Meetings of the Session were held on April 17th and May 15th.
At the May meeting the Session accepted Jean and Sally Thomas as members of New Hope by letters of transfer from Second Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga.
The Treasurer reported on the state of contributions for March and April.
¨ While contributions have almost reach projected levels as of April, they are still falling just short of expenses.
¨ Transfers of funds have been made between budget categories in order clean up the budget.
¨ Our investments were up in April.
We are still waiting for a plan from the designer to update the Narthex kitchen.
¨ The designer will meet with members of the congregation to get an idea of what we need.
¨ Any changes will be kept simple.
¨ The Session realizes that any update will require additional funds and we may need to run a fundraising program in order to complete the project.
The Session discussed how our children can be included in the worship service.
¨ The feeling was that it is important for our children to be present during the worship service so that they can learn what worship is all about and why it is important.
¨ Rev. Worth is working on making the worship service more meaningful for the children.
¨ A children’s bulletin will be available to help the children understand what is happening and why.
¨ Positive comments have been received on the children’s bulletin.
The Session discussed adding the ability to receive contributions electronically.
¨ Peter Savard will check into this and report at the next Session Meeting.
¨ At the May meeting Peter presented information on using PayPal and a service from the Presbyterian Foundation to receive online payments.
¨ These options will be explored further.
The Buildings & Grounds committee reported that insulation will be added to the attic of the McMillan Building to reduce heating/cooling costs.
¨ The insulation project has been completed.
¨ Painting of the McMillan building meeting room has been completed.
¨ A new water meter will be installed to help reduce the cost of the irrigation system.
The Fellowship committee will continue to use Bud’s Sports Bar for food during April.
¨ Congregation members will resume cooking during May.
¨ The cost of the dinner will remain $7.00.
¨ Wednesday night suppers will continue through the end of May.
¨ There will be no pot-luck supper in May.
The Worship Committee announced that the Taizé service at New Hope on the third Sunday of the month will be cancelled. The service at Morning Pointe on the first Sunday of the month will continue.
The Education committee announced that Vacation Bible School will be the first week in June. (The VBS has been cancelled since the Session Meeting).
¨ Children’s Sunday School will continue until the end of May and be suspended for the summer.
¨ The Education committee is open to meeting with parents to discuss how to proceed in the fall.
¨ Adult Bible Study will continue on as it is.
Pastor Worth’s Report:
¨ The Wednesday Night Bible Study topic will be “Losing Moses On The Freeway.”
¨ Rev. Worth is reviving the Monday morning Bible study.
¨ Rev. Worth put an article in the newsletter regarding missions and asked those with ideas to see her, Linda Brandon or Phillip Wright.
¨ There is a need to update information on our website and to keep the information there up to date. Anyone with announcements or updated information can leave it in the office or send it to Peter Savard.
¨ Rev. Worth will be on vacation June 20 – 26.
The next Session meeting will be June 12th at 12:15PM.