Committees

If you are interested in getting more involved at Central, we invite you to consider joining one of the following committees.  Volunteers are accepted for annual positions.


Facilities Management & Risk Assessment

 

This committee is not only responsible for maintenance of our facility but also for identifying and minimizing risks. Significant recent projects include upgrading the fire protection system, mold abatement in the lower level, purchase of an Automated External Defribrillator (AED), redecoration of the second floor lounge, updating of the sanctuary sound system. 

CURRENT MEMBERS:
Fluryanne Leach, Melinda Kovach, Bill Zopfi, Ned Taylor, Carl Willis and Jeremy Berg. 


Worship, Music, and Arts

 

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Finance & Stewardship

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CURRENT MEMBERS:
Laura Nichols-Endres, Alex Bollman, Matt Ehling, Fluryanne Leach, Doug Knowlton, Barbara Swanson and Ned Taylor


Personnel

 

The Personnel Committee oversees the staffing of the church and assists Rev. Colby as Head of Staff. Their work is often confidential in nature and the committee typically includes two to three elders that can be both installed or not currently serving on the Session. 

CURRENT MEMBERS:
Bruce Beese (Chair), Al Zdrazil, Lynda Petrie, Doug Knowlton, andAlex Bollman.


Coordinated Missions

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CURRENT MEMBERS:
Sharon Zopfi-Jordan (Chair), John Lee, Mary Miller, Denny Reimer, Avis Tilden, Sandy White, Rev. Colby and Jennifer Anderson


Children and Youth

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New Members and Volunteers

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CURRENT MEMBERS:
Kati Berg, Rich Binger, Rev. David Colby,  Jackie Klaehn, and Alex Bollman (Chair).


Nominating 

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CURRENT MEMBERS:

Bruce Beese, Elder and Chair; Rev. David Colby, Ex-Officio; John Lee, Elder; Sue Hoffman, Member-at-Large; Lillian Sanders, Deacon; Melissa Varanasi, Member-at-Large.


Board of Deacons

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CURRENT MEMBERS:
Mary Kay Vance, Mark Vance, Chris Bremicker, Craig Muntifering, Sharon Knowlton, and Lillian Sanders. 


Women of Central

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CURRENT MEMBERS:
Florence Zopfi (Secretary/Treasurer), Sandy White (Mission Committee liaison, Martha’s Closet), Laura Williams (publicity), Jane Lonergan (advisor), and Jan Engeswick (advisor). 

 


Following is a list of our current committees, the Edlers that serve on each committee, and some of the ways in which they contribute:

The Building and Grounds Committee

Moderator - Paul Cunningham, Charles Arnold, John Farris, John Rebstock

This committee is responsible for effective management, maintenance, use and acquisition of property, facilities and equipment. These costs include service contracts (pest control, custodial uniforms, tree service, elevator maintenance, etc.), the repair and maintenance of the church's mechanical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, overall maintenance of the church (paint, custodial equipment and supplies, grounds equipment and supply) and the costs of utilities (electricity, gas and water).

The Christian Education and Youth Committee

Moderator - Ann Bell, John Emerson, Larry Foor

This committee is responsible for planning, purchasing and implementing curricula and programs for classes involving all age groups at First Presbyterian Church. This extends from the nursery age to senior adult members and friends of the congregation. It includes the adult classes such as Social Concerns, Through the Bible and Disciple Bible Study. The funds allocated to this committee also support Vacation Bible School and the purchase of supplies for worship packets for children to use during services.

The Church in Mission Committee

Moderator - Sandy Seligman, Benjamin Ahern Wild, Ann Calderwood, Paul Cunningham, Ann Dinius, Karen Halderson, Brenda Sinfield

The Church in Mission Committee seeks to discover the mission needs and opportunities within God’s community and to facilitate involvement of members and friends to promote God’s love through service. This committee provides support, funding and volunteer time to many worthy causes, include Habitat For Humanity,  A Child's Garden, Family Promise of Albuquerque, Menaul School, Menaul Historical Library, Meals on Wheels, St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, among others.

The Congregational Nominating Committee

Moderator - Karen Anderson, Ron Halbgewachs

The mission of the Congregational Nominating Committee is to seek out members of the congregation who are called to be leaders and officers of the church. The Administrative Budget allotted to this committee supports the administrative costs associated with this mission.

The Community Life Committee

Moderator - Ron Halbgewachs, Karen Anderson, Micaela Briggs

The mission of the Community Life Committee is to engage our members and our neighbors in meaningful and enjoyable events, both within our congregation and in our larger community so that all may experience God’s love and concern through Christian hospitality:  including congregational activities such as Isotopes baseball games, Neighborhood Clean-up Days, speaker programs, retreats, Archives, publicity and advertising.

This Committee also promotes and welcomes new members into the First Church family.  With the support of the Membership Coordinator, visitors receive notes, emails, or phone calls expressing appreciation for their participation in worship and offering to provide more information on the ministries and missions of First Church. The committee then seeks to help new members get established in the church by following up on their areas of interest.  In addition, the committee also reviews the rolls of the church and seeks to help those who have become inactive to become more involved in the church.

The Personnel Committee

Moderator - Barbara Seaton, Kathleen Church, Marley Cote, Samina Mall, Sandy Seligman

The cost of maintaining quality staff leadership at First Presbyterian Church requires a major part of each year's budget. Included in these costs are: salaries and wages, the employer paid benefits package (medical, death and disability insurance coverage and 403(b) contribution) through the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and training/continuation of education allowances for support and program staff.

The Financial Stewardship Committee

Moderator - Jerry Lee

This committee's main duties are conducting an annual stewardship/generosity campaign, recommending the balanced annual operating budget to Session, and reviewing and reporting to Session the monthly financial reports. They are also responsible for reviewing the annual budget of A Child's Garden and reporting their monthly finances; recommending to Session the use(s) of unspecified gifts and ensuring that designated funds are used for the purpose for which they were given; recommending a certified public accounting firm to conduct the annual audit and reviewing the audit; and finally communicating with the congregation about the financial status of First Presbyterian Church.

The Worship and Music Committee

Moderator - Ann Calderwood, Anna Medendorp

This committee’s main duties are to help facilitate planning worship along with the church Pastoral staff.  The annual budget of our church for worshipcovers the communion supplies, honorariums for guest preachers, office and liturgical supplies for our ministers, paraments, robe dry cleaning, subscriptions and postage.

Our music program relies on our organist and choir directors, the weekly commitment level of the Whitechapel Bell Choir, Children, Youth, Family, and Chancel Choir members, and a staff that realizes the value of life and growth of this church through its music.  Expenses in the music budget include the repair and maintenance of the organs, other instruments, sheet music and ensembles.