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A variety of Boards, Committees, and Groups make this Church flourish. The first two are elected only and report to the congregation at large. All others are open to members and friends alike and report to the Senior Minister or the Minister of Spiritual Life and Learning.

  • The Governing Board is responsible for governance of the Church, including establishment of Church by-laws and policies, oversight of Church Finances, Human Resources, and Strategic Planning.  The Board consists of 15 members, each of whom is elected to serve a 3-year term.  Five new Governing Board members are elected annually by the Church membership at the November Annual Meeting.  Meetings are open to the public.  Each meeting includes a congregant comment period, during which time any congregant in attendance may briefly address the Board.
  • The Foundation Board oversees invested funds which are used to improve the building and provide resources for some dedicated funds.  The nine members are appointed by the congregation, the Governing Board, and the Senior Minister.  They oversee investment policies and practices and promoted planned giving through the Liberal Legacy Society.  They also manage dedicated funds, which support the Choice Fund, Art, Elder Support, Social Action, Religious Education, Duncan Littlefair Great Speakers Series, and Music.  No funds from the Foundation support basic operations or staffing.  
  • The Envisioning, Membership, Nominating, Oversight, and Stewardship Committees are Committees of the Governing Board, which include both elected Governing Board members and congregant volunteers.  Serving on one of these Committees is a great way for Church members to become involved in Church governance without being elected to the Governing Board.
  • The Choir Board manages the affairs of the Choir, including rehearsals.  Sunday Worship Services, Special Services and Programs, Summer Choir Camp, Fundraising, and various Social Events.
  • The Choice Fund Board provides and promotes programming and administers funding to support women, their families, and their fundamental right to choose regarding pregnancy, founded on the qualities of compassion, appreciation, and respect.
  • The Art Committee keeps current the artwork throughout the Church, stages art exhibits, and designs and finances the Order of Service covers for the Advent and Easter seasons.
  • The Religious Services Committee serves in an advisory role to the Senior Minister and is also a catalyst for congregational participation in Worship and related initiativesand activities.  Advises and assists the Clergy in overseeing the Worship Life of the Church.  They are especially involved in arranging the Summer Chapel Worship Services, which are led by lay members.
  • The Properties Committee monitors the condition of the Church building, develops projects for repair and restoration, and recommends action.
  • The Social Action Committee researches projects and topics that express our broad principles, so that the Church or a group of members may elect to respond by offering a service, educating the public, or creating partnerships with groups that deserve our support.  They are an instrument with which the congregation and its individual members learn about social needs, improve understanding of them, and undertake projects to address those needs.
  • The Duncan Littlefair Great Speakers Series researches and organizes events that bring notable experts to Grand Rapids.
  • The Music Committee helps coordinate the many musical activities at FSC, including three Choirs and many guest musicians.
  • The Archives Committee organizes the historical/archival materials for the Church.
  • The Grow the Soul Adult Education Committee plans and organizes the curricula and courses used in our Grow the Soul educational offerings.
  • The Education Council meets with the Education Minister and Character School Director to assist, support, and plan meaningful educational programming.

Other Groups and Activities:

We have several programs that have strong lay leadership, among them our Beyond Sunday Shared Ministry that helps members and friends to connect socially, serve each other personally, and organize to serve the Church and the community. Lay Ministry Leaders work with the Program Staff to make this happen.

Befrienders and First Responders are Lay Pastoral Care Ministries under the guidance of our Caring Ministry Coordinator. The former are trained to be listening friends in times of loss and stress. The latter help assess acute needs so the Church can respond quickly and well.

The Women’s Association is a semi-autonomous group that serves the Church and its members.

The Adult Choir is a vigorous and vital group who provide expert and eclectic music to our Sunday Worship. They always welcome new members.

These and others enrich our community.

If you would like to join one or would like to start one, please contact the Rev. Elizabeth Barnum at either (616) 459-8386 ext. 215 or ebarnum@fountainstreet.org.

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