An Update from the Session

I hope this message finds all of you in good health and dealing well with the COVID situation. The Session has continued to work hard during this time to make sure we are providing the church family with a positive spiritual experience during these unusual times.
 
The Transitional Team has been meeting since Pastor Lee’s departure, working to find the best transitional minister for our congregation. The team is composed of Craig Koontz, Chair; Margaret King, Clerk; Robin Team, Pat Ulmer, Amy McNeill, Dave Hiller, and Roy Rowe.
 
The Presbytery appointed Rev. Brian Rummage of New Hope Presbyterian Church, Lexington, to serve as our liaison to the Presbytery. He laid out the steps involved in finding candidates for this position. In all, there have been five possible candidates, each with their own unique set of gifts and talents. The Team has been busy reviewing resumes, interviewing, and checking references on these candidates. We have enjoyed talking with these folks. It has allowed us to reflect on the characteristics that are most important to us as we progress through this process. Our goal now is to find the perfect match for our church. We may be in the final stages of this process. We appreciate your patience as we search for the one who will lead us spiritually and faithfully toward our permanent minister.
 
The Reopening Team, with Richard Goff as chair, has been charged with preparing guidelines for us to follow when we are able to worship again in the sanctuary. The Presbytery has asked that we follow CDC guidelines, as well as those coming from the Governor’s office. With that in mind, the Team has compiled a comprehensive list of guidelines for each of us to follow when we are able to worship together in the sanctuary. Things like taking temperatures, wearing masks, and social distancing are just part of the safety measures implemented in the plan. First and foremost, the health and safety of our church family is paramount to our reopening for worship. The Team continues to monitor the status of the pandemic in our area and will move forward when the time is right. They understand the need we all have for coming together again for worship. Please continue to pray for an end to this crisis.
 
Another new team is the Technology Team. It is composed of Craig Koontz, Blake Benton, Sammy McFarland, and Travis Fortune. Because of the pandemic, we turned to live streaming for our Sunday morning worship services. Sunday School has been attended through Zoom. We were very spoiled as a congregation when Pastor Lee was with us because he was so well versed in producing our worship services. That being said, our Tech Team has stepped up and provided us each week with morning worship. We are investing in some new equipment, which should make this experience even better. It is a project that we hope to continue after the pandemic is behind us in order to allow us to minister to those who are unable to be in the sanctuary every Sunday.
 
As you remember, Meredith Trout vacated her role as DCE to spend more time with her three precious children. Karen Carrickhoff has graciously agreed to serve as interim DCE in order to allow us to search for a permanent replacement. Karen has hit the ground running and is busy putting together a curriculum for our fall Sunday School season. We appreciate all Karen has done to keep us on track with our Christian education programs.
 
Because of the pandemic, we haven’t been able to see each other on a regular basis.The Session has been calling all our members to check on everyone during this unusual time. The Fellowship Ministry Team also put together some gift bags and delivered them to our members in nursing facilities and those who are staying close to home. These activities have been very well received. Thanks to Donna Bryan and her helpers for coordinating the gift bag deliveries. A big thank you to Jeanna for supplying the weekly call lists.
 
As you can see, the church is still going about the task of doing God’s work. My prayer is for us all to remain safe and healthy and for the opportunity to return to some kind of
normalcy soon. God is still working through us each time we make a call, hold a meeting, or pray for each other.
 
Much love to you all.
 
Margaret King, Clerk of Session