servanthood

 

Book of Servanthood

 

 

November, AD2012

INTRODUCTION

Greetings in the name of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

We thank God for all of the dedicated people who volunteer their time and talents in the worship, outreach, mercy ministries, administration, office, and Christian education areas.

The Apostle Paul wrote the following to the early Christians in Rome:

“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:4-8 (NIV)

We encourage you to review the various opportunities listed in this LCRS Book of Servanthood, identify an area or areas you are interested in, and contact the person responsible for that area. God gives us gifts that we may be equipped to serve His Church and others. This book gives us opportunity to assess those gifts and see how we can use them for God’s glory and the good of His people. The motivation to do this comes from the same One who gave the gifts! As His love for us gave us not just our gifts, but His greatest gift, His Son, so we show our love for Him in service to those He calls us to serve.

We pray God’s blessings on your Servanthood journey and ministry.

I.    CORPORATE WORSHIP MINISTRY

II.    CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

III.    MERCY MINISTRIES

IV.    OUTREACH AND FELLOWSHIP

V.    CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

VI.    CHURCH OFFICE

VII.  BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS


I. CORPORATE WORSHIP MINISTRY

The Church is the “Body (corpus) of Christ”, and we honor God and receive His blessings as we worship individually and corporately. Whether Sunday, Saturday or on special feast and holy days, God blesses and bonds us as we gather in His Name around Word and Sacraments.

Many roles and responsibilities relate to corporate worship, and we thank God for those who volunteer time and effort to fill them. Listed here are areas of service within the corporate worship setting. Detailed, printed information and personal training is available for all positions. We are continually in need of those willing to serve the Lord, His Church and His people in any area. Except as noted, all positions are under the guidance of the pastor.

ACOLYTE

The ministry of assisting at the altar is of great importance. The word “acolyte” means “attendant” or “one who helps.” Acolytes light and extinguish the candles, assist at the Communion table, and are ready for other duties during the service.

ALTAR GUILD

Our Altar Guild consists of men and women who enjoy readying our place of worship. Their duties include:

o Prepare, set and clean the altar, chancel and Communion elements and have them ready for corporate worship services

o Have the appropriate color paraments in place
o Coordinate flower purchase, arrangement, placement and distribution
o Be ready to assist during the worship service
o Assistwithotherduties,especiallyduringspecialseasonsandholydays o Attend occasional meetings for instruction and planning

ATTENDANCE RECORDER

This “behind the scenes” ministry receives worship attendance sheets, records them electronically, and sends them to the pastor. This is an “at home” job, and this recording is a great assist for “tracking” member worship attendance activity and trends.

AUDIO TECHNICIAN AND PROJECTIONIST

The ministry involved with our audio technician and projectionist is an important part of our worship service. These volunteers help all of us to hear clearly the words being spoken as well as being able to follow the order of worship and hymns as they are displayed on the screen in the sanctuary. A sound technician also records and edits for our weekly radio broadcast. The recorded service is edited for the radio broadcast during the week. The editing can be performed by a different volunteer.

COMMUNION SERVER

The ministry of serving the Sacrament of the Altar to the people of God is a holy work. This is a privilege of bringing the Body and Blood of Christ to the other believers, and great care is taken in the serving of this Meal. Those who serve, both men and women, are simply instruments of the Lamb of God Whom we are serving. The Sacrament is part of the “Office of the Keys,” which Christ gave to His Church. Only confirmed members of the Lutheran Church are to serve in this capacity after proper training.

GREETER

Greeters create the first impression that visitors have of Risen Savior. Conveying a welcoming, friendly greeting is important to both visitors and members. We consider our visitors “guests” among us. Greeting takes place before and after worship services.

INFORMATION BOOTH ATTENDANT / ROSE PERSON

The information booth attendants play a key role in the evangelism process of our congregation. They make visitors feel welcome, attend to the Guest Book, and provide information and answer questions about our church and church activities. The ministry of the Rose Person is important to our outreach to visitors. Working with the greeters and attendants, the Rose Person greets worship guests, offers them one of our church brochures and offers them a rose to wear so that other members will recognize them as guests and help make them feel comfortable.

