Faith In Action Discovering your Time, Talents and Treasures
St. Paul Lutheran Church and School 701 Washington Street
Grafton, WI 53024 262-377-4659 Splgrafton.org/Servant-Ministry
Blessed to be a Blessing “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) You are created in Christ to do good works. Good works are often viewed as an optional activity, but for the Christian, that is not the case. We have been blessed by God with faith, forgiveness of our sins, and through faith, the gift of eternal life. Why has God saved you? Because of His love for you! Because He has created you to be a blessing to others! That is what “faith in action” is all about. Every believer has spiritual gifts, abilities and talents that are to be used in His church. There are no age limits on those gifts. The only question is: “What do you want me to do Lord?” As a member of St. Paul, you are asked to look through this booklet and choose those areas that you would like to serve. As you serve, you then become a blessing to others and discover that you are blessed in the process! Pastor Wendorf Senior Pastor
Table of Contents Church Boards………………………………………………………..…...4 Volunteer Ministries Christian Day School .......................................... …...6 Church/School Properties ................................. …...7 Computers .......................................................... …...8 Fundraising ......................................................... …...8 Media Ministries ................................................. …...8 Athletics/Rec………………………………………………..…..9 Missions……………………………………………………..…….9 Music Ministries…………………………………..………….10
Office Support ……………………………….……………….11 Parish Education…………………………………….……….12 Servant Ministries………………………………..………….13 Special Events…………………………………………..…….14 Women’s Groups……………………………………..………15 Worship…………………………………………………..………16 Youth Ministries……………………………….….…………..16 Family Life Ministries………………………..……………..17 Ministry Ideas/Comments…………………………….....18 Special Gifts/Memorial Opportunities…………………..……..19 School Funding Activities……………………………………..……..23 Notes ……………………………………………………..…………………26 3
Church Boards Being a member of a Church Board is a great way to serve. In order to serve you must become a voting member of St. Paul. Those who serve are elected or appointed at the Voters meetings. Voting membership is available to anyone who is 18 or older. Below are short explanations of Board responsibilities. Additional details of each Boardsâ€™ duties are described in the Church Constitution. A copy of the Constitution is available in the Church office. If you are interested in serving on a Board, just check the space on the FIA sign up sheet and we will contact you. Christian Day School Board Takes responsibility for operation of the Christian Day School. The school fosters spiritual and academic growth within the congregation by providing learning opportunities for children from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. Board of Elders The Elders look after the spiritual welfare of the pastors, staff and all congregational members, individually and corporately. They supervise everything pertaining to congregational worship.
Board of Evangelism The Evangelism Board brings the Gospel to the unchurched and maintains an evangelistic presence in the community. They enlist and train Godâ€™s people in the work of spreading the Gospel. They promote the social ministry of the congregation. (Being generous to those in need.)
Board of Parish Education Plans and administers the total educational program of the congregation, with the exception of the Christian Day School. Provides necessary means and facilities for educational agencies under its control. Example: The Bible Study program at St. Paul. Board of Parish Properties Provides proper maintenance and repair of church properties with the exception of the cemetery. Provides general protection of the physical assets of the congregation against loss or damage. Board of Personnel Establishes and reviews personnel policies, salaries, and wage-and-benefit plans for all paid employees of the congregation.
Board of Stewardship Initiates programs to promote a life of servant-hood and giving. Runs a significant effort each fall to advance the use of time, talents, and gifts to support the ministry at St. Paul. Also provides congregation members with opportunities to discover and utilize their spiritual gifts. Youth Ministry Board Provides middle-school, high-school and college age youth of the congregation opportunities to be involved in the work of Christ! Promotes genuine Christian fellowship among our youth.
Volunteer Ministries Christian Day School Panther Parents The St. Paul Panther Parents is an organization similar to a PTA. Panther Parents organize several events throughout the year for families to enjoy, provide support to the teachers, and raise money for the school. Meetings are held monthly during the school year. Specific dates are published in the St. Paul School ECHO. Coaching Staff/Sports Volunteer to serve as a coach or an asst. coach of an athletic team or group. Do you have the skills to lead or assist in sports such as volleyball, basketball, track, etc.? Classroom/Library Volunteer to assist a teacher in a classroom or the library. No experience necessary. After School Activity or Club Leader/Assist Volunteer to lead an after school activity such as a chess, drama, or craft club. Athletic Event Assist Volunteer to help with admission, concessions, assisting visitors, etc. at home athletic events.
