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Paulin Memorial Church is part of the Presbytery of Essex/Kent which is part of the Synod of Southwestern Ontario which is part of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. We have financial obligations and opportunities at all levels of our involvement. Paulin is very responsible and meets it's obligations, also generously responds to opportunities for support and outreach at home and around the world (Read more on the Mission and Outreach page.)
The Kirk Session is a court of the Presbyterian Church in Canada comprised of elected members within Paulin Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Duties of a Session member (also known as a church elder) are varied and include:
The spiritual matters pertaining to:
The Supervision of:
Members and Adherents
The admission of new members
The minister is the moderator of all meetings and a clerk is appointed to keep minutes and all records of the Session. Our present clerk is Ann McLachlan, and we have 25 elders on session.
Being an elder on the session at Paulin is a demanding role. Elders are expected to attend session meetings, serve on a committee, visit the people in their districts, take a turn greeting at the door, serve communion, be involved in the life events of the church, and generally care about the spiritual well-being of the congregation. It's not a position of prestige or honour, but one of service, as we seek to follow the example set for us by Jesus. For the most part, the Paulin elders are dedicated and faithful and try hard to do the job to which God has called them. Please share your ideas and concerns when your elder comes to call. If you don't have an elder, but would like one, please call the church.
Session members are called "Ruling Elders" although that function is seldom exercised these days. The minister is call the "Teaching Elder". We work together to attempt to meet the spiritual needs of the members and adherents of the congregation. With all the rest of the congregation, the elders take their place in the Body of Christ and do their best to reach into the community and welcome newcomers and visitors with love and compassion. As our society becomes more and more secularized, all church members have increasingly demanding responsibilities to work to bring in God's Kingdom.
Highlights from Paulin Session Meeting of November 4, 2019
Update on Credence & Co. Report & Recommendations. A. McLachlan & J. VanBuskirk reported that the ad hoc committee met on Sunday, November 3rd and will present their recommendations about next steps to a joint board-session meeting on November 13th at 7:30 pm. A congregational meeting will be held Dec. 8th.
Correspondence: Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church had a fire at the end of October which destroyed their building. Ann Torrie volunteered to send a card on behalf of session to let them know that we are praying for their church and offering our support.
Christian Education Committee: The Poinsettia tea is scheduled for November 30th with the proceeds to go to the Camper Fund. A Sunday School Fire drill will be held November 17th (rescheduled from Nov. 3). All committee members, Sunday school teachers, monitors and nursery attendants will review the PCC Leading with Care Policy and sign the covenant of care by November 27th. The Leading with Care Policy will be highlighted and displayed on the bulletin board in the basement. A response to the Board’s concern regarding Leading with Care has been sent from the chair. The monthly Coffee House is being held for the older youth on the 3rd Sunday. October’s guest speaker was Sheila Bowyer, November’s speaker will be George Boden. The Youth Christmas Presentation will be held on December 15th during the 11:00 service.
Congregational Life & Community Dinners: The Church has received a letter from the Windsor Health Unit with guidelines for cooking and selling food at churches. The Congregation Life committee will co-ordinate with the group of women who do the Men’s Breakfast, Pies and Funeral Lunches so that there is consistency among the various church groups. Card Ministry - Please advise the office of anyone you know who may appreciate a card.
Worship Committee: Soul Celebration has been resurrected and will be singing on the 4th Sunday of the Month. Advent & Christmas: Dates – November 24 – White Gift Sunday, December 1 – Cantata, December 8 – Communions, December 15 – Youth Presentation, December 22 – Regular Service, December 29 – one service only at 11:00; Christmas Eve Services: Services will be at 7:00 and 9:00. In a response to a letter from member regarding paying church members as organist replacement, worship committee recommended to session that “When one of the budgeted positions of Pulpit Supply or Organ Supply is filled by a suitably qualified member or adherent of the congregation, that person should be offered the same renumeration as a non-member.” Discussion ensued and session supported this motion as it had in January 2011. While all of us as individuals may not always agree with specific decisions of the governing bodies of the church, we need to respect the democratic principles of the Presbyterian Church and adhere to those policies.
Capital Fund Fundraising: On October 5, 2019 Paulin held its first ever Cabaret Night. A delicious pasta dinner was followed by some excellent entertainment. Over 80 people attended this event and after expenses, $1041.02 was raised for the Capital Fund.
Roll Report: Two elders updated session on the status of members and adherents in their districts. The membership roll is being regularly updated by the Roll Clerk, J. VanBuskirk. Membership is a step in a Christian’s faith journey. It involves a commitment to God and to the church as the body of Christ.
ProsperUS Leadership Workshop: Dec. 3rd- Rev. Aide & A. McLachlan will attend this free half-day workshop, “Sink or Swim: Leading in Uncertain Times.” https://weunlockpotential.com/
Advent Newsletter: November 11th is Deadline for newsletter articles to be submitted to Carla Johnson-Hicks. Final version submitted to the office for emailing and printing by November 18th (volunteers needed to copy & label). Printed versions available for pick-up/delivery by elders by November 29th at latest. NO Mail-out.
