The Official Board is comprised of representatives from each organization and board in the church. The Official Board is also responsible for the Nominating and Auditing Committees.
Moderator: Greg Dickson Vice Moderator: Jennifer Barry
Advertising Committee: Tom Gaumer
OB Treasurer: Sharon Heinrich
Diaconate: Linda Ponstingle
Women’s Fellowship: Elaine Coffey
Sunday School/Christian Ed: Linda Elkins
Thrift Shop: Cathy Hawk
Church Dinners/Free Lunch: Betty Craig
Trustees: Greg Dickson
Stewardship Committee: Judi Pavisich
Music Committee: Ingrid Dickson
Mission/Outreach: Judy Carte
Organ Preservation Committee: Jim Heinrich
Church Treasurer: Sally Herzog
Church Financial Secretary: Mike Elkins
Fit Club: Irene Joyce (Official Board Secretary)
Minister: Rev. Heidi Denman McDougall
Clerk: Judy Gaumer
The Official Board had a very successful two-day Garage Sale in June, earning $3,120.00. We hosted the outdoor only Live Nativity in November. Thank you to everyone who participated and especially to Dale & Cathy Hawk, Rachel Zielinski, Doug Thorn, Jim Heinrich, the kitchen crew who hosted our volunteers and Strongsville’s CERT team, and our music team of Mike Elkins, Tom Foley, Ken Mehalko, and Sandy O’Shea for making this event so much fun for the community. This board also sponsors the Pancake Breakfast at the Annual Meeting, the Annual Winter Retreat, which we were able to have a Templed Hills in February, and the Easter Breakfast.
In addition to these events, the Official Board sponsored many special projects this year, including the following:
*Purchased plants to beautify church grounds.
*Oversaw the continued Panera Bread program, with thanks to Judy Carte, Neal & Cathy Flowerman, Maria Graeff, Linda & Mike Elkins, Sharon Heinrich, Linda & George Kapcar, Sharon & Jim Maresco, Sharon Lempner, and Rick & Cherie Teagno, who made the Panera Bread ministry possible in 2022. Also, thanks to Pastor Heidi & Chuck, Cathy Hawk and Irene Joyce for delivering the bread downtown when needed.
*Through donations from the Memorial Fund and the Thrift Shop, added Charley the Camel and Melchoir the Magi to our outdoor Nativity scene.
*Coordinated the collection and distribution of gift cards to help 26 families and 3 individuals with Thanksgiving food assistance in cooperation with the Strongsville City School District and the community.
*Along with the Board of Trustees, coordinated the installation of new windows and window blinds throughout the building, purchased with the help of the Memorial Fund and Thrift Shop, as well as other donations
*In cooperation with Mission Outreach, spearheaded the collection of items for Disaster Relief kits
*Along with the Trustees, coordinated the purchase and installation of a new phone system for the church with Jim Heinrich’s expertise.
*Approved the installation of a Little Library of Hygiene products which was erected and stocked by the Girl Scouts. They are expected to maintain it. Location is adjacent to the parking lot, facing Royalton Road.