First Presbyterian Committees

There are nine Committees of Session, including Building and Grounds, Christian Education, Communications & Marketing, Finance & Administration, Outreach, Personnel, Stewardship, Technology and Worship.

Committees of Session

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Acts as building managers to monitor and maintain the necessary upkeep of the church building and grounds. Performs or authorizes/arranges for minor electrical, plumbing, painting and other general repairs and maintenance work. Seeks session approval for major work items.

Building and Grounds Committee:

  • Dave Solper, Chair
  • Pat McCormik, Session Rep
  • David Anderson
  • Pete Blashka
  • Kevin Kabacinski
  • Ken Solper
  • Mary Belanger, Staff
Kids standing in the middle isle of the sanctuary with sailor hats on

Provides educational opportunities for the congregation’s children, youth, and adults/families. This includes Sunday School, a Christmas pageant youth group and confirmation class in conjunction with the pastor. In addition to regular adulot groups (Commoners, Esther Circle, Pres Folk, Men’s Breakfast), special integration events and activities are offered. Continues to be more inviting to our neighbors.

Christian Education Committee:

  • Lisa Olson, Chair
  • Stacy Bostedt
  • Deb Gauthier
  • Bobbi Holl
  • Brenda Hubbard
  • Loni McCormick
  • Ken Sann
  • Joel Morien, Staff

Supports both external communication with our community as well as internal communication with our congregation. Leads in efforts to generate and facilitate branding for the events, ministries, and identity of First Presbyterian Church. Manages Digital and traditional communication/ marketing activities including social media posting and monitoring, and website, email, and newsletter content/production

Communications and Marketing Committee:

  • Jane Bies, Chair, Session Rep
  • Michelle Erickson
  • Beth Ryder
  • Kirke Ryder
  • Russ Christensen
  • Bruce Deadman
  • Cheri Simonet, Staff
Pastor Katie sitting, and working at a laptop with her back to the camera

With Covid in 2020, our technology needs expanded without Sunday Worship Live streamed on Facebook. The committee was instrumental in upgrading our audio/video to produce a quality online experience for our church members, also manages technology investments thought the building.

Technology Committee

  • Amy WIttman, Co-Chair
  • Lisa Olsen, Co-Chair
  • David Young
  • Cheri Simonet, Staff
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Monitors and records all church receipts and expenditures. Approves income statements and balance sheets before they go to session. Manages all endowed investments and disbursements. Reviews all endowment expenses and designated accounts.

Finance and Administration Committee:

  • Jon Tessier, Chair
  • David Anderson
  • Beth Ryder
  • Mary Steeno
  • Joe Bruette
  • Lynne Nelson, Staff
Two church members standing in pantry bagging up groceries for those in need

Promotes the Support of several local mission activities for the congregation, such as efforts for Tank Elementary School, the Mauthe Center at UWGB, the neighborhood picnic, and the Presbyterian Food Pantry. Provides information and encourages giving to the four special denominational offerings. One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peacemaking , and Christmas Joy. Interprets the mission work of the PC(USA) and encourages participation on mission trips.

Outreach Committee:

  • Al Smith, chair
  • Jane Bies
  • Stephanie Fahringer
  • Deb Shober
  • Mary Ginnebaugh
  • Kirke Ryder
  • Lisa Solper
  • Katie Estes, Staff
Six members of the Personnel committee sitting at 4 tables arranged in a square shape

Provides fair, effective leadership for the Church Staff that encourages an efficient and harmonious atmosphere for the staff and congregation.

Personnel Committee:

  • David Anderson, Chair
  • Gifty Berko
  • Bruce Deadman
  • Tom Schoffelman
  • Katie Estes, Staff
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Leads First Presbyterian Church in helping our members understand and fulfill each of our personal stewardship commitments to God. Accomplishes this through teaching and action, and the annual pledge campaign.

Stewardship Committee:

  • Ross Early, Chair
  • Jane Bies
  • Kirke Ryder
  • Tom Scholffelman
  • Katie Estes, Staff
Pastor Katie preaching from the pulpit. Photo is taken from seated position in sanctuary.

Ministers to the spiritual growth and well-being of members and friends of First Presbyterian Church by promoting an uplifting , nurturing worship experience.

Worship Committee:

  • Amy Wittman, Chair
  • Patcee Bucher
  • Nancy Siewert
  • Mary Steeno
  • Bob Nickel, Staff
  • Katie Estes, Staff

The Nominating Committee is charged with the responsibility to nominate Elders and Deacons to replace those whose terms are ending, or if another need arises. It consists of one current Elder and Deacon as well as at-large members elected by the congregation each year.