a week. Benefits remain unchanged. Vickie Ruddell will be monitoring her progress. A motion was made to accept this plan. The motion was made, accepted and passed.

Staff Reports:

Church Administrator: Dennis Heasty

  • Much discussion was given on the meal increase for Operation Homebound. Vickie Ruddell was in the meeting for this discussion. A motion was made to approve a $1.00 per person meal increase instead of the $2.00 per person suggested meal increase. The motion was made, accepted and passed. (see attached)

Finance Report: Dennis Heasty

  • The budget process for 2017 has begun.

  • Chris Kao will be starting October 17, 2016 as the new Administrative Assistant.

Associate Pastor’s Report: Mike Smith (no report)

Pastor’s Report: Jeff Hosmer (no report)

Motion was made, accepted and carried to adjourn the meeting.

Pastor Jeff Hosmer closed in prayer.

Respectfully Submitted by,
Orv Liesman, Clerk of Session

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North Lake Presbyterian Church
Stated Session Meeting Minutes
August 16, 2016 3:00 P.M.

Present: Senior Pastor and Moderator Jeff Hosmer, Associate Pastor Mike Smith; Elders, Judy Etheridge, Orv Liesman, Rose Gorman, Jim Crutchfield, Lynn Miller, John T. Smith, Becky Bros; Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty

Excused: Elders, Charlotte Hornback and Bob Peacock
Call to Order: Stated Session meeting was convened in the Peace Room at 3:00 pm. A quorum was

present.
Devotion: Lynn Miller led and offered prayer.

New Business: Baptismal motion requested by Pastor Mike Smith and approval of Pastor Jeff’s letter concerning his DMin. are under action items. Becky Bros will lead devotion and prayer for the September Session meeting.

Order of the Day:

Actions Items:

  1. Motion was made to approve the docket. The motion was made, accepted, and passed.

  2. Motion was made to approve the minutes from June 21, 2016 Session meeting with

    correction of Pastor Jeff’s name under Pastor’s report. The motion was moved, accepted,

    and passed.

  3. Motion was made to approve membership changes. Motion was made, accepted, and

    carried.
    These members joined the Church Triumphant:

    • -  Jean Deyoe (6/10/16)

    • -  Jeanne Greene (6/18/16)

    • -  Arlene Dahman (7/29/16)

    • -  Pastor Irv Burton (8/7/16)

      These members have requested to be transferred to another church and have been removed from the Active Membership Roll:

- Muriel Littler (First Presbyterian Church Mt. Dora)

  1. Motion was made to approve the baptism of Brooklyn Steadham. The motion was moved, accepted, and passed.

  2. Motion was made to delegate authority to Pastors to approve routine baptisms that meet the Book of Order requirements. The motion was moved, accepted, and passed.

  3. Motion was made to approve a letter of transfer of Muriel Littler to First Presbyterian Church Mt. Dora. The motion was moved, accepted, and passed.

  4. Motion was made to accept Pastor Jeff Hosmer’s letter seeking approval to utilize the congregation for research during worship to use in his DMin. The motion was moved, accepted, and passed.

Clerk’s Report: (No report)

Elder Reports:

Congregational Care: Elder Lynn Miller - gave an alert about deacons.

Congregational Life: Elder Judy Etheridge – 39 new members joined the last 101 class.

Worship: Elder Rose Gorman (no report)

Mission Outreach: Elder Becky Bros (see attached report)

Adult Discipleship: Elder Bob Peacock – In Bob Peacock’s absence, Pastor Mike Smith reported that small groups are again forming and a “spiritual get away” is being planned.

Youth and Children: Elder Jim Crutchfield (see attached report) – Pastor Jeff opened with a word to lead us into the youth ministry discussion. Jim led us in a discussion on the need for a youth program and Youth Director. This was an open discussion with everyone stating pros and cons about a youth program in our retirement area. Funding of this position was the Finance Committee’s concern. After much talk, it was decided we should ask for God’s guidance, control of our expectations, empower the search committee and search for the right Youth Director, either full time or part time.

Administration: Elder John T. Smith (no report) Staff Reports:

Church Administrator: Dennis Heasty

  • -  Alerted Session on the medical coverage changes.

  • -  Alerted Session on possible increase for Operation Homebound meals. Finance Report: Dennis Heasty

- Dennis gave a report on the finances. Associate Pastor’s Report: Mike Smith (no report) Pastor’s Report: Jeff Hosmer (no report)

Other Business:

  • -  Those attending September 13, 2016 Presbytery meeting: Pastor Jeff Hosmer, Pastor Mike Smith, Becky Bros, Rose Gorman and Lynn Miller.

  • -  Those excused from the September Session meeting: Bob Peacock, John T. Smith, Judy Etheridge.

    Motion was made, accepted and carried to adjourn the meeting. Pastor Jeff Hosmer closed in prayer.
    Respectfully Submitted by Lynn Miller, Clerk Pro-tem

Present: Senior Pastor and Moderator, Jeff Hosmer, Associate Pastor, Mike Smith; Elders, Judy Etheridge, Rose Gorman, Charlotte Hornback, Jim Crutchfield, Lynn Miller, John T. Smith; Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty and Guest, Mike Snow.

