Session Highlights

By Wendy Doidge, Clerk of Session.

May 2022

CHANGES in CHURCH REGISTER: 

Baptisms:  on May 8, 2022:

Natalie Thomas Monahan, (DOB: 10/19/2021), daughter of Thomas McKee Monahan and Carolyn Rooke Monahan born at NYU Langone, Tisch Hospital, NY, NY.

Josephine Carmela Doucette, DOB: 11/04/2021, daughter of Erin Rush Doucette and Craig Philip Doucette, at Hospital of Central CT, New Britain, CT.

 

Deaths: Barbara King, May 10, 2022, aged 90. Barbara joined PCM on March 30, 1958. She was ordained as an elder on February 14, 1999. She was PCM’s church administrator for 23 years. An invaluable resource for the Heritage Room and PCM’s history, Barbara helped author the church history for our 275th anniversary and was the long-time moderator of Circle 12. (#2853)

New Members: none

Transfers: none

Marriages: none

Removed from Roll:  none

Session approved the following:

~ Baptism of Hudson Michael Dormer on June 12, 2022.

~ Expanding the Alcohol Policy to include serving liquor at third party events using the PCM facilities at the Parish House. Each event must be approved by Building & Grounds. Event users must carry one million dollars of liability coverage and our event planner Kraft Management also has the same insurance coverage.

~ The suspension of the 8:00 a.m. Sunday worship services in the Chapel for the months of June, July, and August.

~ The display of a Pride flag for the month of June.

PRESBYTERY HAPPENINGS & INFORMATION:

~ The May 10th presbytery meeting was held via zoom. Commissioned elders for this meeting were:  Dianne Grenz, and Dick Kaller. (As a former moderator of presbytery, Clerk of Session Wendy Doidge is also a voting member at all presbytery meetings). 

~ Two new ministers were introduced:  Rev. Marie Branigan, interim pastor at Ringoes and Hannah Faye Allred who will be ordained on May 22 at Kitchell Memorial in East Hanover.

~ Brad Masters, financial advisor for New Covenant Trust presented information about their services to churches and presbyteries.

~ Rev. Ian Rankine and RE Suzanne Soos, both from Pluckemin, spoke about the expansion plans of their “hub of caring” for their community by rethinking the use of their large tract of land (6.5 acres), three of which are undeveloped.

~ RE John Hellreigel (Chester) gave an update on the Nairobi Partnership.

~ Two Administrative Commissions completed their work:  1. dissolution of the Martinsville Presbyterian Church (its members now attending the Bound Brook Church), 2. the Pompton Valley Church sold its property to another Christian denomination. With some of the proceeds from the sale, Highlands Presbytery is contributing $100,000 to Johnsonburg Camp and Retreat Center for its capital campaign and another $100K is being used for technology resources and support, to enable congregations to develop and enhance their online worship presence.

~ Delegates to the 225th General Assembly were commissioned:  RE Scott Riker, Highlands Presbyterian Church, Rev. Katherine Scott-Kirschen, First Pres Sussex, Rev. David Young, First Pres Newton, and RE Robert Zeh, First Pres Flemington. 

~ Camp Johnsonburg director Elise Bates Russell spoke to the group, expressing her thanks for the100K gift from the sale of Pompton Valley Presbyterian Church. Associate director Tommy Campbell was introduced.

~ Melanie Williams was approved to move from Inquirer to Candidate. She attends First Pres in Sparta.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Wendy M. Doidge


April 2022

CHANGES in CHURCH REGISTER: 

Baptisms: none

Deaths: none

New Members: none

Transfers: none

Marriages: none

Removed from Roll:  Donna Tomlinson, #9831, Hank Tomlinson, #9832, at their request

Session approved the following:

  • To hire a contracted person to fill the communications role  (to be coordinated with M&A)
  • To restart the monthly lunches, sponsored by C&M
  • To approve the serving of wine at the June 3rd Community & Membership event
  • To continue with the 8:00 a.m. Chapel worship service, with Communion served, through May 29, 2022

Presbytery meeting:  May 10, 2022

Commissioned elders for this meeting:  Craig Barth, Dianne Grenz, and Dick Kaller

Respectfully submitted,

Wendy M. Doidge

Clerk of Session


February 2022

CHANGES in CHURCH REGISTER: 

Baptisms: none

Deaths: Mary Dingler on February 14th. (#9034)

New Members: none

Transfers: Jeffrey Cramer, #9830 and wife Lee Anne Williamson, #9829

Marriages: none

Session passed a motion to make masking optional in the Sanctuary and Parish House as of March 8, 2022. During nursery school hours, masking practice in the Parish House will follow PCNS practice.

The AD Hoc committee (Christine Volinsky, Karen Griffith, Clarence Curry, Beth Baldanzi, and Pastor Leslie) met to consider what is needed in the absence of an associate pastor. Part time, full time, covenant supply are all options although the committee’s preference is full time. It was determined that a committee seeking a temporary replacement should consist of representatives from Session, Deacons, W&M, M&A, and Outreach.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Wendy M. Doidge

Clerk of Session


January 2022

CHANGES in CHURCH REGISTER: None

The Session and Board of Deacons had a joint meeting online on Saturday, January 29, 2022:

~ Each year church leaders and committee members must re-read and sign the Sexual Misconduct and Child Abuse Policy. Abuse in any form is a violation of a person and such conduct is taken very seriously. Our leaders need to know PCM’s policy for the safety of everyone.

~ The Annual Statistical report was approved and can be found in the Annual Report.

~ Session approved the Minister Information Form (MIF) that was created through the hard work of our Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). This information has been uploaded to the Presbytery website. This is the necessary step by which pastors seeking a new call find us. We have received applications (Personal Information Forms-PIF’s) already.

~ The Annual Congregational meeting inclement weather date is February 27, 2022 in the event we are unable to gather on the 13th.

~ Session confirmed the Bylaw change needed to acknowledge our electronic meetings. This requires Congregational approval.

Proposed Bylaw replacement for 2D

“Meetings of the congregation, session, and any other teams, commissions, boards, groups, or bodies of the church may be conducted by electronic means, provided that the technology selected allows for simultaneous communication, and that all who would ordinarily participate in the meeting are able to access the technology chosen. Proxies shall neither be solicited nor recognized.”

~ Session approved Wendy Doidge as Clerk of Session and Karen May as Treasurer, both for one-year renewable terms.

~ An Ad Hoc committee was formed to explore our short-term, immediate needs as we say good-bye to Rev. Green.

Respectfully submitted,

Wendy M. Doidge