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Our Government and Leadership-

    • The Congregation
      • An important thing to know about Cordova Presbyterian Church: it isn’t a staff-run church… it is run by people like you, with a staff to support our church’s ministries. The democratic system of governance instituted generations ago by the founders of the Presbyterian Church is the foundation of how we carry out our ministry as a church still today.
    • The Session
      • The Session is the governing body of every individual Presbyterian Church.  Our Session is comprised of nine individuals elected to three-year terms as Ruling Elders.  Typically each Elder chairs or co-chairs a ministry committee of our church.  The Session is moderated by our pastor, a Teaching Elder (formerly called Minister of Word and Sacrament). 
      • Elders are persons of faith, dedication, and good judgment. Their manner of life is a demonstration of the Christian Gospel both within the church and in the world. In the PC(USA) there are both Teaching Elders who serve as ordained pastors and Ruling Elders who are elected and ordained lay church leaders. 
      • Although Ruling Elders are elected for a term of three years, once ordained, they are ordained for life, even if they transfer to another PC(USA) church. After their terms of office are finished, Ruling Elders continue to play an important role in the life of the church by participating in various ministries.
      • Through its oversight of a multitude of committees, the Session handles issues of personnel, mission, worship, congregational programs, evangelism, new member orientation, receiving and dismissing members, nurture of the congregation, and educational curriculum.
    • Presbyteries, Synods and the PC(USA)
      • Cordova Presbyterian Church is part of a larger governing body called the Presbytery. The Presbytery is a governing body made up of a number of churches within a particular geographic area.  Cordova belongs to the Presbytery of the Mid-South.  Just like individual congregations, Presbyteries are also organized into committees comprised of members representing the congregations within that Presbytery.
      • The next level of governance is the Synod, which is a governing body made of several presbyteries.  As a church in the Presbytery of the Mid-South we are a part of the Synod of Living Waters.
      • Churches, Presbyteries and Synods are all governed by the decrees and decisions of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). General Assembly meets every other year with delegates representing every Presbytery who gather to make decisions for the larger church body.  The next gathering is in June 2016.
      • Beyond the General Assembly lies the Scripture and Jesus Christ, who rightfully serves as the head of all church congregations.

 

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This Week's Calendar

Sunday– February 18
10:30 a.m. Worship
11:30 a.m. Annual Congregational Meeting
11:45 a.m. Fellowship
Noon Choir Rehearsal
12:00 p.m. Session

Monday– February 19
Presidents’ Day
1:00 p.m. Prayer Shawl

Tuesday– February 20
6:00 p.m. W.O.W. Group

Sunday– February 25
10:30 a.m. Worship
11:30 a.m. Fellowship
Noon Choir Rehearsal

Planning Ahead

Tuesday– February 27
12:30 p.m. Book Club

Friday– March 2
World Day of Prayer

Monday– March 5
1:00 p.m. Prayer Shawl

Tuesday– March 6
1:00 p.m. BUNCO

Wednesday– March 7
6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Dinner

Sunday– March 11
Daylight Savings Time Begins

Tuesday– March 13
11:00 a.m. BINGO

Sunday– March 18
9:00 a.m. PW Bible Study

Sunday– March 25
Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday Cantata

Sunday– April 1
Easter