Excused: Elders, Orv Liesman, Becky Bros

Call to Order: Stated Session meeting was convened in the Faith Room at 3:00 pm. A quorum was present.

Devotion: Rose Gorman led and offered prayer.

New Business: Lynn Miller will do August devotions. September will be decided in August.

Order of the Day:

  • Actions Items:

  1. Motion was made to approve the docket. The motion was made, accepted, and carried.

  2. Motion was made to approve the minutes from May 10 Session meeting. The motion was moved, accepted, and carried.

  3. Motion was made to approve membership changes. Motion was made, accepted, and carried.

These members joined the Church Triumphant:

  • Robert Schlosser (4/16/16) - Jan Carpenter (5/2/16)

  • Nancy Everett (5/3/16) - Lois Bening (5/14/16)

  • Lloyd Hartman (5/28/16) - Lynn Hamilton (5/30/16)

These members are no longer attending our church and should be placed on the Inactive Roll and removed from the Active Membership Roll:

  • Jan Carpenter (not Gene and Jan)

These members have requested to be transferred to another church and have been removed from the Active Membership Roll:

  • Lois Chamberlain (Countryside Presbyterian Church)

  • Suzanne Gordon (First Presbyterian Wildwood)

These members have permanently moved out of our area and should be removed from the Active Membership Roll:

  • Dick and Bonnie Baechtel

These members have been reinstated:

  • Vivian Murray

  • Greg and Vivian Szymaszek

  • Lenore Smiley

These members were on our Affiliate Member Roll and have joined the Church Triumphant:

  • Dolores Wagner

1. Motion was made to request that the Committee on Ministry of Central Florida renew the commission of Dave Stull as a Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE). The motion was made, accepted, and carried.

2. Motion was made to approve video proposal made from The Staff Leadership Team for the complete package not to exceed $5000. Mike Snow spoke about the motion. The motion was made, accepted and carried.

Clerk’s Report: (No report)

Elder Reports:

Youth and Children: Elder Jim Crutchfield (see attached report)

Congregational Care: Elder Lynn Miller (see attached report)

Congregational Life: Elder Judy Etheridge (see attached report)

Worship: Elder Rose Gorman (no report)

Mission Outreach: Elder Becky Bros (no report)

Administration: Elder John T. Smith (no report)

Adult Discipleship: Elder Bob Peacock (no report)

Ministry: Elder Charlotte Hornback (no report)

Staff Reports:

Church Administrator: Dennis Heasty

  • Volunteer reimbursement is to be submitted to person over ministry.

  • Bank resolution letter adding Ruth McKeever as an authorized signor at Citizen’s First Bank of The Villages, changing to a one signature account.

Finance Report: Dennis Heasty

  • Finances not in bad shape but need watching. Mid-year statements will be sent out and July bulletin cover will present finance situation. We need to be prudent with expenses.

Associate Pastor’s Report: Mike Smith (no report)

Pastor’s Report: Jeff Hosmer

  • Holy Week Concert is a concern for 2017 and decision whether to present it needs to made soon so plans can be made. It will be an action item for August Meeting Agenda.

  • No session meeting in July unless specifically called for actions needed.

Session Retreat follow-up:

Debrief – all attendees enjoyed and found spiritual refreshment. Response to it was encouraging and helpful in going forward. A schedule for the next retreat will be presented by the end of summer.

Discussion of Keller article: Large church presents challenging requirements.

  • We have a lot of work to do.

  • Communication, community formation and decision making takes planning and organization.

  • Ministry done by many, decisions made by few – need specialists.

  • Assimilation of new members needs to be deliberate and intentional.

  • Higher aesthetic bar needed.

  • Grows by quality of preaching and worship experience.

Next Steps in NLPC discipleship and organization:

  • Handout of Specific implications for NLPC Session, Planning, and Decision Making (see attached)

  • Handout presenting follow-up thinking about NLPC organization showing major changes since Session Retreat (see attached)

  • “Making disciples for Christ” is our core function which is being implemented in the fall new member process. This will include a core curriculum and ministry coaches to help newcomers find their place to serve.

  • Our next meeting will focus on the NLPC leadership organization and Pastor Jeff would appreciate feedback on the organization handout.

  • A new norm is being established for all campaigns, special collections, fundraisers, etc. to be approved through the Staff Leadership Team.

Motion was made, accepted and carried to adjourn at 5 pm.

Pastor Jeff Hosmer closed in prayer.

Respectfully Submitted by
Charlotte Hornback, Clerk Pro-tem

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North Lake Presbyterian Church
Session Meeting Minutes
May 10, 2016 12:45 P.M.
Grace Room

Present: Senior Pastor and Moderator Jeff Hosmer; Associate Pastor, Mike Smith; Elders, Judy Etheridge, Jim Crutchfield, John T. Smith, Rose Gorman, Lynn Miller, Bob Peacock, Charlotte Hornback, Becky Bros; Clerk of Session, Orv Liesman; Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty.

