Where Can I Serve?

WORSHIP SERVANTS                                                                                                                                                                                              

  • Assisting Minister—Singing: Do assisting parts of service including singing & assist with Communion.
  • Assisting Minister—Not singing: Do assisting parts of service not to include singing & assist with Communion.
  • Communion Assistant: Assists with Communion when extra help is needed.
  • Greeter: Welcomes members and visitors, providing general information and direction.
  • Usher: Pass out worship material, direct seating, receive offering, direct members to Holy Communion, and pick up after service.
  • Lay Reader: Reads lessons for worship service, assists with Communion distribution.
  • Nursery (during worship): In charge of children in nursery.
  • Spirit Choir: Melody orientated Contemporary music. Not necessary to read music.
  • Chime Choir: For occasional services. Ability to read music.
  • Instrumentalist: Indicate an instrument on which you could accompany worship, other groups, or provide special music.
  • Vocalist: Individual/Soloist or small group willing to sing at worship.
  • Contemporary Worship Instrumentalist:  Instrumental assistance with Contemporary Worship Service.
  • Contemporary Worship Vocalist:  Vocal Assistance in leading Worship with the Worship Team.
  • Technology Minister:  Run the power point during services, assist in running the mixing board and help with other issues related to audio/visual during the worship service. Assist in the development of power point presentations for the worship service.
  • Eucharistic Minister: Deliver Holy Communion to those unable to attend worship.  Training will be provided.
  • Altar Guild:  Take turns preparing and cleaning up for Communion, care for the altar, paraments and cloths.
  • Banner Making: Assist in making banners for the sanctuary.
  • Baking Communion Bread: Being one of a team of people who will take turns baking the bread for each week.

 

LEARNING AND EDUCATION                                                                                                                                                                                 

  • Sunday School Teacher/Assistant: Team-teach or help with Sunday School classes each Sunday throughout the school year.
  • Sunday School Superintendent: Coordinate the school year calendar, teacher recruiting, order and maintain supplies, coordinate the Christmas Program, and oversee Sunday activities.
  • Substitute Teacher:  Occasionally fill in for a Sunday school teacher.
  • Sunday School Music: Lead or accompany music at the opening of Sunday School each week.  Helping with the Christmas or other season music program rehearsals, props or costumes.
  • Vacation Bible School Teacher: Lead or assist in many areas of the Vacation Bible School, half days for one week during summer.
  • Confirmation Mentor: Encourage Confirmands (7th & 8th grades) growth in their faith through a one-on-one relationship.
  • Adult Education: Attend and participate in various adult learning opportunities.  A coordinator and occasional teachers are also needed.
  • Bible Study: Participate (or start) small group Bible study, usually once a week.
  • Clown Ministry: Known as “imagi” a group of brave but silent members who plan and present moving spiritual messages at several services during the year.  Also add interest at outreach events.
  • Library: Help maintain filing system and publicize content of new books.
  • Family Ministry: Help the Family Ministry Committee implement the Faith Stepping Stones by occasionally providing food, serving refreshments, child care, instruction or other support.

 

SUPPORT                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

  • Cutting grass: Do lawn mowing and trimming with church equipment, 2 to 3 times per season.
  • Snow removal: Clean snow from sidewalks around building and Hales Mill Road using church blower or shovels.  One-week duty, 2 to 3 times per winter.
  • Yard Work/Carpentry Skills/Repairs: Tree trimming; spring/fall clean-up. Indicate skills which may occasionally be needed for the church and grounds by the Property and Management Committee.
  • Landscaping/Pruning/Weeding:  Keeping flower beds/around building free of weeds.
  • Specialty Skills: Plumber, Electrician, Carpenter, Painter, locksmith, etc.
  • Church Indoor Spring -Fall cleaning: web dusting, wash windows, mailboxes,  tables/chairs, etc.
  • Food Preparation: Prepare food for special events, funerals, shut-ins, bake sales or other needs.
  • Soup Supper Preparation: Prepare soup or sandwiches for Advent or Lent soup suppers.
  • Kitchen Clean up: Cleaning up kitchen after coffee hour each week.
  • Schedule folks: Can schedule folks in rotation for clean up
  • Coordinate Meals: Contacting folks on Food Prep list to prepare meals & take to families during illness or after surgery.
  • Canvassing: Distributing flyers for VBS, Rally Day, etc., to the surrounding community.
  • Count Offerings: Teams of 3 count offerings on Monday and prepare deposit.
  • Bookkeeping/Recording Secretary: Use computer software to keep contribution records and issue statements to members including pledge status.
  • Transportation: Driving a member to church, special event or an appointment (occasional).
  • Telephoning: Assist reaching groups or all members with important information quickly.
  • Office Assistance: Help with special or routine office projects during week days. Fill in on days off.
  • Driving Brother Bill:  Providing transportation for visits by our Lay Pastoral Assistant, Bill Nybeck.  This would be on an “as needed” basis. Bill lives north of Dubuque.
  • Newsletter Writer: Individuals who would receive information gathered and write an article about it or one who could create a subject/article and prepare it for publication.
  • Newsletter Photographer: Take photos requested by a reporter or writer.
  • Simply Giving Coordinator: Promotes automatic bank debit program for members and gives information to Thrivent for processing.
  • Photography: Take pictures of new members and special occasions for the congregation.

