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United Church of Christ

533 Route 28, Harwich Port, MA 02646 | Phone: 508-432-1668


Major Boards of
Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC

Church Council
The Church Council oversees the church organization. Its responsibilities include the review and implementation of church policy, the review of church membership lists, the organization of the Sunday coffee hour schedules and the calling of Annual and special meetings of the congregation. The Council oversees the Parish Nurse, the Mission & Outreach Committee, the Christian Education Committee, the Library Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, the Promotional & Publicity Committee, the Pastoral Search Committee (when necessary) and appoints a By-Law Committee (when needed). The Council is made up of 6 members: the Chair of the Trustees, the Chair of the Diaconate plus 4 at-large members; meets monthly and is available to assist any other Board or Committee as requested.

Board of Trustees
The Trustees are the business managers of the church and in charge of buildings and grounds, financial records, stewardship and personnel. Within the committee are sub-committees (some with additional members/volunteers) that address specific issues. The Budget Committee prepares an annual budget to be approved by the members at the Annual Meeting. The Investment Committee makes recommendations on financial endowments, gifts and investments. The Planned Giving Committee develops programs for gifts and bequests by the individual members. The Stewardship Committee manages the annual campaign for financial support. Real estate and property come under the guidance of the Building and Grounds Committee. The Board has six members and meets monthly. The Board also oversees the Historical and Personnel Committees.

Diaconate The Diaconate is responsible for the spiritual side of Pilgrim Church and related fellowship activities. In cooperation with the minister, the deacons are responsible for all aspects of the religious services and the administration of sacraments within the church. Their tasks include serving communion, serving as ushers during funeral/memorial services, assisting in baptisms, arranging special worship services, recruiting and training ushers and greeters and helping the Pastor with visitations to nursing homes. The deacons are charged with monitoring membership, prospecting and welcoming new members and providing activities related to the admission of new members. They work very closely with the Christian Education Committee in developing and carrying out ways to make worship meaningful for all. The Diaconate oversees the Altar/Flower Committee, the Care Committee, the Music Committee and the Prayer Chain. One member from the Diaconate serves on the Personnel Committee. The Diaconate is composed of 8 members and meets monthly.

Church Officers

  • Moderator - runs annual and special congregational meetings
  • Clerk - responsible for announcing congregational meetings and taking minutes at these meetings
  • Church Treasurer
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • Auditor