Piedmont United Methodist

Rethinking Church…

Piedmont United Methodist

Rethinking Church…

 

Governance

Beyond the congregation and church staff, the committees that exist are working parts of the church’s operation. Each committee plays a key role in supporting the church staff, congregation, community and greater UMC organization. Committee chairpersons make up the overall decision making body called the Administrative Church Council.

Each of the groups below uses Remind – a tool that allows the chairperson to communicate with anyone interested in what’s happening within that group.  If you would like to sign up to receive communications, click the Remind button.

The Remind code is also listed in the bottom right of each group. You can simply text any code to 81010 and you’ll automatically be added to the list.

Administrative Council

Chairperson: John Bickerstaff
Remind Code:  @adcounc  

Also known as the “church council,”  the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church states the Administrative Council is the group that “shall provide for planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness, and resources in the local church. It shall also provide for the administration of its organization and temporal life. It shall envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church.”

The membership of the Ad Council at PUMC includes the pastors, officers (chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurers), lay members to annual conference, chairpersons of each work area, directors (staff members), UMW president, and members-at-large. All other church members are invited to attend the meetings and participate in discussion, although only the Ad Council members can vote.

Want to know more?  Book of Discipline: Administrative Council

Board of Trustees

Chairperson: Dan Rempe
Remind Code:  @pumctrust 

Effective trustees will function as Christian stewards of property God has entrusted to the congregation. This includes supervising and maintaining both the physical property of the congregation and gifts made to the congregation so that the ministries of the congregation can be effective and all legal requirements related to the property are satisfied.

Want to know more?  Book of Discipline: Trustees

Staff Parish Relations

Chairperson: Drew Hall
Remind Code:  @pumcsprc

The Worship Committee deals with all elements of the worship service. They work closely with the pastor to plan for holidays, decorate the altar, schedule special music, and much more.

Finance

Chairperson: Jeff Hendrix
Remind Code:  @pumcfinanc

Responsibilities of the Finance Committee include reviewing the church budget, providing guidance to the treasurer, and making recommendations to the Council about the use of funds.

Want to know more?  Book of Discipline: Finance Committee

Missions

Chairperson: Jim Swaim
Remind Code:  @pumcmissio

The opportunities of the Mission Committee entail (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. To sponsor and remind the congregation to donate foods and clothing to the Skyline.
  2. Promote “hands-on” Mission Projects (e.g. going to needed areas in the state to help repair storm damage or meet other reported needs.
  3. Encourage anyone and everyone who wishes to be part of the mission team.
  4. Solicit offerings to benefit the following agencies or areas of mission or others as they arise: Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, UMCOR – One Great Hour of Sharing, Skyline Urban Ministries, World Communion Sunday, Christmas Adopt a Family.
  5. Individual Mission Projects as an example: Williams Receipts, Campbell Soup Labels, and Box Tops for Education to be collected and given to Piedmont Schools for the use of purchasing school equipment.
  6. Promote UMCOR Projects such as The One Great Hour of Sharing going to United Methodist Committee on Relief or the donation of Health Kits for UMCOR. Other UMCOR projects include book bags, baby layettes and flood buckets.

Senior Adults

Chairperson: Evelyn Munsell
Remind Code:  @senioradul

Our congregation has hosted the community-wide Senior Citizens Fellowship since 1993.  We meet every Wednesday for a noon meal and enjoy fellowship and games afterwards.   Our Piedmont Fire Department is on hand to do free blood-pressure checks (fill in the rest here.)    

Worship

Chairperson: Trish Lemon
Remind Code:  @pumcworshi

The Worship Committee deals with all elements of the worship service. They work closely with the pastor to plan for holidays, decorate the altar, schedule special music, and much more.

Fellowship

Chairperson: Greg Taylor
Remind Code:  @pumcfellow

The Fellowship Ministries Chairpersons organizes church-wide functions and other functions as needed to promote and encourage the congregation to share their talents, food ,and blessings in a Christ-like, joyous assembly.

The members of the Church Council are encouraged to help promote The Fellowship committees functions so as to provide the volunteer team members needed to successfully complete the function.

The fellowship committee is asked to provide reports as appropriate to the church council with their planned agenda as far in advance as possible so as to promote attendance. It is requested a concerted effort be made to include as many members of the community as possible in the functions other than members of the congregation. It is suggested that a church-wide function be planned once quarterly or as appropriate.

Member Care

Chairperson: Joyce Logan
Remind Code:  @membercar

Member Care strives to meet the needs of our church family in a loving and meaningful way including the Card Ministry, Bereavement Meals, Care Boxes for College Students, and the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

We rely on the congregation to keep us informed or as needs arise. Please drop us a line (here) or contact the church office if you are aware of a situation that would allow us to bless others!

