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DECATUR PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Presented at the Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, February 10, 2013


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Together in Christ … Ignited by Grace

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Dear Friends, y prayer is that you will read through this Annual Report carefully and celebrate with me the wondrous work of God through Decatur Presbyterian Church. Don’t just read the data quickly! Read slowly, read “between the lines,” and consider all those individuals whose hearts have been warmed, whose relationships deepened, whose perspectives enlightened, and whose lives truly transformed through the ministries of Decatur Presbyterian Church over the past year. Some of those persons you know by name; others you have noticed from a distance; one of those persons may well Rev. Dr. Todd Speed Senior Pastor be you! I trust that anyone who has come through the doors of our sanctuary with an open heart on a Sunday morning or been engaged in our missions and ministries in some significant way over the past year has experienced at least a glimpse of what it means to be Together in Christ and Ignited by Grace. We have emphasized over the past year these themes: Together in Christ and Ignited by Grace. These themes have guided our worship and reminded us through relevant scriptures of what God has done in the past so that we may recognize more clearly what God is doing among us now. The Holy, Triune God, made known through Jesus Christ and alive today through the Holy Spirit, is at work among us, strengthening and molding this congregation as we are being prepared for the calling that will be set before us in the exciting years to come. Many say that the future of the Church in the 21st century is fraught with challenges and uncertainties, yet I have noticed that you, the members and friends of Decatur Presbyterian Church, are hopeful. You are exceedingly hopeful because you know that as we seek to discern God’s will together and set our own agendas or priorities aside, we will receive from God that blessed “lamp unto our feet and light unto our path.” (Psalm 119:105) As I look back over 2012, I am so grateful, grateful that I have been a part of all the good that is happening through Decatur Presbyterian Church. As I look forward, my earnest hope and prayer is that more and more persons will experience the warm belonging and the transforming grace that is available in Jesus Christ through our worship and ministries. May the God “who can accomplish abundantly far more than we can ask or imagine” make it so.

Rev. Dr. Todd Speed


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Worshipping … Serving … Learning in 2012

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Seven Years of Sustained Growth

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ecatur Presbyterian has experienced sustained membership growth for the last seven consecutive years, which is remarkable given the current trends of decline among the mainline denominations. During 2012, the Active Membership roll grew from 758 to 775 active members. Some 50 new members were added to the Active Member Roll: 21 by profession of faith, 15 by reaffirmation of faith, and 14 by transfer of letter from another congregation. We have noticed a significant and exciting shift over the last five years as more new members are joining by professing their faith and less by simply transferring from another church. While 50 persons were added, 33 were removed from our Active Member rolls, including: 17 by death, 4 due to request for removal, and

Growth in Active Members

Age Distribution of Active Members 2008

2009

2010

12 by transfer of letter. What is most significant about these numbers was the unusually high number of funerals we experienced during 2012. DPC lost many true saints of the church this past year. Overall, DPC experienced a net increase of Active Members of 17 or 2%. Also significant is the ongoing shift in the age distribution of members. DPC is steadily becoming a younger congregation. Even so, the Baptized Members Roll decreased slightly during 2012, from 236 to 232. Some 12 children were baptized and 5 were added to the Baptized Member Roll when their parents joined the church, but 10 were removed from the roll when their parents were transferred. There were also 11 members of the Confirmation Class who moved from the Baptized to the Active Member Roll, resulting in an overall decrease of 4, or nearly 2%.

