Session Committees

Members of each committee include: one to three actively servicing ruling elders, one of whom is usually the chair; an actively serving deacon; and other members of the congregation.  Most session committees meet the second Monday of each month except July.  If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please speak with one of the pastors or the committee chair.

Christian EducationTim Wonder, Chair
Plans, supervises, and coordinates the entire educational program of the church with the specific oversight of the Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Presbyterian Youth Connection (PYC), Confirmation program, Kids Klub, Playful Beginnings pre-school, the nursery, all other study groups, and other educational activities sponsored by the church and its organizations  Recruits and trains teachers and leaders and reviews and recommends resources for Christian education programs.  Oversees distribution of the scholarship funds for camp and college.

Church StaffJim Honafius, Chair
Prepare and updates position descriptions for all employees in consultation with the staff member, chairperson(s) of related committee)(s), and pastors; reviews job performances annually; recommends changes in salary and working conditions; provides support and guidance for the pastor as head of staff; is available to all staff members to enhance their working relationships; and surveys need for additional staff positions.  The committee also prepares and updates policies and the employee handbook, participates in the interview and selection of employees and ensures personnel issues are addressed through the chain of command prior to being bought to the committee.

Fellowship – Jaci Scott, Chair
Creates an atmosphere for individual enrichment through interaction with others.  Provides opportunities for church-wide fellowship such as Sunday Coffee Hour, after church lunches and church dinners.  Facilitates formation of small groups such as Dinner for Eight and Book Club.

Finance – Jeremy Fry, Chair
Oversees all church funds, including gifts and bequests and endowments.  Prepares and monitors the annual budget; responsible for purchasing procedures and is liaison with the Church Treasures, working closely with church staff.  Guides programs to raise funds for all church operations and mission and educated the congregation in giving.

Mission – Mike Kostelac – chair
Leads the congregation in seeking to fulfill its commitment to serve the Lord through participation in and/or financial support of mission work conducted locally, nationally, and globally.  Identifies area as needed for mission support and organizations addressing those needs.  Seeks to develop relationships with selected organizations to actively support their work.  Provides communication to the congregation about mission needs and efforts to encourage their prayerful financial, and participatory support of mission programs.

Provide for an orderly and consistent transition of Church Officers as defined in the Book of Order. Nominates candidates for the offices of Elder and Deacon to replace those who are completing their term or who are unable to continue their service.  Recommends nominees for other committees as directed by session.  The nominees’ names are placed before the congregation for final approval.

Peacemaking and Justice – Donna Fleetwood, Chair
Endeavors to: actively involve and engage the congregation in peacemaking and justice in our community, nation, and world; inspire us as children of God to be involved as peacemakers and justice-seekers; and to learn what it means to be at peace with God and one another.

Property and Maintenance – Mike Martin, Chair
Maintains the church building, Youth Center, rental property, manse, and church grounds; establishes guidelines for the use of the church facilities; undertakes improvement and repair projects through oversight of vendors or the use of volunteers.

Spiritual Life – Wayne Yost, Chair
This committee was created in 2010 and is in the discernment phase of organization.

Technology – Ken Kleinert, Chair
Oversee the church’s computer system, website, office equipment, and telephone system.

Welcoming – Missy Rulapaugh, Chair
Develops ways to welcome visitors by extending our hearts and hands to those who are searching for a church home.  Bakes and delivers bread to visitors who have attended church two times.  Actively integrate new members into the life of the congregation through the Barnabas Ministry.  Works with other groups to make the church more welcoming and accessible to visitors and members.  Ensure that the congregation understand its role to welcome others into our church.

Worship and Music – Debbie Williams, Chair
Oversees the worship services and musical programs with specific concern for developing and ordering of worship, communion services, and times of worship.  Supervises choirs and all musical programs; provide church staff with  bi-monthly lists of volunteers who participate in worship as ushers, greeters, and readers; changes the banners for liturgical seasons and provides for the decoration of the church for special seasons; oversees all equipment and resources used for worship; assist in the selection of directors for the various choirs; and participates in the committee for the section and hiring of the Director of Music.

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