Session Annual Report, February 2014
The Session thanks the congregation for a great year in 2013. The Session worked hard to provide steady and able leadership. We made good progress and there are many opportunities before us. There is much work to be done and the Session is committed to faithful, energetic leadership. It appreciates all the people who, through their efforts, serve Christ’s work in this congregation and community.
This report lists a number of the activities of the year 2013 as well as the Session goals for 2014. Work on these goals is already underway. We thank the congregation, the pastors, and the church staff for their participation in the work of ministry in this congregation. Together we are the body of Christ and every person is important. We covet your prayers and thank you for your generous service.
Together may we – Gather as God’s people, Grow as disciples, and Go into our world as ministers of Jesus Christ.
Following is a list of the reports of the seven ministries of the Session (Worship, Christian Education, Fellowship, Missions, Membership, Administration, Buildings and Grounds) and a report from the Deacons.
Worship Report 2014
As a church, we strive each week to make worship meaningful to each person. The staff prepares all week long for both the contemporary and traditional services. I want to thank each staff for their time, energy and commitment to this church. We also need many volunteers each Sunday. The worship ministry is in charge of the lay leader, usher and communion schedules. If you are interested in volunteering your time for either of these areas of worship, please let me know.
This past year, the church had special services like Youth Sunday, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, Easter, Musical cantata, 2 Christmas Eve services, and a Musical Celebration in November during the Sunday School hour. We also received a gift of the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory To God, which we have put into the sanctuary.
During our session retreat, we looked at the goals presented by the Vision Committee. We are working hard at addressing each goal. The goals presented were:
- sing more old hymns (which we will do once a month)
- sound system needs to be upgraded (a member of the church is currently working on this problem who has the expertise to address this issue)
- build the choir (there will be a “Meet and Greet” the choir on Wed. February 19th 7:30-8:00 pm for any interested people to attend the choir practice)
- need the children’s and youth choir to perform more often (we are currently meeting to interview a children’s music director)
- have name tag Sunday more often (we have specified 6 different dates for name tag Sunday and notified the ushers).
We are very excited about the year ahead! Again, I want to thank our staff who make these worship services meaningful and to each volunteer during the worship services.
Eva Nelson, Chair
Christian Education Ministry Annual Report 2013
Christian Education is always a busy ministry with an enormous impact on the life of the church at Central Presbyterian Church. Here are some of the highlights of Christian Education in 2013:
The mission for Adult CE ministry is to provide vibrant educational Christ-centered offerings for adults of all ages that grow disciples and promote a meaningful lifelong relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
A variety of educational offerings has been implemented for our congregation that includes three (3) choices for Sunday morning opportunities. On a rotating basis, a Teaching Elder teaches/leads each quarter. Our adult attendance averages around 40-50 on a weekly basis. Our “system” has been in effect now for over a year and seems to be meeting our goals to provide theologically sound choices with a diversity of offerings, approaches, and styles.
We have continued to provide another educational opportunity on Wednesday nights and hope to expand these opportunities in the next year. Weekly attendance on Wednesday nights averages about 13 adults.
Our Women’s Ministry provides a weekly bible study led by our Associate Pastor provides education for an average of 16-18 faithful participants.
Our Men’s Ministry implemented a “small group” model for discipleship this year by our Senior Pastor and provided this ministry to a group of 9 men. It is our hope that this ministry will double in 2014.
The Youth Ministry of Central Presbyterian Church is committed to love, nurture, inspire, and equip our 6th – 12th grade students to be faithful, lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ who reach out to their community in service to others and for the Kingdom.
Youth ministry includes students in grades 6-12. Central serves youth from 37 families; with 55 students actively involved.
The average attendance for Sunday youth group is 17 middle schoolers and 10 high schoolers. About 30 students attended Sunday school weekly, with 2-3 classes offered to students each week. In addition to regular Sunday activities the youth also participate in service projects such as collecting the Souper Bowl offering, leading Bingo and Trivia at local assisted living facilities, sponsoring and participating in the ML5K to support Extra Special People, conducting worship on Youth Sunday, and other outreach activities.