2011

2012

Ages 14-25

10%

10%

11%

10%

13%

Ages 26-35

9%

10%

10%

11%

10%

800

Ages 36-55

35%

35%

35%

35%

35%

700

Ages 56-64

12%

11%

11%

11%

10%

Ages 65 +

34%

34%

33%

33%

32%

Active Female

401

417

430

438

445

Active Male

295

316

313

320

330

Female Elders

15

15

15

16

17

300

Male Elders

17

17

17

19

18

200

Average Sunday Worship

322

349

350

335

327

Active Members

600

500

Active Members

400

100

0 2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012


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Baptized at DPC in 2012 Vivian Katherine Bao ...................................... January 15, 2012 Emily Rose Pearce ......................................... February 12, 2012 Rachel Marie Kearce ............................................ April 29, 2012 Ana Sofia Marcus ................................................. April 29, 2012 Sara Matilda Moore .............................................. April 29, 2012 Kason Kirk Rheney ............................................... April 29, 2012 Kayleigh Elizabeth Filpi ........................................ May 13, 2012 Samuel James Swift ............................................. May 13, 2012 Graham Johann Daly ............................................June 17, 2012 Max Simmons Ellis ........................................... August 26, 2012 Jane Fulton Thigpen ......................................... August 26, 2012 Aiden Sebastian Hu ................................... September 16, 2012 John David Morris ...................................... September 30, 2012 Alexander Taylor Short ............................... November 18, 2012 Jacob Walker Short..................................... November 18, 2012 Nora Lee Herzog ......................................... December 23, 2012 William Oriel Herzog ................................... December 23, 2012

Jane Fulton Thigpen is thrilled with her baptism in August, squirming in the arms of her parents, Beau and Brinsley.

Necrology 2012 Margaret Helen George ..................................... January 7, 2012 Sarah H. Carlson .............................................. February 8, 2012 Leila Mildred McGeath .................................. February 24, 2012 J. Davison Philips (Member of Presbytery) ....... March 25, 2012 William DeLoney Hull, Jr. ........................................ April 7, 2012 Wiley Theodore McDaniel .................................... April 21, 2012 Jean Stewart Staton ................................................ May 6, 2012 Janie Lou Akins Ward ...........................................June 13, 2012 Frederick Kalow Donaldson .................................June 17, 2012 Louise Fricke Bransby ..........................................June 25, 2012 Anna Fox Avil Stribling ..............................................July 5, 2012 Virginia Fort Downing ............................................ July 17, 2012 Nancy Morris Campbell ......................................... July 20, 2012 Richard Lewis Kell (Affiliate Member) .................. July 24, 2012 Betty Pope Scott Noble ...................................... August 7, 2012 Elizabeth McClure Pattillo ......................... September 14, 2012 Clarence Evans Glausier, Jr ...................... September 29, 2012 Patricia Robertson Bach ................................ October 10, 2012 H. Homer Allen, Jr. ...................................... November 16, 2012

Rev. Dr. J. Davison Philips served as senior pastor of Decatur Presbyterian Church for 21 years, beginning in 1954. He was president of Columbia Theological Seminary from 1976-1986.


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These New Members Joined in 2012 Robert & Shelby Bao joined 1/15/12; Robert by reaffirmation of faith, Shelby by transfer of letter from Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Lincolnton, NC. They brought with them a daughter, Vivian Bao, born in 2010

Mary Ann Ingram joined 2/26/12 by reaffirmation of faith. Mary Ann married DPC member Michael Weitnauer in 2012.

Polly Anderson joined 2/25/12 by transfer of letter from First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. Polly is the mother of DPC member Daphne Anderson. Michael Carter joined 3/25/12 as an Affiliate Member. His membership is with First Baptist Church of Decatur.

R. G. & Lynn Evans joined 4/1/12 by transfer of letter from Shades Crest Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL.

Mike Leaf & Anne Fayssoux-Leaf joined 4/1/12; Mike by reaffirmation of faith, Anne by transfer of letter from Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. Emily Goolsby joined 9/23/12 by reaffirmation of faith.


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Jennifer Chamberlain joined 9/23/12 by reaffirmation of faith. Jennifer is married to Josh, and she brought with her two sons, Rossi, born in 2008, and Charlie, born in 2011.

Jeff & Sarah Short joined 4/22/12 by reaffirmation of faith. They brought with them their sons, Alexander, born in 2009, and Jacob, born in 2011.

Ryan Filpi joined 5/13/12 by reaffirmation of faith. Ryan is the husband of Jennifer Filpi, former DPC Director of Youth Ministry, and their daughter, Kayleigh, was baptized that Mother’s Day.

Anne Price joined 9/23/12 by transfer of letter from Westminster Presbyterian Church, Snellville, GA.

Anthony & Elizabeth Durel joined 9/23/12 by transfer of letter from Gainesville First United Methodist Church, Gainesville, GA. They brought with them a son, Elliot, born in 2009, and a daughter, Daisy, born in 2010.

Nick and Kathryn Hecker joined 9/23/12; Nick by reaffirmation of faith, Kathryn by transfer of letter from First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC. William & Aimee Hu joined 9/16/12 by reaffirmation of faith. They brought with them their sons, Ethan, born in 2009, and Aiden, born in 2012.


