June 20, 2010 Called Session Meeting

Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church
Called Session Meeting
June 20, 2010

Attending Elders: Lynne Hoerter, Marcia Ladd, Michelle Morehouse, Vicky Raymond, Chuck Rickard, Jerry Wehmueller, Mindy Douglas Adams (moderator), Mary Donna Pond (clerk)

The meeting was called to order at 9:45 a.m. in the Art Room at North Chatham School.  Mindy opened the meeting with prayer.  The clerk announced that a quorum was present.  The purpose of the meeting was to hear a report on the pastor’s proposed plan for a sabbatical in the summer of 2011 and to approve a grant proposal to the Lily Foundation for a National Clergy Renewal grant.  Mindy described a cross-country trip in an RV with her family.  Her husband would run and she would spend her time with photography and writing including posting a blog which the congregation could visit to share the experience and interact with her.  The congregation would also enjoy a seminar on photography as a spiritual discipline, a study of spiritual writing and the writing of a spiritual autobiography, and a post-sabbatical fellowship opportunity to share photos and writing.   Several elders asked questions about personnel matters, guest preachers, tax consequences, and whether the grant might be awarded for only a portion of the request.  Mindy responded it’s an all-or-nothing grant and that it is very competitive.  She also stated that any funds awarded would be paid to the church and her expenses would then be reimbursed.  Lynne moved to approve the plan and the proposal; Vicky seconded the motion which passed unanimously.  Following a closing prayer, the meeting was adjourned at 10:15 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,



Mary Donna Pond, Clerk                               Mindy Douglas Adams, Moderator


Approved by Session July 12, 2010