Church Groups

There are church groups for everyone at the First Congregational Church! We offer traditional programs to support our ministries of education, caring, mission and outreach.We also engage in bold, new initiatives to proclaim the radical welcome of God. You are invited to join us in any and all of our ministries and groups. We know that through action as a community of faith, we can make a difference in our world.

 

Church Groups & Ministries

Women’s Ministries – We offer opportunities for women to find spiritual encouragement, education, support, and community in the life of the church. Programs include the monthly Women’s Study Group, Women’s Communion Breakfast, and Women’s retreats.

Men’s Ministries – A breakfast group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 8:30am at the Royal Court Restaurant.  We discuss various topics that intersect with our faith from the world’s of politics, history, economics, theology, etc.  A group of articles will be circulated in advance – usually from a major newspaper or journal – to get the conversation started around a tasty breakfast.

Childrens Ministries & Youth Ministries – We offer a broad Christian education to our youth which will give them a foundation for building a lifelong set of personal, moral, ethical and faith-filled beliefs.

Kids & Family Fellowship Groups – A group of families with children who meet regularly for bible study or book discussion and fellowship.

Brown Bag Bible Study – Bible Study meets at noon on Tuesdays in the parlor.  We read and interpret the week’s lectionary texts as a group; we pray and we laugh together. Absolutely no prior knowledge of the Bible is required.

Lunch Bunch – Every third Sunday, a group goes to the Brunch Buffet at the Ramada Inn – all you have to do is sign-up! A great way to meet new people.

Dish to Pass – On the 1st Sunday of each month we  gather in the Fellowship Hall for a meal together.  Each family is invited to bring a dish to share with other members of the church family.

Yarn Group – We enjoy knitting and/or crocheting prayer shawls to bring comfort or to celebrate events in people’s lives. The shawls are delivered by the Caring Committee to recipients identified by the Caring Committee, Minister and other members of our congregation.  We meet in each other’s homes every second and fourth Tuesday and enjoy conversation and tea while we work on our projects.

 

Church Administration

Church Council – 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.

Stewardship – Responsible for inspiring our generosity by raising the funds necessary to meet the Church’s budget for the next year. It is also responsible for stewardship education, making members aware of the need to be good stewards by giving of their time, talents, and financial resources.

Finance – Responsible for the financial planning and management of the Church’s fiscal affairs, ensures that the financial records of the Church are audited annually at the close of each calendar year, recommends financial, operating, and compensation policies to Council, and develops the annual budget for Council and Congregation approval.

Endowment Income Use – Determines how to spend our endowment interest to support our ministries and mission.

Building & Grounds – Supports the routine maintenance, repairs, inspections and service contracts required to maintain the building and grounds.

Caring – 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 support, a cheerful voice or written message, or friendly encounter.

Adult Education –  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.

Communications – Responsible for promoting and sharing the Church’s mission and programs with the congregation and the wider community.

Growth and Membership – Work together to invite new people to our church, with a particular focus on young adults and families with children. The committee also ensures that everyone, including new friends and longtime members, has a chance to use their gifts and talents to build up this part of the Body of Christ. One way this is done is by identifying and nominating people to serve on the church committees and teams.

Worship – Responsibilities includs 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. However, we also ensure constant occasions for encounters with the living God, and work closely with the ministers, staff and members to achieve this.

Outreach – Responsible for sponsoring and recommending the Church’s mission 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.

Staff Support – 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.