Quarterly Report of Session
3rd Quarter, 2009
The Session of Mandarin Presbyterian meets the 4th Monday of each month, excluding
July. Third Quarter Session meetings were held on the following dates:
o August 24, 2009
o September 28, 2009
There were 3 baptisms at MPC during 3rd quarter.
7/6/09 Lila Bell
7/28/09 John Eerenberg
8/10/09 Bob Walter
8/30/09 Barbara Anderson
9/16/09 Earl Huffingham
9/24/09 Gordon Millard
Funerals & Memorial Services:
7//31/09 Memorial service for John Eerenberg
8/13/09 Memorial service for Edith Bearden (non-member)
9/3/09 Memorial service for Barbara Anderson
9/19/09 Funeral for Earl Huffingham
In October, the Session met with and received 10 new members.
Session Meeting Invited Guests:
The Session invited Mellanie Henderson, Preschool Director, and Debra
McElreath, Assistant Preschool Director, to discuss their ministry in Mandarin
Presbyterian Preschool. They reviewed activities in the Preschool and the
Session prayed for them, their lives and their ministry. The Session
recommended including more information about the preschool in weekly
bulletins, to further integrate MPP into the life of the church.
Summary of the Consent Agenda and Action Agenda items during the 2nd Quarter:
Additional meetings on Acts 16:5 Initiative for MPC, as recommended by
o Acts 16:5 is a Senior Pastor selected and led group that provides
congregations a way to engage in a deliberate process of
o Acts 16:5 is a 3 year process with the aim to assist a congregation in
the following areas:
Designing ministry appropriate to the specific needs of the
Ways to review and to affirm each congregation’s past and
present ministries while simultaneously designing a ministry
for the future
Guidance and support in the process of congregational change
Approved Boy Scout Troop 321 to sell greenery as a fundraiser again this
Received the report on the July 11 Summer Stated Meeting of Presbytery,
concerning new perspectives on Stewardship within congregations.
Reviewed updates on the Capital Improvement Fund available funds. By
the end of September $95,500 had been raised to cover the cost of painting
and caulking at the West Campus sanctuary building and replacing the
roof at the East campus administrative offices, classrooms and preschool.
By August 31 the painting at West Campus was complete, at a cost of
$36,400. In September, all estimates had been received for the roof
project and a contractor will be selected in October. The low end of the
bids was approximately $56,000. The Capital Improvement Fund has
sufficient funds to cover both of these projects.
Approved a staff Social Networking Policy, concerning the staff’s use of
social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, etc. It was recommended
that each staff employee be asked to sign a copy of this policy for
inclusion in their personnel files.
Reviewed staff personnel changes: Sue Keefe resigned as Nursery
Coordinator and Brooks Stapleton has accepted this part-time position.
Keri Pound has resigned as Interim High School Director. Debra
McElreath accepted the position of Assistant Preschool Director.
Commended the High School Director Search Committee on their
selection of Mike Mason as the new High School Director, effective
Approved the Mandarin Presbyterian Preschool budget for the 2009-2010
school year, as recommended by the Finance Team.
Approved the Small Group Connection team’s request to put cards in the
pews to allow people an opportunity to express interest in studies, classes
and small groups.
In September, welcomed Rev. Kevin Pound back from his sabbatical and
heard his report on his time away.
Approved replacement of the sanctuary amplifiers at the West Campus,
damaged in a fire on September 19, totaling over $11,000.
Elected Elder Commissioner Frances Berry to attend the Fall Stated
Meeting of Presbytery on October 20 at Camp Montgomery. Katie
Dayton, who has been under care of Session, will be presented as a
Candidate at this meeting.
Received a report from the committee reviewing future building expansion
Approved the creation of a Worship Review Committee, to review all
aspects of worship, including music, format, and worship times.
Appointed Clerk of Session Craig Henderson as chair of this committee;
members are to include Kevin Pound and Bill Vasko, as well as other
Reviewed finance reports and financial standing of the church as of the
end of July and end of August.
Approved Advent in October event for October 11
Approved youth staff and leaders to attend Youth Specialties Conference
in Atlanta, November 20 – 23.
Approved High School Ski Trip to Winterplace, WV, February 12 – 15,
Approved Middle School trip to Daytona, April 23 – 25, 2010
Approved High School Mission trip to Costa Rica, July 7 – 14, 2010, with
a maximum of 30 participants.
• MPC’s per capita apportionment due to Presbytery for 2010 will be $10,159.80,
based on reported active membership of 1652 as of 12/31/08.
• Jenn Arnold reported that the Stepping Stones program of faith-based education
will begin its second year on August 23.
• MPC’s first Family Camp will be held on Labor Day weekend, with
approximately 16 families in attendance for the weekend and more coming on
Current Session Members – Classes of 2009 - 2011:
Craig Henderson, Clerk of Session Bev Hawkins
Vic Halbach, Associate Clerk of Session Linda Mabe
Bryan Benton David Middleton
Frances Berry Mark Momberg
John Crowell Joe Perry
Bob Gillander Mack Reifers