Buildings & Grounds Committee
Any maintenance problems or concerns of the church, parsonage and surrounding grounds are addressed to the committee. It is then taken care of by the committee or addressed back to the council for outside contractor approval if necessary.
The committee is responsible for:
- Lawn mowing schedule
- Spring clean up which involves raking, trimming shrubs, and general lawn cleanup
- Fall clean up or workday for general repairs
- Obtaining bids for projects that are outsourced such as snow plowing or other large projects. It is then turned over to the Council for approval upon the Committee’s recommendation
- General repair of small things, such as changing light bulbs, fixing doors that stick, minor things that can be done without contracting out
- Monthly inspection of the building
Christian Education Committee
The Christian Education Committee promotes learning and understanding of our faith at all ages, from Sunday School to adult Bible Study. The areas we oversee include:
- Sunday School
- Youth Ministries
- Christmas Pageant
- Vacation Bible School
- Bugs for Lunch Library
- Adult Education
- Bible Study
- Family Activities
The Church Council is a governing body established by the Church Constitution and By-Laws. The Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Members of the Church Council attend the various committee meetings within the church as representatives of the Council. This provides good communication between the Council and the Committees.
- Areas that the council addresses:
- Achieve a balanced budget
- Fulfill congregational approved needs of the church
- Maintain church facilities
- Support committee needs within the church
- Promote Christian Education for children of the church
- Promote Adult Education
- Work with secure investment companies/advisors
- Be supportive of the pastor(s) needs and administrative staffing
- Work with the Trust, Memorial, and Cornerstone Committees
- Assist the pastor in serving communion to all those who believe.
This group is responsible for the public relations for the church out in the community and to create a welcoming atmosphere for visitors to the church.
- Overseeing coffee hour schedules and supplies including serving once a month for “Birthday Sunday"
- Coordinating the church’s participation in the Ripon College Back to School Picnic
- Sending cards to members and friends that are ill or grieving
- Distributing and collecting funds for the Upper Room publications
- Maintaining the website and Facebook page
- Creating and/or approving advertisements
- Creating and/or approving any public relations materials, i.e. business cards for members to hand out, placard to take to events, etc.
- Recognition of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day during those Sundays
- Creating and coordinating member directories every five years
The Mission Committee works with the pastor in promoting the mission concept of the church. The committee shares information related to Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM) and other appeals.
The Mission Committee supports a wide variety of projects through fundraisers and donations. These include:
- One Great Hour of Sharing
- Church World Service
- Solution Center
- Relay for Life
- Evangelical Children’s Home
- Orion’s Family Services
- Bay Back Mission
- Senior Graduation Party
- Ripon Santa Club
- Parish Nurse
- Sunday School Projects
- Ripon Food Pantries
- Campbell Soup Labels-Pilgrim Camp
- Pop Can Tabs-Ronald McDonald House
The committee develops policies, application forms, and provides information to the congregation and works with the Stewardship Committee to encourage gifts and bequests. They administer two separate scholarship funds: Continuing Education and Church Camp and Youth Event Scholarships. The amounts of monies available for scholarships are determined by the Council upon the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee, after verification by the Trust Committee.
The purpose is to oversee the means and methods whereby members can express and commit themselves to the mission of the church through contributing their time, talent, and financial resources.
- Initiate and conduct a year-round program to inform members on how their gifts are being used to further the ministry of Our Saviour’s as well as the church’s worldwide mission
- Encourage members to grow as stewards through their proportionate giving as a reflection of their personal faith and gratitude towards God;
- Design programs that promote members benefits as well as obligations for active participation, contribution, and planned giving.
Each member has various responsibilities within a subcommittee. They attend their assigned subcommittee meetings and report back to the Worship Committee. Also they are responsible for preparing schedules for their sub-committees.
This portion of the committee is responsible for recruiting and training the AV operators and makes sure there is someone scheduled to man the sound system during services.
The purpose of the Altar Guild is to care for the Altar, be custodians of the altar parament hangings and communion ware, having the altar ready for each service.
Members are divided into three committees.
Each committee serves every three months.
Monthly the committee prepares communion for Sunday service as well as Chapel, during summer and fall months.
Decorations are placed in the sanctuary for each Sunday service.
This includes making out the schedules for the ushers and greeters for each church service. Scheduling volunteers to serve as liturgists for the worship services
- Currently, there are six usher teams. Each team is responsible for:
- Meeting & greeting people as they enter the church.
- Seating those who enter the church.
- Collecting Sunday offertory.
- Provide church attendees with a bulletin.
- Take count of attendees.
- Collect remaining bulletins at the end of service
This includes attending meetings with the pastor, organist, choir directors, and a representative from the Scott Street Puppeteers.