In addition to the staff, the two main groups that provide leadership to the church are the Deacons and the members of Session (Elders). They are elected by church members once a year.
The Deacons are the nurturing outreach arm of the church both for the congregation and for the community-at-large. They donate resources of money, time, and talent to support and encourage fellowship within the SPC family, and to raise funds for specific charities within the community. In addition to small and large projects that they undertake for the church on a regular basis, they’ve organized many fund-raising events, including cooking and serving pancake breakfasts, and running successful food booths at both the Sausalito Arts Festival in September and Jazz by the Bay in the summer months.
Here is Arundhati’s Deacons’ invitation from 2015:
“God is Calling You. Open your heart to unlimited joy. Join the SPC deacons who enjoy the bliss of selfless service to all God’s children facing challenges in life.
The deacons also enjoy unconditional love and ongoing support from each other as we journey home together. The challenges of fellow travelers are matched with the deacons interest and unique expressions of Love, including (but not limited) to being a good listener, a driver, a cook, a prayer partner. Everybody wins as we row, row, row our boat merrily down the stream of life.
The only requirement is an open heart. You can come to church or even connect in cyberspace.”
Session is the elected church board, and its members have the responsibility to set goals and strategy for the church, create the church’s annual budget and oversee church finances, oversee staff and their compensation, maintain our property and facilities, approve and/or set church policies, and many, many other tasks that arise during the church year. Elders are elected by church members once a year and serve 3-year terms. They meet once a month, usually the 4th Tuesday of the month.
On January 31, 2016 new Elders and Deacons were ordained. Scroll down for the names of these beloved servants of Love and for photos of the 2015 ordination.
BOARD OF DEACONS with new members (10)
Class of 2016 Diana Ferrone, Marty Hartrick, Sterling Lim, Pam Will
Class of 2017 Winnie Huff-Beatty, Mary Miyata, Earle Smith
New Deacons in 2016, Class of 2018 Erin Brenner, Rose Garduno, Dee Whyman
ELDERS with new members (12)
Class of 2016 Simone Adams, Tom DeMund, Steve Fugaro, Mary Grogan
Class of 2017 Julie Carlson, Jean Patterson, Hank Van Dyke, Mary Van Dyke
Class of 2018 Joan Glas, Carole Jehling
New Elders in 2016, Class of 2018 Grover Dear, Kathy Thompson