Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. ~Ephesians 2:20-22
Current Not Serving on Session
Building and Maintenance
Chair – Vince Rogers
Chair – Jennifer Elliott
The Education Committee oversees and plans education classes for adults, youth and children. The vision is to provide a variety of educational programs within Hope Church that promotes spiritual growth that enables members to enhance their Christian walk. Classes are available for children and youth in pre-school through high school. Adult Sunday School electives are offered on a quarterly basis. The Education Committee meets quarterly to review and research educational planning.
Treasurer – Hillary Pope
The Finance Committee oversees all aspects of finances for Hope Church. They receive and count offerings and other income to the church and are responsible for all dispersements of funds. They also work with the Session to prepare and present annual budget proposals.
Chair – Elder Bill Barnes
This committee of the Session is tasked with selling the land which we currently own and finding a new facility in which to meet which would better meet our physical needs. We work closely with the Session to make certain that the needs of the church are met. We also take input from the Strategic Planning Committee focusing on the specific details of any new facility.
The Hospitality Committee provides coordination of congregational meals, summer picnics, meals for church families (new babies, illness, etc.), refreshments for special occasions (new member receptions, member farewells, etc.) Funeral luncheons are provided upon request. The committee also maintains the kitchen area, keeps supplies up-to-date, and oversees the coffee service. From time to time the committee puts together congregational gatherings (game nights, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”) and welcomes suggestions for these type activities.
Chair – Elder Derek Elliott
Missions and Outreach
Chair – Elder Ron Straka
The Missions and Outreach Committee of Hope Church is committed to improving communication and a sense of partnership between Hope Church and selected local and foreign missions. It also facilitates and encourages evangelistic outreach efforts of Hope Church in our community. The committee regularly provides information to the congregation regarding the missionaries that Hope Church supports, including periodic updates and prayer requests. One of our goals is to see members of Hope Church participate in short term mission trips, both locally and abroad. We also support PCA church planting efforts and local evangelistic outreaches in the Scranton/Wilkes Barre area. The missions committee also coordinates an annual fall missions conference.
Chair – Elder Derek Elliott
Chair – Beverly Barnes
The Women’s Ministry is designed to encourage women to participate in opportunities for worship, prayer, service, praise, and fellowship. Opportunities for fellowship and growth are available through several small group Bible studies, an annual retreat, a Spring Brunch, a Summer outing, and a Christmas dinner. Outreach opportunities include sewing groups to make dresses and bags for Operation Christmas Child boxes and assisting with the Open Closet.
Chair – Cheryl Straka
We make every effort to ensure that the worship service is done decently and in order. This includes ensuring the sanctuary is welcoming with adequate seating, seasonal flowers, along with hymnals and Bibles, in good condition. Arrangements are made for special music, and “special” presentations such as honoring our vets. We oversee the Nursery and it’s operations. The staffing, the curriculum and scheduling for Children’s Church are all part of Worship Committee’s responsibility.
Chair – Dennis Alexander
Anna Young – Project Re-Entry
29 New York St., Scranton, PA 18509
CareNet of Scranton
415 Hickory Street
P.O. Box 445
Scranton, Pa. 18505