Board and Committees
The Board leads the congregation in ensuring that it understands and carries out its Mission as a Community of Faith in Jesus Christ.
The Board consists of 13 elected members, a Presbytery representative, one U.C.W. representative, and the Ministers as voting members. The Past Chair sits on the Board as a non-voting member and is available for consultation and a resource for the current Chair of the Board. Evening meetings are held once a month except for July and August.
Chair: Karen Yakimyshyn
Past Chair: Darryl Languille
Ministry & Personnel:
The Executive Committee consists of the Chair, Vice-Chair, a minister, and one Board member. The Executive Committee will have the power to act on non-controversial matters that cannot wait for the next Board meeting, and such other issues as assigned by the Board.
St. Andrew’s is a church and community that embodies God’s unconditional love by welcoming all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, social circumstance, ability or age.
Affirm St. Andrew’s is a diverse group of people who are committed to support persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, their friends and family members, and to provide leadership as the church and community move towards greater acceptance and understanding.
The Christian Development committee provides leadership, represents and reports to the Board on the activities of the Christian Development committee including Camp Kasota East, Naramata, library, nursery, children’s ministry programs, and adult education programs. The purpose of the CD committee is to organize and implement Christian educational programs for all ages of the congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church to assist them to grow in love of God and neighbour.
The purpose of the Congregational Life committee is to provide opportunities for fellowship and encourage an atmosphere of open communication in order to build a warm and caring church community. This committee 1) provides tools to foster open communication within the congregation, 2) provides opportunities for fellowship, 3) provides training, support, and encouragement to help members of the congregation to care for each other. Prayer Line, Keeping in Touch, and Circles of Care are some of the avenues to meet these goals.
Educates our local congregation as to how our financial budget is expended, develops the annual budget, and provides an outlet for which the congregation may express new ideas regarding Stewardship within the church.
Ministry and Personnel
The Ministry and Personnel Committee is a Committee of trust and confidentiality that provides for the support, assessment, and consultation of all Ministry Personnel and Non-ministerial Staff of the Congregation of St. Andrew’s United Church. It also acts as the liaison between staff members, the Church Board and members of the Pastoral Charge, and responds in a reasonable manner to concerns brought forward by any of the above mentioned parties.
The purpose of the Outreach committee is to co-ordinate, support and promote the congregation’s outreach activities at a local, national and international level. The committee is concerned about many kinds of needs: spiritual, emotional, physical and social. Some of the ways this committee meets its goals are through: Mission and Service, the Canadian Food Grains Project, Friends of Guatemala (F.R.O.G.), Healing Pathway, and Volunteer Link.
The Property Committee is responsible to ensure that our building and grounds are kept to a standard that facilitates the mission of our congregation. This committee works with the custodial staff and groundskeepers with respect to responsibilities. The Property Committee establishes plans for on-going maintenance and for future projects.
The purpose of the Worship Committee is to encourage spiritual challenge, intellectual enrichment and caring concern for each other, our community and the world through words, music and physical symbols.
The Worship Committee assists the Minister in planning and evaluating the worship life of the congregation, to make people of all ages feel invited and welcomed into a joyful and warm worshiping community.
United Church Women (UCW)
To unite all women of the congregation for the total mission of the Church and to provide a medium through which they may express their loyalty and devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian witness, study, fellowship, and service.
St. Andrew’s currently has two UCW groups. The groups each hold meetings once a month from September to June.
Our sponsorship group is called “The Lacombe Community Refugee Effort”. Five churches with their congregations have teamed up to support this project. Numerous community members have donated their hard-earned cash to build a bank account sufficiently to support a family. Businesses and organizations donated everything from paint and carpet to groceries, shampoo, and library cards. Countless individuals donated furniture, appliances, clothing and more. Caring people have donated their time to scrubbing and repairing a rental property. Translators are available to contribute their vital skills. Teams of volunteers have signed up for: education and ESL support, transportation, shopping, job search, community orientation, budget training, and more. Many people have focused their positive energies to welcome and encourage our refugee family, providing the opportunity for a successful future. Our Syrian family is currently experiencing a great deal of success in their transition to a new life in a new country. This is the second time that St. Andrew’s has embarked on a mission like this. Previously, St. Andrew’s partnered with St. Stephen’s Catholic Church and Sunnybrook United Church in Red Deer. That was another very successful endeavor.