Prayer Ministry Team
The Prayer Ministry of the parish responds to requests for the support of prayer, conveyed by a telephone chain. Anyone is invited to join. There are no meetings, but a mailing list of members is maintained, and you can be involved by calling Liz Keuffer at the office. Bereavement requires caring support as well, a need that is served by a team of liturgists, acolytes, and support people led by Ruth Steinert.
The Advisory Committee looks to the overall spirit and functioning of the parish, assessing current needs, pastoral priorities, long-range planning, and other strategic issues that affect the parish as a whole. Six to eight people serve on this Committee for three-year terms, along with the Pastor. It is not a governing board, and does not make decisions that are beyond its general agenda, beyond advising the pastor. Reports from other committees or staff, though they may be an occasional part of a meeting, are not a regular procedure.
The Finance Committee supervises the annual budget and organizes the pledge drive annually to assure adequate funding and support for parish needs and goals. It also serves the financial procedures of the parish office, makes long-range projects, and offers evaluation and recommendations on the basis of this information. Six people serve on this committee, along with the pastor, for three-year terms. Both committees meet about ten times a year.
The Personnel Committee also has been formed to serve the pastor and staff, and to offer advice to the Advisory and Finance Committees as needed. Three to five people, with human resources experience, serve flexible terms.
Membership in these committees proceeds from a self-nominating procedure announced in early summer, or as needed.