LAY READER

The ministry of Scripture reading is a special duty within corporate worship. Although the reader is highly visible, the Word of God is what is to be “seen” and heard. Unlike public speaking or preaching, eye contact is NOT important. A good reader READS well so that a hearer understands and appreciates each word. The readings are displayed on the screen so that all worshipers can follow along. Scripture reading is part of the prophetic ministry of the Church. Lay readers may also be communion servers.

MUSIC MINISTRY

Music ministry is an important part of our worship life. We offer choir and handbell as areas to beautify our worship services. In addition, we make generous use of guest musicians and vocalists. A “Praise Team” provides musical leadership for the Saturday evening “informal” service. Most years feature special musical presentations at Christmas and Easter. Sometimes, special concerts are presented with other choirs and musicians.

This area is the direct responsibility of our Director of Music.

OFFERING TELLERS

Offering Tellers count and deposit the offerings gathered during the worship services. This is usually accomplished during the week.

Tellers are directly responsible to the Assistant Treasurer.

USHERS

The ministry of ushering is vital to the overall setting of corporate worship. They can give out information, lead to a pew, or give physical assistance. They keep accurate attendance records and guide and assist worshippers during communion. Ushers are important for maintaining a good, cheerful, welcoming feeling among our members and guests.

 

II. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Mission: To provide varied options for study of God’s Word for all ages, that we may grow in faith and desire to communicate that faith in words and actions.

Many roles and responsibilities relate to Christian education, and we thank God for those who volunteer time and effort to fill them. Listed here are areas of service within Christian education. We are continually in need of those willing to serve the Lord, His Church and His people in any area. Please contact Deaconess Jeri Morrison unless otherwise noted.

ADULT EDUCATION

Bible and topical studies are strongly encouraged at LCRS, on Sunday morning and during the week. Studies are held on “campus”, at homes and in local restaurants. There is always a need for volunteers to teach these classes. If you think you might enjoy teaching a class, training, as well as funding for specialized training, is available.

CONFIRMATION

Youth in grades 7-9 are encouraged to participate in catechetical study and practical experiences. Years 1 and 2 focus on the core doctrines of Lutheranism, including an overview of the Bible and study of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. Year 3 has Biblical and topical study and time with an adult mentor. Please contact Pastor John Stieve

LIBRARY COMMITTEE

Risen Savior has a large selection of Christian books, as well as videos and audio tapes. Help is always welcome to assist in organizing and maintaining the Library.

LUTHERAN SERVANTHOOD SCHOOL

The Southern Arizona (greater Tucson) of the English District, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod offers courses of instruction in the fall and spring of each year. These classes include Biblical studies, doctrine, the Lutheran Confessions, and application for ministry.

While one may complete the entire program and become eligible for the circuit’s deaconate, others may take particular courses of their choice and interest. Classes are usually conducted in Tucson and most are taught by one of the circuit pastors.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Classes for children age 3 through grades 6 are conducted each Sunday from September through May. We need teachers, aides, helpers, musicians and worship leaders to provide the best education and influence for our children.

Confirmed older teens and adults are welcome to assist in our Sunday School ministry. One may assist for a few weeks or for longer periods.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (KIDS’ CAMP)

Each summer, Gracepoint – our daughter church in Sahuarita – and Risen Savior conduct a one-week school in Sahuarita for children called Kids’ Camp. Kids’ Camp is open to community children and members. The week includes Bible study, crafts, music, recreation, and a presentation by the children for parents and friends. Many volunteers are needed to make Kids’ Camp a success. Please contact Pastor Steve Patton.

YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY

Youth in grades 8-12 are welcome to join in youth and family social activities and with youth study and service projects.

 

III. MERCY MINISTRIES

Our Mission: As conduits of God’s love, to put our faith into action that others may experience God’s grace and be drawn into closer relationship with Him through the Gospel.

Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior is blessed to have a wide variety of Mercy Ministries, and men and women who are willing to serve others.

