Ascension operates with the following 8 boards: Christian Education, Worship & Music, Stewardship, Membership Participation, Youth Ministry, Church & Community, Operations & Maintenance, Church Finance. There is also a Memorial Endowment Committee. The council is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and one liaison from each board.
2018 Council Members (phone numbers and email addresses available from the church office, 692-6565) President: Darrin Daggitt President-Elect: Kathy Miller Past-President: Nancy Swanson Secretary: Laura Plowman Treasurer: Bruce Johnson Christian Education: Terri Stauffacher Church & Community: Mariah Weber Church Finance: Jennifer Soma Membership Participation: Roberta Wagner Operations & Maintenance: Steve Ust Stewardship: Marc Serrett Worship & Music: John Hulberg Youth Ministry: Judy Cooley
Boards meet once a month, on the second Tuesday of the month, at the same time. Board night begins at 6:00 p.m. with a meal for all board members and their families. At 6:30-6:50 p.m. one of the pastors reminds everyone of God’s promise in Jesus through hymn singing, bible study, and information sharing. From 6:50-7:00 p.m. each board gathers around a table to share highs and lows. This is a critical part of the board night agenda. It is a way to share Christ’s immediate presence with each other. Then, from 7:00-7:50 p.m. boards get to work on their agendas, which has to do with promoting hospitality and generosity in all activities. At 7:50 p.m. each board checks in with all the other boards by reporting on the work they’ve done. It completes a vital communication loop.
Communication Loops: Open, honest and frequent communication is critical to our mission and vision. It helps maintain a healthy congregation. Communication loops need to overlap in order to cover the entire congregation. While board night and council meetings are open to members of the congregation, another important communication loop is the monthly newsletter, the Insight, and the weekly bulletin, the Update.
Role of Council Members: A council member’s role is to make sure that everyone on the boards knows the church’s mission. The council member talks about the vision and mission at every opportunity. When someone asks, “What is Ascension all about?” the council member can tell them, Ascension is about hospitality in the name of Jesus Christ for everyone.