March 18, 2014, 3:00 P.M.

Present: Senior Pastor and Moderator Denny Dennison; Elders, Donna Gibbons, JackKiley, Lynn Miller, John Smith, Jim Crutchfield, Rose Gorman, Orv Liesman, Clerk of Session and Tom Ledoux, Church Administrator.

Order: Stated session meeting was convened in the Peace Room. A quorum was present. The meeting was called to order. Pastor Dennison opened with Prayer.

Devotion: The Elder Covenant was recited by the group.
Elder Lynn Miller gave the devotion.         

Order of the Day:

Church Administrator’s Report by Tom Ledoux:

  • Joe Hand’s official departure is March 31, 2014. A retirement party will be Wednesday, March 26, 2014 after the FAB dinner.
  • Search for a new Contemporary Worship Leader is ongoing. 
  • Dave Sanders will transition as the Interim Praise Band Leader. Tom will meet with the band. 
  • Review Ministry content on the website.
  • Staff pay increases were implemented.
  • Developing orientation schedules for Mike Smith.
  • Motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously to approve policy documents. 

Minutes, Correspondence, and Announcements:

Motion: A motion to approve the minutes of the February 18, 2014 Stated Session Meeting was made, seconded and passed unanimously. 

Motion: A motion to approve membership changes as of March 18, 2014, was made, seconded and passed unanimously.

Notes to Clerk of Session for February, 2014 accepted by common consent.

  • Joined the Church Triumphant:

Jean Schuetz (2/18/14)

Bill Todd (2/22/14)

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

John and Susan Pierce

June Steinbock

Steven and Sheryl Lesiak

Donna Wells

Treasurer’s Report and Financial Report by Bob Cook:

  • Staff gifts were paid in March.
  • 2014 is off to a good start.
  • Reports were approved.

Pastor’s Report: Senior Pastor Denny Dennison

  • SOCS Report (information)
  • Discussed “Presbyterian Elder”. All Elders participated.

Ministry Areas

Worship: Elder Rose Gorman

  • Needs ushers and leaders especially for the early service.
  • Received permission to speak to this need at the early service.      

Ministry: Elder Donna Gibbons – no report

Pastoral Care: Elder Lynn Miller

  • The parish nurse is continuing blood pressure screening the third Sunday of each month.
  • The Transportation Ministry are still getting some requests for travel to doctor appointments, etc. She thinks the staff should know that we get a tremendous amount of requests for travel to church services.
  • The Healing Team held a Healing Service on March 9th. I understand we had a record number of persons seeking prayer.  As an elder, I feel we need to make sure that live music is made available to them.
  • Extended Table Ministry served communion to 52 people this month. If this keeps up, they will need a larger team.
  • Stephen Ministry is trying to get the word out about what they do and how they can help.  Stephen Ministry leaders are working on starting a new training class in September.

Mission Outreach: Elder Jack Kiley

  • Discussed Ocala Forest Mission and Big Oak Ranch Mission. 

Youth and Children Discipleship: Elder Jim Crutchfield

  • Teacher Appreciation night is Wednesday, March 19th. 
  • Youth4Hire Program.

Fellowship: Elder Judy Etheridge

  • Plans for Joe Hand’s Retirement Party are underway.
  • The Shepherds of North Lake have reached a difficult stage.  They are having an impossible time of getting new leaders and getting people to attend gatherings.  People want to come but have busy calendars. 
  • The 101 class met this past Sunday, the 16th; 15 attended and 14 joined.  
  • The PW sponsored their yearly retreat and it was tremendous. 
  • The next major event for the PW is their mission fundraiser -  The Spring Tea on April 11th.  The tickets are almost sold out.  
  • The Decorating Team has hung crosses on either side of the large cross in the Fellowship Hall. 
  • The FAB dinner team has decided to have only one dinner a month during this summer. 

Administration: Elder John T. Smith – no report

Discipleship: Elder Bill Monie – no report

Old Business:

New Business:

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

Respectfully Submitted,
Orv Liesman, Clerk Of Session