The Session met in a Regular Stated meeting Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm online in a Zoom conference meeting. Following a greeting, the Reverend Kenny Rigoulot declared a quorum was present, called the meeting to order and led a prayer. Shawn Dobbins read and the Session reflected on Isaiah 43:19. The minutes from the meeting on May 18 and the balance sheet and financial statements for May were approved.
Rev. Rigoulot shared that many of the people in worship on Sunday mornings have asked when we will “re-open” the church. Many of the members of the choir have asked when they will be able to practice and sing in worship. Based on the rising number of cases of COVID-19 in our community, the Session thought that it was premature to allow the choir to return and open the nursery. The Session will invite members to decide for themselves if they would like to worship in person or online. The Session will consider the choir’s request to resume at the next Session meeting. In the meantime, we will continue to ask for solos, duets, and quartets for special music.
The Session considered requests to use the building on a case by case basis. The Safety Team will be able to meet in the sanctuary and/or fellowship hall for their monthly meeting. The other ministry teams have decided to continue to meet online. Sunday School and Bible Studies will continue to be offered on Zoom. The Session approved an art class in the fellowship hall, with limited spots available to be able to maintain physical distance of 6’ or more. Diane Stewart’s request to use the fellowship hall and/or sanctuary for the Piano Guild Auditions on July 11 from 9 am to 5 pm was approved after receiving assurance that she will clean and sanitize doors and piano between each student’s audition. The scout’s request to resume meeting was denied until school resumes. Pennie Roof’s request to resume in person yoga (while maintaining physical distance of 6' or more from one another) was approved with the assurance that she will clean and sanitize her yoga equipment after each use and our custodian will clean and sanitize the entrance, fellowship hall and bathrooms on Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursdays.
A church member has asked for permission to purchase food for the police department as a sign of support on behalf of our congregation. Rev. Rigoulot and this church member will coordinate with the local police department to determine if snacks or a meal would be preferred.
The Christian Education Ministry Team is planning for Vacation Bible School July 20-24. Each VBS participant will receive a box with all the materials needed for a week of fun, faith-formative activities centered on the theme “Who is My Neighbor”.
Our church is Co-Sponsoring the Cleburne Railroaders Home Plate Project with Marshall Young Insurance on June 27.
The Session approved putting in a “Little Free Library” in the median between the inner and outer parking lots on the east side of the building, near Westhill Dr. This eye-catching, whimsical little library will have books for children, youth and adults. Our administrative assistant will regularly check the books to make sure they are appropriate. We will encourage our community to take and leave books in the library. We will collect donations and unveil the library at a tailgate at 6 pm on July 8.
We will plan to participate in the Fall Festival tentatively set for October 24th from 10am-3pm at the Market Square in Cleburne.
Sabbatical Task Force has applied for a grant to help fund a sabbatical for the pastor and congregation to enjoy the summer of 2021.
Rev. Rigoulot shared that he will take vacation July 20-August 2.
Laura McKinstry shared that she and the Christian Education Ministry Team are gearing up
for VBS and considering what the fall programs will look like.
The Next Stated Session Meeting on July 14.
General Assembly is meeting online this week.
The meeting closed with a prayer at 8:11 pm.