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New Members | Continued! Heather Phelps joined 9/23/12 by reaffirmation of faith. Heather is married to Bradley, and she brought with her three daughters, Myra, born in 2004, Hanley, born in 2008, and Cora, born in 2009.

Ed & Jody Sauls joined 10/14/12 by transfer of letter from Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Lilburn, GA.

Guy & Judy Toole joined 9/23/12 by transfer of letter from First Baptist Church of Monroe, GA. Guy and Judy are the parents of DPC member Eric Toole.

Charlotte Watts joined 9/30/12 by transfer of letter from Calvary Baptist Church, Pascagoula, MS.

Mike & Rachel Herzog joined 12/23/12 by reaffirmation of faith. They brought with them a son, William, born in 2006, and a daughter, Nora, born in 2011. John & Connie Morris joined 9/30/12; John by profession of faith & baptism, Connie by reaffirmation of faith.


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Administration Council | Ben Okel, 2012 Chair

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he Administration Council acts as an umbrella for support and surveillance of several committees – Communications, Personnel, Planning, Property, Technology and Transportation. The scope of the Personnel Committee alone affects about 74% of the Church’s budget. If we add in the other committees (especially expenses related to property) that figure approaches 80%. In 2012, the Personnel Committee updated the policy manual to address the topic of sexual harassment and updated the Child Development Program. We formed a Transportation Committee to carry forward the work of the Transportation Task Force. The Planning Committee organized the annual elder retreat, oversaw the “Holy Cow” church evaluation process to analyze strengths, weaknesses, and viability of DPC. These findings are being discussed by the Session, leading to future recommendations regarding bicentennial goals for DPC’s significant anniversary in 2025.

We have addressed the ongoing problem of un-authorized parking at DPC and availability of space for our own members, visitors, staff, and students. We formed a partnership with a company to monitor parking and collect fees from non members at night and on weekends. Through the Endowment Fund grants, Property Committee has installed ceiling mounted projectors and screens in Slack Fellowship Hall and the Crusaders Classroom. We also have improved our sound system in Scott Chapel. On recommendation of the Planning Committee, session has agreed to hold session meetings every other month, starting in February 2013. Councils and committees are encouraged to do the same, using odd numbered months. The Technology Committee has begun the migration of the fileserver into the cloud. To do so, they evaluated, tested, and selected cloud storage solution to allow us to retire the server. Implemented cloud storage for two staff members.

At their recent retreat, members of the Session explore bicentennial goals after reviewing the assessment of DPC’s strengths and challenges from the “Holy Cow” church survey.


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Congregational Care Council | Sue Bingeman, 2012 Chair

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he goal The goal of the Congregational Care Council is to nurture our congregation and provide fellowship opportunities to bring us together as a Christian family worshipping and serving our God.

The group enjoying a SAM trip to the Callaway estate in LaGrange included Lynda and Alan Kenton and Vicki Cook.

We care for our DPC family: Provided meals, visits, notes and flower arrangements to our shut-ins and those who are sick. Jeanne Owen divides sanctuary arrangements Remembered our college students by into bouquets taken to shut-ins weekly. sending 35 exam care packages. Served families with a reception after memorial services. Prayed for and delivered quilts to We offer fellowship opportunities: church members with long-term illProvided Punch on the Lawn events nesses. after worship. Furthered the DPC Kirkin’ ‘o the TarWe provide ministry and learning opportan service by offering a luncheon tunities: after church. Organized Christian learning experiOrganized camping and father/child ences through the Men’s Breakfast retreat activities. programs and Presbyterian Women’s Created a Valentine party and Christgatherings. mas caroling event for residents of Been involved in Wednesday Night Philips Tower. Supper events. Joined a softball league for those Planned and enjoyed trips and prowho want to play on the DPC team. grams for the Senior Adult Ministry.

Decatur Presbyterian Children’s Community (DPCC) | Sadera Moore, 2012 Chair

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ecatur Presbyterian Children’s Community (DPCC) welcomes a community of 200 children to Parent’s Morning Out, preschool, and Kindergarten throughout the week. These children come from 180 families and this year include 8 sets of twins - a new record. The outstanding staff of DPCC is comprised of 32 classroom teachers, 3 music teachers, 1 Spanish language teacher, an office assistant, a bookkeeper, a custodian, and a director. Here are highlights of the 2012-13 school year at DPCC. The classrooms and hallways of the Bradley Building were painted. Dynamic chapel services are held every Thursday at 9:15. Five great performances for the children by local musicians and puppeteers. Researching and implementing measures to improve the safety of the school. Well attended and meaningful Curriculum Coffees, Halloween potlucks, Thanksgiving and Christmas services. Looking forward to the annual DPCC Auction, held March 16, 2013, at Trees Atlanta Keneda Center.


