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Organization of the Session
The work of the church is accomplished through a mix of Session Committees and Ministry Areas. Church staff and Session members share in the leadership. The current organization of the Session is as follows:
Clerk of Session | Nancy Van Der Griend
Finance | Cathryn Steeves
Nominating | Brad Wolter
Personnel | Keith Harris & Melissa Watters
Planning | Jim Heininger
Property | Brad Bell
Adult Education | Dick Walstra
Christian Nurture | Angela Topel
Congregational Activities | Linda Van Dyke
Mission | Carl Kreiter
Worship & the Arts | Martha Fluharty
Youth | Keith Harris & Kathy Hymson
The Board of Deacons
The Board of Deacons is described by these words, “It is the duty of the deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may in distress of any kind within…the community of faith.” Put another way, the deacons are to be an extension of the pastoral ministry of the church. At Fair Oaks, the Board’s primary role is to assist the pastors in the ministry of care and support to the people of the congregation.
In order to do this most effectively the Board is organized into three Ministry Groups: Member Care, New Member Care and Immediate Care. Each Ministry Group consists of at least three deacons, ordinarily representing each class.
Individual Ministry Group responsibilities are as follows:
New Member Care
- Oversight of the Prayer Care List. This includes pastoral calling, as needed, in order to provide care and support.
- Home Visitation. Particularly visits to shut-ins, the elderly, and those with long-term pastoral care situations.
- Distribution of Worship Service Recordings.
- Worship Service Flower Distribution.
- Rides to Church.
- Phone Directories.
- New Member Orientation. Facilitate up to three new member orientation brunches during the year.
- Create/ Maintain New Member Welcome Materials and Forms.
- Create/Maintain System of New Member Shepherding/ Assimilation.
- Represent the Love and Support of the Whole Congregation to Members in times of Joy and of Sorrow. In other words, be present through calls and visits during times of need or crisis, including births, deaths, illness, surgeries, etc.
- Samaritan Kitchen. Provide meals during times of need.
- Create/Maintain the Prayer Chain. This is the group of people ready to offer prayers for specific, urgent needs.
- Provide Oversight of Pastoral Care When the Pastor is Away.