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Below is a listing of opportunities that the Worship & Music Committee provides throughout the year at First Lutheran.


Serve on the Worship & Music Committee:This Committee shall assist the Congregation Council in seeing that the services of God’s house are conducted regularly and in accordance with the liturgy of the ELCA, that competent ushers are recruited and trained, and that worship books and other devotional materials are provided and properly cared. They shall arrange for the care of paraments, vestments, and musical instruments, and in consultation with the Pastor, the Organist, and the Choir Directors, they shall furnish music supplies appropriate for use in the worship of a congregation of the ELCA. The Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.


Usher: Ushers distribute bulletins, help worshippers find a place to sit, count the attendance, receive the offering, direct worshippers for Holy Communion, and assist visitors who have questions about room locations in the church. Usher teams for the 9:00 a.m. worship service are assigned for one month. Ushers for 5:30 p.m. Saturday worship and Sunday worship are assigned on a week-by-week basis. They may be parents of the acolyte, but not always.

Head Usher: A position yet to be created where individuals would have primary responsibility for oversight of the ushers duties at each worship service. Training would be provided.

Greeter: Greeters stand near the guest book and welcome worshippers as they arrive. Other than the building itself, greeters are the first impression people get of our church and congregation. Warm and friendly greeters help convey to visitors that ours is a warm and friendly church. Greeters are assigned for each of the three weekend services.

Lector: This person reads to the congregation the First and Second Readings for the worship service as well as the Psalm of the Day. The passages of text to be read will be mailed out on Monday for the following weekend to review. Lectors are assigned for each of the three weekend services.


Senior Choir: Under the direction of John Zauche the Senior Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. The choir sings at two 9:00 a.m. worship services each month. The choir does not meet in the summer months.

Senior Handbell Choir: Under the direction of Julie Murphy the Senior Handbell Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 5:50 p.m. The choir plays once a month, usually on the third Sunday, at the 9:00 a.m. worship. The choir does not meet in the summer months.

New Beginnings Bell Choir: Under the direction of Chris VanDeventer the New Beginnings Bell Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. The choir plays once a month, usually the first Sunday of the month. The choir does not meet in the summer months.

Music Accompanist:

•    Organ: This person plays the organ for worship on Sunday’s when the church’s lead organist cannot. This person receives an honorarium.
•    Piano: Piano accompanists are needed for Saturday night services when the contemporary worship band is unable to play, and occasionally for other events. They are called as needed and this person receives an honorarium


Praise Team

•    Vocal: Be a member of a small group of individuals willing to lend their voices in a contemporary style of worship.
•    Instrumental: Be a member of a small group of individuals willing to provide instrumental accompaniment for a praise worship service. Instruments include guitar, keyboard, or drums. Please indicate your instrument preference.
•    Song Leader: This person will lead the congregation in singing at a praise service.

Special Music: Special music during a worship service enhances the worship experience for all worshipers. Christmas and Easter are times when added music is appreciated. Also, during the summer months when our choirs take a vacation.  

•    Vocal: Sings solos during our Saturday or Sunday worship services.
•    Instrumental: Provides instrumental music during our Saturday or Sunday worship services. Please specify instrument of choice.
•    Handbells: Be a member of a small group of ringers that will perform at special services such as Christmas Eve or Easter. Rehearsal times would be scheduled as the performance date arrives.

Lay Preacher: This person writes and delivers a sermon at all the worship services, usually on a Saturday/Sunday when the Pastor is out of town.

Assisting Minister/Liturgist: This person leads the liturgy portion of the worship service, everything except the sermon, on Saturday and Sundays when the Pastor is out of town. Liturgists meet with the Pastor beforehand for instruction.

Children’s Message: This person writes and delivers a message for the children at all three worship services for one weekend.

Communion Assistant: This person will assist the Pastor in the distribution of the elements. In the past, this has been assigned to Council members, but now is being opened to any member of the congregation.  

Nursery Care Coordinator: The Nursery Care Coordinator will be responsible for the care and keeping of the toys and checks for supplies that the nursery may need. They will schedule volunteers for worship nursery care.

Nursery Duty: Provides care for infants and toddlers during the 9:00/10:30 a.m. worship services. These individuals are scheduled on a week-by-week basis. This is a good position for middle school and high school youth.

Video Technician: Tapes worship services for rebroadcast on the local cable television access channels. This person videos the 10:30 a.m. worship service (9:00 a.m. during the summer) for cable rebroadcast later in the week. Video technicians are assigned Sunday to Sunday and receive training beforehand. Individuals would be scheduled approximately once a month.
Projection: This person is responsible for advancing the slides in the computer program, Easy Worship as well as any other media format used during worship. Individuals are needed at all worship services and will receive training beforehand.

Sound Board Operator:  This person is responsible for making our worship sound the best it can sound.  A state of the art digital sound board is used for a variety of sound operations.  Individuals are needed at all worship services and will receive training beforehand.

Design and Create Banners: Be a part of a group that helps to design and sew seasonal banners to be hung in our sanctuary.

Hang Banners in Sanctuary: Changes banners, cross draping, etc. Checks with Pastor for specific directions to complement church seasons.

Altar Guild: The primary responsibility of the Altar Guild is to prepare prior to and clean up after Holy Communion. The Altar Guild has its own sheet for individuals to fill out.

•    Bake Bread for Communion: Using recipes specifically for this purpose, bakes bread to be used for Holy Communion at our worship services.
•    Set Up: Be a part of a two-person team to prepare the altar for Holy Communion. Instructions are available in the sacristy. New members to the Altar Guild may be partnered with individuals who have served in the years past for instruction.
•    Clean Up: Be a part of a two-person team to clean up after a service of Holy Communion. This includes washing small cups and communion ware.

Seasonal Decoration (Autumn/Christmas)    

•    Interior: Helps set up trees, poinsettias, etc. for Christmas season and/or take them down afterwards on dates advertised in the newsletter and Sunday bulletins. Families with children, singles, empty nesters and retired are all welcome.

•    Change Altar/Pulpit Paraments: Be responsible for changing the paraments to match the season of the church year as well as special festivals that occur during the year.