Pastor Hosmer opened with Prayer.

The meeting was called to order.

Purpose of the meeting:

To approve last month’s session minutes and approve a position description for Director of Congregational Care.

  • Motion: A motion was made to accept Janice Braden as the acting pro-tem clerk. The motion was made, seconded and passed.

  • Motion: A motion was made, seconded and passed to approve the minutes from the Session meeting on April 19,2016 with a few minor changes under the Worship Elder report.

  • Motion: A motion was made to accept the position description for Director of Congregational Care. The motion was made, seconded and passed.

  • Motion: A motion was made to approve Lynn Miller as the Director of Congregational Care. The motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously.

Motion to adjourn was made, seconded and passed.

Respectfully Submitted,
Janice Braden, Pro- tem Clerk

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North Lake Presbyterian Church
Stated Session Meeting Minutes
April 19, 2016 3:00 P.M.

Present: Elders Lynn Miller, Jim Crutchfield, Bob Peacock, Becky Bros, Judy Etheridge, Rose Gorman, John T. Smith, Charlotte Hornback; Clerk of Session, Orv Liesman; Moderator, Jeff Hosmer; Associate Pastor, Mike Smith; Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty.

Call to Order: 
Stated session meeting was convened in the Peace Room at 3:00 pm. A quorum was present. Moderator Jeff Hosmer opened with prayer. Elder Charlotte Hornback led devotions.

Action Items: 
Motion was made to approve the minutes from March 15, 2016 stated session minutes. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

Motion was made that any overage above $1000.00 in the flower fund will go to the seminary scholarship fund. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

Changes to the membership list were discussed. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

These members joined the Church Triumphant:

  • Don Allen (11/15/15) 
  • Ray Foster (1/28/16)
  • Curt Mellon (2/25/16)
  • Jean Temple (2/27/16)
  • Jean Lee (3/12/16)
  • Ted Lowry (3/14/16)
  • Jerry Hanson (3/29/16)
  • Mary Baron (3/29/16)

These members are no longer attending our church and should be placed on the Inactive Roll and removed from the Active Membership Roll:

  • Greg and Diana Szymasek
  • Chris Mullen
  • Dena Goldberg
  • Bernard Ernharth
  • Fred and Verna Doerscheln
  • Steve Nash
  • Maureen Battaglia
  • Nancy Karlson

These members have requested to be transferred to another church and have been removed from the Active Membership Roll:

  • Hank and Stacy Giedzinski (Silver Springs Shores Presbyterian Church, Ocala)
  • Linda Maddy (1st Presbyterian Church Eustis) 

These members have permanently moved out of our area and should be removed from the Active Membership Roll:

  • Lois Brownell
  • Christina Ward
  • John A. and Mary Lou Smith
  • Susan Hill

These members have been reinstated:

  • Gerald and Marsha Bone
  • Jan Harman
  • Richard Wood

These members were on our Affiliate Member roll and have joined the Church Triumphant:

  • Alfred Meneely (2/17/16)

These members were on our Affiliate Member roll and have asked to be moved to the Active Member Roll:

  • John and Doris Glazier

Clerk’s Report: Elder Orv Liesman (no report)

Staff Reports:

Church Administrator Report: Dennis Heasty (no report)

Finance Report: Dennis Heasty
The budget is in good condition.

Associate Pastor’s Report: Pastor Mike Smith
Small groups are beginning to form.

Pastor’s Report: Pastor Jeff Hosmer
A new position for Director of Congregational Care was proposed. We will discuss this at our next meeting. (see attached) The logistics for the NLPC Session retreat were discussed. Jeff will advise the date, time and location. Keep our time together for the retreat in prayer.

Ministry Areas

Youth and Children: Elder Jim Crutchfield (see attached report)

Congregational Care: Elder Lynn Miller (see attached report)

Worship: Elder Rose Gorman
The 8:15 a.m. service communion preparation is now being headed up by Maggie Cooper. The flower fund has $7,098.60 in it. It is too much money and not needed for this fund.

Congregational Life: Elder Judy Etheridge (see attached report)

Mission Outreach: Elder Becky Bros
The Mission Team has finished placing missions in categories but are still working on information about several of the missions, primarily Haiti and Martin Luther King. Discussed a trip to Love a Child. $1200.00 was raised for the kids from FAB Tuesday. Talked about the status on Cuba. Talked about the status on the trip to Africa. It has been canceled for now. Rob Weingartner will be the guest speaker on May.

Administration: Elder John T. Smith (no report)

Adult Discipleship: Elder Bob Peacock 201, 301 and 401 classes begin next week.

Ministry: Elder Charlotte Hornback (no report)

Motion was made, seconded and passed to adjourn.

Pastor Mike Smith closed the meeting in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Orv Liesman Clerk of Session

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North Lake Presbyterian Church
Stated Session Meeting Minutes
March 15, 2016 3:00 P.M.

