Session Highlights from most recent meeting

Stated Meeting - October 24, 2022

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  • Current Membership of FPC: 1,046 as of October 24, 2022
  • Communion Next Scheduled: November 20, 2022
  • Next Presbytery Meeting: November 17th hosted by South Highland Presbyterian Church, Elders representing FPC: Amy Echols, Karl Harbin, Mike Henderson
  • Baptism Approved: David Cohen Renfroe, Jr, son of David and Sarah, on October 23, 2022

Session Highlights

The Session began its meeting by spreading all over the church, with Elders assigned to specific classrooms, meeting spaces, offices, etc. Each Elder was asked to pray for the ministry and participants/beneficiaries of the ministry that went on or was planned for in that room in the past, present, and future.

Personnel: Ashley Maughan shared exciting news with Session that a
Youth Director candidate has been offered the open position and will start with FPC on January 2, 2023. The candidate has many years of experience in youth work and is currently serving another church as Youth Director. As such, he cannot be identified by name yet. The Search Committee is very pleased with this hire.

Long Range Planning: Session approved the recommendation of LRP
to extend the due diligence period for the sale of the lot in Moundville
on Hwy 69. ALDOT requires a traffic study.  The sale agreement has been extended to February 22, 2023.

Finance: Robert Almon reported that receipts had improved through September and now were about even with the prior year. He attributed our improvement to the statements that were mailed out to the Congregation in September and members catching up their giving. We are still running a small deficit despite spending running under budget. See financial table below.  

Stewardship: Emily Deal and Michael Bailey reported. As of October 24, 151 pledges had been received totaling $1,170,890. To compare to 2022 Stewardship, 174 pledges were received totaling $1,350,000. The Stewardship committee is now making calls to members to seek additional pledges. Budget preparations will begin in November and will be based upon the success of the Stewardship campaign.

Marketing & Communications: The Pulse Newsletter will resume quarterly with the Advent 2022 edition.  

UPerk: Cal Holt, President UPerk Board, updated Session on activities at UPerk and reviewed numerous community mission related activities ongoing.

Next Meeting: Session will next meet on November 21, 2022