GET TO KNOW YOUR CHURCH
It takes a whole lot of people to fill the needs of the congregation and the community! This is how it works. . .
The CHURCH COUNCIL consists of 12 members elected by the congregation in the fall for a 2 year term. Members meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm. The Council has authority as delegated to it by the congregation in accordance with the bylaws. Members of the Council serve on the standing committees and report committee plans and activities to the Council at the monthly meetings.
Regional, National and International Benevolence
Grace Church is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Southwest California Synod, through which we are connected with and contribute to local, national and worldwide charity, aid, and missions. 10% of all donations to Grace are donated to the Synod, which in turn tithes to the ELCA. Grace Church periodically raises money for national and international ELCA missions as well.
Participants are welcome in all meetings, groups, and events!
Christian Education Committee. Oversees education programs and encourages spiritual growth through study, reflection, prayer and discussions with others. Provides training for the teachers of the congregation and sees that adequate facilities and materials are available. Activities include oversight of Sunday School, VBS, Bible Study, and support for other educational programs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Christian Service Committee. The purpose of this committee is to reach out with compassion and understanding to the ill, shut-ins, hungry, homeless and those longing for peace and justice. Activities include food drives, toy drives, flower arrangements for shut-ins, visiting members in need, birthday cards, AIDS ministry, care packages to military, educational meetings regarding environmental issues. Participants include Nancy Watson, Barbara Jefferson, Patti Millett. Meetings: 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm . Contact Nancy Watson.
Fellowship & Outreach. The purpose of this committee is to minister to those yet un-churched by finding opportunities to let the Holy Spirit work both in and through the church and community. It will note those persons who have lapsed in their attendance and encourage them to participate as they are able. It will follow up with visitors, and assist or support the Pastor in making arrangements for the orientation and reception of new members.The committee offers opportunities to members of the congregation to come together in Christian fellowship. Activities include sponsoring the Women’s Tea, Men’s Brunch, Talent Show, maintaining the website, and outreach events for the community. Contact Lila Swenson.
Property and Support. Cares for and maintains the property of the congregation, assisting in the care, protection, repair, maintenance and replacement of all church property, equipment and landscaping of the church grounds. Contact John Ziegler for times.
Stewardship & Finance. Plans and administers the finances of the congregation and educates the congregation to understand a person’s stewardship of self under God: time, energy, ability, and money. Activities include distribution of time/talent sheets and offering envelopes, preparation of annual budget draft, supervise insurances, arranges for the counting and depositing of offerings, and provide for annual audits of financial records. Contact Jerry Gottschalk for information
Worship & Music. Supports the Pastor in regard to the conduct of worship services. Provides for and supports the ministry of music, recruits and provides service assistants, provides material and personnel as needed by the Altar Guild, sees that hymnals and other devotional materials are provided and cared for, and fills all pulpit vacancies in the event of an emergency. The Performing Arts Ministry (PAM) is a sub-committee headed by Marina Tidwell. Call Marina for info: 310-559-1027
Youth. The purpose of this committee is to guide and coordinate the life and mission of the youth. It provides not only activities for youth but continues the spiritual growth of the young people, integrating them into the life of the church and creating an awareness that youth ministry is an integral part of the life and mission of the entire congregation. Activities include fellowship, parties, Yard Sales, summer activities, providing support for summer camps, and Bible Study on Friday nights at 6:30pm. Contact Skelleyone@gmail.com for more information.