Session Notes

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 →

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening.  The agenda was light, but next month we begin a rigorous quarterly financial review. We took a look back on our pre-Lenten “Donut Sunday” service.  The worship service – with the glitter, beads and band — was a big departure for our congregation but, we believe, worth a go.  We’llRead More →

Your Session met again this past week. Every second Tuesday is “leadership night” here at Western.  Usually, the Session and the Deacons meet (and work) together for a time over food and then split into separate groups. We’re all eager to hear an update from the Plaza Task Force.  They will be holding a listening session with the congregation andRead More →

Starting this year, you’ll be hearing from me, your Session Correspondent, after all Session meetings and perhaps on other occasions. Your Session (see the list here and meet the new elders here) is elected by the congregation and ordained as elders to govern our congregation.   It’s not a precise analogy, but generally the Session is like a board of trustees.Read More →

As Session and the Deacons broke bread together on Tuesday, Laura and John proposed a journey Western could embark on to become a more fully inclusive and intercultural church. We would follow a model laid out by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis and Rev. John Janka. The first step: Forming a vision team — 8-10 elders, deacons, and congregation members — Read More →

Session met on September 11 and began discussion about Western 2019 budget. The finance ministry team did outstanding work preparing three different scenarios for the budget with different endowment draws. We still have a lot of work to do to reduce our draw, but the finance ministry team recommended steps to move in the right direction. The stewardship ministry teamRead More →

The Session had a special meeting on July 31 to talk about the future of the plaza on the Virginia Avenue side of the church. For many years, there has been a problem with trash, broken glass, needles, human feces, and other waste being deposited on the plaza. Gaston and Sterling have done such a good job cleaning it upRead More →

Session met on Tuesday, July 10 for a challenging discussion about the church’s finances. We reviewed where Western is on its 2018 budget and took steps to increase savings, such as leaving the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator vacant for the rest of the year and deciding not to hire Sunday morning security personnel. But even with those changes, theRead More →

Session had a very special meeting on Tuesday, May 8. Members of the Confirmation class shared their thoughtful, moving statements of faith with elders, deacons, parents and sponsors. They will become Western’s newest members on Pentecost, May 20. Other highlights from the meeting: Western is in the final steps of negotiating its working agreement with Miriam’s Kitchen. The Session willRead More →