from the Session of MCPC
Elders serving on the MCPC Session.
Class of 2021:
John Aliberto & Darryl Johnson
Class of 2022:
Debbie Patterson & Page Lockhart
Class of 2023:
Mark Bergeron & Shirley Reese
Clerk of Session: Shirley Reese
Moderator of Session: Rev. Diane Hoppe Hugo
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is governed by councils, which “exist to help congregations and thefrom PC(USA) New Form of Government
church as a whole be more faithful participants in the mission of Christ.” The councils of the church
are the session, the presbytery, the synod and the General Assembly. The session is the council for the
congregation and is composed of ruling elders, elected by the congregation to active service, as well as
all installed pastors and associate pastors.
The session is responsible for governing the congregation and guiding its witness to the sovereign
activity of God in the world so that the congregation is and becomes a community of faith, hope, love
and witness. In seeking to help the congregation be and become this community, the session has an
important role as it engages in prayerful discernment and attends to how God’s Spirit may be at work
in the congregation and in the broader community. Along these lines, we recognize that ruling elders
are provided “with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s
people” and that “together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment
and discipline and have responsibilities for the life a congregation as well as the whole church…”
The intent of this page is to provide a place for the Session to share information with the congregation.
if you have any questions (or ideas!) please feel free to contact one of the Elders.
The Session generally meets twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Topics discussed and actions taken at a meeting are recorded in the minutes. A summary of meeting minutes will be posted here when they are ready.
Teams & Committees
Even though we are being virtual most of the time right now, the church is still active. Places where you can get involved if you would like include:
Worship Team – working with Pastor Diane on planning for worship at MCPC, for Sunday worship and for special services and events. Contact: Joanna or email the Church Office.
Property Committee – oversees and maintains the physical property of MCPC, indoors and out, including coordinating building and grounds clean-up work, and managing building use. Contact: Darryl or email the Church Office.
Personnel Committee – responsible for oversight of paid staff positions at MCPC, including Pastor Diane’s Terms of Call. Contact: Ruth or email the Church Office.
Finance Committee – working with the MCPC Treasurer on our financial accounts, obligations, and income. Contact Rick or email the Church Office.
Columbarium Committee – oversees the MCPC Columbarium, including grounds maintenance, sales of niches, and inurnments. Contact: Church Office.
Elected Committees & Boards
In addition to the Session, there are two other groups whose members are elected by the congregation.
Board of Deacons – charged with congregational care and extending the church’s care into the community. The moderator of the Board of Deacons is currently Diana Forsyth.
Nominating Committee – each year seeks to discern who among the membership at MCPC is called to service as a Deacon, Elder, or member of the Nominating Committee. Their nominations are brought to a meeting of the congregation, generally the Annual Meeting at the beginning of the year.
THE MISSION OF MID-COAST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IS TO BE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD TO TRANSFORM OURSELVES, OUR COMMUNITIES, AND OUR WORLD.
…TO LIVE AND ACT WITH CHRIST’S LOVE SO THAT ALL ARE UPLIFTED, SUPPORTED, AND CONNECTED.