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First graders receive a Bible from Dr. Todd Speed and Rebekah Abel Lamar.

Faith Formation Council | Georgee Wiley, 2012 Chair We hired Trip Porch as Adult Christian Education Interim Director of Adopted the recommendation of the youth Ministries, and Task Force for Faith Development Bobby Newman as that the name of the council be Youth Ministry Assischanged as well as its emphasis. The tant, after saying goodfocus for 2012 and the future of DPC bye to Jennifer Filpi is the development and deepening of and Anna Fulmer. faith in our DPC members of all ages, Mid and Senior Highs began particinot just educating. pating in more “off site” ministry with Introduced “Triads” as a new minisMethodist Children’s Home, Phillips try. These are groups of three for inTowers and others. tentional, conversational Christian study and fellowship. Children’s Christian Education Exciting Wednesday night programs Introduced a fee for Bible and Music including a tour of the “Step Into AfCamp and Allegrow Camp (attended rica” exhibit, Sustainable Christmas by 100 children), enabling us to hire event and “table discussions.” six camp counselors. Continued Children’s Chapel during the regular worship hour. Youth Christian Education Sponsored “family” Sunday school On Sunday evenings, 15 Mid High events for first through fifth graders. and 25 Senior High youth meet for Included service projects for first study, service, and fellowship. through fifth graders including a recyGrowing participation in retreats (70 cling program and making sandyouth and 14 adults), and 23 joined wiches for the door ministry and the Honduras mission trip. homeless shelters. Confirmation class participation for Combined two-year-olds with kinder2012 was 23. garten students for music with Lori Youth trips were supported by a McMahan on Sunday mornings. breakfast event with Jennifer Ayres, raising $2,217 overall.

DPC implemented “Small groups” with Rebekah Abel Lamar leading the “Night Light” class, Dr. Todd Speed leading the FaithLeader group, and Rev. Ken Hughes providing other occasional opportunities.


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Evangelism Council | Heather Beaubien, 2012 Chair

Evangelism Council volunteers have many assignments: conducting Discover DPC classes for prospective members, hosting Name Tag Sundays on the third Sunday of each month, recruiting greeters and “Ask Me” volunteers, sponsoring “Bring a Friend to Church Day,” publicizing our church events to the greater community, welcoming visitors and new members with personal handwritten notes, and participating in community outreach events, such as the Decatur Arts Festival.

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he Evangelism Council strives to bring new visitors to DPC and to ensure that our visitors feel welcome in our congregation. DPC was blessed to add 50 new members in 2012 (33 adults with 17 children)! In 2013, the Evangelism Council will continue to find new ways to bring the good news of Christ to our community. We welcome your suggestions and help in this endeavor! If you are interested, Freddie Newsome and Mo Thrash greet new memplease contact Dudley Larus or bers and visitors at the annual Christmas Reception Heather Beaubien. hosted by the Evangelism Council.

Finance Council | By Les Cook, 2012 Vice Chair

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he Decatur Presbyterian Finance Council is responsible for preparing the annual operating budget, reporting monthly budget vs. actual information to the Session, and providing general oversight for church financial matters. Much as it was for the country, 2012 proved to be a challenging year for DPC. We had a combined operating income of $1,094,000. However, the cost of normal activities plus some unexpected repairs and other expenses amounted to a little over $1,144,000, which left us with a shortfall of about $50,000. A small checking account reserve allowed us to extend ourselves a temporary loan, and repaying that loan will be a priority for 2013.

Presbyterian Mission Exchange of the Presbyterian Foundation, which is the financial Trustee of the PCUSA General Assembly. We are happy to see that some are already using this service. It is possible to set up an automatic monthly payment, which is helpful to the church cash flow as well as ensuring a regular payment of pledges. Previous contributions to the Capital Campaign and several generous gifts in 2012 allowed DPC to break ground for its landscaping plan. Completion of these improvements is expected by mid2013.

