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Worship is central in the life of the church: The Worship Team works with the pastor to respond with love to the diversity of needs in, and for, worship. They are responsible for providing a hospitality that brings the congregation together for the glory of God.
Music: Choir, piano, organ
Worship Services: Communion, Baptism, Funerals, Sunday, Vespers, Ushers, Liturgist
Special Services: Goosebumps, Taize, Blessing of the Animals, 1850s, Advent and Lenten Brown Bag Concerts
Worship Space: Liturgical Dressing, Christmas Decorations, Easter Flowers
As followers of Jesus Christ, we seek to share our resources with the local, the national, and the global community. We will involve members of the congregation in responding to unmet needs through ministries of social justice, transformation of lives, and the reconciliation of people.
Local Projects: Samaritan Ministry Social Service Desk; Winter Shelter SOS dinner volunteers and other homeless ministries, including support for Homeless United for Change and Salvation Army; Matheny/Withrow School Partnership; support to Church member's ministry to build schools in her home town in Laos;; membership/participation in: Habitat for Humanity, Illinois People's Action environmental/economic campaigns; the Covenant Network; Church Women United. Global Projects: Cuba Partnership and Caribbean Missions support; regular giving to Presbyterian Disaster Relief, support to African/Ethiopian Missions, Meals on Wheels.
Samaritan Center: Food Pantry, Social Services
Mission Activities: Cuba, Presbyterian Home, Matheny-Withrow Elementary School, Habitat for Humanity, Emergency Warming Shelter, Faith Coalition for Common Good, Laotian School
Outreach: Membership, Docents
Deacons: Member care
The mission of the Spiritual Formation Committee is to provide spiritual leadership and support in shaping, designing, leading, and implementing programming to inspire spiritual growth in people of all ages. The members of this ministry work to lead First Presbyterian Church's educational ministries into the church's vision for sharing the gospel, transforming lives, growing in compassion and generosity, and becoming intergenerationally connected as a church family. This group has overseen and helped with events such as Rally Day, the annual Christmas Pageant, Vacation Bible School (VBS) and fundraisers for camp and programming for children and youth.
Sunday School: Nursery, Children, Youth, ACES, Lectionary Class, New Members
Mid-Week: Tuesday bible study
Other: Vacation Bible School, Presbyterian Women, Officer Training, Adult Programming
Food, Fellowship and Fun
The mission of the Food, Fellowship and Fun Committee to provide a friendly, caring atmosphere where our church family can enjoy getting to know and nurture new members, welcome guests, and share joys and concerns.
Weekly: Coffee hour coordination, Wednesday pot-luck, Pool Night
Monthly: Luncheons, Garden Club, theology on Tap, Book Club, Poetry Group
Yearly: Picnic, Special Outings, PrideFest
As Needed: Fundraising, Prayer Chain
Finance: The Finance Committee is responsible for all the financial matters and dealings of the church, including such things as the preparation of the annual budget, overseeing the expenditure of funds, ensuring the church is protected by insurance against liability and property loss, conducting the annual stewardship campaign, and overseeing any capital campaigns.
Building and Grounds: Building and Grounds assists with the maintenance and repair of church property, develops plans for the future to improve the efficient use of energy of the church premises and to enhance the security of the church and its members. This ministry includes:Tiffany Windows, Sound and Video System, Holy Clippers Garden Group
Personnel: The Personnel Committee, in conjunction with the Senior Pastor/Head of Staff, has general oversight over both personnel and personnel policies of the church. They also provide both ongoing support to, and regular evaluation of, the church staff.