Our session consisting of 12 elders and moderated by Pastor Matt oversees the work and mission of First Presbyterian Church. They meet monthly to monitor the activities of the committees of the church. <
Session assignments: Building, Grounds & Properties, Paul Stutesman; Christian Education, Paula Mitchell; Community Life, Ardith Hansel; Mission & Outreach, Wayne Brown; Personnel, Coya Erickson and Kate Dexter; Stewardship, Paul Stutesman; Worship & Music, Bruce Emery; Hospitality (ad hoc, Kate Dexter, Sarah Mattson and Ardith Hansel).
The Session met at on Monday, March 16 at 7 pm and the following actions were taken:
- Approved allotting Bill Isenberger 40 hours of sick leave annually starting in 2020.
- Approved posting the position for a “Substitute Custodian” when Bill is sick or on vacation.
- Approved Paul Mattson as guest pastor on May 10, 2020.
- Approved adding Wayne Brown, Susan Fisher, and Pastor Matt Paul as signers for the 2nd Mile Fund with First Federal
- Approved that offerings received in the mail will be recorded by the office manager and then turned over to the financial secretary (or an approved counter) for recording and deposit.
- Approved to close the church building to group use through the April 30, 2020. Session meetings and practice and recording components for worship services will be an exception to this.
The Session met at on Thurday, March 26 at 7 pm and the following actions were taken:
- The Executive Board, on behalf of presbytery, has approved the motion to “suspend in-person worship services within the bounds of the presbytery until further notice, encouraging congregations to worship and fellowship by other means that fully comply with current civil health policy”.
- The governor’s order restricted the ability to record weekly worship with a group of people in the sanctuary, so last week’s service was edited with portions of the service recorded by Pastor Matt and different church members in their own homes. Future options for streaming services may be available depending on statewide restrictions.
- Discussed how to proceed with communion, including the option of taking communion individually in congregants homes vs forgoing communion in April. Session approved the motion to forgo communion in April, with further discussion regarding communion in May to come at a future meeting.