Thanks to investment income and portfolio appreciation, the Endowment Fund As an enhancement experienced an into the ways we can ofcrease of approximately fer our financial sup12 percent in 2012. As port, the Finance Couna result, the Endowcil added the option of ment Fund Committee electronic giving by uswill, for a second year, ing the “Give Now” button on the DPC provide financial support for special prowebsite. This secure method for making jects selected through an application on-line donations is provided through the process.


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The Report of the Financial Secretary | Marcia Daniel BALANCE all funds as of 1/1

2006 $1,016,654

2007

2008

2009

$999,242 $1,011,915

$823,969

2010

2011

2012

$917, 070 $1,098,659 $1,804,125

Receipts: Contributions

1,157,025 1,197,604 1,275,038 1,202,548 1,226,389 1,266,953 1,289,821

Investments&Endowments

62,302

53,288

(208,368)

120,123

67,370

(57,134)

144,332

Bequests

11,238

55,107

1,641

83,000

54,791

791,066

2,673

Other Income

60,045

61,773

65,864

59,608

51,268

40,159

43,767

Sub-Total M & M Capital Funds TOTAL

1,290,610 1,367,772 1,134,175 1,465,279 1,399,818 2,041,044 1,480,593 292,381

57,256

580,709

16,667

420,834

128,945

43,500

1,582,991 1,425,028 1,714,884 1,481,946 1,820,652 2,169,989 1,524,093

Expenditures: Local Program

917,077

Local Mission

52,702

43,266

63,798

54,265

95,782

72,990

76,638

Per Capita Apptnmt

11,381

11,506

12,256

13,480

14,087

14,836

15,833

122,045

118,580

112,039

109,105

99,192

109,939

93,261

54,840

46,175

55,429

31,828

93,067

93,889

74,427

Validated Mission Other Mission Sub-Total M & M Capital Expenditures Investment Expenditures TOTAL

970,632 1,059,328 1,106,889 1,060,105 1,035,598 1,076,921

1,158,045 1,190,159 1,302,850 1,315,567 1,362,233 1,327,262 1,337,080 377,532

174,603

580,709

70,784

276,830

137,261

80,325

64,826

47,593

19,271

2,494

0

0

0

1,600,403 1,412,355 1,902,830 1,388,845 1,639,063 1,464,523 1,417,405

BALANCE all funds as of 12/31

$999,242 $1,011,915

$823,969

$917,070 $1,098,659 $1,804,125 $1,910,813

THE COMMON RESTRICTED FUND The Common Restricted Fund contains a number of accounts that have been created over time through gifts designated for specific activities or needs of the church. As of Dec. 31, 2012, there were 35 active "designated/ restricted" accounts with a total balance of $236,330. The list of funds currently active includes items such as the Major Maintenance Contingency Fund, the Youth Missions and Conferences Fund, and the Memorial Garden Fund. Each account has been approved by the Session, is described in the Manual of Common Restricted Funds, and is overseen by the Finance Council.


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Mission and Outreach Council | Julia Glenn Carter, 2012 Vice Chair

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he Mission and Outreach Council focuses on local and global missions, mission trips, and environmental practices. It strives to meet the needs of those who are hurting while helping to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Six youth and 22 adults from DPC and First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood, SC, participated in the mission trip to Honduras this year. The teams built latrines, poured concrete floors, installed Jim Keith heads our Habitat for Humanity chimneys, and repaired several roofs. In builds each year and travels to Honduras on addition, the team led a vacation Bible mission trips. school and coordinated children’s sporting events. Choon Lim and Yen Hee Lim in Hualien, Total budgeted and nonTaiwan; Jodi and Jim McGill in Mzuzu, LOCAL MISSIONS SUPPORT budgeted mission giving for Malawi; Mark Adams in Agua Prieta, MexThreshold Ministry assistance to the 2012 (including Presbytery ico; and a missionary in Central Asia. poor and homeless. and denominational supThe congregation and staff also support) totaled $260,159! 15 local ministries plus the Pastor’s ported missions in Kenya (Rev. Martin Discretionary Fund for emergency Mwangi); Senegal (The JefJel Project); assistance. Honduras (Agalta Valley through HonduHagar’s House emergency shelter ras Outreach, Inc.); Haiti (La Gonave Haiti for women with children, meals four Partnership); India (Rural Presbyterian weeks during the year under the co- Church Ministry to the Untouchables); Zambia (Crisis Nurseries); Mexico, Central ordination of Catherine Carter. and South America (Equal Exchange cofBucket Brigade relief for victims of fee, chocolate and tea). hurricanes. Christmas in Decatur gifts for children and seniors with the Angel Tree ENVIRONMENTAL TASK FORCE program under the co-ordination of The new Environmental Task Force Doug and Louise Stark. chaired by Julia Glenn Carter evaluated Decatur Emergency Assistance Min- waste policies, implemented education istry (DEAM) collection of food for practices, and successfully sought the the DEAM Food Pantry, coordinated Georgia Interfaith Power and Light Waste by Bob Wiggins. Wise certification. Their ongoing work includes a recycling project (printer cartridges, dental items, etc.), a Tree of Life art project by GLOBAL MISSIONS preschool children, and changing the commercial vendor for DPC's recycling to Through the Global Mission Committee, DPC supported PC(USA) missionaries Dan the City of Decatur. and Elizabeth Turk in Madagascar; Rev. Habitat for Humanity home build.


