July 15, 2014, 3:00 P.M.

Present: Senior Pastor and Moderator Denny Dennison; Elders, Jim Crutchfield, Judy Etheridge, Donna Gibbons, Lynn Miller, John T. Smith; Orv Liesman, Clerk of Session; Associate Pastor, Mike Smith; Church Administrator, Tom Ledoux.

Call to Order: Stated session meeting was convened in the church library at 3:00 p.m.     A quorum was present. The meeting was called to order. Pastor Dennison opened with prayer and led the elder covenant recitation.

Devotion: Reverend Smith led devotions. Pastor Dennison led discussion of chapter 5 of “The Presbyterian Elder”.

Order of the Day:

Church Administrator’s Report by Tom Ledoux:

  • Response to Lisa’s resignation. 
  • Meetings with Dave Sanders and praise band, Sallie Matteson, Tom Pizzi and Cindy Koubek went well.
  • Meeting with Dave Flanigan about filling in, if needed. 
  • Send letter to congregation. 
  • We need to be positive and supportive of changes.
  • Congregational meeting on July 27, 2015.
  • Need to notify Presbytery/ Committee on Ministry regarding Denny’s resignation.
  • Need to move session visioning meeting to September.
  • Need to schedule a meeting to review names for Pastor Nominating Committee. 
  • August Session meeting will be 8/26.
  • Discussed Mike Snow’s jobs and responsibilities. 

Associate Pastor’s Report by Reverend Mike Smith:

  • Continuing work with Jim and youth
  • Doing review of small group program
  • Working on Installment Service
  • Will attend Bethel Series Conference in Wisconsin.
  • Discussed Contemporary Worship Service improvements.
  • Continuing working with Holly attending seminary.

Pastor’s Report by Senior Pastor, Denny Dennison – no report

Minutes, Correspondence, and Announcements:

  • Motion: A motion to approve the minutes of the June 15, 2014 Stated Session Meetingwas made, seconded and passed unanimously. 
  • Motion: Letter of resignation from elder Bill Monie.  Motion was made, seconded and accepted with regret.
  • Motion: A motion to approve membership changes as of May 20, 2014, was made, seconded and passed unanimously.

Notes to Clerk of Session for May 20, 2014 accepted by common consent.

  • These members joined the Church Triumphant:

Bob Dunton (6/23/14)

Bill Stiegler (7/3/14)

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

Leslie O’Loughlin

Treasurer’s Report and Financial Report by Bob Cook:

  • As usual, July will be a bit tight, but not critical. 
  • Bob explained that the reserve fund for youth pastor has grown to over $21,000.00 and is not often used.  His suggestion to transfer $10,000.00 from the Youth Pastor Reserve Fund to the Seminary Scholarship Fund was agreed upon.  A motion to transfer $10,000.00 per Bob’s suggestion was made, seconded and passed unanimously.  

Ministry Areas

Administration: Elder John T. Smith – no report

Youth & Children Discipleship : Elder Jim Crutchfield

  • Farewell lunch for Holly on August 2.
  • 35 applicants to replace Holly, 10 will have phone interviews.
  • Family camp was a great success.
  • Record number ever to group retreat in Orlando.

Mission Outreach: Elder Orv Liesman for Elder Jack Kiley

  • NLPC will be holding a shoe drive for kids at Camp Sozo 8/3 – 8/10. Shoes will be picked up on 8/11 – 8/12 and passed out at the back pack program in the forest on 8/16. 

Fellowship: Elder Judy Etheridge

  • Shepherding has 5 new shepherds. More are needed.

Pastoral Care: Elder Lynn Miller

  • Extended table still looking for volunteers to serve communion to those unable to attend a church service.
  • Buddy System needs volunteers.
  • Prayer Chain – prayers can be requested by contacting a healing team member.
  • Transportation Ministry needs drivers to assist people to medical appointments.
  • Pastoral visitations – call the church office if you know of someone who is hospitalized.
  • Healing team workshop will be Friday, August 1 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 2, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Workshop leader is Monte Rector of Beth Shalom, Ministry in Texas.  Topic is “Nothing Broken, Nothing Missing, The Absence of Chaos”.

Ministry: Elder Donna Gibbons – 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