About Us

Black Rock Adult Retreat 2011

Our next Black Rock Retreat will be Oct. 19-21, 2012. Watch for details soon!

Our Mission Statement

Our United Methodist Mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by proclaiming the good news of God's grace and by exemplifying Jesus' command to love God & our neighbor, thus seeking the fulfillment of God's reign and realm in the world.”

Governing Bodies 2012

Administrative Council: Chair, Lynn Tharp; Members: Howie Klei, Mike Dziuba, Ruth Moore, Kathy Klei,  Eileen Oczkowski, Harry Shover

Finance Committee: Harry Shover, Howie Klei, Pastor, Mike Dziuba

Pastor-Parish Relations: Chair, Howie Klei; Members: Pastor Pete, Lynn Tharp, Mike Dziuba, Steve Oczkowski, Jack Moore, Bill Schmidt, Carol Decker, Joe Pantelione, Jill Huster, Karen Shover

Trustees: Chair, Harry Shover; Members: Steve Oczkowski, Nancy Baptiste, Walt Seitz Sr., Bob Ernst, Ruth Moore, Karen Shover, Dave Dempsey.


Administrative Chair & Outreach: Lynn Tharp

Church Treasurer & Lay Member to Annual Conference: Mike Dziuba

Council Secretary, Finance Chair, Stewardship: Howie Klei

FINANCE TEAM: Harry Shover, Howie Klei, Pastor Pete, Recording Secretary: Mike Dziuba

Historian: John Bunting

Lay Leader: Joseph Pantelione

Membership Secretary: Eileen Oczkowski & Carol Decker

Missions: Bonnie Murcavage

Music Producer: Alex Place

Nurture: Kathy Klei

Trustees: Harry Shover

Worship: Eileen Oczkowski, Ruth Moore

Youth Leader/Advisor: Brittney Pantelione



Chair: Harry Shover

Class 2011: Walt Seitz. Sr., Bob Ernst

Class 2012: Ruth Moore, Karen Shover, Dave Dempsey

Class 2013: Steve Oczkowski, Nancy Baptiste, Harry Shover

           PASTOR-PARISH                  RELATIONS (PPR)

PPR Chair: Howie Klei; Members: Pastor Pete, Joe Pantelione

Class 2011: Jack Moore, Bill Schmidt, Carol Decker

Class 2012: Jill Huster, Jackie Lex

Class 2013: Howie Klei, Lynn Tharp, Steve Oczkowski,

           LAY LEADERSHIP/


Class 2011: MaryLou Kruysman, Steve Oczkowski, Bonnie Murcavage

Class 2012: Lynn Tharp, Joe Pantelione, Kathy Klei

Class 2013: Howie Klei, Eileen Oczkowski, Mike Dziuba

Opportunities to Serve

N.O.W. Team Info

Nurture, Outreach, And Witness Ministries Coordinator(s)

What's my job? Build a ministry team to address the concerns and conditions of people in the congregation and community. Lead so that people grow in their spiritual life and live as Christian disciples. Work with other leaders to plan and implement ministries that help the church fulfill its mission.
Who is qualified for the job? Spiritual gifts: servanthood, teaching, exhortation (encouragement), leadership, compassion, knowledge, helping, and administration. Experience, skills: This leader has a genuine interest in helping others deepen their relationship with God and with people. At the same time, this leader should be skilled in researching, planning, and implementing ministry. Leaders of nurture, outreach and witness ministries need to listen well and communicate with people of all ages in the congregation and community. They need to be able to build ministry teams, and work well with others—individually and in groups.
What does the chairperson do?

·        Maintain healthy and growing personal spiritual life and lead ministry teams to do the same.

·        Lead ministry teams in biblical and theological reflection about the mission and purpose of the church so the plans and projects contribute to the purpose.

·        Guide the work of the ministry groups during the year by planning the agendas and presiding at meetings.

·        Support the leaders of groups that report to nurture, outreach and witness by providing the tools and information they need and by helping this meet the timeline and goals they have set.

·        Collaborate w/ charge conference, pastor, church leadership team to further the ministry of the congregation.

What do nurture, outreach and witness ministry teams do together?

·        Understand the overall goals of the congregation and relate the goals to specific projects and programs so that the goals are extended into and beyond the congregation. The leaders of nurture, outreach and witness work together as a leadership team for the congregation to coordinate ministry.

·        To accomplish the goals of the congregation, short-term teams may form and disband throughout the year. 

·        The leaders of nurture, outreach and witness will explore and build networks with existing organizations, people, and resources in the congregation and community.

What does a Nurture team do? Coordinate, plan, carry out and evaluate the congregation’s ministry of member care, worship, and educational experiences, including the church school, small groups, regular and special worship services, stewardship formation, and member visitation.
What does an Outreach team do? Coordinate, plan, carry out, and evaluate the congregation’s  ministry of missions, health and welfare, Christian unity and interreligious concerns, church and society issues, religion and race, and status and role of women.
What does a Witness team do? Coordinate, plan, carry out, and evaluate the congregation’s ministry of helping all know and respond to the love of God in Christ through outreach, setting goals for congregational growth, visitation, and membership care.
Where can I get help? Getting Started : Read Job Descriptions and Leadership Training in the United Methodist Church, 2009-2012 ,  Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2009: Small Membership Church and the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, 2008 to understand the depth and breadth of your position.

·        Meet regularly with the lead pastor to talk about the future direction of the congregation so that the meetings and work of the leadership team supports the vision.

·        In January, convene the new nurture, outreach, and witness team to get acquainted, share hopes and dreams for the ministry of your congregation, and plan your work for the year. Engage the committee in Bible study and theological reflection to understand their work of discerning and articulating God’s will for your congregation.

·        Set aside time for personal spiritual practices which build your attentiveness to God’s will and direction for your leadership and your congregation. Daily management and administration can shift any leader’s attention away from the purpose of the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

·        Develop a learning environment by inviting your team members to read and discuss a common book or having common experiences of training and mission.

People and Agencies: a) Your pastor and lay people in your congregation who are interested in specific ministries. b) Consider ways people and businesses in your community are can partner with the church to fulfill goals of reaching out and helping people in your community. c) InfoServ, infoserv.umc.org, answers questions and provides current information about United Methodist resources, programs, and staff services. d) Betsey Heavner, bheavner(at)gbod.org, GBOD, P.O. Box 340003, Nashville, TN 37203-0003; (877) 899-2780