The Deacons’ duties include planning and overseeing the church’s ministry of service on Sunday mornings, and for special services. They procure supplies, prepare, and serve communion. The Deacons recruit and train ushers for each worship service. The Deacons are the eyes of the church, recognizing and warmly greeting new visitors, and introducing them to the minister and church members.
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. They direct and coordinate the church’s live stream system. They do the hard work of planning and overseeing the contractors and the finances for major renovations to the church building. Some major projects of the past several years have included renovation of the church’s undercroft, bell tower, and sanctuary.
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, Christmas, and Easter seasons, enhancing our worship services and suggesting changes if deemed appropriate. The committee is involved in changes in the format of the worship service and oversees the music program of the church.
Public Image Committee
This committee is responsible for publicizing events at the church with the goal of getting the name and mission of the church out into the community. Through banners, news articles, and public service announcements in print and online, the committee’ goal is to create a positive and attractive image of the church to draw individuals and families to our services and to our church congregation.
Social Action Committee
The mission of the Social Action Committee is to raise awareness about human needs in our community and beyond and to lend a hand through volunteer work and fundraising. Each year monetary and in=kind conditions from our activities are donated to the local human services agencies. 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
This committee creates opportunities for Christian fellowship and for the congregation to do fun or meaningful activities together throughout the church year, including Formal Coffee Hour, Pick-a-Party and the Caring Cards program. This committee works with other church committees on events like Chicken Barbecue, Earth Day and May Day celebrations. The committee recruits greeters for each worship service, and also receives new members into our fellowship and helps them to get connected with the church community as a whole.
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.
The committee arranges and hosts receptions following memorial services for church members. They also work with other church committees to provide refreshments for events as requested. This committee prepares and delivers meals to members of the congregation who have recently returned home after a hospital stay or for the families of church members who are ill or undergoing medical treatment.
Pastor Parish Committee
This committee is a sounding board and support for the pastor and a liaison between the pastor and the congregation and the pastor and the staff. The committee also performs an annual assessment of the pastor.
Christian Education Committee
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, and 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.
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.