Session

 

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. “