|. .Weekly Newsletter. .|
May 8, 2016
Hold That Thought…
No meeting of our Session this year will be more productive than the one we had this past week. We covered more business than we could have imagined, and we had great fellowship at the same time. The evening began with faithful conversation as we approved our new slate of elders and deacons, finding them most ready and capable of leading our congregation. These new officers will be ordained and installed over this first weekend in May.
Next we moved into our regular meeting that included a full agenda. Some of the more interesting items of business were reports of successful mission trips and generous giving for the first quarter of the year. We voted to spend $10,000 from funds on hand to upgrade and enhance the sound and projection systems in the Fellowship Hall. Of course, it was carefully noted that while these improvements will benefit many programs, the equipment will be transferable when we move to the new campus. Most significantly, we offered enthusiastic support of an experimental third worship service on Sunday mornings. Once each month for the summer—June 12, July 17, and August 14—there will be a service in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 10:05. This worship will be led by The Point (our youth fellowship), as well as Cam Thomas and Skip Yingling. Please note that all other programs will continue as usual, including Sunday School for our children and adults. Coffee Fellowship will remain at its normal time, 9:40-10:00.
Two other significant events took place. After a delicious meal, elders and family members were treated to an evening of affirmation for our Confirmation Class. We were duly impressed with the hard work of this group throughout the year, and we witnessed how much their faith has grown through this experience. As always, we gave thanks for the families who love them and the leaders who taught them (Edwin Hinds, Ray and Jan Riggs). This class of confirmands will be received into full membership on Mother’s Day, May 8.
The last item that I mention is truly hot off of the press. Earlier that same day we hired the permanent replacement to be our Sexton. As you probably know, Louis Heyward retired in December after forty years of loyal service to FPC. We have been blessed in recent months by the interim efforts of our own Miles Hamilton, who will be leaving us on May 13.
Let me briefly introduce you to our new Sexton, Dale Gallo. Dale and his family are re-locating to this area after a successful career in Pennsylvania. You will be quite impressed with Dale. He is most qualified for the position. Dale has the experience and ability to fix almost anything that needs repair, and he has a passion for keeping things clean. Among his hobbies are baseball (he umpired college ball for many years including at the College World Series!), working out at the gym, and spending quality time with his family. An added bonus for us is Dale’s strong faith, including his service as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church. Please welcome Dale and his family to FPC, beginning May 16.
Dr. John C. Brearley