There are several committees whose members work to maintain and repair this place of worship, provide this space for community gatherings and events and be a home to other nonprofit organizations and community services.
Pastoral Care: Deacon and Prayer Team
Deacons and Prayer Team both work to foster fellowship and offer prayers, comfort and compassion to LAPC members and friends.
Deacons are elected by the Congregation to serve 3-year terms on the Board of Deacons. We work to foster fellowship and offer prayers, comfort and compassion to all of us at LAPC.
The LAPC Prayer Team is a group of LAPC members who meet together each week to support the needs of our church, local, national and international community through collaborative congregational and community prayer.
Weekly Prayer Meeting, Food Pantry, Visits to the Sick and Home-bound
Board of Deacons Co-Moderators: Clinton Robinson and Gail Blaize
Leaders of the Prayer Team: Peaches Diamond and Pat Doughty
Worship and Music Committee
The committee tasks include: to sign up congregant liturgists for each Sunday, communicate any feedback, wants and needs of the Congregation to the Pastor and Music Directors, coordinate with the Sunday School for participation in service, troubleshoot possible problems during the holidays, and arrange for guest pastors and organists during the summer months when the Pastor and Music Directors are on vacation. It’s a treasured gift that we share with God and one another as a spiritual expression of our faith. It takes work and dedication to maintain the level of excellence which our congregants as well as our community, have come to expect. Committee Chair: Sally White
The Usher Team
The team of ushers are an important part of the worship service, as they prepare the sanctuary, greet and welcome all who attend, making sure that everyone receives a bulletin, name tag, and is seated comfortably. They spot new faces and encourage them to sign the Guest Book and they participate in the offering. The Ushers are there to help, if there is a problem. Leader of the Usher Team: Dorene Christmas
Our growing Christian Education ministry aims to enhance the LAPC experience for youth and adults of all ages by offering targeted learning opportunities and various programs in an inviting and engaging manner. Children benefit tremendously from having a church home that offers an engaging set of learning and social opportunities and adults benefit when sharing their faith journey as they discuss the Bible and the teachings of Jesus in their daily lives.
We aim to continue strengthening our Sunday School program, advancing our Youth Choir, and making Vacation Bible School an annual event. We plan to further incorporate youth activities and participation into worship service and other LAPC efforts, such as the work of our Social Justice Committee. We also hope to offer opportunities for additional age groups, including our pre-teens and teenagers as well as our adults, ranging from regular confirmation proceedings to Adult Bible Study and other study programs. Committee Chair: Lynn Stirrup
Social Justice Committee
The overall purpose of LAPC Social Justice Outreach is to identify ways to support projects in our local community and coordinate the work our congregation shares with other local churches and organizations. Working with our Pastor, the committee sets the priorities for campaigns and action and keeps our congregation and the community informed on social justice issues. Our sanctuary is used as a meeting place and our volunteers currently work with churches and organizations across the U.S. Committee Chair: Janise Mitchell
Financial and Administrative Committees
Several Committees work with the Session and Rev. Telfort to ensure the smooth operations of the Church, ensuring its financial health, overseeing our personnel and managing our outreach and communications.
The Finance Committee monitors the church finances, generates monthly income and expense reports to the Session, leads the annual budget process, oversees the annual audit, and engages in long-term planning to project future revenues and expenditures. Members also tally the Sunday collection, cut checks and make deposits. The Treasurer, Financial Secretary and Pastor are members of this committee and others are welcome to join. Committee Chair: Evan Bjornen; Treasurer: Fedake Sergew; Financial Secretary: Desmond Montouette
The mission of the Stewardship committee is to fundraise for the annual operations and long-term capital and investment needs of the Church by engaging the congregation in financial support of the church, building membership, applying for grants and using all of our assets and skills both material and personal toward that end. Committee Co-chairs: Deb Howard and Katie Kelleher.
Marketing and Communications
The Marketing and Communications is a new committee separating out several important functions from stewardship as we work to move forward under Rev Telfort’s leadership to better communicate within the church and the larger community. Current activities include evaluating and building a new website, devising an effective website and social media outreach strategy for worship, music, and community/social justice events and designing a consistent logo and mission statement for all our content. Committee Chair: Katie Kelleher
This is a committee of the Session proposes and implements personnel policies and guides the Pastor in oversight of the staff. The committee includes the Pastor and Session members.