At the congregational level, the governing body is called the session, from the Latin word “sessio”, meaning "a sitting". The session is made up of the pastors of the church and all elders elected and installed to active service. The session takes care of the guidance and direction of the ministry of the local church, including almost all responsibilities of spiritual and fiduciary leadership. The session also oversees the work of the deacons, a second body of leaders also tracing its origins to the Book of Acts.
The deacons are a congregational-level group whose duty is "to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith."
Directs the finances of the church under the oversight of the Session.
Works to keep our facilities in a condition that will glorify God and be suitable for ministry and mission.
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It has been great to serve as the Pastor at Evergreen for 16 years.
Evergreen is a great place to call home!
You might be wondering, “Who is this Pastor guy?” Well, I graduated from Ellensburg High School, went to a two-year college in Alaska, graduated from Washington State University and Fuller Theological Seminary. Things I do for fun are: boating (sail and power), grow dahlias, work in the garden and hang out with my wife Brenda (her “love language” is Quality Time). The DISC personality inventory rates me equally high as a “D” and “I”. My favorite book in the New Testament is the Gospel of Mark. My favorite Starbucks drink is an iced, decaf, venti, Americano with 4 Splendas and extra cream. I am currently reading Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership.
I accepted Jesus as my savior and Lord as a high school junior. Since that time it has been exciting to serve the Lord’s church in many capacities. I love to watch people grow as Christ-followers!
Stop by Evergreen and say “Hi” and maybe we can go get a cup of coffee.
Kirsten and her family have been a part of the Evergreen Family for many years. She has served as a Deacon and sung Alto in the Evergreen Choir. Musically, Kirsten played piano in the worship teams for Wednesday and Saturday night worship services. She has played the keyboard in our Sunday worship team and filled in on the piano. Kirsten joins the Ever-green church staff as Sunday Worship Pianist & Choir Accompanist. Please welcome Kirsten to this new and ex-citing position.
Janice and her family have been a part of the Evergreen family for many years. Janice and Steve approached the Evergreen Session several years ago to see if our church would sponsor a Scout Troop. From those humble beginnings they have cultivated at FABULOUS scouting program at the church—Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. Many of us will remember purchasing Girl Scout cookies from Janice and her girls. She was the coordinator of our several Vacation Bible School. Additionally, She will be leading our new Middle School and High School group on Sunday evenings. Janice joins the Evergreen staff as Director of our Alpha Youth. Thank you Janice for being apart of our Evergreen Team.
Ana has has been hired as the Administrative Assistant for the Pastor here at Evergreen. She is VERY computer literate and her computer skills will be put to good use. Ana is taking over the design and publication functions for the prayer requests and announcements as well as managing our Membership and Sunday attendance records, telephone directory and will be responsible for Sunday morning announcements and worship software program. Ana is also our administrator for our Website and Facebook page. Ana has an eye and talent for design and technology and the ability to bring Evergreen into the the digital world. Ana has worked in an Office/Customer Service atmosphere for over twenty years and her organizational experience and attention to detail will be a great asset for Evergreen Church. Ana will work with Pastor Lance to help keep Evergreen running smoothly.