These are some of the main organizations that contribute to the Ministry of Grace Lutheran Church. It describes the organizations’ primary focus, with a mind that they all point people to the Word and Sacrament Ministry that shares the incredible message that Christ has died for them.
Board of Elders
The Board of Elders concern themselves with the spiritual life of the congregation, specifically the direction and support of public worship, church discipline and church publications. Their most visible activities include assisting with Holy Communion and following up with delinquent members. They also spend a great deal of time with the Pastor considering aspects of public worship including service liturgy, music and decorum.
Specific Requests from the Board of Elders: Consistently feed your faith by partaking of God’s Word and Sacrament provided in the weekly Divine Service. Continue to feed your faith through consistent Bible Study. Pray for our Pastor that he continues to be faithful and encouraged in his calling.
Board of Education
The Board of Education promotes life long Christian Education in the congregation. They organize Christian Education opportunities for all age groups and encourage your participation. Some of their main activities include Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Cradle Roll and Adult Bible Studies. They also recruit and train teachers and other volunteers for these programs.
Sunday School provides Bible lessons for children, from both member families and the surrounding community, each Sunday between the Divine Services. They currently use the “Growing in Christ” curriculum from Concordia Publishing House to teach the children lessons that coincide with the seasons of the Church year. They hold fellowship activities for the children and present an annual Christmas program.
Specific Requests from Sunday School: Need teachers and substitute teachers. Sunday School wants more children to attend Sunday School. Less than half of the Sunday School age children of member families attended last year. Sunday School asks that parents be sure to bring their children to Sunday School.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a week long, half day program held each summer. It reaches out to children age 3 years to those who have just completed 5th grade from our congregation and the surrounding community. VBS teaches the participating children about God’s never ending love and the gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ. During the week, children learn Bible lessons and then participate in many activities that reinforce those lessons.
Specific Requests from Vacation Bible School: Children to participate; Volunteers, both adult and youth; financial support; and prayers
Board of Missions & Evangelism
The Board of Missions & Evangelism focuses on Evangelism – sharing the Gospel “at home”, Missions – sharing the Gospel “abroad” and advertising. They are encouragers - reminding the congregation of their task in sharing the gospel and supporting the work of Christ's mission.
Specific Request from the Board of Missions & Evangelism: We may ask for volunteers from time to time for special projects, but every Christian has a charge to be a witness in our daily life. One thing we would stress is for you to seek opportunities to invite your unchurched friends and family to worship with us.
Board of Stewardship
The Board of Stewardship stimulates God-pleasing growth of the congregation in the management of God’s gifts to His people. They facilitate education in biblical, gospel-motivated, God-pleasing stewardship of His gifts. They encourage congregation members in proportionate giving of time, talents and treasure through more active participation in the mission and activities of the church. They provide leadership to the Congregation in the management of its own ministry resources.
Board of Youth
The Board of Youth focuses on the nurturing and spiritual growth of the Church’s youth. They work to keep the youth involved in the Church. Specific activities they sponsor are movie nights, game nights and mini-golf outings. They also provide the Easter Breakfasts. They encourage and assist the youth to attend national Lutheran youth gatherings.
Specific Requests from the Board of Youth: Need parents to encourage their youth to be involved in the programs and volunteers to coordinate the activities.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees plans and oversees the maintenance, repair and improvement of the Church’s physical property. These tasks run the gamut from changing light bulbs, to painting, landscaping and snow removal, to major repairs. Some of these jobs they do themselves, for some they find congregation members with aptitude in a specific area or contract out larger or more complex jobs. The Board is also responsible for the custodial staff.
Specific Requests from the Board of Trustees: Need volunteers for maintenance, repair, painting and other property care activities including landscaping, grass mowing and snow removal. The Board also requests that as members see problems, they alert a Trustee or Pastor.
Board of Parish Fellowship
The Board of Parish Fellowship coordinates annual Church picnic, pastor appreciation, Friendship Sunday, and other special events that serve snacks or lunch/dinner. They also put on the Advent and Lenten Dinners. They also stock the kitchen with coffee, sugar, cream, napkins, plastic ware, and cups.
Specific Requests from the Board of Parish Fellowship: Volunteers to help with set-up & clean-up at events, volunteers to bring snacks for Bible Study and monetary donations for snacks provided at Bible Study.
Board of Christian Care
The Board of Christian Care concerns themselves with people’s physical, emotional and material welfare. They maintain a food pantry and provide holiday food baskets to families in need. They also coordinate LCMS World Relief efforts, collecting money, clothing and blankets to be distributed throughout the world.
The Memorial Committee promotes and administers memorial financial gifts. The gifts are used to enhance the worship life of Grace Lutheran Church through various approved projects and needs. Recent examples include funding for exterior lighting, pew cushions, hymnals, and the new sound system.
Specific Requests from the Memorial Committee: Recommendations for Christ Centered projects. Consider and promote giving a memorial.