With more persons becoming involved, the possibilities for what God can do through us become endless. We welcome new ideas and new workers. Please contact Deaconess Jeri Morrison and she will help you get connected to the area in which you would like to serve

CARE VISITATION MINISTRY

Care Visitation Ministry is a special group of men and women who visit regularly with the homebound or with those in hospitals or care facilities. Greeting cards are also sent from time to time. There is a brief training held annually.

COMPASSION FUND

The Compassion Fund has been established to provide emergency funds for those without other resources for basic essential needs. This fund is perpetuated by the generous monetary gifts from members of this congregation. Safeway grocery stores also give a percent of the total purchases of shoppers who link their Safeway Card to LCRS. Our group ID is #9607072.


SUPPORT GROUPS


BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

This is a group of women, including friends and neighbors, who are receiving, or have undergone treatment for breast cancer. They meet every other month to share concerns and information. Our goal is to support and “to be there” for each other.

CARE NOTES

Booklets are available for information dealing with various issues and life situations. These are available in the Narthex. If you do not see what you need, ask!

EXERCISE GROUP

Exercise and stretching do not have to be grim routines and are an important part of wellness and maintaining mobility. A group of enthusiastic participants meet in the Fellowship Hall every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8-9 AM for low-impact, low-keyed exercise to music. Come and join the fun!

FOOD MINISTRY

Volunteers aid those who are being discharged to their home from the hospital and others in need of timely help by making and delivering a meal on the first day home to ease the transition from hospital care.

GRIEF SUPPORT

“Journeying through Grief” books published by Stephen Ministry are sent periodically through the first year after the death of a spouse or immediate family.
“Spouse Grief Recovery” is a support group that is led by one of our winter visitors and is scheduled “as needed”.

HOME HANDYMAN

Home Handyman is a service to those who need a minor "fix-up" inside or outdoor services in their home. Helpers are church members (male and female) who volunteer their services to help others. Occasionally, referrals can be made when a reputable professional is needed. Also, someone from this team of volunteers can be with the requestor when the professional comes to do an estimate for the work and possibly be available while the work is being done.

HOME TOUCH

Volunteers mail information related to the weekly Bible readings to all members and friends who are shut-in. This also includes the Sunday sermon and Saturday Salutations.

LIFE COUNSELING NETWORK

The Life Counseling Network is a confidential service in a Christian context provided at Risen Savior by Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest. Mental health professionals provide counseling to individuals, couples and families as well as various support groups. Call LSS for more information, 748-2300.

PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

This group meets at Desert Hills Lutheran Church each month on Fridays at 10 AM in the church library. The group is open to all men seeking support and or information. It is facilitated by a medical doctor. For more information, call the Parish Nurse at Desert Hills, 648-1633.

PRAYER CHAIN

This is a large group of members who receive prayer requests for others and pray for them daily. Members are contacted by phone or by e-mail with new prayer concerns. Also, as prayer requests are received, a “We’re Praying for You” note is sent to the person or family for whom addresses are submitted. This note is signed by everyone on the Prayer Chain and is tangible evidence of our prayers.

STEPHEN MINISTRY

Stephen Ministers are lay people who receive special training in their ministry before they are commissioned by the pastor for the congregation. They provide confidential one-on-one Christian care to people experiencing loneliness, depression, aging, grief, health concerns, unemployment, and other crises in life. A Stephen Minister meets with their “Care Receiver” for approximately 1 hour each week. They listen but do not judge. They care, are knowledgeable of congregational and community resources, but do not give advice. The Stephen Ministers meet together twice each month for continuing education and supervision so they will be equipped to provide quality care to those who are hurting.

S.O.U.L. (Sharing Our Unconditional Love) LUNCH MINISTRY

Volunteers provide a lunch to members of Risen Savior and to the surrounding communities. The volunteers are organized into the following teams:

Meal Planning and Shopping Cooking
Greeting & Registration Serving

Set up and Cleanup
Community Resource/Entertainment

Please note: meal planning and shopping are done several days prior to the day of the lunch and cooking is done the day before and day of the lunch.

