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                          SESSION HIGHLIGHTS - February 2021

The Session at First Presbyterian Church met last Tuesday via Zoom teleconferencing.  The following items were discussed and approved:

Kevin Jenkins and Barb Capeling presented the proposed budget for 2021.  The session moved that the budget be presented for congregational approval at our annual meeting on Sunday, February 28 at 11:00 a.m.  We thank the work of the Property and Finance Committee and the budget striking team for their work in preparing the budget.  

The annual meeting will take place via Zoom on the date mentioned above.  You will receive an email from Linda Weeks in the office asking you to reply to her email if you wish to take part in the annual meeting.  A Zoom link will be sent to you closer to the date of the meeting. 

Copies of the annual report and proposed budget will be emailed to you in the next week.  As well, a limited number of printed copies of the annual report will be available in the office.  Please arrange with Linda Weeks for a time for you to pick up a copy at the church.

The Session voted to stay closed through February, and reopen for public worship, if circumstances allow, for Communion on March 7.  

The Elders were delighted to welcome Lawrence Fotheringham into membership at First Presbyterian Church by resolution of the Session.

Property and Finance reported that the sale of the St. James property to the Chatham Islamic Centre is going through this month.  As reported earlier, this is a two-payment process which will finalize in October.

As well, Property and Finance reported that the insurance claims following the flood in the Lower Hall in 2016 have been closed.  This was possible after receiving a report from CT Soil in Windsor that stated that no damage to the foundation was detected during their tests.  The Session thanks Ed McLachlin, Brian Wright and Bob Fletcher for their extensive work throughout this process.

The Saturday Breakfast continues serving a take-out breakfast every other Saturday.  Over 80 meals were given out at our last breakfast. All our volunteers wear masks and practice social distancing.  Our guests are served outside the church building at the basement door on Fifth Street.

Rev. Mike continues his work with the minister, session and congregation at Knox Presbyterian Church in Leamington as they seek ways through their present difficulties.

The General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada will be held online for the first time in its history this June.  We urge you to be in prayer for this year's proceedings, which will include debate on allowing for ordination and the right to marry for people in same-sex relationships.