March 2024

March 27, 2024

This is a regular monthly report to the congregation on significant highlights from the Session meetings. I will attempt to glean those significant aspects that I feel may be of interest to the congregation and thus give you a “window” into the thoughts and actions of the elders.

The Session invited Deacon/Trustee Kyle Magnum, Chairman of the Personnel Committee, to its meeting this month. Kyle reviewed the work of the committee including compensation procedures for the staff. He also noted the work of staff reviews over the past year and the anticipated process for 2024. The committee is also revising the pastoral and employee handbook. We appreciate all the work of this committee for the church.

The Building Committee reported they are reviewing exterior painting of the Carriage House and the 1710 Building for both esthetic and damage preventative reasons. Some windows on the third and fourth floor of the 1710 Building will require repair and painting.

The Pulpit Supply Committee reported that in the 9 and 11am worship services, preachers have been scheduled through July; the 6:30 worship services have been scheduled through August with our teaching elders carrying the preaching responsibilities. The Session is reviewing the role of an interim minister and how that may work at Tenth in the time without a senior minister. Please pray for this whole process.

The Session approved three congregational fasting and prayer days on April 10, May 8, and June 12. Time to gather for prayer will be held in Fellowship Hall from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. If you cannot make these times, please set aside time to pray for the church. Mark your calendars for these important times.

A committee of Session is reviewing how Pastor John’s position as Director of Global Outreach will be filled both in the short and long term.

The Session approved reducing the cost estimates for the Courtyard to $500,000 to $550,000 (from $650,000) and delaying several projects including finished lighting, landscaping, removing the 2nd ramp, etc. Stay tuned for more details. The project will begin later in the spring.

A Session committee continues to review the GRACE report. The committee’s goal is to complete the review by the end of April.

The Session is deeply grateful to the congregation for their support and faithful prayers over the last four months, and covet your prayers in the months ahead. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1 (NIV). Happy Easter, too.

Sincerely for the Session,
George K. McFarland
Clerk of Session

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