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Session    Our team of six elders (including the pastor) comprise the council (governing board)  of CHPC.  The session sets policies, discerns direction & vision for the mission and ministry of the congregation, and provides for the spiritual leadership at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church.  Elders serve for three year terms and provide focused leadership in three areas:  To Worship and Know God providing for the worship, learning and spiritual formation; Stewardship of People and Resources in caring for our building & grounds, finances, and personnel, and work for the Building of  Community through Outreach & Mission, and Hospitality.

Session members work in teams with the pastor, members of the congregation, and with the Board of Deacons to carry out all these responsibilities.  Our session meets monthly usually on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 12:00 p.m.  Meetings begin with prayer and devotions, or an opportunity for leadership development, and are open to all. The session meets over lunch on these days with anyone requesting baptism or membership in this congregation. 

The Board of Deacons six deacons serve by encouraging the congregation's witness,

service, and compassion.  Deacons carry out a program of visitation, help arrange for

transportation and facilitate the use of a lending library of wheel chairs, walkers and other 

assistance.  They coordinate our participation with FISH & Winter Family Shelter for families who are homeless.  

Together with the Presbyterian Urban Network (PUN) Parish Nurse, they are assisting the

congregation in identifying and carrying out health ministries of wholeness, healing, and wellness. 

From time to time they Deacons have shared in equipping the congregation for ministries of compassion, witness and service through a series of forums.  Past forums have included  Serving   Our Community which addressed  Emergency Preparedness, and housing needs through Habitat   for Humanity;  Sharing Sacred Stories through Oral Histories, Spiritual Autobiographies, New   Stories of Living the Gospel Story; In Life and In Death We Belong to God - an exploration of end    of life decisions and planning in the face of grief and loss; A Season of Prayer nuturing our personal and corporate practice of prayer. Beginning in 2011 they have offered leadership for a Front Porch Party with our musicians in residence to thank our neighbors for 50 + years together in Southeast Portland.  The Deacons meet the 3rd Sunday of most months of the year, hey welcome partners in all of the areas of care they coordinate.  



 Leading the congregation through music & education


 Rev. Linda C. Stewart-Kalen, Pastor