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Nominations Council | Rosemary Raynal, 2012 Chair

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n January 2012, the Nominations Council met to choose three new council members from names submitted by the congregation. These nominees were presented to the congregation for a vote, and were elected to three-year terms. Member of the Nominations Council called for nominations in the fall for 11 new elders for the Class of 2015. We also filled the last two-years of an unfinished term. The selected names were presented to the congregation and were elected, with their installation and ordination in January 2013. Elders also serve a three-year term. In addition, the Nominations Council nominates a Trustee each year for threeyear terms and a Youth Elder for an 18-month term.

Retreat Center Ministry Council | Lucia Sizemore, 2012 Chair

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n 2012 the Retreat Center Ministry Council continued its work to fulfill its chartered purpose to "actively manage and resource the Retreat Center Ministry." The Retreat Center was enjoyed on 17 different occasions by 265 people (130 adults and 135 youth/children) during 2012, and rental income more than offset the cost of utilities for the year: Six DPC groups, such as the 2012 Confirmation Class, held retreats. The Retreat Center was used 9 times by church families for family reunions, spend-the-night birthday parties, study groups and general weekend and week-long fun. Outside groups used the property for 2012 Chair Lucia Sizemore and Vice-Chair David Holbrook managed improvements including new doors and bead-board mission trips and women’s retreats. Other accomplishments: Two all-church workdays, Youth Service and Fun Day held to paint the playground fence, Re-decked the swimming dock, Eagle Scout project resulted in three beautiful rustic tables for the porch made by Sean Hunter and others under the tutelage of John Gilbert. Mike Daly created a 2-minute video that is available on the church’s website. Established a relationship with the Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center Association which will give

paneling for the lower level and a set of stairs off the main floor porch.

us a presence on their website as well as access to resources shared all over the United States and Canada. While we have always shared the Retreat Center with other churches, a more proactive program is underway to invite groups from churches in nearby presbyteries and community non-profit groups to use the DPC Retreat Center so that it might become a ministry to others as well as our own congregation.


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Stewardship Council | Bo King, 2012 Chair

The Endowment Fund awarded 9 grants totaling $32,875 to six DPC related councils and organizations, making important projects a reality. Youth Committee of the Faith Formation Council DPCC Council The Global Village School Task Force for Faith Development Property Committee Global Missions of Mission and Outreach Council

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he Stewardship Council threw the party of the year! Our “Ignited by Grace” dinner was the inspiration of Tom Adams and Charlie Orth who wanted to bring our congregation together to reflect upon and celebrate the wonderful people and ministries of our church. We hoped that an evening of good food and fellowship, followed by a program featuring our music, ministers, youth, and a terrific short film by Jonathan Harris, would help us remember the many reasons why we support our church and help us rediscover aspects of our church that would inspire us anew. Although we learned that our church is too rich in missions and saints to present a full picture of its life and work in a single evening, the 300 of us who gathENDOWMENT FUNDS General Endowment Fund

Another highlight of the year was the work of our Endowment Fund, which, under the leadership of Dan Shelles, has continued to grow and manage bequests and gifts to the Church for the benefit of both our congregation and our missions. In the year to come, our Council will work to highlight the many missions and ministries that are sustained by the support of our congregation. We look forward to the wonderful work that you will make possible in 2013 and beyond.

