Adult Christian Education
The Adult Education Committee provides support and direction for the adult education activities of the Church. In addition, the Committee organizes and conducts after-church adult education programs (AfterWords) throughout the year on timely and relevant topics.
The Committee usually works with the ministerial staff in developing two or three special programs each year, often involving a distinguished visitor who leads a program on Saturday and participates in the Church service on Sunday. We would be interested in suggestions concerning topics and presenters.
Building & Grounds
The Building & Grounds Committee is responsible for recommending policies for the maintenance of the Church building and grounds, including a plan for capital improvements to the facilities, in accordance with policies set by the Council. The semi-annual work bees are under the supervision and coordination of this committee.
The Caring Ministries Committee takes on the important areas of personal needs of individual church members. In general, the committee oversees the visiting, caring, and prayer cares of our church family. It gives dedicated people the opportunity to share their time and compassionate talents with someone who may need concrete help and/or may want some support, a cheerful voice or written message, a warm and friendly encounter.
Ongoing programs include oversight and organization of the following activities: church social gatherings such as coffee hour on Sunday morning, and Seniors’ Luncheon held twice a year; the visiting of homebound church family members, as well as those who are sick, in recovery, or in mourning; the donation of flowers for the altar and later delivery to someone in need of the cheer and beauty these flowers bring; Helping Hands, who prepare and deliver casseroles to those in need and who obtain and serve refreshments following memorial services; and delivery of Prayer Shawls knit by the yarn group.
The committee's most extended and active organization is the Prayer Care Tree, whose members agree to pray or meditate for those who wish or need our prayers. Prayer services are also held for those in need of healing. The committee continues its challenge of involving as many church family members as possible in its activities and outreach and of finding out about and meeting the needs of others.
The Christian Outreach Committee is responsible for sponsoring and recommending the mission program for the Church in both domestic and foreign fields and inter-church relations. Monetary support is given in the broad categories of food, shelter, children/families and education. Special monthly offerings are taken for designated outreach.
The Outreach Committee leads our Feed My Starving Children efforts and plans several other service opportunities, including mission trips, serving local food pantries, and community clean-up events.
Our mission in the Children's Ministries program is to ensure that children come to know their church as a safe place to worship, learn about God and our Church, and develop a strong faith community.
The Children's Ministries oversees the Christian Education program for children and youth from infant through grade 5, including the curriculum, the procurement and training of Church School teachers, the maintenance of the Church School Library, teaching aids, and equipment. Children's Ministries assists in the planning and implementation of special Church School programs, including the Christmas Eve family service of enacting the Christmas Story, Christmas Crafts for kids, and Easter Eggstravaganza.
The Church Council is made up of representatives from each committee and the elected lay officers of the congregation. The Council meets monthly to share resources, approve new efforts, and support the ministries of the congregation.
Church Growth Team
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This team works together to invite new people to our church, with a particular focus on young adults and families with children and youth, and to help all newcomers become fully engaged members of the congregation.
Endowment Income Use
The Endowment Income Use Committee determines how to spend our endowment interest to support our ministries and mission. Their main focus is on clean water projects and congregational mission trips.
The Finance Committee consists of the Treasurer, the assistant Treasurer, the Church Manager, and other members elected by the congregation. The Committee is responsible for the financial planning and management of the church’s fiscal affairs and for a yearly external audit. The committee reviews on a monthly basis the income and expenses of the church, compares these to the annual budget and recommends to staff and to the church Council any necessary changes. Each year, the Committee prepares a budget for Council’s approval and once adopted, presents the budget to the Congregation at the annual meeting in January for their approval. The Committee is also responsible for the long-term investments of several endowments that are administered by the Investment Committee and for short-term investments of operating funds. The committee also sets rental rates and administers annual contracts.
The men’s breakfast and discussion group meets at 8:30 a.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Royal Court on Meadow St. They read articles, discuss current events, and eat good food. Readings are e-mailed in advance.
The Human Resources Committee strives to build capabilities of people, help staff grow and assist pastors and staff in maximizing their impact through their work and service in the church. It is also responsible for the conduct of personnel performance reviews and the development of personnel policies.
This committee works to insure that everyone has a chance to use their gifts and talents to build up this part of the Body of Christ. They help to identify and nominate persons to serve on the Church Council committees and short-term task teams. And they offer opportunities for leadership development and training throughout the year. They also work to help newcomers and visitors find the small groups, projects and committees that might be meaningful for them.
Member Engagement Team
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This team works together to strengthen the vitality of our congregation through meaningful engagement of members and friends in the ministries of the church.
The Stewardship Committee is responsible for inspiring our generosity by raising the funds necessary to meet the Church’s budget for the next year and for stewardship education, making members aware of the need to be good stewards by giving of their time, talents, and financial resources.
Women’s Ministries creates and coordinates opportunities for women to experience spiritual encouragement, education, support and community in the life of the church. All women in our church community are warmly invited to participate in any and all of our activities (childcare is available). Laughter, support, and networking are a part of all events!
The work of the Worship Committee includes envisioning, creating, planning, preparing and implementing meaningful and faithful worship for our members and the wider community. We discuss ways our services can reflect new ideas but also remain a constant occasion for encounter with the living God, and work closely with the ministers, staff and members to achieve this. Members:
* Participate in both long range and detailed planning of services guided
by established practices and the UCC liturgical calendar
* Recruit ushers, scripture readers and communion servers.
* Support the Music Director to enhance our worship experience through
music, which includes the choirs, guest musicians, special music
performances, and maintenance of our instruments and music library
* Maintain an appropriate sanctuary and chapel environment, selecting
liturgical hangings, layout and seasonal decoration for ordinary and
* Research and implement new ideas for services, workshops and music
that add depth and breadth to our worship experiences
* Coordinate with other committees on items of mutual interest to be
uplifted during our services such as educational themes, outreach
projects, and caring concerns
The mission of the Youth Ministries is to offer youth opportunities for spiritual growth and faith development and fellowship to prepare them for responding to the call to live in relationship with God. We seek to fulfill this mission through Sunday morning educational opportunities, service projects, and fellowship activities throughout the year. There are also opportunities for youth retreats and mission trips.