Westminster Presbyterian Church

Akron, Ohio

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Minutes of the Session Meeting

Be adaptive, engaging, generous, inclusive, and relevant. Be faithful.

Be Westminster!

The Session Meeting of Westminster Presbyterian Church was called to order by Moderator, Rev. Derek Starr Redwine, at 8:00 p.m. (after Committee meetings).

Elders (+ present, * excused absent, - absent)

Class of 2011

Class of 2012

Class of 2013

+ Stacy Franzmann

+ Melanie Curlee

+ Bruce Bain

* Char Molinaro

+ Rich Lucas

+ Larry Hawkins

+ Kris Pritchard

+ Pat Santelli

+ Ginny Melver

+  Bruce Stebner

+ Cindy Weiss

+ Barb Shriner

Also present:

Rev. Derek Starr Redwine, Pastor

Rev. Amy Starr Redwine, Associate Pastor

Kate Clark, Clerk of Session

Donald Rearick, Moderator of Personnel Committee


Pastor Derek opened the meeting with prayer.

Clerk’s Report

Consent Agenda:

2011-60   Motion prevailed to approve the minutes of the regular Session meeting of Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

2011-61  Motion prevailed to approve the baptisms of:

  1. Alexander Anthony Ramos on Sunday, October 9, 2011
  2. Sawyer John Rzeszotarski on Sunday, October 16, 2011
  3. Adele Claire Jurmanovich on Sunday, October 23, 2011

2011-62   Motion prevailed to receive the following report of all weddings, funerals, baptisms, and communions that have taken place since session’s previous meeting:

1.  Weddings: Jeffrey Scott Rayle and Jana Leigh Messaros, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

2.  Funerals: Phillip Buehl, Saturday, September 3, 2011        

3.  Communion:  Sunday, September 11, 2011

4.  Baptisms: None

2011-63   Motion prevailed to approve the Membership Statistical Report.

                                                Total Membership as of 7-31-2011.  .  .  .  .  .  . 510

AUGUST        New Members                        0

                Reinstatements                0

                Inactive                        0

                Deletions                        0

                Letters                                0

                Deaths                                1

                        (H. Phillip Buehl)

                                                Total Membership as of 8-31-2011   .  .  .  .  .  .  509

2011-64  Motion prevailed to grant DELETION for:

        Mr. & Mrs. William E. Heese (Alice Lootsma)

        666 Jolson Ave., Akron, OH 44319

                (Per their request)

        Mr. Joseph T. Curley

        Rte#1 – 130 Parrett Road, Greenfield, OH 45123

                (Per his request)

        Ms. Lisa R. (Martino) Boyd

        (No address for over one year)

Financial Report

Rich Lucas reported that YTD we are $1,100 in the black as of the end of August..

Personnel Committee

The following motion was brought by Don Rearick (Moderator):

2011-65  Motion prevailed to revise the Personnel Policy of Westminster Presbyterian Church as follows: (a) Revise p. 11 to reduce the total number of accumulated medical leave days to a maximum of 60 days from 90 days; (b) to remove pages 28, 29 and 30 from the Policy manual and maintain the revised language as proposed as a separate document, distributed only to ordained ministers on staff.

Personnel Policies are available for review in the Church office.

Outreach Committee

Cindy Weiss brought the following motion:

2011-66  Motion prevailed that half of the offering taken during Rev. Amy Starr Redwine’s Installation Service at 12:15 p.m. on October 9, 2011, be given to the Compassion Fund of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Outreach will be meeting on Sunday, October 16, 11:45, in Room 106.

Properties Committee

Virginia Melver brought the following motion:

2011-67  Motion prevailed to hire DanMar Services, LLC, to perform WYDACA Flood Repair, not to exceed $4,500.00.  Charge to Maintenance Insurance Fund.

2011-68  Motion prevailed to hire Crisp Company to replace, change, and update church locks for $5,500.00, money to come from the Fouse Charitable Lead Trust fund.

2011-69  Motion prevailed to paint the Wright-Herberich Hall wall (the one with the TV screen) and to paint the trim, ceiling and wall areas in the area behind the chancel for $4,042.00, money to come from the Fouse Charitable Lead Trust fund.

2011-70  Motion prevailed via email for an expenditure of up to $2,000 from the Wilson Christian Education ($1,102), Kaufmann PCUSA ($751), and H. Jay Christian Education  funds ($523) to purchase the streamlined version of Bible Story Room curriculum and other needed supplies to adapt the room for its use.  

Report from Pastor Derek

2011-71 Motion prevailed to approve the baptism of Leo (Gehring) Scheff on Sunday, December 5, 2011.  Grandparents are members Barbara and David Gehring.

Budget worksheets should be in to the office by October 16, 2011.  Committees told to use the same subtotal amount as 2011.  Committees also need to indicate where a 5% decrease would come from and where a 5% increase would be placed.  Include dreams for what your committee would like to do.  A draft budget will be approved by Session in December.

Upcoming Session Meetings

Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 p.m., regular Session meeting

The meeting was adjourned with the Lord’s Prayer at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

_______________________________        _______________________________________

Kate Clark, Clerk of Session                        Rev. Derek Starr Redwine, Moderator of Session