April 17, 2018 SESSION SUMMARY
· Jeanie Grosz led the devotion study referring to the Book of Church Order regarding the need for consistency of worship but being open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
· A gender neutral sign was selected for the first floor bathroom.
· Our Committee on Ministry liaison will continue to be Rev. Nathan Sauter and he will attend out June Session meeting to answer any questions regarding the process for selecting the Pastor Nominating Committee and preparing the Church Information Form.
· Keith Clements reported that the Congregational Percept Study will be sent to each active member and attendees which will provide useful demographic information.
· The Elder Nominating Committee proposed Lester Gamble, John Elgin and Sarah Hageman to serve three years for the Class of 2021 and Claire Detlefs to serve one year for the Class of 2019.
· A motion was made and approved to accept the slate of elders and hold a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, May 6 to approve those elders.
· A new AT&T phone service of fiber optic has been installed.
· Theodore Prince has been hired as the new Sexton starting April 16, 2018.
· Owen Kellgren, son of Samantha Kellgren, grandson of Jennie and Todd Guelda and great grandson of Joe Anne Overstreet will be baptized on Sunday June 24, 2018.
· The Buckhorn Mission (Nehemiah Project) will get financial assistance from the Lucille Severance Fund for renovations of cottages.
· Brittany Hesson will be honored with a potluck luncheon on Sunday, May 27 for her conscientious services as Youth Director. A motion was approved for Love Gift donations for Brittany.
· A tentative agenda was reviewed for a Session Retreat at Linda Bowman’s Studio on May 19, 2018 to begin the process for discerning the church’s future and finding a new permanent pastor.
MAY 16, 2017 SESSION SUMMARY
· Rev. Nebelsick led the devotion with the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9) with questions about the type of soil for nurturing and sowing the seeds of the Gospel.
· In her Moderator’s Report, Rev. Nebelsick said progress with our long and short term goals have been made since the Discernment Report was prepared. A time line of these events will be displayed in Fellowship Hall.
· Doug Rapp has done a Financial Health Survey with Mid-KY Presbytery and our church ranked high in giving.
· The Ministry Teams is making efforts to visit our shut-ins on a regular basis. Brad Harris will get some recognition when he retires on May 31. Molly Rapp will present several love gifts to Brittany Hesson when we honor her for her work as our Children’s and Youth Ministry Coordinator on May 27.
· Members of our Mission Committee met with First Christian Church and First Presbyterian Church, both of Shelbyville to joint sponsor a family from Nigeria or Syria. Jennie Guelda is our point person. A motion was made to participate in the Refugee Mission Project and contribute $800 from the Mission Tithe Bequest.
· BRP Church is partnering with Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville for hosting the Fossil Fuel supporters on May 31 for dinner and lodging. The 50 participants will be leaving on June 1 walking to St. Louis, MO for the PCUSA General Assembly meeting.
· To enhance our newsletter to be more “forthcoming” and not just “internal” an insert will be prepared for a wider distribution of information.
· Our fluorescent light fixtures will be gradually updated with diode strips and new ballasts replacing the original tubes and ballast for better environmental stewardship and an LG&E rebate.
· A work day is planned for June 2 starting at 8:30 a.m. until evening. A dumpster will be available to dispose of waste that has accumulated over the years.
· A joint service with Deer Park Baptist Church is planned for July 1.
· The Belhar Confession will continue to be used in our liturgy during our service which helps Christians understand not to discriminate on the basis of race.
· There will be a period of quiet time (approximately 3 minutes) between the ringing of the chimes and the prelude.