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Announcements & News

Shallowford Food Pantry Volunteers

The Shallowford Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to give their time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Volunteers will be responsible for completing [...]

Fall Book Clubs – Join Today!

We are bringing book clubs back this fall by offering four new virtual offerings. Shallowford friends and families will connect to turn pages in preparation for virtual small group [...]

Adult Sunday School

Church may look a little different these days, but there is no doubt that the Shallowford community is still in fellowship and faith together. Join us each week for [...]

Lenten Habitat Build Update

We are pleased to report that Dr. G, the homeowner of our 2020 Spring Lenten Habitat Build project, is set to move into her home on Wednesday, August 5, [...]

SPC Food Pantry – Hours & Donations

We are pleased to announce that the SPC Food Pantry has reopened and will once again serve neighbors in need. In order to do so, we need your help! [...]

Directory (Realm)

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Through Realm, our online member directory, members have access to the church directory, upcoming events, and committee conversations, and can also track online giving! Thanks to Realm, staff, church members, and leaders are able to connect with, and share, what’s going on at Shallowford at any time.

Need to Set up an Account?
Email [email protected] to set up your account, or call the church office (404-321-1822) to speak with a staff member over the phone.

Download Church Directory
If you are a member of Shallowford and would like access to the directory, please email [email protected] with the following information: first name, last name, date of birth. A member of the church staff will assist you.

Flower Dedications

Our dedicated and talented flower guild creates beautiful arrangements each week in the sanctuary and around the facility. Honor a loved one by signing up to sponsor an arrangement for Sunday worship. Your $80 donation will go to the flower guild. If you prefer to order over the phone, please call the church office.

Meals for Members

Take Them A Meal LogoSign up to prepare a meal for a Shallowford family in need! Whether someone is welcoming a new child or is in need of our assistance during a difficult time, the Shallowford congregation is always willing to give to those in need. To sign up, visit Take Them a Meal, search the person’s last name, and enter the password spc.

Meals have been requested for Pat Fox.

If you have questions regarding meals, or would like to receive notifications when a new member has been added to the list, please contact Lyn Bishop.

Prayers Requests

Each week, Shallowford members pray for one another, as well as for friends of the church. Whether you need prayers for healing, are grieving the loss of a loved one, or are celebrating new life, you can count on the Shallowford congregation to keep you in its thoughts and prayers. To submit a prayer request, please call the church office (404-321-1844).

Session

What Does It Mean to Serve on Session?
The Session is the governing board of each individual Presbyterian church. Here at Shallowford, our Session consists of 25 elders (or leaders) to govern the 12 active committees that make up Shallowford Presbyterian Church (committees listed below). To become an elder, you commit to serve a three-year term on Shallowford’s Session. At Shallowford, elders come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. The word elder has nothing to do with a person’s age. Session includes a balance of women and men whose ages range widely from 17 to 78, including a youth elder who serves a one-year term.

  • Approved the minutes from the Stated Session Meeting, August 19, 2020.
  • Approved the August 2020 membership report, totaling 992 active members.
  • The clerk provided an update on recent communications:
    • Barton McMillan has submitted a resignation letter resigning his position on the Shallowford Session.
    • Monica Hollingsworth indicated that she and her husband Randy will be moving to Lake Hartwell.  She expressed love for this Session and the Shallowford congregation.  Monica has submitted a resignation letter to Rev. Anna George Traynham to resign from Session.
  • Reviewed the Finance Committee report, the August 2020 financial results reflected operating income of $106,862, which was $33,645 under budget, and operating expense of $121,875, which was $28,015 under budget. Net expense for the month, including Special Offerings, was $14,813, which was $5,430 over budget. Available cash at the end of July was $374,641 with $8,200 outstanding on the line of credit.
  • Year-to-date results, including Special Offerings, reflected operating income of $1,420,311 which was $197,378 over budget, and operating expense of $1,126,682, which was $103,474 under budget. Net income year-to-date of $293,629 was $7,223 under budget, primarily due to $204,376 in proceeds from the Payroll Protection Plan loan.
  • In April, the Church received $329,400 in proceeds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan from the Small Business Administration through the CARES Act. As the loan was used for salary and benefits only, we expect full forgiveness. Appropriate documentation is being gathered for the bank and is due by December 31.
  • The Finance Committee report contained the 2020 forecast based on annualized year-to-date income and expenses through August (adjusted for one-time items). If the current income trend continues, it is estimated that we will end the year with approximately $134,151 in net income, primarily due to PPP loan forgiveness income of $204,376.
  • Approved updated Support & Endowment Plan to send current serving member of the various committees listed in the endowment plan.
  • Approved the Cost Allocation agreement between SPS and SPC.
  • Approved, pending feedback and observations from the staff-led groups, to allow SPW and yoga to gather in groups of 10 or less beginning in October, in adherence to the “Group Covenant for Faithful Use of Space.”
  • Approved to allow SPS to partially open the preschool classes beginning on or after October 5, 2020. SPS will open the 3 and 4-year-old classes in groups of 10 or less, including teachers.

