Session Notes (Page 2)

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 →

Session met on Tuesday, March 13. Here are the highlights: Mark your calendars: Sunday, June 17 will be a morning of spectacular music as we celebrate Tom Beveridge’s long and distinguished service leading Western’s music program. Clearly, no one can replace Tom. But the music ministry task force is moving forward in its work. The group has created a jobRead More →

Session met on Tuesday, February 13. Here are the highlights: Ari Brose, chair of the stewardship ministry, reported on the 2018 campaign. Members have already pledged $357,000. There will be another push, with the campaign closing on March 15. The music ministry task force has started its work. John Bader explained the group has started by discussing music’s role inRead More →

Session met on Tuesday, October 10. Here are the highlights: Western will welcome its next group of new members on Sunday, November 12! The class for new members starts on Sunday, October 22 at 9:45am. Session approved a new part-time position, a Building and Facilities Manager who will oversee the maintenance of the church’s building and property and housekeeping. The church willRead More →

Session met on Tuesday, July 11. Here are the highlights: Lauren Amos and Clark Talkington, Western members who serve on the board of Miriam’s Kitchen, updated the Session on Miriam’s exciting work. Between October and May, Miriam’s helped 94 guests secure permanent, supportive housing, provided case management to more than 1,000 guests, and served more than 40,000 meals. Western andRead More →