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OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE AS AN ELDER ON SESSION:

Dear Members of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto,

The Nominating Committee is seeking Ruling Elders* to serve on Session beginning in February of 2022, with openings for the following ministries (Please click on the committee name for a description of the position):

This year, we are trying something a little different. Because new people have connected or reconnected with our community, we are asking that folks nominate themselves or someone else for any of the above roles. The benefits of serving on Session include developing close friendships with the other members of Session, a greater depth of what is going on in the church, participating in the visioning of our church’s mission, welcome new members and hear their faith stories, gain spiritual growth and leadership experience and more.

Whether you have served as an elder before or are new to this leadership opportunity, please submit using THIS FORM and if you have any questions, please Email the Nominating Committee and someone will be in touch.

The benefits of serving on Session include developing close friendships with the other members of Session, a greater depth of what is going on in the church, participating in the visioning of our church’s mission, welcome new members and hear their faith stories, gain spiritual growth and leadership experience and more.

The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2021.

This is a new way of calling leadership so we are grateful for any and all patience as we work through this process.

Thank you, The Nominating Committee Greer Ellison Martha Losch Joy Sleizer Mary Alice Thornton, Chair

*From our Book of Order, the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people. Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with ministers of the Word and Sacrament, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships. When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of the session. When elected as commissioners to higher councils, ruling elders participate and vote with the same authority as ministers of the Word and Sacrament, and they are eligible for any office.