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. In the past year, several structural repair projects were identified, tackled and completed, a Welcome Garden was planned and installed, and the complex undertaking of re-keying all the doors was completed. The safety and security of the church and sanctuary access during worship also fall to 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
Actually, this congregation needs no "team" to take care of one another, but the CCT ensures no one is missed, overlooked, left out or alone. Greeting cards go to the ill, hospital or homebound, or to families in a rough patch. Flowers or balloons, casseroles, visits, calls and more. The organization of all this is in the capable hands of the CCT.
The Mission Team at First Presbyterian actively seeks out needs in our community and in our state, and steps up to lend assistance in whatever ways seem most appropriate. Among the local organizations supported by FPC's Mission Team during the past year were:
Good Samaritan Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, Haywood Christian Ministry, The Open Door, Pathways Homeless Shelter, Circles of Hope, and Haywood Community Learning Center.
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:
- coffee 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
First Presbyterian 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 Bunch bible 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 First Presbyterian 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, but membership is open to any member 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. The most obvious is the videotaping of the Sunday worship service - and the informational pre-service calendar loop that runs each week. With an engaging website, members and newcomers alike have access to weekly sermons, upcoming events, the monthly newsletter, and a handy membership directory. 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 and helping ensure its 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.