…sharing the love of Christ with Athens and the world!

Responsibilities of Commissions of the Session

Administrative Commission (Encompassing the ministry of Personnel, Property and Finance plus Nominating and Endowment):

  • Regular review of annual budget
  • Approve all church budgets: Weekday School, annual Church Budget, P & R, etc.
  • Communication responsibility to congregation on finances
  • Develop annual budget
  • Annual review of church staff
  • Review/create job descriptions
  • Annually review staff compensation
  • Hiring or recommend hiring of program and support staff
  • Review of Personnel Manual
  • Maintain property and facilities manual
  • Review safety codes
  • Maintain or recommend replacement of church vehicles
  • Review, maintain and recommend for renewal church insurance policy
  • Recommend facilities update, repairs when necessary and needed
  • Nominating Committee functions (separately mandated elected group) reports to congregation
  • Grounds maintenance, care and design
  • Technology updates of hard and soft ware, repair and maintain current equipment
  • Website maintenance and design
  • Church Newsletter
  • Church weekly e-letter
  • Church Photo Directory
  • Church signage
  • Church Facebook page
  • Decorations and design
  • Endowment Committee functions (separately mandated elected group)

Worship and Music Commission (Encompassing the ministry of Worship and Music):

  • All Choirs—children’s (2), Celebration Singers, Chancel Choir and Mellows
  • Organize Ushers for each service and special services (Funeral/Memorial, Ash Wed./
  • Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, etc.)
  • Sacraments—schedule of frequency, schedule of times; servers, preparation, elements and trays
  • Sound System in sanctuary—operator
  • Weddings
  • Funerals /Memorial Services
  • Acolytes
  • Classes for communion preparation for children
  • Classes for preparation for Baptism families of young children
  • Recommendation of hymnbooks, Bible, songbooks for sanctuary and worship
  • Flower Committee

Education and Discipleship Commission (Encompassing the ministry of Education and Stewardship):

  • Church nursery
  • Children’s Church
  • Sunday School—all ages
  • Church Library
  • Youth Fellowship (evening groups)
  • Wednesday@First–planning classes and schedule
  • Bible Studies
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Small Groups
  • Stewardship Education
  • Annual Stewardship Campaign
  • Work with others on special funding projects
  • Spiritual Gifts Class and Interpretation for service
  • Ways to Serve Form
  • Stewardship Devotional or Advent/Lent Devotionals
  • Confirmation Class and process

Mission and Outreach Commission (Encompassing the ministry of  communication, outreach and weekday school):

  • Mission agency funding
  • Mission trips
  • Local mission projects
  • Sunday Mission Challenges
  • Schedule of Special Offerings
  • PCUSA mission support
  • Hospitality events such as Half Marathon, Live Nativity, Athens Christmas parade
  • Review Weekday School policies
  • Review Weekday School fees and budget
  • PR for the Weekday School

Congregational Care Commission (Encompassing the ministry of Congregational Members):

  • Lay callers
  • Response Teams—death, crisis, member temporary issues
  • Health Ministry
  • Prayer Chain
  • Senior Adult Ministry (SAM)
  • Flower and Card Ministry
  • Church annual picnic
  • Fellowship Meals—Thanksgiving, Christmas, annual Meeting, etc.
  • Prime Time Presbyterians (PTP’s)
  • Prospective Member Classes
  • New Member Assimilation
  • Presbyterian Women—(has their own support system and elects own officers, etc.)
  • Men’s ministry
  • Church Receptions
  • After Worship Fellowship
  • Sports Teams
  • First Friends
  • Wednesday@First dinners

Fellowship & Evangelism 

The Fellowship and Evangelism Commission provides growth opportunities for our members to connect and build relationships with one another outside of the regular Church and Sunday School time.  The Commission also welcomes guests to our church, invites them to become a part of our family, encourages new members, and communicates about the life of the church with the larger community.

Fellowship includes: Church wide dinners, Wed@First Dinners. Atrium Refreshments, Annual Picnic, Sports Teams, Presbyterian Women, Presbyterian Men, First Friends, PTP’S

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Worship Times

8:45 and 11:00 a.m.

Sunday School
For all ages meets at 9:45 a.m.

Children’s Sunday School
Youth Sunday School
Adult Sunday School

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