Scripture & Prayer: Rev. Lisa Aide begins every session meeting with prayer, a reading from
scripture and a brief spiritual devotion. This month, we reflected on John 21: 15-17. How do
we move on from hurt & sorrow and respond with love?
Presbytery Visit Report Update: At their April 2019 meeting, Presbtery decided to cover the cost of providing mentorship to Rev. Lisa Aide with Credence & Co. According to the moderator of Presbytery, it is up to the session of Paulin Memorial Presbyterian Church, with input from the board of managers in terms of the financial aspect, as to whether or not to follow through with the mediation. A copy of the proposal for the mentorship and for mediation by Credence & Co. was provided to session members for the April 29th meeting. In the spirit of working together with the board, a committee is being formed with 2 members from the session, 2 members from the board of managers, 2 members from the congregation at large and the treasurer to review the proposal and make a recommendation to session at the May 2019 session meeting.
Christian Education:. Planning is underway for the Vacation Bible Day Camp from July 22-26, 2019 & registration forms are available. Volunteers and donations will be required with a sign-up sheet coming soon. The “Buy a Book with Brunch” fundraiser for Youth Camp Fund is scheduled for Sunday, June 16th after the service. Family movie night on Saturday, April 6th had 14 participants- 5 were children. Average Sunday School attendance is 5 children. 13 different teens and pre-teens have attended the Coffee Houses since September. Several members of the CE committee will be attending a workshop on small Sunday Schools at Kintail on May 7th.
Mission and Outreach: On March 17th, ten soups were enjoyed by all who attended; $180.00 was raised for the Downtown Mission Coffee Fund. To date 131 tins of coffee have been donated. The committee is still looking for additional members. The Month of Charities have groups scheduled for May 5th (Matthew House), May 12th (PWSD) and May 19th (Windsor Amputee Support Group). All proceeds from the envelopes for the Month of Charities and the Time and Talent Auction will be divided evenly between the three charities chosen.
Worship: Summer Schedule of one service at 10:00 am to run from July 7th to Sept. 8th (Rally Sunday). Worship will move to the upper hall from July 7th to September 1st. A 2-page bulletin will be printed for Sunday worship services. A newsletter will be distributed 3 times a year. 114 people receive their newsletter by email and 150 people pick up a paper copy or have it mailed. Congregants are encouraged to provide their email address to their elder or the church secretary to reduce costs associated with printing and mailing newsletters.
Congregational Life: Average attendances for congregational life activities from January to April 2019: Men's Breakfast - 20 (organized by Don Adams); Women's Breakfast - 8 (organized by Louise Dupuis & Sandy Digou); Dinner & Movie – 20; Coffee Hour – 40; Bereavement - 5
Capital Fund Fundraising committee: Upcoming events are the Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday May 11, 2019 and a Hymn Sing Concert on Sunday May 26, 2019.
Treasurer’s Report: WFCU Chequing Account – balance forward as at Feb 28 2019 - $134,920.33. Closing balance as at March 31 2019 - $139,357.02. Total Deposits: $27,767.09 – Sunday deposits: $21,325.60; Par: $6,430.00; Interest - $11.49. Total Cheques and PAPs - $23,331.30. Reconciled Balance: Total Cheques outstanding (4) - $2,906.86. Total Deposits outstanding (1) - $2545.65 Actual Balance $138,995.81. Designated Fund Revenue received: $1515.65. The budgeted amount of revenue for March is $22,790.00 The actual revenue received was $21,138.30. This represents a shortfall of $3,804 in budgeted revenue year-to-date.
Submitted by Anne McLachlan, Clerk of Session
Paulin Memorial Church is part of the Presbytery of Essex/Kent which is part of the Synod of Southwestern Ontario which is part of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. We have financial obligations and opportunities at all levels of our involvement. Paulin is very responsible and meets it's obligations, also generously responds to opportunities for support and outreach at home and around the world (Read more on the Mission and Outreach page.)
The Kirk Session is a court of the Presbyterian Church in Canada comprised of elected members within Paulin Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Duties of a Session member (also known as a church elder) are varied and include:
The spiritual matters pertaining to:
The Supervision of:
Members and Adherents
The admission of new members
The minister is the moderator of all meetings and a clerk is appointed to keep minutes and all records of the Session. Our present clerk is Ann McLachlan, and we have 25 elders on session.
Being an elder on the session at Paulin is a demanding role. Elders are expected to attend session meetings, serve on a committee, visit the people in their districts, take a turn greeting at the door, serve communion, be involved in the life events of the church, and generally care about the spiritual well-being of the congregation. It's not a position of prestige or honour, but one of service, as we seek to follow the example set for us by Jesus. For the most part, the Paulin elders are dedicated and faithful and try hard to do the job to which God has called them. Please share your ideas and concerns when your elder comes to call. If you don't have an elder, but would like one, please call the church.
Session members are called "Ruling Elders" although that function is seldom exercised these days. The minister is call the "Teaching Elder". We work together to attempt to meet the spiritual needs of the members and adherents of the congregation. With all the rest of the congregation, the elders take their place in the Body of Christ and do their best to reach into the community and welcome newcomers and visitors with love and compassion. As our society becomes more and more secularized, all church members have increasingly demanding responsibilities to work to bring in God's Kingdom.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FEBRUARY 2019 SESSION MEETING