Session

This elected board is responsible for overseeing, guiding, and directing the ministries, programs, and mission of the church. It meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Lounge.

Session Members

201820192020
Jim CannonBen BoisvertDeb Carter
Sarah CannonGary GorskiTheresa Child
Andy DruckenbrodSusan HicksDave Hicks
Dick HeadleyPat JacobsLinda James
Alan HohlfelderKent JonesKeith Mason
Gordon MitchellMike RiemerKara Pepicelli

Session Committee Assignments

Committee/Office Members
Administration And Personnel CommitteeDick Headley, Susan Hicks
Adult Education CommitteeLinda James, Dick Headley
Building and Grounds CommitteeBen Boisvert, Dave Hicks
Christian Education CommitteeDeb Carter, Susan Hicks
Communications CommitteeJim Cannon, Theresa Child
Finance and Stewardship CommitteeMike Riemer, Gordon Mitchell
Mission and Outreach CommitteePat Jacobs, Kara Pepicelli
Nominating CommitteeKeith Mason, Gordon Mitchell
Parish Life CommitteeTheresa Child, Pat Jacobs
Worship and Music CommitteeAndy Druckenbrod, Sarah Cannon
Youth Ministries CommitteeAlan Hohlfelder, Kent Jones
Clerk Of Session Bill Cadwell
TreasurerGordon Mitchell
Presbytery RepresentativeCathy Morgan
Architecture Integrity Committee Dave Green, Lynne Wohleber

 

Administration and Personnel Committee

MEMBERS
Session Chair –
Dick Headley, Session Member – Susan Hicks, Other Members – Clerk Bill Cadwell (ex officio), Rev. Brian Snyder (ex officio), Judy Delestienne, Chris Robbins, Mary Beth Waine

MEETING TIME AND PLACE
2nd Sunday 11:45 a.m. (after Adult Ed) Room 101

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This committee provides counsel and support to the paid staff — helping the Pastor fulfill his ordination vows in concrete relationship to the mission goals and policies of the Church. It provides guidance to the Pastor as Head of Staff in selecting and supervising employees of the congregation. It reviews annually the work and compensation of all employees.

Architecture Integrity Committee

MEMBERS
Members –
Dave Green, Lynne Wohleber

MEETING TIME AND PLACE
As needed

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This committee of ministry is charged by the Session and congregation to insure any changes to the building is consistent with the original architectural design.

Adult Education Committee

MEMBERS
Session Chair –
Linda James, Session Member – Dick Headley, Other Members – Debbie Boisvert, Dave and Nancy Green, Nina Helbling, Fred Leasure, Peter Smith, Mary Beth Waine

MEETING TIME AND PLACE
As needed

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Adult education at Bower Hill Community Church presents programs on issues in contemporary society about which Christians are or ought to be concerned. Our programs bring the world into the church so that the church can be at work in the world. They also explore progressive theology, church history and issues being discussed in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Classes normally follow Sunday worship in September through May.

Building and Grounds Committee

MEMBERS
Off Session Chair –
Ben Boisvert, Session Member – Dave Hicks, Other Members – Bill Andrews, Lynn Foltz, Mary Good, Dave Hicks, Tim Lease, Cathy Morgan
MEETING TIME AND PLACE
2nd Monday at 7:00 pm in Room 101

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This committee of ministry is charged with supporting the overall mission and ministry of the Bower Hill Community Presbyterian Church, by maintaining and managing the physical facilities for worship, study and fellowship.

SUB-COMMITTEE: House Committee

SUB-COMMITTEE: Kitchen Committee

Christian Education Committee

MEMBERS
Off Session Chair –
Deb Carter, Session Member – Susan Hicks, Other Members – Dawn Kane, Amy Grella, Melissa Harman, Kiri Rising

MEETING TIME AND PLACE
As needed

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This committee is responsible for meeting the Christian Education needs of our children, aged preschool through 5th grade. Curriculum selection and teacher recruitment/support are important jobs. The committee plans a Vacation Bible School each summer which is open to our own children and also to children in the community. The committee also looks for ways to involve our children in Sunday morning worship.

