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Session Meeting Highlights | October 2023

October Session Highlights

Session Clerk - Donna Miller

  • Minutes from the September Session meeting and Sept 17th Congregational meeting were approved

Pastor - Rev. Bill Stone

  • Planning to lead an evening Bible Study to accommodate working members

  • Hoping to host retreat in early 2024 to plan for future and look at how to adjust ministries and programs to volunteer capacity

  • Communion was celebrated on October 8th

  • Officiated at the funeral of Dot Rady on October 7

  • Officiated at the funeral of Isabel Broshek on October 21

Associate for Children and Families - Rev. Hayley O’Connor

  • Was invited to attend innovative leaders conference in Ft Worth TX hosted by Presbyterian Foundation

  • Reviewing new Sunday School model of three classes + nursery

  • Recent Events: Field Trip to Fosterfields Farm, Family Movie Day and Confirmation Retreat

  • Upcoming Events: Faithful Families Lunch, Deck the Halls, Christmas Pageant and family Film

Mission and Outreach - Brenda Myers

  • Mental Health Association Dinner Nov 8th - Volunteers needed

  • No longer packing breakfast bags for Nourish NJ—not an effective mission opportunity for our church

  • Looking for new committee members

Worship and Music - Susan Fischer

  • Ms. Gareau leading children’s choir—to sing last Sunday in Oct

  • Christmas Pageant will be held Sunday morning on Dec 24th

  • Organ upgrades have been completed, will bless the instrument and announce to congregation on November 5th

  • Hoping to plan upcoming events: Organ concert with Joseph Hill, Cabaret performance, Sin-Along Movie (Jan 28th), Candlelight Evening Concert

  • Receiving positive feedback from contemporary music in worship

Faith and Society - Candace Weeks

  • Heard from new member Sam LaNasa about +More Perfect Union and event plans for November conversations

  • Discussed plans for book group on Demon Copperhead November 2

  • Planning another film event at Bernardsville Cinema (Barbie)

Membership - Michelle Vince

  • Discussed new member welcome process and creation of a “packet” to distribute to new members

  • Discussed upcoming events

  • Received letter of transfer for Shelby Family (to Grace Episcopal in Madison)

Stewardship - Robert Lecky

  • Discussed unpaid commitments for 2023 (collected 95% of pledges from 2022)

  • 2024 campaign has received 41 pledges totaling $163,125 (45% of $362k goal).

Finance - Scott Noyes

  • Session approved updated fees for cremains vaults in memorial terrace

  • Session approved the construction of a third ceremonial to hold additional ashes

  • Session approved inter-fund transfers to balance transactions between operating account and various fund accounts

  • Anticipating $15k revenue shortfall for 2023 (mostly due to lower special gifts and hall rental fees than expected)

  • Finance has been reviewing the church’s insurance policies & needs

  • New credit card (Divvy) working well—will cancel American Express in November


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