How We Are Organized
Current Session 2022-23:
Pat Barron, Clerk
Current Trustees 2022-23:
Ron Shaffer, President
Melanie Hastings, Secretary
Consistent with the polity of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), First Presbyterian Church is governed by a board of elected and ordained ruling elders called “The Session.” Session meets monthly during the church year to plan and implement much of the program work of the church. Ruling Elders are members of the church who have specific gifts for ministry that are needed for particular programs or projects. Routine items for discussion include review of the church budget, approval of baptisms and communion, approval of the use of church space, and reception of new members. Session has a number of sub-committees composed of ruling elders, deacons, and lay members of the congregation to address specific issues of ministry within our community of faith.
The office of Deacon, as set forth in Scripture, is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. It is the duty of deacons, first, to minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress. They assume other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the Session. Our deacons deliver flowers to home bound members during the holidays, send cards of sympathy or encouragement during hard times and cards of congratulations and joy during good times, visit members who are hospitalized or home bound, and constantly endeavor to bring the love of Christ to those in need.
While not an ordained office, the board of trustees also plays an essential role in the life of the church. They oversee all the issues of the church’s properties, including buying new property or selling old property, and of course managing current properties. They maintain our buildings and grounds and are responsible for repairs when things need to be repaired.
Note: The downloadable files at the bottom of this page are our Church By-Laws, the Manual of Operations for our Session, and a list of miscellaneous policies including our wedding policy, building and equipment use policy, and funeral policy. As of fall 2019, the Organist Fee has increased to $150.00.