Present: Elders Lynn Miller, Jim Crutchfield, Bob Peacock, Becky Bros, Judy Etheridge, Rose Gorman, John T. Smith; Clerk of Session, Orv Liesman; Moderator, Jeff Hosmer; Associate Pastor, Mike Smith; Church Administrator, Tom Ledoux.

Call to Order: Stated session meeting was convened in the Peace Room at 3:00 pm. A quorum was present. Moderator Jeff Hosmer opened with prayer.

Tom Ledoux gave his farewell address and received a heartfelt ovation.

Order of the Day:

  • Action Items:

  1. Motion was made to approve the minutes from February 16, 2016 stated session minutes. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

  2. Changes to the membership list was discussed. (see attached) The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

  3. Changes to the seminary scholarship policy were approved as amended.

  4. A motion was made to accept the Childcare Protection Policy. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

  5. A motion was made to accept the Communications Intern position for this summer. The motion was moved, accepted and passed. (see attached)

Clerk’s Report:

  • Jeff reported on the Presbytery meeting.

  • There was a correspondence letter regarding sermon references.

Staff Reports:

Church Administrator Report: Tom Ledoux

  • A document on “How to Communicate Your Event, Class, Activity or Fundraiser” was condensed and is attached to the minutes.

Finance Report: Dennis Heasty

  • The Financial Report is attached to the minutes.

  • No Associate Pastor’s Report

Pastor’s Report: Pastor Jeff Hosmer

  • Carol Ellsworth and Janice Braden are amending the bulletin to a new format.

  • Jeff went over the VOSTE Chart: “Where do we grow as a Session?” (see attached)

  • Jeff discussed the role of elders.

Administration: Elder John T. Smith

  • The Personnel Committee has been rearranged. Bob Wacker was invited to become a member of the committee and has agreed.

Youth and Children: Elder Jim Crutchfield

  • With the departure of Keenan Crowley, Pastor Mike Smith has the responsibility for the High School youth. They are meeting at his house at 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Elder Jim Crutchfield has responsibility for Jr. High youth. They meet in the Youth Room on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mike and Rae Manning, Shawn Knight and Cyndi Crutchfield are assisting in this ministry.

  • An overnight beach retreat at Indialantic, FL, sponsored by Central Florida Presbytery will be held April 8th and 9th for both Jr. and Sr. High groups.

  • Jim is discussing with Cheryl Carson at Presbytery the possibilities of Presbytery holding a summer mission/retreat at one of several sights: (Tampa; Southwind in Ocklawaha, or at Montreat on July 20-24, or at Maryville College, TN. Deadline for scholarship applications from Presbytery is April 1.

  • Discipleship class have had some lively discussions on various topics.

  • Session should note that the youth are receiving teaching in the absence of the Youth Director.

  • We had focus groups for the youth parents. Pastors Jeff and Mike and Elder Jim have received several ideas from parents regarding their vision for North Lake programs for their kids.

  • LOGOS update: Susan Burton has fully staffed the nursery and continues to keep LOGOS and Children’s Sunday School on a very successful track. Pastor Mike and Susan and Jim are making plans for mid-week programs in the Fall.

  • The Dutch Door project between the nursery and classroom LOVE is dragging and still being worked on.

  • Indiana Wesleyan University concert attendance was disappointing. Jim asked that any net receipts be placed in the Seminary Scholarship Fund.

  • Jim and Cyndi Crutchfield have resigned as managers of Professional Christian Artists Series.

  • Barbara Stickler and Laurie Whitaker have indicated an interest in succeeding The Crutchfield’s if the program is continued.

Congregational Care: Elder Lynn Miller

  • Healing Ministry – Four healing members attended the Healing Conference. They will present a report to the Healing Team. A special request for hands on prayer was received at the March 9th meeting. The Team will update their prayer list schedule at the next meeting.

  • Stephen Ministry – Lori, a trained Stephen leader, has been added to our Team, bringing our leaders to 3 and our active members to 16. 3 Stephen Ministers are waiting for a care receiver. Our April 30, 2016, we will host Stephen Ministry Teams from 5 area congregations at a retreat. Other area churches have received invitations. Dr. Bob Hazlett and Mike Slater, from Presbytery, will be speakers. Annual training sessions will be held between 9/10/16 and 10/22/16.

  • Grief books distribution process is being re-evaluated.

  • Lynn Miller, Jana England and Becky Bros act as scribes for Pastor Jeff and take notes after each service, typing them and giving them to Jeff on Monday.

  • Crisis Care – (A pilot program) This is a new ministry for North Lake (not PCUSA). A team of volunteers will assist people in distress. Services rendered depend on each person’s needs.

Worship: Elder Rose Gorman

  • 150 lilies have been ordered from Lowes. The cost is $5.50 each plus $20.00 shipping.

  • Beverly Koubek will be head of communion preparation as of 4/6/16 for the 8:15 a.m. service.

  • Rose talked with Susan Burton about having acolytes at the 11:15 service. This idea was tabled.

