On January 27, 2018, the Session held its annual retreat at Camp New Hope. Our day together began and ended with worship.
The Session gladly approved four baptism requests from Westminster families for dates in February, April, and May.
The review of the 2017 end-of-year finances was a welcome change from last year’s discussion. Conscientious budgeting and spending by our staff and committees, combined with the generosity of our congregation, allowed us to erase our budget deficit and resulted in a cash surplus. The Session considered and approved a balanced budget for 2018 which fully funds the requests of each of Westminster’s many committees.
This discussion was aided by the Stewardship Committee’s report on the success of the “Taking the Next Step” campaign. As of the Session retreat, pledges for 2018 totaled $1,054,275, an increase over last year’s total by roughly $75,000. That total is expected to rise. The approved budget is for $1,119,275.Read more...