Scripture tells us that we are to care for our neighbors, we are to take care of the sick, feed the hungry, visit the imprisoned, clothe the naked, and welcome the strangers (see Matthew 25:35-40).
This next Church Year, July 2017 to June 2018, we have Co-Chairs, Sue Bowen and Jackie Brummel, leading the Outreach Ministry.
This ministry at the church is one that we consider to be one of our most important ministries. This is a very giving church and we are continually working to find ways to reach out in to our community, our world, and being the hands and feet of Jesus. Join us in any of the Outreach we do, such as:
- Leading Worship at Brookdale Senior Living, or leading Worship at Juliette Fowler Communities
- Weekly giving to White Rock Center of Hope (stop by John Tully Food Pantry for list of donations needed)
- Blessing Backpacks each School Year
- Mike's Kids (gifts of toys, clothing, beans, and rice) to the Southwest during Christmas
- Good Samaritan Ministries
- The Annual Chocolate Strawberry Tea
- Meals on Wheels every 5th week of the month
And this only begins the list. We have donated water to our Local Civil Servants, and have visited the sick, and joined in ministry through giving to several ministries in the Disciples of Christ and Non-Profit communities.
Are you a dreamer? Are you looking for ways to give more? Are you interested in outreach programs? Give some prayer and thought to it and then join this ministry for ways you can jump in and be a part of making our world a better place.
Worship is one of the most important aspects of the life of the church, week in and week out. There are hundreds of passages that tell us to "Come and Worship, the Lord, our God."
So, it makes sense that this is an important aspect of our church ministries. This Church Year, July 2017 to June 2018, we have Co-Chairs, Betty Britt and Kathy Westfall leading us.
This ministry focuses on developing what Worship will look like each week. From the theme of the week, to the music, to the smallest of details such as flowers and decorations. They oversee making sure communion supplies are in stock, help change paraments, and work with any special services we may have throughout the year. This is particularly important during the Advent and Lenten seasons of the Church Liturgical Calendar.
Scripture tells us to learn and acquire knowledge, for in doing so, we can begin to discern and be wise (See Proverbs 18:15). For the church year, July 2017-June 2018, Noel Pittman will be serving as our Chair for the Ministry of Education.
This Ministry covers the development of our church when it comes to educational and learning events. The Ministry ensures that all Sunday Schools have the materials they need each week, helps guide and lead educational events (such as training events for leadership), looks over small groups and small group development, and works alongside of the Pastor to discover new ways in which the Church can continue learning and growing.
Are you a teacher? Are you a creative learner? We could use your help! Contact Noel or Pastor Jonathan for ways you could help sustain and grow this ministry of the church.
Ministry of Stewardship
Scripture tells us to be wise with what we have, to seek after care of one another, and to take care of what has been given to us. This is known as Stewardship. (See Luke 16:1-12). For the church year, July 2017-June 2018, Kevin Payne will be serving as our Chair for the Ministry of Stewardship.
This ministry conducts the Annual Stewardship Campaign that helps determine the churches budget the coming fiscal year. However, it also fosters stewardship education, serves as a leader in financial care for the congregation, and leads the way on development of the budget that is then approved by the board and congregation.
This is a difficult ministry, but one that is very necessary to the function of a church. Are you gifted with numbers? Do you have a heart for giving? Come serve the church.
Scripture tells us that we are to love one another. This means that we are to do more than just show up and say hello, but that we are to also be in community with one another, to have fellowship (See John 13:34). For this coming church year, July 2017-June 2018, co-Chairs, Julie Futral and Anne Price, will be serving as our leaders for the Ministry of Fellowship.
This ministry manages the fellowship of the church. One might think: "This is the group that plans parties!" But, rather, this group is the one that gets everyone together, helps determine who is bringing what, gets folks to help cleanup afterwards, gets people to get excited about the fellowship event, and helps plan fellowship events throughout the year. Whether it be the Annual Church Picnic or it be the Spring Fling, this group is always helping.
In addition, this group also helps put folks together to provide for families when they deal with loss. When a family member dies, or when one is spending a significant amount of time in the hospital, this group helps ensure that they are well fed and taken care of during their difficult times of trial.
This ministry is always looking for extra hands to help. Whether you are a chair mover, a great cook, or just like to help out, this is a ministry that could use you!
For the church year, July 2017-June 2018, Mark Read will be serving as our Chair for the Ministry of our Property.
You might wonder what kind of ministry this is, but this is a ministry of time, effort, coordination, and upkeep. It's also Biblical (See Haggai 1:3-11) The property ministry looks after the care of the building. With much of the building already 40-50 years old, there is plenty to care for at the church.
Additionally, we care about how the community sees our facilities and want the continued use of our building. In coordination with the Church Office, the Property Chair oversees the use of the building and facilitates agreements with our building users.
It's a ministry that we are thankful to have. Would you like to serve the church by helping with this ministry? Contact Mark or Pastor Jonathan for ways you can help.