Ministries

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Our scriptures tell us we are called to minister to one another and to the world as members of the priesthood of all believers. What does this mean for you? It means that God has created you in love, uniquely gifting you for service.

At Good Shepherd, it’s our privilege to assist you in serving according to your God-given skills and talents. God invites us to serve as members of the body of Christ to transform lives in our church, our neighborhood and in the world. Serving according to our gifts brings us great joy!

This Ministry Catalog list many opportunities for ministry and work fellowship. Supporting the church and church members is one of the best ways to be a part of the body of Christ, both in service and in fellowship.


Worship

Acolyte Team

Young people of the church participate in the worship service by lighting the altar candles and assisting with the offering and communion.

Altar Committee

Prepare and place communion service items. Also cares for altar linens, changing the paraments and maintaining the oil candles on the altar.

Bell Choir – The Shepherd’s Bells

Ringers make beautiful music by ringing English hand bells.

Choir – The Singing Shepherds

The choir is a wonderful combination of music-making, fellowship, and fun times together, and leads in worship each Sunday morning.

Communion Bread

Providers buy or make communion bread and place it in the sacristy on their assigned Sunday.

Communion Servers

Assist the pastor by serving the wine during communion.

Greeters & Ushers

Greeters are at the front entrance to welcome everyone arriving for worship. Ushers hand out bulletins, assist as necessary with seating. Greeters & ushers collect the offering and usher during communion.

Flower Distributors

Deliver altar flowers and a church bulletin to homebound members after the Sunday service.

Lectors

Lectors read the Old Testament and epistle lessons during worship.

Worship Team for 8:30 am. service

Musicians provide contemporary music on keyboard, guitars, and drums.

Worship Committee

Meets quarterly to plan regular and special services, and consider special issues relating to worship.


Arts

Arts & Crafts

Creates baptismal banners, prepare containers for Sunday bouquets taken to the homebound, and a variety of other favors and projects for special events, for our homebound members, and for the Sunday school children.

Quilters

Learn new skills and share old ones, while producing group service projects such as lap robes and baby quilts. Anyone interested in quilting is encouraged to join this group, whether you are experienced or not.


Leadership

Church Council

Council members are the elected governing body of the church.


Congregational Care

Bereavement Committee

Organizes meals at the church for families wishing to have a gathering of friends and family following a funeral service.

Crisis Meals and Visits

Provides help for those who may be recovering from surgery, dealing with a crisis or other situations of need for a limited time.

Evangelism Committee

Works on evangelism strategies for the congregation.

Eucharistic Ministers

Distribute communion to homebound members on a rotating schedule.

Prayer Chain

Members devote individual prayer time for requests for special or urgent circumstances.


Small Groups

Fellowship Committee

Plans, coordinates and prepares several fellowship activities and special receptions for the congregation throughout the year.

Life 2

Singles and couples with or without children meet for fellowship, fun and service projects in and around our church and community. Members describe themselves as Baby Boomers but never check I.D’s!

Miriam Circle

Circle members sponsor fellowship and service activities for the church. A continental breakfast is followed by a brief meeting and program.


Christian Education

Bible Study of the Lectionary

Led by Pastor Leslie Fox, participants study the lessons for the upcoming Sunday.

Library Committee

Oversees book purchases and organization of the library for use by the congregation.

Sunday School for Adults

An adult Christian Education opportunity on Saturday mornings.

Sunday School for Youth

Youth are given Biblical lessons are presented in a variety of approaches including arts & crafts, drama, music, storytelling, puppets, science,
computer and cooking.

Sunday School Teachers

Teachers serve in a monthly rotation which a lesson is prepared and taught twice during a unit.

Vacation Bible School

Provides a fun and educational experience for all children in kindergarten through middle school. Many different volunteer opportunities exist from
snacks to teaching.


Youth

Youth Group

Youth (6th – 12th grades) meet 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings for fun, fellowship, and service.


Christian Hospitality

Coffee Hour Servers

Prepare coffee before and after service, with clean-up afterward. Servers also provide three dozen cookies if they are assigned to Cookie Sunday.

Easter Breakfast Team

Assist in the coordination and preparation of a continental breakfast for the congregation prior to Easter Sunday service.

Lenten Supper Team

Assist in the coordination and preparation of soup suppers held prior to the mid-week Lenten services.

New Member Sponsors

Welcome and befriend new members, providing information about church events and activities, including participation in the Newcomer’s Dinner and
tour at the church.


Outreach

Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

The lower level of the church is used for overnight emergency housing of homeless within the IHNetwork program. Volunteers serve as overnight hosts or launder sheets or donate food items.

Operation Christmas Child

Sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child is a Christian relief and evangelism effort to bring the love of Jesus to needy children
around the world through gift-filled shoe-boxes.

Social Ministry

Plans and prepares holiday treats for our home-bound members, coordinates periodic activity events & treats for nursing home residents, supports the
work of IHN, & following research, recommends a list of recipients for the monthly Special Offerings.


Stewardship

Finance Committee

Advises the council and congregation on the annual budget and other financial matters of the church.

Offering

Offering counters are responsible for counting the offering following Sunday services.

Financial Secretaries

Responsible for recording offerings in church accounting software.


Care of Facility

Property Committee

Oversees the care and maintenance of the church building.