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Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the corporate body of FUMC recognized as such by the State of California. The Trustees are responsible for overseeing and managing all church property, buildings and grounds, furnishings, and equipment. They are involved in a covenant with the entire church to provide facilities that invite and promote the ministry and mission of the church. In 2014, The Board of Trustees is made up of ten church people, appointed by the Committee on Lay Leadership, in classes of three/four, for three years. This system maintains a continuity with six experienced people on the Board every year. In January the Board elects a Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Representative to the Endowment Board. You are welcome to attend our meetings.
The church Charge Conference is the basic governing body of each United Methodist local Church and is composed of all members of the Church Council. All members of the Charge Conference must be members of the local church. The Charge Conference must meet at least once per year. The Charge Conference directs the work of the church and gives general oversight to the Church Council, reviews and evaluates the mission and ministry of the church, sets salaries for the pastor and staff, elects the members of the church council, and recommends candidates for ordained ministry.
Church & Society
The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice and the Church & Society Commission strives to bridge the gap between the church and society by focusing attention on important issues within our church, community and world. We use the United Methodist “Six Social Principles” to focus our work: The Natural World, The Nurturing Community, The Social Community, The Economic Community, The Political Community, and The World Community. Church & Society encourages everyone in our church & community to become involved. We connect volunteers with opportunities for service.
The Church Council exists to create and supervise the church’s strategic plan so the congregation fulfills its mission of making disciples for Jesus Christ. Their visionary work assesses where the congregation is and where God is calling it to be, along with what resources will be required to move it toward our goal. Church Council strives to be a spiritual leader for First Church by focusing on ministry rather than administration. They maintain a close working relationship with the pastor, staff, and lay leaders, focus on the primary task and vision of the congregation, lead the visioning and strategic planning process within the church, understand the policy and doctrine of the United Methodist Church, becoming familiar with its resources and organization, and more.
The Connection Team is a ministry of awesome volunteers that strives to connect the people to the Church. The mission of the Connection Team is to promote membership growth and strengthen the First Church community through outreach and communication. This includes welcoming and informing visitors, hosting periodic Inquiry Classes, outreach to keep the congregation connected, advertising to promote community awareness, and maintaining contact with long and short term shut-ins. The Connection Team meets monthly to plan.
Endowment Fund Board
The Endowment Fund Board was established in 1995 to manage a perpetual trust.
The Finance Committee is responsible for monitoring the financial health of the church and advising the Church Council related to that. Specifically, it: Proposes an annual budget for the Church Council’s approval, tracks and keeps the congregation informed of the financial results, and advises the Church Council where money might be found for, and the financial impact of, midyear approval of additional spending.
The FUMC Scholarship Committee has aided dozens of church members in furthering their education. From a source of occasional fund raising, shrewd investment by The Endowment Fund Commission, United Methodist Women donations, and those passing along a part of their estate, we are able to give scholarships on a yearly basis. Each June, we present financial awards to students for the coming school year.
Staff-Parish Relations Committee
The Staff-Parish Relations Committee, aka SPRC “has a primary responsibility to work with staff so that the mission of the church is realized.” (Pastor-Parish Relations Guidelines, 2008). It is within this scope that your SPRC acts as a Human Resources department, conducting the recommendations for employment staffing to meet the needs of the church. SPRC oversees employee evaluations, job descriptions, and budget planning for salaries of pastor and staff. Much of what is discussed at SPRC must remain confidential; SPRC is very busy behind the scenes. Our goal is to promote an environment of healthy communication between staff and congregation.