Building and Grounds | Committee for the Arts | Chid Care | Children's Library | Communications | Kitchen | Nominating | Pastor Parish Relations | Personnel | Planned Giving | Referral and Service | Retreat House | Ruth Richardson Scholarship | Sanctuary | Senior Adults | Ushers
Buildings and Grounds
The Building and Grounds Committee works with the Church Administrator and the Board of Trustees on new contraction, alteration, furnishings and decorating, planting and landscape development, and related long-range planning for the church building and grounds.
Committee for the Arts
The Committee for the Arts is responsible for planning programs of art, including but not limited to, paintings, photography, dance, and other artistic expressions. The committee coordinates the exhibits in the Tate Gallery on the main floor of the church building.
The Child Care Committee functions in close liaison with Board of Church Life to assure that child care is available during appropriate church sponsored activities and programs.
The Children’s Library Committee works closely with the Board of Christian Education and is responsible for the acquisition, maintenance, display and circulation of books and other materials for children.
The Communication Committee publicizes church activities as widely as possible both within the congregation and in the wider community. The Committee is available to all church boards and committees to advise on publicity and public relations with respect to their programs.
The Kitchen Committee is responsible for monitoring the kitchen and kitchenettes and for taking action as required to assure these facilities are ready for use in respect to cleanliness, maintenance of equipment and supplies.
The Nominating Committee is responsible for ensuring that appropriate candidates are nominated for all elected positions in the church at the church’s Annual Meeting, and throughout the year as necessary.
Pastor Parish Relations
The Pastor Parish Relations Committee (PPRC) was established to create proactive communication between the pulpit and pew by:
- Regularly assessing the church’s ministry;
- Listening and speaking honestly to and with the Senior Minister, staff and congregation;
- Distinguishing itself from the church’s Personnel Committee, which has responsibility for compensation, evaluation and policy development;
- Exploring ways to improve communication, interpretation and understanding between the congregation and the Senior Minister;
- Encouraging individuals to speak directly to each other and offering PPRC members as supportive “witnesses”
- Providing space for the Senior Minister to reflect in confidence about personal concerns, hopes, ambitions and frustrations;
- Recognizing and celebrating personal and professional milestones of the Senior Minister;
- Supporting the Senior Minster’s work and ministry in the community and with the UCC denomination;
- Encouraging the Senior Minister to participate in continuing education programs and in planning sabbaticals that build on strengths and addresses weaknesses; and
- Encouraging the Senior Minister to plan time for recreation, exercise, relaxation, family and solitude.
Please contact members of the PPRC to share your thoughts or concerns. We welcome and encourage your input. The PPRC normally meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM.
The Personnel Committee is responsible for developing, updating, implementing and reviewing personnel policies for church staff. This includes job descriptions and benefits. The Personnel Committee performs periodic evaluations of staff. The Personnel Committee reports to the Board of Trustees.
The Planned Giving Committee provides education and information to the members of the congregation with respect to contributions to the Endowment Fund, such as bequests, trusts, life annuities, and major gifts. The Committee provides advice and assistance to members in the preparation of the necessary documents relative to wills, legacies, living trusts, bequests and any other such instruments. The Committee manages and controls the assets of the Fund in a reasonable and prudent manner.
The Referral and Service Committee works with the Board of Deacons and the pastoral staff to coordinate memorial receptions and other services available in the community with the needs of church members.
The Retreat House Committee is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the house and the surrounding 65 acres of farmland and woods near Yellow Springs, West Virginia, affectionately known as "The Retreat House." For over 30 years, the pre-Civil War house has been used for a variety of retreats, summer camps and family getaways from Easter to Thanksgiving. The committee schedules its use, joins in opening and closing retreats to do routine maintenance and undertakes special projects, as needed. Play is intermingled with work (not to mention eating).
The Ruth Richardson Scholarship Committee is responsible for awarding annually one or more scholarships to students who are, or whose parents are, members of the church, who have completed two years of undergraduate study; and who intend to pursue a career in human service profession, with priority to education.
The Sanctuary Committee maintains appropriate decorations in the sanctuary and elsewhere in the church. It assists members in decorating the sanctuary and other areas for special occasions and Christian holidays.
Christ Congregational Church is a place where senior adults are a vital part of all aspects of congregational life. Our ministries are designed with and by senior adults. We aim to support new opportunities for learning, growth, fellowship and serving through a variety of programs. Planned by the Senior Adult Committee, these programs include discussion groups, seasonal lunches, day trips and movies. Our “Third Thursday” discussion group engages in topics such as “Fear and the Aging Process” and “Gifts: Received and Given.” We offer occasional educational seminars such as “Transitioning to a Retirement Home” for senior adults and their children. We also offer opportunities for seniors to record their Oral History on DVD. The committee promotes special annual endeavors such as a senior-led worship or overnight retreat. We seek opportunities for intergenerational sharing, missions and fun. On the second floor we provide a variety of resources for senior adults, near our informational bulletin board.
The Ushers Committee shall assure orderly greeting, seating and other arrangements for services, and assists those persons requiring special accommodations.