Session Notes (Page 3)

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 →

Session met on Tuesday, June 13. Here are the highlights: John Molina-Moore filled us in on the first week and a half in his ministry at Western. He’s eager to meet members and learn what we feel God calling Western to be. You can set up a time to talk with John by emailing him at Session started talking aboutRead More →

Possible Parish Associate Position:  The Session continued its discussions about the possibility of Western hiring Rev. John Molina-Moore as a part time Parish Associate for Community Life.  The Session discussed the terms under which John might be retained.  The next steps include Laura speaking further with John about his possible partnering with Western. Micah 6:8 Initiative:  The Session’s Cindy StevensRead More →

On Tuesday, April 11, the Session met with John Molina-Moore, the pastor that Western is considering as a possible Parish Associate for Community Life, a 20-hour-a-week position. John preached at Western on February 19. He would be charged with helping the congregation grow by: working with members to create a new worship opportunity that would be an alternative to SundayRead More →