St John's offers multiple opportunities for involvement in our faith community, depending on your interest, skills, and desire.
Acolytes assist the priest in worship. They also light candles and carry the cross in the procession at the beginning and end of the service. The Crucifer assists the priest in setting the table for Eucharist. Contact John Culley (email@example.com) for more information.
Altar Guild members set up the altar for communion. They also care for the linens and priest’s vestments. Contact Betty Culley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The Choir sings at the 10:30am service on Sundays September through May and on Christmas Eve. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings at 9am. All who enjoy “making a joyful noise unto the Lord” are welcome. Contact Jerilyn Yerkes (email@example.com), Choirmaster/Organist, for more information.
Christian Education Committee
The Christian Education Committee has the role of leading and facilitating individual Christian formation through Sunday and other educational activities. This committee works with the priest and parishioners to develop, coordinate, and maintain high quality programs which embody the theology of the Episcopal Church and the outreach spirit of St. John’s. Formation includes all activities on the time-proven principles of Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience. The Christian Education Committee welcomes new ideas as well as new committee members. For Adult Forum, contact Will Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org). For children’s programs contact Kim Roberts (email@example.com).
The Finance Committee consists of the Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and others as interested. Working through an expense voucher/Vestry approval system, the Treasurer prepares disbursement checks and maintains appropriate files which are audited annually per Diocesan requirements. The Treasurer makes a monthly Actual Expense to Budgeted Expense report as well as a detailed Funds Accounting report to the Vestry. The Assistant Treasurer maintains all pledge and giving records and issues confidential quarterly reports to each pledging family. The Finance Committee drafts the budget for discussion and approval of the Vestry. Contact John Culley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs)
LEMs assist during communion with the chalice and lead some prayers during the service. Contact John Culley (email@example.com) for more information.
Lectors read the Old and New Testament readings during the service. Contact John Culley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The Liturgy Committee provides opportunities for formation of people’s lives and faith through engaging corporate worship. The members of the Liturgy Committee assist the priest in working to achieve this mission. The Committee meets when needed to plan and review the liturgical plans for the upcoming season or special occasions. Contact John Culley (email@example.com) for more information.
The Outreach Committee works to identify and meet needs in our local community, diocese, state, nation, and around the world. Suggestions for projects are always welcome and all church members have an open invitation to participate in this committee. Contact Bud Arnold (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Parish Life Committee
The Parish Life Committee plans and coordinates activities of St. John’s that occur away from St. John’s. The purpose of Parish Life is to offer opportunities for members and friends to enjoy fellowship in a variety of settings.
Pastoral Care Committee
The Pastoral Care Committee provides “in-reach” for members of the congregation, much as the Outreach Committee does for the larger community. Whether there is a need for food, comfort, or time, we try to meet it. There are many ways to contribute. Lay Eucharistic Visitors take Eucharist to those who are unable to attend regular worship. Lay Pastoral Visitors help the priest provide a ministry of presence (not counseling) to those who need a listening ear and comfort. Others sign up to occasionally provide a meal to a church member in need. Contact Adrienne Ashbaugh (Ashbaugh.email@example.com) for more information.
The Property Committee oversees the maintenance of church buildings and grounds. Committee members with a “smattering” of trade and/or gardening skills and tools are appreciated. We try to carry out as many maintenance jobs as possible by utilizing volunteers. If you feel a calling to this ministry, please contact Debbie Swanson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about service opportunities.
St. Martha’s (kitchen and receptions)
St. Martha’s is the group that coordinates receptions and coffee hours. Sunday coffee hour hosts provide light refreshments (e.g., cookies) after the 10:30am service. They make coffee and clean up afterwards. For more information, contact Meegan Reidy (email@example.com).
The Vestry is the group of parishioners who make decisions regarding church business. Vestry members are elected by parishioners to serve three-year terms. Contact Rev. Jan Oller (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.