Clerk of Session Message

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Clerk’s Corner

Season’s Greetings! It is hard to believe 2019 is almost over. Bath certainly has a lot to celebrate this Christmas season – may peace come to our church, community, and world as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
At a called congregational meeting on November 17th, we elected Ethan Johns and Becky Mast to serve as Ruling Elders for the Class of 2022. We thank both of these individuals for their willingness to serve, and express our sincere appreciation to all those who served on the Nominating Committee. We will install both Ruling Elders on December 12th during Worship as well as ordain Becky. Sincere appreciation is also extended to Verna Drake for her vibrant leadership towards our mission work the past few years! Verna’s insight and passion will surely be missed in our Session meetings. As we prepare for the beginning of 2020, I will begin organizing our annual report. This report offers a chance to reflect on all the ministries and work of Bath throughout 2019. Inputs for the report are requested no later than January 5th. The annual congregational meeting will be held on January 19th following worship.
Before wrapping up the Clerk’s Corner for 2019, I would like to highlight some additional actions of Session during our December meeting. We agreed on sending a letter to the Bath Township Board of Trustees regarding concerns
surrounding emergency medical services (EMS). Confusion with 911 dispatchers and lengthy response times are of concern for not only our church but the larger township. Separately, it was noted that a called meeting of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley will take place on Thursday, December 19th related to the approved merger of Xenia: Westminster and Xenia: Memorial.

Peace and blessings for the new year!
Respectfully Submitted, Ethan Johns  Clerk of Session