Deacons – Guy Burns and Bill Blaker, Co-Chairs
The Deacons duties include planning and overseeing the church’s ministry of service and caring for its members and the community. They procure supplies, prepare, serve and clean up after communion. The Deacons line up ushers for each worship service. The Deacons assist the minister in caring for the sick, shut-ins and those in crisis. And finally, the Deacons oversee the Visitation Committee, whose responsibility is to make calls on members unable to attend church due to disabilities, illnesses, etc. There are nine deacons who each serve three-year terms that are renewable once.
Trustees – Mike Parsons, Chair
The Trustees are responsible for the care and upkeep of the building and the property of the Church, as well as overseeing the endowment. They receive input from Church organizations and members at the annual or special meetings on major changes to the facility. There are nine trustees who each serve three-year terms that are renewable once.
Worship Committee –
The Worship Committee is responsible for preparing a schedule for special services that are part of worship (candle lighting services during Advent), planning and coordinating decorations and events associated with the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, enhancing our worship services and suggesting changes if deemed appropriate. This committee oversees the music program of the church. The committee also invites the congregation to help decorate the church for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Social Action Committee – Betsy Gillim and
Rhonda Nyerges, Co-Chairs
Outreach to the Canandaigua community and providing support for the church’s international mission is the function of the Social Action Committee. Contributing food to the local food kitchen, supporting our local comfort care home, feeding children in Haiti, and sponsoring resources to assist victims of domestic violence, as well as abused children, are examples.
Congregational Life Committee – Jean Landis, Chair
This committee creates opportunities for Christian fellowship and to do fun or meaningful activities together throughout the Church year. These may include a Church-wide family brunch for all ages, formal coffee hour, and other activities. We recruit greeters for each worship service and help visitors to feel welcome and at home. We receive new members into our fellowship and help them to get connected.
Resource Committee – Laurie Stoutz, Chair
The Resource Committee’s focus is on the development of financial and other resources for the Church. We begin to formulate our pledge campaign in the late summer/early fall. We choose a different theme each year. The actual month-long campaign usually begins in November with the distribution of pledge cards through the mail. We offer the congregation a personal visit from a committee member if desired. This gives them a chance to ask questions or just get more information. When the campaign is completed, total pledge data is summarized and relayed to the Church treasurer and Church council for development of a proposed budget.
Special Events/Hospitality Committee – Sue Blaker, Chair
The Special Events Committee plans and carries out special activities for the community on behalf of the congregation, such as speakers, concerts, art shows, the annual Messiah Sing-Along, dinners and other events. The Hospitality Committee puts on many receptions and meals, including those after memorial services held at the church. We call upon the congregation to make cookies, brownies, breads or whatever the occasion calls for to help us out. We often help other committees with functions also.
Pastor Parish Committee – Cathy Brooks, Chair
This committee works for positive relationships between the Pastor and the members of the Church, including the annual assessment of the Pastor’s performance and a recommendation to the Church council for appropriate compensation and contracts adjustments.
Christian Education Committee – Jon & Ann Schwab, Co-Chairs
The Christian Education (CE) committee meets each month and directs and coordinates all efforts related to education for children, youth, and adults. These programs are provided on a regular basis for various age groups, and the committee works closely with the Director of Christian Education to support and facilitate their efforts. The Youth Group consists of youth in grades 6-12. This group meets from approximately 10:45-11:30 on Sunday mornings. The group has been involved in worship leadership (nursery care, ushering, speaking, and the offering), the Advent Workshop, Christmas Eve service, the Annual Church Picnic, as well as several mission projects and social events such as pool parties, movie nights, games nights, etc.
Church Council – Cathy Brooks, Moderator
The chief role of the Moderator of the church is to lead the Church Council and conduct regular monthly Council meetings. The Council consists of the chairpersons of Deacons, Trustees, Christian Education, Social Action, Worship, Special Events/Hospitality, Congregational Life, and Resource Committees, along with the Vice Moderator, Church Treasurer and the Church Clerk. The Council acts on behalf of the congregation to make decisions, oversee programs and budgetary issues, and carry out all decisions made at the annual congregational meetings.