Volunteers can sign-up for more than one team and can rotate between teams as schedules allow. Lunch schedules – days and times each month – are available in REFLECTIONS, weekend worship notes, and on our website. This is a wonderful opportunity to share with others in our church and community the love our Savior has for us. Contact Rhoda Hayes or Deaconess Jeri Morrison for more information.

TRANSPORTATION

Volunteer drivers provide a ride to church services or special events, or appointments.

WELLNESS CENTER

The Wellness Center is open on Monday Mornings from 9-11 AM October– April, and 9-10 AM (twice a month) May –September. A volunteer retired nurse is needed to check blood pressures and/or weight, as well as discuss any special health concerns you may have.
(See the church calendar for the summer schedule.)


COMPASSION/ AWARENESS/ COMMUNITY RESOURCES


GREEN VALLEY FOOD BANK

We have a wooden bin in the Narthex between the mailboxes and the courtyard. Donations of non-perishable food, paper products and hygiene items are picked up weekly. There is a list on the bulletin board above the box listing the most urgent needs that month.

GREEN VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Green Valley Community Foundation Annual Walk-a-thon raises money for the two agencies above and others. LCRS has been a sponsor for several years. Members have a great time walking the community with hundreds of other residents.

NOGALES CROSSROADS MISSION

A community lunch program is offered to the poor and homeless of Nogales, AZ every Monday – Saturday as well as special Holiday dinners. There is also a recovery program for men and women, and a domestic violence shelter for women and children. LCRS provides volunteers as well as items for the food pantry and turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner.

VALLEY ASSISTANCE SERVICES

VAS offers a variety of support to seniors and families who qualify.

Interfaith volunteer Corps:


Services include: grocery shopping, errands (bank, pharmacy, and hairdresser), visiting, caregiver relief (respite), light housekeeping and light home maintenance. Volunteers also help with special projects for VAS.

Community Case Management:

A case manager is available free of charge to senior/disabled persons living in their home to provide a Benefits Check-up report, showing the numerous federally and state funded programs that client's are eligible for. Then also assisting the person to contact and apply for help from appropriate community resources.
Personal Budgeting assistance and Emergency Monetary Assistance are also available.

Many months have a ‘mercy emphasis’ in which we collect items to support a community agency, or highlight their ministry so you can learn what they have to offer. (e.g., Salvation Army blanket collection and bell ringers, Operation Christmas Child, etc)


IV. OUTREACH AND FELLOWSHIP

Many roles and responsibilities relate to outreach and fellowship, and we thank God for those who volunteer time and effort to fill them. Listed here are areas of service within the outreach and fellowship areas. We are continually in need of those willing to serve the Lord, His Church and His people in any area. The Neighborhood Ministry Groups and Evangelism – Assimilation opportunities are under the guidance of the Pastor. For all other positions, please contact the Church office.

AUXILIARY & SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML)

Lutheran Hour Ministry’s ambassador Thrivent Local Volunteer Network


COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

At Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, we do not believe our stewardship stops at the door or through institutions. Many of our members are actively involved in their communities.

Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior supports and participates in various community events. Although the type of participation changes, we are involved with the White Elephant/Country Fair Days in Green Valley. Our members also support the Green Valley Food Pantry and Crossroads Nogales Mission with their food and monetary donations. During the Advent- Christmas season, we sponsor “Come to the Manager” to remind ourselves and our communities that Christ is the reason we celebrate the season.

Our Church provides facilities for AA Groups throughout the year.

Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior also participates in the Adopt-a-Highway program in Green Valley. Our “adopted” highway is La Canada Drive from Esperanza Blvd south to Continental Road. This project not only increases our congregation’s visibility in our community, but also performs a valuable service in the stewardship of the natural resources given us by God.

EVANGELISM – ASSIMILATION

There are opportunities to reach the pre-churched in our community and visitors to our services. Working with the staff, volunteers are needed to help with the follow-up of prospective members. Computer and clerical help is always welcomed for recordkeeping.

Neighborhood Representatives are asked to contact and welcome those guests who live in their neighborhood.