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Evangelism

Chairperson: Mary Ramsey
Remind Code:  @pumcevan

The Evangelism Committee is responsible to the Administrative Council to organize and provide activities that witness to the impact of Christ in our lives. Our witnessing is done within the congregation to call our fellowship to a closer relationship with God and with those in our community who may not know God, but need to. The Committee meets at the call of the chairperson to develop goals, organize activities to achieve the goals, and to evaluate the progress of the evangelism efforts.

The Evangelism Committee has the lead in helping the congregation move to becoming a more inviting church while we maintain our welcoming spirit. They administer the publicity services of the congregation. They place ads in the newspapers, cable and radio; create and/or post flyers; and work with the staff to update the website, TV Displays, and street sign to publicize church events.

Evangelism is about witnessing to the power of God in our lives. The Evangelism Committee provides opportunities for people to give their testimony. One person’s faith story is a powerful tool that can touch others and perhaps bring them closer to Christ. If you want more information about our Evangelism programs, please contact one of the committee members. Their names are on the information table in the social hall.

United Methodist Men (UMM)

Remind Code:  @pumcumm
Chairperson: Greg Taylor

The General Commission on United Methodist Men (UMMen) involves men in a growing relationship to Jesus Christ and his church and provides resources and support for programs of evangelism, stewardship and the needs of men.

United Methodist Women (UMW)

Chairperson: Pat Hornblower
Remind Code:  @pumcumw

United Methodist Women (UMW) is a faith-based membership organization of laywomen within The United Methodist Church. UMW members are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ in community with other women and advocating on behalf of women, children and youth around the world. United Methodist Women has been in mission for more than 140 years

Lay Leader

Jim Swaim

The United Methodist Book of Discipline explains the importance of the the lay leader with in our congregation:

  • The lay leader represents the laypeople in the congregation in working with the pastor for the mission and vision of the congregation.
  • The lay leader engages in spiritual practices that build a relationship of attentiveness to God’s will and direction.
  • The lay leader represents the laypeople in the congregation and serves as a role model of Christian discipleship for the congregation.
  • The lay leader works with the pastor and other leaders to launch or strengthen ministries that build discipleship.
  • The lay leader assists in advising the church council about opportunities available and the needs expressed for a more effective lay ministry of the church in the community.
  • The lay leader plans with other leaders in the congregation for celebrating the ministry of laypeople throughout the year and especially on Laity Sunday.
  • The lay leader meets regularly with the pastor to discuss the state of the church and the opportunities for ministry to advance the mission and ministry of the congregation in the community.
  • The lay leader continues to study and train and to develop a growing understanding of the church’s reason for existence and the types of ministry that will most effectively fulfill the church’s mission and that will help strengthen the lay leader’s own work.
  • The lay leader informs the laity of training opportunities provided by the annual conference.

Lay Member Delegate to Annual Conference

Stephen Hogg

Lay members of annual conference, along with the pastor, interpret the work done by the annual conference session to the congregation. They are the liaison between the congregation and the general church and represent the congregation in the actions taken at the annual conference sessions. The Discipline requires  lay members of annual conference be professing members of the United Methodist Church for two years preceding their election and active participants in The United Methodist Church for at least four years before their election (¶ 602.4).

The lay member:  

  • Participates in the annual conference sessions and votes on all matters except those pertaining to ministerial relations.
  • Reports to the congregation in the week following the annual conference session and to the church council at its next meeting after the close of the conference session. The Discipline states the report to the church council must be within three months of the close of the session.  Interprets actions taken at annual conference.
  • Serves as a member of the staff/pastor-parish relations committee, church council, and finance committee.

Alternate Lay Member Delegate to Annual Conference

Sherry Hogg

Lay members of annual conference, along with the pastor, interpret the work done by the annual conference session to the congregation. They are the liaison between the congregation and the general church and represent the congregation in the actions taken at the annual conference sessions. The Discipline requires  lay members of annual conference be professing members of the United Methodist Church for two years preceding their election and active participants in The United Methodist Church for at least four years before their election (¶ 602.4).

The lay member:  

  • Participates in the annual conference sessions and votes on all matters except those pertaining to ministerial relations.
  • Reports to the congregation in the week following the annual conference session and to the church council at its next meeting after the close of the conference session. The Discipline states the report to the church council must be within three months of the close of the session.  Interprets actions taken at annual conference.
  • Serves as a member of the staff/pastor-parish relations committee, church council, and finance committee.

Youth Representative to Administrative Council

Sydney Stroh

In the UMC Book of Discipline, ¶ 252.1. it reads – The church council shall provide for planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness, and resources in the local church. It shall also provide for the administration of its organization and temporal life. It shall envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church. The church council shall be amenable to and function as the administrative agency of the charge conference (¶ 244).

To ensure our young adults are represented – the Book of Discipline specifically appoints a representative from the youth.     Our representative is elected from congregants between the 9th grade and the 12th grade.