October 2014

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care,
serving as overseers –
not because you must, but because you are willing,
as God wants you to be;
not greedy for money, but eager to serve;
not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”
[1 Peter 5:2-3]

Greetings in the name of Christ,

Autumn has arrived and with it a busy time for the church.

It is once again Charge/Church Conference time.

The Charge/Church Conference is the annual meeting of a church where officers are elected for the coming year. It also receives reports, reviews and evaluates the total mission and ministry of the congregation, and adopts objectives and goals recommended by the Church Council, or the Church Board. It also recommends candidates for the ordained and diaconal ministry to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry or to the Conference Board of Diaconal Ministry. Members of the Church Council, or Board, are members of the Charge/Church Conference. The district Superintendent calls the meeting and presides over it. Anyone may attend the meeting.

Our Charge/Church Conference has been set for Wednesday, October 29th at 7:00 pm.

Local churches govern themselves through committees. All committees (with the exception of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee) hold open meetings (but only committee members may vote). There are five committees required by The Book of Discipline.

Church Council

The Council is the body that oversees all committees and church business. It is made up of the pastor, all committee chairs, and “at large” members of the congregation. Meetings are open to all members of the church, but only committee members have voting privileges.

Meetings are held after fellowship dinner on the first Sunday of each month unless rescheduled.

Board of Trustees

While the church is the people, we do rely on our building as a place for worship. It is a historic structure and it must be cared for and maintained. The committee meets during the Church Council meeting and at other times as necessary.

Finance Committee

To perform the work of our Lord in this age requires good stewardship. The Finance Committee is charged with maintaining the economic health of the church. The committee meets during the Church Council meeting at at other times as necessary.

Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee (SPRC)

The SPRC must meet at least quarterly. This committee’s charge is to nurture and support the church staff and pastor, conduct performance evaluations, and fill open positions that become available.

Nominations and Leadership Development

The Nominations and Leadership Development committee identifies and develops the gifts of church members. It nominates members to fill vacancies on committees and ensures that nominees know the job description of their position. The pastor chairs this committee, with an elected layperson serving as vice-chair. This committee meets as necessary.

Lay Leader

The lay leader is the representative of the laity in all committee meetings. He or she meets regularly with the pastor to discuss the state of the church and the needs for ministry. The lay leader keeps the congregation informed about training opportunities provided by the annual conference and encourages the laity in general to be involved in the ministry and life of the church.

There are several other committees and positions that you are encouraged to volunteer for.

Our church is blessed with many capable administrators that are generous with their time and talents, but there is always a need for more. We hope all members take an interest in doing the work of the church. More than just committees, these are small groups that fellowship together while furthering God’s kingdom. Committee members are nominated and appointed annually and typically serve three years. If you are interested in serving Christ in this manner, we encourage you to sign up for a committee or two in fellowship hall or let me know.

“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock,
in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers,
to care for the church of God,
which he obtained with his own blood.”
[Acts 20:28]

In faithful service,
Don Baker