Mission & Ministry Groups
Each group is connected to the vestry by at least one liaison – either a member(s) of the vestry and/or another parish leader. See how we’re Living our Mission.
Finance – Works closely with the rector and vestry to formulate short/long range financial planning consistent with the parish mission statement. The church treasurer guides the committee in crafting the mission-driven, annual budget and ongoing review of income and expenses of the church, including the annual audit.
Vestry and Parish Leader Liaisons: Oscar Weinmeister, Treasurer, firstname.lastname@example.org, Mike Reif, email@example.com
Building and Grounds – Oversees routine care and maintenance of parish buildings and grounds. Provides oversight of any capital improvements. The Landscaping and Memorial Gardens Committees are subcommittees.
Vestry Liaisons: B&G – Mike Reif, firstname.lastname@example.org
Landscaping – Mike Reif/Patti Smith
Christian Education – With the counsel of the rector and Christian Education staff, develops and implements programs that provide faith formation for parishioners of all ages. The Youth Committee is a subcommittee.
Vestry Liaisons: Amy Weinmeister, email@example.com
Stewardship – Initiates annual stewardship education events and supports our parish community’s year-round stewardship practices, i.e. how we as members give of our time, talent and treasure. Organizes and implements an Every Member Commitment Campaign.
Vestry Liaisons: all members of Vestry and Treasurer
Hospitality – Welcomes people to St. Thomas by planning and implementing meal-related activities for parish fellowship, special programs, and in support of fundraising efforts (in conjunction with the Justice and Outreach Committee / Living in the Green Café). Organizes “Meal Trains” for parishioners in need. Coffee Hour teams are a subcommittee.
Vestry and Parish Leader Liaisons: Patti Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, Lucinda Williams, email@example.com
Justice and Outreach / Living in the Green Café – Supports parish response to the needs of the wider community consistent with our mission statement. Gathers information, recommends, and supports projects, with a focus on those that are (1) effective, (2) feature hands-on engagement with our neighbors and (3) involve our young people. Specific recommendations for funding projects are made to the vestry.
Vestry Liaisons: Patti Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastoral Care – Our priest visits the sick and responds to immediate emotional and spiritual needs of those who are ill, disabled, or elderly. The Pastoral Care Committee, in tandem with our priest, insures adequate ongoing pastoral contact, prayer support, and attention to practical needs including transportation, errands, and meals (with the Hospitality Committee).
Vestry and Parish Leader Liaisons: Beth Turner, email@example.com
Communication – Working with the parish office, informs the congregation, community and diocese about the programs, and ministries of St. Thomas. Supports publicity and marketing efforts including creation and dissemination of promotional pieces and press releases. Works with other committees as may be needed to maximize intra-church communication, i.e. survey adult Christian Education wants and needs, etc.
Vestry and Parish Leader Liaisons: Amy Weinmeister, firstname.lastname@example.org, Carol Thomas, email@example.com
Sunday Servers – This group of ministers assists during worship services. They include the Vestry Representative, Ushers, Greeters, Acolytes, Chalice Bearers, Readers, Intercessors, Tellers, and the Altar and Flower Guilds. The liturgical ministers (Acolytes and Readers) meet with the rector once a quarter to refresh their skills.
Liaisons: Margie Haaga, firstname.lastname@example.org, Aimee Tomcho, email@example.com, Beth Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org