We had a great meeting in February with the architect and all three stakeholders. I think we have a final design! Now to move to the cost analysis, final design drawings, and permitting. Oh --- and fundraising. More on that in the next few months! Please see one of the elders or Pastor Amy if you would like to view the design as it stands at this point in time. We would also be more than willing to answer questions. The words of the prophet Isaiah still ring true today – in 43:19 God says to the people of Israel, “I am about to do a new thing – do you not perceive it?” (note: we are currently pressing pause on this project until the fall.)
We have a new policy for the gifts given to the church, both designated and undesignated. This is not a change in how we handle the funds, but it is written down so we have it documented for future use. In essence, if a gift or bequest is designated for a particular use, the session will use that gift money for that purpose as best as they are able. In rare circumstances, the session will re-designate gifts for a different purpose. An example of this is (hypothetically) if money was given to pay a preschool teacher, and then the preschool closed. That designated money would be put to use by the session in other ways to benefit children as the original gift intended. Copies of this policy and others adopted by the session over the years are available to view in the church office.
…to all who provided reports for our annual congregational meeting on January 26th! If you did not receive a copy of the reports and would like one, please contact Kim in the church office, or pick one up from the back table in the sanctuary on one of the next few Sundays.
If you have wondered what Presbyterians believe, what makes EPC the unique place that it is, or what it means to officially profess your faith in Jesus Christ and become a member, let’s talk! Contact Pastor Amy for more information and to be included as we choose a mutually agreeable time to meet.
The Session has voted to participate in the Presbytery’s Vital Congregations Initiative! This is a national initiative to help congregations become more vital in the seven marks of vitality. Pastor Amy is the Presbytery coordinator for the initiative, so we will have lots of support in this process. The initiative lasts two years. In the first year we will celebrate all the signs of vitality that we find in our congregation and its ministry. In the second year we will seek to become more vital in one of the other areas. Already it is clear to the session that we do some things well. Look for more information about the initiative and how you can participate in January.
At last we have a meeting scheduled in November with the Presbytery, the architect, and Pastor Amy to go over options. Once again, please keep us in your prayers and look for an update soon.
We are awaiting the revised plans from the architect for the remodel of our building to support additional rooms for our Presbytery offices and several counseling rooms. Good things come to those who wait … while that’s not biblical, it is our hope! And we will share with you what we learn when we learn it. Thanks for your patience!
A congregational meeting was held on September 22nd to elect a new class of elders and approve the changes in Pastor Amy’s terms of call. Elders for the class of 2022 are Gay H. and Don H., Sr. Thank-you to both for their service to the church! We will elect a new class of deacons at another date. Pastor Amy’s terms of call have been three-quarters time. On Sunday we approved reducing her hours to half-time in recognition of the smaller congregational size. Much of what she does for the congregation will remain the same. A full copy of the new terms of call is available in the office.
It is a joy to have Kim W. as our new Administrative Assistant in the office. If you did not get an opportunity to meet her after worship on September 22nd, please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself during office hours. Welcome, Kim!
The session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, September 22nd following worship to elect new officers (elders and deacons) and to revise Pastor Amy’s terms of call to reflect our smaller church size.
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