Memorials and Gifts

Memorials and Gifts, as a subgroup of Stewardship team, keeps good records of individual receipts and disbursements, communicates with donor families, reviews the congregation’s needs, and recommends memorial expenditures to the Congregation Council. This subgroup does not handle money and has no direct authority over expenditures. Disbursements are handled by the church treasurer with the approval of council. Examples of this subgroup’s duties include:

  • Recording gifts purchased with memorial funds in the Memorials Book
  • Maintaining and communicating clear policies for their receipt and expenditure
  • Assisting Communications Team with its church inventory responsibilities2016 Team

2017 Team Leader: Marie Lybrand
Recording Secretary: Ruth Nicholson
Members: Beth Cleland, Sylvia Ford, Linda Griffith, Kelly Heid, Pastor Henderson, Margaret Jumper, Ben Lemons, Anne Moye, Elizabeth Shealy, Doris Wessinger

2016 Report
The Memorials and Gifts Team oversees the process by which gifts to the church are accepted, acknowledged and recorded. Particular attention is given to proposed gifts of tangible items, either outright gifts or those to be purchased with monetary contributions made to the church in memory or in honor of someone. The committee endeavors to identify items that would benefit the congregation as well as to note which earlier gifts are no longer in use. This committee works with the pastor and congregational council to see that agreed-upon guidelines governing memorials and gifts and their dedication and presentation are followed.

Completed Projects

  1. Wooden posts for safety in ascending/descending the choir loft stairs were installed in memory of Gary Raszewski.
  2.  Framed prayer banners were hung in the choir room in memory of Melanie Bouknight.
  3. A portable communion set was purchased in memory of Faith and Ilmars Birznieks.

Pending Projects

  1. Conference Room Refurbishing—Discussions have been held with Jumper, Carter, Sease.  The architects and designers have submitted a draft plan.  Several memorial funds have been approved for the project by the families of the deceased.  The project will continue in 2017.
  2. Two chairs and side table are being purchased for the Narthex in memory of Raymond Eargle and Justin Parks.
  3. Expanding the playground is still under discussion.

Submitted by Marie Lybrand, 2016 Team Leader
Recording Secretary: Ruth Nicholson
Members: Beth Cleland, Sylvia Ford, Linda Griffith, Pastor Henderson, KellyHeid, Margaret Jumper, Ben Lemons, Anne Moye, Elizabeth Shealy, Doris Wessinger