Church Council -
The mission of the Church council (Merrill
Lewis, chair) is to be the focus for any issues outside the bounds of other
working boards and committees, and is composed of church officers who are to be
held to high moral and ethical standards, as they may be called upon to deal
with issues of a potentially sensitive nature.
Trustees - The Trustees (Nancy Bridgewater, chair) oversee and manage the Church’s property and
finances. They collaborate with the
Pastor in the care and use of the physical property and tangible resources of
the Church; administer business and financial affairs of the Church; oversee
maintenance and repair activity and capital improvement of Church property and
prepare a budget proposal for consideration at the Annual Business Meeting.
Board of Deacons (Diaconate) – The Deacons (Dottie Morgrage and Sally Sanborn, co-chairs)
collaborate with the Pastor in the spiritual work of the Church. They provide laity assistance, assist in the
administration of the Sacraments, administer the stewardship drive, promote
active participation in worship services & the works of the church, extend
the hand of fellowship, and welcome new families and friends to our membership.
Board of Christian Education – The Board of
Christian Education (Diana Bridgewater, chair) is involved with imparting
Biblical and other relevant lessons about our religion to members of the
congregation. They provide stewardship
for multi-generational Christian Education programs, promote Bible study and
other adult educational activities, assist the Pastor in guiding youth along
their path to Confirmation, Organize and promote events/activities to involve
raising funds for the CE programs while collaborating with the Treasurer &
Trustees regarding the allocation of funds for its programs, function as a
resource for the Sunday School program, providing consultation and guidance as
requested, direct and manage all other educational programs that may be
The Sunday School Superintendent is a member of the
Board of Christian Education and utilizes it as a resource for fulfillment of
the Sunday School mission and goals.
(She: is elected annually by the Congregation; directs and manages the Sunday School program
and related activities; is responsible
for selection of Sunday School Curricula and educational materials in
collaboration with the Pastor; enlists or provides Sunday School teachers and
chairs a Sunday School Committee comprised of these teachers.
– These committees are not part of the governance of Bethany Chapel, however,
their existence and activities are invaluable.
They are comprised of members of the congregation who volunteer their
time and abilities.
UNDER THE CHURCH
Committee – Chair,
Nancy Bridgewater contacts volunteers to host the Coffee hours after church
services (normally on the last Sunday of each month). The coffee hours offer the congregation a
chance to greet fellow worshippers in a relaxed and friendly setting.
Website Committee –
Wood has put up Bethany’s Website for years.
Kristin Smith is the Website Manager.
Wedding Committee –
Bridgewater and Bonnie Bolster co-ordinate arrangements for chapel
weddings. The church is re-arranged from
a worship format to a wedding format. If
our Pastor is not officiating, someone from the church must be present for the
rehearsal and the wedding.
UNDER THE DEACONS:
Bulletin Editor – Bonnie
Bolster publishes the weekly worship bulletins, containing the coordinating
hymns, special music, baptisms, responsive readings, scripture readers, and
birthdays, anniversaries and meetings/activities for the following week.
Fundraising Committee (formerly known as the Meals Committee) Nancy
Bridgewater, Gail Morgrage and Dottie Morgrage, focuses on new ideas and
enlist volunteers to help raise funds for the church and its expenses. It includes “Breakfast Buffets” and Suppers,
as well as other fundraising events, such as the very successful “Penny Sale”
of October, 2015. It is comprised of “teams” (as required, depending on the type of
event to be presented), and is always open to new suggestions.
Chairs:Marlene Ambrister, Pat Smith and Mac
Morgrage. Ex-Officio: Organist & Choir Director. The Music Committee supplies sacred music for
worship and special occasions. They
oversee the selection of an organist and choir director, as well as the
activities of the Chancel Choir. (In
conjunction with the Music Committee, the updating and maintenance of the
Large-Print Hymnals is done by Dottie Morgrage.)
Missions Committee – The Missions Committee, under the
auspices of the Bible Study group, is responsible for educating the church, and
the community about the wider missions of the Church, promoting active
participation in mission work, the
distribution of literature regarding missions and arranging for periodic
missions speakers. A food pantry is
maintained for the church and community, and food baskets are distributed at
Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Missions
Committee supports and assists the Sunday School’s annual Heifer Project. It communicates with Bethany’s sister church
in Chinoyi, Zimbabwe, and started a sponsorship of Dr. Menson Mpofo’s student
at Midlands State University in Gweru, Zimbabwe.
Altar Flower Committee – Is under the
direction of Gloria Myrdek, who secures a fresh-flower altar arrangement from
Jacques Flowers each week. Donations are
sometimes offered, asking that flowers be placed on the altar in memory or
honor of someone. Gloria secures
memorial flowers at Christmas and Easter, as well as co-ordinating flowers for
Children’s Day. She also secures a red
rose for Baptisms and New Member celebrations.
Sunshine Committee - The
chairman, Diana Lewis, sends get-well cards
to shut-ins as well as birthday cards, anniversary cards, and sympathy cards to church members and
Email Prayer Chain –
Dottie Morgrage oversees and administers a 50-plus member email prayer
chain ministry. Prayer request cards
are collected during the Sunday Service (and prayers requests are sent via
email to Dottie whenever prayers are needed).
They are then sent via email to the members on the prayer chain.