Our Session, composed of 12 elders elected by the congregation for 3-year terms, serves as the governing board entrusted with guiding and making decisions on behalf of our community.
Here you will find a report from their latest meeting to provide better communication and transparency to the congregation of New Hope.
November 11th Session Meeting
Elder Liaison Reports
Our elders who are liaisons to different ministries in the church gave brief reports on anything that session should be filled in on.
Building and Grounds - discussed where we are at with the NW Parcel sale and the current progress on our roof repair.
Board of Stewards - commented on our pledge campaign and how much work and effort has gone into it from our board of stewards.
Finance - there was discussion around financial giving by the leadership (elders) of the church.
Christmas Eve Services
Christmas Eve is on a Sunday in 2023 and Pastor Caressa and Pastor Jordan proposed a 9:30am 4th Sunday of Advent Service and then our usual
4pm Family Service
6pm Candles and Carols Service
8pm Candles and Carols Service with Communion
Session needed to vote on adding communion to the 8pm.
Pastor Jordan was looking through our policies as he prepares for his sabbatical in 2024 and found that our policy document and the policy in the employee handbook were not consistent with one another. A cleaner version was made and presented to session to approve.
New Hope has a schedule of when we bring in the PCUSA and American Flag into the sanctuary. It was proposed to change the schedule to the following holidays: Independence Day, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day.
There was discussion around the fact that our current schedule has been working, so why change it.
There was a motion to instead take out President's Day and Labor Day. All the other dates follow the theme of recognizing our veterans, Labor Day and President's day didn't seem to fit into that them. It was brought to a vote.