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                          SESSION HIGHLIGHTS - September 2018

The Backyard Mission was a great success.  Although we were rained out on both days, many of our volunteers returned a third day to finish the project.  Special thanks to Jay Jamieson, Dwight Byrd, Barb Sargent and Judi Aitken for organizing this year’s project.

The Session Fund will be giving its regular donation to the Christian Children’s Fund of $468.00, plus $50.00 for a Christmas gift.  It will also send $250.00 to Outreach for Hunger.  Please remember that food items can be donated all year long.  A collection bin is located in the Meeting Room.

We are excited to report that we’ve chosen a new full-featured Clavinova for the Sanctuary.  The cost has been covered by two donors who wish to remain anonymous.  We thank them for their kind generosity!

The Session approved the request from Property and Finance to upgrade the venting system in the kitchen. This is a required upgrade which comes at a cost of $30,000.  2/3 of the cost will be born by the Breakfast Fund, and 1/3 by our general fund.

Property and Finance continues to press the insurance companies to check for any damages to the foundation following the flood in the Lower Hall.  Legal counsel has been sought and the negotiations continue.  We thank P&F for their tireless work on behalf of the congregation.

Update on our Breakfast Program:  Jay Jamieson and Dwight Byrd have stepped down from the volunteer coordinator position, so we are looking for one or two people to join Mike Currie in this important mission.  Special thanks to Jay and Dwight for the excellent work they’ve done this last year!

Rev. Mike continues in his work as Interim Moderator, overseeing the ministry at St. James Presbyterian Church in Chatham, and Knox Presbyterian Church in Wallaceburg.  These two congregations cannot support full-time ministry at this time.

Planning for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will begin soon.  We look forward to working with other churches in Chatham next January. The theme this year is “Justice, And Only Justice, You Shall Pursue.”  Deut 16:20

The Session thanks the congregation for its ongoing financial support.  Please note that we are currently about $10,000 lower in overall donations than we were at this time last year.  As always, we encourage everyone to prayerfully consider the possibility of increasing the amount given to the church each month.  We also encourage everyone to join our Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) program.

The Broasted Chicken dinner will not run this year.  Our organizers had pressing commitments that did not allow them the time to organize the dinner.