Become a member of a First Community Church Board or Council. Participation typically involves one meeting a month as well as carrying out responsibilities specific to the mission of the council.
For more information, contact Kristy Glaser Director of Membership Engagement, at 614.488.0681
Adult Learning Council
The Adult Learning Council provides multifaceted learning experiences and resources for the individual spiritual journey. With the guidance of the Spiritual Life and Learning Center, the Adult Learning Council creates programs and other learning opportunities for adults to engage in lifelong religious learning and spiritual formation.
The Akita Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month to support the ministry of Camp Akita. The Council raises money for the Akita scholarship fund, coordinates volunteers for camp check-ins and returns, hosts events at Camp Akita, reviews applications of first-year counselors, and acts as a sounding board for the Akita staff.
The Early Childhood Council works actively and creatively to provide an engaging, strong church life for young children and their families. Through events, outreach, and education for parents, childcare for children during worship, and fellowship and support amongst Council members, we strive to surround families with young children in a community of caring. Our special events include Harvest Hullabaloo, Pajama Storytime, and Down on the Farm.
The K-12 Council consists of a group of adults who care about the emotional and spiritual health of our youth. We meet monthly to hear about what is happening in our K-12 ministries and the church and to plan events that help support the many programs in our K-12 ministries. These events include the Chili Cook-Off and the Christmas Craft Shop. We support each other as we help our youth move through their childhood and adolescent years.
The purpose of the Membership Council is to provide a warm welcome to visitors and new members and assimilation of new members into active life at First Community Church through small groups and lay ministry. It is divided into three segments: Outreach, Membership, and Assimilation. Outreach is how we publicize and tell the story of First Community Church, as well as welcome our visitors each Sunday. Membership is the process by which we bring new people into the fellowship of First Community Church through our membership classes. Assimilation is the role we play in the first year of membership by helping new members feel welcome and become involved in the church.
The Mission Council at First Community church is tasked with raising funds to support mission activities locally, nationally and internationally as well as creating opportunities for our members to be involved in ministry outside the walls of the church. We strive to tell the stories of our mission partners in order to educate our church family about their work and encourage people to become involved wherever they feel called.
This council supports the mission of the Older Adult Ministry, striving to provide fellowship and hospitality to the older members of our community. Council members write personal notes to congregants in need of loving, positive thoughts and host “coffee talks” with our clergy in retirement communities where many of our older members are living. Other activities are planned and implemented by the council as needed.
This team of Care Ministers have been trained and commissioned to offer care to the church community. In partnership with the pastoral care office, Care Ministers are sent out on behalf of the church to make home visits, hospital visits, make phone calls, and write prayer notes to members. New Care Ministers will be recruited and trained on a yearly basis in order to specialize and expand the care ministry of the church.
The Spiritual Searcher Committee plans and administrates Spiritual Searcher events, while engaging together in the spiritual search. Committee members serve a three-year term.
Worship & Arts Council
The Worship & Arts Council is focused on the congregation’s central activity of worship- and all that relates to worship- including, but not limited to the music, the visual arts, drama, ushering, bulletins, special services, sanctuary decoration and to enhance the congregation’s participation in the arts. This includes concert series, art displays and interior design of the public areas of the church. Meetings of the Council are held in the evenings on the second or third Monday in January, March, May, September, and November and are hosted by council members.
The Stewardship Council meets monthly to support the ministry of stewardship. Acknowledging that everything we have is from God, we strive to encourage our members to embrace Stewardship as a Way of Life. Through outreach and education, the stewardship council supports an environment of stewardship intentionality and accountability and a willingness to respond to the call to share their gifts within and outside our faith community.
Serving on one of the boards you see below requires going through a church-wide nominating process that occurs annually.
The Governing Board is designed to provide efficient, effective management with responsibility to the congregation to develop and establish policy decisions necessary to maintain the Church as a dynamic force in the lives of the people and the communities it serves.
The Board of Deacons is a function of the Pastoral Care department of the church. First Community believes that given the nature of these responsibilities, it is appropriate to mark the office of Deacon by commissioning. Responsibilities include baptisms (public and private), Communion, Vespers at First Community Village Health Care Center, Parish Calling and delivering roses.
The First Community Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization established in 1961, for the purpose of ensuring that the important missions and ministries of First Community Church are supported and enhanced well into the future. Trustees, appointed by the church Governing Board, with guidance from professional investment managers, strive to maximize the impact and potential of all gifts. Trustees work to advance awareness of the Foundation’s work through events, and articles in the Acorn publication and First News.
Since 1912, women inside and outside of First Community Church have come together through membership in the Women’s Guild to develop friendships, share their faith journeys and serve the needs of the church, the community and the larger world. Guild affiliation is much more than just joining a club. Rather, because of the fellowship, tradition and purpose it offers, it becomes part of a woman’s very identity.
This ministry team seeks to broaden and emphasize community justice with initial attention to working toward racialequality, ending gun violence, and creating a sustainablenatural environment within the Columbus metro area.