Our meeting began with a discuss of the introduction of “The Shepherd Leader - Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church,” by Timothy Witmer. An elder is far more an intimate friend, a mentoring confidante than a distant decision maker. We will offer to host the Savannah River Presbytery in April of 2018. Our new digital library is in need of donations and we will ask the congregation to do so. We discussed some difficult shepherding situations in the church. We also met with several women of the church to begin to better utilize their gifts in the church. We will resurrect the Women’s Ministry liaison to the session as well as encourage assistants to the deacons, both male and female. The women will work on some proposals for the session to consider, including either restarting Women in the Church (WIC) or better integrating the existing Women’s Ministries into our new Ministry Team Structure. We discussed possible mentoring/discipling relationship in the church, especially with our covenant children. Our continuing budget shortfall was lamented and possible future actions considered. Continue to pray for us as we seek to follow the Lord as we lead the congregation.