Meeting @ 2:00 p.m. – Peace Room – January 15, 2019
Class of 2019
EX Becky Bros
X Tom Ledoux
X Dottie Wise
X Jim Crutchfield, Clerk
Class of 2020
X Bill Johnston
EX Dick Young
X Rose Gorman
Class of 2021
X Richard Vehling
EX Judy Wardle
X Wayne Butler
X Dr. Jeff Hosmer
X Mike Smith
X Dennis Heasty
EX Lynn Miller
X Mike Snow
CALL TO ORDER
The Stated Meeting of the Session for the month of January 2019 was called to order by Moderator, Dr. Jeff Hosmer, at 2:00 p.m. on the 15th day of January 2019 in the Peace Room of the North Lake Presbyterian Church. A quorum was declared present.
Associate Pastor Mike Smith led devotions. His topic was related to the basic question of “Who Am I”, and addressed “The Trap of Self-Rejection”. When our desire for success, popularity, or power, become attempts to bolster our image of ourselves, they are part of a larger temptation to overcome self-rejection. Self-rejection contradicts the worth God has bestowed on us. Small groups, bible studies, church attendance are ways we can reinforce the reality that God loves each of us, and that we are what God has made us. Everything God created is good. Pastor Smith then led us in a prayer.
Dr. Jeff Hosmer then asked the Session to remember our mission team returning from Cuba.
CALL FOR NEW BUSINESS
There were no new items of business.
The Agenda was presented and approved.
The Minutes of the December 18, 2018 meeting of Session were approved.
Membership role changes were reviewed and accepted.
A motion was made, seconded and passed to elect Elder Jim Crutchfield as the 2019 Clerk of Session.
A motion was made, seconded and approved to permit Elder Becky Bros to serve communion at the Presbyterian Women’s Retreat on February 2, 2019.
A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept the 2019 Operating Budget, copies of which were distributed at this meeting of the Session.
A motion was made, seconded and approved for the Session to accept the Terms of Call for NLPC installed pastors, copies of which were distributed at this meeting of the Session.
A motion was made, seconded and approved for the Session to accept the Housing Allowance for NLPC installed pastors, copies of which were distributed at this meeting of the Session.
CHANGES IN THE MEMBERSHIP ROLL
Members who joined the Church Triumphant:
Billy Kraft (12/14/18)
Pearl Lineberry (1/5/19) Members who transferred:
Frank Elliott, with fond regret, to Orange Park Presbyterian Church. CLERK’S REPORT
Central Florida Presbytery will conduct Church Officer and Leader Education (COLE), on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 8:30-12:30 a.m., at the Markham Woods Presbyterian Church, Lake Mary, Florida. This meeting is in conflict with the Presbyterian Women’s Retreat.
Clerk of NLPC Session, Elder Jim Crutchfield asked to be excused from attending the NLPC Annual Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, February 5th, 2019. Elder Tom Ledoux offered to keep minutes for the meeting, Elder Rose Gorman also volunteered, if needed.
Elder for Discipleship, Richard Vehling reported:
23 new attendees of the recent 101 class joined NLPC, and an additional 3, who had attended a previous class also chose to join the church.
NLPC will feature a Lenten Series March 10 – April 7, 2019, a brochure was distributed to members of the Session.
Elder Dottie Wise reported on the Capital Campaign:
The amount of initial cash contributions will determine how those funds are applied to the twin goals of debt reduction and building improvements (choir space, chapel, offices).
Dr. Hosmer requested:
Elders attend, and assist with answering questions from church members attending the two Forums to be held:
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.
Director of Music, Mike Snow reported:
He plans to brief the choir on the plans to improve their practice spaces.
He opined that previous suggestions to hold only two Christmas Eve services, due to low attendance at the last service, should not happen until it becomes apparent such a change is warranted by much lower attendance.
Questions arose concerning the present lack of budgeting for security; and, purchase equipment vs. leasing. These discussions are to be tabled for five months pending results of the Capital Campaign and 2019 Pledges.
Little Blessings (LB):
Concerns of the effect on church families and their continued attendance should the Pre-School be closed.
Dr. Hosmer distributed a thought paper on the pros and cons of various alternatives for the future of LB.
While we still don’t have a full report from the consultant, he has advised that he would not suggest continuing LB in its present location, nor would he recommend it’s being moved to a newly built facility. He could envision its continued existence if classrooms in the church were used.
There is considerable concern that the LB staff and families be provided help in relocating to other similar facilities, should LB cease operations.
o Questions arose whether contributors could specify their donations be used for specific projects within the broader campaign (chapel, choir space, debt reduction). The answer was no, due to how unwieldly that would be to manage. o 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 closed the Session with prayer.
Elder Jim Crutchfield, Clerk of NLPC Session