BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

First Congregational Church of Bethel


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
                                                                                                       

 (Proverbs 3:5-6)



Church Council/Cabinet/Steering Committee


This elected body, composed of the chairs of each board and committee, the clerk, one member at large, the moderator, and the Pastor, acts on the Congregation’s behalf in order to oversee the operations of the church during the year, and to implement the Mission Plan adopted by the congregation at its annual meeting. Please see the bylaws for church officer responsibilities.   Cabinet meets monthly.


Worship and Congregational Care Board (which includes the Worship Planning  Team, Worship Leadership Team, Call and Visitation Team, Flower and Sanctuary Decoration Team, Usher Team, Book of Remembrance and Whitcomb Music Fund Team)


The Board is responsible with the Pastor for the form and content of worship services including the Weekly Sunday Bulletins, as well as the spiritual welfare of the congregation. The Board also provides orientation of new members and oversees membership records. The Board provides the Sanctuary
flowers and banners. The Board assists in funeral and weddings held, including setting up the sanctuary and Patchen Parlor [waiting room for family]. They organize the Memorial Service Receptions when needed. They ensure that the Sanctuary is decorated for the various seasonal needs, such as Easter and Christmas. They oversee all aspects of Music and musical instruments, and supervise the Music Director. The Board is responsible for “Ushers and Greeters”, “Book of Remembrance” administers monies received as memorials for the enhancement of the church building and the “Whitcomb Music Fund” which supports the music program of the church.


Board of Christian Education

The Board of Christian Education is responsible for the planning, direction and supervision of all of the church’s youth and adult education programs. It also helps run the church’s nursery, through which the care of infants and toddlers is offered during worship services and other church activities. The committee will oversee the Youth Director, Our Church School Superintendent will oversee the church school, recruits teachers, selects curriculum, orders classroom supplies, records attendance, and tallies offering. Would be restructured to include “Youth Advisory Board” “Carter-Tishkins-Slack Scholarship Fund Sub-Committee” or similar.


Board of Finance


The Board of Finance is in charge of financial affairs of the church. Manage investments, monitor incomeand expenses, do the financial planning for the church, and prepare the annual church budget.
 
Board of Stewardship/Generosity


The primary focus is to stimulate and encourage support of the church by the members and parish families and execute the annual, as well as, any other pledge drive throughout the year.


Board of Trustees


The board is responsible for the care & maintenance of all church properties and provides advice to the Council and congregation on proposed additions, improvements or modifications of church facilities and grounds. The committee will review and negotiate utilities, building contracts, leases, equipment, etc… The committee will assign and oversee the Sexton.


Pastoral Relations Committee
 
The Pastoral Relations Committee is responsible for facilitating communication between the congregation and the Minister, doing an annual review of the Minister and making recommendations for the Minister’s salary and benefits.


Mission and Service Board


The Mission and Service Board plans and implements all church social ministry activities including our outreach to the poor, homeless and disadvantaged, participation in peace & justice initiatives and involvement in the larger community & ecumenical service programs. Would also be responsible for
obligations and support to our Conference and Association Delegates Our delegates attend the Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Conference and meetings of the Fairfield East Association.
 
Fellowship and Communication Board


The Fellowship and Communication Committee is responsible for development of plans and implementation of programs to promote membership growth and increase membership participation in the life of the church. They will propose and give advice to the Council and Congregation on “Strategic
Planning” for the congregation’s future direction, as well as, having our “Historian” for past knowledge.  Committee will need to establish a method for archiving our history, as records and memorabilia keeping is paramount to the history of this church. The Committee works to make the church, its programs and facilities known in the community through media or other means. The committee is also responsible for the oversight of any literature published by the church, and for any websites or online profiles/pages, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, etc…. that represent the church. The committee would oversee Monthly newsletter and/or prEview. Would include organizing fellowship activities such as Coffee Hour – in charge of supplies, would assign folks or other committees for hosting, Book Study group, Pot Luck dinners, non-fundraising picnics, Brews & Chews, etc…


Nominating Committee


Prepares a slate of board and committee members, as well as church officers, to be elected at the annual meeting of the congregation. The slate also includes non-elected members, such as choir/bell choir members.