Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
Worship Times
Contemporary Service: 8:30a
Traditional Service: 11a
Sunday School: 9:45a

Ministry Guide

Adult Council
Lay Leader/Staff Liason
Description
Jennifer Melancon /
Adult Council offers activities for adults of all ages for both members of the church and the community at large. The goals is to offer activities that meet a high level and diverse set of interests so that everyone is included.

Total/Active Members
Meeting Times
Current Activities
8/4
1st Tues. of month
Talent Show – Biennial in Feb. or March
Bowling Nights – Alternate Months
Lunch and Learn – Every Quarter
Summer Connections – Wed. Nights for Month of June
Hanging of the Greens Chili Cook Off – December


Childrens Council
Lay Leader/Vice-chair
Description
Gina Brown /
Amanda Grace
Children’s Council provides meaningful and exciting opportunities for the children of the church and local community. The purpose of these activities is to foster and guide the children through their faith journey, and further encourages a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Each members’ goal is to provide a welcoming environment where all children are accepted, loved, and safe.

Total/Active Members
Meeting Times
Current Activities
8/8
1st Tues. of month
Father-Daughter Dance – Mid-February
Easter Egg Hunt – typically Palm Sunday
Vacation Bible School – typically July
Trunk or Treat Fall Festival – Late October
Christmas Musical – Early December


Church Council
Lay Leader/Vice-chair
Description
Ken Musick /
Sharon Caughman
Church Council is the executive agency of the charge conference (St Andrews UMC) {Discipline PP244}. This council is the group of leaders that guides the congregation to further the local church’s mission. This furthers the ministry of the congregation. The council exists to create and supervise a strategic plan for an effective congregation. Decisions made by the council will shape the future ministry of the local church while also demonstrating service to God’s kingdom both near and far. The work of the council is to plan, implement, and annually evaluate this church’s ministry and mission.

Total/Active Members
Meeting Times
Current Activities
30/25
3rd Tues. of month


Congregational Care
Lay Leader/Staff Liason
Description
Celia Musick /
Congregational Care nurtures and cares for the members of the St. Andrew’s congregation.

Total/Active Members
Meeting Times
Current Activities
12/7
Varies By Need
Cards, Altar Flower Delivery, Barnabas Baskets, Baby Quilts, Casseroles-of-Care, Bereavement Meals, Wheels for Worship, Hospital/Shut-in Visitation, Helping Hands


Evangelism Committee
Lay Leader/Staff Liason
Description
Jennifer Gregg /
Donna Leggett
Evangelism Committee seeks out the unchurched in the greater community. However, it has recently become the welcoming committee for new church members. There is a concerted effort to refocus the committee’s role to its true purpose.

Total/Active Members
Meeting Times
Current Activities
10/9
1st Tues. of month
Newcomers’ Luncheon – April and November
Open House – September or October
Weekly Greeter Roster
Good Samaritan Award – Depends on middle school schedule


Finance Committee
Lay Leader/Staff Liason
Description
Larry Breland /
Marcy Brennan & Merilyn Artman
Finance Committee nurtures the financial vitality of the congregation through encouraging and overseeing stewardship pledges and compiling an annual budget. The group further counts and deposits stewardship offerings and adminsters same through disbursements. The group is also responsible for reporting to the Church Council on matters involving financial activities. Administration activities include assuring proper control policies, preparing an annual audit, and tracking designated gifts and funds according to specific donor wishes. The ministry includes approximately 9 lay members and 7 administrative staff.

Total/Active Members
Meeting Times
Current Activities
16/10-12
2nd Tues. of month
Stewardship Luncheon – Assists the Stewardship Committee


Mission Committee
Lay Leader/Staff Liason
Description
Gwen Bourgeois /
Missions Committee operates to learn about the needs of the community, and then brings those needs to the attention of the St. Andrews UMC congregation. Thereafter, the committee organizes and provides the resources required to meet those identified needs.

Total/Active Members
Meeting Times
Current Activities
9/7
1st Tues. of month
Change to Make a Change Collection Offerings, Annual Uniform Purchase Assistance, Southeast/Woodlawn Middle Schools, Annual Christmas Stockings and Meal, Guidance Counselor Identified Needs, Youth Mission Trip (Sponsor and Organizer), Connectional Ministries Missions (i.e. Cambodia, Dulac, Manna Bags)


Music Ministry
Lay Leader/Staff Liason
Description
-/
Libby Shackelford
Music Ministry provides the necessary talent for each church service so the overall congregation is afforded a complete spiritual experience. There are various musical styles from which to choose, such as praise band, formal choir, and bell choir.

