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Vestry & Parish Officers

Commissions, Ministries, and Committees 

Group

Back, left to right: Bill Ogelsby, Ervin Reid, Mike Larkin, Jonathan Hawkins Jr., Patrick McElhinney, Carol Giles, Jeff Burke, Herbert Norman, Buck Flournoy
Front, left to right: Br. Mark Jenkins, Rev. Brenda S. Overfield, Debbie Vance, Caroline Tyler
Not pictured Debbie Vance 

Ervin Reid

Adult Education – Ervin Reid

Class Organizers: Mark & Marilynn Swenson, Merriann Clark, Valerie Doebler, Richard Perkins

Kerygma classes, EFM, Adult Forum, Men’s Group, Bible Study, College & Young Adult Ministries

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John Hawkins

Buildings & Grounds – John Hawkins

Commission Heads: Mike Vandeweghe; Commission Member: Valerie Doebler and Richard Perkins

Maintenance of building, grounds, parking lots, and equipment; Memorial Gardens, cleaning, Work Days, form and manage project groups

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Bill Oglesby

Children & Youth – Bill Oglesby

Commission Heads: Crista Cruz and Kristen Ketron

Nursery through 12th Grade; Sunday School Curriculum; Youth Group; Outreach & Youth Fellowship Activities

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Patrick McElhinney

Communications – Patrick McElhinney

Commission Head: Misti Newsom

Website, Bulletin, Channel, Sound System, Facebook and other electronic media, Announcements on Parish call-in number, notices, etc.

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Carol Giles

Fellowship – Carol Giles

Commission Heads: Jill Griffith and Veronica Kirkland

Hospitality for events, Progressive Dinner, Parish Picnic, Pig Roast, Supper Club, Welcome & Hospitality

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Herbert Norman

Finance – Herbert Norman

Commission Chair: Buck Flournoy

Finance Committee, Endowment Commission

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Mike Larkin

Membership – Mike Larkin

Commission Heads: Lou Montgomery and Ellen Whitehead

Newcomers, Greeters, lapsed members, telephone tree, name tags, Friday Night Cheers, marketing, Commission Fair, Wine & Cheese Gatherings

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Debbie Vance

Outreach – Debbie Vance

Commission Head: Jane Griffin

Food Pantry, CARITAS, Kairos, Christmas Mother, Micah, Lesana, Shelter Feeding, Habitat, etc.

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Jeff Burke

Stewardship – Jeff Burke

Commission Head: Rex Slack

Annual Giving, Stewardship, Comprehensive Campaign

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Caroline Tyler

Youth Representative – Caroline Tyler

Communicate to the Vestry and from the Vestry those ideas and concerns that are most relevant for both groups to better understand so as to make the connection between our youth and St. Matthias stronger

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Rev. Brenda Overfield

Worship – Rev. Brenda Overfield

Music & Choir, Acolytes, Acolyte Scheduling, Chalicers, Lay Readers & Youth Readers, Ushers & Offering ministers, Seasonal & special service planning, Weddings & Funerals, Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Children’s Liturgy, Liturgical ministers, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Healing Ministers, Help and caring to others; emotional and spiritual support, Lay Eucharist Ministers, hospital & shut-in visits, Stephen Ministers, meals & cards, Commissions, Ministries and Committees

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St. Matthias Vestry

The Vestry is chaired by the rector and served by nine members, who are elected by the congregation to oversee the well being of the parish. The vestry is organized to reflect the mission and vision of the church and each vestry member has an area of responsibility. The vestry is assisted by the treasurer, the register, and the staff of the church. The work of the vestry is governed by the Canons of the Episcopal Church.

Vestry Liaisons are the fundamental link between the people of our church who are doing the many kinds of service, teaching, learning, prayer and fellowship, and the Vestry. The Vestry can perform its work best when it is informed about what is happening and what the needs are. It is critical for Vestry Members to have strong communication with the committees and groups that make up our Church. The Vestry Liaison helps ensure communications between the Committee and the Vestry, and between Committees and the Congregation. The Vestry Liaison fosters leadership and leadership training in the Church. Liaisons share the highlights of what they’ve learned with the Vestry.

Each Vestry Member should be a liaison with at least one of the Church Committees. Each year, the Senior Warden shall appoint Vestry Liaisons for each major (as defined by the Vestry Chair) Commission, ministry, or committee. The Senior Warden shall review liaison appointments with each Vestry Member prior to the formal appointment.

Roles and responsibilities as a Vestry Liaison:

  • Be a source of support to the leadership of the assigned area of ministry. Provide information on church policies, Vestry goals, decisions, coach and mentor the leadership, and be a source of information and counseling.
  • Keep the Vestry apprised of committee activities at each Vestry meeting. Vestry liaisons are encouraged to work with the Committee Chairs in keeping the Congregation aware of their activities
  • Assist the Committee Chair in developing the committee mission statement, and objectives in support of the Church’s Vision statement and strategic plan.
  • Be cognizant of the activities of the assigned area of ministry. Meet with the leader to ascertain progress, accomplishments, and problem areas, attend committee meetings, and be familiar with budget and expenditures.
  • Encourage leader of the assigned area of ministry to practice good stewardship of resources monetary as well as people supporting the ministry. Specifically, make sure the leader is aware of budget, expenditures, and financial status.
  • Be the advocate to the Vestry for assigned area of ministry. Communicate status, progress, accomplishments, significant problems, and needs on a regular basis, i.e., at least quarterly. Urgent matters should be addressed more frequently with the Rector, Senior Warden, and Vestry.
  • Permit leaders to take charge, make decisions, and carry out the leadership role. The Vestry liaison role is characterized by good communication, support, coaching, and mentoring.

Parish Officers

Finance: Buck Flournoy
Treasurer: Frank Warren
Asst. Treasurer: Andrea Larkin
Finance/Pledge Assistant: Nancy Foster
Recording Secretary: Mark Jenkins, OSF

 

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