Officers Retreat at Sisters of Loretto
Your church officers were able to get back to Sisters of Loretto for their annual retreat after a two-year hiatus because of COVID. It was good to be there and to reconnect with the sisters. We are grateful for their generous hospitality.
This was an important time together as we focused on the needs of the congregation. We began and ended the retreat with worship and prayed by name for each person listed in our church directory. We reviewed a summary of the four congregational gatherings we had last year and discussed the past, present, and future of Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church.
Several ideas were shared for how we might move forward in ways that can continue our healing, restore our relationships, and give us new vision. The Session will be exploring these ideas further as we progress. The Session committed to start with these goals:
- Acknowledge in prayer the second anniversary of Debbie leaving on January 29.
- Write a letter to the congregation confessing past wrongs and committing to restorative actions for the future.
- Discuss and vote on a proposal to repeal Session actions taken in 2021 concerning the previous pastor’s severance agreement.
- Continue discussion of goals at our next Session meeting.
After our discernment conversation, the Session was called to order for its stated meeting. Among the actions taken:
- Re-elected Polly Cushman as Clerk and Jack Marcum and Alan Pauw as Co-Treasurers for 2023.
- Approved taking donations (money, canned goods, diapers, wipes) for Souper Pooper Bowl on February 12.
- Approved Stewardship Committee’s proposal concerning payroll services and correcting errors made by our previous provider.
Approved CHPC’s continued participation in four churchwide special offerings.
- Approved unanimously a budget proposal from Stewardship Committee, following extensive discussion.
- Jack introduced the proposed budget and explained the justification for taking $20,000 from reserves in 2022 (to cover one-time severance expenses). He noted that we had a good stewardship campaign and estimated income for this year is $177,011.04.
- Session discussed a goal of increasing mission giving so that at least 10 percent of the budget goes to mission.
- Session discussed and ultimately approved Stewardship Committee’s recommendation to reduce the Administrative Assistant’s hours from 30 to 15 in order to have a balanced budget and to give a 5% raise to the AA and the Music Director
- Elected new officers of the Corporation and thanked outgoing officers.
- Scheduled the Annual Meeting for February 19, after worship with a potluck meal.
Designated a Session liaison for each committee and agreed to elect elders to serve on the Nominating Committee at a later date.
Agreed to move Session meetings to the fourth Wednesday of each month.
More information will be shared as we work through our goals for 2023. Session minutes are available by request from the church office once they are completed by the Clerk and approved by Session. In the meantime, please continue to keep the Elders and Deacons in your prayers.