Session Approves Motion 6.23.2020
 
The Session of First Presbyterian Church recognizes that Christian community—worship, study, fellowship and prayer—is crucial, giving strength and joy and deepening our faith in God. We also recognize the continued need to address proactively the coronavirus pandemic, working with governments, those in the health care community, churches and others to prevent transmission of the virus, saving as many lives as possible. To help us do that, we propose the following motion.
 

MOTION: THAT THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH CAMPUS WILL REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH AT LEAST AUGUST 16 FOR CHURCH ACTIVITIES AND WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH AT LEAST SEPTEMBER 30, AS PRESCRIBED:

  • In-person worship services remain suspended. We will continue to offer Joyful Worship on Sunday mornings via live stream or a pre-recorded                 service posted on our website, for the following reasons:

o   The metrics related to COVID-19 are increasing in SC; and

o   The demographics of our congregation, that includes a high number of members older than 65.

o   Consideration for the integrity of an in-person worship service and the number of people permitted to attend when following public health             guidelines.

  • Most business in the church facility remains suspended, including Christian education classes, small groups, and committee meetings, with the              following exceptions:

o   Church staff may continue to work in their offices or remotely. Any physical meetings of church staff will remain limited and practice social               distancing.

o   Current church officers and the PIN Ministry have limited access to the church facility within prescribed hours, and all will be required to wear a       mask.

o   The Day School has opened as of June 15 with their written precautions and protections.

o   Children and Youth Ministries will offer limited activities during June and July with written precautions and protections.

o   Prayer Services may be held at least once a week in James Chapel. Reservations, social distancing and masks will be required.

o   Church staff will continue to work with members and committees to establish alternative means of offering Gracious Invitation, Prayerful                 Study,  Sacrificial Service and Caring Connections (e.g., a Bible study class via Zoom, Youth Group meeting via Zoom, and phone calls to                   members).

o   Private memorial services and private committals will be permitted at the pastors’ discretion. Weddings and baptisms may be scheduled at the         pastors’ discretion.

  • All use of the church facilities by outside organizations remains suspended at least through September 30.
  • The pastors, Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor, Church Administrator, and Clerk of Session will review the situation and report any changes           or recommendations to the Session, by email if necessary.
Even as we lean on God’s everlasting arms in this pandemic, we continue to pray for one another, our community, and our world, especially for leaders, governments, first responders, health care workers, grocery store and other front-line workers, the unemployed, and others most affected by it. We have seen the risen Lord in this crisis, and as the Spirit leads we will continue to witness to his presence in our words and by our actions. Once the decision to reopen the campus is made, FPC will have a phased reopening beginning with Sunday worship services.
 
 

Current Members of Session

The session shall have the responsibility for governing the congregation and guiding its witness to the sovereign activity of God in the world, so that the congregation is and becomes a community of faith, hope, love, and witness. As it leads and guides the witness of the congregation, the session shall keep before it the marks of the Church, the notes by which Presbyterian and Reformed congregations have identified themselves throughout history and the six Great Ends of the Church. (Book of Order 2019-2021)
 
Class of 2020
Bob Bird
Hank Bourgaux
Henry Brown
Michelle Green
Jodi Gregg Krivda
Dale Peters
Dave Pollock
Brian Thoreson
Bob Wallhaus
Class of 2021
Joe Black
Betty Bush
Amy Cross
John Geisler
Kirk Glenn
Bob Gluszik
Juliana Kim
Betsy Roll
Jennifer Walter
Class of 2022
Ellie Dagle
Mark Garrette
Paul Gibson
Frederick Hack
Gretta Sencevicky
John Simpson
Tony Sundling
Jane Upshaw
Dick Wiles

 

Current Board of Deacons

The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion and sound judgement should be chosen for this ministry. (Book of Order 2019-2021)
 
Our congregation takes great pride in being caring and compassionate in our outreach to members and friends when they are in crisis, hospitalized, grieving or simply in need of a helping hand with the love of Jesus.
 
 
Class of 2020
Jane Carnahan
Wade Close
Anne McClintock
Sue Myers
Charlene Riikonen
Karen Smith
Robin Swift
Class of 2021
Frances Ferrene
Dave Hair
Linda Holmes
Carolyn Robinson
Mike Shinn
Ann Shippy
Michele Wilson
Class of 2022
Mary Jo Bird
Roberta Foss
John Hallquist
Caroline Johnson
Carol Lyle
Jan Stroh
Jean Vahey