Month of November, 2018


NLPC Monthly Stated Session Meeting Minutes
Meeting @ 2:00 p.m. – Peace Room – November 27, 2018


Class of 2019

X 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
X Judy Wardle
X Wayne Butler


X Dr. Jeff Hosmer
EX Mike Smith
X Dennis Heasty
X Lynn Miller
EX Mike Snow


The Stated Meeting of the Session for the month of November 2018 was called to order by Moderator, Dr. Jeff Hosmer, at 2:00 p.m. on the 27th day of November 2018 in the Peace Room of the North Lake Presbyterian Church. A quorum was declared present.


Moderator Dr. Jeff Hosmer led devotions based on Galatians 1:10.

“10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to pleasepeople? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Related discussion included: What is my driving motivation?; Resistance to change; Human vs.God’s approval and how to know if we’re following God’s direction; and the need to sometimesmake God-directed decisions even if it makes us unpopular with our contemporaries.

Talk then turned to the Teague Trail property and its possible uses, followed by our perceptions of the recent special meeting on our Contemporary Worship Service.

Dr. Hosmer then led us in prayer.

There was no new business



The Agenda was presented and approved.


  1. The current and future status of Little Blessings, pending receipt of the delayed report from the consultants (see action item 4. Below). Discussion included options, consequences of those options to include the effect on: other children’s programs at North Lake, Little Blessings’ personnel, perceptions related to the Teague Trail property vis-à-vis the Capital Campaign, and emphasis toward our teen program.

  2. Dr. Hosmer discussed plans for a forum to be held on our Children and Youth Ministry, date TBD. This meeting is an adjunct to the forum on the Contemporary Service, but will expand its focus to include congregants of all three services.

  3. Architects drawings of the proposed campus improvements are expected within two weeks. However, concerns were expressed that estimates on the cost of those improvements will not be available in time to inform Capital Campaign promotions.

  4. Possible near term uses of the Teague Trail property, i.e. a youth bon fire.


  1. The Minutes of the October 16, 2018 meeting of Session were approved.

  2. Membership role changes were reviewed and accepted.

  3. A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept the resignation of Deacon Peg Kelley.

  4. The action to review the consultant’s report on the status of Little Blessings was postponed, due to the consultant being in poor health and unable to provide his report as scheduled. A decision regarding the future of Little Blessings will be addressed at the December meeting of Session on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.


The preceding changes to the membership roll were approved by the Session.

Members who joined the Church Triumphant:

  • Harriett Lowry (10/11/18)

  • Bobbie Sollman (10/21/18)

  • Jim Alster (11/1/18)

  • Gabriella Henry (11/8/18) – inactive past member

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

  • Al and Bobbie Bernhardt (moved to Wisconsin two years ago and requested to be removed)

  • Bill Gray (going to a Roman Catholic Church)

  • Jeff and Nancy Dixon (have been absent from church for a number of years)

  • Cody Buie (has been absent from church for a number of years)

  • Gene and Patti Ross

  • Frank Dudinski

These attendees have been added as new members by the Session:

  • John and Patricia McDonald

These members were on our Affiliate Member roll and have asked to be moved to the Active Member Roll:

  • David and Martha Orf (have been attending another church for over a year)

These members have been reinstated:

  • Donna DeBard


Central Florida Presbytery will meet next on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 9:30 a.m. at Korean Presbyterian Church, Orlando.

Other Reports:

Elder Dottie Wise reported on the Capital Campaign:

  • Slogan will be, “Count Me In”

  • Duration will be a three year pledge

  • Communication/Promotions will include:

o January 6 Bulletin covero Tri-fold brochure
o Videos
o Mailings to members
o Campaign leaders meeting with small groups and large contributorso Website
o Pulpit announcements
o Phone calls

  • Tasks to accomplish the above are now being assigned.

Elder Wayne Butler announced that the nominating committee had identified several emerging candidates to fill the following vacancies: Elder (1), Deacon (1), and Nominating Committee Members (4). The confirmed slate of nominees will be announced at the December 18, 2018 meeting of Session. Elder Rose Gorman reported on the status of leaders and ushers for the first service, where she continues to need additional help.

Dr. Hosmer displayed the Jerusalem Cross, made of olive wood – a gift to NLPC from those whowent on the pilgrimage to Israel. It will be added to the “Cross Wall” in the Fellowship Hall.

Dr. Hosmer announced that Rev. Denny Dennison will be featured on the NLPC Bulletin Cover, be featured in a video, and greet attendees after services, in celebration of his being installed as Pastor Emeritus of North Lake Presbyterian Church.

Bill Johnson reported that he may not be able to attend the December meeting of Session due to a surgery scheduled on December 11, 2018.

Identifying signs have been applied to the Christian Food Pantry truck. Closing prayer was offered by Dr. Hosmer.

Respectfully Submitted by,
Jim Crutchfield, Clerk of Session