Rejoicing in God's love for his whole creation.
greet people at the church door as they arrive, distribute bulletins, assist people to the pews as necessary, count the number of worshippers, collect and present the offering and bring the wine and bread to the altar.
serve as lay readers of the Old Testament scripture during our Sunday morning worship. Anyone is welcome to serve as a lector. There is no license required for this ministry.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
serve as lay readers of the Epistle and the Prayers of the People during our Sunday morning worship, light the candles before worship, carry the cross
into worship and distribute wine during the Eucharistic piece of our worship liturgy. Lay Eucharistic Ministers must be licensed by our Diocese to serve. Anyone is welcome to be a Lay Eucharistic Minister.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
are lay people who have been trained to give the Holy Eucharist to those who are homebound or in a nursing home, rehabilitation center or hospital. Eucharistic visitors must be licensed to serve by our Diocese. Anyone is welcome to become a
Lay Eucharistic Visitor.
are the lay leadership of Good Shepherd who support the Priest-in-Charge by protecting the vision and the financial integrity of Good Shepherd and ensuring that the values of Good Shepherd are upheld. The vestry is the legal representative of Good Shepherd. Members are chosen by election at the annual meeting and serve a three year term.
The Altar Guild consists of a group of volunteers who serve God and our parish. Our ministry includes care for the altar, the vestments, vessels, and linens. Throughout the year we prepare the sanctuary for services which include Holy Eucharist, Morning Prayer, Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and any service conducted in our church using the colors appropriate for the liturgical season or form of service. After each service we clean and store the eucharistic elements, store the altar book and fair linen and launder the linen used during the service.
We believe altar flowers enrich our devotion, so we encourage members of the parish to donate memorial flowers in memory of a loved one(s) such as an anniversary, birthday or memorable occasion. At Easter and Christmas parishioners also give a donation in memory of loved one(s). We arrange and display the flowers and care for the vessels.
If you’d like to join the Altar Guild please speak to Rev. Ann.
Hospitality is another function of our church that brings people together. Coffee hour after church is a perfect opportunity to get involved and converse with one another. Volunteer coffee hosts are on a rotating schedule about every 7-8 weeks. New hosts are always welcome and shone the routine. With coffee, tea, sugar, cups and juice provided, all that is needed from the host(s) is treats for all to enjoy. During the summer we switch to lemonade hour and serve in the narthex.
Another valuable function of hospitality is setting up and planning special dinners or receptions for our church community. Volunteers are always welcome to help with setup, preparation and cleanup. If anyone would like to become a coffee host please feel free to contact Nancy Zafirs to learn more. firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee, praising thee their sun above.
Music is a core element of Sunday mornings at Good Shepherd. The choir leads the congregation in making a joyful noise! Kris Layton, music director and organist, reinvigorates the music regularly by selecting a diversity of styles in the hymns, choral anthems, liturgical music, preludes and postludes. If you want to join the music ministry as a member of the choir—or with guitar or flute or loud-clanging cymbals—Kris would love to hear from you! You can reach her at email@example.com