Opportunities to Serve

Service through Worship

Service through Teaching

Service through Caring

Service through Fellowship

Service through Council, Boards, Committies, and Organizations

Service thorough additional Organizations

 

If you wish to know more about any of the areas listed below or would like to participate, please call the church office at 682-7742 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays).

 


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Service through Worship

 

Altar Guild Members aid worship through preparation for communion and baptismal services.  They change altar cloths for each church season, arrange flowers for Sunday and special services, deliver flowers to the sick, and care for liturgical garments and paraments.  Meetings are held monthly.

 

Choirs lead and enhance worship.  Rehearsal times are:

Chapel Choir (grades K-6) 6:00p.m., Wednesdays

Resurrection Trinity Choir (grades 7-12) 7:45 p.m., Wednesdays

Chancel Choir (post high school adults) – 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays

Handbell Choir – 6:00 p.m., Mondays.

Cross Current/Fire Within - Is a contemporary music team that leads our alternative worship service.

Greeters provide assistance and a “welcoming” hand before each service.

Lay Readers are needed to share the first and second lessons in worship.

Sound System & Visual Volunteers operate the system that controls volume, radio broadcasts, and digital visuals on the big-screen during our corporate worship.

Ushers greet visitors, distribute bulletins, and direct communion services.  Each four-person team (post-confirmation age) serves for a one-month period four times each year.


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Service through Teaching

At least forty volunteers teach and shepherd preschoolers (ages 3-5), Sunday School (grades 1-6), Jr. and Sr. High Youth Forums and Adult Forums.  Volunteers also teach and mentor 7th, 8th, and 9th grade confirmation classes on Wednesday evenings.  Class sizes range from 10 to 20.  Many classes have team teachers.  A large number of volunteers also lead summer Vacation Bible School in August.  Adult education also offers opportunities to teach Bible and topical studies.  See the Board of Christian Education (pages 12-13) for more options of service in our education ministry.

 


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Service through Caring

           

Homebound Communion Visitors take Holy Communion from our Sunday morning celebration to those who cannot be with us physically.

Funeral Service Group serves meals following funerals for gathered greievers .

Prayer Chain Members pray for those needs and concerns that are passed along to them via the phoning or email chain.  All this is done at home.

Prayer Shawl Ministry involves members in prayerfully knitting or crocheting shawls at home for people in need of comfort, expressing the warmth of God’s presence.

Snip ‘n Sew meets Tuesday mornings (starting at 8 a.m.) to make quilts for distribution to those in need both locally and worldwide.

Men in Mission meets monthly for prayer and service, taking on such hands-on projects as building houses with Habitat for Humanity.

Son-Shine Ministry offers food and other needed items to fellow members who are going through major life transitions (e.g., child birth).

Stephen Ministers gift those who are hurting with one-to-one caring relationship.  Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of initial training followed by ongoing continuing education and peer supervision.  This is a two-year commitment.

Visitors to Inactive Members fulfill a listening, caring, outreach visitation ministry to those members who for various reasons have fallen away from the faith community.

 


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Service through Fellowship

 

Sunday Coffee and Fellowship.  Held in the downstairs kitchen area and Fireside Room between services (September through May).  One can help facilitate this important catalyst for fellowship by signing up on the “Brew Crew” poster outside the kitchen.

Lenten Suppers.  During Lent, a light supper is served in the Fellowship Hall.  It is hosted by our various boards and is a warm time of fellowship.

Mission Salad Luncheon.  A Sunday noon salad potluck held in late spring.  Proceeds go to mission work.

Other.  Cooks and servers, decorators and planners are needed for many occasional events.  Volunteers are also needed to host funeral receptions in the Fireside Room.


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Service through Council, Boards, Committees,

and Organizations

 

Each year well over three hundred volunteers plan and oversee the “work of ministry” at First Lutheran through the following organizational structure…

 

Church Council

The 15-member council oversees and coordinates all congregational activity.  Its purpose is to provide vision in accord with the church mission statement and to seek and respond to input from the congregation.  Most council members are selected because of active involvement on boards or committees (each board must have at least one council member as a liaison).  The Executive Committee is elected from the council.  Its officers also serve as the congregational officers.

 

Board of Deacons

Adult and youth (high school) deacons minister to the spiritual needs of our members.  They serve as liturgical assistants, make Saturday hospital visits, and serve in welcoming new members.  This board also works with a Care Coordinating Team of homebound communion visitors, visitors to inactive members, Stephen Minitries, and prayer ministry.

 

Board of Stewardship

This board encourages members to respond to the Gospel through the gift of their time, abilities, and financial resources.  Their work involves year-round education supplemented by an annual Time and Talentemphasis as well as financial emphisis entitled "First for God"..  Two members serve as coordinators of volunteers and report to this board.

 

Board of Property

This board oversees short and long-term maintenance and improvement of our facilities.  The custodian(s) work closely with this board.

           

Memorial Furnishings Committee.  This committee regularly updates a list of appropriate memorial gifts and makes suggestions for the utilization of special monetary gifts (memorials, etc.).  Reports annually to the Board of Property and the congregation.

 

Board of Music and Worship

This board oversees all aspects of congregational worship, seeking constantly to enhance worship.  It coordinates choirs and organists and arranges for lay readers, cantors, and temple talks.  The board monitors the sound system and the quality of our radio broadcast (10:30 a.m. Sundays on WOMT).  Representatives of ushers, banner makers, lay readers, greeters, organists, Altar Guild, and Deacons report to this board.