Eleven (11) 7th and 8th grade students participated in the 9-week Confirmation classes, and attended the weekend retreat. They made their profession of faith and joined the church in March, 2013.
Each summer, our middle and high school students look forward to their summer trip, which is great bonding experience for our young people. In 2013, 26 youth and adults attended the High School Conference “Here and Be Heard” at Montreat and 31 youth and adults served 5 different ministries in the Charleston area for the middle school mission trip. In addition to our summer trips, several school-year and summer outings give students a chance to get to know each other and bring their friends. Some 2012 highlights included The Mix at the Classic Center in March with 25 students and 8 adults participating for the first-time, the year-end family cookout with mechanical bull, as well as Fall Kickoffs at Whitewater (high school students) and Funopolis (middle school).
The mission for Children Ministry is to provide a welcoming Christ-centered ministry for children and families which allows children to discover God through age-appropriate learning programs and fellowship and to introduce children to a meaningful, lifelong relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Our children’s ministry program serves approximately 35 families and provides the following programs for 60 children (ages 3 through 5th grade). An average of 20-28 children attend Sunday school weekly, taught by 8 teachers in 4 classes, learning from the Grow, Proclaim, Serve Curriculum. When children leave worship each Sunday, they attend Kidz Praise – during the early service, about 12 students (4 through 5th grade) enjoy a Bible story and craft in the nursery wing; during the late service, an average of 16 children (2nd – 5th grades) participate in the Kid’s Quest Catechism Club.
Wednesday night brings an average of 20 children and 4 volunteers for a Veggie Tales lesson (younger children) or small group Bible study (older children). Each fall, our 2nd-3rd graders participate in a 4-week Worship & Communion Class leading up to World Communion Sunday. In 2013, we presented 10 Bibles to our 3rd grade children in the Fall and 10 hymnals to our 4th graders during Lent. Our church welcomed 157 children, youth and adult leaders to Kingdom Rock for Vacation Bible School this summer.
Our Christmas children’s musical “Christmas Around the World” had 34 kids singing and telling the story of Christ’s birth. Additional special events like the Easter egg hunt and Fall Festival, Bring-a-friend nights, holiday celebrations and the 4th-5th grade end-of-the-year lock-in are fun outreach events for our families, extended family and friends, and were very successful in terms of children participating, youth & adult volunteers and fun had by all!
2014 Christian Education Goals
- Continue to create and implement a robust and energetic ministry and programs for all ages.
- Create and implement findings of a youth family survey to explore ways to improve and build a better future youth ministry.
- Hire youth interns to complement the existing staff and volunteer human resources.
- Create and implement findings of a Children’s family survey to explore ways to improve and build a better future children’s ministry.
- Publish a calendar of CE events for all ages.
Expand the leadership and volunteer roles for youth and children’s ministries.
Chair, Christian Education Ministry
February 9, 2014
We celebrate the committee that has come together to provide fine meals and refreshments at church gatherings. Naomi Lupton, Howard Guest, Matt Fletcher and Deacons Jan Rhodes and Xandra Baxter have continued to help us with their cooking expertise and experience in our kitchen. Steve and Joyce Henley have recently joined us adding a whole new level of kitchen experience. Carol Bernhardt has done a wonderful job of making sure we have delectable goodies to snack on in the Gathering area before services. Finally, the person we depend on every week, Bill (Duck) Anderson, who is indispensable in cleaning up our messes every week. Thank you all!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNERS:
We are trying to provide meals that are appealing, nourishing, affordable, tasty and sometimes a little different that will attract more people to join us on Wednesday evenings. In the last year we have served: Spaghetti with homemade meat sauce; Mexican Chicken; Corned beef with cabbage, potatoes and carrots; Jan’s Meatloaf and mashed potatoes; Cuban roast pork with Cuban black beans and rice; Greek chicken with confetti rice and a Greek salad; and Smoked pork loin with baked apples. Then there are all the wonderful deserts! We also have a salad bar with lots of ingredients for you to make your own salad.
