Building & Grounds
This committee is responsible for the maintenance of the building and grounds of the church. These tireless, hard-working folks supervise the regular workdays of the church and perform maintenance around the church. Currently chaired by elder Leslie Olson.
The Christian Education (CE) Committee plans and implements Christian education opportunities for children, youth and adults of the church. This includes Sunday School, and a myriad of classes and discussions open to all adults at Bethany. Currently co-chaired by elders Tamra Hollenbeck and Melinda Jones.
The purpose of this committee at Bethany is to involve the congregation, our friends and families in putting our faith into action by engaging in local community action projects. These projects help us to create a stronger presence in the local community and provide opportunities for our neighbors to learn more about Bethany. Currently chaired by elder Lyn Hughes.
Community Life is dedicated to creating fellowship opportunities for the congregation, our friends and families. They produce events like the church picnic, Spring tea, and Thanksgiving dinner & talent revue, as well as monthly first Saturday dinners and open mic nights. Currently chaired by elder Lyn Hughes.
The Trustees are elected by the congregation to oversee the financial, insurance and tax concerns of the congregation. They act for and report to the Session. They help prepare the recommended annual budget and monitor the expenses of the budget during the year, oversee the work of the treasurer, and prepare a monthly financial statement to the Session for approval. Trustees also develop the stewardship campaign of the church and receive the pledges each year that support the mission and ministry of the church. Currently chaired by elder Lyn Hughes.
This committee is responsible for developing a slate of officers (elders and deacons) each year, which is presented to the congregation for election to serve the church for a term of up to three years. They are also responsible for replacing vacancies as needed during the year. This group is elected by and reports directly to the congregation. Currently co-chaired by elders George Lynch and Leslie Olson.
Personnel oversees congregational/staff relationships, and the hiring and performance review of our support staff. They make budget recommendations regarding salary and benefits. Currently chaired by elder George Lynch.
Social Justice and Advocacy
The Social Justice and Advocacy Committee help congregants address concerns about national policy changes that are impacting civil and human rights, and turn those concerns into action. We address current local, national or global concerns that we feel are of interest to the congregation, and offer information about how to get involved either by attending a local event, writing a letter, or some other way to connect with a specific organization for further involvement. Currently co-chaired by elders David Cady and Melinda Jones.
The Worship Committee is responsible for creating meaningful and uplifting worship for the congregation. Coordinating with the Pastor and Music Director, this committee helps to plan liturgy, music and logistics of all parts of worship. Currently chaired by elder Tamra Hollenbeck.
Committees of the Church
Much of the work done at Bethany begins at the committee level. It's the Presbyterian way!
Here's a snapshot of our committee work: