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Holy Cow Results
Session heard the interpretation of the 2022 Holy Cow assessment results, compared with 2019. Now
that Session has had an interpretation, one will be scheduled soon for those in the congregation
interested in hearing it.
Bills and Overtures Committee, New Hope Presbytery
Actions taken during the 225th General Assembly requiring Presbytery approval were distributed to
Session members in advance of voting in October and February Presbytery meetings.
Session approved some new curriculum and offering choices, including Theology on Tap for 30’s and an
adult Zoom four-week Advent study entitled “Disrupting the Holiday.”
Approved selling an under-used camera and using the proceeds to buy a content-creating camera better
suited for WFPC needs.
Approved the transfer of membership to WFPC for Tom and Linda Dunlap, Eric and Emily Leak, Kody and Kerry Young, and Phillip and Karen Carter.
Mission and Outreach
Approved a temporary location for a 40’ storage container for the community garden.
Commitment Sunday is Nov. 13. All elders were given a pledge card and asked to be the first ones to
pledge. Some pledged online before the meeting was adjourned!
Approved updated WFPC Kitchen Policies and Forms. Approved motion to further clarify duties of
Fellowship and Events deacons when groups want to host fellowship activities at WFPC. Approved a
motion to extend Rev. Sirrine’s contract for the six-month extension allowed by Presbytery.
Approved Christmas Eve worship at 11 p.m. with candlelight and communion, in addition to already
scheduled 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. candlelight services. Also approved the baptism of Katie Kirby and Josh
Griffin’s daughter Olivia for Nov. 13.
Approved expenditure of $1500 for sanctuary alcove repairs and painting, and $659 to replace a guitar
amplifier that is failing.
Annual Membership Review
Session conducted its annual review of the membership rolls. Because of COVID, membership roll
reviews have been very conservative the last couple years. This year, Session felt it could remove those
from the rolls who have not been involved in any way at WFPC for at least one year. We cannot verify
the identities of those worshiping online only, so if you are someone who’s staying remote and are not
contributing in other ways (financially or in small groups), please let the office know that you still want
to be on the membership rolls.
The number on the rolls for 2022 reflect the COVID changes that all churches are dealing with in one
way or another. Instead of a roll in the 621 range, we will report a membership more in the 456 range.
With that number on the rolls we can expect about a 220 average worship attendance, which tracks
closely with what we have seen in 2022. It also supports the Session’s prior decision to move to one
worship service year-round. We are so grateful for those who have kept faith with WFPC during these
unprecedented and very challenging times – personnel transitions as well as COVID. Well done, good
and faithful servants!