Our leaders encourage us to extend welcome and concern for the well-being of all God's children.
The Session is the group of leaders, elected by the congregation, which has responsibility for watching over the work of the congregation and guiding its witness to God's activity in the world. The goal of the Session is to help us live into our vision to make God's welcome known and to guide us toward being a true community of faith, hope, love, and witness.
Our Session is divided into three teams and Elders are elected for three year terms and are in three year rotations. Here is our current team structure:
Spiritual Formation: This team guides our worship life, provides for programming to enhance our spiritual lives, both for adults and for children and youth and offers the gift of music to our community through Arts Under the Spire. Spiritual Formation Elders include: Linda Carter, Anna Lisa Fear, Bryan Philpot, Lorraine Provost, Matthew Inadomi.
Community Life: This is the team that organizes fellowship gatherings for congregational life and supports projects such as the First Presbyterian Food Ministry that reach into the community around us. Elders include: Amy Jacoby, Shawn Jones.
Congregational Resources: This is our "infrastructure" team. These elders are responsible for the stewardship of the many resources we have been given to support our ministry, including our staff, our property and our financial gifts. Congregational Resources Elders include: Don Anderson, Erick Bevington.
If you're interested in learning more about how to join the work of one of these teams, let us know! All are welcome! →
The Deacons, together with Pastor Debra, are responsible for congregational care. From home communion delivery for those who can't make it to church, visits to homebound members and friends, and care for grieving families, to Parish Gatherings and Senior Celebrations, our Deacons help keep us connected to each other.
Our Deacons for 2017 are: Peter Avery, Lori Brosnan, Chris Kovach, Rebecca and Afolabi Odedeyi, Marilyn Reynolds, Ann Tisher, Chris Weber.
Here at First Church, the ministry is shared with the whole congregation. There are opportunities for everyone to get involved from gardening, to food preparation for the Food Ministry, to coffee hour hosting, to worship leadership, to lending a hand in the office.