Church Growth/Christian Education
Chairperson: George Cockerill (Elder); Session Reps: Hermann Ball (Elder), Janet Lawrence-Nelson (Elder)
This committee seeks to nurture growth in all ages in our congregation to know more about God through Bible Study, Sunday School, Mid-Week Programs, etc. We also seek to find creative ways to invite new folks to participate and to join in our community and church events and programs. We want to reach out to the community and offer our hand of welcome to all who are interested in a church home.
Chairperson: Lew Osterhoudt; Session Rep: Michael Scott (Elder)
This committee seeks to find ways to balance a church budget to cover necessary expenses, programs, and personnel costs, as well as mission efforts. This committee oversees investments, works to pay off the mortgage, envisions strategic financial plans for the future, etc.
Mission, Action, Concerns (MAC)
Chairperson: Janet Lawrence-Nelson (Elder); Session Rep: Sandy Heidel (Elder)
We practice mission in our own backyard and to the far corners of the world. And, over the years mission trips have been led to Guatemala and to Gulfport, Mississippi. We currently support missionaries in Zimbabwe, Guatemala and Slovenia.
Responsibilities of the MAC committee:
- To communicate with the congregation in order to: generate more excitement about mission needs, and encourage greater stewardship of time and money for ongoing and new projects.
- To be active in the community and provide a focus for a Christian response to community needs as they arise.
- To encourage mission education and awareness through the church school and to encourage our young people to participate in mission opportunities.
- To provide consistent outreach to our missionaries through visitation, correspondence, prayer, and study.
- To continue, after careful study and research, to disperse monies entrusted to us for mission needs.
Chairperson: Doug Walker (Elder)
This committee is made of representation from the deacons, elders, and church membership. This committee is voted in at a congregational meeting each January and seeks to call and invite members of the church to serve as elders and deacons in the congregation.
Chairperson: Eileen Naughton (Deacon); Session Rep: Bob Russell
This committee seeks to offer opportunities for fellowship and celebration throughout the year to encourage friendship among members and to create safe spaces to welcome guests.
Chairperson: Liz Carrabine; Session Rep: Jeannie Osterhoudt (Elder), George Cockerill (Elder)
This committee oversees the paid staff of the congregation and helps to facilitate feedback from the congregation regarding the staff for evaluation. The Personnel Committee oversees the hiring of staff and the arrangement for fair and proper procedure for compensation. The committee works with the pastor of the congregation to ensure that the staff are satisfied in their employment and are working to the best of their ability to accomplish the job at hand.
Chairperson: Ed Bodam (Elder)
This committee oversees the maintenance and upkeep of the historic church structure of First Presbyterian Church of Phoenixville. This committee makes sure the building is up to code and that there is working air conditioning and heat in the facility. This committee makes sure that the parking lot and other areas are plowed and that people are available to fix plumbing, electrical, or other property concerns.
Chairperson: Sandy Heidel (Elder); Session Rep: Doug Walker
This committee seeks to encourage the membership and guests to pledge their tithes and offerings to support the ministry of the congregation. This committee sponsors a lunch each year to celebrate the life of the church and the history of the church. This committee arranges for a campaign each year to highlight the importance of dedicating time, talent, and treasure to the church.
Worship & Music
Chairperson: Ken Brown (Elder); Session Rep: Jewell Baker
This committee works to provide meaningful Sunday Morning Worship and special services throughout the year. This committee works with the pastor, and the music director, as well as church members to decide when communion will be served and how it will be served, as well as what the format of worship that will be used and what decorations are used to enhance the worship experience.