At its Stated Meeting August 13, Westminster’s Session:
- Welcomed several guests, new Elders, and a Pastoral Deacon
- Heard a quarterly financial report (see below)
- Approved teachers for the Christian Education Division
- Approved Rebecca Heilman as a Union seminary intern for the coming academic year
- Established task forces in
- Administration, to study the street entrance to our Sanctuary Building
- Personnel, to study the University Ministry staff position
- Spent time in prayer and reflection on the events of the previous two days
Winston Barham, Recording Clerk
2017 Second Quarter Financial report
Stan Kaslusky, Treasurer
Income Through 6/2017 Budget Thru 6/2017 Pledges $424,321 $451,748 Plate 16,822 11,139 Other 63,733 59,969 Total $504,876 $522,856
Benevolence & Mission $58,239 $58,923
Programs & Personnel 369,158 373,477 Facilities 64,576 94,949 Total $491,973 $527,349
Excess over(Under) $12,903 ($4,493)
SMILE! Margo Hamilton is taking church member/family photos for our upcoming church pictorial directory. Each Sunday this summer during the hour before and the hour following our worship service, photos will be taken in Room 209 (adjacent to our Gathering Place in Fellowship Hall). Just come as you are dressed for church! Photos will be head and shoulders poses for which no fee will be charged. Margo is available to schedule additional photos if you are interested. You will find this a much friendlier, casual and convenient process than in years past. Please sign up in the Gathering Place or call the church office 293-3133. Help us update our church directory!
A few weeks ago during my sermon on Pentecost Sunday, I made the following comment:
“I fervently believe it is time for the Church again to make some noise. Like the early church at its birth, like those four freshmen in 1960 in Greensboro, NC who sat down at that all-white lunch counter, like those times in the past when Westminster Presbyterian Church has made noise, it is time again for God’s people to cry out against injustice, privilege and exclusion.
Last Sunday evening, the Session of Westminster Presbyterian Church decided to make some noise. In light of the current fear and anxiety present within our immigrant communities along with WPC’s history of protecting and supporting families who face prejudice and hatred, the Session approved the following Statement of Conviction:
Statement of Conviction
We find ourselves at a point in the life of our nation in which a climate of fear, racism, and xenophobia has resulted in official policies and practices that criminalize, detain, and deport undocumented people at new levels, tearing families and communities apart. As people of faith and people of conscience, we challenge actions that undermine due process, allow harassment, racial profiling, and discrimination to go unchecked and that precipitate the targeting and deportation of our immigrant neighbors, many of whom have longstanding roots in the community and American-born children. We affirm the dignity and full humanity of all of our neighbors, regardless of race, national origin, immigration status, gender, orientation, ability or faith tradition. We dedicate ourselves to welcoming, supporting, and protecting those targeted by hate and prejudice. We offer our church as a place of welcome and support, and we will work alongside our friends, families, and neighbors to safeguard the dignity and human rights of all our neighbors in this community – The Session of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Charlottesville, Virginia, June 11, 2017.
With the adoption of this statement, the Session now encourages WPC members and friends to reflect on what this means. What actions might we take as a congregation to safeguard the dignity of our neighbors in Charlottesville? How can we support people held in detention centers or targeted by hatred? How can we care for families separated by deportation? Take a moment to reflect on a comment made by Charlottesville’s ex-Chief of Police: “I can’t imagine what it would be like leaving the house each morning not knowing if I would come home that night to see my kid. . . .”
Over the next two Sundays (i.e. June 18th and 25th) The Peace, Justice, and Inclusion Committee will be hosting speakers following worship who can answer our questions and concerns. If you cannot attend one of these classes, please take time to learn more about this issue and pray for God’s guidance.
Items of business will include: electing the Class of 2019 and 2020 Ruling Elders, Class of 2020 Pastoral Deacons, and the 2018 Nominating Committee Elders. Childcare will be available for infants through Pre-K.
Here is the slate of officers with bios:
Ruling Elders, Class of 2019
Christa Livermon has been a member at Westminster for 18 years. She is married to Randy Livermon and is mother to Billy (19) and Anna and Garrett (15) Livermon. She teaches second grade at Brownsville Elementary school and enjoys reading, running, and gardening in her spare time.
Candace Spence is a Charlottesville native, but left after graduating from UVA and settled in Fredericksburg, VA, where she raised her family. She was an active member at The Presbyterian Church in downtown Fredericksburg, where she taught Sunday School, led Vacation Bible School and worked with the Micah Ecumenical Ministries (homeless services) and Food Pantry. She returned to Charlottesville in 2012 and joined Westminster Presbyterian Church. She is married to Dave Spence and together have 5 children: Chip, Ginny and Branner Johnston, and Caroline and James Spence. She recently started a new job at S&P Global as a Business Analyst.
