Much of the work of the church is accomplished through the efforts and dedication of the Ministry Teams. Each team consists of members and friends of the church under the leadership and direction of the elected elders. The specific teams and a short explanation of responsibilities are described below. Please consider sharing your time and talents to assist any of the following teams in carrying out the work of the church.
Administration and Finance
The Administration and Finance team develops the annual operating budget in consultation with other ministry teams and staff, presents the draft budget to Session for approval, and tracks revenue and expenses throughout the year. This team also provides for an annual audit, assesses insurance needs, creates policies regarding memorial gifts, and oversees the counting, recording and depositing of church offerings. Administration and Finance works closely with MPC's Financial Administrator. The Administration and Finance team is also responsible for general administrative support to the church and office equipment.
Team Members: Nancy Bentrem (Chair), Lisa Faust (Financial Administrator), Barbara Johnston (Elder), Gordon Grandjean, Ann Patterson, Carol Pierce, Dave Williams
Christian Formation is a priority at Manassas Presbyterian Church. We are committed to growing spiritually through the life-long study of scripture, spiritual development, and applying Christian values to our daily lives. A variety of programs and classes support learners across all ages. Much of our programming is offered in conjunction with Sunday worship; however, courses of interest are periodically offered at other times. We invite you to join our church family and grow your faith. To learn more, please contact the church office at 703-369-2058.
Team Members: Jim Short (Chair, Elder), MaryBeth Yelanjian (Elder), Jo Ann Staebler and Pearl Dzaba.
Early Learning Center (ELC)
If there's food and it's fun, the Fellowship Ministry Team probably organized it! Team members are responsible for organizing celebrations and feeding the masses at church. Events include church picnics, ice cream socials, a weekly Sunday "Coffee Hour" after worship, and our annual Heritage Celebration where we honor our longest-serving members. We also support Advent Activities. The Ministry Team is responsible for keeping the two kitchens in order and ordering necessary supplies for all fellowship events.
Team Members: Christy Tayler (Chair & Elder), Kathy Massie (Elder), Laura Kimberly (Elder), Mary Langley (Deacon), Deanie Eanes (Deacon).
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The Mission Ministry Team empowers the congregation of MPC to serve our Lord Jesus Christ as witness of God’s love in our community. We fulfill our mission by spreading the good news of the Gospel, reaching out to those in need, supporting self-sufficiency for all people, and working for a more just and peaceful world. The team manages and administers a session-designated budget to support needs identified locally, regionally, and beyond. The team also facilitates special offerings and their disbursements as needed. We engage with local community partners to address hunger and homelessness in Prince William County.
Team Members: Bruce Druetzler (Co-chair), Don VanWingerden (Co-chair), Paul Veronie (Elder), Laura Kimberley (Elder), Gene Barndt (Elder), Christy Tayler (Elder)
The Personnel Ministry Team (PMT) is responsible for the employment and evaluation of non-ordained staff. The PMT will consult with the Pastor and other appropriate ministry teams on such matters. Its duties include the following:
- Maintain current job descriptions for each staff position
- Maintain the MPC Employee Manual
- Conduct annual performance evaluations for MPC staff members
- Fill staff vacancies, in coordination with the Pastor, Session and other ministry teams as appropriate
- Prepare an annual Personnel budget, subject to approval by Session
The PM Team assists the Pastor, as Head of Staff, to foster a professional and productive work environment, and facilitate healthy staff relationships.
Team Members: Kathy Massie (Elder), Bill Johnston, JoAnne Gutliph (Elder).
Property and Maintenance
The Property Ministry Team’s goal is to create a safe and pleasant church facility that enriches the worship experience and fosters community outreach. Our primary objective is to make our church home a place that truly reflects the vibrant life of our congregation. The Property Team is responsible for:
- Maintenance and management of the church buildings, grounds, and equipment
- Recruiting volunteers for lawn mowing, ground maintenance, snow removal, and general building upkeep
- Overseeing custodial services and contracts for building maintenance
Maintaining a building that’s nearly 40 years old is expensive and we count on an active team of volunteers to help keep costs down. Whether you can lend a hand once a month or once a year, we're grateful for your help.