Faithful Use of Space Covenant

 

By agreeing to attend a Shallowford gathering, you agree to abide by the following guidelines:

  1. Take reservations in advance to ensure that no more than 10 people attend a group gathering.
  2. Sign in and out using the QR code posted at your reserved space, to comply with contact tracing.
  3. Take your temperature, and anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher will be required to return home.
  4. Wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times, even outdoors.
  5. Practice social distancing at all times, remaining at least 6 feet away from other people.
  6. Sanitize your hands regularly and refrain from touching each other.
  7. Stay in the part of campus you have reserved, to help with sanitation and contact tracing.
  8. If you are in an indoor space: Refrain from rearranging the chairs/tables, in order to respect our facilities staff and other groups.
  9. Limit group gatherings to 45 minutes or less, in order to reduce risk and respect other groups who may have reservations.
  10. Inform Shallowford if you test positive for COVID-19 after attending a Shallowford gathering, in order to protect others.
  • Approved the minutes from the Stated Session Meeting, July 22, 2020.
  • Appointed Lisa Turney, Jill Buechner, Barbara Reeves, and Katie Kilch to serve as the elder commissioners to the virtual stated meeting of the Presbytery on September 15, 2020.
  • The Class of 2023 Elders was elected and seated as active elders for service to Shallowford Presbyterian Church. Class of 2023 – Jill Buechner, Thurston Cooke, John Groover, Katie Kilch, Sorrel Scaglione-Poelzer, Jimmy Shafe, Mark Shaffer, Sarah Wikle
  • An addition to the Class of 2021 was elected and seated as an active elder for service to Shallowford Presbyterian Church. Addition to the Class of 2021 – Claire Turney, youth elder
  • Approved John Groover as clerk of session for one year.
  • Approved the re-election of Steve McCullough as treasurer for a one-year term.
  • Approved the July 2020 membership report, totaling 988 active members.
  • Reviewed the July 2020 financial results, which reflected operating income of $124,248, which was $14,579 under budget, and operating expense of $130,361, which was $12,518 under budget. Net expense for the month, including Special Offerings, was $6,551, which was $2,449 under budget. Available cash at the end of July was $389,055 with $8,700 outstanding on the line of credit.
  • Courtney Boyd then reviewed the status of the Paycheck Protection loan (PPP) which Shallowford received through the CARES Act. In May, Shallowford received $329,400 to be used for reimbursable expenses during the eight-week period. PPP loan documentation will be submitted in September. We expect that Shallowford will incur eligible expenses to support the forgiveness of the full amount of the loan.
  • Based on annualized income and expenses, if the current trend continues, we estimate that we will end the year with approximately $138,000 in net income, primarily due to PPP loan forgiveness income of $204,376.
  • Approved the hire of Rev. A. Landon Dillard as Associate Pastor for Children’s Ministry.
  • Approved to allow groups of 10 or less to meet on campus, on a trial basis, starting September 8, initiated and led by staff, in adherence to the “Group Covenant for Faithful Use of Space” attached. This does not include off campus groups. Staff members and the Covid Task Force will report on the process at the next session meeting, scheduled for September 16.
  • Approved drive in worship service in Shallowford’s parking lot with guidelines.
  • Approved cost of worship filming.
  • Approved cost for live streaming services.

Faithful Use of Space Covenant

By agreeing to attend a Shallowford gathering, you agree to abide by the following guidelines:
1- Take reservations in advance to ensure that no more than 10 people attend a group gathering.
2- Sign in and out using the QR code posted at your reserved space, to comply with contact tracing.
3- Take your temperature, and anyone with a fever of 100.4 or higher will be required to return home.
4- Wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times, even outdoors.
5- Practice social distancing at all times, remaining at least 6 feet away from other people.
6- Sanitize your hands regularly, and refrain from touching each other.
7- Stay in the part of campus you have reserved, to help with sanitation and contact tracing.
8- If you are in an indoor space: Refrain from rearranging the chairs/tables, in order to respect our facilities staff and other groups.
9- Limit group gatherings to 45 minutes or less, in order to reduce risk and respect other groups who may have reservations.
10-Inform Shallowford if you test positive for COVID-19 after attending a Shallowford gathering, in order to protect others.

  • Approved the minutes from the Stated Session Meeting on July 22, 2020, and the Congregational Meeting to Elect Elders on June 14, 2020.
  • Approved the June 2020 membership report, totaling 989 active members.
  • Reviewed the June 2020 financial results, which reflected operating income of $184,692, which was $45,548 over budget, and operating expense of $128,940, which was $40,019 under budget. The increase in income versus budget was primarily attributable to $80,180 in proceeds from the Payroll Protection Plan Loan. Net income for the month, including Special Offerings, was $55,897, which was $85,712 over budget. Available cash at the end of June was $392,986 with $11,320 outstanding on the line of credit (a pledge to pay this off has been received).
  • Based on annualized income and expenses, the Finance Committee is forecasting income of approximately $134,000, primarily due to PPP loan forgiveness income of $204,376. June pledge income was down significantly versus prior months, primarily due to the prepayment of pledges earlier in the year.
  • Confirmed staff departures of Bill Thornton, Facilities Administrator, and Meghan Todd, Administrative Assistant.
  • Approved operating agreement between SPS and SPC.
  • Approved Shallowford Presbyterian School staff to begin 2 weeks of onsite pre-planning on August 3, 2020.
  • Approved Shallowford Presbyterian School K-5 students to begin school in person on August 17, 2020.
  • Approved the job description for the Shallowford COVID-19 Task Force.
  • Approved session representatives, Julie Burkhard and Lynn Mathis for 2020-21.
  • Approved that the Chapel can be opened two days a week for 20 minutes for silent prayer and contemplation.
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