Congregational Life: Elder Judy Etheridge

  • The format has changed for the Welcome Center easel. Clip boards have been provided to more easily complete needed forms and will make a more thorough completion of needed information to be attained. Our objective is to clean up the desk at the Welcome Center area and the 1st time Guest area.

  • PW Tea and Fashion Show will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016.

  • A couples golf outing is progressing well. Glenn Dennison, the organizer, has encouraged winners to donate winnings to a mission of the church. Past event winners have all donated to SOZO Kids.

Mission Outreach: Elder Becky Bros

  • The Mission Team is pruning the missions roster to meet church guidelines.

  • A Team will be organized to work on solely building a partnership with the Cuba Mission.

  • Undie Sunday was successful. The Team will meet at the end of the month to evaluate this ministry.

  • The Playground for SOZO Kids went great. Mulch will be applied at the end of the month.

  • Backpack Drive has begun. We are hoping to collect $14,000.00 in March only.

  • In May, we would like to hold a mission trip offering. Until now, Mission trip expenses have not been paid, except gas for Mountain TOP and dinner and hotel expenses in Cuba and Haiti. Presbytery contributed some to the Cuba trip.

  • Nothing is planned for April.

  • In June, we will work on expenses for the Africa mission trip and possibly backpacks.

  • In July, we will evaluate SOZO’s needs.

  • August, backpacks will be delivered to the schools.

Adult Discipleship: Elder Bob Peacock (no report)

Motion was made, seconded and passed to adjourn. ??????????? closed the meeting in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Orv Liesman, Clerk of Session

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North Lake Presbyterian Church
Stated Session Meeting Minutes
February 16, 2016 3:00 P.M.

Present: Elders Lynn Miller, Jim Crutchfield, Bob Peacock, Charlotte Hornback, Becky Bros, Judy Etheridge, Rose Gorman; Clerk of Session, Orv Liesman; Moderator, Jeff Hosmer; Associate Pastor, Mike Smith; Church Administrator, Tom Ledoux.

Call to Order: Stated session meeting was convened in the Peace Room at 3:00 pm. A quorum was present. Moderator Jeff Hosmer opened with prayer. Pastor Jeff Hosmer led devotions on our power as Christians, using 2 Timothy 1:6-10 as text.

Pastor Hosmer led a discussion on “The Case for Discipleship” at North Lake Presbyterian Church. (see attached)

Order of the Day:

  • Action Items:

  1. Motion was made to approve the minutes from January 19, 2016 stated session minutes. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

  2. Motion was made to approve the minutes from Special Meeting for New Members from January 24, 2016. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

  3. Motion was made to approve the Congregational Meeting minutes from February 2, 2016. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

  4. Motion was made to elect church officers for 2016. They are: President – Orv Liesman, Vice President – Bob Peacock, Secretary – Lynn Miller, Treasurer – John T. Smith. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

  5. Motion was made to approve the endorsement of Pastor Mike Smith’s application for continuing his education toward a Doctor of Ministry degree. The motion was moved, accepted and passed. (see attached)

  6. Motion was also made to approve Mike Smith’s eligibility to receive funds from the Seminary Scholarship Fund. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

  7. Motion was made to approve the partnership agreement with Cuban Church, Presbyterian Reformed Prince of Peace Church of Central Cuban Presbytery. The motion was moved, accepted and passed. (see attached)

  8. Motion was made to approve the communication policy. The motion was moved, accepted and passed.

  9. The motion was moved, accepted and passed to approve the following changes to membership rolls:

These members joined the Church Triumphant:

  • George (Toby) Runyon (1/15/16)

  • Tom Catchpole (2/9/16)

  • Dick Harman (2/10/16)

These members are no longer attending our church and should be placed on the Inactive Roll and removed from the Active Membership Roll:

  • Mike and Carolee Litwinka

  • These members have permanently moved out of our area and should be removed from Active Membership Roll

  • Keith Gower

These members have been reinstated:

  • Steve and Joan Leader

  • Paul Rothganger

  • Dick Harman (reinstated and removed above due to death)

Clerk’s Report:

  • We received thank you notes from staff for year-end gifts.

  • Next Presbytery meeting will be Saturday, March 5th at 9:30 a.m. in Ormond Beach.

Staff Report:

Church Administrator Report: Tom Ledoux

  • Working on Childcare Protection Policy and review procedures

  • Discussed Leadership Teams and structural ideas

  • Working on purging the membership rolls

  • Personnel changes:

    • Laura Williams, Nursery Director, and Angel Herman, Nursery Assistant, resigned. We still have four active assistants.

    • Short term – Pastor Mike Smith will be responsible for Senior High students and Jim Crutchfield will be responsible for Middle School students.

    • Pastor Jeff Hosmer, Pastor Mike Smith and Elder Jim Crutchfield will work on a long term solution for staffing the Youth Ministry.

Finance Report: Dennis Heasty

  • Ruth McKeever is the new Financial Assistant. She starts part time February 22 and begins full time March 21st.

  • No Associate Pastor’s Report

  • No Pastor’s Report

Worship: Elder Rose Gorman

  • 150 lilies have been ordered from Lowes. They will be delivered March 26. Donations for lilies are $10.00 each.

