FPCRO Board of Session

     The Board of Session consists of Ruling Elders chosen by the congregation and a Teaching Elder (Pastor), who serves as moderator of the Session meetings. From the PCUSA Book of Order, "Elders should be persons of faith, dedication, and good judgment.  Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel, both within the church and in the world. It is their duty to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation. Together with the pastor they should encourage the people in worship and service of God, equip and renew them for their tasks within the church and for their mission in the world, and visit and comfort and care for the people, with special attention to the poor, the sick, the lonely, and those who are oppressed."

     Ruling Elders serve the congregation for three years, with new Elders joining the Session in August of each year to replace Elders who have completed their third year of service. Elders usually serve on two committees and starting in their second or third year serve as chairperson of one of their committees. Elders also participate regularly in the serving of Communion. Additional responsibilities of the Board of Session include approval of the yearly budget, approval of baptism requests, and approving new members (including eighth graders who have completed confirmation classes and adults) to be received by the congregation.

     The Board of Session meets once a month, with occasional additional special meetings as required by the affairs of the church. If you are interested in serving as an Elder, or if you know of a church member who could serve as an Elder, please contact Elder Keith Weber, the chair of the Nominating Committee. Our current Elders are listed below, with committee chairships shown in parentheses. Kevin Ball serves as the Clerk of Session.

Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019
Barb Hayes (Hospitality)
Karen Barger (Mission)
Janet Chatel
Julie Matthews (Worship and Music)
Ellen Burns
Suzanne Lewand (Stewardship)
Jeff Leestma (Evangelism) Norman Dell
Jane Makulski
Karen Maiuri
Barb Ferriby (Personnel)
Benny Rediers
Keith Weber (Nominating) Tom Sobeleski (Christian Ed)
Beth Thayer

Katie Hill (Youth Elder)

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