The Finance Committee works with the Financial Secretary and the Treasurer to assure good stewardship practices
of the congregation.
The financial secretary focuses on income. The person receives the pledges, records them, maintains
confidentiality, assists in counting the weekly offering and communicates income to the Finance Comittee chair and the Treasurer.
At the present time the financial secretary also oversees the contingency fund investments.
The treasurer is responsible for counting and depositing the offering and enters the income into Quicken -- a
software program for small business accounting. This person then receives vouchers for disbursements and writes checks.
The session has given the treasurer power to write reoccurring checks such as the pastor's salary, the rent, electric, water,
phone and insurance. With appropriate vouchers, the treasurer disperses other funds as rerquired allocating the expenses
to various budget lines such as mission.
The Finance Committee chair collaborates with the church officers above to conduct the Finance Committee business
1) Advise the session regarding the financial status of the church.
2) Recommend church policy regarding finances such as
the annual budget.
Based on past (2005) actions of the session, any church committee member may sign a voucher for an expenditure
less than $500 dollars if approval for such expenditure appears in the committee minutes. The appropriate committee
chair must co-sign the voucher for committee expenses exceeding $500 dollars. Three signatures are required for expenditures
that exceed the budgeted amount of that committee for that fiscal year. For example, if the organ needed major repair
and no money had been allocated for it -- the music director would need to get the chair of the Worship Committee or clerk
of session to sign the voucher as well as the chair of the Finance Committee.