Much of the work of the church happens through committees. The standing committees of Session are listed below, with chairs or other Elders who are involved. The membership for all of these committees is open, and all committees welcome your participation. To learn more, talk with one of the Elders, or with either of the pastors.
The Christian Education Committee leads our ministries of learning with children, youth and adults. Sunday School and the Children’s Worship Time, the children’s and youth choirs, as well as the middle school and senior youth groups are resourced by this committee.
The Sunday morning adult education program also falls
under this group’s planning.
Chairs: Karina Woltke
The Congregational Life and Outreach Committee (CLOC) welcomes new comers, neighbors, and friends, to join our community in programs that bring us together as a Christian community, through Friendship Hour and events like church pot -luck luncheons and family game nights. CLOC supports and nurtures our spiritual needs, and reaching out to meet the needs expressed by our members.
Friendship Hour is a welcoming time of fellowship and socializing where we have a chance to catch up with church friends, and greet and get to know visitors and new attendees. Volunteers set up the serving tables and lay out treats and drinks. At the end of the friendship hour, these volunteers put everything away and clean up.
Chairs: Julie Ray
The Finance Committee oversees the financial affairs of the congregation, looking after the weekly offering gifts, faithfully tracking the gifts of individual members, paying all of the church’s bills, and creating accessible financial statements regularly.
Chair: Tim McConnell
The Mission Committee extends the good news of the Gospel into all the world, on behalf of and with our congregation. This group works locally and globally, coordinating our various food and shelter ministries locally, and advocating for justice and peace on the national and international scene. The Committee also
oversees the dispersal of significant church funds for the work of Christ in the world.
Chair: Gary Cline
Chair: Mary Webber
The Property Committee is charged with overall responsibility for the church buildings, the church manse, and all of the church's property.
Often the whole congregation will pitch in on work days, but sometimes special skills and contracts are needed. Do you have a special skill?
Chair: Martha Smith
First Presbyterian has no real endowment. Instead, we are a people who support this ministry each year through our gifts. The Stewardship Committee invites those gifts, and encourages our financial and personal commitment to the work of Christ in this world, year round.
Chair: Tim McCloskey
Worship and Music
The Worship and Music Committee works creatively with the clergy and music staff of the congregation to build and support our strong worship tradition. From the planning of special worship services to the ongoing care for the details of our weekly worship life together, this committee serves as a resource, an idea shop, and a
work crew for all things related to the worship and music life of the congregation.
Chair: Rona Johnston Gordon