Over the next few months we will continue to provide great dinners, mostly prepared in our own church kitchen. The menus for the rest of this spring are posted on the church web site and are on the bulletin board in the down stairs hall. They include BBQ Pork, Chicken Pot Pie, Greek Chicken with a Greek Salad, Louisiana Gumbo with Andoulli Sausage, Salisbury Steak and a Fine Irish Feast for St. Patrick’s. New for 2014 we will have pizza on the kid’s table each week.
We usually feed 50 to 60 people each Wednesday and would love to have 80 to 100 or more each week. Usually we actually bring in a little more money than we spend making the Wednesday night dinners, the church’s only profit center! We truly love to prepare meals for our brothers and sisters! We hope more and more people will join us for a good meal together and enjoy the fellowship.
GOAL FOR 2014
MONTHLY FUN TIME
The Vision Forward Committee reported that the congregation would like to have regular fun activities. We have tentatively scheduled a variety of events throughout the year starting with “Dinner Out,” a quiet dinner served by selected youth on February 7. On Sunday, March 23 we will have” Birthday Night” to celebrate everyone’s special day. Sunday, April 27 will be “The Amazing Race Through the Gospel of Mark”. May will bring a “Ladies’ Tea” ala Downton Abby. We will then break for the summer and come back in the fall with “Minute To Win It”, “Tailgate Party” and a “Block Party” for the whole Beachwood Hills neighborhood. We will finish out the year with a “Gingerbread House” construction event.
Lew Frazar, Chair
The Mission Ministry manages the various giving ministries of the congregation and provides opportunities for service to our community and world. We had a good year in missions in 2013. We continue to work in our community in the following ways:
Coordination- Oversee, encourage, and support the variety of mission efforts of the congregation.
Encouragement and Promotion-
Presbyterian (USA) Special offerings offerings:
-$1,381 One Great Hour of Sharing, Easter
-$1,096 Pentecost, Pentecost Sunday
-$1,020 Peacemaking, World Wide Communion Sunday
-$ 719 Joy Gift, Christmas
Presbyterian Homes Offering
-$1,164 Caring Hands Offering
-$1,562 ESP -Chili cook off
-$1,386 SOUPERBOWL-special offering to support Food2kids
$8,328 Total extra giving to missions in 2013
The 52 Club offering in August also helps support and fund scholarships and leader costs for youth retreats.
Church Budget- Allocated $11,934 to the support of the larger church and also contributed to the following:
- Athens Nurses Clinic
Non-profit health care clinic that provides treatment to uninsured low and no income residents in Clarke and surrounding counties.
- The ARK
Provides emergency financial assistance to the low income population in Clarke and surrounding counties.
- Samaritan Counseling Center
Provide professional interfaith counseling services to individuals, families and community groups.
- Presbyterian Student Center
We provide funds for the focused campus ministry at the University
- Women of the World
Is an International nonprofit Christian service organization that aims to improve the lives of the poor women and children in developing countries.
- John 21 Fund
Half of the money raised goes to local hunger needs (such as mission in a mile) - the other half Internationally (youth determine where it goes).
- Our Daily Bread
Serves breakfast and lunch to more than 125 people per day Monday through Friday. Sack meals are served on Saturday and Sunday.
- Athens Area Food Bank
Donations are left in front of the office in a tub. We are given a list of items needed that is posted in the bulletin each month. This is tied into THE ARK which just celebrated 25 years.
- Athens Area Homeless Shelter (AAHS)
Three-pronged program approach to providing services. These steps are Almost Home, Going Home and JobTrec.
- Sparrow’s Nest
Men’s ministry did a clothing drive last fall and we support them with
Mission in a Mile- (headed by Jan Rhodes)
-Cake walk for Alps Elementary
-School Supplies for Alps Elementary
-Clarke Middle School food for Community Food bank
-Food baskets for needy families at Alps Elementary
-Tallmadge Terrace Birthday lunches
-Lanier Gardens crafts for their residents
-Collected books/stuffed animals for the St. Mary’s children’s wing
by holding a fall tailgate party
-Encourage giving for the St. Mary’s Thrift store
Interfaith Hospitality Network-
(led by Julie Lannard & Gail Gentry) looking for volunteers
-Hosted four times in 2013 January, March, June, August, November
-We are hosting four times at CPC in 2014
June 29-July 6
-We are working to transform the unused men’s restroom just off of
the gathering area into a full bath.
