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  1. Sermons : Grace Begets Gratitude, Gratitude Begets Generosity

    Psalm 116Mark 10:17-21

    Guest Preacher: The Rev Dr. Ted Churn, Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of New Hope

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  2. Articles : Session Notes – 2/18/18

    Ways & Means chair Dave Pottenger updated his fellow elders on the church’s financial situation. Of note, the church currently has a healthy cash surplus, and the land debt at the time of the report was $176,056.

    John Graham, co-chair of the Capital Campaign Leadership Committee, presented a report on planning for the capital campaign. In addition to a communication plan aimed at making the entire congregation aware of the campaign, and the need for it, the committee is planning a series of special events. These events include Gratitude Sunday on March 18, a Celebration Breakfast between worship services on April 15, and Commitment Sunday on April 22. The congregation is encouraged to watch the bulletin, newsletter, website, and your mailbox for additional capital campaign communication.

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  3. Articles : Session Notes – 1/27/18

    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.

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  4. Articles : Committee Budget Report: Local Missions Committee

    With an annual budget of approximately $138,000.00, the Local Missions Committee is responsible for coordinating both the financial and in-person support that Westminster provides to a number of important agencies throughout the Durham community. Having been called as a congregation to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly,” the Local Missions committee helps coordinate that effort with our neighbors here in Durham County.

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