Members are encouraged to share their God-given gifts for the ministry with the whole church. The lion’s share of the work at Living Word is done through committees that oversee the mission of the congregation.

If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, please see the pastor or a member of council. You are also more than welcome to attend committee meetings, as they are posted, and contribute in that way!

Ex officio members: Pastor, Council President, Music Director
Meeting Time: First Monday 7PM
Chairperson: Pat Moore

Functions:

  • Oversee all duties of the altar guild
  • Maintain general worship and music supplies
  • Oversee and order flowers
  • Order seasonal worship supplies
  • Plan and oversee music events (such as concerts)
  • Plan worship schedule
  • Communicate with office staff to prepare weekly bulletin
  • Communicate all its workings with council via a monthly report

Ex officio members: Pastor, Council President, Music Director
Meeting Time: Fourth Monday 7PM
Chairperson: In transition

Functions:

  • Oversee all educational matters (The Well, Sunday school, confirmation)
  • Plan and overs the annual VBS program
  • Order and maintain all educational supplies and curriculum
  • Oversee and plan and Word Alive activities
  • Oversee and plan any SEPA youth event participation
  • Collaborate with office staff to communicate education events
  • Communicate all its workings with council via a monthly report

Ex officio members: Pastor, Council President, Financial Secretary, Treasurer
Meeting Time: First Tuesday 7PM
Chairperson: Julie Gannon

Functions:

  • Plan, prepare and present the annual budget
  • Plan and prepare monthly finance reports
  • Maintain all financial records
  • Oversee any and all accounts in Living Word’s name
  • Oversee, manage and disperse any memorial assets
  • Record and manage all monies donated to Living word
  • Maintain and review with council salaries for paid employees
  • Maintain all insurance policies for employees and property
  • Communicate all its workings with council via a monthly report

Ex officio members: Pastor, Council President, Shut-In Liaison
Meeting Time: Every-other second Monday 7PM
Chairperson: Elma Fenstermacher

Functions:

  • Maintain all records of the members (communion cards, baptisms, weddings, funerals, joining/leaving members
  • Prepare and maintain a directory of members containing contact information
  • Maintain communication with all members
  • Oversee the preparation and delivery of the newsletter
  • Oversee relations with the ELCA and Synod
  • Visit and keep records of the shut-ins
  • Visit and report on members who are sick and/or hospitalized
  • Oversee member activities such as Senior schemers
  • Plan fellowship activities
  • Communicate all its workings with council via a monthly report

Ex officio members: Pastor and Council President
Meeting time: Third Thursday 7:30PM
Chairperson: Julie Gannon

Functions:

  • Plan and oversee any mission projects and/or trips
  • Help plan and oversee regular outreach activities such as Aid for Friends, 30 Hour Famine, Relay for Life
  • Designate the giving of all Living Word’s monthly tithes
  • Plan community service activities
  • Maintain communication and partnership with other local churches
  • Form partnerships with other community agencies such as the Red Cross
  • Maintain communication and partnership with government agencies
  • Provide information (evangelism) about Living Word to the community and other agencies
  • Plan and oversee activities that involve the community (such as the Flea Market)
  • Communicate all its workings with council via a monthly report

Ex officio members: Pastor, six members from the congregation including one council member
Meeting Time: as needed
Council liaison: Joan McKenzie

Functions:

  • affirm and strengthen the mission of the congregation
  • affirm the ministry of the pastor and staff
  • clarify expectations and hear concerns and disagreements
  • strive for sharing and communicating between members of the congregation
  • review and reflect on ministries of the congregation
  • pray and care for the congregation and its leadership

Ex officio members: Pastor and Council President
Meeting Time: as needed following worship
Chairperson: Dave Moore

Functions:

  • Inspect and record the inspection of the whole property on a regular basis (looking at general upkeep, cleanliness, repair needs)
  • Carry out any repairs that the committee is capable of performing
  • Plan and oversee any property work done by outside contractors
  • Purchase any necessary work permits
  • Maintain all property repair and purchase records
  • Order and maintain all property supplies (cleaning products, kitchen and bathroom supplies, tools, general hardware such as light bulbs)
  • Maintain or plan for the maintenance of the grounds
  • Communicate all its workings with council via a monthly report