- Hosted 10 families in 2014 which included 12 adults and 19
Goals for 2014 – Continue with Mission in a Mile and invite other churches to participate. Encourage various groups in the church to do a mission project in their group. Consider the possibility of an all-church mission project. We hope to involve more church members in the various ministries we support.
Deborah Wing and Cecil Pinkerton
Membership Report 2013
Christa Bailey, Chair, Membership Committee
Central Presbyterian Church Session
Scott Norris, Mac Fite and I make up the Membership Committee on the Session at Central. 2013 was certainly a busy year with our committee combining with others to support the ML5K in January, the Children's Movie Night in March, a Prospective Member Luncheon on Saint Patrick's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Graduate Recognition Sundays, Confirmation Sunday, New Member Coffees with the Pastor in October and finally, the My Hope Event in November. We count 2013 as a particularly productive year!
We begin 2014 with excitement over the new Pictorial Directory. During the first weekend in March, photographers will be here to capture this good looking congregation and we all will benefit from an updated guide to our members. During the first quarter of the year, we are kicking off our "Caring Teams". We hope to encourage every member to find a place on one of our teams and become part of a group whose sole mission is to care for and encourage others. Through these groups, we hope that our congregation becomes more connected and finds ways to serve Christ through serving others. The membership committee has also begun a "New Member Sponsorship Program". We hope to pair new members with existing ones and help with the new folks' assimilation into our church's family.
Sunday, March 30, during the Sunday School hour, we will host a church-wide breakfast celebrating our new members who have joined in the last year. This is also Confirmation Sunday.
During the last year, we have welcomed several new members. This year, we hope to reach more for Christ by demonstrating his kind of love for others. This requires commitment, time and enthusiasm.
I think that our congregation is committed and enthusiastic and that we will make time for events that we feel are important. Let's get started!
Christa Bailey, Chair
Administration Ministry Annual Report
The Administration Ministry works closely with the Pastors, Treasurer and Bookkeeper to conduct the daily business of Central Presbyterian. Within the purview of the Administration Ministry are matters related to personnel, budgeting, investments, policy documentation, and the like. Consequently, the Administration Ministry is often the liaison between the various other ministries of the Session and the parties named above.
The Administration Ministry did a number of things in 2013 –
Worked with the Session to help keep the budget on track and in line with the expected giving and necessary spending. The budget was very tight this year, but we did make the budget as anticipated. We had to use some reserves, but those were planned into the budget. We came out about as anticipated at the beginning of the year.
Worked with the Session to prepare a budget for 2014. This is a stronger budget, although missions giving is not back to where we would like to see it. This budget is balanced and does not require any reserve funds.
Served to give leadership to the Looking Forward Task Force which was formed in September of 2013. This Task Force was put together for the purpose of looking into the future, anticipating needs, and planning for a great future. As part of the work of the Task Force, the following things took place:
a. An in-house demographics study of the congregation was done. It may be found at the end of this report.
b. A Brainstorming Committee was formed, headed by Jan Rhodes, to bring back to the Session ideas to help improve the life of the congregation. The members of the committee were: Jan Rhodes (chair), Lynn Bloodworth, Beth Ellis, Steve Henley, Charles Kilgore, and Kelly Mendiola. They presented their report to the Session in December and it became the basis for the Session’s planning retreat in January of 2014.
c. Each ministry area was asked to reflect on their ministry and fill out a report on the church website. These are still being tallied.
d. Formal staff reviews were done by the pastor with each staff member and goals were set by pastors and staff for the year 2014.
The Session set goals for 2014 and will post a calendar for the year with activities listed on it.
