Jesus is Our Leader
Every church is organized in some way - some more formally than others. For us Jesus is our Leader. Here’s a quote from the bible which says why:
Christ is the head of the body, the church. Colossians 1:18
The members of the congregation, therefore, follow Jesus’ lead. At meetings of the congregation, all the big stuff gets decided: budgets, calling pastors, buying property, building projects, etc. We have two regular meetings of the congregation: an annual meeting in January and a budget meeting in May.
The Council and the Pastors
The Council (including the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the congregation) oversee the day-to-day life and ministry of the congregation. The Pastors especially keep the life and ministry of the congregation centered on the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. What’s the Good News about Jesus? God came to earth as Jesus to welcome everyone on earth into God’s family, so everyone on earth can enjoy the abundant and everlasting life we have as God’s family.
The Boards are in charge of all the details of the day-to-day life of the congregation. We have seven boards. Most of the names of the boards tell you what they do:
- Celebration (You might call this the worship board. In worship, we celebrate God’s presence with us!)
- Personal Growth
- Stewardship (they help remind us of ways were are called to give thanks for God’s love for us in Jesus)
- Structures and Grounds
- Youth and Family Ministry
The Council and the Boards have committees to help them do their work. The Council has some “standing committees.” This means they always have members on them standing ready to help. Some of the standing committees are:
- Long Range Planning
You can tell what they do by their names. The Council appoints other committees from time to time to work on special projects:
- The 100th Anniversary Committee (we were 100 in 2008!)
- The Sanctuary Renovation Committee (we finished that project in 2014!)
- The Garden of Grace Committee
Sometimes Boards will appoint committees to work on a special project: like redesigning the kitchen.
Other organizations in the congregation
There are a few.
The Mission Sewing group meets every third Thursday of the month to sew quilts that are donated to others through a worldwide ministry called Lutheran World Relief(http://lwr.org). The quilts are made out of donated material such as sheets and used clothing, as well as batting, yarn, and love. They are truly unique and beautiful. When tornadoes or wars or floods or tsunamis strike, our quilts are there to help keep people warm and clean.
There are also two trust funds at Grace.
- The Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Trust
- The Mission Endowment Fund
The Memorial Trust
The Memorial Trust funds projects within the congregation. Sometimes they’re building projects. Sometimes they are used for "seed money" for new ministry ideas. Recently Memorial Trust money was given for our new digital sign on Monroe Street. We’ve also helped host speakers like Jewish biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine.
The Mission Endowment Fund
Is newer and smaller. Small grants for outreach ministries done by the ELCA or in our community are given out each year. Members of the congregation are elected to oversee the management of and disbursements of the funds
Gifts to the Funds
Anyone can make a donation to either trust at any time, but usually the money comes from “bequests,” gifts given through people’s wills.