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Leadership of the First Presbyterian Church


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The Committees of the Session

 

Buildings and Grounds

 

The Buildings and Grounds Committee is responsible for the acquisition, maintenance, and disposition of all church facilities, property, grounds, and equipment. The Property Subcommittee manages the use of the Church Buildings by outside groups and individuals. The Buildings and Grounds Committee also relates to the Personnel Committee for the purpose of overseeing and supporting the work of the Church Sexton. Ruling Elder Jim Baker (734.5121) is the Chairperson of the Buildings and Grounds Committee; Ruling Elder John Orgass (765.2859) also on the Committee.

 

Christian Education

 

The Christian Education Committee is responsible for the whole program of Christian Education. This includes, but is not limited to, church school classes, Adult Education Subcommittee, Vacation Bible School, Confirmation Mentoring, SALT, and the Youth Group. This Committee is responsible for leaders, resources, teachers, and facilities for the educational work of the church. The Christian Education Committee also relates to the Personnel Committee for the purpose of overseeing and supporting the work of the Facilitator of Spiritual Formation. Ruling Elder Melissa Hyatt DeSimone (765. 6332)) is the Chairperson of the Christian Education Committee; Ruling Elder Mike Mraz (765.8394) is also on the Committee.

 

Mission

 

The Mission Committee is responsible for interpreting the church’s mission, local, regional, national and global, to the congregation. This Committee is responsible for the annual Mission Budget. All ongoing congregational mission initiatives fall under the work of this committee, including but not limited to, Maureen’s Haven, Mission Trips, Medical Missionary support, The Giving Tree, One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, Peace and Global Witness Offering, Christmas Joy Offering, and Thanksgiving Turkeys for the annual Migrant Dinner sponsored by the Long Island Council of Churches. The Mission Committee collaborates with Christian Education and Presbyterian Women on various mission efforts. Ruling Elder Elizabeth Burns (765.2611) is the Chairperson of the Mission Committee; Ruling Elder O.D. Lingo (765.3982) is also on the Committee.

 

Congregational Life

 

The Congregational Life Committee is responsible for Fellowship Hour on Sundays. This Committee also supports every group in the church as they seek to implement events by making certain that the church is properly stocked with all necessary supplies and equipment (paper goods, juices, coffee, coffee makers, all kitchen supplies, fellowship time items, etc.) for all events in the life of the church. Ruling Elder John Ross (765.1517) is Chair of the Committee.

 

Church Growth

 

The Church Growth Committee is responsible for seeking out prospective new members of the congregation, keeping an accurate list of visitors to worship, providing for new member classes when needed, and for the assimilation of newer members into active participation in the church. The Church Growth Committee is also responsible for visitation of inactive members, and maintenance of an accurate church roll and its annual revision. This Committee is also responsible for the church’s communication network, including but not limited to the church website, newsletter, social media, bulletin boards, and timely advertisements in local media outlets. Ruling Elder Caroline MacArthur (765.3068) is the Chairperson of the Committee.

 

Stewardship and Finance Committee

 

The Stewardship and Finance Committee is responsible for the annual budget in coordination with the Session, and for the ongoing program of receiving pledges of financial support. Interpretation of a theology of stewardship encompassing all of life is part of this Committee’s responsibilities. This Committee oversees and supports the work of the Treasurer (Jan Falkowski). The Insurance Subcommittee (Chaired by Ed Dart), oversees and manages all necessary insurance policies for the church. The Investment Subcommittee oversees the church’s financial portfolio. Ruling Elder Ed Ward (765.5418) is the Chairperson of the Stewardship and Finance Committee, and Ruling Elder Cheryl Constantine (734.6457) is also on the Committee. 

 

Worship

 

The Worship Committee is responsible for all worship activities of the church. In collaboration with the Music Team Staff(Mrs. Kim Palermo Bogardus and Mrs. Mary Mraz), the Worship Committee is responsible for the music program, including maintenance of the organ and all musical instruments and equipment. This Committee works with the Music Staff and Pastor to arrange and provide for meaningful worship experiences. Ushers and Greeters for Sunday Worship are recruited and supported by this Committee. The Worship Committee also relates to the Personnel Committee for the purposes of overseeing and supporting the work of the Music Staff. Ruling Elder Ellen Hall (987.7807) is Chairperson of the Worship Committee; Ruling Elder Susan Dingle (734.6767) is also on the Committee.

 

Personnel

 

The Personnel Committee is responsible for all matters dealing with the ordained ministry of the church, the annual review of the terms of call for the Pastor, for interpreting the concerns of the church to the Pastor, and for interpreting concerns of the Pastor to the Session and the church. The Personnel Committee is responsible for salary, compensation, and any related policies regarding all lay staff employees, and for resolving personnel issues in consultation with the Pastor. This Committee oversees and supports the work of the Church Office Staff, Mrs. Jan Falkowski and Mrs. Carol DeLong. Ruling Elder Ann Romeo (765.2675) is Chairperson of the Personnel Committee.

Cemetery

 

The Cemetery Committee provides for maintenance and upkeep of the historic Cemetery, property, and Memorial Garden. This includes tombstone maintenance and repair, as well as various educational and promotional programs related to the cemetery. The finance subcommittee oversees the management of the financial portfolio, which is held separately from the Church financial portfolio. This Committee also maintains the integrity of the separate but connected relationship to the Session, in accordance with the laws of New York State pertaining to cemeteries. Ruling Elder Arthur Leudesdorf (765.2030) is the Chair of the Cemetery Committee.