Want to care for people you’ve seen in the pews? Want to help fill those pews?
The Care Committee is for you.
Care Committee does three things 1) care for our brothers and sisters who attend church with us (or did before they became home bound) through visiting, cards, prayers, rides to church and emergency assistance, 2) provide fellowship during church activities, including special meals, baseball outings, coffee hour and prayer shawl ministry, and 3) work to grow the congregation through welcome gifts, and community events like the movie night and memorial day parade.
- logo/branding/website development
- Announcements into community
- Projects that attract the community to Boulevard
- Turquoise table
- Soliciting feedback on needs from other committees
- Encouraging the use of questions and clarity where 2 or 3 are gathered
- Locating storage of useful information on website or other means
The Equipping Committee (formerly Christian Education) has several things planned for the coming months – all designed to “equip” Boulevard members, visitors, guests and friends to be better disciples of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The Equipping Committee will be planning and executing the 2017-2018 Stewardship Campaign with an eye toward discerning all the ways we are called to be good stewards of the many gifts and bounteous grace we have received.
Equipping also means supporting a habit of lifetime learning. Opportunities for adults in the coming months will include a study of Islam, a look at the Reformation, and a spiritual Advent journey. For our young disciples, Wee Worship continues to offer opportunities for learning as well as experiencing the worshiping life of a Christian.
Many of the activities of the Equipping Committee are designed in a way that allow volunteers to step in where they are interested in being a part of the ministry without committing to regular committee meetings or long-term responsibilities. Elders Cindy McKay and Kathy Bailey are available to share more about the Equipping Committee; just ask.
The Fellowship Committee is committed to serving our congregation in a variety of ways in order to strengthen Christian love and support for each other. During the past year (2016) the Committee, with the help of volunteers from the congregation, has successfully organized and sponsored the following:
Dedication Sunday Reception – Celebrating our Sanctuary Renovation, the Fellowship Committee with the assistance of many other church members organized and held a very successful reception for approximately 150-170 guests from our congregation, other congregations, past members and pastors and members from Presbytery.
Annual Spaghetti Dinner – Attendance was down a bit this year but we still had 80+ hungry guests to enjoy a great Italian meal and lots of good conversation. After dinner, we experienced a very meaningful and Spirit led Ash Wednesday Worship Service.
Pot Luck Luncheons – Assisted Worship and Music with the two luncheons held after our Outdoor Worship Services.
Coffee Connector – The entire Deacon Board participated in providing Sunday morning breakfast for two Sundays during the Summer. The Coffee Connector is a function organized and sponsored by WAM.
Clippers Baseball Game – “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” What a fun day with 32 fans cheering on the Clippers. Goodie bags were assembled with water and snacks prior to the game and each fan received one at the game.
Annual Pancake Breakfast – The breakfast was held on Consecration Sunday with 97 attendees. Catered by “Chris Cakes”, the flippin began and everyone ate well and had a good time.
Thank you to all the congregational and staff volunteers for helping make our events successful Hopefully these events help bring our church family closer and more welcoming to those who enter our doors.
This committee meets monthly to review the financial reports. The committee works closely with the church Treasurer (who also sits on the committee) and the church secretary (who generates the monthly financial reports).
The finance committee performs the following tasks:
- Arranges volunteers to count weekly offerings. Counters are selected/approved annually.
- Annually recommends person to serve as church treasurer (this is a one-year term).
- Initiates the annual Internal Financial Review (typically conducted in Aug/Sept)
- Coordinates the annual budgeting process (seeks input from all committees)
- Develops annual church budget and recommends budget to Session for approval
- Prepares for annual congregational meeting
- Oversees Admin budget (office expenses, financial policies)
Mission work is one way that we bring God’s love to a hurting world. At Boulevard, we have many different mission opportunities, and the Mission Committee would love to talk with you about ways in which you can get involved. Please contact Alaina Engdahl, Allyson Engdahl, Sandy Ferguson, Charmaine Hamilton or Michael Schmidt to learn more!
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN CARING FOR THE NEEDY:
-Bring in food for our ongoing food collection for NNEMAP food pantry. Details of preferred items can be found in the newsletter and bulletins but any donation is welcome.