Church /School Properties Archive/Historical Preservation Preserving the pastâ€ŚIf you have an interest in our church and school history, assistance is needed in collecting, digitizing, scanning and organizing our church and school historical documents and photos. Christmas Decorating A number of people are needed to help put up and take down the Christmas decorations each year. Decorations are put up after Thanksgiving and taken down at Epiphany. Please watch the church bulletin for specific times and dates. Church Cleaning Would you like to help keep St. Paul looking beautiful? Teams of cleaners are scheduled to help clean the church property. Each team is scheduled once a month. Church Gardening If you love yard work or enjoy the simple pleasure of gardening this is the group for you. They ensure the regular care of the flower gardens and gather annually for spring planting and fall clean-up. Itâ€™s a nice way to meet new friends. Church/School Maintenance Is working with your hands what you like to do? We often need talented volunteers to help with small projects such as general labor, carpentry, electrical, painting or plumbing.
Computers Computer Assistance Do you have computer skills? Help is needed from people who can provide the following skills: computer/IT, web design, maintenance, tech support, desktop publishing, website updating/publishing, and graphic design.
Fundraising Auction Committee This fund raising auction is held on Sweetest Day every year. It is a live and silent auction and the excitement mounts as the night goes along. The auction items come from business and private donations and Thrivent matching funds. Helpers are needed to get auction donations and work at the auction. Money raised is split between the band, athletics, parish properties, Christian Day School assembly speakers and the sharing shelf. This auction is very spirited and well worth your time. Media Ministries Audio Media Technician This is knobs and buttons galore! A tech is needed most often for the contemporary worship team practice and worship service. Some weddings also require the use of a sound technician. Camera Operator Help is needed to record the weekend worship services and Sunday morning Bible Education Hour.
Visual Media Creator This position requires working knowledge of PowerPoint to assist in preparing slides for the services and/or sermon. These slides need to be created between Wednesday and Saturday and previewed on the Church televisions before weekend services and in the Carport. Visual Media Operator Anyone with basic computer skills can be trained. A Visual Media Operator starts the announcements before the service, advancing through a PowerPoint presentation during the service, and turn the televisions on and off. Athletics/Recreation Dartball St. Paul Dartball teams play in the church Undercroft every Monday night, September through February. A tournament is held the first weekend in March at First Immanuel Church in Cedarburg. Anyone confirmed to age 100 is welcome to play. Basketball Watch Church Bulletin for days and times. Usually meet once a week during the school year in the school gym to play. Purely social group. Come on! You are needed for a game!
Missions HIS / Hands In Service Committee See description on Page 13.
Mission Trip Opportunities Interested in joining a mission trip group? Previous trips have included mission teams being sent to other states and outside the U.S. as well as various disaster relief efforts wherever the need arises. LWML-See Description on Page 15. Music Ministries Brass Choir Do you play a brass instrument? We would love to have you join this group (high school age or above please). This group meets as needed to play for various services throughout the year, especially around church festivals. Children’s Choir Children’s Choir is for ALL congregational children in Grades K—2 that like to sing during Church services and concerts throughout the year. This choir meets weekly during the school year. Contemporary Worship Team This group is for instrumentalists and singers who want to help lead worship in a different style. We strive to have enough team members to allow teams to alternate weekends. Rehearsals are then held in preparation for your assigned scheduled worship service. Flute/Woodwind Choir Do you play a flute or any woodwind instruments? We would love to have you join this group (high school age or above please). This group meets as needed to play for various services throughout the year, especially around Christmas. 10
Handbell Choir We are looking for people who can read music to share the joy of ringing hand bells. This group rehearses weekly throughout the school year. Male Choir Join this fun group of guys (any age) to sing praises to the Lord. Rehearsals are weekly throughout the school year. Mixed Choir All singersâ€”hereâ€™s an opportunity to join a joyful group singing in many musical styles. Join for a season or a full year! Rehearsals are weekly throughout the school year. Music Library Assistance is needed for filing and organization of sheet music inventory.
