In Our Church Family

 
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. I Peter 4:10
 charlie-lum-picWe serve not only those around us, but those among us.
Here at 1st Pres, ‘church’ becomes more like family.  We support each other with prayer, love, nurture and resources, whether it’s through a time of great personal crisis or a ‘bump in the road.’

Time, Talent and Treasures

Stewardship is serving one another with the gifts and talents we’ve received, which involves a lot more than financial giving. It’s serving God, the congregation, the community and beyond in whatever way you’ve been equipped.

Deacons

All Christians seek to comfort those in need, but deacons are particularly called to the ministry of care and concern. Our Deacons co-ordinate the congregation’s connections to members and friends that are sick, homebound, or in need of prayer, comfort or resources.

Stephen Ministers

We are a Stephen Minister congregation, which means that we have trained volunteers that extend Christian fellowship by listening and providing emotional support while maintaining complete confidentiality to those who are facing personal crisis.  Stephen Ministers are particularly helpful with illness, grief, divorce or separation, job loss, emotional crises, family challenges, loneliness, aging and relocation.

Elders

Elders, individually and jointly, strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation. They, along with volunteers from the congregation, run the committees that run the church’s programs, fix the leaks, arrange the special events, make the coffee… The list goes on.   At any given time, fifteen of our elders are serving a three-year term on Session, the board responsible for the day-to-day church operations.

Music

Those equipped with the love of music are encouraged to join one of our music groups. There’s surely a place for you.

Pastoral Care

In addition to the support offered by fellow congregation members, our Pastor also makes visits to provide comfort and counsel in times of crisis.  If you or a family member is gravely ill or if you have experienced a loss, please call the church office.