2017 2018 2019
Claire Richardson Hailey Baker Christine Montpetit
Alanna Wright Connie Martin (Clerk) Jean Tennant
Carrie Demers Karla Trim Nancy Wilson Mashaw
Larry Tombolillo Carol Womelsdorf Marsha Snyder

 

The Session is the Council of the church that exists to help the congregation and the church as a whole to be more faithful participants in the mission of Christ.  They do so as they

  • Provide that the Word of God may be truly preached and heard,

Responding to the promise of God’s new creation in Christ, and inviting all people to participate in that new creation;

  • Provide that the Sacraments may be rightly administered and received,

Welcoming those who are being engrafted into Christ, bearing witness to Christ’s saving death and resurrection, anticipating the heavenly banquet that is to come, and committing itself in the present o solidarity with the marginalized and the hungry; and

  • Nurture a covenant community of disciples of Christ,

Living in the strength of God’s promise, and giving itself in service to God’s mission.

 

Ruling Elders:  (G-2.0301)

“As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people  Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit.  Ruling elders are so named not because the “lord it over” the congregation (Matt20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life.  Ruling elders, together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.  When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of the session. When elected as commissioners to higher councils, ruling elders participate and vote with the same authority as teaching elders (pastors), and they are eligible for any office. “

 

2017 2018 2019
Christine Woods Doug Farley Linda LaComb
Marilyn Cota Sally Smith Barb Hebert
Joan Merritt Sharon McCormick Sally Baker
Nancy Skiff Bonnie Barkley Theresa Tolman

 

What does the Board of Deacons do?

The Board of Deacons meets for an hour on the third Tuesday of each month except July and August.  They are the caring arm of the church and connect us to one another in times of both need and joy.

The Presbyterian Book of Order says;

The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office.

  1. It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people and assisting with the Lord’s Supper. (SeeW-3.3616.)
  2. A deacon shall report to ecclesiastical and civil legal authorities knowledge, gained in the course of service to the church, of harm, or the risk of harm, related to the physical abuse, neglect, and/or sexual molestation or abuse of a minor or an adult who lacks mental capacity when

(1) such information is gained outside of privileged communication; or

(2) she or he reasonably believes that there is risk of future physical harm or

                                    abuse.

The deacons of a particular church shall be organized in one or both of the following ways.

  1. They may be organized as a board, of which the pastor, co-pastors, and associate pastors shall be advisory members. The board of deacons shall elect a moderator and a secretary from among its members. The secretary shall keep a record of the board’s proceedings.
  2. They may be individually commissioned by the session to particular tasks consistent with the responsibility of their office. (See G-6.0402.) The session shall ordinarily conduct an annual review of their service, at which time their commission may be renewed, altered, or terminated.

As the whole church is under the jurisdiction of the session, the board of deacons shall be under its supervision and authority. The records of the board of deacons shall be submitted to the session at least annually and at other times upon the request of the session.  The session may void or amend any action of the board of deacons, or direct the board to reconsider such action.

 

 

2017 2018 2019
Jana Norris Karl Smith Don Woods
Jeff Guasconi Rhonda Roethel Val Testani
Steve Trenton Doc LaComb (open) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

What do Trustees do?

Trustees take care of Buildings and Ground as well as finances for the Church.  They do their work and then report and make recommendations for action to the Session.  They meet monthly on the first Thursday. 

  • Finance /TIE

This is a sub-committee of the Trustees.  The finance committee reviews the church financial reports monthly as it meets with the bookkeeper.  They put together the annual budget and bring it to the whole board of Trustees for their recommendation to Session.  This group also manages and makes recommendations about Trusts, Investments and Endowments.