The Session is our governing council and is made up of the pastors (teaching elders) and elected and ordained elders (ruling elders). The Session meets on the third Thursday nights as the spiritual leaders of our church.
If you wish to communicate an idea, suggestion or concern to the session, it is usually best to communicate directly with one of its committees. Often when a letter is sent to the Session, it is then referred to the appropriate committee for more detailed study and action. You can speed the process by communicating directly with an appropriate committee. For the name of the current committee chair person, call the church office.
Moderator of Session: Dr. Maynard Pittendreigh
Clerk of the Session: Kristen Stieffel
THE ADMINISTRATION AND PERSONNEL COMMITTEE
The Administration and Personnel committee oversees the various administrative and personnel matters of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, with all technology functions handled by its Technology Sub-committee. Administrative matters include oversight of general office administration functions and reviewing agreements and contracts prior to execution or renewal by church officers. The personnel functions include the initial interface for personnel requirements and issues and subsequently assessing and preparing recommendations to the Session for final approval and disposition. Other specific duties include: review and revision of the Personnel Manual each year, participate in the annual performance review process, review employee compensation and make recommendations for change to the Session annually, review the terms of call for all pastors and make recommendations to the Session annually.
Technology Sub-Committee assists and reports to the Administration and Personnel Committee in overseeing the various computer, office equipment, sound systems, software, web pages, email systems and other systems of technology to keep them updated and functioning.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE
The Buildings and Grounds Committee is responsible for the maintenance and preservation of physical assets owned by Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church including the grounds, buildings, furniture, fixtures, equipment and church-owned vehicles.
Transportation Sub-Committee assists and reports to the Building and Grounds Committee in the purchase, maintenance and operation of church-owned vehicles.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE
The Christian Education Committee plans and oversees many areas of ministry that as a whole strive to present a program that provides an environment in which the faith of the members of Grace Covenant can grow and be enriched. It is also the goal of the committee to offer opportunities for members to grow in community and relationships while learning together. Small Blessings and Scholarship are two sub-committees of the Christian Education Committee.
Health Sub-Committee assists and reports to the Christian Education Committee in ministries related to promoting the health of our members.
Library Sub-Committee assists and reports to the Christian Education Committee in ministries related to maintaining and improving the church library.
Small Blessings Board assists and reports to the Christian Education Committee in the operation of the Small Blessings program.
Scholarship Committee assists and reports to the Christian Education Committee in reviewing and awarding scholarships to the members of the church family.
CONGREGATIONAL FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE
The Congregational Fellowship Committee seeks to promote the sense of community within the congregation and to our visitors who worship with Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Hospitality Sub-Committee assists and reports to the Congregational Fellowship Committee with the propose of providing opportunities for members and visitors to become acquainted so that all may function as part of a cohesive church family.
FINANCE AND STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE
The Stewardship and Finance Committee is responsible for the oversight of all financial activities and pledge generating activities on behalf of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Financial matters include reviewing and assisting in the preparation of the monthly and annual financial reports, responsibility for an annual independent financial review, developing recommendations for the investment of the church’s reserves, assisting other committees in the identification of funding sources for various projects, and assisting the church treasurer with resolving financial issues. Stewardship matters include reviewing campaign materials, soliciting budgets from committees and preparing and distributing pledge mailings, as well as preparing the annual budget for presentation to the Session.
The Outreach Committee is involved with the planning and administering a portion of the church’s financial resources for benevolent programs within our community, state, nation, and world as well as organizing outreach opportunities for anyone interested in getting involved in outreach ministries.
Evangelism Sub-Committee assists and reports to the Outreach Committee with the purpose being to bring persons into a saving grace of God in their lives. This sub-committee is responsible for finding ways to attract and encourage individuals to our church; finding and encouraging ways for members to be welcoming to visitors; publicizing services and activities to the surrounding community; welcoming and assimilating new members into our fellowship
The Youth Committee is responsible for nurturing the faith of students in Middle School, High School, and College, through studies, fellowship and fun.
The Worship Committee is responsible for weekly and special worship services. Activities include: Recommendations for dates for the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, preparation of the elements, obtaining church officers to serve communion and extended communion, recruitment and training for liturgists, acolytes, greeters and ushers, bulletins and sanctuary flowers, choirs, music, pew hymnals, Bibles, along with brochures and envelopes. The worship committee also provides the content for the power point slides and seasonal sanctuary decorations.