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At Mathews UMC, there is always "A Place To Serve," be it as a committee member; ARROW ministries; Usher;  Communion Assistant, or any of the other opportunities in the various ministries available at Mathews ...


 
Jesus Washing Feet.  Image from the US National Museum of Art.  Public Domain Image.
 

"Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you should also wash one another's feet.  I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you." - John 13:1

Jesus proclaimed to his disciples: ďYou are the light of the world . . . let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven"  - Matthew 5:14,16   These words are behind the covenant that each person makes when joining Mathews Church, pledging to ďfaithfully participate in its ministries by my prayers, my presence, my gifts, and my serviceĒ (United Methodist Hymnal, p 38).  We recognize that letting our light shine before others requires a commitment in all four of these areas.

Why do we encourage acts of service? As followers of Christ, we search out ways to be like Christ. Acts of service take many forms, a random act of kindness for a stranger or a group participating in a community wide event.  For members at Mathews, service is one of the four expectations of membership.

Each of us must make intentional choices in order to keep our commitment to serve.  The Committee on Lay Leadership wants to help you keep this commitment by providing you with this list of possible areas of service at Mathews.  Please prayerfully consider the ways in which God has gifted you and is calling you to serve here.  Be assured that we, as fellow members of Mathews, will support and assist you in your area of service, just as we know that God will equip us all to serve in the areas to which God is calling us.

We do not consider this to be an exhaustive list of all possible areas of service.  If God is giving you a vision of an additional ministry, please communicate this to the Pastor.  We will join you in praying for this new potential ministry.

We believe God has ordained every believer a minister with a calling, passion, and spiritual giftedness unique in the body of Christ; that meaningful, joy-filled service is an outgrowth of each individualís personal relationship with Him.  We champion the value of service both inside and outside of our church as we build a community of deeply committed Christians who are the light in our world.  We can help you find your place of service in the body of Christ!

Through Lay Ministries at Mathews United Methodist Church, we are not simply recruiting and deploying volunteers, we are preparing people to be a part of Godís loving, life-giving, redeeming concern for all of humankind and creation by providing opportunities for you to give back and to grow in your relationship with God through service to others beyond the walls of the church.  There is sometimes risk involved, but there is also joy beyond your imagination!

While varied in level of intensity, length of commitment, and skills required; the various ministries at Mathews provide an opportunity for you to see the world through Godís eyes and to use your unique gifts to respond as only you can to the needs that call out to you.  We provide an opportunity for congregation members to grow in their faith -- from seeker to guide -- while following in the footsteps of Jesus.  If you are interested in serving in any of the following positions of service and leadership, please contact the Pastor who serves as the Chair of the Committee on Lay Leadership.


Administrative Committees



ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL


Mr. Ray Snelling, Chair, Church Administrative Council.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

The primary tasks of the Administrative Council are: (1) carrying out our programs and ministries so that people are received into our fellowship, encouraged in strengthening their relationship with God, and supported as they seek to live as Christian disciples; and (2) to lead our congregation in long-range planning.  The Administrative Council meets at least quarterly with additional called meetings as needed. 

In addition to the nineteen members who serve on this council due to other positions of leadership, we elect two at large members each year to serve a three-year term.  All members of the Administrative Council are members of the Charge Conference.

 

MR. RAY SNELLING
Committee Co-Chair

FINANCE

MARVIN RUSH, Committee Chair


The primary task of the Finance Committee is developing an annual budget supporting the mission and ministry of the church and submitting it to Church Council for approval. This committee provides for an annual audit of all financial records in the church, guides the work of the Church Treasurer and the Financial Secretary, and counts and deposits all contributions to the church. In addition to the nine committee members who are on this committee due to other leadership positions they hold, we also elect four at-large members each year.

 


LAY LEADERSHIP


Pastor Steven M. King.  Chair, Lay Leadership Committee.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

The Committee on Lay Leadership develops lay leaders; matches potential leaders with particular leadership positions; invites people to serve in leadership positions, receives their responses, and presents those nominated to the Charge Conference. Three new members are elected to serve three-year terms on this committee each year. 
PASTOR STEVEN M. KING
Committee Chair

PROGRAM MINISTRIES


The primary task of the Finance Committee is developing an annual budget supporting the mission and ministry of the church and submitting it to Church Council for approval. This committee provides for an annual audit of all financial records in the church, guides the work of the Church Treasurer and the Financial Secretary, and counts and deposits all contributions to the church. In addition to the nine committee members who are on this committee due to other leadership positions they hold, we also elect four at-large members each year.