  • Working to find a replacement for Gail Marineau as 8:15 service head of communion preparation.

  • Working to solve slowness of serving communion at the 8:15 a.m. service.

  • Charles Evans is working on the slowness problem at the 11:15 a.m. service.

  • Barbara Stickler suggested making a video clips for announcements.

Congregational Life: Elder Judy Etheridge

  • 65 new members joined from the last 101 class.

  • 190 people signed up for the Presbyterian Women Retreat.

  • John Siczka assumed leadership of the communication cards.

  • We have received 352 membership forms back. The on-line website church directory is off to a good start.

Congregational Care: Elder Lynn Miller

  • Healing Team will host a healing service February 22.

  • Stephen Ministry how has a female ministry available. There will be a multi church retreat April 30 at Warren Willis Camp. Our team will be the lead team.

  • Congregational Care is looking for many ways to expand our caring.

Mission Outreach: Elder Becky Bros

  • Mission Calendar:

    • February – 1st Sunday, Food Pantry donations

    • February – 1st Thursday, Feed the School kids

    • February - Last 2 Sundays – Undie Sundays

    • March – 1st Tuesday – FAB Tuesday dinner with Cuban Church Mission Team and a Cuban representative. Coloring books and an additional $2,000.00 will be presented to them along with a dvd that was made by Tom Burton. (We have already given $4,000.00)

    • March 12th – building a playground at Mentoring Center

    • May – Medical donations will be taken to send to Africa.

    • June – Backpack drive

  • Becky asked how many elder have taken the 401 class.

  • Becky discussed the African Mission

Adult Discipleship: Elder Bob Peacock

  • Total members in Basic Presbyterian/Christian Belief classes is 102.

Nominating Committee/Ministry: Elder Charlotte Hornback (No report)

Youth and Children: Elder Jim Crutchfield (no report)

Motion was made, seconded and passed to adjourn. Pastor Mike Smith closed the meeting in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Orv Liesman, Clerk of Session

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North Lake Presbyterian Church
Annual Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 6:00 P.M.
Fellowship Hall

Call to Order: Pastor Jeff Hosmer called the meeting to order.

Pastor Mike Smith gave opening prayer.

Motion was made, seconded and approved to appoint Elder Charlotte Hornback as Clerk Pro-tem.

Clerk Pro-tem Charlotte Hornback proclaimed a quorum was present.

Elder Charlotte Hornback gave report of Nominating Committee.

  1. Elders nominated to Session Class of 2019:

*Becky Bros as Mission Elder

*Lynn Miller as Congregational Care Elder

*John T. Smith as Administration Elder

There were no nominations from the floor.

Motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to elect the elders presented by the committee.

  1. Election of 2016 Nominating Committee:

*Susan Kirkpatrick representing the congregation

There were no nominations from the floor.

Motion made, seconded and passed unanimously to accept Susan Kirkpatrick for the 2016 Nominating Committee.

Dennis Heasty presented:

  1. Review of 2015 Financial Report

  2. 2016 Annual Budget

Elder Judy Etheridge moderated the discussion to approve the change in terms of call for Pastor Jeff Hosmer and Mike Smith. Pastor Jeff Hosmer’s to be $108,675 (5%) and Pastor Mike Smith’s to be $76,272 (6%).

Motion was made by Dennis Heasty with approval of Session, seconded and unanimously approved.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved unanimously.

Pastor Jeff Hosmer closed with prayer.

Respectfully Submitted by
Charlotte Hornback, Clerk Pro-tem

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North Lake Presbyterian Church
Annual Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 6:00 P.M.

Fellowship Hall

Call to Order: Pastor Jeff Hosmer called the meeting to order.

Pastor Mike Smith gave opening prayer.

Motion was made, seconded and approved to appoint Elder Charlotte Hornback as Clerk Pro-tem.

Clerk Pro-tem Charlotte Hornback proclaimed a quorum was present.

Elder Charlotte Hornback gave report of Nominating Committee.

  1. Elders nominated to Session Class of 2019:

*Becky Bros as Mission Elder

*Lynn Miller as Congregational Care Elder

*John T. Smith as Administration Elder

There were no nominations from the floor.

Motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved to elect the elders presented by the committee.

  1. Election of 2016 Nominating Committee:

*Susan Kirkpatrick representing the congregation

There were no nominations from the floor.

Motion made, seconded and passed unanimously to accept Susan Kirkpatrick for the 2016 Nominating Committee.

Dennis Heasty presented:

  1. Review of 2015 Financial Report

  2. 2016 Annual Budget

Elder Judy Etheridge moderated the discussion to approve the change in terms of call for Pastor Jeff Hosmer and Mike Smith. Pastor Jeff Hosmer’s to be $108,675 (5%) and Pastor Mike Smith’s to be $76,272 (6%).

Motion was made by Dennis Heasty with approval of Session, seconded and unanimously approved.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and approved unanimously.

Pastor Jeff Hosmer closed with prayer.

