The Session is the governing body of the church. Members of session, called elders, are elected by the congregation to serve staggered three-year terms. The session is usually composed of twelve members, with each member assigned to one or more of the committees identified below. The pastor serves as moderator. The session normally meets once a month to make decisions on behalf of the congregation.
For periodic reports about Session meetings, click here.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE:
We have a wonderfully dedicated group of Sunday school teachers who are guided by the Christian Education (CE) committee. The CE committee meeting monthly plans learning opportunities for children preschool through fifth grade by coordinating Sunday school and the Villa Summer Music and Arts program, and designing activities for children and families, The committee is also responsible for providing quality care in the church nursery and promoting and maintaining the church library. Contact: Alison Tamminga (Director of Children’s Ministries); Sue Kremser, Chair of Christian Education Committee
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE COMMITTEE:
Meeting monthly, the Congregational Life Committee is responsible for the active membership of the church; encouraging people to join our fellowship and to enjoy serve Christ in many different ways. The committee offers outreach to visitors and new members and helps track membership status (active, friend, inactive). They provide for the organization of vital intra-church activities such as church dinners, picnics, Sunday morning coffee, greeters, Visitor’s Table and act as liaison to Brown Baggers, seniors group.
We’ve organized outings to the local Forester’s baseball games, joined up with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church for an afternoon at the beach, enjoyed several evenings of “Dinner & a Movie”, and a church campout at Lake Cachuma. We do enjoy celebrating life together! This committee also helps coordinate and set up multiple events at our church site. We enjoy potluck gatherings whenever there is a chance, and often find a way to share our time and talents with each other. Contact: Jeannie Cavender
Meeting as needed, the Endowment Committee, encourages individuals to promote the Kingdom of God through the dedication of their material resources by way of gifts, devises and bequests to support the mission of the church. The committee, manages, supervises and keeps accurate records of giving and the distribution of such funds reporting yearly to session. Contact: Kris Warner
MISSION AND PEACE COMMITTEE:
Meeting monthly, the Mission and Peace Committee looks beyond our geographic area for opportunities to serve. The Committee continues to build our relationship with the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, by organizing mission trips for GPC members, both adults and teens, and by financially supporting Ghanaian school and health projects. The Committee oversees the distribution of funds to support a diverse group of projects, from a Christian radio station in eastern Russia to a hospice program in Kenya to LifeWater International, which promotes clean water and sanitation in Africa. Contact: The leadership position for this committee is currently open.
Meeting as needed, the personnel committee provides and organizes ways for session to fulfill responsibility to all employees of the church including job descriptions, performance reviews and equal opportunities for employment. Contact: Curtis Crotzer
PROPERTIES AND FINANCE COMMITTEE:
Meeting monthly, the properties and finance committee supervises the financial affairs of the church including corporate meetings and affairs, developing and overseeing the church budget, and providing for an annual audit. The committee is also responsible for the maintenance and improvement the church property. Contact: Jim Friestad, John Bloomer
SPIRITUAL FORMATION COMMITTEE:
Meeting as needed, the spiritual formation committee is responsible for nurturing the personal and communal spiritual lives of members and friends. They plan special programs, Bible studies, classes and retreats designed to deepen the spiritual lives of adults. Contact: Marilyn Gross
Meeting monthly, the Worship Committee assists in creating meaningful and appropriate atmosphere for worship in coordination with the liturgical year. The committee helps to coordinate Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost and other special worship services. They assist the Director of Music and help serve communion, provide ushers, and foster lay leader participation in worship.
We have a very diverse congregation, in both age and theology. This gives us a unique opportunity to share with each other and appreciate the many ways God can influence our lives. In worship we celebrate song with both a praise band and a more traditional chancel choir, and are often treated with special appearance by members of the congregation sharing their talents in various ways. The sermons, led by Rev. Deborah Kehle, creatively relate traditional biblical passages to issues we struggle with in modern day giving us room for interpretation while challenging us to live up to Christ’s calling. Contact Jean Blois
Meeting monthly, the Youth Committee provides opportunities for youth to discover and experience God as creator and Jesus as Savior in their lives. Organizes Sunday school, mid-week youth program (LIFT: Living-In-Faith Together), confirmation classes, LOG (Love of God) peer-led weekend retreats, mission opportunities and programming and planning for special events. Contacts: Don Davis, Committee Chair; Taylor and Tyler Speier, Youth Ministry Directors
Contacts: Mary Ellen Kestel