Administration Ministry 2014 Goals
- Support the process of hiring youth ministry workers to work with Reverend Trimpe as soon as monies become available.
- Begin printing in either the bulletin or the newsletter a regular accounting of giving and perhaps expenses.
- Print a “Did You Know?” in at least 6 newsletters and post them all in a section on the Website under the Session.
- Develop a list of goals for each staff person and present them to the February Session meeting for review and approval.
- Complete the first phase of the organ repair, up to $10,000 using a donation given for that purpose. Develop a plan for the next phrase and communicate this to the Session and congregation when appropriate.
- Have a covered dish luncheon after worship on February 9 for the annual meeting, budget report, handing out of the annual report with detailed budget, and discussion about the budget. Present the plans of the congregation for the coming year, using the goals approved at the January Session meeting. Place the annual report on the website.
- Develop a plan for how to communicate more effectively with the congregation and present to the Session during the first part of the year.
- Encourage a staff planning retreat in the first half of the year to brainstorm creative ideas and ways the various areas can work together.
- Bring for approval a set of congregational by-laws (congregational approval) and Session Handbook (Session approval).
Total Number of Confirmed Members –- 342
Women – 188
Senior Adults – 90
Adults - 191
College – 14
Youth, Senior High – 27 (grades 9-12)
Youth, Middle School – 29 (grades 6-8)
Children, 4 years old through 5th grade – 50
Children, 0 through 3 years old – 18
Distribution of Members
Confirmed children - 46 (from grade 8 – college)
Non-Confirmed children - 87
Married Senior Adults - 37
Single Senior Adults - 53
Married Adults - 146
Single Adults - 45
Working Adults - 149
Retired Adults - 87
Number of Families with Children – 44
Families with Pre-School Children - 17
Families with Elementary School Children - 28
Families with Middle School Children - 25
Families with High School Children – 22
Matt Hoots and David Bernhardt
Buildings and Grounds
- Annual spring cleaning went well
- We brought our fire protection into code
- Trimmed back shrubbery
- Helped in purchasing and establishing rules for the new church bus
- Repaired existing church van’s transmission in effort to keep 2 vehicles ready for church travel!
- Create buildings and grounds team by recruiting church members
- Spring cleaning of church and grounds
- Fix chandeliers lights
- Have organ repaired after Vacation Bible School
- Build shower in old men’s restroom
- Build outdoor volleyball court.
Gary Huff, Chair and Charles Kilgore
As Deacons, we have taken to heart the role of caring for and connecting with our Central Presbyterian family. Separate Deacon Committees facilitate the many aspects of the church's changing needs. Here are some details of our service and the deacons who head up these areas.
-The New Members Ministry makes a connection between current church events, class offerings and existing members. (Dottie Cox)
-The Visitation and Homebound Communion Ministries takes one on one care to the doorsteps of our homebound members. In the past year we have added new visitation volunteers to this rewarding ministry. (Xandra Baxter)
-The Bereavement and Short Term Needs Committee helps with receptions and home food delivery in times of need. (Jan Rhodes, Gail Gentry)
-The Men's Ministry serves to encourage and strengthen Central's men. They are hoping this group will be expanding in 2014. (Mark Rejmer)
-The Notecard Ministry has added team members to send Christian love and friendship by mail throughout the year. There is also a Ministry member that focuses specifically on special notes in times of need. (Carol Wheeler and Shirl Wunderlich)
-The Marriage Ministry has held fellowship events such as the "Newlywed Game" and last year's Valentine's Dinner. This year they have switched focus to promote fun activities that allow all of the congregation to attend. (Gina Lonnee, Shirley Berry, Tom Doonan, Jan Rhodes, Joyce Henley)
-The Stewardship Ministry is a newly formed group that works with members of the Session to look at the financial needs of our congregation. (Skip Trimpe and Elizabeth Guest)
-The Prayer Ministry is a team committed to praying for the pastoral and church staff, for members of Central, and for our local, national & global community. They pray individually daily and meet at church weekly to pray together, on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. (Elizabeth Guthrie)
Gina Lonnee, Deacons Chair