Committees of Session

Committees of Session

Building and Grounds – The Building and Grounds committee is responsible for the stewardship of all the physical properties (interior and exterior) of FPC as well as setting the guidelines for use of the church and its facilities.

Chair:    Don Zais

Session Liaison: Kitty Scidmore

Members: Jim Aue, Helen Lohrenz, Carolyn Opitz, Dennis Suckow, Ken Wichlacz, and Ruth Voss

Christian Education Committee works together to coordinate the educational ministry of the church. Coordination of events ranging from the wee little ones of the nursery all the way to the sage adults in adult forum is the focus of this group. Sunday School (grades K-8), Confirmation (grades 9-10), Adult Forum, mid-high youth group, the high school youth group, children’s music, and Vacation Bible School are some of the many programs that this committee oversees.

Chair: Nadene Lautenschlager

Session Liaison: Jamie Siorek

Members: Dolores Aue, Therese Brooks, Kristin Gerndt, Chris Haley, Nicole Johnson, Carmen Lawler, Janet Singer

Deacons – The Deacons of First Presbyterian Church, with the support of our pastor and two parish nurses, seek to provide pastoral care to the members and friends of FPC. In addition, the Deacons host the coffee time and coordinate the Usher/Greeter ministry on Sunday mornings. Each year, on the Sunday before Lent begins, the Deacons host the all church celebration known as Everybody’s Birthday Party. In the past years they have also coordinated a special Silent Auction with Everybody’s Birthday Party. Funds raised in the Silent Auction have supported additional mission projects of the church as well as provided for some new items to assist in the church’s everyday ministry. The Deacons are one of two elected boards of the church. The commitment is to a one, two or three-year term. There are currently 17 Deacons. The Deacons meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Moderator: Kathy Phillips

Vice Moderator: Dolores Aue

Deacon Class of 2017: Janet Crossley, Jennifer Lurvey, Mary Mabeus, Carmen Ramirez, Beth Walsh, John Wing

Deacon Class of 2018:  Kelly Bredemann, Melissa Cooper, Gail LaFontaine, Nicole, Luchterhand, Bev Marsh, Jennifer Wierzbicki

Deacon class of 2019: Dolores Aue, Kathy Phillips, Jill Schulz, Rob Schulz, Janet Singer, Cathy Sutterer

Green Team Committee – This team of volunteers works to keep the congregation and committees of the church informed about earth friendly, eco-justice concerns. The committee’s mission is to serve the congregation, in such ways that Care for Creation becomes part of the ethos of the life of First Presbyterian, and through modeling, extends to our family and community friends.  Members plan Adult Forums, Children’s Discovery Times, and bulletin and newsletter green tips to advocate for sustainable practices we might all consider. The FPC Green Team worked cooperatively with other agencies in town to develop the Growing Together Community Gardens, on church property generously leased by FPC.  Additional members are welcomed to join us at any time.

Chair: Kristi Huebschen

Members: Darlene Berry, Barb Gillespie, Sarah Hanson, Lisa Helstein, Madeleine Lawler, Sue Nelson, Dot Shields, Jamie Siorek, Jan Taylor, Astrid Voelker-Buchanan,

Membership Committee – The Membership Committee welcomes visitors to our church and oversees fellowship opportunities for the congregation. Some of their many duties include:  care of Friendship Pads in sanctuary, taking mugs to visitors.

Chair: Nicole Johnson

Session Liaison: Cari Martin

Members: Therese Brooks, Patty Faber, Margaret Fornefelt, Nancy Johnson, Kerri Wichlacz, Lyn Zais

Outreach Committee – Committee members help plan and participate in local mission activities such as Crop Walk, Mission visits, Mission Dinners, Samaritan House Dinners, Peace Conferences, Food Drives to support SOS, and allocation of general budget mission dollars to needs at a local level and beyond. We also provide education to the congregation about Outreach activities.

Chairperson: Karen Mitchell

Chairperson in Training: Dan Crump

Session Liaison: Sue Nelson

Members: Beth Albee, Bruce Brink, Sarah Hanson, Lyn Zais

Parish Nurse Ministry
•    Professional nurse who promotes the health of a faith community by working with the pastor, other parish nurses and staff to integrate the theological, psychological, sociological and physiological perspectives of health and healing into the word, sacrament and service of the congregation.
•    Graduate of an accredited school of nursing and currently licensed in the State of Wisconsin. Preferred to be an active member of a Presbyterian church. Willing to make a commitment to the mission, vision and values of the ministry.
•    Dedicated to the spiritual growth of self and others, able to integrate own personal spiritual life of worship, bible study and prayer into the position. A practitioner prepared to or willing to learn to assess the needs of the whole person-psychological, physical, sociological and spiritual.
•    Completion of Parish Nurse Education program for the position, administrative orientation and commitment of continuing education.
•    Practice is consistent with the scope and standards of Parish Nursing Practice (ANA-2004)

Kerri Wichlacz
Carolyn Opitz
Nadene Lautenschager
Karen Mitchell

Nominating Committee – This committee nominates potential officers for Deacons and Session. If you wish to recommend the name of a church member to serve with Deacons or Session contact:

Chairperson: Travis Cooper

Personnel – During our meeting time all things dealing with the staff of FPC are discussed. We interview and hire for any open positions, conduct yearly reviews of staff members, offer support, evaluate and set wages with the help of Session, and deal with any staff issues that may arise.

Chairperson: Pete Johnson

Members: John Bennett, Nadene Lautenschlager, Gayle Strand, Pastor Kevin

Session – The Session consists of 12 Elders, divided into classes of four, serving three-year terms. The Session has full responsibility for the total life of the congregation: spiritual, financial, and physical facilities.
Meeting time: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Session Class of 2017: Kristi Huebschen, Pete Johnson, Kitty Scidmore, Scott Winch
Session Class of 2018— Sarah Bennett, Larry Clouse, Sue Nelson, Jamie Siorek
Session class of 2019: Travis Cooper, Dan Crump, Bruce Lautenschlager, and Cari Martin

Clerk of Session – Don Zais
Treasurer – Ellen Leick, Business Manager

Stewardship and Finance – Working with the business manager, Ellen Leick, the Stewardship & Finance Committee is responsible for the oversight of the day-to-day finances of FPC’s ministry. In addition, the Stewardship Committee seeks to educate the congregation on our call to be faithful stewards of God’s ministry here at FPC year round and during the annual fall financial campaign. They also are charged with managing the building campaigns as we pay down the debt on our new church facility.

Chair: Scott Winch

Members: Bruce Lautenschlager, Donald Krueger, Jeremy Luchterhand, Phil Phillips, Bill Toyama

Worship Committee – The worship committee of First Presbyterian Church of Marshfield seeks to facilitate meaningful, prayerful, celebratory, and accessible worship to support the spiritual well-being of the congregation and the church mission’s in the larger community. We seek to use the gifts of all the members of the congregation in the worship life of the church. Responsibilities include helping to support pastoral, music ministry and volunteer staff with music (handbells, children’s and adult choirs, special music), sanctuary decorations, and other aspects related to the structure and content of the weekly worship service, as well as services for special occasions.

Chair: Beth Walsh

Session Liaison: Larry Clouse

Members:  Therese Brooks, Kathy Phillips, Danielle Redding, Greg Reierson, Janet Wolfe