Three Advisory Councils act as consulting bodies to our Pastor. Their purpose is to implement the pastoral plan which is to form members in a stewardship way of life through educational opportunities, community service opportunities, enrichment opportunities, and liturgical celebration, which praises God and demonstrates unity with the diocesan and universal Catholic church in order to give the parish a Catholic identity and to make the parish self-sufficient.
Contact the respective Council Chair if you are interested in becoming involved in one of these Councils.
The Parish Pastoral Council assists the Pastor in the vision of what St. Francis of Assisi Parish is called to become. They help establish goals and objectives aimed at fulfilling the pastoral plan, and assess the spiritual and non-spiritual needs of the parish. The near-term focus of the Council is to begin to implement the new Diocese norms for the Council to "move from 'maintenance' mode of operation to a more 'mission' mindset to better meet our diocesan goals of 1) Growing in Holiness; 2) Forming Intentional Disciples; and 3) being Sent to Witness."
Parish Pastoral Council members are assigned to an area of ministry as a liaison to the Council. If a parishioner has concerns, knowledge or suggestions to share, they can contact the liaison for that area of ministry as their voice to the Council. Some members of the Council are elected by parishioners while others are appointed by the Pastor.
The Parish Pastoral Council meets the third Wednesday of the month.
Jeff Chan, Chair
Mike Ecker, Vice Chair (Parish Outreach)
Linda Howard, Secretary (Faith Formation)
Paul Durham (Parish Enrichment)
Glenda Griest (Liturgical Ministries)
Clark Parmley (Liturgical Ministries)
Ron Pojar (Parish Enrichment)
John Walraven (Faith Formation)
Kent Welch (Parish Outreach)
The Finance Council is a mandated consultative body which advises the Pastor and Parish Pastoral Council regarding stewardship of parish financial resources, matters pertaining to the business and financial management of the parish, and professional financial analysis. Members are appointed by the Pastor.
The Finance Council meets the second Wednesday of the month.
Greg Eck, Chair
The Stewardship Council helps the Pastor guide the development of stewardship within the parish. The Council is responsible for the development and implementation of the parish stewardship program. Members are selected by the Pastor or Council Chair.
The Stewardship Council meets the fourth Wednesday of the month.
Janet Morehead, Chair
Ann Elwell, Secretary
Deacon Gary Steffes
Parish Pastoral Council Meeting Minutes
Minutes from the monthly Parish Pastoral Council meetings are shared with parishioners to provide transparency and encourage shared ownership of our mission to be a stewardship-focused parish. Contact the parish office with any questions.