Committees

Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee of St Gabriel’s Episcopal Church assists the Clergy and Vestry in hosting special church events including: The Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, the Annual Parish Party and the Children’s Community Party which serves more community children each year.  Guests and parishioners remember our events and continually praise the chefs for excellent cuisine they enjoy here.

Coordinators:  Gloria Miller and Fay Hunt

The Cultural Committee

The Cultural Committee commemorates Black History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March, Jazz Appreciation Month in April, and Caribbean History Month in June.

We are fortunate to have our various ministries- our music ministry, dance ministry, Christian Education/Sunday school, and individuals with spoken word, work together to present a gala Black History Concert each year:  

One month of the year is not sufficient to celebrate the people and culture of the African Diaspora. We also celebrate our culture 365 days of the year. We want to embolden our youngsters with the knowledge of who they are and from where they came. It is our responsibility to support, uplift, and share our history with all who has ears to hear.  No one can stop us, we have a lot to say.

Coordinator: Lorna Blackwood

Myrtle Bryant Scholarship Committee

The Annual Myrtle Bryant Scholarship was established in memory of Mrs. Myrtle Brewster Bryant to assist high school graduates with the cost of tuition, books, fees and supplies.

Applicants wishing to be considered for this contest must:

  • Attend St. Gabriel’s or be a dependent (child/grandchild) of a member of the church
  • Be a graduating high school senior planning to attend a university, college, trade school, technical institute, vocational training or other post-secondary education program
  • Submit an official transcript
  • Write an essay addressing the topic specified.  The essay should adhere to the following criteria: be typed, double-spaced, no less than 500 words in Times New Roman 12pt. font with 1” margins.

 

Mrs. Bryant was born in the Republic of Panama.  She migrated to the United States as a young woman to continue her Christian life and education.  In the late 1960’s, St. Gabriel’s was fortunate to be her chosen church home where she proceeded to become a tremendous spiritual force in the congregation.  Her immeasurable love for children and the Lord inspired her to accomplish remarkable things at the then “little” parish church in the heart of East Flatbush. In the late 1970s, she began teaching Sunday School in the basement of her home from. She later served as the Sunday School Assistant Superintendent. When an ever-increasing Sunday School population could not be completely accommodated in the parish hall, Mrs. Bryant and her daughter organized St. Gabriel’s first youth choir also in the basement of her home.

 

Mrs. Bryant’s devotion to spirituality allowed her to give much of herself unconditionally.  We commemorate her with this scholarship. She will be remembered fondly always.

 

For more information, please reach out to Deborah Bartholomew

 

Stewardship Committee 

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10)

We are called to establish a strong stewardship foundation – to build up our faith, our relationships, our community, our families, our Church, our spiritual lives and one another. Let us endeavor to heed the call to Love, Serve, Pray and Share.

The purpose of the stewardship committee includes:

  • To contact parishioners as a matter of courtesy
  • To show interest in the welfare of members
  • To find out parishioners’ views about the church- what’s working/what’s needed
  • To share love, friendship and concern on behalf of the church

Long-term goals of the committee are to increase the percentage of members who tithe and to increase pledge donations to account for at least 80% of the annual parish budget.

The Stewardship Committee meets at the church every second Saturday of the month at 11:00 AM.

For more information, reach out to R. Clifford Loncke, Stewardship Chairman

 

Buildings and Grounds Committee

The role St. Gabriel’s Buildings and Grounds Committee includes the responsibility for:

  • Maintenance and security of the grounds, buildings, and all equipment, except for office equipment, computer systems, and media/sound systems
  • Creating and maintaining inventories of church equipment
  • Analyzing possible future needs of and/or improvements to existing properties and making recommendations to the Vestry as appropriate.

For more information, please contact Noel Browne.

 

THE PARISH COUNCIL

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church – also known as the Parish Council – is a team comprising of the leadership of all ministries and groups within the church. The purpose of the PCC is to foster full participation of the entire parish in the implementation of the parish’s mission, vision and goals. The Parish Council collaborates with the Rector and Vestry to:

  • Coordinate, evaluate and assist in planning all parish events, programs, and activities of the ministries and groups
  • Compile and manage a calendar of activities sponsored by the parish’s ministries and groups.
  • Facilitate the implementation of all activities by ministries and groups for maximum effectiveness.
  • Encourage and deepen the spiritual life of the members of all ministries and groups.

 

The Parish Council meets the last Sunday of every month in the Conference Room, immediately following the conclusion of the 11:00am service.

For more information, please contact Gordon Wilson, Chairman.