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first methodist church cedar falls committees

Ministry: All of us are in ministry to each other through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.  We help each other in any number of big and little ways.  Here are the standing committees and work areas that you are welcome to be a part of. 

Voting Bodies

Charge Conference:  The charge conference is the basic governing body of each United Methodist local church and is composed of all members of the Administrative Council. The charge conference must meet at least once per year. The charge conference gives general oversight to the church council, reviews and evaluates the mission and ministry of the church, sets salaries for the pastor and staff, elects the members of the church council, and recommends candidates for ordained ministry.

Church Conference - is a committee of the whole congregation which meets as-needed to conduct church business that requires consensus or majority approval.

Administrative Council:  Aside from the congregation as a whole, this is council of church leadership that proposes, discusses, plans and approves the direction of the church.  The Administrative Council functions as a subset of the entire congregation, handling administrative and planning decisions that do not require congregational vote.  Meets quarterly and as-needed.

Standing Committees

Trustees:  Trustees are charged with the upkeep and maintenance of our buildings and grounds and are the only body within the church authorized to enter into legally binding contracts on our congregation's behalf.

Finance Committee:  Provides planning, budgeting and oversight of the church's' finances.  Meets monthly and as-needed.

Endowment Committee:  Stewards of our large, long-term financial gifts.  Assures that the intent of the giver is honored with reasonable  and responsible use of their funds.  Meets quarterly or as-needed.

SPRC:  Staff Parish Relations Committee is the personnel management committee of the church.  This committee makes decisions regarding the hiring and evaluation of the church's paid staff, and interfaces with our district superintendent and the conference episcopal office regarding our pastoral staff.      Meets monthly and as-needed.

HOME Team: HOME Team stands for Hospitality, Outreach, Marketing and Evangelism.  If you've had your hand shaken on Sunday morning, been served a cup of coffee, been helped by a Welcome Center Volunteer, attended our fall kickoff picnic, you've been touched by HOME Team. Meets monthly or as-needed.

Rainbow Task Force:  This is our missions committee.  The committee name comes from "Rainbow" missions-giving challenge issued annually by our Iowa Conference.  RTF evaluates and organizes mission opportunities and directs mission dollars to projects.  RTF's oversight insures that our missions include local, national and international efforts of evangelism and assistance.  Meets monthly or as-needed.

Fun & Fellowship:  This committee does the fun stuff - planning the events where we get together as a congregation just for the fun of it.  Chili cookoffs, picnics, Rake & Run, S'Mores & More and other fun events come from the Fun & Fellowship folks.  Meets quarterly or as-needed.

Worship: This committee of members works with our pastors to design worship experiences that are engaging and relevant, and organizes stewards for Holy Communion.  Additionally, there are worship design teams specifically for our Transformation and FUSION worship experiences. Meets monthly.

Nominations:  This committee works to link our members to the committees where they can be of assistance.  Each one of us has a unique set of skills and abilities that allow us to serve the church in a productive way - this is the committee that recognizes our personal strengths and makes suggestions for service.   Meets a number of times in the spring of each year.

Work Areas  

These are areas of operation that are headed by a church staff member.   Staffers facilitate working groups of interested members for focused, project and task-oriented purposes.    

Education Work Area:  Plans and organizes children's Sunday school and weekday activities, Vacation Bible School,  and special events.  Organizes and trains childcare staffing (including background checks).   Assists adult classes with curriculum and leadership support. 

Youth: Plans and organizes classes, group sessions, activities, special events and mission projects  for Jr. & Sr. high-aged youth.   

Media Office:  Prepares and presents worship graphics and videos. Prepares church advertising, maintains church website and social media presence.

Music: There are lots of opportunities for the musically-inclined: Chancel Choir sings in traditional worship services, the Transformation Band leads contemporary worship, and our three bell choirs enhance the worship experience.  All of these groups are always in need of more musicians.  Whatever you play or however you sing, we can use you!  There is also an ongoing need for vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles for special musical interludes in worship services.

Administration:  The church office frequently needs extra hands for busy-work preparing worship bulletins, newsletters, nametags, mailings, displays, and even could use help answering the phone from time to time.  Office work is usually easy, relaxed and social ... but necessary!