Session Members

WPC Session

In the Presbyterian form of government, the body of elected leaders - Elders - is known corporately as the Session. Elders are elected by the membership and serve a 3-year term to provide leadership for the following Session Program Committees, which are comprised of Elders and church members. At Woodland Presbyterian Church, the Session meets each month on the second Tuesday beginning at 7:00pm.
 

Christian Education: (meets 1st Sunday, 11:30am)
Liz Hover*, Chair, Dale Boon*, Janet Clock, Goni Laseke, Cindy Leach, Shirley Reed, Dick Williams
Directs the educational ministry of WPC, including Sunday School, the summer program, youth fellowships, Junior Church, Bible studies, and small groups.

Clerk of Session: Doug Ferguson
Takes minutes, keeps records, and does correspondence for Session.

Membership Care: (meets 1st Tuesdays, 6:30pm)
Janet Syring*, Chair, Deana MacPherson, Cindy Leach, Karen Wilson, Betsy Lessard, Goni Laseke, Ruth Wendt*
Has general oversight of our congregational care ministries, visitor calling, new member seminars, nursery, coffee chapel, and Wings.

Mission Outreach: (meets 2nd Tuesday, 2.00pm)
Mike Ferguson*, Chair, Dale Hanley*, Bob Norton*, Judy Peterson, Karen Wilson
Directs the mission interpretation and outreach ministry of our church, including community outreach and evangelism, special offerings such as One Great Hour of Sharing and Christmas Joy, recommends to Session the designation of Session Designated Giving monies, keeps us in touch with mission causes.

Nominating: (meets in July)

Sally Hager*, Chair, Dale Hanley*
Meets with the Deacon and congregational representatives to nominate a slate of nominees to the office of ruling Elder, Deacon, and Nominating Committee.

Personnel: (meets as needed)

Rick Syring*, Chair Liz Hover*, Sally Hager*
Reviews staff performance and salaries annually, and if needed, is available for listening and counseling. Has general oversight of job descriptions, personnel policies, and staff additions.

Stewardship: (meets 1st Friday at 4pm)

Dale Boon*, Chair, Dave Bozorth*, Sally Hager*, Janet Syring*, Rick Syring*, Jim Wilson
Directs our financial program and stewardship campaign, Wills and Memorials, church use by outside groups, approves the establishment of all Trust and Endowment funds, and has oversight of our vans, property, buildings, rentals, and grounds.

Trustees: Dale Boon*, President, Rick Syring*, Vice-President, Doug Ferguson, Secretary, Sally Hager*, Treasurer

WINGS: Janet Syring*, Coordinator

Worship: (meets last Wednesday 1:30pm)
Ruth Wendt*, Chair, Liz Hover*, Bob Norton*, Sherry Bozorth, Suzy Ferguson, Joey Ostrand, Shirley Reed
Has general oversight of our worship ministry, including choirs, bell choirs, Praise Teams, worship, audio visual system, weddings, sanctuary decoration, ushering, hospitality, special services, communion, and baptisms.

* - Indicates Serving Elder

Session News

June 2018

Session has been discussing the formation of a vision team.  It is nearly complete and should be able to get to work soon.  The process is likely to be a long-term project, lasting well over a year, possibly several.  Please keep this process and the members of the vision team in your prayers.  There will be more about the team presented soon.  If you attended worship on May 13, you saw a demonstration of the new security camera system.  Hopefully, it will never be needed; but, it is nice to have this resource available.  Thanks to Rick Syring for getting this project completed.  Rick also has been working on updating the church website.  Have you visited the website?  It’s worth a peek so you know what is on there in case someone might have questions about your church.  Take a look at www.woodlandpresbyterian.org.  It has an updated calendar on it if you wonder when something is happening, and you can listen to past sermons also. 

The stewardship committee is pricing a different copy machine, as it might be possible to save some money with a change.  The committee also replaced a couple fire extinguishers.  They also have set up a CPR training session for leaders.  There is a new person in the nursery, please welcome Dana Glovik.  We really didn’t have a celebration, but its worth noting that WPC turned 130 years old back in March.  Dave Bozorth is related to some of the original founders.  He is a good resource for history.  Pastor Kevin was able to highlight WPC and the Woodland community at the last Presbytery meeting.  He did a nice job telling and showing via PowerPoint some highlights of our church and community.

Our minutes were reviewed at this meeting.  There were some miscellaneous “housekeeping” items to improve on; but, overall, it was a positive first review for the clerk.  During clerk training at Presbytery, it was stressed to keep minutes brief.  The saying was “report what was done, not said.”  Vacation Bible School is coming up fast, volunteers are still welcomed.  Please keep this important outreach in your prayers.

April 2018

Session started the year off with a retreat, with Pastor Kevin leading a study about church leaders, more specifically, elders.  Also, invited to address the session was the Woodland Police Dept.  They spoke about church security and offered advice.  The Stewardship committee is responding and working on this.  Session voted to upgrade the surveillance system.  Also, you might have noticed all exterior doors, except the front doors, are locked once worship begins.  There have NOT been any threats or worry on the part of session, but this is more a precaution to the society we live in.

A joyful part of the February meetings was to meet and vote into membership, while hearing testimony, of new members Rick and Janet Benney, Jean Eddy, Bob and Bette Krueger, and Gary and LaVerna Ruckman.  The EPC requires its churches to review its membership list once a year, and this was done in February.  I would hope that if you notice you haven’t seen someone for a while that you might reach out to them and see how they are doing. 

Upcoming plans for the session include CPR training and acting on the church vitality weekend.  Hopefully, everyone is preaching The Simple Uncluttered Gospel to themselves daily and praying about inviting an unchurched person/couple to dinner in April.  Session will discuss the vitality weekend and how we want to go forward in its April meeting.

Session is thankful for Gary Oyer as he audited the financial workings of the church.  Sally Hager is working to try and present the financial health of the church monthly in The Happenings.  Often the tithes and offerings aren’t covering monthly expenses, but the church also has rental income and income from the Kelland estate that ensure the bills get paid.

The Christian Education committee is planning for VBS this summer already.  They would love volunteers, and I hope you would consider inviting some youth when the time comes. 

Session meetings are open to visitors if you ever wonder what goes on.  The same goes for the committees.  I’m sure they would love another volunteer on the committee if there is an area of the church you would like to help with.  I hope you pray for the church leaders as they discern God’s will for our congregation.

~ Doug Ferguson, Clerk of Session