Our church is governed by a group of elected elders called the session. The Session of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church consists of 4 to 6 elders, who together with the pastor(s), exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church.
The elders have several committees, below are descriptions of the committees and some of the work that they accomplish.
Community Life Committee
We encourage everyone to be involved in church life. Monthly fellowship activities such as potlucks, dinners, and other interesting events are important.
Here are just a few examples of past fellowship events at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church:
• Chinese New Year Celebration
• Valentines Pot Luck Event
• Mardi Gras Celebration
• St Patrick’s Day Celebration
• Easter Brunch
• Cinco de Mayo Celebration
• Mother’s Day Brunch
• Ice Cream and Movie Night
• Father’s Day Brunch
• Fall Brunch
• Harvest Dinner
• Thanksgiving Dinner
• Church Decorating, Chili Dinner, A Christmas Story Movie
• Dinner and game night
• Additional International/cultural events.
Christian Education Committee
RPC Women’s’ Bible Study:
Women of the church gather monthly for study, conversation and fellowship.
RPC Men’s Bible Study:
Men of the church meet 1 to 2 times each month and have conversations arising from study with a self-lead discussion.
“Seeds of Love” is presented for children as part of the regular Sunday morning service.
Bible school is offered to children and adults before the Worship Service
Wednesday Evenings Dinner and Bible Study:
During these weekly gatherings folks meet for a potluck dinner and then study bible passages.
Mission & Outreach Committee
Our church community has a commitment to fund mission initiatives with the surplus from our operating budget. Often the congregation is surveyed, where members choose their top three preferences for organizations to receive mission funding.
Cents-Ability offerings are received monthly, with half of the proceeds supporting the Presbyterian Hunger program and half remaining with our church and are used for funding food needs in our community.
Our congregation supports two of the special offerings of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
– One Great Hour of Sharing offering received during the Palm Sunday/Easter time frame
– Christmas Joy Offering, received on Christmas Eve and during the Christmas Day worship services.
Worship & Music Committee
Our worship services goal is to be meaningul and fulfilling to our souls as the word of God was preached with guidance of the Holy Spirit and music was presented. The congregation is invited to gather at the cross before Sunday morning worship service and on designated Sunday afternoons for worship and prayer during Prayer and Healing Services.
In addition to the regular Sunday morning worship services, special services may be scheduled for Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and candle light Christmas Eve services. Other observances have included Grandparents Day, World Wide Communion, Veterans Day and a special service on Thanksgiving Day inviting the community to worship with our congregation.
Members of this committee are also in charge of changing sanctuary banners to reflect the seasons and holidays
The Deacons prepare the bread, grape juice, and wine for communion, Elders and Deacons serve communion. We provide a gluten free alternative bread, for those who require an alternative.
Building & Grounds Committee
RPC regularly welcomes a variety of folks to make use of our facility. That the facility is shared with others is one of the ways we show ourselves as faithful stewards.
We also demonstrate our stewardship as we regularly maintain our facility and grounds. Frequent work parties, garden “parties,” special clean-up days, and volunteer church cleaning assure the facility is available for our own use—as well as for use by others folks.
This committee handles interview/hiring for church personnel, they also recommend Terms of Call, salary increases, and other personnel related items to the congregation for the pastor.