Team Members: Mike Mahoney (Chair & Elder), Carl Dattel, Dave Ball (Elder), Al Ferguson, Ray Langley, Don Van Wingerden, and Mike Yelanjian
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“Presbyterians are called to fulfill stewardship responsibilities by ensuring that the resources managed by the church reflect our faith and God’s desire for the world.” (Presbyterian Foundation website)
MPC’s mission statement is “Worshiping, Engaging, Serving, and Growing.” Stewardship is the primary part of these mission activities that enables us to achieve our stated goals. This also includes the upkeep of the church and grounds, and staff support.
“The Apostle Paul wrote to his young colleague Timothy to teach the people of Ephesus that “there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it. (1 Timothy 6:6-7).” “We might say it this way: we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give away.”(Henry J. Nouwen). The core of stewardship isn’t money. It’s love. Stewardship isn’t an event or campaign. It’s a spiritual practice. Stewardship teaches how generosity can encourage people to deepen their
relationships with God, creation, and each other.
The Stewardship Ministry Team helps people to make a “covenant” (pledge/tithe) with God through the use of themes, testimonials, and events. Some people will have more resources than others but the stewardship principle is one of equal sacrifice and discipline, not equal giving. Covenanting (pledging/tithing) is a way to set a goal and take a leap of faith that is meaningful for each individual. It is an act of worship showing faith and love in what is most important. Knowing anticipated pledges/tithes will allow the church to finalize its budget and determine what can be accomplished in the year ahead as we do God’s work in the church, in the community, and in the world.
MPC has a vision and a mission that is exciting and amazing! The Stewardship Ministry Team invites you to invest yourself through the resources that God has given you- your energy, your imagination, your time, your talents, your prayers, and yes, your tithes in this work which God calls us to do. Check out the church website, Facebook page, and newsletter to see all the many ways in which you can worship, engage, serve, and grow.
Financial support can be given by: cash, check, bill pay, online through the church website, by smart phone, stock gifts, or Minimum Required Distributions directed to the church. Be sure to look for the “special offerings” and the annual Per Capita apportionment which is a set amount of money per church member that congregations pay to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of which MPC is a part. Pledge envelopes for those who request them are located in a box in the narthex of the church. Questions can be submitted at:
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” (1Peter 4:10)
The 2023 Stewardship Ministry Team: Jill Dattel, Chair, Laurie Franzese, Gordon Grandjean, Janice Moore, Luther Nossett
The mission of the Tech Team is to enhance the spiritual education, worship and outreach of the congregation through effective use of technology. We serve as the single point of contact for all technology needs of the church staff, ELC and ministry teams. The Tech Team coordinates all technological hardsware/software purchases and improvements and is responsible for the following equipment (installed and portable):
- Sound systems
- TV monitors
- Audio/visual players and recorders (VHS/DVD)
- Digital cameras
- Computer network (hardwired and wireless)
- MPC and ELC office equipment (phones computers, printers, copiers, fax)
- MPC and ELC websites
- Security systems
There are many ways to get involved big and small. If you have experience or interest in website development, system administration, network or sound engineering, we could really use your experience - even if only as an occasional technical consultant. If you've had success repairing computers or know how to maintain an equipment inventory, we could also use your help. Or, lend a hand to support the Worship Team by running the sound system on Sundays.
Team Members: Mark Stokes (Chair), Mike Yelanjian, Dave Ball (Elder), Gene Barndt (Elder), Evan Moore, Laura Kimberly
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Worship and Music
The Worship and Music Ministry Team works closely with the Pastor and the Minister of Music. This team is responsible for many aspects of Worship that provide and enhance meaningful experiences for our faith community and the community at large. These include, but are not limited to, Greeters, Ushers, Liturgists, Children's Message volunteers, Communion preparation and service, Sanctuary Paraments and Flowers as well as other special Worship Service requirements throughout the year.
Team Members: Jeff Shriver (Chair), Leigh Ellen Baca, Mary Ann Brown, Noreen McCann, Bill Shoup, Angie Veronie, Rev. Laura Fitzgibbon (Pastor), Deborah Panell (Minister of Music)