The Worship Team is charged with ensuring that everything involving worship in the sanctuary is in proper order, is welcoming and workable. God's love and grace are evident in so many ways on any given Sunday.
BUILDING & GROUNDS TEAM
This dedicated team tends to all and everything needed to keep the church building - outside and in - up and intact. It is a heavy responsibility. The safety and security of the church and sanctuary access during worship also fall to this capable Team. And the myriad smaller tasks of daily, weekly and monthly maintenance sit squarely in their good hands. We are so grateful for their selfless efforts.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE TEAM
The Congregational Care Team (CCT) ministry for the members of First Presbyterian is a blessing to the mission statement of the church to “Love God and Love Our Neighbors. That love is shared with every visit or meal for the ill or bereaved, cards sent with support and caring thoughts, provided transportation and visits to the homebound, rest homes and hospital stays. The Intercessory Prayer Team meets once a week and the Prayer Chain is sent by email as prayers are requested. The Layette Ministry Team provides layette sets for newborns. And the Prayer Quilt Ministry Team uses their gifts and talents to make a personal prayer quilt for a church member who needs to feel the love of the church during difficult lifetime event. Flowers and balloons often let someone know they are loved and care about. CCT ministry is supported not only by the members who share their gifts and talents with each of the ministries listed here but with everyone who is a member of First Presbyterian.
The Mission Team at FPCW actively seeks out needs and steps up to lend assistance in whatever ways seem most appropriate. Among the local organizations supported by FPCW's Mission Team during the past year were Habitat for Humanity, Haywood Christian Ministry, The Open Door, Pathways Homeless Shelter and Haywood Community Learning Center. FPCW also supports several international missionaries and organizations.
If this church is anything, it is full of welcome, warmth and hospitality. It has a reputation that way. Folks want to stay, share in the fellowship around them, and enjoy the friendships that come their way. The Hospitality Team stages dozens of get-together events throughout the year:
- Refreshments and conversation every Sunday following worship,
- Covered dish luncheons once a month,
- Special receptions and celebrations,
- The annual August picnic and many more.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION TEAM
FPCW is fortunate to have a team with broad focus, encouraging new perspectives and fresh approaches to Christian education. The current program includes study groups during both Lent and Advent, a weekly Lunch & Bible Bunch study group, two well-attended adult Sunday School classes and a small Children's Ministry program during worship services. The Team also sponsors monthly movie nights where current faith-based films are shared, with popcorn, fellowship and discussion. Other activities are planned as opportunities arise during the year.
FINANCE TEAM "The purpose of tithing is to teach you to put God first in your life." - Deuteronomy 14:23b
The role of the Finance Team is to ensure that FPCW has the fiscal ability to fulfill its mission. It is indeed a significant undertaking. Chaired by a member of the Session, the team includes the church's Treasurer and several members of the congregation. The team is charged with responsibility for compliance with all financial sections of the Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church USA. This includes budgeting, payroll oversight, proper accounting for offerings and regular expenses, and reporting of the church's financial position to the Session.
COMMUNICATIONS & PERSONNEL TEAM
There are several ways the church seeks to keep its members and friends well connected every day. Every Sunday, the bulletin is full of announcements, events and member news. With an engaging website, members and newcomers alike have access to a warm welcome from Pastor Holly, weekly sermons, upcoming events, the monthly newsletter, the church calendar and more. The website is also linked to the church's Facebook page, where posts of interest can be found. The church office is a command post of sorts, sending out important news, reminders and scheduling changes as needed, helping ensure members are in touch. Making sure all involved in these functions have the resources they need and helping one another in that regard, is the task of this team. And as staffing concerns arise, it is in the hands of Personnel that they rest.