Finance Committee

The purpose of the finance committee is to provide the accounting function and financial reporting for St. John’s.We pay the bills, record income, prepare the financial reports, prepare the budget and oversee the church’s investment accounts. Within those functions we oversee the counting teams and posters and provide member contribution statements.St. John’s financial statements are audited every 3 years and reviewed on subsequent years by an independent CPA firm.

For current financial reports, please see the Church Council Meeting Minutes.

The finance committee members:
Beth John -Treasurer sjlctreasurer@verizon.net
Cathanne Bart- Financial Secretary
Harry Betz
Don Fisher
Joe Kircher
Sue LaPlaunt
Julie Preston
Karen Yergey-Duncan

Hospitality Committee

The hospitality group of St. John’s Lutheran Church extends a welcome to families in bereavement. We are able to offer a luncheon and/or dessert service. The families are asked to provide food trays if possible and we would set up beverages, salads and desserts. We also have servers to accommodate hot trays, if needed. Most grocery stores or delicatessen shops are available to make up sandwich trays and some include salads. We would ask that you contact the church as soon as possible so we can get our committee members notified as to your needs. One of our committee members would be in touch with you for information. We hope to be of comfort to you in your time of need.

Help is urgently needed!

Property Committee

The Property Committee’s primary purpose is to insure that the building and grounds of the church are available to support the mission of the congregation. In short, to insure that the lights stay on, the heating and/or air conditioning systems function as intended, that the rest rooms function and that the building complex is clean and sanitary in order to support ongoing use of the facilities for the ministry of the congregation.
The Committee meets on the first Tuesday evening of each month, at 7:00PM in the Library.

The Annual Operating Budget of the Property Committee is approximately $100,000, comprising between 20 and 25% of the General Fund Budget of the congregation. This budget includes non-discretionary items such as utilities, insurance, janitorial service, lawncare, snow removal, trash removal, extermination services, fire alarm system maintenance, parsonage maintenance and heater/air conditioning maintenance.
The church complex is currently cleaned by an outside cleaning service. They clean and remove trash from rooms in the complex on a Monday through Friday schedule. Routine maintenance items are done either on a volunteer basis by members of the committee, or through outside contractors, depending upon the level of skill and/or equipment necessary. Since the newest portion of the facility is close to 40 years old, there is a continuing need for maintenance.

There is also a Major Projects or Capital Renewal portion of the Budget for larger plant replacement items.
Capital improvement projects which have been completed so far in 2008 include:
-Replacement of the second air conditioning condensing unit which serves the sanctuary (the other unit was replaced in 2007.) This unit was 25 years old.
-Excavation and repair of several damaged/sinking sections of the parking lot. Several of these areas had become a safety hazard.

Projects in progress:
-Replacement of the doors and frames which lead from the choir room and Sunday School room into the Prayer Garden. These doors and frames are deteriorated and the doors do not close or lock properly.

The number and size of projects which can be undertaken by the Committee are strictly a function of the funding that is available in a given year.

The Committee currently has eleven (11) members:
Ralph Carey – Chairperson
Frank Charlton, Bob Crippen, Gary Friedel, CJ Hamilton, Rick Hudson, Derel Keller, Steve MacCall-Carter, Norm Schimpf, Ted Smoyer, Harry Werner

Social Ministry

The Social Ministry Committee has 13 members and we meet semi-annually, planning 6 months of programs at a time.

The goal of the Social Ministry Committee is to make you aware of people in need in our community. I know you are very familiar with our programs, because you are the ones who make them successful. Here is a summary of a few of our many initiatives!

St. John’s has an In-House Food Pantry that has been very busy lately. We stock it with food you bring in on Sunday mornings, and at special events like the “Harvest Home.” We also provide meals to shut-ins through the Aid For Friends program, and serve meals to the homeless at St. Francis Inn.

We have a long standing relationship with “A Woman’s Place” in Doylestown, a shelter for abused women and their children. Each month we ask you to donate personal care items. At Christmas we send gifts for the women and children and in May we make up Mother’s Day gift baskets.

During the Thanksgiving season, we collect over 100 food baskets that are delivered to our mission congregation, Grace Lutheran Church, in Philadelphia. The baskets are distributed to the Mantua community.

Because very few of us cans ay cancer has not touched us or someone we love, we have participated in the Amercian Cancer Society Relay for Life the last two years. Our team raised over $3400.00 last year. We also make up “Jared Boxes” to be given to children undergoing cancer treatments.

The Christmas season brings our “Giving Tree” which is quickly emptied of tags by the second week of December. The Narthex becomes filled with presents that our congregation volunteers to take from the “Giving Tree,” and the presents are delivered to children and senior citizens.

I’ve used the pronoun “WE” a lot, but our committee is just the facilitator…YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN! Your generosity is overwhelming, and your support of our programs is very much appreciated.

Committee Members
Pat Beadling, Chairperson | 215-674-0852 | patbeadling@verizon.net
Linda Morrison
Sue Cern
Karen Braun
Ellen Link
Sharon Grosch
Janet Weaver
Nile and Helen Linn
Judy Oliver
Isabel Werner
Gretchen Keller
Ginny Kutger
Ellen Link

Women’s Ministry

There are many faces of Women’s Ministry and they all are emerging in a positive way.
Women’s Soup and Sandwich- This group was created nine years ago to connect the women of the congregation with fellowship, entertainment, information and food. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month for fabulous programs like: guest speakers from the news and entertainment industry, experts in history, religion, medicine and beauty, music groups along with special programs with a holiday focus. All women who attend bring a sandwich. Drinks, soup and dessert are provided. All women are welcome!!

Women’s Book Club- This group will chose a book to read…usually a new and exciting choice. The club then schedules a meeting to process and discuss the book. Meetings are held in the church library and are announced in advance.

Trips- Trips are sponsored for the women and organized by a professional trip planner who is a member of the St. John’s congregation.

Men’s Group

Each month, the men of the Church meet at the Eagle Diner in Warminster for breakfast, fellowship, and to discuss the needs of the Church. As a group we do such projects as the Property Committee may request, or our usual activities such as outdoor cleanup, hanging the greens and wreaths at Christmas, delivering flowers to the homebound at Christmas and Easter, and so forth. We meet at 9am, on the fourth Wednesday of the month [except in November and December when it's the 3rd Wednesday]. All men are welcome.