Presbyterian Church in Columbia, Maryland
Worship Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.


Committees are split between Session and Deacon Committees which help support CMPC and enable the church to be an active participant in the community.


Care & Wellness

The Care & Wellness Committee attends to our Church community by:

    • overseeing the CMPC Prayer Chain (a group of church members who pray for those in need),
    • coordinating pastoral visits to the home or hospital for those who are home bound,
    • managing the CMPC Prayer Shawl Ministry (a group who knit and crochet prayer shawls, pocket prayer squares, baby blankets, and hats for those in need),
    • arranging for meals for home-bound members through the Meal Train,
    • maintaining a card ministry by sending greeting cards (Valentines and Halloween to college students, as well as birthday, get well, sympathy and Christmas to all),
    • providing support for funeral receptions for families of deceased members,
    • organizing Red Cross blood drives at the church, and
    • planning wellness events and programs to encourage a proactive approach to physical, mental, and spiritual health for our community.
  • Activities – Red Cross Blood Drive, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and caring for the church community

Committee Chairperson – Jan Keister
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In addition to overseeing the office budget and the overall IT and communication infrastructure, the Communications Committee supports and advises the Communications Coordinator by researching tools that the church can use and, once identified, in procuring them for the use by the church and Coordinator. The Communications Committee also sets policies and guidance, with the advice and consent of Session, on how information is used and disseminated within and without the church.
Activities – Work with other committees to utilize technologies to engage the congregation. Supporting congressional and personal communications through technology and traditional means.
Committee Chairperson – John Fieldsend
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The Fellowship Committee plans organizes and implements events and activities at the church to build Christian community and connect members with one another. The Fellowship Committee provides opportunities for the CMPC Family of all ages, to support one another in our faith journeys and the daily trials and celebrations of life.  Bible verses about fellowship show us several purposes of fellowship among God’s people: encouragement (Hebrews 10:25), helping and supporting one another (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12), experiencing unity with God in Christ (I John 1:3), experiencing the presence of God (Matt. 18:20), and promoting God’s Will on Earth (Hebrews 10:24).

Some of the events offered by the committee include:  Fellowship Hour (weekly), Chili Cook-Off, Annual Birthday Bash, Church-wide Picnic (annual), Women For Women, Break Bread & Connect monthly lunches, Columbia Jazz Band annual public concert, Christmas Caroling in Allview / Pizza & Hot Cocoa, Strawberry Festival, Father’s Day Chocolate Bars, Mother’s Day Carnations, Easter Egg Hunt, Decorating Sanctuary for Advent / Christmas Season with Soup Lunch, Ice Cream Social, and special outings & events such as Orioles Games, Movie Nights, Game Nights, Pot Luck Dinners, and more!

Committee Chairperson – Tom Trodden
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Membership & Hospitality

The Membership and Hospitality Committee strives to make CMPC a welcoming place for all who attend worship services and special events, with a focus on visitors. The committee is in charge of greeters, nametags, ushers, collecting the offering, and preparing and cleaning up the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. It is also involved with new member activities, the church pictorial directory, and maintenance of the membership rolls.

In addition, the committee oversees the CARE Group program which connects church households with a caring church officer or lay person who serves as a liaison between members and the pastor. We glorify and express our love for Him, build Christian community, and strengthen the body of Christ when we encourage, support, and care for one another.

Committee Chairperson – Colleen Hughes
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Christian Education

Our Christian Education Committee oversees discipleship programs for all ages. For youth, we offer LOGOS, Sunday Experience, Vacation Bible School and the weekday CMPC Preschool. Adult programs are Bible studies, Theology on Tap, and Women for Women. GIFT (Generations In Faith Together) is an intergenerational approach to learning, as is our annual all-church retreat. Details are available on the church website.
Activities – LOGOS, CMPC Preschool, etc
Committee Co-Chairpersons – Liz Perraud and Debbie O’Neal
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The Finance Committee monitors the budget and budget drafting process for the church. This committee is the oversight of revenue and expenses and procures an audit of church financials each year. The FC supports and oversees the work of the Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer and communicates the financial status to the church pastor, session, and congregation as needed. The Finance Committee also suggests ways to improve processes and uses of funds.
Activities – Monitor CMPC Yearly Budget
Committee Chairperson – Jeff Bloom
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Mission & Local Outreach

The Mission and Local Outreach Committee is responsible for the overall benevolence, giving, special offerings, and support for local, national, and international causes. It looks for ways to match congregation members’ interests and skills with various projects and for ways to work ecumenically and in relationship with the Presbytery and General Assembly. CMPC’s outreach has served ministries in Howard County, Laurel, Baltimore, Atlantic City, the Gulf Coast, Africa and Asia.
Activities – Support Local, National & International Causes
Committee Chairperson – Philip Davies
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The Nominating Committee recommends elders, deacons and members of the next nominating committee for service annually and as vacancies arise. The Committee also assists in New Officer training/orientation as needed.
Activities – Nominates CMPC Members for Service Roles
Committee Chairperson – Judy Brown
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Nominating Survey


The Personnel Committee is the “human resource arm” of the church. This committee formulates and oversees employment and personnel policies for all staff. Personnel reviews compensation packages, oversees staff evaluation processes, monitor staff development activity, and assists in hiring of new staff. The Personnel Committee apprises the Session of any pertinent employment and personnel issues.
Activities – HR/Personnel duties for CMPC
Committee Chairperson – John Kim
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The Property Committee collaborates with the Facility and Property Manager to oversee maintenance of the entire facility as well as church property grounds and manages the annual budget to do so. Specifically, they ensure all mechanical, electrical, structural, technological, heating/cooling, and safety systems are in good working order. Further, they make certain that the general aesthetics inside and landscaping outside are also maintained. Additionally, this group verifies that all vendors working on behalf of the church on property / facility related matters do so in accordance with their contract and make changes as needed. Whenever possible, this group works to resolve issues themselves by repairing, replacing, building, and beautifying as needed.
Activities – CMPC Clean Up Days
Committee Co-Chairpersons –  Josh Gliptis
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The Stewardship Committee organizes the annual stewardship campaign and identifies ways to encourage planned giving. This committee tracks the financial pledges throughout the year and educates the congregation on the importance of stewardship. The Stewardship Committee will also collaborate with other committees to match members’ generosity with church needs.
Activities – Stewardship Campaign
Committee Chairperson – Jennifer Weinel
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Worship & Music

The Worship & Music Committee oversees the communion schedule approval and preparation, as well as the recruitment, training and scheduling of liturgists, ushers, and communion servers. The Worship and Music Committee monitors the usage and maintenance of the worship space to include use for baptisms, weddings, funerals, and flower arrangements. The Worship & Music Committee maintains the music library, music equipment, oversees the sound system and personnel, and assists in the evaluation of the music staff as needed.
Activities – Communion, CMPC Music
Committee Chairperson – Gil Burckart
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