The Session, comprised of eighteen Elders who serve a three-year term, is charged with developing a vital spiritual life within the congregation, providing significant community outreach, and for defining and implementing the mission of the Church. To help meet its responsibilities, the Session has formed a number of committees, a brief description of which follows.
This Committee provides opportunities for bible and theological study, faith-sharing groups and Sunday morning church forums. (For more information, see "Education")
Benevolence, Church & Society
This Committee works to provide volunteer opportunities for our congregation to help others through such programs as Habitat for Humanity, Midnight Run, Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force, and many other local, national and international programs. It also administers the congregation’s benevolence funds.
This Committee provides religious instruction for children through grade 8 and supervises the Church child-care and infant program. It evaluates the school curriculum, recruits and trains teachers, and runs special holiday events. (For more information, see "Education")
This committee aim to enhance information exchange among the congregation and heighten awareness of church activities within the community at large. It also works with the Church Library Committee, to ensure the use and updating of library materials.
Membership, Outreach and New Member Integration
This committee works to enhance the life of the church by reaching out to new and potential members, through a variety of programs and events including a September Block Party, June Picnic, Spring Dinner Dance, theater trips and a progressive dinner.
The Congregation is kept informed of the programs and works of the Presbytery of Hudson River through this Committee.
Worship and Music
This Committee helps determine the times and place for worship, special holiday services, the use of new forms of worship, special music programs, and communion services. Communion is offered on World Communion Day (October), the first day of Advent, Christmas Eve, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, Easter Sunday, Pentecost and in mid-summer. (For more information on our Music Programs, see "Music at LAC).
Members of the Session
Co-Clerks: Arthur Washington and Kim Christiansen
Garr Di Salvo
Board of Deacons
The Board of Deacons, working with the pastors, has responsibility for the pastoral care of members. It establishes procedures for dealing with emergency needs among members and for serving the community-at-large. The Deacons’ responsibilities have grown over the years to include a number of activities, which are directed largely through the efforts of the following committees:
The deacons, with the help of Church members, call and visit those members of the congregation who are unable to attend worship services or would otherwise benefit from our support.
Volunteers from the congregation are connected to those members in need of meals for reasons such as illness, births, or deaths in the family.
The church provides receptions following memorial services for LAC members. The Deacons and other volunteers help with set-up, serving, and clean-up at the receptions.
The Deacons are responsible for preparing, setting up, and cleaning up for the celebration of communion. The Deacons also join the Session in serving communion on the first Sunday of each month, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Sunday.
Flower Procurement & Delivery
The flowers that decorate the Sanctuary during Sunday and special worship services, such as Christmas and Easter, are most often donated by members and friends of the congregation in memory of loved ones or to commemorate a special occasion. Following these services, deacons arrange and deliver these flowers to members of the congregation who are ill or bereaved, those celebrating good news, and to those who have contributed to the life of the church.
HOPE Community Services
Bi-monthly deliveries of food collected through congregational donations are made to the HOPE (Help Our People Eat) Food Pantry. In addition, perishable food from the Annual Meeting, the Birthday Bash, and other church functions are delivered to the Food Pantry.
Deacons’ Drop Box
The Deacons accept donations of clothing, toys and books for delivery to area shelters, clinics, and other organizations in need of particular items.
In addition to contributing to the activities of their committees, the Deacons provide representatives on the Session and the following committees and activities: Church & Society, Communications, Membership, Midnight Run, Stewardship, Worship & Music, and the Youth Council.
Members of the Deacons
Co-Moderators: Julie Hale and Clark Morehouse
Torin Di Salvo (Youth)
Liam Hanley (Youth)
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the property and finances of the church. The trustees receive all special bequests to the church, fulfilling the terms and intentions of such gifts. They have the responsibility for the care and up-keep of the church building, grounds, and manses. They receive and disburse church revenues, as authorized by the congregation. Trustees are represented on various Session committees and are responsible for the following Trustee Committees:
Buildings and Grounds
This Committee is responsible for the supervision and maintenance of church properties, and the following subcommittees:
This Committee works with non-church organizations in the community wishing to use the church’s facilities, and schedules their use.
This Committee considers capital improvements to the buildings and grounds that are necessary immediately and for the foreseeable future.
This Committee determines insurance and liability coverage.
This Committee is responsible for church office equipment and computers.
The Finance committee supervises the fiscal operation of the church, including the preparation and monitoring of the annual budget.
Cares for the investment of church funds and the Endowment Fund.
The Stewardship Committee is responsible for establishing a year-round program intended on involving every member and non-member participant, in the financial support of the church, so that its personnel, physical, and outreach needs are adequately met. (For more information, see "Stewardship")
Members of the Trustees
President: Bill Beaver