Board of Christian Servanthood

This board promotes and helps to carry out our Christian mission through service to the congregation, the community, and the world.  New ideas and projects are always welcome, but present examples of service in these areas include…

 

            Service to the congregation…

BREW CREW.  Preparation of LWR coffee for fellowship between services.

RIDES TO CHURCH.  Provided for those otherwise unable to participate in worship and other events.

 

            Service to the community…

FOOD PANTRY.  Canned goods and other nonperishable food items for distribution through the Salvation Army and Peter’s Pantry may be dropped off in either of two receptacles at the church.

MEALS ON WHEELS.  Members deliver meals to the homebound four weeks each year.

SUNDAY SUPPER.  We participate with other congregations to offer a monthly meal (as well as a ride if needed) to those in need.

RELAY FOR LIFE.  We participate in this community effort to provide funding and hope through the American Cancer Society.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.  As a covenant congregation, we contribute financial and human resources annually.  A good number of homes in our area have been built and refurbished through this effort.

 

            Service to the world…

MISSION TRIPS.  Mission teams from FLC travel to other areas of the country and world to care for others in the midst of their circumstances.  Most recently, we have been caring for victims of Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi, repairing homes, distributing food and other needed supplies, and listening to their stories.

MISSIONARY FOR A DAY.  Support for Jim and Carol Sack, our missionaries in Japan, is solicited in $20 increments.  Gifts are noted in the Sunday bulletin.

WORLD HUNGER APPEAL.  Throughout the year our work through ELCA World Hunger Appeal is lifted up.  An envelope appears in each offering packet.

THIRD WORLD CRAFTS & Direct Sales Coffee & Chocolates.  A congregational sale provides an outlet for items made in Third World countries.

MISSION SUPPORT.  Financial and other support is provided to several mission congregations in our area.

 

 

Board of Personnel

This board plans for and oversees all non-volunteer personnel needs of the church.  It serves as an advocate for staff and as a liaison between congregation and staff.

 

Board of Christian Education

This board exists to plan, supervise, coordinate, and evaluate educational programs that witness to Christ and equip the baptized for the work of ministry.  The purpose of Christian education is to help individuals in the community of faith integrate the Gospel into the way they live.  Various committees and positions enable the board to do its work.  These include…

ADULT EDUCATION COMMITTEE.  Plans and promotes all adult education opportunities at First Lutheran.  These include Sunday forums and occasional weekly offerings.

SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMITTEE.  This group is responsible for the operation of the Sunday School from preschool to grade six.  The team has responsibility for curriculum, staff, students, equipment, attendance, and activities.  First Lutheran offers Sunday School opportunities September through May, 9:25 – 10:20 am.

CONFIRMATION COORDINATION TEAM.  This committee coordinates and oversees the confirmation program and aids the volunteer confirmation coordinator in developing the philosophy and planning the program.  In all grades, study is supplemented with retreats, youth rallies, etc.  Classes begin with a meal provided by parents.  Confirmation classes take place Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (September through May).

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COMMITTEE.  VBS is held for a week each summer.  Highlights for four-year-olds through sixth graders are worship, study, play, special projects, an activity center, and a fellowship night for parents.

LIBRARY.  This group is responsible for processing new books, and repairs  Our church library is located on the north end of the Fireside Room and contains a fine collection of books for checkout.  Video and audiotapes may also be checked out.

CAMP AMBASSADOR.  Promotes church camping and the many programs offered by Crossways Camping Ministries.  Hundreds of our members have participated in confirmation and family camping, as well as retreats.

YOUNG CHILDREN’S SUPPORT COMMITTEE. Focuses on children from birth (pre-birth) to age 3, providing support to families through those years.  Includes nursery, cradle roll, Christian parenting education and support, and the activity bags for children during worship.



Board of Christian Fellowship

This board initiates and coordinates congregational fellowship events.  It is responsible for the Rally Day picnic, Holy Hill fellowship events, church family nights, receptions, and similar special events.

 

Board of Outreach

This board serves to glorify God, have fellowship with Him, bring unbelievers into faith, and deepen the faith of the members of First Lutheran Church.  The board seeks ways to make our congregation more friendly and receptive to visitors.  It also seeks to encourage inquiries through advertising, special events, and other means.  This board oversees the Son-Shine Ministry, a ministry of members taking food, etc., to fellow members who are going through major life transitions

 

Board of Finance

This board manages church funds, prepares the congregational budget, maintains financial records, and makes recommendations to the Church Council.  The board works with the bookkeeper and oversees four three-person counting teams which meet at Associated Bank one Monday each month.

 

Board of Youth Ministry

This board serves to coordinate activities for our church youth (junior and senior high).  They organize a variety of activities, events, classes, and retreats/trips.

 


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Additional Organizations

 

ELCA Women of First Lutheran.  This organization supports the mission of our church.  It is governed by a five-person coordinating committee.  Some of its activities include a salad luncheon, mission projects making quilts, layettes and sewing kits; collecting soap and clothing for Lutheran World Relief; rummage sales.  This group often arranges a mother-daughter banquet and women’s retreat.  In addition, four circles meet monthly for Bible study and fellowship.

Endowment Trust Fund Committee.  This committee establishes new ministries and stewardship opportunities additional to the general budget of the church.  Members are elected at the April congregational meeting to serve rotating three-year terms.

Nominating Committee.  This six-person committee is comprised of two council members and four congregational members who are elected at the January congregational meeting.  The Nominating Committee recruits members for Church Council, the Endowment Trust Fund Committee, as well as delegates for various assemblies and Churchwide organizations.


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