Your Session met in the annex on Wednesday evening, June 20 and again on Sundays July 8 and July 15. Devotions at the June meeting were presented by elder David Geserick, and the minutes from the May meeting were amended and approved.
Pastor's report: Rev. Shedwick made 19 home visits during May and drove 302 miles on church business. He also made two hospital visits, offered 10 home communions, officiated at one funeral and had seven counseling sessions. He also named the ushers from July through September. They are: Lori Taylor (July 1), Nick Zorio Jr. (July 8), Jesse Butler (July 15), Ollie Lambert (July 22) and Barbara Daugherty (July 29); Barrie Dawson (Aug. 5), Bonnie Dawson (Aug. 12), David Geserick (Aug. 19) and Brad Gilmore (Aug. 26); Connie Harley (Sept. 2), Denise Pitchford (Sept. 9), Jake Mangano (Sept. 16), Jeanne Mangano (Sept. 23) and John Pitchford (Sept. 30).
Mission Committee: This year's CROP walk is set for Sunday, Oct. 14, at Chestnut Branch Park in Mantua. ... Volunteers will be asked to come to the church lounge and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Cathedral Kitchen at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. We are scheduled to help serve lunch there on Saturday, Aug. 18. ... An "Undie Sunday," on which the church will collect children's underwear and socks for children in Camden, is planned for August. ... Cindy Corell, the missionary whom we support in Haiti, is scheduled to speak at our church on Nov. 11.
Building and Property: Thanks to a donation, the windows on the 4th Street side of Cooper Hall have been replaced. ... As part of her sexton duties, Debbie Gould will assist families who plan to have weddings and funerals at our church. She replaces Elisha Elliott. ... Faulty meter-box readings are behind the high electric bills at the manse. PSE&G will credit the church for the overages. ... Depending on cost, the church may receive a donation to install air conditioners in Cooper Hall. ... The Session voted on July 15 to accept the $2,000 bid presented by landscaper Tim Pheasant to beautify the gardens in front of the sanctuary and in front of the sign board as well as Memorial Garden. Tim has offered to trim trees and help us control the vegetation that is creeping into our parking lot. ... The bulb in the light on the front of the annex that hangs over Rev. Shedwick's office window has been replaced. ... The commission plans to fill cracks in the asphalt and seal our parking lot.
Christian Education: Rev. Shedwick will be in charge of the Rally Day program in September. He plans to teach our young people about various facets of our worship service. ... A teachers' meeting will be held before Sunday School resumes, but no date has been set.
Stewardship and Finance: The commission has found a possible replacement for current-expense treasurer Steve Elliott, but nothing has been finalized. ... The West Jersey Presbytery has informed our church that Rev. Shedwick's salary does not meet the minimum standard as determined by recently revised figures. The difference is roughly $1,500. On July 15, the congregation voted on and approved the increase. Declining the increase would make Rev. Shedwick a part-time pastor. His full-time salary is based on a 48-hour work week. ... The congregation voted on and approved the use of e-voting on less serious matters by our Session, which will allow us to expedite matters that require little or no discussion. ... Our budget committee will meet Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the annex to set financial guidelines for 2018-19.
Worship and Program: A committee continues to look for a replacement for Music Director Quint Lerch, who retired at the end of May. Interviews are planned for early July. ... Brad Gilmore will fill in for the vacationing Rev. Shedwick on Sunday, July 29, and Dr. Paul Milio will deliver the Aug. 5 sermon. ... Our Dinner For Six fellowship is being revived, and the first installment is planned for Saturday, Oct. 13. … The second and third parts for our race-relations discussions will be at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Woodbury Heights firehouse, and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the West Deptford Library. ... The Nominating Committee has formally nominated Anthony Urion as our church's youth elder for 2018-19 and Madison Kratzer for a second term as our youth deacon.
Communication and Outreach: Rev. Shedwick is looking into the purchase of a white board so church events can be posted in the Narthex. ... Elder Arin Sheehan says she will be happy to help members install Remind 101 on their cellphones on those summer Sundays when she is in church. The messaging system includes 48 people to date. ... Results from the talent surveys taken in May have been compiled, and the volunteer lists have been emailed to our pastor, Session committee chairs, deacons moderator and church group leaders. ... Having already been reviewed and acted upon by our pastor, elders and deacons, the Session voted to send a redacted version of the Every Member Visitation Report to our church members. ... The commission also created guidelines for a church operations manual that Barbara Daugherty is creating. The Session is reviewing the document.
Membership and Fellowship: Bring A Friend Sundays, after which refreshments are to be served, have been set for July 15 (elders to bring food) and Aug. 12 (deacons to bring food).
New business: Our church parking lot will be the site of the Gloucester County Community Resource Fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. The event is run under the auspices of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. The church will sponsor an ice cream truck for the event with some of the $5,000 we were given by the W.J. Presbytery for outreach projects. ... The church is considering sponsorship of a Community Kids Engagement Project, which is being run by our local police as part of the Law Enforcement Against Drugs program. That would likely happen in the fall.