Our church committees are the backbone for FPC’s mission
and ministries of God’s love and work in the community.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS
We work behind the scenes to keep the church’s facilities in good working order. We oversee all small repairs and larger projects as necessary. In 2018, we finished restoring the stained glass windows in the sanctuary with your help. We renovated, refurbished and purchased new furniture for the pastor’s study. We renovated the conference room and refurbished the meeting table. We updated the bookkeeper’s and parish chaplain’s office and began installing a new cooling system last fall. We are a very active committee year-round.
Every one of us can continue learning throughout our lifetime. We learn with one another, from studying the Bible, or church history, or world events and other religions. We learn by doing, creating, listening, discussing and risking a new adventure. We need your leadership, participation and support. Our kids and families are beginning new adventures with Pastor Susan. Our adults take on deep questions of faith.
Christian Formation Ministry works with our pastor to provide programs and classes that contribute to an individual’s spiritual formation – birth through adulthood.
EVANGELISM AND COMMUNICATIONS
The Evangelism and Communication Committee serves as the public voice and expression of the church. This committee supports the visual, printed, and digital messaging of church to its members and greater community. In addition, the Committee serves as a communication resource to the Session, Deacons, and the committees of the Church. This Committee is committed to advancing the rooted historical traditions of the church while reaching out to our neighbors, local and global, with the good news of God’s love that extends an open invitation to all people.
The Finance Committee is responsible for all the financial matters of the church, including preparation of the annual budget, overseeing the expenditure of funds, ensuring the church is protected by insurance against liability and property loss, and overseeing any capital campaigns.
God calls us to be good stewards. We listen to what inspires you, ask you to invest in our shared vision, and thank you for sharing your gifts. We are grateful and excited to see what’s next!
Giving ourselves – our money, time, friendship – is an expression of our faith. We have a spiritual need to give.
FOOD, FUN AND FELLOWSHIP
Bringing about fellowship in the church and community is one of the most important aspects of togetherness. The Fellowship Committee works diligently to plan events and to engage parishioners.
MISSION AND OUTREACH
Mission and Outreach Committee invites members of the congregation to respond to unmet needs and share our resources with the local, national, and global communities. We support charitable efforts and address the causes of injustice, poverty, and oppression.
Local programs include support for the Social Service Desk and Church food pantry and the CROP Walk. We partner with Matheny-Withrow School; sponsor dinners at the SOS winter shelter; Helping Hands, and Contact Ministries. We are active in Fairhills Residence Presbyterian Home, Habitat for Humanity, Church Women United, Faith Coalition for the Common Good, Presbyterian Covenant Network, and More Light Presbyterians. Global programs include the Cuba Partnership with Sancti Spiritus Presbyterian Church, Caribbean Missions support, the Laotian school building fund, Presbyterian World Missions, and Presbyterian Disaster Relief.
The Nominating Committee is responsible to prayerfully discuss who God is calling into leadership as deacons and elders and bringing these candidates to the congregational meetings.
This 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.
WORSHIP AND MUSIC
Our congregation is friendly, open, and all are welcome at God’s table. We love getting to know each other and worshipping together! Our worship is interactive and sometimes spontaneous. The deep pitches of the Brombaugh Opus 35 pipe organ resonate throughout each worship service, while we also celebrate God's power and grace through the harmony of the choir, enhanced by the voices of Millikin University choir scholars. The relationships that develop between these scholars and our core choir are truly unique. During Lent and Advent, we sponsor a brown bag music series, in which local and national musicians inspire contemplation of the church seasons. We host young musicians' concerts, the annual Goosebumps organ concert, and celebrate the gifts of many local musicians in our services. We are a congregation who appreciates and welcomes the talents of our own members, as well as those in our community, and we rejoice that they share them with us in worship