We have many robust lay ministries that serve to enrich our worship in addition to the ministries we support that serve the community around us. We are always happy to welcome more hands to the job at hand. Please let us know if you are interested in joining any of these groups.
The Altar Guild cares for all of the physical items that make our worship and our church beautiful - from chasubles to chalices. Don't worry if you're not sure what either of those things are. Patty, the Altar Guild Directress is happy to educate all of us. You can find her monthly Behind the Rail offerings in the Newsletters. If you are interested in joining the Altar Guild, please contact Patty Broker.
The Bread Guild bakes the bread we use for Communion during our worship services. The recipe is easy, and thanks to one of our members who teaches engineering at the local community college, we have custom-made cut-and-score presses so the decoration of the loaves is also easy. We each take turns, and one recipe makes a month's worth of bread for the church with a little left over for the baker to enjoy. If you are interested in joining the Bread Guild, contact Ann Marie Hardin.
Eucharistic Ministers carry the gospel book directly in front of the Deacon during the processions. During the service, they read the New Testament lesson and lead the Prayers of the People with the Deacon. Eucharistic Ministers also administer the Chalice during Communion. If you are interested, Ann Marie Hardin is the coordinator of the Eucharistic Ministers. She would be happy to get you started.
Lectors read the Old Testament reading the Psalm during Sunday Worship services. There is no special training required for this ministry. Simple a desire to share in the worship and the ability to read clearly the scripture chosen for that day. Contact Ann Marie Hardin to join the roster of Lectors.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors share our Holy Communion with parishioners who are ill or infirm and cannot make it to church services. They are trained in this ministry and follow a service outline that includes the scripture readings from the Sunday service, a brief discussion of the sermon delivered that day, prayers and the sharing of Communion. If you would like more information or are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Visitor, contact Larry Weeden.
Acolytes lead the processions, and generally help out during the service. This office is open to people age 8 and above. Homer Bozarth would be happy to discuss joining the ranks of our Acolytes with anyone who is interested.
Greeters greet people as they enter the church, and offer everyone a bulletin. They also bring the elements of the Communion to the front of the church and collect the offering during the service. If we have visitors, they offer them a chance to introduce themselves during the service. In general, they are the folks who offer the friendly faces and warm handshakes as we arrive each Sunday. Mary Koch or Chuck Johnston would be happy to provide more detailed information regarding the job of the Greeters.