Piano Players Put those hours of practice to use by playing for school chapel services (Wednesday at 8:30 am), accompanying the male or mixed choirs at times, or playing a sacred piece for church. Soloists or Small Groups Soloists and small groups are used for occasional worship services. This is ideal for people who cannot add a weekly commitment to their schedule.
Office Support General Office Help is needed in the office with newsletters, mass mailings, filing, phone coverage and special projects. 11
Parish Education Adult Bible Studies There are a number of Adult Bible Studies at St. Paul throughout the week. A list of current studies are in the weekly bulletin. Anyone interested in becoming a small group leader or teaching a Bible class should contact the pastors. Sunday School Volunteer teachers and assistants are needed to work with our Sunday School children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. No “professional” teaching experience is necessary and “training” is available. Sunday School classes meet from 9:30 to 10:30 AM on Sunday mornings during the school year. Vacation Bible School Open to children age three through sixth grade, this week-long summer activity is usually held in mid-June. Teachers and classroom assistants are needed to teach Bible stories, do crafts, lead music, prepare snacks and supervise in the gym and on the playground. This is a great service opportunity for upper grade and high school or college age students. PSRI (Public School Religious Instruction) Volunteers who have a heart and talent for teaching children about their Lord are needed. PSRI provides an opportunity to instruct children of St. Paul’s congregation who do not attend the Christian Day School. Classes meet every Wednesday afternoon during the school year from 4:15-5:15 pm and are held for kindergartners through sixth grade.
Servant Ministries Baking/Food Preparation Volunteers needed to provide or prepare onsite baked goods and other food items for a variety of special events throughout the church year. Coffee Ministry Enjoy fellowship with members between services on Sunday morning in the Gathering Hall as you enjoy coffee or juice and snacks. Donations of food, money or help making coffee or cleaning up coffee pots would be appreciated. HISâ€”Hands in Service Hands in Service (HIS) Group meets monthly to discuss and facilitate projects that will serve others. Any project that serves others is open for discussion. It is our hope to provide opportunities for any and all that want to serve the Lord by serving others. We organize and facilitate projects ranging from one-time to ongoing events, serving those in our congregation, community, country and throughout the world. Quilters The St. Paul Quilters make quilts from donated fabric for Lutheran World Relief and other causes. Members meet weekly. Donations of material, yard goods, sheets, drapes and curtains with fabric content of cotton or cotton blends are appreciated. We Care Meals A unique meal service for individuals returning home from a hospital stay or families in need. Volunteers prepare dinner entrees once a month and freeze them. These meals will then be available throughout the month. Monetary donations are also needed for food purchases. 13
Prayer Shawl/Crafters This group works on individual projects and enjoy fellowship with each other. Meet 3rd Monday of month at The Providence Place. Knit or crochet prayer shawls for distribution. Open to doing other craft projects especially if intended for the needy. Shut-In Ministry Assist. Volunteers send Birthday/Christmas cards to shut ins. Some make a short visit to bring news from St. Paul or just have a cup of coffee with shut-in members of our church.
Special Events Christmas Parade Volunteers needed to decorate the Church float and participate in the Grafton Christmas Parade.
Church Picnic The church picnic is usually held in early September. Kitchen help is needed to prepare, serve and clean-up food. Additional help is also needed for set-up, games and other activities. County Fair Volunteers are needed to staff the St. Paul Church Booth for a 2 hour shift. Additional help is needed for set-up and removal of the booth as well as help calling volunteers.
Women’s Groups Lutheran Women’s Missionary League The LWML helps women of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) find avenues to use their God-given talents as they joyfully share the Good News of Jesus Christ with people near and far. The LWML supplies mission grants all over the world with money from the Mite Boxes, assembly of layettes for Lutheran World Relief, school kits, projects for shut-ins, prayer breakfast, befriending a missionary and mission education. MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) A place to find friendship, community, resources and support for you as a woman and mother so you're not alone. Moms have found community through MOPS for almost 40 years - we are your mothering authority.
