Calls at Christ Church
Not everyone is called to be a Pastor, but each of us have the opportunity to recognize a calling in our life. What is a calling? It is something we can do that we can consider in our own way God’s work for us on earth. Within the confines of our church family, there are many opportunities to expand on your given call … and one of those ways is to participate in one of the many committees or groups that meet at or are supported by Christ Church. So … ask yourself … are you called to care … called to be a financial wizard … called to teach … called to sing … called to read … called to govern? We offer many ways for you to take advantage of your calling to the benefit of our church community.
The governing body of the church is the membership assembled in church meeting. During the May church meeting the membership elects church officers, council members-at-large, and members to serve on Administrative Boards and committees. Members from these boards and committees in addition to the minister(s), Church officers, and the members-at-large make up the executive body of the church, the Church Council.
The Church Council has the responsibility of coordinating programs, scheduling activities, recommending the budget to the annual meeting, determining policy, preparing the agenda for the annual and special meetings of the church, and appointing and assigning duties of special committees for tasks not assigned to one of the Boards of Administration. The council appoints the nominating committee annually and a pastoral search committee as needed. The council has jurisdiction for rules and policies regarding the use of church property.
BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Our committee is responsible for education for all of God’s Children. We have fun while teaching God’s message of love. The CE Board oversees Sunday School, adult education, youth groups, and special parties and events for the intergenerational community.
At Christ Congregational Church Deacons help to make Sunday worship flow smoothly by helping at the doors, serving communion, heading up the ushers and greeters, and tidying up after service. Additionally, they help with confirmation, new member classes, and taking communion to the homebound. In October and June they sponsor a Senior Outreach Communion, bringing nearly 100 nursing home residents by bus to the church for worship and fellowship.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me ? just as you did it for one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:35, 36 & 40
BOARD OF MISSIONS
The Board of Missions designs opportunities for members to serve others, as well as administering the member donations for mission work (approximately $20,000 per year). Ongoing mission opportunities include a monthly lunch at The Table (the local soup kitchen), a monthly dinner at Mainspring (the homeless shelter), an annual CROP Hunger Walk, distribution of Christmas gifts to area hotel homeless families, and a benefit tea for The Table. Additionally, the Board conducts five annual collections for UCC social justice and social outreach causes.
BOARD OF PROPERTY AND FINANCE
The P&F Board works hard to keep the buildings and budgets in line, anticipating the needs of the church.
BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP
The Board of Stewardship conducts a fall pledge drive. Every member is encouraged to make an annual financial commitment to the church. Pledge cards are available year round through the church office.
BOARD OF MUSIC
The Board of Music meets monthly to coordinate the music programs of the church.