November 19, 2013, 3:00 P.M.

North Lake Presbyterian Church
Stated Session Meeting Minutes

November 19, 2013 3:00 P.M.

Present: Senior Pastor and Moderator Denny Dennison; Elders, Judy Etheridge, Donna Gibbons, Jack Kiley, Lynn Miller, Jim Crutchfield, Bill Monie, John Smith, Betty Lint, Clerk of Session and Tom Ledoux, Church Administrator. 

Order: Stated session meeting was held in Senior Pastor Dennison’s office. A quorum was present. The meeting was called to order. Lynn Miller opened with Prayer.

Devotion: The Elder Covenant was recited by the group.
Devotion – Lynn Miller (God’s Word)          

Order of the Day: 

  • Church Administrator’s Report by Tom Ledoux:
  • Website content has been changed. Working on appearance and theme. 
  • Developing new policies that will be sent to elders during the next month.

Motion: A motion was made to authorize the Church Administrator to enter into a contract for the purchase of an audio system  for the Fellowship Hall at a price of $60,000,  seconded and passed unanimously. 

Minutes, Correspondence, and Announcements:
Motion: A motion was made to approve the minutes of the October 15, 2013 Stated Session meeting, seconded and passed unanimously.

Motion: A motion was made to approve membership changes as of November 2013, seconded and passed unanimously.

  • Notes to Clerk of Session for November, 2013 accepted by common consent.
  • Joined another church and request that their names be removed from our church roll:

Charlotte O’Connor – transferred to Fairway Christian Church
Joyce Davidson – transferred to Fairway Christian Church

  • Treasurer’s Report and Financial Report by Bob Cook:
  • We made it through September and October by borrowing money from ourselves. 
  • We have controlled expenses well and will be in a better position by 2014.  
  • The annual budget will be presented to session in the January meeting.   

Pastor’s Report- Senior Pastor Denny Dennison

  • SOCS Report (information)
  • Reviewed Pastor Denny’s Evaluation with his feedback.
  • We will discuss his personal goals at the next session meeting.
  • Discussed but did not decide on a session retreat date.
  • The date for the Annual Congregational Meeting will be Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:00 accepted by common consent.  

Ministry Areas
Worship: Elder Tom Ledoux

  • Continue to recruit head ushers, but still need someone for January.
  • Spent time with various members, elders, and Lisa discussing the on-going concerns of the changes in the music program.
  • Working with Lisa to find candidates for the organist position.  

Ministry: Elder Donna Gibbons – no report

Pastoral Care: Elder Lynn Miller

  • The parish nurse hosted a Health Fair November 9th with guest speakers that spoke on Autoimmune System, The Cause and The Cure and also Pain and Inflammation Matters. 
  • The Extended Table continues to serve our shut in community serving 430 people to date. 
  • The Healing Team will host our “Service of Remembrance“ on December 12th at 2:00  PM.
  • Stephen Ministry will have Bob Hazlett joining the leaders team after completing the Leaders Training Course.
  • There has been no response to our request for a Transportation Ministry.

Mission Outreach: Elder Jack Kiley

  • David Houck will speak on Sunday, November 17th. 
  • The Food Pantry has served 399 families with help from the Boy Scouts and the new Sweetbay  store.
  • Information was given about The  Big Oak Ranch that supports and benefits many youth . It is a very worthwhile organization to support financially.     

Youth and Children Discipleship: Elder Jim Crutchfield

  • Children are now in the same building as parents during Sunday School.
  • Considering the Shelby program to be instituted as  a tracking system for The Sunday School  youth.
  • The Contemporary service is growing with more “tweens” and teens.
  • On December 1st the teens and parents will be going out to the neighborhood giving out magnets that promote Christmas night at NLPC.
  • The Belize mission trip has been cancelled because of a safety concern.  

Fellowship: Elder Judy Etheridge

  • Appreciation dinners were held for the Handyman ministry, and all the ministries under Congregational Life. This Thursday a luncheon will be held for all current Shepherds of NLPC.  
  • The Retirement dinner for David Flanigan will be held immediately after the FAB Wednesday dinner December 18th. Joe Hand will then lead the first Annual Christmas Carol Sing Fest.
  • It has been suggested by several members that guests attending music and activities be welcomed by staff or an elder. 
  • The 101 class was held November 10th and 33 new members were welcomed to NLPC. 
  • Our congregation deserves many accolades for all the participation in our ministries and activities. They deserve a special Sunday event and a mention from the pulpit.
  • It was accepted by common consent that the Presbyterian Women will  serve communion at their  retreat on March 15th. 

. Discipleship: Elder Bill Monie

  • Still looking for a leader for the Encouragers Sunday School Class.
  • Discussed the possibility of having pledge cards with the Finance Committee.
  • Two small group studies that are starting up are Alpha and possibly a Sermon Series.
  • Looking for someone to organize the media center.

 Administration: Elder John T. Smith – no report

Old Business: 

New Business: Next session meeting is December 17th. 

Closing:   Motion- A Motion was made, seconded, and passed unanimously to close the meeting. Pastor Denny closed in prayer.

Respectfully Submitted,
Betty Lint, Clerk Of Session









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