"...there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." 1 Corinthians 12:6-7
Park Ridge Community Church is organized in a tradition of self-government as is the Congregational Church custom. We are affiliated with the United Church of Christ, but our community works autonomously to determine our worship practices, overall mission and outreach. As a congregation we establish the church budget, hire staff, and conduct the church's ongoing business.
Our church provides its members the privilege and duty of exercising their special talents which God has given them in service and fellowship opportunities.The following committees and groups provide for the overall care, management, direction, and deliver of services to the congregation.
The Executive Committee consists of twelve members of the Board of Directors, as specified in the by-laws; meeting every odd-numbered month to advise and aid the Officers and committees in all matters concerning the affairs of the church and conduction of its business. The Executive Committee is under the general direction & control of the Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is composed of the Church Officers, specific Chairs or representatives of committees within the church. The Board meets once every even-numbered month to handle all matters not specifically reserved in the by-laws to the members of the church or to the ministers.
The trustees are responsible for the care and upkeep of the church building and other properties of the church. The Trustees meet monthly.
Deacons are the doers of the church, helping as needed, but primarily are responsible for serving Communion on the first Sunday of each month, helping with memorial services and the Maundy Thursday service prior to Easter. They plan and host the food service for Rally and Transfiguration Sundays, and breakfast on Confirmation Sunday. Deacons assist with preparing and delivering Christmas cookies to homebound members.
Teams of ushers, comprised of 5-6 men and women, serve for one month on a rotating basis. Ushers are responsible for doors, lights, altar candles, recording worship services, and more importantly, greeting and directing congregants and assisting newcomers, collecting prayer cards and Sunday tithes, among other duties.
The Finance Committee is responsible for the care and administration of the congregation’s finances. The Finance Committee meets monthly.
Christian Outreach Committee identifies, promotes and coordinates service activities for the congregation. This committee consists of PRCC members who are dedicated to reaching out in faith and joining in loving service with others. This committee promotes direct personal involvement of church members in mission projects and service projects.
The purpose of the Membership Committee is to help visitors and guests to our Church feel welcome and to make sure the needs of current members are being met. The Membership Committee meets monthly.
Each year, the Nominations Committee works closely with the Senior Minister and Congregational Chair to fill the open positions in the leadership and various committee chairs of the church. They present their recommendations during the spring congregational meeting.
Arts and Decor
The Arts and Decor Committee recommends and oversees improvements to the interior decor of the church, such as furniture and paint color selection.'
The Social Committee plans and hosts various social events specifically for families or the entire congregation throughout the year. Events may range in scope and variety, such as Consecration Sunday Brunch, an Advent Potluck Dinner and Easter Sunday Breakfast.
A small group of adult members of the congregation oversee and support the activities of the middle and high school youth group.
2019-20 Officers, Committee Chairs, Members of the Board & Executive Committees
Chair of the Congregation - Laura Sissman
Vice Chair of the Congregation - Thom Goodwin
Treasurer - Eric Johnson
Receipts Treasurer - Mark Holihan
Attorney - George Brant
Clerk - Lonn Naudzius
Board of Directors - Laura Sissman
Executive Committee - Laura Sissman
Board of Trustees - Bill Williams
Finance - Thom Goodwin
Christian Outreach - Laura Lapp
Membership - Sara Born & Sue Douglas
Deacons - Judy Artrip & Gretchen Kapolnek
Arts and Decor - Robin Kopecky
Senior Contact - Beth Parsch & Kimberly Walters
Social - Dan Smith & Sarah McCarty
Stephen Ministry - Ginny Feurer
Ushers - Dave Kapolnek
Youth - Aimme Collins & Andrea Goodwin
Board of Directors
Contingency Fund - Dave Swanson
Endowment Fund - Bill Williams
Capital Replacement Fund - Tom Klimmeck
Memorial Gifts - Anita Rifkind
President of the Choir - Bill Scharringhausen
Sunday School Facilitator - Teri Biedke & Shelley O'Brien
Publicity Committee - Office staff
Nominating Committee - Tricia Williams, Dave Kapolnek, Sarah McCarty, Karen Nelson, Naomi Siebert, Jan Steiner
Worship Support Chair - Mary Johnson
Vision Committee Chair - Kathy Chandler
Structure Committee Chair - Chris Chandler