Clerk of Session Message

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Clerk’s Corner

I hope everyone is having a safe start to summer! The storms and tornadoes on Memorial Day were a devastating time for many in the area and we pray for all those who suffered personal or property damage. Memorial Day also offered us a time to reflect on the many sacrifices given to uphold our freedom and liberties as a nation. To all those who have served, have family members who have served, or will serve, thank you!

On May 5th, Session hosted discussions during coffee and donuts. This forum offered informal conversation about the church and our countless ministries. Session found the discussion to be extremely beneficial and plans to conduct another similar event in the near future. Some themes from the various discussions included: increased transparency and communication between Session and the congregation, updates on the lift replacement, suggestions for improvement to the cemetery and church from a property perspective, along with a focus on being the church in the community through mission and ministries. Session discussed these themes, and others, at length during our May meeting. We have begun working on several items and plan to work on more!

Verna attended May’s Presbytery meeting as Bath’s commissioner. During the meeting, several ruling elders were installed to committees, commissions, and presbytery positions along with a new executive director of Kirkmont Retreat Center. The Presbytery also commissioned representatives to the 2019 Youth Triennium. Bath’s own Gidget Collins was honored for her extensive service to the presbytery! Finally, discussions at the meeting reminded all of the importance of God's mission in the world and how we (as individuals and the church) are filling this need.

At our May Session meeting, Session approved the purchase of an automated external defibrillator (AED) with on-site training. The presence of an AED at the church will allow for potentially life-saving care in the event of cardiac emergencies. We hope we never have to utilize the AED, but will be prepared if needed.

Throughout June, be on the lookout for ways to ensure the church has up-to-date information on you and your families. With the transition to Church Windows, we want to ensure we have current addresses, phone numbers, emails, birthdates, and anniversary information for our church family. This information will be utilized to populate our next church directory. Session is additionally exploring the option of producing a picture directory!

Cheerfully Submitted,

Ethan Johns
Clerk of Session