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QUARTERLY LEADERS’ MEETING Sunday, May 21

On Sunday, May 21, following the 11:00 worship, the leaders of the 5 Ministry Groups will gather for the next installment of the Quarterly Leaders’ Meeting. (This meeting has been rescheduled from earlier in April.) The purpose of these meetings is to align the work of the different Ministry Groups, and to ensure that we are all “pulling in the same direction” as we work together. We’ll be checking in on the church’s priority for 2017, “to learn about and minister to the needs of younger generations,” to see what has already happened in that, how it’s going, and what needs to be done next.

If you have any suggestions about how a particular Ministry Group might shape their work to learn about and serve younger generations, reach out to the leaders of that Ministry Group or speak to Pastor Scott or Pastor Emily.


SESSION

The governing year begins on May 1st and ends the following April 30th. Church officers are elected at a congregation meeting held in February.

Session meets the third Tuesday of each month.

Clerk of Session: Laura Jones
Treasurer: Liz Stevens

  • Class of 2017 (terms expire April 30, 2017):
    • Tonya Tatum Deyo (Mission & Service Ministry Group Liaison)
    • Joe Parisi (Congregational Care & Membership Ministry Group Liaison)
    • Adrian Steel (Facilities Committee Chair, Management Ministry Group Vice Chair)
    • Michael Werner (Stewardship Committee Liaison)
  • Class of 2018 (terms expire April 30, 2018):
    • Pamela Deese (Management Ministry Group Chair)
    • James Foster (Nominating Committee Chair)
    • Thomas Mellor (Finance Committee Liaison)
    • David Smith (Personnel Committee Chair)
  • Class of 2019 (terms expire April 30, 2019):
    • Lois Dokken (Nominating Committee Vice Chair, Personnel Committee Vice Chair)
    • David Foster (Christian Education Ministry Group Liaison, Family Ministry Committee Liaison)
    • Jim Edmondson (Tysons Initiative Liaison, Strategic Plan Liaison)
    • Bettie McElroy (Worship Ministry Group Liaison, Communications Committee Liaison)

DEACONS

The Board of Deacons consists of three classes of trained Deacons and is charged with providing care for those in need in our congregation. Every Deacon receives 50 hours of Stephen Ministry training. All Deacons attend preparatory classes in March and April of each year and assume their offices on May 1. The Board meets the first Tuesday of each month.

  • Class of 2017 (terms expire April 30, 2017):
    • Sara Becker
    • Verna Chenault
    • Nancy Lauler
    • Karen Siple
  • Class of 2018 (terms expire April 30, 2018):
    • Carolyn Fisk
    • Jack Hess
    • Danny Howell
    • Alex Scopeletis
  • Class of 2019 (terms expire April 30, 2019):
    • Diane Alden
    • Emily Foster
    • Dong Lee
    • Janet Kohlenberger
    • Rick Neldon
  • Stephen Leaders:
    • Wendy Maiwurm
    • Patricia Matheson
    • Doug McGuire

LEWINSVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH FOUNDATIONfoundationlogo

  • Class of 2017 (terms expire April 30, 2017):
    • Gary Baise
    • Barbara Gibby (Memorials Administrator)
    • Paul Phillips (Chair)
  • Class of 2018 (terms expire April 30, 2018):
    • Janet Jacewicz (Secretary)
    • Carol Kaffenberger
    • Bob Seitz
  • Class of 2019 (terms expire April 30, 2019):
    • Clay Ancell
    • Bob Gaugler (Treasurer)
    • Roy Mitchell

MINISTRY GROUPS:

Structural Task Force Report and Charts – 4/26/2016 pdf

Management Ministry Group – Elder Pam Deese (Chair), Elder Adrian Steel (Vice Chair)
The Management Ministry Group oversees all administrative work for the Session. Its work is carried out by several committees.

Communications Committee – Provides oversight for all communications vehicles for Lewinsville, including the church’s website, newsletter, brochures, and digital displays. Bettie McElroy (Chair), Elder Bettie McElroy (Session Liaison)

Facilities Committee – The Property Committee focuses on maintenance/repair and replacement of the church facilities and makes recommendations to the full committee for major expenditures. The committee also consists of the archives/cemetery sub-committee.  Elder Adrian Steel (Chair)

Archives Sub-Committee

Cemetery Sub-Committee (Adrian Steel, Chair)

Finance Committee – Reviews the monthly financial report, coordinates fiscal affairs, and along with Ministry Group leadership, prepares an annual budget for Session consideration. Mary Frase (Chair), Elder Tom Mellor (Session Liaison)