SUB-COMMITTEE: Church Library Committee

SUB-COMMITTEE: Preschool Operations

Communication Committee

MEMBERS
Session Chair –
Jim Cannon, Session Member – Theresa Child, Other Members – Jim Burke, Glenn Child, Cynthia Gissin, Craig Grella, Pat Jacobs, Rev. Brian Snyder (ex officio)

MEETING TIME AND PLACE
As needed

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This committee is responsible for managing the print and electronic communications of the church including the slogan, logos, paid advertising, newsletters, bulletins, pew pamphlets, visitor materials, web site, Facebook page, videos, etc. By using promotional techniques such as utilizing a uniform layout, the committee strives to convey a consistent message which demonstrates the key factors that make Bower Hill unique in all communications both internal and external. In some cases our involvement may be as simple as requesting our logo and slogan is used in all church communications, but the bulk of the material comes from other sources (i.e. the bulletin and newsletter). In other instances the full hands-on-work of creating or maintaining the communication material is done by members of the committee (i.e. paid advertising, some pew pamphlets, and visitor welcome packets).

Finance and Stewardship Committee

MEMBERS
Session Chair –
Mike Riemer, Session Member – Gordon Mitchell, Other Members – Betsy Hohlfelder, Phil Johnson, Dick Junker, Fred Leasure, Gordon Mitchell, Jason Rising, Dick Westerhoff

MEETING TIME AND PLACE
3rd Wednesday at 7:30 pm in Room 101

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The role of the Finance and Stewardship Committee is to oversee the financial assets of Bower Hill Community Church in accordance with its overall mission as articulated by session. This includes coordinating the annual stewardship campaign, preparing and monitoring the operating budget, and promoting investment in and managing withdrawals from the endowment fund.

SUB-COMMITTEE: Company of Dreamers

Session Chair – Rev. Dr. Fred Leasure, Other Members – Cynthia Gissin, Nathan Ivey, Kara Pepicelli, Holly Smith, Alfie Watterson

MEETING TIME AND PLACE
As needed

Mission and Outreach Committee

MEMBERS
Session Chair –
Pat Jacobs, Session Member – Kara Pepicelli, Other Members – Steve Boisvert, Karl Casey, Amy Leasure, Keith Mason, Joan McAnulty, Jean Miewald

MEETING TIME AND PLACE
2nd Wednesday at 7:30 pm in Room 101

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This committee is responsible for developing, encouraging and engaging the congregation of Bower Hill Community Church in its mission awareness in the reaching out to help others with particular attention to the oppressed and disadvantaged, and witnessing for justice in social, economic and non-partisan political affairs.

Nominating Committee

MEMBERS
Session Chair –
Keith Mason, Session Member – Gordon Mitchell, Other Members – Carolyn Boisvert, Glenn Child, Amber Grier, Barb Hughes, Ruth Robbins
MEETING TIME AND PLACE
As needed

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This committee is responsible for conducting a search for candidates to fill open Session and Deacon positions. The committee presents these candidates for election by the congregation at the May congregational meeting. The committee also presents candidates for congressional representation on the following year’s Nominating Committee. The committee consists of two Session representatives, one of whom acts as chair, one Deacon representative and the four congregation representatives.

Parish Life Committee

MEMBERS
Session Chair –
Theresa Child, Session Member – Pat Jacobs, Other Members – Kirsten Bruder, Sheri Geis, Bethany Gibbs, Pat Jacobs, Kristen Mackey,  Beth Robosky, Michelle Snyder, Val Watterson

MEETING TIME AND PLACE
3rd Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in Room 101

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This committee oversees congregational community development in order to deepen relationships among members and friends of Bower Hill Church. This is done through the planning of regular social activities, the facilitation of Sunday morning coffee hour, and the development of ongoing social programs.

Worship and Music Committee

MEMBERS
Session Chair –
Andy Druckenbrod, Session Member – Sarah Cannon, Other Members – Joan Bridges, Sally Child, Gordon and Anne Mitchell, Josie Sheldon, Anne Smith, Rev. Brian Snyder (ex officio), Donna Williams

MEETING TIME AND PLACE
1st Tuesday at 7:00 pm in Room 101

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The Worship and Music Committee is charged with the oversight of all aspects of the worship life of Bower Hill Community Church, including Communion servers, ushers, and lectors; the oversight and enrichment of the music program, including Friends of Music; and the enhancement of the spiritual life of the congregation.

SUB-COMMITTEE: Organ Committee

SUB-COMMITTEE: Worship Design Team

Youth Ministries Committee

MEMBERS
Session Chair –
Alan Hohlfelder, Session Member – Kent Jones, Other Members – D.J. Geis, Amy Grella, Kiri Rising, Nancy Salvante, Jeremiah Wagner

 

MEETING TIME AND PLACE
1st Monday at 7:00 pm in the Youth Director’s Office – Room 105

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This committee oversees the church’s ministry to our older students. We endeavor to provide our teens with opportunities to engage in educational, mission and social activities designed to promote faith and fellowship within the larger faith community.