April 2023 Session Highlights

  • The Communications & Technology committee is recommending adding a piece of wall art to the area behind the Welcome Table and has had discussions with artist Luke Gawron to create the project. Luke has proposed creating a multi-media collage of Derry Church built from photos submitted by congregational members. The Session endorsed the concept. Look for more information in an upcoming Enews.
  • The Session approved the use of the church for the wedding of member Michelle Califf to Ron Reboulet later this year, membership roll updates, and a baptism to occur in the summer.
  • March’s financial reports show that contributions are ahead of budgeted projections. The Session thanks all who continue to support the church and its programs. 
  • Approved the Capital Procurement Requisition to replace the roof on the Mansion Road property at a cost of $12,225. 
  • It was the pleasure of the Session to approve the hiring of Beckie Freiberg, R.N. as Derry’s new Faith Community Nurse. A letter introducing Beckie to the congregation will be prepared, and she will be commissioned in her new role on Sunday, May 14. 
  • The following Capital Procurement Requisitions were submitted for consideration:
  • Communications & Technology proposes a project to rewire the church network. With the addition of new systems over the years, such as phones, security, WIFI access points, the network has become a chaotic jumble of unlabeled cables and wires. This project will remove old and/or unused wiring, consolidate junctions, locate and label all cables, and install updated Cat6 wiring. Cost of the project is $12,000.
  • Building & Grounds has received bids to complete the upgrades to the Chapel bell tower, the new stairway between the rear parking lot and the Mansion Road entrance, and upgrades to correct water runoff from the front of the chapel and rear parking lot. Cost of the project is $140,000.
    These projects will be reviewed over the next month and voted upon at the May 17 stated meeting.
  • Christian Education is sponsoring a Family Weekend gathering to be held September 22-24 at Krislund Camp and Conference Center in Madisonburg. Look for more information and how to make reservations in the eNews.
  • Christian Education also recommended that the Session approve a youth trip to Corrymeela, Ireland for June 24-July 2, 2024. This trip will provide an opportunity for youth (rising 9th grade through college) to participate in Derry’s 300th anniversary celebration. While in Corrymeela, they will be participating in lectures and programs sponsored by the Corrymeela Community, traveling, and studying reconciliation. More information on this trip will be shared with the youth and the congregation in the future.