In addition to our various ministries, we have standing committees which are broadly responsible for our congregational life. A brief description of each committee follows. Most of the committees meet monthly, and are chaired by members of Vestry-Session. If you would like to serve on one of these committees, please contact the Clergy or the chairperson of the committee that interests you.
Building & Grounds
The Mission of the IHC Buildings and Grounds Committee is to enhance our beautiful worship environment. The Committee will be a “good steward” in the day-to-day operations and maintenance of facilities while respecting and nurturing the long term landmark status of the historic buildings and natural grounds of the Church.
Working in conjunction with the Board of Stewards and the Vestry-Session, the Buildings and Grounds Committee is responsible for the physical quality of the church buildings and grounds, with the intent that these facilities glorify the God whose name they bear, augment the delivery of Church programs/missions and enhance the community and neighborhood.
Contact: TJ Ackermann at 382-0012 or John Bentley 561-3868
Adult Education Forum
The Adult Forum has taken a look at a wide variety of subjects over the past three years, tackling everything from religious issues to ethics and morality in our society today.
A one-month portion of each year is dedicated to foreign affairs. In the past we have tackled the Palestinian/Jewish question and the Arab Spring. Other subjects have been Affordable Care Act, immigration, Cincinnati city governance, Environmental Issues and so much more. We meet on Sunday morning in the Guild Hall from 9 am to 10:20. The Adult Forum Committee meets three to four times per year to discuss topics for the Forum, recommend speakers and coordinate the upcoming schedule.
Contact: Gerri Strauss 561-5773 or Craig Hopewell 271-2121
The mission of the Youth Ministry Committee at the Indian Hill Church is to support the work of the Director of Youth Ministry as he/she provides youth programming that builds community and fellowship through educational, spiritual, social, and outreach activities while also providing teens with a safe place to seek pastoral care.
The Youth Ministry Committee Interfaces with several other IHC committees.
Contact: Jennifer McNair at 561-6661
The fundamental goal of the Indian Hill Church children’s program is to create a lifelong faith and relationship with Jesus Christ in every child in a fun, engaging and relevant manner.
We will do this through many methods: Prayer, Bible study, Life Application, Three Basic Truths by 8th grade (I need to make the wise choice. I can trust God no matter what. I should treat others the way I want to be treated.), Monthly Bible memory verse, Music, Community Building Events for the entire church family and for age groups (4th/ 5th grade and middle school), Service Projects, Special Offerings, Communication with Parents, Worship Attendance
Contact: Shelley Poffenberger at 561-3335
Church and Community
To insure that our outreach money has the maximum impact on those we help, focusing on outreach projects that make a significant difference in the lives of those they serve, and to work to involve everyone in the congregation in at least one volunteer activity.
Funding for outreach programs is provided by the Vestry-Session based on money received through the Annual Stewardship Campaign. Funding is also provided through fundraising events such as the Mystery Dinner, Art Show, etc. Money for “new” programs is provided through the Luther Tucker Fund.
Various nonprofit organizations submit grant applications to the Committee and the Committee decides whether to fund these activities and how much funding to provide. Preference is given to nonprofit organizations that meet our mission and organizations for which members of our congregations are actively involved through their volunteer efforts.
Each year the Committee conducts an volunteer pledge campaign in which members of the congregation are asked to pledge their time and talents to any of the ministries within our church and/to our outreach ministries. These pledges are brought forth to the altar on Volunteer Pledge Sunday, which occurs in the Spring. The IHC Ministries Booklet, which includes all of the ministries within the church as well as outreach ministries, is updated annually and appears on the IHC website.
The Committee provides updates on our volunteer activities in our Holiday Newsletter to the congregation (December), the Year End Report at the Annual Meeting (January), and through the updates in the monthly newsletters and stories in local newspapers.
Contact: Interim – Rev. Stephen Caine – (513) 561-6805 ext. 305
To provide financial oversight for Indian Hill Church through budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies designed to keep the Indian Hill Church fiscally sound.
Responsibilities of the Committee shall include but are not limited to: providing financial oversight for the church, financial planning, financial reporting and the oversight of the internal controls and accountability policies.
Contact: Amy Pugh 984-3077 or Todd Neumann 793-2177
Long Range Planning
Developing and periodically reassessing and revising the Church’s Vision Statement.
Identifying and prioritizing the Church’s annual Vision Goals that Vestry-Session and the various Committees will pursue over the course of a year.
Contact: Bruce Ferguson 300-0740
The mission of the Membership Committee of the Indian Hill Church is to invite, retain, and appreciate members of the congregation.
The Membership Development Committee will carry out its mission through the work of three teams: FELLOWSHIP TEAM, MEMBERSHIP DEVEOLMENT TEAM and MARKETING TEAM
Contact: Anne Paul 834-9777 or Robin Armstrong 561-2527
The primary missions of the Pastoral Care Committee are to serve the congregation in times of illness, other difficulties, and to provide assistance at weddings and funerals held at Indian Hill Church.
Through preparing meals, sending cards, providing transportation, making phone calls and lending a helping hand, we reach out to those in need in our church community. We welcome those who are visiting our church for important events such as wedding or funerals. Wedding hospitality volunteers attend both the rehearsal and the wedding, assisting the bridal party before the ceremony and helping with the processional. Funeral volunteers arrive before the service to offer assistance to the family gathering in the library to help greet guests. Our committee also delivers altar flowers to the homebound.
Contact: Frank Zemlan 527-4131 or Laura Harrison 561-1004
The Personnel Committee serves the mission of the Indian Hill Church by recruiting the most highly qualified staff possible and by supporting them through salary, benefits training, development and recognition of their work.
Contact: Don Rhoad 793-0473
The Stewardship Committee is responsible for the annual campaign to raise funds for the usage of the Church and Congregation. This will include a period of time set aside for the promotion of this object and a specific goal set to achieve.
Contact: Noah Fleischmann 561-2655 or Alison Zimmerman 561-0881
The Worship Committee at Indian Hill Church works with Clergy to establish the schedule of worship services during the year, seeking to provide a variety of dynamic worship services and music within the Episcopal and Presbyterian traditions.
The Worship Committee is responsible for many of the lay aspects of the worship service, including ushers, acolytes, Lay Eucharist Ministers, Elders serving communion, the altar guild, and seasonal flower decorations.
Contact: David Park 831-8866