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Commissions

A commission is a body provided for by the Unicameral Board (elders and trustees) of the church to oversee a particular part of the church’s life and ministry. Each commission has the authority to carry out the goals established by the Unicameral Board, and regularly reports its decisions and actions to that board. Members who are interested in joining a commission should contact the appropriate commission chair.  Click here for a list of current chairs.

Christian Education Commission

Is responsible for all educational ministries of the church including (but not limited to) Sunday School, Confirmation Class, Adult Education, Spiritual Formation, First Friday Club, Junior Club, Vacation Bible School (VBS), Presbyterian Young Women, Puppet Ministry, Library Resources, and Community Nursery School (CNS).

Congregational Life Commission

Provides a warm environment welcoming all to our church.  The Committees reporting to the Congregational Life Commission are: 

  • Membership Committee
  • Events and Fellowship Committee
  • Health and Wellness Committee
  • Presbyterian Women

Finance Commission

Coordinates the annual budget for the church, monitors monthly expenses and makes recommendations to the session about the finances of the church.  The Committees reporting to the commission are:

  • Technology Committee
  • Buildings and Grounds Committee
  • Insurance Committee
  • Investment and Endowment Committee
  • Memorial Gifts/Cemetery Committee
  • Technology Committee

Stewardship

Is charged with the ongoing understanding and development of the church’s Stewardship program to:

  • Develop and conduct a yearly campaign to solicit member's pledges for the church budget.
  • Clarify the reasons for the congregation’s understanding and assistance in supporting the general budget and mission.
  • Develop a planned giving program to support the Investment and Endowment Fund.
  • Work with the Finance Commission and other commissions to interpret the annual budget for the congregation. 

Personnel Commission

Provides the orderly, focused and considerate means for the session to build a healthful work environment for its employees. The commission shall comply with equal employment opportunity, fair employment practices, personnel policies, and shall provide an annual review of the adequacy of the compensation for all church staff employees including clergy.

Worship & Music Commission

Opens the sacred celebration of God and God’s creation in diverse ways through worship, the arts and celebration with our greater Metuchen/Edison community. The commission encourages creative worship expression including theater, puppetry, dance, and song along with the Word preached and sacraments celebrated in our sanctuary. The commission also develops opportunities to interact with our community by inviting local residents to public concerts, visual art displays, poetry readings, story-telling programs, puppet ministry, and fellowship opportunities, as well as providing a presence at community events that connect with our church mission and vision. The commission seeks to promote the spiritual development of all our members and community.  The Committees of this commission are:

  • Indonesian Fellowship
  • Music and Arts Committee
  • Sanctuary and Sacraments Committee

Youth Commission

Is charged with developing and leading programs that are grounded in our beliefs and that engage our church and community’s youth and young adults in activities to build relationships, connect youth to our congregation, develop a sense of community, inspire volunteerism, and train our future leaders. This commission is responsible for the Youth Group, Young Adult Fellowship, 30 Hour Famine, Habitat for Humanity, Scouts, and Triennium.  The Committees of this commission are:

  • Wednesday Night Youth Fellowship
  • Youth Mission Trip
  • 30 Hour Famine
  • Scouts

Mission & Outreach Commission

Are responsible for embracing Christ’s love and inspiration for their outreach through local, national and global ministries with mission programs and supervised projects. Furthermore, it disperses a benevolent budget to achieve this. It reflects our Christian commitment to society as stated in our Church mission statement.  

This Commission selects members from our diverse congregation. It  brings to life Christ’s message of “love thy neighbor’.  This is achieved with service activities, food collections and distribution, financial support for local, national and international charities, as well as projects sponsored by our own denomination. We provide hands-on management with our volunteer base for local mission activities. Support for this mission activity is provided by our congregational giving to special offerings such as One Great Hour of Sharing and the Peacemaking Offering. Committees reporting to the commission are:

  • Food Pantry & Local Mission Committee
  • Benevolent Grants Committee
  • International Peace and Social Justice Committee

Missions We Support

Brand New Day, Inc.  (Elizabeth, NJ)

Brand New Day, Inc.’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for low-to-moderate income individuals, youth and families through the development, management and preservation of affordable housing, promoting neighborhood based education, economic development, and advocating for social equality in the state of New Jersey.