 

Mrs. Harriett Snelling.  Chair, Program Ministriies Committee.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

HARRIETT SNELLING
Committee Chair

SUNDAY SCHOOL


 

The primary task of our Sunday School is to provide Christian education that helps people grow in their understanding of the Bible and their Christian faith so that they may live as faithful and fruit-bearing Christian disciples. The Sunday School Superintendent oversees the total Sunday School program, working with the Pastor and the Administrative Council; recommends to the council people to serve as teachers and leaders; evaluates the effectiveness of the Sunday School; and coordinates the annual Vacation Bible School. 

Help in the Sunday School office
Teacher, substitute, or teacherís aide
Nursery
Preschool
Elementary
Youth
Adults
Special Needs

Mr. Jesse Nance.  Chair, Worship Committee.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

JESSE NANCE
Sunday School Secretary

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY


Be a Daisy Girl Scout Leader
Be a Cub Scout Leader
Kids of the Kingdom
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Teacher
Teacherís Assistant
Music
Crafts
Refreshments
Nursery Worker

YOUTH MINISTRY


Help with Confirmation classes
Being a Youth Leader
Assist on field/mission trips
Assist with fundraisers
Being a Mentor

FAMILY MINISTRIES


Help with Church Dinners
Help with Easter Egg Hunt
Help with Christmas Programs

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN (UMW)


Being a member of either Circle 1 or 2
Helping with UMW Mission projects

UNITED METHODIST MEN'S CLUB


Being a member of the Menís Club
Helping with Menís Club Mission projects



 

Mr. Ray Snelling, Chair, Church Administrative Council.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

RAY SNELLING
2005-2006 President

MISSIONS


Volunteer for a Mission Work Team
Help with Hispanic Ministries in the Greenwood District

MISCELLANEOUS


Being a Van driver (John Palmer, Chair, Van Committee)
Helping with yard maintenance
Helping with Church-wide cleanups

STAFF/PASTOR PARISH RELATIONS


Mr. Chip Snelling.  Chair, Witness, Evangelism, & Outreach Committee.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

The Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee (S/PPRC) functions as the primary liaison between the church members and the Pastor and church staff members; as well as between the laity and the District Superintendent and/or Bishop. The Committee meets regularly with the Pastor and staff members to provide counsel about job priorities, expectations, and performance, providing an annual evaluation for each in an effort to provide for effective ongoing ministry at Mathews. 

CHIP SNELLING
Committee Chair

TRUSTEES


Mr. Charles Lockaby.  Disaster Relief Coordinator for Mathews United Methodist Church.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

The Board of Trustees oversee, maintain, and supervise the use of all church property. Three new members are elected to serve three-year terms on this committee each year. At least one third of the Trustees must be female. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, help is always needed around the church and parsonage to keep the facilities in good repair. 

CHARLES LOCKABY
Trustees Chairman

WITNESS, EVANGELISM, AND OUTREACH


The primary function of the Stewardship Committee is to help the people of Mathews Church grow in their understanding of and participation in Christian stewardship. Working closely with the Finance Committee, this committee seeks to assure that the annual budget is adequately funded. 



 

Mr. Chip Snelling.  Chair, Witness, Evangelism, & Outreach Committee.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

CHIP SNELLING
Committee Chair

WORSHIP


Mr. Jesse Nance.  Chair, Worship Committee.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

JESSE NANCE
Committee Chair

The Board of Trustees oversee, maintain, and supervise the use of all church property. Three new members are elected to serve three-year terms on this committee each year. At least one third of the Trustees must be female. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, help is always needed around the church and parsonage to keep the facilities in good repair. 

