D) Parishioner Support
1. Christian Service- Appoint a Christian Service Coordinator who will:
a) Create and maintain a list of people willing to provide voluntary transportation, meals, or other support to persons in need;
b) Receive requests for services and coordinate the volunteers to provide the services;
c) Record the names of volunteers who have given assistance along with the dates on which they gave assistance and so notify the Pastor;
d) Update the Parishioner Support lists and notify the Church Office Manager about contact people. Also ask the Church Office Manager to put a notice in the weekly Order of Worship, especially in June and September, soliciting volunteers and explaining what these groups do;
e) Pass the records to the next coordinator.
2. Fellowship- Appoint a Fellowship Coordinator who will:
Work with the Kitchen Coordinator (appointed by the Property Team) and arrange for suitable fellowship gatherings, (e.g. after Worship Coffee hours and celebrations), recruiting help from individuals and organizations whenever appropriate.
3. Flowers and Cards- Appoint a Flower and Card Person who will:
a) Review the persons who should receive birthday, Christmas, and Easter flowers with the Pastor and the Office Manager;
b) Use the Diaconate expense account to cover the cost of cards;
c) Maintain a list of those who receive flowers and cards;
d) Send cards for births, illnesses, deaths, and other situations as appropriate;
e) Ensure that requests for donations for memorial plants are in the Newsletter at least a month before Easter and Christmas;
f) Order flowers from a local florist;
g) Have money collected and arrange for payment of bills for purchase of Memorial plants;
h) Arrange for delivery of flowers and sign the cards from “The First Congregational Church of Georgetown”. Give instructions to make personal deliveries whenever possible and not to leave flowers and plants in cars or on porches because they may freeze and die;
j) At Christmas time, not distribute all of the plants on the Sunday before Christmas Day. Some should remain for the Christmas Eve Service and be delivered afterwards.
4. Recognition of Achievement
Recognize individuals, teams, and organizations for outstanding achievements through public announcements, notices in the weekly Order of Worship, appropriate gifts, etc.
Keep Our Congregation informed on the spiritual benefits of good stewardship by encouraging our Pastor to preach about stewardship, by recruiting members of Our Congregation and others who are qualified to speak about why they give (financially) and work to support Our
Congregation’s activities, and by engaging outside experts (e.g. SNECUCC people) to instruct our parishioners on why they need to be good stewards. If there is a need for a Stewardship Team to perform these tasks, appoint one.
6. Visitation- Appoint a Visitation Administrator who will:
a) Determine those homebound, in hospitals and nursing homes, non-participants, and new families and coordinate names with the Pastor;
b) Seek out and keep a list of those willing to call on people in need of a visit(s) and ask them to call on above persons and to make an attempt to visit regularly;
c) Provide current literature for distribution at visits (e.g., Upper Room, and printed Sermons);
d) Tell visiting teams to ask if the Church can be of any assistance or if the visited can be of service to the Church and if so to give a memo to the Pastor or the Visitation Administrator;
e) Keep a record of visits.