Ruling Elders, Class of 2020
Jim Cauthen was born and raised in Charlottesville and was baptized and confirmed at Westminster. He and his wife, Helen, moved back to Charlottesville about five years ago after stops in Kentucky, New Jersey, and North Carolina, where he was active in each community’s Presbyterian Church. Jim commutes to New York during the academic year, where he is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. At Westminster, he’s served as an usher and PACEM volunteer.
Dana Eastman has lived in Charlottesville for over two years. She lives in Redfields with her husband and 3 dogs. She is a retired school teacher and has worked for a private caterer. Her faith is inspired by her parents who were devout Presbyterians and taught her to serve. She has served on the Worship Committee, Children & Family Committee, Membership Committee and taught Sunday School.
Dan Heuchert has previously served Westminster as an elder (1999-2002) and deacon (2013-16), as well as a youth leader and member of the PACEM, IMPACT, Prism, Mission Endowment and Peace & Justice committees. On weekdays, he is Assistant Director of University News at UVA and is a co-chair of Albemarle County’s 5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee. He and his wife, Lisa, are the now-empty-nesting parents of Michelle (24) and Jonathan (20). Dan, 53, can often be found in the stands at various sporting events, attempting to slow the aging process at ACAC and occasionally playing church softball.
Will Hochstetler joined Westminster in 1986. He is ordained as an elder, served on the PNC for Ken Henry and the Interim-DCE Search Committee for Lynne Clements. He has taught the J2A and YAC+ classes, traveled with them on a Pilgrimage to Colorado and Mission trip to Charlotte, is currently serving on the Youth Committee and previously chaired the Administrative Division. Will and his wife, Beth, have three grown children, Ben, Jake and Rachel, and he works at General Electric.
Jeannie Miller grew up in the Shenandoah Valley with her three brothers, and was a member of the Greenmount Church of the Brethren. This denomination taught her about peace, simple living and the foundation that each individual can have a unique relationship with Christ. She did undergraduate work at Bridgewater College and graduate work at James Madison University. She joined Westminster in 2015 with her spouse, Keri. Their son Bode is 18 months old and loves the nursery and his good teachers here. They hope he, too, will make his own personal decision about his walk with Christ.
Alyce Outlaw became a member of Westminster in 1990. She and Mark were married here in 1991 and their 2 children, Mac and Caroline, greatly enjoyed the children and youth programs at WPC. Alyce has previously served on Session and she currently teaches the 3rd and 4th grade church school class, is an usher team captain, and is on the Financial Review committee. She works in software sales for IBM, likes to run and loves to visit national parks with her family.
Ken Young has been a member of Westminster for approximately 17 years now. Ken and Laura have been long time residents of Charlottesville and are pleased to call it home. His work experiences have been varied, but for the most part, he has worked for non-profit organizations that served people with disabilities, in addition to assisting aid and relief organizations. He’s very proud of his international upbringing and feels that it has broadened his spiritual growth and journey as a Christian. Westminster has been a wonderful church home to his family and the special people here have been a true blessing in his life.
Pastoral Deacons, Class of 2020
Debby Garth chose to be called ‘Nana’ by her four granddaughters who enjoy much of her attention since she retired as a nurse. First elected a deacon in Portsmouth, VA, she volunteers with International Neighbors and gardens with her husband David. They have four children, a son and daughter in Charlottesville and two sons in California. She looks forward to joining the pastoral deacons, an opportunity she has not had in the past.
Cheryl Oliver and Elton, and their children, Zach, Will and Dora joined Westminster church in 1994. Cheryl taught pre-school Sunday school and has been a teacher for the Open Doors class for several years. She has been a member of several committees including Fellowship, IMPACT, PACEM and the Nominating Committees. She has previously served the church as a deacon and elder. During her term as elder she was the Session liaison for the deacons.
Rob Smith joined Westminster in the 1990s with his wife, Crystal. Their daughter, Anna was baptized here not long after her arrival from China. He appreciates worshipping at Westminster and loves his Westminster family. He is active in church missions and on committees. He has taught Sunday School, he helped to lead a J2A class and has gone on a pilgrimage. He is an elder and has served as a deacon previously.
Leanna Whitmore joined Westminster in 2016, but she and her husband, Lacy, have attended Westminster for over 30 years. They have both been very active at Westminster and involved in different capacities such as teaching in the church school program and serving on Mission and Outreach committees.
The Nominating Committee for 2018:
Nicholas Bird, youth
Taryn Cowles, youth
Plus two outgoing elders to be selected.