Church Committees

Our common life and work in promoting the gospel of Jesus Christ is directed at the discretion of the church committees listed below. If you are interested in serving, just contact the person(s) listed.

Worship, Music, and the Arts

Worship, Music, and the Arts is responsible for all the worship services in the life of the church, assisting staff and supporting our talented volunteers. They oversee communion, special services, the music program for all ages, and the arts. Contact: Leah Engelhardt or Bill Stein.

Children, Youth, and Families

Children, Youth, and Families is responsible for providing meaningful education and fellowship opportunities for children, youth, and families. Sunday School, LOGOS on Wednesdays, youth fellowship, summer programs, family events, and the all-church retreat are some of the programs this group tends. Contact: Fran Pennington or Rob Monroe.

Adult Education

Adult Education ensures we have access to wonderful adult education offerings throughout the year. Deciding topics, contacting local and visiting scholars, suggesting new areas to explore, this committee keeps us all thinking. Contact: Bill Berger or Dr. Karen Blanchard.

Mission

Mission coordinates our Hands-On Mission Projects like Stop Hunger Now, adult Disaster Response Trips through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Kirkcare food drives as well as coordinates with our local, regional, national, and international Mission Partners. Contact: Craig Wilde or Dr. David Holyan.

Hospitality

Our hospitality committee makes sure everyone feels welcome on Sunday mornings by providing for refreshments and they coordinate large church-wide events like our annual Christmas Dinner. Contact: Barb Theerman or Dr. David Holyan.

Congregational Care

Congregational Care is a committee made up of five teams: bereavement (receptions following memorial services); hospital visitation (providing early and frequent pastoral care to hospital patients); homebound (taking flowers and communion to members and friends who can no longer join with us on Sundays); community care (coordinating Red Cross blood drives); and, crisis care (responding to immediate unmet needs). The leaders of the Deacons and Stephen Ministry coordinate their ministries through this committee. Contact: Dr. Karen Blanchard.

New Members

New Members reaches out to visitors to provide information about the church and to welcome those interested in joining the church, walking beside people as they make First, Kirkwood their new church home. Contact: Brad Gift or Dr. Karen Blanchard.

Stewardship

Stewardship invites everyone to become a faithful participant in funding the ministry and mission of Jesus Christ. This committee oversees our annual stewardship drive and works to educate the congregation about the financial needs of the church. Contact:  Dr. David Holyan.

Buildings and Grounds

Buildings and Grounds is responsible for the physical well-being and beauty of our facilities. This committee oversees regular maintenance and repairs, one-time projects, and coordinates cleanup and beautification days throughout the year. Contact: Stuart Jaeger or Dr. David Holyan.

Personnel

Personnel supports, coordinates, and oversees all aspects of the church staff. Contact: Jeanne Martin or Dr. David Holyan.

Finance and Operations

Finance and Operations watches over the money of the church, both the income and the outflow, to ensure faithful stewardship of the financial gifts that are given. Contact: Nancy Droesch or Dr. David Holyan.

Nominating

Nominating proposes to the congregation: a slate of ruling elders for three year terms to oversee the ministry of the church; a slate of deacons who provide care to the congregation and community; endowment trustees; and replacements for themselves on the committee. Contact: Vicky Gobberdiel  or Dr. David Holyan.

Endowment

Endowment works to encourage major gifts to the Endowment Fund of the church and to oversee the investment strategy and performance of the funds. The Endowment Committee provides education about and resources for making gifts to the church through your will, a trust, an annuity, or any other estate related way to give. Contact: Cheryl Steliga or Dr. David Holyan.