Many members of Grace Church give of their time and talent through volunteering for our very special teams, groups, organizations, committees and much more. Please find a partial listing of the many various efforts that our church and parishioners are involved.
STEWARDSHIP 365 TEAM
In its third year, the Stewardship 365 Team continues to be a spiritual journey for Grace Church in trying to discern God’s will for Stewardship. The Team heads-up the annual Stewardship Campaign.
The Altar Guild is the liturgical partner of the Priest. They are a ministry of the gifting of time and talent. The Team prepares all things necessary for the celebration of the Eucharist or any of the other sacraments and offices of the church.
The Evangelism Team Mission Statement is to Welcome and encourage people on their faith journey to become closer to God and find their place in His kingdom with the gifts He has given them.
The Team works on making everyone feel welcome at Grace Church in many ways. The Team also plans activities and events throughout the year to make our church better known in the community. Parishioners help by serving as coffee hour hosts and “bakers & takers” for visitors.
The Men’s Club is gaining momentum again and meets regularly at the home of its leader (Ray Sphatt) on Saturday mornings. The men of the church study bible verse and pertinent topics of the day.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Meeting the second and fourth Mondays of the month (3:00pm – 5:00pm) at the church, the participants knit shawls for many causes including the VA Hospital, Mentor Dialysis, Copeland Oaks and the Lake Hospital system. Sweaters are also shared with Hannah House in Mentor.
Kathy Hill is the force behind the tremendous positive impact of the Outreach Committee in our surrounding area.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEAM
Sunday school runs from September thru May, meeting the first three Sundays of each month. The fourth Sunday is a family service and the children attend the main service with their parents. Christian education, fun and activities are provided for the children.
Some activities are the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Advent Projects, Mother’s Day flowers, Christmas cookie decoration, candy cane ornaments and much.
LONG RANGE PLANNING TEAM
The Long Range Planning Team was established in 2017 by then Sr. Warden, David Zimmerman to identify present infrastructure and long-term needs for the church. A ten-year capital plan was provided by David Webster. The team meets as required to keep abreast of the present and future physical plant needs of the church.
The Finance Committee, Harry Dodds; Treasurer, is tasked with reviewing current and future financial needs of the church. They recommend an annual budget, provide oversite on investments and analyze the capital needs of the church.
WEDNESDAY MORNING STUDY GROUP
In 2019, this group will be celebrating twenty-years of studying and discussing God’s word. Discussions are general in nature, as such; anyone can join in for an enlightening time. Sue Mancino heads up the group which meets from 9:00am until 11:00am, being able to go right into 11:00am Eucharist.
The Worship Committee strives to provide a meaningful worship experience at Grace Church. During 2018, this important committee planned for and provided 110 Sunday Eucharists as well as 55 weekday Eucharists, Epiphany celebration, worship in outside spaces and Daily Offices.
This committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in the church lounge. All are invited to attend, participate and contribute.
GRACE CHURCH FOUNDATION
The Foundation was created in 1982 to administer and disburse funds to support activities at the parish for outreach within the local community and in support of charitable programs brought to their attention by parishioners.
The Foundation meets quarterly in January, April, July and October. If you, as a member, have a charity or project you have interest, and wish for the Foundation to review; please put together a package with specific details thereof and submit to a Foundation member. You may see Toni Swisher; Debra Zimmerman or Kathy Hill. Ex-Officio members are Harry Dodds and Mother Rose Anne
SUNDAY SERVICE SUPPORT GROUPS
- Altar Guild
- Flower Guild
- Chalice Bearers
- Oblation Bearers