Thursday, January 27, 2011

St. John's Epistle for January 27, 2011

Dear church members and friends of St. John's,

We had a good All Committee Day and first Session meeting last Saturday. We focused on Reggie McNeal's book Missional Renaissance. The committees are off to a good start under the able leadership of these Elders:

Administration/Personnel: Franklin Caspa; Evan Harrel
Caring:Mary Hughes
Christian Education: Bill Ehrenstrom; Libby Adams
Evangelism: Kathleen Captain; Jennifer Durand
Fellowship: Aaron Jacobsen
Finance/Stewardship: Lindsey Sen-Roy; Tad Mulder
Outreach: Phyllis Freeman; Kathie Hartzog
Property: David Wintersgill
Worship: Jeanne Leach; Sean Coughlen

Here is a highlight of our first Session meeting, which was compiled by our Clerk to Session, Mary Herlitz:

● Elected Kathleeen Captain as Treasurer
● Elected Mary Herlitz as Clerk to Session
● Elected Libby Adams, Bill Ehrenstrom and Kathie Hartzog to the 2011 Nominating Committee
● Elected Tad Mulder to a 3-year-term as Trustee, class of 2013
● Elected David Wintersgill and Phyllis Freeman as Commissioners
for the February 5, Presbytery Meeting.
● Session received the resignation of Max Kattner and began the necessary steps to fill the vacancy in the Class of 2012.
● Session will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.
● Communion will be served the first Sunday of each month plus Ash Wednesday (March 9.)
● Anointing for healing services will be held on the fifth Sunday.

Our Annual Congregational Meeting is this Sunday during worship. While printed copies will be available this Sunday you may preview the reports online by pointing your browser here. The financial statements and budget are not available in the online report but will be available in printed form this Sunday. In addition, the Nominating Committee will recommend Mike Alexander to fill the unexpired term of Max Kattner who has resigned from the Session due to ongoing problems with his back.

St. John's team of youth and adults will be traveling to Guatemala with the organization Presgov. They will be working in San Jose el Idolo, a community outside the town of Mazatenango, working with a local youth group on projects such as painting and helping with a manse that is under construction. Work days will be June 7-9, and June 10 will be a day for sightseeing in Guatemala City. Our group will be staying in a hotel in Mazatenango. Participants must be 14 and up, have updated vaccinations, and have a valid passport. For information you may contact Mary Sterner.

Last Saturday 14 of our youth members and friends participated in a "Lock-In" at the church from 9 pm until 9 am. The youth had a great experience and appreciate the leadership of Mary Sterner and their youth group advisors, Aaron Jacobsen and David Nelson for their time and dedication.

Peace of Christ be with you,

Pastor Jon

St. John's Presbyterian Church
5020 West Bellfort / Houston, TX 77035
T. 713.723.6262 / F. 713.723-4015 / Email:
Worship Service: Sunday, 10:30 am / Sunday School: 9:00 am