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Ministry to the Congregation

As a community in Christ, there are many needs and interests reflected in our diverse body. Tertullian tells us a heathen once converted to Christianity because he was impressed by how much they cared for one another, saying “See these Christians, how they love one another.” A popular song from the ‘70’s says, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.” This Ministry Unit gives us a chance to show our love for each other and to foster our sense of Christian community. In so doing, we find our place in the Body of Christ and are better equipped for our service to God in the world.

Congregational Care: This team coordinates intentional care to the shut-ins, hospitalized, elderly, and others with pastoral needs in the congregation. They arrange to provide food for families in crisis or transportation for members who may have difficulty getting to doctor’s appointments and the like. They coordinate cards and care packages to those far away from home. They coordinate serving of Homebound Communion to our shut-ins in partnership with the pastor. They arrange for support groups for caregivers and those facing difficult times in life, as well as offer support to the AA groups that utilize the church facilities. They coordinate the hospital visitation ministry of the congregation. This team maintains the prayer list and email/phone prayer chain of the congregation.

Presbyterian Women: Presbyterian Women is committed to nurturing faith, supporting the church’s mission, working for justice, and building community. They do this through Bible studies, fund raising projects, service projects, and social outings throughout the year.

Fellowship Events: This team plans, oversees, coordinates, publicizes, and organizes regular fellowship events, such as the Wednesday Night Fellowship Suppers, as well as events that only happen once each year, such as the Church Picnic or Choir Reception or Fall Breakfast. This team also consistently dreams, promotes, plans, and implements other one-time Fellowship Events that contribute to the life of the congregation.

Membership Assimilation & Coordination: In partnership with the pastor, this team oversees the process of bringing members fully into the lifeblood of our church family by getting them involved in the DNA of the congregation, helping them discern their spiritual gifts and calling, and orienting them to the Reformed Tradition. This team is responsible for maintaining and collecting the Friendship Pads in worship, making contact with first-time visitors, maintaining contact with regular visitors, providing a regular Discovery Class for people interested in uniting with the congregation, and following up with new members in the first year of membership.  This team ensures that the church directory is updated on a regular basis and keeps a database of all members’ interests and spiritual gifts so we may invite them into service.

Retreat Task Force: This team plans, publicizes, and implements an annual All-Church Retreat that is a weekend of worship, Bible study, fellowship, and re-creation designed to draw us closer to God and one another. This team invites and coordinates the participation of other Ministry Teams and Ministry Units in the design and implementation of the retreat. Rather than a regular Ministry Team, this team functions as a Ministry Task Force within the Ministry Unit.

Kitchen: This team is responsible for the kitchen, including all appliances and equipment. They ensure that the kitchen is consistently stocked with necessary supplies, including all paper goods, so that groups in the church might utilize the facilities. They formulate all policies and procedures for the use of the kitchen and coordinates with groups that wish to utilize the facilities.

Stephen Ministry: Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry that provides one-to-one Christian care by trained lay caregivers to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps congregations and pastors provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.

Co-Moderators: Kate Shockley & Amanda Godfrey