2011

2012

$162,022.24

$156,875.67

544.691.23

603,935.80

Verna Blackstock Fund

99,976.57

110.703.46

Hugh Boswell Student Scholarship Fund

47,500.23

46,968.00

166,804.26

184,707/98

26,822.16

27,161.64

5,962.48

6,151.26

Hal and Pattie Johnson Fund

85,331.13

95,005.18

McKee/Adult Education Fund

12,393.32

12,758.43

Mission and Outreach Fund

1,185.56

1,324.55

DPCC Scholarship Fund

7,560.33

8,448.70

12,299.00

14,122.94

200,000.00

221,470.28

$1,373,135.73

$1,489,660.80

Elizabeth Marshall Endowment

Nan Phillips Calhoun Fund Helen Darnell Music Scholarship Fund Jackson Scholarship Fund

The painting of halls and classrooms in the preschool was made possible by a grant from the Endowment Fund.

ered at Agnes Scott College that Sunday night in October were reminded of why we we’re proud to call Decatur Presbyterian Church our church home. And our congregation has demonstrated that pride by pledging almost $50,000 more than was pledged for 2012!

Nelle Howard Organ Fund Morse Endowment Grand Total, All Funds


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Worship Council | Jan Bedol, 2012 Chair

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orship at Decatur Presbyterian continued to be the center of our congregation’s spiritual nurture. Regular worship service was held weekly on Sunday mornings, with many special worship services added to the schedule including Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Service of Healing and Wholeness, Thanksgiving Community Service and weekly Advent Services. These many worship services met spiritual needs of many in our congregation, yet our goal is to increase the attendance at these services, as well as to offer other opportunities for spiritual growth. Travis Bland Darling and his mother Erika light the second candle on Children’s Chapel continued to enthe Advent wreath during a Sunday morning worship service. hance the worship opportunity for our young members. Crucifer and acolyte the Sunday morning worship. training involved children and youth in Participation in the service includes clergy, as well as seminary student interns, youth and children, congregant musicians and Minutes for Mission reports from members involved in the many programs of our church. Communion was offered monthly during morning worship, as well as at many of the special services. In an effort to provide the most meaningful communion experience, Worship Council has encouraged Elders and congregants to say to their neighbor, “this is the body of Christ broken for you.” As the juice is passed, we say “the blood of Christ shed for you.” During 2012, concerted effort was spent researching and designing an additional worship service for Decatur Presbyterian Church. The service is planned to meet the needs of a cross section of our congregation and community who desire an intimate, less formal format of worship. The Council is excited to begin the new service in the spring of 2013.


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Mission Decatur Presbyterian Church is a multi-generational fellowship of loving and faithful Christians in the Reformed Tradition striving to discern and fulfill God’s purpose through Jesus Christ for our congregation, our community, and our world.

Key Values Decatur Presbyterian Church is a caring, mission-oriented congregation, striving faithfully to discern and fulfill God’s will as expressed in Holy Scripture. We foster communal fellowship and individual spiritual growth in Jesus Christ in all generations. We empower our leaders to challenge us to undertake new endeavors that build upon our rich history. Believing that our congregation is a priesthood of all believers, we provide inspiring worship and outstanding Christian education that equip our members to use their unique, God-given talents for Christian service. Grounded in the Reformed tradition—reformed and always reforming—our loving and supportive family of faith is open and welcoming, endeavoring always to meet people wherever they find themselves on their spiritual journey. Through commitment to Christ and persistence in seeking and doing God’s will, we pass the traditions of faith from one generation to the next.

The Staff of Decatur Presbyterian Church NAME POSITION EMAIL ADDRESS Amy Chastain..........................Children’s Ministry Coordinator ....................................... achastain@dpchurch.org Marcia Daniel .........................Financial Secretary .......................................................... mdaniel@dpchurch.org Denise Howell.........................Program and Ministerial Secretary ................................. dhowell@dpchurch.org Rev. Ken Hughes....................Associate Pastor............................................................... khughes@dpchurch.org Rebekah Abel Lamar .............Director of Christian Education ....................................... rlamar@dpchurch.org Ellen McClure .........................Director, Decatur Presbyterian Children’s Community .. emcclure@dpchurch.org Matthew McMahan ................Minister of Music (Choirmaster and Organist) ............... mmcmahan@dpchurch.org Lori McMahan ........................Director of Children’s Music Ministry .............................. lmcmahan@dpchurch.org Kathy Morse ...........................Church Administrator ....................................................... kmorse@dpchurch.org Bobby Newman ......................Youth Ministry Assistant .................................................. bnewman@dpchurch.org Trip Porch................................Interim Director of Youth Ministry ................................... tporch@dpchurch.org AnnaLisa Silliman-Lindsey .....Director of Church Nursery .............................................. asilliman@dpchurch.org Rev. Dr. Todd Speed ..............Senior Pastor .................................................................... tspeed@dpchurch.org Sylvester Poole .......................Custodian Jimmy Ball...............................Contract Custodian


