Angeles Mesa Presbyterian Church

Angeles Mesa Church Officers 

Clerk Of Session and Worship Ministries

Elder Phyllis Gibson-Brown

Clerks record a good deal of history of church as they write session minutes. It is important therefore to keep accurate records of all the proceedings in the session meetings and in congregational meetings. The Manual for Clerks of Session has been prepared to provide Clerks of Session with information and examples to assist them in their work and to insure that they have easily accessible information about what must be included in the session record books.   A second important responsibility of Clerks of Session is the set of year-end reports to be made to the Presbytery and to General Assembly. Beginning with the reports for 2010, we will no longer be mailing paper copies of the instructions and forms for any of these reports to each church. There are three reports: the Session Annual Statistical Report, the Clerk’s Annual Questionnaire, and the Church Officers List.

Stewardship and Finance Ministries

Elder Derrick Douglas

One of the curious things about Presbyterians and stewardship is that those who have the least tend to give the most. Percentage-wise more people with incomes of less than $25,000 tithe (give 10 percent) than those with a greater income. The same is true of the way they give their time and talents to the church. This is not a gospel of prosperity, but an illustration of who receives the greater benefit, the giver or the receiver. We discover the joy of giving when we discover that stewardship is everything we do from the moment we confess Jesus Christ as Lord. The Russian writer Nicholas Berdyaev once said: "If I am hungry it is a material problem. If someone else is hungry it is a spiritual problem." Those who exhibit exemplary stewardship have made this an intensively spiritual matter. A poor church is not one without money, but one without a vision. When people have a clear Biblical and theological understanding of the mission of the church, healthy stewardship practices emerge. The New Testament church leaders discovered that stewardship did not come naturally; it was a learned discipline. Paul wrote to his young colleague Timothy to teach the people in Ephesus that "there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it" (1 Timothy 6:6-7). We might say it this way: we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give away. If we believe that the mission of the church is to "make disciples," to teach people to obey the commandments of Christ (see last month's article, we have to remember that Jesus also said: "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me ... For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?" (Matthew 16:24-26). Exciting things are happening in many Presbyterian churches today as they put a new emphasis on stewardship in its fullest dimension — which includes a person's time, talent and treasures (financial resources). More and more congregations have begun to talk about tithing time, talent and treasures. They are emphasizing that Christian living necessarily involves Christian giving.
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