The Session of the First Presbyterian Church, Bonham, Texas, is comprised of 12 ruling elders, and a youth elder. Four elders are elected each year and serve a three-year term. The youth elder serves for one year. As the ruling body of the church elected by the congregation, the Session selects a Clerk of Session and Treasurer of the church.
A significant amount of the work of the Session is accomplished through the sub-committees of the Session. Session members choose the committee on which they would like to serve based on their areas of interest and expertise.
Co-Chairs: Anita Hershey and Barbara Wilson
Provide for the Christian Education for all adults; recruit and train all Sunday School teachers; celebrate the work of teachers with special recognition events and Teacher Commissioning services; promote Presbytery events; provide for other special adult educational events; promote and oversee our small group ministry; coordinate with Outreach Committee and Pastor to provide classes for new members; oversee the church library.
Co-Chairs: Tommy Eskue and Ronny Welch
Maintenance of buildings; care for grounds; improvement of landscaping; oversee the work of the custodial staff; maintain control of keys; provide for adequate signs in and around building and throughout the community.
Chair: Julia Todd
Provide for Christian Education for children ages birth through 5th grade; recruit and train Sunday School teachers; celebrate the work of teachers with special recognition events and Teacher Commissioning services; oversee music programs for children; maintain the Resource Closet; promote Presbytery events including summer camp and Kidquake; provide Bible to all third graders; plan and promote Vacation Bible School; plan the annual children’s Christmas program and party. Provide active mission and Bible studies for children weekly during school year at FROG (Fully Rely on God), meeting Sunday evenings.
Chair: Sally Delk
Arranges for meals for members who are ill; Coordinates with Presbyterian Women and Fellowship committees to provide food in case of a death; Sends cards of encouragement; Visit those who are sick, hospitalized, shut-ins or in nursing homes; Provides support for members who are divorced or widowed; Maintains attendance and member information; Maintains the Shepherding list; Runs attendance reports; Writes down joys and concerns for each service ; Makes new member packets; Updates pastor of any congregational care needs.
Chair: Dana Nix
Sponsor and promote monthly whole church fellowship events; provide occasional special events for the church family; arrange for meals at monthly committee night; plan and promote the annual Adult Christmas Party.
Chair: Guy Gholston
Arrange for an annual audit of all church accounts; develop the annual church budget; lead the annual Stewardship Campaign; oversee work of the treasurer; encourage the making of wills; encourage children to become stewards; oversee the Memorial Fund; encourage the congregation in the stewardship of time and talents as well as their treasure; maintain insurance for church property; promote Birthday and Endowment funds.
Chair: Cindy Godbey
Plan and execute Mission projects, providing hands-on volunteer opportunities for the entire church family. Participate in Mission partnerships with local, national and international organizations. Challenge and motivate the members of the Church to share their time, talents and treasures with those in need. Promote the annual Special Offerings of PC(USA) as approve by the Session Organize fund raising activities to fund mission projects, as needed.
Chair: Ronny Welch
As mandated by the Book of Order, the Nominating Committee is comprised of two currently serving elders (elected by the Session) and four members of the congregation (elected by the congregation).
Chair: Amy Graf
Sponsor and promote the Tasters’ Dinner; encourage the congregation to invite others to worship and other church events; provide care and encouragement to prospective members; help new members become assimilated into the full life of the church; oversee the development of materials to promote our church; provide a series of classes for new members in coordination with Pastor and Adult Education; coordinate advertising and publicity for all special events; maintain a schedule of greeters for worship.
Chair: Guy Gholston
Oversee the hiring or termination of paid church staff in coordination with the Pastor; determine fair salaries and raises as appropriate; provide an annual review process for all employees; promote staff openings and conduct interviews to fill them; provide background checks for all employees and volunteers and maintain an up-to-date list of individuals cleared for service; make available a fair and equitable grievance process.
Co-Chairs: Anita Hershey and Barbara Wilson
Provide for the joyous celebration of God’s love in worship; provide for the celebration of Holy Communion; provide special worship services throughout the year and especially during the Lent-Easter season, including Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Passover Seder, Maundy Thursday, and all services of Easter; provide special worship services for the Advent-Christmas season, including the Hanging of the Greens Service and the Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service; oversee the use of the Church for weddings and funerals; provide for pulpit supplies in the pastor’s absence; arrange for ushers and greeters; arrange for sound engineers; ensure that the Sanctuary is appropriately arranged for each Sunday morning service; provide for the use of flowers including poinsettias, palm branches, and Easter Lilies; oversee the work of the organist and choir director; oversee all Sanctuary decorations.
Co-Chairs: J Tucker, Sandy Barber, Cassidy Barber
Provide for the Christian Education for youth in grade 6-12; recruit and train Sunday School teachers; celebrate the work of teachers with special recognition events and Teacher Commissioning services; provide for Jr. and Sr. High Youth Fellowship; provide for confirmation classes; oversee music programs for youth (Bell Choir and Youth Praise Team) provide for Senior Recognition; promote Presbytery events such as summer church camp, YouthQuakes, and the Sr. High Youth Convention; administer camping scholarships for the Williams bequest.