Session's role in the life of the church:
Robert's Rules of Order Summary:
1. They are NOT intended to restrict discussion, but to maintain order, which is especially important in large gatherings addressing potentially controversial issues.
2. To maintain order, someone MUST have the authority to maintain it. With that authority goes the obligation and the means to direct the business of the group and to decide controversial procedural questions, such as who may speak, for how long, and on what topic. Otherwise, we end up talking over each other, at lengths that weary the majority, and on topics not relevant to the business before us.
3. While that authority rests with the moderator, I believe it is essential that there be someone else with whom the moderator can discuss controversial procedural issues if one arises (an aside conversation). This is a parliamentarian, but that function can be merged with the recording clerk. This permits a respite from the controversy which facilitates both a rational decision and space for tempers to cool.
4. Of course, there are simple rules that should be given to the membership at least verbally – it might be useful as well to addend them to the agenda. Such things as:
a) Only one person may speak at a time
b) Always address the speaker.
c) No one may speak without permission of the moderator.
d) All contributions to the discussion must be pertinent to the motion in question.
A congregational meeting was held on Monday, July 29 at 7pm in the Sanctuary. The meeting was informational in nature, and the congregation had the opportunity to ask questions regarding the resignation of the Senior Pastor.
An informational meeting of the congregation was held on Monday, August 12 at 7pm in the Sanctuary for the Session to address further questions from the congregation (email questions and open mic questions.)
A congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, August 25, in between services in the Sanctuary at 10:20am to vote to dissolve the pastoral relationship between TE Cole McLaughlin and Peace Presbyterian Church.
New members were presented to the congregation on Sunday, August 11 at both services.
The Lord's Supper was celebrated at both services on July 28, 2019
Celia Grace Langley was baptized on Sunday, August 4 at the 11am service.
The Lord's Supper will be celebrated on September 1, 2019 at both services.
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