MOPS (Childcare) Serve as a childcare provider for children of MOPS moms during MOPS meetings. Help is needed in the morning on the first / third Tuesdays of each month during the school year. MOPS “MENTOR MOMS” Serve as a “mentor” to a MOPS mom by providing emotional support, being a “listener,” and perhaps providing some “experienced mom” advice. Excellent opportunity for moms of older children to support moms with younger children. Women’s Guild A women’s group dedicated to the service of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Yearly projects include: Country Fair, Lenten dinner, serving for funerals and occasional weddings. Donations are used for mission projects, educational events and entertainment programs for members and guests. 15
Worship Altar Guild The Altar Guild serves quietly and behind the scenes in the important function of preparing and cleaning the chancel for worship, changing the candles and paraments, and cleaning the sacramental vessels. Greeters No experience necessaryâ€”come with a friendly smiling face, and a hand to extend. It only takes fifteen minutes of time prior to worship. Greeters stand at each door to welcome members and guests. Ushers Ushers provide assistance with worship services. Duties include distributing bulletins, gathering the offering, and guiding people from their pews for Holy Communion. Head ushers lead the teams. Schedules are flexible. Youth Ministries Youth Ministry is seeking adult and youth volunteers interested in Growing in Christ, deliberately and intentionally building relationships with youth in the church and our community, supporting networking between people, building and using technological methods of outreach among youth.
Communication Volunteer Volunteer help is needed to develop an outreach to youth using a St Paul Facebook page. This would include sending information out and posting information, pictures, etc.
Adult Leaders Volunteers who love working with youth are needed to lead Bible Studies, games and programs, and make snacks. Youth Ministry Action Team Looking for people who would like to develop and participate in an Action Team for youth ministry that would function as a committee of the youth board. The Action Team would inform the board of the youth's work and help in planning events and achieving specific ministry goals. Family Life Ministries Family Life Action Team This group of young people and adults meets when needed and oversees events that promote and support “The Christian Family”. Some of the events that they sponsor are listed below.
Centershot Archery (Participant) Are you an archer or would you like to learn the skills for becoming an archer? Group is open to all families. At least one parent must accompany children and children must be five or older. Group meets weekly for eight weeks. Centershot Archery (Helper) Are you an archer who can teach or someone who would like to be involved by supervising an archery group? Adults are needed to fill this role and oversee a group that would meet weekly for eight weeks. “All Pro Dad” Breakfasts (Assistant) Volunteers are needed to set-up, greet, serve, perhaps make a presentation, clean up, etc. These events are held at 7 am before school three times a school year. 17
Marriage Mentor Couple Looking for married couples who might be willing to serve as mentors to a young married couple when needed. Training is available and then all you need is a willingness to share what you have learned about marriage and parenting with another younger couple at our church.
My Ministry Idea/Comments Do you have an idea for a new ministry not listed in this booklet? Are you not sure where your talents would best be used after reviewing this booklet? Write your idea down in the space provided on the FIA form or make a list of areas you are interested in and contact one of the Pastors to discuss your ideas.
Special Gifts & Memorial Opportunities Special gifts can be made at any time and deposited in the offering plate during Church services or dropped off or mailed to the Church office. Special Offering envelopes are included in the offering envelopes mailed to member homes. Special Offering envelopes are also available in the Church Welcome Center. LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER Altar Guild Funds received are used for banners, church linens, and other Altar Guild related needs. Archive/Historic Preservation Funds are used in the archival and historical preservation of church and school documents, pictures, and memorabilia. Athletic Program Funds received are used for the replacement of equipment or purchase of new equipment used by the young people of St. Paul in both the curricular physical education area and in extra-curricular athletics. Capital Improvement Fund Funds received are for use by the Board of Parish Properties to make improvements and repairs to the facilities. Christmas Decorations Funds go toward the purchase of flowers and decorations in and around the church during the Christmas season.