-Donate money to the Souper Bowl collection on Super Bowl Sunday in February. Proceeds are split between the two food pantries we partner with (NNEMAP & NSI)
-Provide food and/or help serve as hosts at the Y Family Center. We provide dinner for their clients on the third Sunday of odd numbered months. Sue and Tim Harvey are the coordinators for this mission.
-Make lunches for the homeless served by the Open Shelter. Bagged lunches are assembled in Fellowship Hall on the Thursday evening before any fifth Friday in a month. Speak with Carolyn Schmitz for further details.
-Collect cleaning supplies in May for our Buckets of Blessings which are supplied to selected clients of NNEMAP and the families enrolled in the Hand Up Program at COMPASS. Talk with Marlin Cheyney for further details.
-Donate to Heifer International in October. Sponsor a flock of chickens or a hive of bees in honor of that hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas List!
CALLED TO HELP CHILDREN?
-Collect hats, scarves, mittens, socks and underwear for our ongoing clothing collection benefiting the children served at NSI food pantry
-Donate books appropriate for the preschoolers at Hilltop Preschool during the January book drive. Allyson Engdahl can tell you more about Hilltop Preschool.
-Purchase school supplies and backpacks for our July backpack drive for the children served by NSI and Hilltop Preschool.
-Volunteer with us as we host Vacation Bible School in July. There are plenty of opportunities to help these little ones learn about God’s love for them. Becky Elliott can tell you more.
-Make a donation in August to help the street children in Honduras obtain an education and learn a trade as they attend the Diamond Home. Speak with Steve Hills to learn more about this.
SHARE CHRIST’S LOVE AT CHRISTMAS
Our largest mission event is the Christmas Community Care Boxes which starts in November. You can help by providing food and gifts for the families that receive our boxes; wrapping gifts; baking cookies; assembling, filling and delivering boxes. Becky Elliott and Allyson Engdahl can give you all the details.
New Member Development and Assimilation
This group has a focus on starting relationships, building on them, and doing what it takes to assimilate members to opportunities around them.
Events the group has currently scheduled:
- F5 = First Friday Free Family Films: Friday, October 5, 6:30pm in room 111 (church basement)
Beauty and the Beast – this is the new live version. Refreshments sold at cost and no admission required to see the film. Parents accompany children. Money from refreshments supports Christmas baskets.
- New Member Luncheon: Sunday, October 22nd after the 11:15 service (12:15 or so)
All new members invited. Opportunities for involvement will be shared.
- Community Free Library Box: Plans are in the works for building and installing a library box near the community garden to fill with both children and adult books. We will be reaching out to the City of Grandview for permission.
- Continue to give guests welcoming gifts
We coordinate with other committees and church staff to address immediate and long term needs of our building and grounds. We’ve recently worked on the following projects:
- installed more energy efficient LED lights throughout the building
- addressed water leaks in plumbing, HVAC and roof (ongoing)
- patch walls, ceilings, and paint
- provide regularly scheduled lawn care
- work with the preschool staff to identify areas for improvements, such as new windows and storage needs
- partner with custodian to determine regularly scheduled maintenance concerns
- collaborate with finance committee to determine annual budget and opportunities for identifying projects for improvements, such as water fountains, fencing, and parking
If you’re interested in getting your hands dirty, sharing knowledge about building maintenance and improvements, or are interested in learning hands on do it yourself work, please consider checking us out. Our next meeting is September 24th, 10am in the church boardroom (3rd floor).
The committee sees to it that worship is meaningful for the congregation and that the details of worship are arranged: communion bread and wine, readers, acolytes, candles for worship, etc.
Often in conjunction with other committees, we plan and organize advent and lenten themes and worship experiences. We are responsible for coffee connectors in the summer and for the outdoor worship services. We review the music provided to both services and, when called upon, assist in hiring musicians to lead worship.
We have undertaken two special projects: we have reviewed the requirements for outside signage for the church and have made recommendations to the property committee about our outside sign.
Due to a special gift to the church, we have organized two theatrical experiences for our young people and will organize at least two more this coming year. Young people and adults attended an outdoor performance of Julius Caesar and a musical at Otterbein last year.