Personnel Committee is a committee of the Management Ministry Group and reports directly to Session. The committee works with the pastor, as head of staff, to develop and implement personnel policies and practices that will enhance the efficiency of office functions and maintain a level of morale that will contribute to the effectiveness of the staff.  Elder David Smith (Chair), Elder Lois Dokken (Vice Chair)

Stewardship Committee focuses on financial stewardship. The committee organizes and promotes the annual stewardship campaign, soliciting financial pledges from members of the Lewinsville Community of faith. These financial pledges support the ongoing mission and ministry of Lewinsville Church and enable our members to deepen their spiritual lives, deepen their connection with the Church and with the larger community.  Michael Deese (Chair), Elder Michael Werner (Session Liaison)

Christian Formation Ministry Group – [Vacant] (Chair), Elder David Foster (Session Liaison)
The Christian Formation Ministry Group provides for the planning and operation of the education programs of the church: church school, youth and adult education, vacation church school, youth fellowship activities, and crib and preschool care.

Adult Education Committee.   Rob Hunter (Chair)

Children’s Education Committee.  TBD (Chair)

Family Ministry Committee.  TBD (Chair)

Youth Education & Fellowship Committee.  TBD (Chair)

Congregational Care & Membership Ministry Group – Claire Grossi (Chair), Joe Parisi (Session Liaison)
This Ministry Group is charged with both finding ways to attract new members and caring for the needs of our congregation.

Equippers Committee – Responsible for ChristCare Groups. Jim Tenney (Chair)

Membership Committee – Explores ways to attract visitors, to help make Lewinsville a more welcoming church, to encourage and support visitors as they go through the Inquirer’s Class, and to help integrate new members into the life of the church. This group also helps support current members as they explore ways in which they may feel called to be involved. It maintains membership records and conducts the annual membership review required by the Presbytery.  This group also handles Sunday Morning Greeters.   Joe Parisi (Chair)

Older Adult Council –  The OAC is comprised of members of Lewinsville who have expertise or special interests in working with older adults or providing ministries to the elderly within and without our congregation. It meets bimonthly. The group’s formulated purpose is to communicate, coordinate and advocate for older adult programs and services both internally to the Lewinsville congregation and externally to our greater local community.  Wendy Maiwurm (Chair)

Presbyterian Women – (Jody Ransom and Betty Yurkewitch, Co-Moderators)

Service Committees – Handles a variety of congregational needs, including hospitality, card ministry, nursery coordinators, Care Callers, Extended Communion for shut-ins, membership records, cradle roll, prayer shawl ministry (Lost Sheep Stitchers), flower delivery, Volunteer Coordinator, LRR Liaison, Lewinsvillle clusters, blood drives, and Parish Nurse.  This group also is responsible for the Jeffery Knoerr Memorial Education Fund.

Social Groups – Second Saturday Set, Single Seniors, Adult Club, Men’s Breakfast Group, Lewinsville Sluggers.

Support, Encouragement, and Accountability (SEA) Committee.

Young Adult Catalyst Committee – Established as part of Lewinsville’s Strategic Plan, the Young Adult/Young Families Catalyst Group seeks to foster a culture within the church, through specific opportunities and active dialog, which encourages young adults and young families in their walk of discipleship.  We look for ways in which the God-given gifts, interests, and needs of young adults and young families may form and re-form ministries of the Church.  Grateful for the ongoing ministry of the faithful, we seek to strengthen and expand the Body of Christ.  This group meets quarterly. Linda Bender (Chair)

Mission and Service Ministry Group – David Porterfield (Chair), Elder Tonya Deyo (Session Liaison)
This Group coordinates the mission outreach of Lewinsville Presbyterian Church. This ministry group is the vehicle by which the congregation is involved in ministering to the needs of others.

Children & Families Committee Provides connection and support to children and families located near Lewinsville. Currently, Lewinsville is in partnership with Westgate Elementary School with Lewinsville volunteers mentoring students and providing reading opportunities to primary students. In addition, the Group conducts two grounds clean-ups at Westgate per year and will be developing a sustainable garden.  The Group also sponsors a planned after-school program with Westgate. Karen Siple (Chair), Elder David Foster (Session Liaison)

Faith & Public Policy Committee – Established by the Strategic Plan, this committee provides opportunities for public policy discussions from a faith perspective.  David Jessee, Jill Cook (Co-Chairs)

Housing CommitteeProvides liaison to the Falls Church Homeless Shelter, Homestretch, and our two retirement residences listed below.  David Porterfield (Chair)

The Lewinsville Retirement Residence:  All active Lewinsville members are members of Lewinsville Retirement Residence, Inc., the corporation that owns and operates The Lewinsville.  Lewinsville elects members to serve on the LRR board each November.  Names of currently serving board members can be found HERE >>

