Committees at Our Saviour's
Christian Education Committee (CEC)
The Christian Education Committee offers an engaging and enriching Christian education program for all ages. The materials used are consistent with Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions.
The CEC encourages participating in Virginia Synod programs such as Ambassadors Community for Theological Education, Power in the Spirit, conferences and retreats.
The committee assists in recruiting and training volunteers, makes available pamphlets, periodicals, devotional literature and other educational materials for use in church and homes.
Communication Committee (CC)
The Communication Committee develops an annual communication plan that coincides with the Church Year. It oversees the web page, submits articles and photos to the media, promotes and publicizes events, and identifies point of contacts within each committee and organization that uses the church facilities in order that the congregation and the committees and organizations are informed of their activities via the newsletter, e-newsletter, web site, local media, and social media.
Evangelism Committee (EC)
Evangelism Committee inspires, encourages and equips members to share Christ in word and deed.
EC contacts guests who worshiped within 48 hours or less, develops and implements innovative ways to attract and assimilate guests into the fellowship. The committee challenges members to invite friends and others to worship and serve Christ at Our Saviour's. EC maintains an on-going visitation and contact ministry to inactive members.
Finance Committee (FC)
The Finance Committee prepares the annual plan for ministry (budget). The FC oversees the congregation's financial affairs and insures that the"best financial management" practices are adhered to.
Mutual Ministry Committee (MMC)
The mission of the Mutual Ministry Committee is to work closely with the church staff and congregation to help identify and solve problems which may interfere with or hinder the spiritual growth of the church or the work of the Pastor or church staff members.
The Mutual Ministry Committee is a sounding board for individuals who have questions or concerns related to Our Saviour's. The MMC strives to facilitate the resolutions of situations by structuring a positive communication environment.
In meeting with parishioners, who have indicated to the committee that they have concerns, the committee encourages and assists the parties involved to speak together in a supportive manner so that mutual understanding may be achieved. Issues presented to the committee are treated with confidentiality.
Parish Life Committee (PLC)
The Parish Life Committee promotes and strengthens the relationships among the members of Our Saviour's through fellowship activities, visiting members who are in the local hospitals, ill at home, or in local assisted living facilities.
The PLC organizes and coordinates food, transportation, child care or other needed services for members who are experiencing an emergency. The committee also maintains an updated list of resources and agencies (e.g., grief support, counseling, adult care facilities, assisted living facilities, etc., to assist members in need of such services. The PLC coordinates the Commitment Dinner, Advent and Lenten suppers, Easter Brunch, Fellowship Coffee following worship services, and other social events.
The Personnel Committee develops, maintains, and updates the Personnel Manual.
The committee develops position descriptions and reviews and updates current ones. It recruits, interviews, and recommends applicants for salaried positions with the exception for the office of pastor.
The Personnel Committee administers the Child Protection Policy and oversees the grievance procedure. It reviews the performance evaluations of employees (except called positions) and recommends compensation to the Finance Committee and Church Council.
The Property Committee maintains the church's facilities and attends to the security of the buildings.
The committee makes arrangements for lawn maintenance, landscaping, snow removal, etc. The Property Committee also maintains an inventory of all property and equipment, and develops the Capital Improvement Plan annually for approval by the Church Council.
Social Ministry and Missions Committee (SMMC)
The Social Ministry and Missions Committee extends Christian love, compassion and assistance to those in need by keeping the members socially aware through articles, displays, promotions, forums, and study groups and recruiting members for service in the community and beyond.
The SMMC collaborates with local faith-based and social organizations to assist with emergency food, shelter, financial assistance, job placement, social justice issues, etc.
The SMMC participates in the Fair Exchange projects to provide independent farmers and manufacturers a fair market price for their products. It identifies, researches and recommends 501 (c) 3 organizations to receive disbursements from Our Saviour's Brafford Fund, upon approval of the Church Council.
The committee emphasizes missions locally, nationally and internationally.
Stewardship Committee (SC)
The Stewardship Committee promotes and encourages individuals to share their time, skills and financial resources to support the mission and ministries of Our Saviour's.
The SC oversees the annual stewardship emphasis. It offers workshops, study groups, and forums to educate members of the meaning of stewardship, and ways to grow in giving generously.
Worship and Music (WM)
The Worship and Music Committee supports the Pastor and Minister of Music in planning worship. The committee ensures that worship services are conducted in accordance with the Scriptures, the Lutheran Confessions, and the policies and guidelines of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The committee provides training for ushers, acolytes, lectors, and assisting ministers.
Youth and Young Adult Ministry
The Youth and Young Adult Ministry develops, supports, and promotes programs and activities for the spiritual growth, emotional well-being, and camaraderie of young people and young adults through Bible studies, retreats, service projects, and prayer.
The committee encourages participation of the youth and young adults in the retreats of the Virginia Synod. The committee assists youth and young adults in discerning a call to full-time church vocations.