Canine Companions 

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs at no charge to the recipient.

CWS (Church World Service) 

Church World Service is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster.

Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick

Elijah’s Promise harnesses the power of food to break the cycle of poverty to alleviate hunger and change lives.

Elizabethport Presbyterian Center

The mission of the Elizabethport Presbyterian Center is to be a witness to the caring concern of Christ by providing social services, childcare, youth programs, educational support, and ethical and spiritual guidance to meet the needs of the Elizabethport community.

Fuccile Foundation

The Fuccile Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the service and support of local families affected by tragedy.

Campus Crusade (Doug Palmeter)

Doug and Fran Palmeter have been with Campus Crusade for Christ for 27 and 17 years respectively, and are committed to reaching the lost with the love and good news of Christ.  Doug and Fran have ministered at the University of Maine in Orono for the past 17 years.  During that time, they have seen the campus become post modern and post Christian.  Only a handful of the 10,000 plus students there have ever heard and understood the gospel.

Jersey Cares Coat Drive

The Jersey Cares Coat Drive mobilizes the collection and distribution of thousands of “gently used” winter coats to men, women, children, and infants in need. In 2016, Jersey Cares collected and distributed more than 30,000 coats throughout the state of New Jersey. Companies, churches, police stations, schools, and other organizations collect coats throughout the drive and deliver them to a central location where volunteers then organize the donated coats, package them for pick-up, and distribute them to people in need.

Johnsonburg Camp and Retreat Center

Johnsonburg’s mission is to provide a place apart where all people can experience God’s love within a welcoming Christian community.

Lift Up the Vulnerable (LUV) (Audrey Walters Moore)

LUV is a Christian mission agency committed to prevent and combat human trafficking and all forms of modern–day oppression by educating and mobilizing the Body of Christ.

Metuchen YMCA (Hale Memorial Golf Classic)

For more than a decade, the Y of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, and South Amboy have hosted the annual Richard Hale YMCA Memorial Charity Golf Classic. Founded by the late Richard “Dick” Hale, the golf classic was established to help ensure the widest possible access to the Y's programs and services.

Proceeds from the outing support the Send a Kid to Camp Program — the single largest scholarship assistance program provided by the Y to the kids and families in our community each summer. Over the past several years, over $180,000 in camp scholarship assistance has helped 200+ children experience the life-changing power of Y summer day camp.

 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events.

 

Presbyterian Historical Society

Organized in 1852, the Presbyterian Historical Society is the oldest denominational archives in the United States and serves as the national archives for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and many predecessor denominations. It exists to collect, preserve and share the story of the American Presbyterian and Reformed experience with Presbyterians, the scholarly community and the general public.

 

Presbyterian Mission Agency

The Presbyterian Mission Agency is the ministry and mission agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).  Four ministry areas carry out their work: 1) Compassion, Peace and Justice; 2) Racial, Ethnic and Women’s; 3) Theology, Formation and Evangelism and; 4) World..

Princeton Seminary

Princeton Theological Seminary prepares women and men to serve Jesus Christ in ministries marked by faith, integrity, scholarship, competence, compassion, and joy, equipping them for leadership worldwide in congregations and the larger church, in classrooms, the academy and in the public arena.

RESTORE MINISTRIES INC. (Elizabeth, NJ)

Restore Ministries Inc. is committed to nurturing urban youth by providing an environment that promotes the self-worth for their members. The adults at Restore seek to address the unique social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and physical needs of their youth. Restore works in partnership with the home and the community to give members the opportunity to develop their potential and become responsible contributing members of an ever-changing global society. They strive to instill the values of faith, citizenship and purpose in each member who commits themself to activate involvement with Restore staff and programs.

The Seeing Eye

The Seeing Eye’s mission is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of people who are blind, through the use of specially trained Seeing Eye® dogs.