Clerk of Session Message
“Life is a constant Advent season: we are continually waiting to become, to discover, to complete, to fulfill. Hope, struggle, fear, expectation, and fulfillment are all part of our Advent experience. May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation, and fulfillment into the Advent of our lives.” - From Connections -
The audit of the 2017 church books was completed by a committee of J.O. Miller (chair), Brad Hitchcock, and Brian Swingley. J.O. wrote the letter to session and included the recommendation that an outside church audit be done. The WG books will also be checked by J.O. and is expected to be done by the end of January. Letters of thanks will be sent out to the team from session.
Treasurer Steve has done a great job simplifying the finance report. Session is very grateful to him for his diligent work.
Training for elder-elect Deb Hitchcock will be done on Thursday, December 20th with Pastor Emily and Gidget Collins. Installation of the Class of 2021 will be done during worship on January 20th.
Susan Lockwood will chair the 2019 Nominating Committee and Judy will serve on the committee. Three more members will be elected from the congregation at the Annual Congregational Meeting on January 27th.
Session annual reports are due to the Clerk by January 6th. Look for annual report booklets to be on the annex table by January 20th.
Any pastoral prayer concerns will now go through Emily, and she will send out Eblasts with email addresses hidden. Emily will make this announcement from the pulpit and in the newsletter. When Emily is on vacation or study leave she will let the congregation know who is covering for emergencies. Calling the pastor-on-call is for actual emergency situations only.
There is discernment of who will be doing some of the session areas for 2019. Presently, Sharon will be doing worship, Judy will do property, Susan will do fellowship, and Ethan will do finance. Deb and Verna will decide who will be doing CE and mission.
The statistical report for our church was approved by session. It will be entered online soon. Many thanks to our treasurer Steve Mast who quickly put together the financial information that was needed for the report. Within a day he sent all the stats needed. The Clerk is tremendously grateful for his diligence.
Bank balances as of November 30th: Checking account - $43,578.02;
CDs - $70,308.33; Money Market - $35,355.38; Vanguard Wellington - $103,306.68;
Total monies - $252,548.41
Session is grateful to all the people who help to provide assistance for Bath Church with food, clean-up, cards, donations, pledges, music, child care, bulletins, newsletters, photos, mission work, building needs, fellowship,
worship, CE, and prayers to keep God’s church running at a steady pace. Thank you for making sure details are done and deadlines are met.
We are the children of the light, and we are asked to put on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. Together God gives us the tools for church work, and the heart to draw closer to Him. It is with deep appreciation at this Holy time of year session wishes all the members and friends of Bath Church a very Merry Christmas and prosperous 2019.
Clerk of Session