In addition to serving on the Worship Committee, you may also serve by:
Serving as an Usher
Serving as an Acolyte
Serving as a Lay Reader
Leading in Prayer during Worship services
Preparing Communion
Serving Communion
Giving a Childrenís Lesson (Kids of the Kingdom)
Participating in Dramatic Presentations
Participating in Liturgical Dance
Working in the Nursery during worship services
Assist with Sound System
Helping decorate the Sanctuary for the various seasons of the year

Mr. Ralph Thomas.  Head Usher, Mathews United Methodist Church.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

Ralph Thomas, Head Usher

Loree Bailey, Communion Steward


Other Positions of Servant Leadership



LAY LEADER


The primary function of the Lay Leader is to represent the members of Mathews Church by fostering awareness of the role of lay members; by meeting regularly with the Pastor to discuss the overall ministry of the church; by holding membership on the Administrative Council, Finance Committee, Committee on Lay Leadership, and the SPRC; and by informing the lay members of training opportunities.



 

Mr. David Joseph.  Church Treasurer for Mathews United Methodist Church.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

DAVID JOSEPH

LAY MEMBER TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE


Mrs. Harriett Snelling.  Lay Member to Annual Conference.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

HARRIETT SNELLING

The Charge Conference elects a Lay Member to Annual Conference and one or more alternates each year.  Those elected must have been members in good standing of The United Methodist Church for at least two years and must have been an active participant for at least the last four years.
The primary task of the Lay Member to Annual Conference is to link the congregation and the connectional church by participating responsibly in Annual Conference sessions and then interpreting its actions to the congregation. This person is a member of Administrative Council and SPRC.
The 2004 Annual Conference was held in Orangeburg, South Carolina at Claflin College from May 30th through June 2nd.

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR


The primary task of the Communications Coordinator is to develop and carry out a program so that members of Mathews Church and community are aware of, will understand, and become interested in participating in our congregationís ministries.  This includes using bulletin boards and newsletters, advertisements in the local paper, and developing and maintaining a presence on the Internet. 



 

Dale Moseley.  WebSteward (webmaster) for Mathews United Methodist Church On-line.  Photo Image originally by Angie Elder. (c) 1995-2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

DALE MOSELEY
You may serve Mathews by assisting the Communications Coordinator by:
Assisting in coverage in the newspaper and/or radio.
Serving as Web Steward (webmaster) of our Web Ministry
Serving as Igniting Ministries Coordinator

Dale Moseley.  WebSteward (webmaster) for Mathews United Methodist Church On-line.  Photo Image originally by Angie Elder. (c) 1995-2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

DALE MOSELEY, WebSteward


CHURCH HISTORIAN


Mrs. Harriett Snelling. Church Historian for Mathews United Methodist Church.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

The primary functions of the Church Historian are to keep the historical records of the church up to date, and to preserve and adequately care for all historical records and documents of the church.

HARRIETT SNELLING

DISASTER RELIEF COORDINATOR


The Disaster Relief Coordinator, in cooperation with the Greenwood District and the South Carolina Annual Conference Disaster Relief Coordinators, prepares and implements plans so that the Mathews members may effectively provide relief to disaster victims in our immediate vicinity, state, nation, and around the globe.



 

Mr. Charles Lockaby.  Disaster Relief Coordinator for Mathews United Methodist Church.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

CHARLES LOCKABY

NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRIES COORDINATOR

JAN HERRING


The primary task of the Native American Ministries Coordinator is to represent to the congregation the need for better awareness of Native American Ministries in the South Carolina Conference and the general church in part by promoting the annual Native American Ministries Sunday Offering.

 

RECORDING SECRETARY


The Recording Secretary keeps accurate records (minutes) of the proceedings of the Administrative Council and the Charge Conference.  This person is a voting member of the Administrative Council.



 

Mrs. Amy Latham.  Recording Secretary for Mathews United Methodist Church.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

AMY LATHAM

TREASURER

DENTON JEFFERSON, Assistant Treasurer


Mr. David Joseph.  Church Treasurer for Mathews United Methodist Church.  Photo Image (c) 2004.  Copyrighted by Mathews United Methodist Church.

The Treasurer disburses all money contributed to the church according to the guidelines established by the Administrative Council through the Committee on Finance; pays all bills when they are due; and keeps accurate records of how the money is spent, reporting regularly to the Committee on Finance, Administrative Council, and Charge Conference.  This person is a voting member of the Administrative Council.

 

DAVID JOSEPH

TREASURER

 
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