New Member Sponsors devote six months to help acquaint, encourage and involve newer members. We work for a “good fit” between the individuals.

FELLOWSHIP

Volunteers are needed to help with refreshments, suppers, receptions and special events.

Between Sunday worship services, there is a time of fellowship, at which coffee, punch and cookies, or other light refreshments are served. Volunteers assigned to a specific Sunday prepare and serve the refreshments and drinks. This is an excellent opportunity for members to enjoy a brief time of fellowship with each other and with our guests.

Voters’ Assembly meetings are held periodically throughout the year, and a light lunch is served prior to the meetings. Volunteers plan, shop for, and serve these lunches.

Advent and Lent suppers are held between midweek services. Generally, these are sponsored by groups within the congregation, but volunteer help is always appreciated.

Special Events are another area where help is always needed. These may include Christmas dinner, Easter breakfast, Oktoberfest, New Year’s Eve social and other activities.

When Funerals or Memorials are held at Risen Savior, the family may request a light luncheon or refreshments following the service. Help is needed in preparing and serving.

NEIGHBORHOOD MINISTRY GROUPS

Neighborhood Ministry Groups (NMG) are home Bible/topic studies centered on ministry to neighbors in areas where members of the congregation live. Neighbors and friends can be invited to participate in the group without being members of the congregation. NMG strive to serve, nurture and reach out to the communities in which they are located.

PUBLICITY AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

The Parish Publicity Team performs a ministry that uses media for outreach and nurture. The team looks for ways to reach people for Christ through both internal (newsletter and brochures) and external (radio “spots”, website, publicity) communications. The team uses writers, photographers, artists, web programmers and others interested in proclaiming God’s Word through media.


V. CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior is structured on a “Policy-based governance” model. As such, there is only one administrative group, the Board of Trustees. They establish and review policy, propose an annual Financial Plan, appoint task forces, give guidance and review of the staff administrator, and support the staff throughout the year.

The elected offices of the Board include Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Human Resources, Volunteer Coordination, Building and Grounds, and two Trustees-at-Large. Duties and responsibilities are outlined in the Bylaws of the congregation. Terms are two years, meetings are monthly and most members are year-round residents. Task forces are drawn from the congregation for short-term assignments.

ENDOWMENT FUND MANAGERS

The Risen Savior Endowment Fund is given oversight by elected Managers. These individuals are concerned chiefly with wise investment of funds, so that a maximum of earnings may be used for ministry. The managers serve two-year terms, and their duties are outlined in the Bylaws of the congregation.

The Managers coordinate with the Board of Trustees when earnings’ recommendations are made to the congregation through the Voters’ Assembly.

For both groups, confirmed members are nominated for office, and elections are held at a Voters’ Assembly meeting. A nominating committee is appointed each year to identify candidates for open positions on these boards. If you are interested in becoming a nominee, please contact any member of the nominating committee.


VI. CHURCH OFFICE

Office-related Ministry requires a willingness to be of help in the church office. No prior experience is necessary to assist. If any specific training is needed, the office staff will train you. Some tasks require previous knowledge and skills including basic computer knowledge, keyboarding skills, artistic talent, and calligraphy.

Volunteers are needed for the following activities. Please contact the church office personnel if you are interested in serving in this way.

•    Run our copier for the Worship Folders, REFLECTIONS newsletter, and special projects

•    Collate and fold our weekly worship folder (bulletin), special service folders and REFLECTIONS

•    Occasionally make phone calls as well as be available to answer the office phone. Training on how to use the phone system is given at that time

•    Prepare mailings and help maintain the church member mailboxes

VII. BUILDING AND GROUNDS

Upkeep and maintenance of the church property are time-consuming tasks. Occasional “work projects” are scheduled to help maintain beauty or functioning of the buildings. During Church Year seasons and holy days, seasonal displays are placed outdoors and indoors.

Assistance is needed and welcomed – especially during outdoor projects and during the Advent-Christmas seasons. If you are interested and willing to help, please note printed announcements or check with the church office.

 

Amen!

 

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