The Ascension Parish Council has been meeting since September, 1991. The group's purpose is to share responsibility for the pastoral life of the parish with the pastor. The Pastoral Council is composed of the Pastor, a staff liaison, a member of the parish Finance Committee and nine parishioners discerned for three-year terms. The Council meets monthly.
The purpose of the Finance Committee is long-term planning and review of current operations. Members are appointed by the Pastor for a fixed term of three years and may be re-appointed or terminated in this role by the Pastor. Representatives from the Religious Education and School Boards and attend Finance Committee meetings which occur once a month. Meetings take place on the third Tuesday of every month. These representatives are advisory in nature and serve as their respective boards discern.
What does a stewardship parish look and feel like? Our own parish mission statement confirms that we value the diversity of gifts in all people. For us, stewardship is about each of us recognizing our gifts and sharing those gifts as stewards of our faith. The stewardship vision statement was developed to address that question and guide the team's efforts. It reads:
Called to be stewards of our Christian faith, Ascension Parish members believe in God as the source of all that we are; recognize and share our gifts; foster a life of gratitude and service to all.
As the Stewardship Team moves forward with that vision, they work with the Ascension community to focus on sharing our God-given gifts in service to all. In the months ahead, they will work very closely with Father Hurlbert, Parish Council, and Parish Staff, in addition to reaching out to the members of Ascension ministries and to individual members of the parish.