Respectfully Submitted by
Charlotte Hornback, Clerk Pro-tem

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North Lake Presbyterian Church
Stated Session Meeting Minutes
January 19, 2016 3:00 P.M.

Present: Elders Lynn Miller, Jim Crutchfield, Bob Peacock, John T. Smith, Charlotte Hornback, Becky Bros, Judy Etheridge, Rose Gorman; Clerk of Session, Orv Liesman; Moderator, Jeff Hosmer; Associate Pastor, Mike Smith; Church Administrator, Tom Ledoux.

Call to Order: Stated session meeting was convened in the Peace Room at 3:00 pm. A quorum was present. Moderator Jeff Hosmer opened with prayer. Pastor Jeff Hosmer led devotions. He challenged the elders from Matthew 17:19-20.

Order of the Day:

  • Action Items – Presented by Tom Ledoux:

  1. Motion made to accept a funeral policy. The motion was moved, accepted, seconded and passed.

  2. Motion was made to accept the 2015 year end financials. The motion was moved, accepted, seconded and passed.

  3. Motion was made to give year end gifts to staff. The motion was moved, accepted, seconded and passed.

  4. Motion was made to accept the 2016 budget and staff compensation. The motion was moved, accepted, seconded and passed.

  5. Motion was made to accept the housing allowance and compensation for the senior and associate pastor. The motion was moved, accepted, seconded and passed.

  6. Motion was made to approve Dennis Heasty as Church Administrator effective April 1, 2016 at an annual salary of $50,000. The motion was moved, accepted, seconded and passed.

  7. Motion was made to accept changes in the church administrator job description. The motion was moved, accepted, seconded and passed.

  8. Motion was made to accept changes in the organizational chart. The motion was moved, accepted, seconded and passed.

  9. Motion was made to hire someone for the financial assistant/data processing position. The motion was moved, accepted, seconded and passed.

  10. Motion was made to accept Bill Johnston to the finance committee. The motion was moved, accepted, seconded and passed.

  11. Motion was made to have Sandra Willetts, Mike Snow and Pastor Jeff Hosmer make an announcement to the congregation that the Easter concert will be canceled. The motion was moved, accepted, seconded and passed.

  12. Motion was made to approve Alma O’Banion’s church membership. The motion was moved, accepted, seconded and passed.

  13. Motion was made to approve baptisms for Byrklee Freitag on February 14thand also Anthony Wilson on February 21st. The motion was moved, accepted, seconded and passed.

  14. Motion was made to accept the minutes of the December stated session meeting. They were approved as submitted and accepted by common consent.

  15. Motion made and seconded to approve the following changes to membership rolls:

These members joined the Church Triumphant:

  • Bob Whitaker (12/21/15)

  • Sam Mason (12/23/15)

  • Ken Phelps (12/24/15)

  • Jerry Van Norman (12/25/15)

  • These members were on our Affiliate Member roll and have joined the Church Triumphant: Ellen Klug

  • No Associate Pastor’s Report

  • Pastor’s Report by Jeff Hosmer:

  • Denny Dennison is now living at Buffalo Crossings. He is doing much better.

Ministry Areas

Fellowship: Elder Judy Etheridge

  • PW Retreat will be held in the Fellowship Hall on February 25th. The cost is $15.00.

  • The PW Tea is scheduled in April.

  • The 101 class will be Sunday, January 24th. The expected attendance is 55 people.

  • Welcome Center and Sunday Café schedules will be out soon. There was a good response to the plea from the bulletin.

  • Pictorial Church Directory will be handled by the church website. This will make the knowledge of possible volunteers easier because of flexibility in changing information.

  • The exercise classes on Thursdays are going well. Interval training is at 8:30 a.m. and yoga is at 2:00 p.m.

  • Mixed Golf Scramble, Glenn and Laurie Dennison are coordinators. Glenn is heading up the Men’s Golf group.

  • Pastors have been calling visitors and have had positive feedback.

Congregational Care: Elder Lynn Miller

  • Healing Ministry submits a weekly report. They stress prayer requests have priority over an agenda. Weekly prayers offered are healing prayer, cursing cancer, uplifting and angelic protection as their closing prayer.

  • Stephen Ministry will have a guest speaker, Amy C. from the Tri-County Caregiver Resource Center, at their January 26th regular meeting.

  • We are researching following through in the area of the Congregational Care Ministry. We will report our findings when we feel properly prepared.

Adult Discipleship: Elder Bob Peacock

  • Updated status of classes.

Mission Outreach: Elder Becky Bros

  • Wycliffe is coming to North Lake on January 26th. The response has been slow despite a great publicity effort.

  • STOP HUNGER will be on January 30th. There has been a good response to packing. They have received $5,500 from other churches. We are waiting on a report from Dennis regarding North Lake.

  • February will be Undie Sunday collection.

  • March we will begin Back Pack collection.

  • SOZO playground has been ordered. Gene Blomquist finished Maggie’s house and other jobs.

  • Cuba update – March FAB, Mercedes will be here. The Kennedy’s will host her. She will plan to be in church on February 28th and also at FAB. Mercedes will be part of the program.