Church Library Funds are used for the purchase of books and materials for the adult library of the church. Contemporary Worship Funds are used for equipment and music used in Contemporary Worship. Catch the Vision Funds are used for interest and principle on the congregationâ€™s building debt. Endowment Fund Funds accumulate to a designated amount and are then invested. The interest from investments is used for future St. Paul ministry needs approved by the Voters Assembly. Friends of St. Paul Funds donated and labeled with this title are designated for classroom curriculum improvements in the Christian Day School. Good Samaritan Program Provides tuition assistance for St. Paul Christian Day School families. Handbell Choir Funds are used for the repair/replacement of handbells. Joshua Fund This fund offers financial tuition assistance to families who send students to area Lutheran High Schools.
Lutheran Church and School Any non-designated gifts and memorials are used for the day-to-day ministries of the congregation. Music Ministry Funds received are used for all choirs. Organ Fund Funds received go towards the improvement and upkeep of the church organ. Office Equipment and Furnishings Funds are used for the purchase of equipment and furnishings (chairs, tables, desks, printers, copiers, etc.) to be used in the parish office. Quilterâ€™s of St. Paul Funds are used for the purchase of necessary supplies to support their quilting projects for missions. School Band Program Monies are used to support the ongoing development of the school band program. School Computer and Technology Funds received are used for ongoing upgrades and software. School Library Funds needed for the purchase of books and materials for the Christian Day School Library. School Science Lab Monies received are used for the purchase of supplementary science materials to enhance our studentâ€™s experiences. 21
Sharing Shelf Monies received provide financial and material assistance to needy members and friends of the congregation. Assistance is dispersed confidentially by the Pastors. Student Aid Endowment Fund Funds placed into this account become part of the Endowment Fund. The annual accumulated interest is then given to St. Paul members who are studying to become full-time workers in the church. We Care Meals Monies received are used to purchase food and supplies to make meals for those in need.
SCHOOL FUNDING ACTIVITIES If you would like to support our Christian Day School ministry there are many ways you can help. Some of the programs designed to help the school earn money for new books, equipment and more are listed below. Please contact the school office if you have a question or would like to help. Good Samaritan Program Contact? School Office (262) 377-4659 Many parents are finding it difficult to financially afford the rising cost of Christian education and therefore the Good Samaritan Program was established. Through your donation, you are able to assist a child who otherwise might not receive a Christ-centered education at St. Paul Lutheran School. Campbell’s Labels Our School continues to benefit from an ongoing program of saving labels from the following products? Campbell Soups, Swanson, Vlasic Pickles, Mrs. Paul’s Frozen Foods, Prego and Franco American Products. Just cut out the UPC code and send to your child’s classroom or the school office. The UPC codes are redeemed for school curriculum items.
General Mills “Box Tops for Education” You can save General Mills cereal box tops. Our school receives 10¢ for every qualifying box top collected. A qualifying box top is any Big G product carrying the official “Box Tops for Education” logo. Together we can collect a bundle of Big G box tops and help make a big difference at our school. 23
SCRIP SCRIP is gift certificates and gift cards accepted at hundreds of local and national retail stores, grocery stores, gas stations restaurants and more. Instead of paying for your purchases with cash, check or credit card, you pay with SCRIP. SCRIP is purchased at a discounted price and sold at face value, so the difference means instant profit for St. Paul and tuition credit for you. Purchase SCRIP cards to help reduce your tuition bill and raise money for St. Paul. Contact the school office. Target If you have a Target Guest Card or plan on getting one, designate St. Paul as your school. Then every time you use the Guest Card at Target, Target will contribute 1% of your purchases to St. Paul. Target vendors also contribute additional percentages on specific products purchased with the Target Guest Card.
Thrivent Choice Program This is a program sponsored by Thrivent in which, if you are a Thrivent member, you can designate St. Paul Lutheran School as your â€œchoiceâ€? for a gift. Please contact Jean Steinke in the Church Office for program details. Tyson Project A+ Our school is taking part in a national fund-raising program sponsored by Tyson Foods. All we have to do to participate is clip and save Project A+ redemption labels from various Tyson Foods. Turn all labels into the reception/school office. All monies will be used for the Accelerated Reader program. My Coke Rewards Save your coke bottle caps and turn them into the reception/ school office and our school will earn free merchandise. 24
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This booklet contains detailed information of the available volunteer positions that are listed on the Time And Talents Form.
Published on Apr 22, 2015
This booklet contains detailed information of the available volunteer positions that are listed on the Time And Talents Form.