Clerk of Session Message
As the summer months draw to a close session looks forward to the many events and opportunities coming up at Bath Church. Rally Day on September 10th will kick off our move back to the regular worship time of 10:45 am.
Our sister church, Faith Presbyterian, used our facilities for their session retreat. We are pleased to be able to provide them with the space to worship and grow together spiritually as a session, while also meeting to envision new ideas for their congregation. There was no cost to Faith and they have graciously offered their church free of charge for our next session retreat.
Faith Presbyterian Church has also invited those who were a part of the Bath Book Group to join their monthly Sweet Communion Book Group. The former members of Bath Book Group have agreed to participate with Faith in this special fellowship. We read a specific book then gather to discuss the book and enjoy dinner together followed by Holy Communion. For us this is one great way to reach beyond our walls to connect with other Presbyterian Churches. We are living into the covenant of our Presbytery.
At the July session meeting Susan Lockwood was elected as commissioner for the September Presbytery meeting which will be held at Huntsville PC.
Reverend Dwight McCormick came to the August session meeting to visit Bath Church Session on behalf of Leadership Council. He discussed our connection with Presbytery and how important that was. Dwight mentioned that although he was preaching to the choir, even the choir needs practice sometimes. It was a good discussion and session thanked him for taking his time in coming to see us.
Pastor Emily is back from two weeks sick leave since having her tonsils taken out. She will be taking study leave on October 7th and 8th as she attends a Wee Kirk event. She will also be on study leave October 10th and 11th as she goes to Chicago for the Presbytery Sexual Misconduct Committee training.
Bank balances as of July 31st: Checking account - $24,780.54; CDs - $70,091.36;
Money Market - $15,336.06; Vanguard Wellington - $95,188.53;
Total monies - $205,396.49
Holy Communion is now being served by full intinction. There is the main choice to dip the bread in the chalice. Jeff has sliced the bread into larger pieces to dip the bread without touching the juice. This worked perfectly for Communion on August 20th. There are also 8 small personal cups available for special situations.
Having a Bath Church Mission Statement was among the many things discussed at session retreat. At the August session meeting session approved the new mission statement which is:
Connecting through Christ’s love. Growing in God’s grace. Serving where the Spirit calls. The clerk is looking into the cost of having new Bath Church t-shirts made with the Presbyterian symbol on the front, Bath Presbyterian Church under the symbol, and then our mission statement on the back of the t-shirt.
Another upcoming event will be a Family Game Night with our sister churches. Fellowship will head this up and decide on a few future dates that might work well. Pastor Emily will be in touch with Maggie Gillespie at Faith and Karen Cassedy at First in Fairborn.
Pastor Emily will be holding another Bible Study following worship on November 5th, 19th, 26th, and December 3rd. More information to follow.
Many good things will be happening in the coming months at Bath Church. A couple of weeks ago you were asked during the sermon – What water is God expecting you to walk on? We step forward in faith each day knowing Jesus has our back. Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step. How else will we fully become the people God wants us to be? How else will we, together, be the church God needs in this time and place? Take that step of faith.
Clerk of Session