St. Paul’s is a church rich in volunteers, and volunteers are the backbone of the church. Volunteers perform the labor, work as teachers, and share the ministry of St. Paul’s. Volunteering is an opportunity for members to become close to god by serving in His name, and by serving side-by-side with those in His family. You are welcome to volunteer in any capacity in which you feel comfortable. Below is a listing of some of the committees at St. Paul's along with a small description of their function. But keep an open mind; the function of these committees is only limited by a lack of imagination. Ask yourself, how else can St. Paul’s serve our God, and our community. Be creative, volunteer, make a difference. It will enrich your life.
The Evangelism Committee encourages members to actively provide outreach and warm hospitality to all visitors and to deepen the commitment of faith within the church family.
The Finance Committee shall enlist the aid of all standing committees and shall oversee the preparation of a draft budget for the succeeding year and shall submit it to the Congregation Council in time to be proposed to the congregation during the annual stewardship emphasis. It shall oversee all the financial affairs of the congregation, giving particular attention to the prompt payment of all obligations and regular forwarding of benevolence monies to synod. It shall, subject to approval of the Congregation Council, be responsible for the congregation’s investments.
The Fellowship Committee shall plan and carry out activities to deepen and extend the Christian fellowship among all members of the congregation. It shall endeavor to make the Congregation Council aware of the changing makeup of the congregation and promote means of active involvement by those of all ages, interests, backgrounds and types of family status.
The Stewardship Committee shall throughout the year promote the expression of Christian faith in daily living; teach the Christian use of money; educate the congregation as to local, synodical, national, and world ministries; and lead its members to higher levels of proportionate giving for the Lord’s work. The committee shall be responsible for annual efforts toward informed and grateful giving.
Worship and Music Committee
The Worship and Music Committee shall assist the Congregation Council is seeing that the worship services are conducted regularly and in accordance with the liturgy of the ELCA, that competent worship assistants (ushers, acolytes, communion assistants, lay readers) are recruited and trained, and that all hymnals and other devotional materials are provided and properly maintained. This committee shall supervise and encourage the choirs and other musical groups of the congregation. It shall arrange for care of paraments, vestments, and musical instruments. At the request of the pastor(s), organist or choir director(s), it shall furnish music supplies appropriate for use in the worship services of the congregation.
The Altar Ministry is a sub-committee of the Worship and Music Committee. This group is responsible for changing the seasonal paraments (colors), setting communion, watering the plants and dusting of the Chancel and Sanctuary.
The Property Committee sees to the proper maintenance and protection of all property of the congregation and shall take care that it is kept in good repair and adequately insured. This committee shall maintain and update yearly a five-year projection of foreseeable maintenance and replacement costs. (St. Paul’s Lutheran Constitution, Section C13.01)
Mutual Ministry Committee
The purpose of the Mutual Ministry Committee is to affirm and strengthen St. Paul’s ministry by building a sense of partnership and mutual support within the congregation, pastor(s), and staff. It is to facilitate communication and understanding in all areas, providing a safe place to hear and understand concerns of the pastor(s) and of individuals, encouraging in every way possible spiritual growth and awareness of God in all our attitudes and behavior. This committee will function according to the guidelines developed from ELCA material, especially the publication Mutual Ministry Committee, a Vision for Building up the Body of Christ. Membership on the committee is established by the Church Council in consultation with the pastor and members of the committee. In case of multiple staff there is still only one Parish Relations [Mutual Ministry] Committee, but it has special guideline provisions for support of each pastor and his/her participation in the committee. This committee shall report regularly to the Council and make appropriate recommendations when needed.
Educational Ministry Committee
This committee provides consultation with the pastor, oversees the conduct and promotion of education through the church schools and activities of all organizations within the congregation. It encourages the use of teaching and worship materials published or approved by the ELCA and seeks to introduce the church’s periodicals and books of family devotion into the homes of the congregation. It encourages the continuing education of its own members and of the church school staff. It also makes recommendations each fall to the Congregation Council for disbursements from the congregation’s scholarship funds.
Social Ministry Committee
This committee extends Christian compassion and aid to persons having special needs and shall help all other members of the congregation to do likewise. This committee studies social conditions, in the local community and beyond, in order to bring Christian truth to bear upon critical problems through thoughtful discussion of facts and issues.