Session Information

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:

Personnel: Pat Hyden
Mission: Wayne Brown, Jason Mayo (to be installed)
Building & Grounds: Don Chesebro
Stewardship: Paul Stutesman
Worship & Music: Bruce Emery
Community Life: Ardith Hansel
Christian Formation: Vacant

The Session met via Zoom on Monday, June 22 at 7 pm and the following actions were taken:

      • Approved with regrets Paula Mitchell’s resignation from her position as elder at First Presbyterian Church Port Angeles
      • Approved sharing our worship on July 19 with Church of the Hills, Bellaire, MI, and request their Session to direct any honoraria to Lauren Corder to compensate her for additional video editing work.
      • Approved up to $42,000 from the General Fund (nonbudgeted item) for an extensive upgrade of the sound system in the Sanctuary/Fellowship Hall.
      • Discussed plans to resume in-person worship on 7/26/20, with pre-recorded services shown at the church at two services on Sunday morning. Pre-recorded services will also be uploaded to YouTube for viewing at home for congregants who are unable to attend or would prefer to continue to worship at home. Separate subcommittees were created to address logistics (seating, traffic-flow, policy enforcement), physical safety (sanitizing, social distancing, masks/gloves), and integration of video into in person worship.

New Officers for 2020-2021
The ordination/installation service for the new officers will be on May 9, at 10:00.
(Class of 2023): Jason Mayo, Bruce Emery, Don Chesebro
(Class of 2022): Pat Hyden
(Class of 2023): Karen Walter, Andrea Fry, Becca Paul, Gail McDonald
(Class of 2022): Bret Curtis


Budgeted Year-to-Date: $155,804
Actual Year-to-Date: $133,861
Budgeted Year-to-Date: $159,334
Actual Year-to-Date: $144,788

Hello everyone from your Stewardship Committee. This is the time of year we customarily approach you to talk about per capita and invite you to contribute toward the cost of supporting the larger church and its mission in the world. Each congregation is assessed a per capita amount for each member, this money goes to fund the work of our Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly. We include per capita in our budget, but as a Stewardship Committee we are asking each member to consider contributing their annual per capita to offset this expense, which is about $50.00 per member in 2020.
This year our denomination, especially the Northwest Coast Presbytery, has been particularly integral in helping us navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. One example: our Presbytery is offering grants of up to $1,000 per congregation to help with technology costs to bring worship services online. Through this program we have purchased a camera and other equipment that has enabled us to improve the quality of our online services. They have also provided support and guidance to our Ppastor and Session as we deal with difficult issues around COVID-19.
The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA) is nearly 10,000 congregations and mid councils that participate and share in the work of the wider church. Per capita is the primary source of funding for the Office of the General Assembly, and how Presbyterians mutually and equitably share the costs of coming together to discern the Spirit’s leading for the future. We are designating May as Per Capita month. If you choose to participate in this way, please mail yourcontribution to the church office (139 West 8th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362). Please put “Per Capita” on your check.
Thanks be to God!