Session is the governing body of the church and comprises of church elders and the pastor of the congregation who serves as moderator. Session meets once a month Our current members are Ginny Anderson, Bonnie Miller, Doug Steele, Jerry Norgaard, and Tom MCormack.
Our current Clerk of Session is Arleen Steele. (The Clerk of Session is the person who takes minutes for the Session and maintains all of the church's ledgers of membership, births, baptisms, deaths, and elders.)
Our committees are the group that take on the work of the church. Current committees include:
Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him. Some of the principles articulated by John Calvin are still at the core of Presbyterian beliefs. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of Scripture, justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all believers.
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies covers a wide area of the upper Midwest. Within the synod’s boundaries are 16 presbyteries, about 790 churches and about 105,000 members engaged in worship and mission. The presbyteries and their churches reflect diversity in ethnicity, size and membership. Additionally, five Presbyterian camps, seven affiliated colleges, a Presbyterian seminary, seven Presbyterian Homes and a family services organization support the church’s mission across all ages, ethnicities, and life stages.
The Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys includes 53 congregations and one worshipping community, with 6,269 members. They range in size from fewer than 25 members to more than 400 and are involved in everything from local support groups to international missions. The offices are located at 4055 Abbott Drive, Willmar, MN 56201
Their Mission Statement is
We are congregations who seek to be a collective expression of the Body of Christ, joyfully participating in Christ's ongoing life and work. "Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing."
(I Thessalonians 5:11)
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