 

FELLOWSHIP and PARISH LIFE                                                                                                                                                                             

  • Prayer Chain: Provides an opportunity through a “phone or E-Mail tree” to request or offer specific prayer for individuals.
  • Rally Day Task Force: Work closely with the Rally Day Coordinator to plan and communicate all aspects including, but not limited to, children’s games, family activities, food, and publicity for the event.
  • Crafters: Time for small group fellowship to work on personal craft projects.
  • Sports Programs: Adult/youth recreational fellowship as a leader or participant in golf, basketball, softball, volleyball, bicycling, tennis, bowling, horseshoe, group exercise.
  • Senior Adults (50+):  Seniors meet once a month throughout the year, at a variety of locations, for lunch and fellowship.
  • Men’s Breakfast Group and Women’s Breakfast Group: Fellowship groups meeting either at the church or restaurants at 8:30 the second Saturday morning each month.  Occasional work projects and retreats at Lord of Life or away.
  • Women’s Night Out:  Time for women/moms to take a break, rejuvenate, relax, and enjoy some adult company and conversation.
  • Babysitting Co-op:  Exchange of babysitting services with other parents in the church Co-op.


MISSION and OUTREACH                                                                                                                                                                                       

  • Stephen Ministry: Lay ministers trained and organized to help provide Christian caregiving to members of our congregation and community.
  • St. Luke’s Saturday Evening Meals: Volunteers from Lord of Life occasionally provide food and serve community dinners at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church downtown.
  • Rescue Mission Serving: Assist with serving noon meals at Dubuque Rescue Mission every other Saturday. Usually 2 to 3 times per year.
  • Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers from Dubuque/Jackson County build and restore homes for low income families.
  • Open Closet: Collect and deliver donated clothing to the Open Closet at St. John’s Lutheran Church, which is then given to anyone in need.
  • Hunger Issues: Assist with collecting food or financial support to alleviate hunger through Crop Walk, Bread for the World, and Dubuque Food Pantry.
  • Hospital Visitation: Visitation of those who may be hospitalized (as needed).
  • Shut-in Visitation: Visitation of those with limited mobility, depending on circumstances (monthly or as needed).
  • Mission Trips: Volunteers reach out to others by traveling to foreign sites providing medical, dental, pharmaceutical, and/or construction services in the name of Jesus Christ.
  • Quilters for Lutheran World Relief: An ongoing mission project, September through May, making quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  No experience necessary.
  • Thrivent Congregational Coordinators: Thrivent members coordinate Thrivent-sponsored fundraisers and activities for Lord of Life and the community.
  • Samaritan Care: Expresses Christian care by sending cards to members as support and encouragement.
  • Disaster Relief:  Provide labor, materials, and supplies for local disasters.
  • Meal Delivery Luther Manor: Weekday delivery of meals to shut-ins between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Meals picked up at Luther Manor.

 

EVANGELISM                                                                                                                                                                                                            

  • Lay Caller: Follows up first time visitors with a brief home visit and provide welcome bag with information about Lord of Life. On a rotation schedule.
  • Card Making: Create Spiritual care cards for Samaritan Care, new members, and visitors.
  • Spiritual Retreat/Fellowship: A special time set aside for renewal, growth and fun.
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry: Pray, knit, and crochet and donate blessed shawls to persons needing comfort and support. Meet first and third Thursdays each month year round.

 

YOUTH                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

  • Youth Committee: Adults who work with the Youth Director and Youth Advisor planning and organizing senior high youth group activities
  • Youth Sponsors:  Adults who work with the Youth Director as leaders and mentors for senior high youth group events.
  • Easter Breakfast Committee: Assist in coordination of Easter Breakfast.
  • Provide Food: Provide food for senior high youth activities
  • Assist with Fundraising: Assist in planning/executing fundraising activities.
  • SCRIPT Coordinator: Facilitate SCRIPT fundraising program.
  • Lent/Advent Soup Supper Coordinator: Assist in coordination of youth setup/cleanup of soup suppers.
  • Youth Worship Service:  Assist in preparation for bi-annual youth-led worship service.
  • Youth Trip Committee:  Assist in planning/coordinating trip/travel plans.
  • Event/Trip Chaperone:  Attend youth events/trips as chaperone.
  • Provide Transportation:  Provide transportation for youth activities.

 

COMMUNITY BOARDS                                                                                                                                                                                            

  • Luther Manor: Luther Manor is a non-profit Nursing Home established by 7 Lutheran Churches in Dubuque providing health care and services to aging persons and their families.
  • St. Mark: St. Mark Community Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a broad range of services to people of all ages enabling them to help themselves.
  • DACU: Dubuque Area Congregations United is an ecumenical collaboration of area faiths and beliefs, united by a belief in God, dedicated to promoting justice and serving others.
  • Dubuque Rescue Mission: The Mission is a local Christian short-term shelter for homeless men, which also provides daily meals to the community and operates a thrift store.
  • Thrivent Council Board: Serving on community board.