2012 Annual Report

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On their day of ordination and installation, our newest Elder Class of 2015 paused in Keith Parlor for a group photo. The include (L-R, front row) Doug Fantz, Karen Scarborough, Brandon Pelissero, Charles Scott and Dave Williams. Back Row: Larry Fossett, Fran Wiggins, Mike Weitnauer, Nesie Williams and Dudley Larus. (Judd Owen and Sally Vaughan were not available).

CLASS OF 2013

CLASS OF 2014

CLASS OF 2015

Heather Beaubien

Jan Bedol

Doug Fantz

Sue Bingeman

Julia Carter

Larry Fossett

Walter Gutzke

Les Cook

Dudley Larus

Bo King

Tamara Gehle

Judd Owen

Frank Lesesne

Candace Godwin

Brandon Pelissero

Freddie Newsome

David Holbrook

Karen Scarborough

Ronnie Roe

Tony Miller

Charles Scott

Richard Sams

Greg Perry

Mike Weitnauer

Lucia Sizemore

Donna Stroup

Fran Wiggins

Elaine Weingartner

Jeff Vaughan

Dave Williams

Georgee Wiley

Mary Wilson

Nesie Williams


Moderator Todd Speed Associate Pastor Ken Hughes

Clerk of Session Lucia Sizemore (2013) Assistant Clerks Les Cook (2014) Fran Wiggins (2015)

Treasurer Anne Marie Miller

COUNCIL

CHAIR (VICE CHAIR) STAFF

RESPONSIBILITIES

Administration

Donna Stroup (Charles Scott) Kathy Morse, Todd Speed

Communications, Personnel, Planning, Property, Technology

Congregational Care

Candace Godwin (Nesie Williams) Ken Hughes

College Connections, Caring Kitchen, Fellowship Events, Men’s Breakfast, Pastors’ Aides, PW, Senior Adult Ministry

DPCC

Elaine Weingartner (Tony Miller) Ellen McClure

Weekday preschool, weekly chapel service, DPCC calendar and budget, personnel, Sunshine Summer

Evangelism

Dudley Larus (Brandon Pelissero) Todd Speed

“Ask Me” Guild, Greeters Guild, Shepherds Guild, Discover DPC Classes, Community Outreach, Name Tag Sundays

Faith Formation

Jeff Vaughan (Dave Williams) Rebekah Abel Lamar, Trip Porch

Sunday School, Bible and Music Camp, Wednesday Night Programs, Youth Ministries, Libraries

Finance

Les Cook Todd Speed

Audit and Controls, Common Restricted Funds. Deacons’ Fund, Financial Planning and Budgeting, Memorial Gifts, Investments

Mission & Outreach

Julia Glenn Carter (Larry Fossett) Ken Hughes

Local Missions, Global Missions, Mission Trips, Environmental Committee

Nominations

Lucia Sizemore (Mike Weitnauer) Todd Speed

New Elders, Trustees, Pastor Search Teams

Retreat Center Ministry

David Holbrook Kathy Morse, Trip Porch

Maintenance and Usage of Retreat Center, Promotion and Programming

Stewardship

Bo King (Fran Wiggins) Todd Speed

Year-Round Stewardship, Time & Talent, Endowment, Special Gifts Fund, Capital Campaigns

Worship

Jan Bedol (Karen Scarborough) Matt McMahan

Acolytes and Crucifers, Choirs, Memorial Services, Sacraments, Ushers, Weddings

Trustees Walt Drake (2013) John Weitnauer (2014) Tom Adams (2015)

Youth Elder Hallie Bedol (Through May 2013) Sally Vaughan (Through May 2014)

2012 Decatur Presbyterian Church Annual Report  

The life of the church formalized into on document

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