Session Digest for August 2020

Greetings from the Session.
 
We held our stated meeting on Sunday evening, August 16, 2020. Here are some highlights of the meeting.
  • I am excited to share that preparations are being made for outside Sunday morning services! We are working hard to put together a plan for holding these services on our front lawn. Special care is being taken to have a set of safe guidelines in place that will allow us to meet safely in these unusual times. Things such as social distancing with your family, wearing masks, bringing your own chairs, etc. will be observed. Our target date is August 30, 2020. Look for more information coming via the phone tree, website, and mailings in the next weeks. It will be so good to be together as a congregation! Can’t wait to see your smiling faces again as we come together to worship God.
  • The Transitional Team has completed a Ministry Information Form which will allow us to expand our search for a transitional minister. The form gives applicants a picture of our congregation and an insight into our good works. It has been presented to the Council on Ministry of Salem Presbytery for approval and then will be posted on the General Assembly’s website. The process will help ensure we are getting the very best fit for our congregation.
  • The Technology Team is moving forward with its plans to upgrade our equipment used for live streaming our services. They have worked very hard over the summer to provide us with a morning worship service. Special thanks to Blake Benton, Craig Koontz, and Sammy McFarland for all they have done to bring us our services each week.
  • The Faith in Action Ministry reported Davidson County Medical Ministries had suspended all donations at the beginning of the pandemic. They have lifted the suspension and donations are being accepted once again. Collection boxes will be in the lobby outside the office and under the stairwell near the pastor’s office. Needed items include: soap, shampoo, hand towels, combs, toilet paper, paper towels, ink pens, large paper clips, and tape. Thanks for your continued support of this vital community ministry.
  • Plans for Sunday School are underway. The adult class will be continuing a study of Tony Evans’s series on racism via Zoom. Karen Carrickhoff is putting together a wonderful series for our children. Katherine Team and Teresa Herman are looking forward to meeting with the middle school youth, and Robin Team will resume high school Sunday School classes. Thanks to you all for your support of our Sunday School programming.
  • Plans are also underway for YD’s and Acts Alive to kick off their fall season. It will look a little different this year with outdoor meetings and safety protocols in place, but the advisors are enthusiastically putting together a fun year. They will resume on September 13.
  • Finally, our Preschool Director, Jane Blackerby, and her staff are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Pre-K classes on October 5, 2020. Preparations being made to sanitize this area well, and again, safety guidelines will be in place for staff, parents, and children. Jane has worked diligently to put together a program for these precious children that will keep them safe as well as very busy! This is such a wonderful ministry we provide for our community, and we are fortunate to have such a successful program to offer these families. It is one of the best around – something to be proud of!
 
In closing, we read in Philippians that the Lord cares for us all the time. Through Jesus Christ, we have the strength to face all the strange conditions that the world has given us. The blessings we receive through Christ will supply all our needs during this time. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. May the strength and love of Jesus Christ continue to guide us in doing His good works.

Blessings to you all.

Margaret King, Clerk of Session