St. Stephen's Vestry consists of twelve members elected by the congregation to terms of three years: four members are elected each year at the parish's annual membership meeting in January. The Vestry has two officers, the Senior Warden and the Junior Warden. The rector chooses the Senior Warden and the Vestry elects the Junior Warden. The Vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The basic responsibilities of the Vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church's mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances. To serve on the Vestry, a member needs to be an enrolled, confirmed, contributing communicant in good standing of the Parish and accede to the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Episcopal Church.
To get involved, contact our Parish Administrative Assistant, Sylvia Swain.
Vestry for 2019:
At St. Stephen's, we hope to make each person that enters our church feel comfortable and welcome to join our community. Our Welcoming Committee help by greeting newcomers, developing programs to incorporate newcomers into the Parish, and providing information to newcomers of the ministries at St. Stephen's.
Building & Grounds
The Building and Grounds Committee supports the Vestry with regards to St. Stephen's building and grounds, particularly ensuring that the buildings and grounds are kept in good repair, developing a vision for the campus in the future, maintaining a database of the assets, leading parish workdays, and preparing annual and capital improvement budgets. Each year, we have two or more parish workdays.
All are invited to help out on these days - no special skills or power tools required.
The Fellowship Committee provides hospitality to grieving families and their friends by offering food and fellowship after the funeral service.
If you have only 20 minutes or if you have all day, there is a welcome place for you in this ministry. You might be asked to cook, bake or to bring purchased 'extras'. We can always use help setting up, serving and cleaning up. You choose how you wish to serve-cooking, serving or both.
Mission & Outreach
The Mission and Outreach Committee generates opportunities for the St. Stephen's Community to serve locally, regionally and globally. The committee meets the first Sunday of each month after the late service. All are invited to attend the meetings. More importantly, all are invited to participate in our outreach/community justice programs.
View a full list of ministries we support.
The Worship Committee is instrumental in developing and coordinating the elements of formal worship in a manner that will focus St. Stephen's on praising and serving God. The committee is composed of the leaders of each group that are involved in the Worship process. These groups include: Altar Guild, Linen Guild, Flower Guild, Acolytes and Crucifers, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, Ushers (including Offertory and Oblation Bearers), Sunday Hospitality, Readers, and Chalice Bearers. More...
The Stewardship Committee plans the annual fund drive in the fall, and plans other giving opportunities during the church year. Stewardship is a central Christian value. It has come to refer to our stewardship of all that God has given us: gifts, abilities, talents, time and resources.
The Stewardship Committee’s Task includes:
Providing a program throughout the year that challenges the Congregation to fulfill obligations and promises made in reference to Stewardship activities of the church.
To recommend long-range stewardship strategy, including deferred giving as in wills and trusts.
Pastoral Care Committee
The vision and mission of Pastoral Care at St. Stephen's is to celebrate life's joys and bear one another's burdens and sorrows in fulfillment of God's command to love one another as God loves us. We seek to connect parishioners within the St. Stephen's community to provide a network of care in times of need.
Members of the Pastoral Care Committee strive to make sure members of our community and others are cared for in times of illness, family crisis, births, deaths, etc. There are many options available for you if you choose to take part in Pastoral Care. They include preparing and/or delivering food, providing transportation to Sunday services or to a medical appointment, phone calls, notes and cards, and visits to the homebound or those in the hospital.