Total/Active Members
Meeting Times
Current Activities
40/40
Varies Time (Group Specific)
Praise Band – Mondays (7-8:00pm)
Bell Choir – Thursdays (6- 7:00pm)
Formal Choir – Thursdays (7-8:30pm)
Youth Band – Sundays (3- 4:00pm)


Pre-School / Camp-Can-Do Committee
Lay Leader/Staff Liason
Description
Wendy Singleton/-
The Preschool/Camp “Can Do” Committee is the liaison between the church’s lay membership and St. Andrews’ Preschool and summertime “Camp Can Do.” This committee’s responsibility is to support each program’s mission (i.e. to provide a needed service to the community in which we live), but does not micromanage the managers over each program.

Total/Active Members
Meeting Times
Current Activities
15/-
Bimonthly – Mon. @ 6:30pm


Stewardship Committee
Lay Leader/Staff Liason
Description
Richard Leggett /
Marcy Brennan
Stewardship Committee is responsible for leading the church in a spiritual-growth process to understand Christian stewardship. The committee coordinates the financial gifts contributed to support the ministry and local community.

Total/Active Members
Meeting Times
Current Activities
5-6/5-6
Monthly – Jan. thru. May
Celebratory Meal, Consecration Sunday


Study Taskforce & Building Committee
Lay Leader/Staff Liason
Description
Jason Melancon /
When a local church desires to build, purchase, or remodel church property, it shall establish a study committee to conduct a preliminary study of the project (¶2544 introduction, the Book of Discipline). This study committee includes representatives from the church council, the committee on finance, the United Methodist Youth, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, and others deemed necessary by the charge conference. The study committee will gather information from within the church and the community in order to assist the church in developing the best plan and facilities for future ministry. For help with this study, contact Evangelism and Church Growth Office, General Board of Global Ministries, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115 or call (1-212-870-3860; http://gbgm-umc.org/about/us/ecg). The Building Committee is charged with supervising the actual contracting and construction process.

Total/Active Members
Meeting Times
Current Activities
12/8
3rd Thurs. of month
Study Taskforce – Interview members and administration regarding building and facility needs. Take field trips to other churches for ideas regarding building and facilities construction and long-term financial planning.

Building Committee – Meet regularly with architects and general contractor to supervise and ensure the smooth flow of construction process.


Worship Committee
Lay Leader/Staff Liason
Description
King Robinson /
Libby Shackelford
Worship Committee plans and decides on ideas and services for all worship activities, including providing decorations for special seasons, setting up for services, etc. This includes providing the pastor, worship arts director, and all worship leaders with music, liturgy, and preaching resources for faithful and vital local church worship. The committee appreciates all helping hands, and especially those who possess creative flair and organization.

Total/Active Members
Meeting Times
Current Activities
10/8
2nd Sun. of month
Advent Season
Holy Week Services and Easter
Pentecost Sunday Service
Mother’s Day Service
Father’s Day Service


Youth Ministry
Lay Leader/Staff Liason
Description
Katy Caughman /
The Youth Ministry nurtures the transformation of youth during their faith journey in an open, welcoming, and exciting Christian community. Our mission seeks to encourage the development of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Members’ responsibilities include creating and maintaining a welcoming environment where all youth feel accepted, loved, and safe, as well as developing youth leadership characteristics. The group often connects with the United Methodist matrix and the larger Christian community, including participation in Christian outreach.

Total/Active Members
Meeting Times
Current Activities
6-8 Adults • 45 Youth /
6-8 Adults • 35 Youth
UMYF – Weekly
Youth Council – Monthly
Sunday School – 9:45am
Sunday Evening Fellowship (UMYF) – 5-7:00pm
Summer Retreat/Big Stuf – Mid-July
Mission Trip/OWL Center – Late-July
Open Air Ministry
Jr. & Sr. High Conference Retreats
Happening Retreat
Leadership & Sexuality and Morality Retreat
Youth Praise Band
Stay Kool Snoball Stand
Confirmation – February through May
Day With The Bishop Retreat – April
Confirmand Recognition Service – Pentecost Sunday
Senior Recognition Sunday & Luncheon – First Sunday in May