Chesterbrook Residences:  Chesterbrook is the result of three faith communities coming together to meet a need in the community for older adult living.  Temple Rodef Shalom and Immanuel Presbyterian Church are Lewinsville’s partners, and several members of Lewinsville always serve on the Chesterbrook Board.  Current Lewinsville board members can be found HERE >>

Hunger & Poverty CommitteeProvides liaison to Christ House, Miriam’s Kitchen, S.H.A.R.E., Stop Hunger Now, and Unity Healthcare.  Tom Mellor (Chair)

International Programs & Missions Committee – Provides liaison to the PCUSA, Lewinsville’s supported missionaries, United Orphanage and Academy (Kenya), Outreach Foundation (North Korea), and Poor Children’s Assistance Project (Haiti).  Alan Stevens (Chair)

Social Services CommitteeProvides liaison to the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center,  Alternative House, Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Boost the Troops effort, L’Arche of Greater Washington DC, Ingleside Presbyterian Retirement Community, Shepherd’s Center of McLean/Arlington/Falls Church.  Suzi Podhorecki (Chair)

Summer & Winter Mission Projects Committee – Provides liaison to these annual mission projects.

Tysons Initiative CommitteeMembers attend meetings of the Tysons Interfaith Partnership of area churches, businesses and other stakeholders to enhance the spiritual life for residents and workers in the Tysons area. Elder Jim Edmondson (Chair)

Worship Ministry Group – Judy Herseth (Chair), Elder Bettie McElroy (Session Liaison)
Working closely with the Pastor and the Minister of Music, this Group develops and oversees the liturgy and order of worship, music programs, special services, and provides for the celebration of the sacraments.

Audio-Visual Coordinator The A/V Coordinator recruits and trains the Audio Video team members, teaching them how to operate the audio and video systems in the sanctuary. The A/V Coordinator schedules team members to cover each of the worship services. He or she converts video recordings of the worship services into DVD recordings, which will be sent to shut-ins. The A/V Coordinator also creates audio and video operations manuals for the team. – Rob Ransom (Chair)

Communion Preparation Coordinator:  The Communion Preparation Coordinator recruits and trains communion preparers to assure that the elements and service items are in place for each communion service of worship.  Preparers are also responsible for clean up after the service.  The Coordinator prepares communion serving instructions and emails them to the servers as a reminder prior to the Sunday service of worship. The pastors and committee set the calendar of when communion will be served each year and instructions are updated as needed. – Michelle Gottke, Chair

Flower Committee: The Flower Committee provides floral arrangements on a weekly basis in support of the worship service and liturgy as well as in social areas outside of the sanctuary.  The flower ministry is supported by memorial gifts. – Pam Deese, Chair

Lay Readers CoordinatorThe Lay Reader Coordinator recruits and trains lay readers to participate in the worship service by reading the assigned scripture passage(s). Once they’ve received the passage early in the week, they practice reading it aloud and compose a prayer for illumination.  If possible they prepare a very brief introduction to the passage, putting it in a biblical context.  If only one pastor is doing the service, the lay reader may also be asked to lead the liturgy, using selections available from the church office. The lay reader schedule is generally filled every two months. – Cathy Gaugler, Chair

Sanctuary Preparation Coordinator – The Sanctuary Preparation Coordinator recruits and trains people to tidy up the sanctuary weekly, making sure that the pew racks have hymnals and Bibles in place, all trash is removed, pencils are sharpened, and new visitor tags, offering envelopes, and name tags are in place. – Janie Waldrop, Chair

Special Services Coordinator:  The Special Services Coordinator invites a diverse representation of the congregation to participate in the worship services during the four Sunday’s of Advent and Holy Week. Their roles, such as lighting candles, stripping the church, and feet washing, illuminate the significance of the liturgies of Advent, Lent, and Easter. – Sally McKeown, Chair

Ushers Coordinator – The Ushers Coordinator recruits and trains teams of ushers to serve at each service of worship.  Ushers hand out bulletins, help in seating people, take the collection, collect the pew pads, and clean up the sanctuary after the service.  They are also on stand-by to help with any emergencies. – John Baxley, Chair

CONGREGATIONAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

The Congregational Nominating Committee provides nominees for Ruling Elders, Deacons, and Nominating Committee members annually, as well as Ministry Group Chairs. (Elder James Foster (Chair), Elder Lois Dokken (Vice Chair)

  • Class of 2017 (terms expire April 30, 2017):
    • Karen Hager
    • Libby McConnell
    • Rick Ruehlin
    • Tom Waldrop
  • Class of 2018 (terms expire April 30, 2018):
    • Scott Bartram
    • Kathy Porterfield
    • Rob Ransom
    • Rachel Russell