Session Notes

NOTE: The Zoom registration link on this page was updated on March 13. Dear Western Friends, Grace and peace to you all in the midst of this Lent.  I write you on behalf of the Session with news and updates as we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. As we all know, much is still unknown about the virus, but weRead More →

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week. As you know, the Session – elected by the congregation and ordained as elders – constitutes the local governing body of a Presbyterian church. But the Session is not just the church equivalent of a business or non-profit board.  In addition to good governance, our responsibilities carry a spiritualRead More →

Your Session sat for its first regular monthly meeting of the year earlier this week.  We mostly dealt with housekeeping matters.  Two new elders, Annette Reilly and Ray Kim, joined us; Rebecca Jackson was elected to the important but unsung role of Clerk of Session. We reviewed the leadership retreat held on Saturday, January 11, for elders and deacons.  There, we learned anRead More →

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 →