Meeting @ 2:00 p.m. – Peace Room – December 18, 2018
Class of 2019
X Becky Bros
X Tom Ledoux
X Dottie Wise
X Jim Crutchfield, Clerk
Class of 2020
EX Bill Johnston
EX Dick Young
X Rose Gorman
Class of 2021 Staff
X Richard Vehling
X Judy Wardle
X Wayne Butler
X Dr. Jeff Hosmer
X Mike Smith
X Dennis Heasty
X Lynn Miller
X Mike Snow
The Agenda was presented and approved.
CALL TO ORDER
The Stated Meeting of the Session for the month of December 2018 was called to order by Moderator, Dr. Jeff Hosmer, at 2:00 p.m. on the 18th day of December 2018 in the Peace Room of the North Lake Presbyterian Church. A quorum was declared present.
Associate Pastor Mike Smith led devotions, first stating that “Elders” (of the church) are mentioned 184 times in the Bible. He went on to discuss how the Bible states that those (Elders) who rule well will be rewarded with a double honor in Heaven. He also stated the responsibility Elders have to shepherd others and labor for God’s Kingdom.
Pastor Smith then led us in a prayer of blessing for Elders.
CALL FOR NEW BUSINESS
Two additional items of new business were presented and accepted for action:
The delayed application of two candidates for membership to our church.
The requirement that a Clerk of Session be present to record the acceptance of new members at future Introduction to North Lake Presbyterian Church (101) classes.
The Minutes of the November 27, 2018 meeting of Session were changed as follows:
Wording of the third action item was edited to read, “A motion was made seconded and approved to accept the resignation with regret of Deacon Peg Kelley.
The minutes were then approved.
Membership role changes were reviewed and accepted.
A motion was made, seconded and approved to pay the full 2018 per capita to Central
A motion was made, seconded and approved to make future per capita contributions a part of the yearly budget.
A motion was made, seconded and approved to hold the next Congregational Meeting on FAB Tuesday, February 5th, 2019.
A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept as members of NLPC, Bill and Nancy Stone. They attended 101, but required additional time to make their decision. They will be introduced with the next class of 101 participants who choose to join.
A motion was made, seconded and approved to have either the Clerk of Session, or a Clerk Pro-Tem attend and record minutes at each New Members Class (101). Elder Richard Vehling volunteered to fill that role, whenever the Clerk of Session is not in attendance.
CHANGES IN THE MEMBERSHIP ROLL
Members who joined the Church Triumphant:
Robert Solien (12/4/18)
Phyllis Loges (12/10/18)
Central Florida Presbytery will meet next on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 8:00 a.m., at the Markham Woods Presbyterian Church, Lake Mary, Florida. This session will include COLE (leadership) training. This meeting is in conflict with the Presbyterian Women’s Retreat.
Church Administrator, Dennis Heasty, reported:
Donations are presently short of the 2018 budget, but so are expenses. The result is that we still enjoy Blessings in Abundance this year of $48,000.00.
Due to a slight decline in membership, the 2019 budget is projecting the same expectations for donations. Additionally, the new budget is expected to include a 2.8% salary increase for staff and a $62,000.00 deficit, due to the new property. And, it does not yet contain the per capita contribution for 2019.
An audit of NLPC financial statements was conducted by Crippen & Co. (CPA’s) and is available from the Church Administrator.
The Security Team, studying best methods for providing a safe environment for our staff and congregants, distributed a Security Proposal paper to Session for consideration and discussion. The Finance Committee had already reviewed some of the options and funding possibilities, including making those investments in security equipment part of the Capital Campaign.
Elder for Missions, Becky Bros reported:
A Church Employee Workshop, “Redemptive Compassion”, to be held Thursday, January 24th, with lunch at 11:30 and the Workshop from 12:00-3:00, RSVP’s are needed no later than January 17th.
NLPC provided 30 turkeys for Thanksgiving and will provide 36 hams to Village Elementary students from underprivileged families (those currently receiving weekend food donations).
Commissioning of the Cuba Team will occur Sunday, January 6th, at the Contemporary Service. However, at this point, it seems few people are interested in participating in this mission and there is some doubt as to whether we will continue our relationship with the particular church in Cuba we have been supporting.
Elder Wayne Butler reported the following nominees to be presented at the Congregational Meeting on February 5, 2019:
Elders – 1 new and 2 for re-election to the class of 2022:
o Ken Knipe (new)
o Tom LeDoux (re-election)
o Dottie Wise (re-election)
Deacons – 1 new and 3 for re-election.
o Pat Harrell (to complete a vacated term, class of 2020)
o Kathy Anderson (re-election to class of 2022)
o Joe Fortenbaugh (re-election to class of 2022)
o Randy Kresley (re-election to class of 2022)
Nominating Committee Members – 4 new for election to the class of 2021
o Ralph Corso
o Garth Price
o Linda Williams
o Char Zientara
Elder for Discipleship, Richard Vehling reported:
A surge in attendance at classes and small groups during 2018, and provided a draft of a chart comparing 2018 to 2017 attendance.
The winter 2018/Spring 2019 brochure of available classes will be available to the congregation on Sunday, December 23, 2018.
Pastor Lynn Miller, Care Ministry, reported:
22 persons received communion from the Extended Table Ministry, thus far in December.
o 8:15 Service – Robert and Andrea Null
o 11:15 Service – Arlene and Ron Pfeuffer
Elder for Worship, Rose Gorman reported:
The 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Service will include communion by intinction, with five stations (two in front of the stage, two at the mid-congregation aisle, and one in the choir loft.
Elder Dottie Wise reported on the Capital Campaign:
Launch will occur Sunday, February 24, 2019.
The campaign will extend over three years, with a target of $3,000,000.00.
Forums will be held during January:
o Monday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall: Regarding ministry with children, youth to include Sunday school, LOGOS, Youth Ministry, Little Blessings, etc.
o Tuesday, January 22, at 2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall: Regarding property and finances.
The launch delay to late February will provide separation between the 2019 Pledge commitments and the separate Capital Campaign.
Initial cash contributions will be target toward improvements to the church property (vs. debt reduction).
A brochure and pledge cards are being created.
The next meeting of the Capital Campaign Committee will occur on January 10, 2019.
Kick-off will include a series of “This Is My Story” testimonials in January, February, April, May, September, October and November.
Dr. Hosmer reported:
The January Newsletter will contain information on the January Forums (see above).
The last Sunday of January will be Commitment Sunday for receipt of annual 2019 pledges.
The consultant is expected to provide his report on the viability of Little Blessings (LB) tomorrow. It is anticipated this report will deal with the success or shortcomings of LB as a business, irrespective of its role as a success or failure as a method to disciple children.
Suggestions that LB’s status remain an open question, or to establish a minimum term for it to remain open.
No urgency to close it immediately, but a belief that it is not sustainable over time.
The necessity to brief LB Staff, once a decision is made.
Concerns of the effect on enrollments once a closing date is set, and the effect that
would have on the financial support required should enrollments fall.
Becky Bros suggested we hold off on spending any of the receipts from the yard sale for now, as we may choose to use those funds as severance packages for the LB Staff members.
Dr. Hosmer opined that going big and growing LB is no longer on the table, and that we need more information: consultant’s report, infrastructure costs, additional data gathered over the next few months, the effect on parking, etc.
Dr. Hosmer will prepare talking points for the January 21st Forum.
Dr. Hosmer closed the Session with prayer.