  • We will start working on our next trip and will be taking Spanish classes.

  • The first partnership agreement will be presented to the next session for approval.

  • Pastor Marlin from the First Church will be visiting next month.

Administration: Elder John T. Smith (No report)

Nominating Committee/Ministry: Elder Charlotte Hornback

  • We met January 5th. We discussed filling the position vacated by John Bros.

  • Carol Potter, Janet Kobar, Barbara Stickler and Sue Kirkpatrick were nominated.

  • The committee decided to invite Sue Kirkpatrick and the invitation was accepted to join the Nominating Committee.

  • The committee will announce the nomination at the Congregational Meeting in February.

Worship: Elder Rose Gorman (no report)

Youth and Children: Elder Jim Crutchfield

  • LOGOS:

  • LOGOS has greatly improved by the new schedule.

  • The children eat with table parents.

  • Bible studies are split and tailored for K-2 and 3-5th grade.

  • Dancercize is a new activity.

  • Puppets are limited to 5th graders only.

  • Basketball, soccer, arts and crafts are other choices.

  • Registration is still at 60+.

  • Leadership stressing fruits of the spirit behavior with some success.

  • Raising hands for quiet being replaced by rhythm clap/echo.

  • Hats off to Susan Burton for her leadership.

  • Other items:

  • Pastor Mike and Jim Crutchfield are working with Pastor Jeff and the Personnel Committee on Keenan’s results from his 6 month evaluation.

  • Mike Smith, Susan Burton and Jim Crutchfield are working on the nursery personnel issue.

  • They are working to recruit new adults with some success.

  • The Dutch door issue needs to be fast tracked.

  • Corporate items:

  • NLPC has been inundated with secular concerts.

  • We need 30+ host families for Indiana University’s concert March 11th.

  • Lack of access to platform on Sundays is costing attendance at functions. Do we continue?

  • Proposed draft of NLPC emergency plan – we need simple instructions for everyone in emergency situations.

Motion was made, seconded and passed to adjourn. The meeting was closed in prayer.

Respectfully submitted,
Orv Liesman, Clerk of Session

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Stated Session Meeting Minutes
November 17, 2015 3:00 P. M.

Present:
Elders John T. Smith, Lynn Miller, Jim Crutchfield, Judy Etheridge, Rose Gorman, Charlotte Hornback; Orv Liesman, Clerk of Session; Moderator, Jeff Hosmer; Church Administrator, Tom Ledoux.

Call to Order
Stated session meeting was convened in the Peace Room at 3:00 p.m. A quorum was present. Moderator Jeff Hosmer opened with prayer and led the recitation of the Elder Covenant. Elder Judy Etheridge led devotions.

Order of the Day:

Church Administrator’s Report by Tom Ledoux:

  • Susan Burton is the new Children’s Director
  • Chris Endsley has begun as the new organist
  • A motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously that the Annual Meeting will be on February 2, 2016.
  • Renting 2 vans through December to attempt to meet transportation needs of LOGOS.

  • Discussed future financial status of Operation Homebound (see attached article)

  • Associate Pastor’s Report by Mike Smith- (no report as he was on a mission trip to Cuba)

  • Pastor’s Report by Jeff Hosmer:

    • Discussed changes to church rolls. Approved all changes by common consent.

    • Reminded elders of December 1st Presbytery meeting. Five elders are planning to attend.

    • Discussed need for improvement in pastoral care reporting system.

    • Dan Baumann’s health is improving but not yet ready to do 3 services. Dan is going to preach at another church to determine if he is strong enough. He will not preach at North Lake until he is strong enough.

    • Discussed Presbytery Per Capita expenditure (see attachments). This will be re-visited at the December stated Session meeting.

  • Financial Report by Tom Ledoux for Dennis Heasty:

    • Financial picture good. Approaching our 10-10-10 goal.

Minutes, Correspondence, and Announcements:

Minutes of Stated Session Meeting of October 20, 2015 approved as submitted and accepted by common consent.

Notes to Clerk of Session for October 20, 2015 was accepted by common consent.

* These members joined the Church Triumphant:

  • Sidney Vaughn (10/21/15)

  • Jim McQueston (10/29/15)

* These members requested to be transferred to another church and have been removed from the Active Membership Roll:

  • Jack and Deborah Filkins (New Covenant United Methodist Church)

  • Joan Toole (New Covenant United Methodist Church)

* These members are no longer attending our church and should be placed on the Inactive Roll and removed from the Active Membership Roll:

  • Lenore Smiley

  • John Rogerson

Ministry Areas

Administration: Elder John T. Smith (no report)

Adult Discipleship: Elder Bob Peacock (no report)

Fellowship: Elder Judy Etheridge

  • Presbyterian Women donated goodies for the youth bake sale / pancake breakfast and the profit of $402 was donated to the youth.

Worship: Elder Rose Gorman (no report)

Ministry: Elder Charlotte Hornback (no report)

Pastoral Care: Elder Lynn Miller