In the context of the United Church, a Trustee is an individual who, along with the other members of the Board of Trustees for a congregation, holds all of the property of that congregation for the use and benefit of the congregation as part of the United Church. The Boad of Trustees exercise legal ownership of all church property subject to the guidance of the congregation through the Official Board, and subject to the regulations of the United Church of Canada. At St. Andrew’s United Church the Trustees are Rev. K. Alice McAlpine, Erich Bauer, Chester Ross, Ken Semper, and Lou Sarka.
The Official Board is the umbrella committee under which the other church committees operate. Only those serving on committees or their representatives are members of the Official Board. When major decisions need to be made, e.g. budget, building repairs, etc., an Official Board meeting is called. Sometimes the Board makes the decision needed and sometimes it brings a suggestion to a congregational meeting for discussion/approval.
This committee is responsible for all financial aspects of the church which also includes all responsibilities attributed to the buildings and grounds. It reports yearly to the Official Board and the Congregation. The Church Treasurer and Envelope Steward together are responsible for all givings (plate, envelope and par) plus all other donations and revenues from rentals and fund raisers. Their other duties involve oversight for the disbursement of monies for salaries and operating costs required to maintain our church.The committee also includes the our Minister, the Building and Grounds Committees, and several others who look after rentals of our buildings, insurance of the buildings, furnaces, repairs to the buildings etc.
We are fortunate in having members on the Committee of Stewards who have experience in several trades such as plumbing, electricity, carpentry etc., and with a combined effort we can minimize our expenditures.
The Session is the committee that oversees the spiritual direction of the congregation. ( E.g. Sunday morning worship, the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism, visitation.) An individual Session member is called an elder, but not because they are old! It comes from the Scriptures where an elder is an overseer, a shepherd, a pastor. The city of Chateauguay and outlying regions where members live is divided into sections. Each section is appointed to an elder. A congregational member or adherent with concerns or questions may call their elder. The Session members must be members of the congregation and approved by the congregation for this position
The Prayer Fellowship meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 am from mid-September until the end of May. The purpose of the group is to deepen our understanding of what it means to be a Christian in today’s society.
We open with prayer when individuals bring their thanks and concerns to God. Videos are used as a basis for study and discussion. Religious and current articles from newspapers, magazines, and television are also read and discussed.
The group has existed since 1965 and many of our former members who have moved away remain in touch. There are nine members at present and all are welcome to come or to send prayer requests.
This committee oversees such groups as the Sunday School, Prayer Fellowship, Youth Group, Bible study groups and any other teaching type of event. Its role includes the evaluation and support of needs for formal and informal learning about matters of faith. This committee is open to interested members and adherents.
The United Church Women (UCW) is a group of hard working ladies of the church who strive to raise money to support the church. In St. Andrew’s we have three fundraisers each year — two that are very large and the third, although not as large, serves us well as a money raiser. We also handle receptions for small funerals of relatives of members and every five years we are responsible for our Anniversary Luncheon. Added to this, we have two Clothing Drives, one in the fall and the other in the spring. We meet once a month from September until May. There is no meeting in December or June. During the year we are all busy making articles to sell at our December Holly Tea. At present we have twelve active members.
The worship committee presently consists of the minister and the choir director-church musician but anyone is welcome to join us with their musical interests and vision. Basically, they select music for the Sunday services and plan various family services. This involves considering the church seasons, the type of service, the planned scripture readings and theme, in guiding the musical selections to integrate into worship.