Session Notes

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week.  The main order of business was consideration of the 2020 church budget, which we approved. For the most part, next year’s budget maintains the status quo – revenues and expenses are about the same as this year. Pledge income is forecast to be up a little, but not asRead More →

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week.  We heard an excellent report from the Investment Funds task force, headed by Elder Jen Druliner. It’s no secret that Western is the beneficiary of a large endowment (although endowment is not the precise term) – an unrestricted fund given to Western in connection with the sale of ourRead More →

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week. We devoted most of the meeting time to hearing a progress report from the anti-racism group that came together two years ago.  The group has developed a work plan — organized on the principles of education, empathy and action — to share with the entire church.  You’ll be seeingRead More →

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week. We finally reached a decision on the plaza after months of study, discernment and deliberation. To recap, the plaza is the hardscaped area in front of the church that faces Virginia Avenue.  It’s an irregularly shaped space and a blind spot exists in the corner where trash, broken glass, needles, humanRead More →

August is normally the Session’s month off, but we met earlier this week to address two timely matters. 2020 Goals The first was consideration of Laura’s 2020 goals for our congregation, which are a part of her performance review with the personnel ministry. Looking ahead, Laura will continue to focus on growing the church – numerically, programmatically, and by engagingRead More →

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week.  Discussion of the new program year beginning in September dominated the meeting. One part of this is the possibility of changing the Sunday worship time from 11:00 to 10:00, based on our experience in June.  The survey results so far offer little guidance – roughly equal numbers express aRead More →

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week. As you know, we’re trying some different things programmatically this summer – worship has moved to 10:00am a month earlier than usual and, for three weeks in June, we’ve added three participatory classes following worship at 11. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but we’ve begun toRead More →

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week: We spent much of the meeting working on the “Engage Faith” program in June.  This is unlike anything we’ve done before.  We’ll invert the usual Sunday order – worship starts at 10:00, activities at 11:00.  There will be several activity choices to choose from, focusing on different topics (e.g.,children,Read More →

Your Session covered two substantial topics at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening. We heard a finance update from church co-treasurer Ray Sendejas.  The financial news is mixed.  So far this year, expenses are under control and generally within budget. The bigger picture isn’t as pleasing – pledge giving commitments are well short of our goal and we rely onRead More →

March 19, 2019 Dear Members of the GWU Muslim Student Association community: On behalf of the entire congregation, we the Session (council) of Western Presbyterian Church want you to know that you and your entire faith community remain in our thoughts and prayers in this time following the terrorist attack on the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  This violence andRead More →