Submitted by Anne McLachlan, Clerk of Session
Highlights from Paulin Session Meeting of September 23, 2019
Rev. Lisa Aide began the meeting by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the 3 Fires Confederacy of FirstNations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa and the Potawatomie. The ruling elders took turns reading the1994 Confession of the Presbyterian Church in Canada to Aboriginal People
Pastoral Letter from Moderator of Presbyterian Church in Canada. Letter from Rev. Amanda Currie
dated September 3rd, 2019 was received. It outlined the process for the recommendations passed at General
Assembly on Human Sexuality to be remitted to the presbyteries. These recommendations will be discussed at
the November Presbytery Meeting held at Paulin. The session of Paulin will have a discussion at the November
4th meeting on these recommendations so as to inform our two Presbytery representatives, B. Pittock and Rev.
L. Aide. Copies of the pastoral letter are available on the PCC & Paulin websites and have been posted on
Facebook. They will also be available in the narthex.
Mission & Outreach Committee: 218 coffee tins collected to date for the Downtown Mission coffee fund.
Coffee tin donations for the Downtown Mission will cease at the end of December and the committee will focus
on another community need. We are continuing food donations to the Salvation Army Food Bank. A Soup
Lunch is scheduled for November 3rd and will raise funds for the Month of Missions. White Gift Sunday
scheduled for November 24th.
Congregational Life & Community Dinners: The Church has received a letter from the Windsor Health
Unit with guidelines for cooking and selling food at the church. The committee will be having a meeting to
discuss our options.
Request to Rent Worship Space: The Session received a report from the Board of Managers that did not
recommend renting worship space to the Windsor Light & Life Free Methodist Church (Arabic-speaking) and
the session accepted this recommendation. The Clerk of Session sent a letter to the Free Methodist Church
regretfully informing them of this decision.
Cross Removed from the Carillon: The Session recommended to the board that the cross from the top of the
carillon be secured in the stone garden until funds become available to put it back on top of the carillon.
Roll Report: Three elders updated session on the status of members and adherents in their districts. The
membership roll is being regularly updated by the Roll Clerk, J. VanBuskirk. Members who are no longer
attending Paulin (& are not contributing financially) are contacted and removed with their consent. Elders were
reminded to encourage any adherents to contact Rev. Aide about attending the new member class on Saturday,
October 19th at 12:30 p.m.
Minister’s Report: Rev. Aide has started reporting at session meetings on the people that she has visited and
the church activities that she has participated in.
Mediation Update: J. VanBuskirk received an email from Marg Van Herk-Paradis of Credence & Co who
have been hired to complete an assessment and make recommendations about mediation. Ms. Van Herk-Paradis
will have separate meetings with the session, board of managers, Rev. Aide and the church secretary, L.
Beneteau on Sunday, October 20th. This process needs to be completed before we can embark on a strategic
Advent Newsletter: November 11th is Deadline for newsletter articles to be submitted to Carla Johnson-Hicks.
Final version submitted to the office for emailing and printing by November 18th (volunteers needed to copy &
label). Printed versions available for pick-up/delivery by elders by November 29th at latest. NO Mail-out.
Submitted by Anne McLachlan, Clerk of Session
Highlights from Paulin Session Meeting of August 26, 2019
Membership Matters: Elders discussed reasons why they became professing members of the church: make a commitment to Jesus; expression of Faith; belong to the church family; and, a way of giving back to the church. There will be a membership class on Saturday, October 19th 12:30- 3:00 in the parlour with welcoming of new and transferring members on Sunday, November 17th. Please contact Rev. Lisa Aide or your elder if you are interested in making this next step in your faith journey.
Christian Education: Vacation Bible Day Camp, To Mars & Beyond, was a success. There were 30 campers, 8 high school volunteers and 8 adults that volunteered at least once during the week. We would like to thank all those who helped plan VBDC, decorate and tear down Mission Command, donated funds as well as prayed for a successful week.
Fundraising: In response to a request by the Finance Committee, Session has adopted a policy that any donations or funds raised by Paulin groups for outside groups must be approved by session prior to the event. The outside group must either be a registered Canadian Charity or on the approved list of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The following information must be provided to the church treasurer – official name of charity, charitable registration #, & address.
Worship: On September 29, the Men’s Breakfast group will lead the service while the minister is at the Women’s Retreat; NO 9:00 service that day. Soul Celebration: Alde Calongcagong will touch base & co-ordinate with members of Soul Celebration to see if they are willing to resume praise music on the 4th Sunday in October. Hymns suggestions from Congregation: A Sheet will be placed on the board in the narthex for favourite hymns to be incorporated in future services.
Congregational Life: On September 21st there will be a Sale of Good Household Items, each family looking after their own table, with all proceeds going to the General Operating Fund. Dinner and a Movie - Saturday, October 12, 2019 with Dinner at 5:30 pm. Turkey Dinner for 100 Persons put on by the Congregational Dinner Teams on Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 with proceeds to the General Operating Fund. Community Dinners Teams: Joanne Zuk and team; Audrey Landon & Carol Malcolm; Carla Johnson-Hicks, Sheila Bowyer & Heather Suttie; Carla Johnson-Hicks and Gene Varga. Still looking for 1 team to prepare a meal once a month as well as more support for clean up each week. Dinners resume on September 11th with the final dinner for 2019 on December 11th. The suggested donation is $8.00 with 50% of Funds raised to go to Presbyterian Sharing and 50% to Street Help for the remainder of 2019.
