Our Church is run by its laypeople who serve on the boards and commissions of the church. Each year at the Annual Meeting the ministry commission replaces members. Here is a list of our commissions and their function, according to our By-Laws.
Consists of the moderator (chair of the council), the administrator, and five members-at-large serving as regular members; and serving as ex-officio members; the pastor (without vote), the clerk (secretary of the council), the six commission chairpeople; the Community Church Women’s Guild representative, and any other representatives appointed by a recognized auxiliary group of the church.
Guides the educational ministry of the church in accordance with the church’s educational and theological principles; determines and implements policy; coordinates the programs and the work of various educational groups (e.g., Sunday school, youth ministry, adult studies, camps and conferences, etc.); offers training and support for teachers and leaders; provides, promotes, and maintains a library of educational resources; and, supervises the use and maintenance of audio-visuals.
Plans and oversees the church’s ministry of service and caring for church and community members; organizes and maintains a ministry of pastoral visitation; provides periodic opportunities for fellowship coordinating hospitality and child care as needed; promotes the development of small groups within the church; provides training for new members in the meaning and significance of the church and its membership; encourages the participation of inactive church members and annually recommends revision of the membership rolls; develops policies and plans programs to encourage church growth.
Organizes, implements, and promotes the volunteer ministry program within the church; develops and maintains resource data on member’s interests, gifts, and talents; selects and nominates candidates for elective positions, oversees the selection and recruitment of persons to appointive positions and fills vacancies in elective positions; maintains job descriptions for church positions; provides orientation, training, and recognition for church ministry volunteers; and assesses periodically the need for review and/or revision of the church’s structure and/or mission statement.
Gives guidance to the church’s mission in the community and the world; provides for the means of mission education, interpretation and empowerment; promotes special mission offerings; nurtures understanding and action in regard to contemporary social, economic, and political issues relating to justice and peace; encourages community ministries by members and church groups; and fosters denominational and ecumenical cooperation.
Provides for the care, maintenance, and improvement of church property, buildings, and equipment; oversees finances including preparation of the annual budget, oversight of its operation, management of unbudgeted expenses, and handling of loans and invested funds; determines policy for the use of facilities and equipment; maintains necessary insurance coverage; provides for stewardship education and interpretation; plans and conducts an annual appeal for funds in support of the budget; establishes or maintains a church endowment policy; solicits, selects, and accepts and maintains records of memorial and designated gifts; and oversees the operation of the church office.
Oversees and supports the worship and spiritual life of the church; plans and/or promotes activities that encourage spiritual development; assists in planning worship services and in the preparation and administration of the ordinances/sacraments; provides for music, flowers, worship supplies, and worship aides (greeters, ushers, lectors, child care coordinators, etc); provide for regular fellowship hours following worship, and procures pulpit and pastoral supply during pastoral absences.
Paul Vieira - co-chair
Richard Douglas - co-chair
Our commissions and their functions.
Pastor: Rev. Dr. Priscilla Lawrence
Church Council Moderator: Michael Green
Clerk: Andrea Hoppel
Treasurer: Patrick MeLampy
Secretary: Linda Sutherland
Sexton: Jim Plunkett
Faun MacDonald - chair
Council Members at Large
John Dennis - chair
Joanna Reagan - chair
Melissa Ribaudo - chair
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