Evangelism and Social Ministry Committee shall be responsible for the
outreach program of the congregation. The committee shall enlist
the members of the congregation in proclaiming the Gospel in words and
actions. Committee members shall also be responsible for the social
ministry programs of the congregation and its members. To carry out
these responsibilities, the committee shall:
Emphasize social ministry through the regular educational programs of
the congregation and through special programs.
Analyze and study the social needs of the people within the congregation
and the community.
Develop directions and guidelines for providing assistance in times of
need (fire, death, injury, poverty, unemployment, imprisonment, illness,
loneliness, theft, etc.)
Encourage members of the congregation to be actively involved in
community social ministry programs (such as Family Kitchen, Habitat for
Humanity, LCS, etc.)
Plan and recommend a year-round program of support for World Hunger and
Evaluate suggestions for social ministry that come from the
corresponding division of the ELCA.
Supervise and assist with the work of the Care Team ministry program.
Submit to the Administration Committee, in appropriate form and at the
time requested, a budget request for the coming year's work.
Foster a climate for evangelism that encourages the members of the
congregation to share their faith with one another and with those
outside the fellowship or faith.
In cooperation with the Education Committee, emphasize evangelism
through the regular educational programs of the congregation and also
emphasize evangelism through special programs and events.
Encourage an atmosphere of hospitality within the congregation.
Maintain an on-going program of contacting newcomers to the community.
Maintain an ongoing program of hospitality to visitors and prospective
Be concerned for the reception, orientation, and integration of new
members, reviewing their progress after six (6) months, and twelve (12)
Be responsible for a program of community public relations that
identifies the congregation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Publicize the Gospel and the activities of the congregation by various
Supervise the publishing and promote the effective use of all parish
Maintain, with the Property Committee, all church bulletin boards and
signs with concern for the total church program both to visitors and
Evaluate suggestions for evangelism that come from the corresponding
division of the ELCA.
Evangelism and Social Ministry Committee 2005 Annual Report
Ongoing "Outreach" Activities:
Family Kitchen: Nobi Kawasaki continues to lead this critical
service for those people who cannot quite make their paychecks cover the
month of meals. Our congregation provides the 3rd Tuesday dinner
every month, using First Lutherans facilities.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Elim Lutheran provides space for the Friday
evening meetings of this important organization.
Cub Scouts Pack 4508: Elim Lutheran provides classroom and
fellowship hall space every Thursday to this South Kitsap group.
Several community organizations, such as the Menchester Community Council
and the Port of Waterman, use Elim as a meeting place.