Capital Fund Fundraising committee: The Steak Dinner Fundraiser was held on Wednesday August 14, 2019. 93 people purchased tickets and a profit of $1,345 was realized. Many thanks to everyone who helped with set up, food purchase and preparation, take down and cleanup. A special thank you to Clay Callow who loaned us the industrial barbecue and barbecued the steaks for us. Cabaret Night - The next fundraiser is Saturday, October 5th, 6:00 -9:00 p.m. Dinner is $15 with music/comedy provided by the Paulin community.
Request to Rent Worship Space: Session did not support a request by PIWC-Windsor Assembly to rent worship space as space was not available at the times they requested. Session agreed that we enter into a rental agreement in principle for Sunday night service in the sanctuary with Windsor Light & Life Free Methodist Church (Arabic-speaking) as well as twice a month bible study. The particulars to be negotiated by the board of managers after their pastor has met with our minister.
Clarification of Sesson Policy on Payment of Supply Organist: Session minutes from January 2011 were reviewed as this policy was brought to session by worship committee at that meeting. It was clarified that session had adopted the policy that members of Paulin or nonmembers who act as organist supply for the entire service are to be paid.
Submitted by Anne McLachlan, Clerk of Session
Session Highlights from May 27 & Board/Session from June 10, 2019
Prayer has the power to comfort and heal. At the beginning of every session meeting, elders,
with the congregant’s permission, pray for those who are ill both physically and mentally.
Presbytery Visit Report Update: The leadership at Paulin Memorial have had a few struggles these past years and we requested a Presbytery to visit to help us to gain insight into these challenges that we have been facing. Like many other churches, we still have areas that we can grow in, a need to strengthen our witness and a need to allow our ministry to grow to the next level. Presbytery strongly recommended and the board and session have chosen to hire a group called Credence and Co. to help us invest in the leadership of our church. They will help the session & board equip ourselves with new tools and skills that can be used for the future ministry of our church. There is a cost to this consultation, but we strongly believe that we are investing in the future of our church family. The money will be taken out of our general operating fund and is unbudgeted, but just as we would fix a broken window, we need to invest in fixing this division as we seek to move forward as one family in Jesus’ name.
Christian Education: Audrey Landon, Beth Stockford and Rev Lisa Aide attended a workshop at Camp Kintail on Tuesday, May 7th with the Rev Dr Tori Smit. The workshop dealt with the challenges of providing meaningful Sunday School with dwindling attendance. Buy a Book with Brunch was held June 9th with the proceeds going toward our Youth Camp Fund. We are busy planning for our Vacation Bible Camp being held July 22 to 26. We are looking for volunteers to join us for any part of the week.
Mission and Outreach: The Time and Talent Auction was extremely successful on May 5th. The total raised was $1,149.00 which will be divided among the 3 charities (PWSD, Matthew House & Windsor Amputee Support Group). Any funds donated through the special envelopes in church will also be added to the total.
Coffee tins collected for the Downtown Mission was 154 as of May 14, 2019.
Worship: Beginning, Sunday, July 7th, there will be only 1 service at 10:00 in the sanctuary. Because of the heat, Sunday service will move to the upper hall for the month of August.
Congregational Life: Community Dinners end for the summer on June 19th but there be one dinner on Wednesday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. Previously, the community dinners funded the food costs for the Downtown Mission lunches but as of the end of June 2019, Paulin will no longer be funding the Downtown Mission lunches. There are discussions about whether Mission & Outreach will take over co-ordinating volunteers for the Downtown Mission Lunches and if we can continue to provide volunteers twice a month. Volunteers from Paulin will only be doing the Downtown Mission Lunches twice a month until the end of August. There is a sign up sheet for the Women's Retreat at Camp Kintail that will be held Sept. 27 thru Sept 29. Cost is $200.00. On September 21st there will be a sale of good household items, each family looking after their own table, with all proceeds going to the General Operating Fund.
Capital Fund Fundraising committee: The Mothers’ Day Tea was a success with 91 tickets sold & $890 raised. Everyone enjoyed the Sweet Adelines and the trifle was a hit. Many thanks to all the volunteers: Ann Kennedy, who took wonderful pictures; the male servers who did an excellent job of serving and entertaining the women at their tables; those who helped with set up and take down; and, a special thanks to the ladies in the kitchen, as without them, we could not do these events. The Hymn Sing held May 26th raised $340.00 and 74 people attended. The next fundraiser for the capital fund is a Steak BBQ on Wednesday, August 14th.
Roll Report: There was discussion as to when next to hold membership classes. Rev. Lisa Aide will hold membership classes in September – one set will be offered during the evening and 1 set will be offered on a weekend. Adherents are encouraged to profess their faith and become members of the church.
Submitted by Anne McLachlan, Clerk of Session