Session Retreat

The Session of First Presbyterian Church will be gathering on Saturday, January 7th, at the church for its annual retreat.  It will be a time to prepare for its responsibilities in the coming year.  There are details to preview, for sure—things like committee structure and responsibilities, elder deployment, scheduling, etc.  However, details matter only as they serve a larger purpose.  So Session members also will reflect on the church’s vision and on their specific role, “chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life (Book of Order, G-2.0301).”

Be praying for the Elders whom this congregation elected to serve in 2017:

Class of 2017—Greg Blackmon, Peggy Blanchard, Joan Dorsett, Coke Gray, and Ethan Scott
Class of 2018—Mandy Horne, Ben Kilpatrick, Sally Medford, Fuller Royal, and Debbie Viets
Class of 2019—Sara Cartrette, Coke Gray III, Kaye Pope, and Douglas Spivey

Kaye and Douglas will be ordained and installed in worship on the 8th; Sara and Coke III will be installed that day.


Update From December’s Session Meeting

The Session of First Presbyterian Church met for its stated monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 14th, at 6:30 p.m., in the Conference Room.  Among items on the agenda, Session:

  • Heard reflections from members of Session Class of 2016 about their service
  • Elected Deb Viets as Commissioner to the January 21st winter gathering of the Central Community, Presbytery of Coastal Carolina
  • Heard of the passing of member Phyllis Farley, who had resided at Liberty Commons
  • Received a better-than-expected report on the 2016 deficit budget
  • Received an update on 2017 and on a follow-up letter to members
  • Approved the Lord’s Supper to be celebrated in worship on January 8th
  • Reviewed the terms of the Thompsons’ contract extension to March 31st

November Session Highlights

The Session of First Presbyterian Church, Whiteville, met for its monthly stated meeting on Wednesday, November 9th.  Among items on the agenda, Session:

  • Received introductory correspondence from the Rev. Clarence Page, the new Central Community Mission Coordinator
  • Approved Walter Dinkins as pulpit supply for November 27th
  • Approved the youth ministry team’s request for a fund-raiser, “Parents’ Night Out,” to be held on Friday, December 2nd
  • Received an update from the Pastor Nominating Committee concerning a financial range in the eventual pastor’s Terms of Call
  • Approved Worship Committee’s recommendation for one service on Christmas Eve, to be held at 5:00 p.m.
  • Approved Spiritual Nurture’s recommendation to cancel Sunday School on December 25th
  • Heard from the Nuts-n-Bolts Committee that the deficit in the 2016 budget is smaller than it has been; committees were asked to hold the line on spending