First Presbyterian Church Committees

Joining a committee is a great way to become more involved with your church family. As you read the descriptions of our committees and you feel the call to serve, contact the church office at 616-842-6760, or staff@fpgh.org. If another church member to recommend for a committee comes to mind, please consider submitting their name for service on a committee as well.

Adult Education

Areas of Responsibility:

  • approval of all courses and book studies offered through the church
  • develops a list of course offerings to encourage the biblical understanding and spiritual growth of adult members
  • provides appropriate leadership in the form of teachers or facilitators for these offerings
  • coordinates areas of Christian interest with other committees within the church

Current Elders: Keith Konarska
Meets: 2nd Tuesday of the month, after the “Super PAC” meeting
Committee is part of the “Super PAC” (Adult, Children & Youth) which currently meets at 6:30 pm. on the 2nd Tuesday of the month

Children’s Ministries

Areas of Responsibility:

  • recruit, train and support teachers and leaders
  • provide perspective and guidance to the Associate Minister of Family Life and Children’s Ministries Director as needed
  • provide special training for communion and Bible use
  • help plan special events for children & families
  • help teach Sunday school, lead or chaperone events and trips as needed
  • select and oversee Biblically based curriculum for children nursery through 4th grade
  • maintain a committee of diverse and supportive members

Current Elders: Megan Hayes, Abe Overway
Meets:
2nd Tuesday of the month, after the “Super PAC” meeting
Committee is part of the “Super PAC” (Adult, Children & Youth), which currently meets at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of the month

Hospitality and Outreach

Areas of Responsibility:

  • order supplies and recruit cookie bakers for Sunday fellowship
  • staff the Welcome Desk each Sunday
  • host special events such as the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, receptions for special guests, and plan the church picnic
  • oversee the radio broadcast on WGHN for each Sunday service
  • make sure members and guests feel welcome in our building

Current Elders: Sandie Enders, Alishia Terrill
Meets: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m.

Joyful Noise

Areas of Responsibility:

  • develop policies for Joyful Noise in admissions and enrollment, health and safety, curriculum and program, and food service
  • help plan programs and events
  • responsible for the hiring, evaluation and support of the director
  • develop and maintain personnel policies, assist in hiring and staffing issues as needed
  • Oversee budget including setting rates

Current Elder: Andrew LeFurge
Meets: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m.

Mission

Areas of Responsibility:

  • disburse resources to various mission programs: local, world and denominational.
  • each member is responsible for providing input into the decision making process
  • develop annual budget:  organizations currently being supported include (but are not limited to): Supper House, Tri-Cities Ministries, food pantries, Alma College, ReMember Mission, The People Center, Ottawa County Drug Court, Habitat for Humanity, Presbytery of Lake Michigan, Boy Scouts, Love, INC, Four Pointes, Faith in Action International, and the Feeding America Food Truck

Current Elder: Jack Jansma, Michele Smith
Meets: 3rd Monday of the month, 5:00 p.m.

Nominations Committee

Areas of Responsibility:

  • responsible for nominating one person for each vacancy to be filled on the Session
  • responsible for nominating one person for each vacancy to be filled on the Board of Deacons
  • responsible for nominating one person for each vacancy to be filled on any other special congregational boards or committees

Current Elders: John Heritage, Paul McNergney
Meets: On the call of the chairperson

Personnel

Areas of Responsibility:

  • deal with personnel matters of the church
  • recruit non-ordained staff
  • responsible for personnel policies, practices and staff accountability
  • responsible for compensation and benefits for all non-ordained staff
  • maintain job descriptions on all staff
  • act as advisor to the Pastor Head-of-Staff in the conduct of his/her administrative responsibilities
  • oversee approval of terms of call for ordained staff
  • work with other church committees to fill open staff positions

Current Elders: Bill Blessing, Nancy Levenburg
Meets: 3rd Monday of the month, 6:00 p.m.

Generosity Committee

Areas of Responsibility:

  • develop and oversee our annual stewardship program
  • oversee the fundraising policy of the church
  • oversee church finances and work closely with church administrator to create yearly budgets
  • communicate with members about church finances
  • responsible for Alpha and Omega Endowment Funds, and work closely with Trustees on these.
  • meet with new member classes to explain church budget and mission
  • Responsible for our annual Consecration Sunday celebration

Current Elders: Sue VandenBosch, Tina VanderWall
Meets: 3rd Monday of the month, 7:00 p.m.

Trustees Committee

Areas of Responsibility:

  • manage assets and property
  • prepare, obtain session approval and track church revenue and expense budget
  • manage all permanent special funds and endowments
  • manage projects using established project management process and practices
  • create and maintain church by-laws and standard practices and procedures
  • keep Session aware of trustees plans, projects progress and financial matters
  • work with and make recommendations to committees and Session, as needed

Current Elders: Andrew LeFurge, John Nametz, Rick Skodack
Meets: 4th Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m.

Worship Committee

Areas of Responsibility:

  • make recommendations about the content, scheduling and evaluation of regular and special services
  • oversee the music ministry of our church, seeking ways to strengthen, expand and nurture this ministry
  • help staff organize special services (Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Lenten & Advent services)
  • prepare and oversee an annual budget and make recommendations regarding equipment needs
  • maintain a balance of people on committee from both worship services
  • recruit and train greeter and usher teams

Current Elders: Marge Coffey, Carrie Rivette
Meets: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.

Youth Committee

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Support all youth functions of the church including Sunday school, youth groups and mission trips
  • recruit, train and support teachers and leaders for youth classes, groups and missions
  • provide perspective and guidance to the Associate Minister of Family Life and Youth Assistant as needed
  • developing and nurturing the faith of students through confirmation class and small groups
  •  help plan special events and Youth Sunday
  • help teach Sunday school, lead or chaperone events and trips as needed
  • select and oversee Biblically based curriculum for youth grades 5-12
  • maintain a committee of diverse and supportive members

Current Elders:  Carroll Bennink, Katie Neitring
Meets: 2nd Tuesday of the month, after the “Super PAC” meeting
Committee is part of the “Super PAC” (Adult, Children & Youth) which currently meets at 6:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month