July 2011 Newsletter.pdf
Summary of the Stated Session Meeting, June 20, 2011
The Session of First Presbyterian Church met on Monday, June 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm in the Session Room. Thirteen
Elders were present.
Minutes from the Called Meeting on May 8 and the Stated Meeting on May 9 were approved as distributed.
The Moderator led a study of Matthew 11:16-30.
Elder Jon Crawford shared his faith story.
The following communications were reported: A note of thanks from Molly Neff was received and read. Additionally,
the Moderator read selected areas of correspondence from the Presbytery of St. Andrew, noting July 10, 2011 as the
official date for changing the form of government in the Book of Order. The Moderator recommends that we spend the
next couple of months looking at our Standards of Procedure and possibly have something revised to approve once Rev.
Semmes returns from his sabbatical. Further, the Moderator will read through the information and bring some revisions
to our standards of procedure for discussion in further detail at the August meeting.
The following items from the consent agenda were approved:
Transfer of membership of Sarah and Michael McLellan to First Presbyterian Church, Tupelo, MS.
Baptism of Lucille Pannell Thompson, daughter of Mary and Scott Thompson, September 11, 2011, 11:00 am.
Transfer of membership of Bolton Flautt from Sumner Presbyterian Church, Sumner, MS.
Approval for Called Meeting of Presbytery of St. Andrew to be held in the Sanctuary August 9, 2011, 10:00 am.
Approval nunc pro tunc of communion served by Rev. Scanlon along with Deacon Clinette Conlee to Anna Dell
Pettit and her daughter, Nancy Rogers, Sunday, June 19, 2011.
A motion was made and approved unanimously to support the proposed banner for our 175th anniversary celebration, as
designed by Stephanie Goodwiller.
Ministry Team reports are, as follows:
Finance: Elder Ruthann Ray gave an update on our financial status through May, 2011. Additionally, Elder Susan
Shaw noted the purchase of the new ACS system. Motion was made and approved unanimously to redeem a certificate
of deposit at Oxford-University Bank and deposit in an interest-bearing account at Community Trust Bank. The
signatures for this account will be the treasurer and financial secretary of First Presbyterian Church.
Property: Motion was made and approved unanimously to loan our 25-passenger bus to Camp Hopewell for a trip to
northwest Georgia July 18-21. Further, last month’s decision to allow the Doors of Hope social worker to share the
office of Mary Edith Walker will be revisited.
Membership/Hospitality: A new photo directory is being planned for September, with Brandall Atkinson taking the
Mission: Elder Hale Freeland gave a report on the recent BorderLinks mission trip to Arizona / Mexico, which had a
diverse age group and worked out well. Twenty participants have signed up for the Haiti mission trip in November.
Children’s Christian Education: A group of 27 youth recently visited Montreat, North Carolina. Vacation Bible
School will begin on July 11.
Capital Campaign Task Force: Julie Field has agreed to head up identifying the physical needs component of our
General Announcements: The next Session meeting will be August 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm in the Session Room.
The Lord’s Prayer: The Session recited The Lord’s Prayer and adjourned at 6:45 pm.