We are Commited to God's Word
We are Committed to Prayer | We are Committed to Building up the Body of Christ
We are Committed to Evangelism | We are Committed to Stewardship
We are Committed to Families | We are Committed to Christian Education
We are Committed to Welcoming Visitors | We are Committed to Worship

We are Committed to God’s Word
God’s Word is flawless and foundational.  We believe that the Bible and the Sacraments have the power to transform and guide lives.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

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We are Committed to Prayer:
We believe that prayer is essential for building God’s Kingdom.  Prayer is an opportunity to communicate intimately with God.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  (Philippians 4:6)

Expand/Collapse ItemPrayer Ministry Coordinator

One person needed.  Will maintain a prayer chain in the congregation.  Will receive prayer requests from congregation and community and contact prayer chain members. (See Prayer Chain Manual)  Should have compassion, communication skills, ability to listen and maintain confidentiality.  This ministry will give our congregation an opportunity to put our faith in Christ to work in intercession for one another.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Intercession
Commitment: 1 Year
Status: Barb Schuelke 10/06

Expand/Collapse Item Prayer Partner

Many people are part of and desired for this ministry.  Will receive prayer ministry calls and pass on those calls to others in the prayer ministry.  Will actively pray for every aspect of our congregation and life together.  Should have compassion, communication skills, ability to listen and maintain confidentiality.  This ministry will give our congregation an opportunity to put our faith in Christ to work in intercession for one another.
Spiritual Gifts: Intercession
Commitment: 1 Year
Status:  Position is always open to members of the congregation.

We are Committed to Building up the Body of Christ:
We believe it is important to edify, encourage, and include every member of our congregation to build unity and loving relationships.

“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.”  (Romans 12:4-5)

Expand/Collapse Item Feed My Sheep Coordinator

One person is needed for this ministry. Will create and maintain a list of volunteers to provide meals to those in need.  Will contact and schedule volunteers to provide meals when a family is identified.  Will also coordinate the delivery of meals.  Will also maintain an inventory of frozen meals at the church building.. Should have good telephone communication skills. This ministry will help our congregation share Jesus’ love to those in need.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving, Administration, Mercy
Commitment: 1 Year
Status: Deb Yetzke and Marilyn Manders 10/06

Expand/Collapse Item Feed My Sheep Volunteer

Many people are needed for this ministry. Will provide meals to needy families when called by the Feed My Sheep Coordinator.  May need to deliver meals and arrange for dish return.  Should enjoy cooking and helping others. This ministry will help our congregation share Jesus’ love to those in need.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving, Mercy
Commitment: 1 Year
Status:  Position is always open to members of the congregation

Expand/Collapse Item Feed My Sheep Funeral Coordinator

One person is needed for this ministry. Will create and maintain a list of volunteers to provide meals for families after funerals held at Grace.  Will contact and schedule volunteers to provide meals. Should have good telephone communication skills. This ministry will help our congregation share Jesus’ love to those in need.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving, Administration, Mercy
Commitment: 1 Year
Status: Shelly Palma 7/05

Expand/Collapse Item Feed My Sheep Funeral Volunteer

Many people are needed for this ministry. Will provide meals to families after funerals held at Grace.  Will need to deliver meals to church prior to funeral lunches or dinners and arrange for dish return.  Should enjoy cooking and helping others. This ministry will help our congregation share Jesus’ love to those in need.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving, Mercy
Commitment: 1 Year
Status:  Position is always open to members of the congregation

Expand/Collapse Item Refreshment Provider

Many people are needed to provide this ministry throughout the year. Will bring cookies and juice for Sunday service.  Will start coffee, (decaf and regular) prior to the service.  Will lay out cookies and set up coffee, cups etc. at the adult window, and lay out cookies and pour juice at the children’s window.  Should be able to follow directions for coffee making.  Should be prompt and remember your times of service. This ministry will enhance our fellowship time after worship and help make the overall worship experience a warm and welcoming time as we continue to share the love of Jesus with members and visitors of Grace.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving
Commitment: 2-6 Sundays per year
Status: Scheduled in November for the following year.

Expand/Collapse Item Junior High Youth Director(s)

One person or couple needed for this ministry with our youth.  Will meet with the Junior high youth regularly to provide opportunities for Bible Study, fellowship and servant events.  Will help our youth grow in their relationship with Jesus and with others.  Should enjoy being around young people, be outgoing, creative and have good organizational skills.  This ministry will equip our youth to resist negative peer pressure and help them to be ambassadors of Christ in their world.
Spiritual Gifts: Teacher, Leadership
Commitment:  Two years
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Senior High Youth Counselor(s)

One person or couple needed for this ministry with our youth.  Will meet with the senior high youth regularly to provide opportunities for Bible Study, fellowship and servant events.  Will help our youth grow in their relationship with Jesus and with others.  Should enjoy being around young people, be outgoing, creative and have good organizational skills.  This ministry will equip our youth to resist negative peer pressure and help them to be ambassadors of Christ in their world.
Spiritual Gifts: Teacher, Leadership
Commitment:  Two years
Status: Open

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We are Committed to Evangelism:
We believe that Jesus Christ died for all people; therefore we share Jesus within our local and global communities. We aim to be visible and involved in our community, especially helping those in need.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

Expand/Collapse Item Ablaze! Recorder

One person is need for this ministry. Will receive reports from congregation members and staff of Gospel contacts they have made with unreached and uncommitted persons.  Will record these contacts on our synod’s Ablaze! web site and also keep a running total on our own web site.  Should be computer literate with good communication skills. This ministry will help our congregation to “count what counts,” to have a passion for sharing the Gospel of Jesus with the lost.
Spiritual Gifts: Helping
Commitment: 1 year
Status: Peter Weise 10/15/06

Expand/Collapse Item Christmas Float Director

One person is needed for this ministry. Will pull volunteers together to brainstorm and create a Christmas float, using the parade theme for that year.  Will coordinate with the pastor on the message that is read on the loudspeaker as our float goes through Main street.  Should be creative and know how to take artistic ideas from paper to reality. This ministry will give us the opportunity to make our presence known and present the gospel message in a unique way each year to the Coopersville community.
Spiritual Gifts: Craftsmanship, Leadership
Commitment: 2 Years
Status: Dan Veenstra 11/05

Expand/Collapse Item Church Sign Changer

One person is needed for this ministry who will change the message on our outdoor sign weekly, or as needed.  The message will generally be obtained on a regular basis from the pastor.  Should be able to slide letters in and out of the church sign and center words on each line in all kinds of weather.  This ministry will display an inspirational message to hundreds of people each day and encourage the unchurched to visit Grace and become disciples of Jesus.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving
Commitment: 6 months
Status: Bob and Leslie Fritch 11/05

Expand/Collapse Item Evangelism Caller

Six to twelve people are needed.  They will join an evangelism visitation team, going out in groups of two and three to visit and share the gospel, primarily with those guests who have worshipped with us and indicated they desired a return visit.  The Evangelism Visitation Coordinator will schedule at least two “call” nights per month.  For each call night the teams will make one or two visits, going out in groups of two and three.  Should work well with people and be a good communicator with a passion to win the lost for Jesus.  This is a ministry that goes right to the heart of the mission of our church.  As we share a gospel presentation with those we visit, we will, by the power of the Holy Spirit be making more and better disciples by sharing Jesus’ love.
Spiritual Gifts: Evangelism
Commitment: 1 year
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Evangelism Visitation Coordinator

One person is needed to coordinate our evangelism visits, primarily visiting those guests who have worshipped with us.  Will schedule at least two “call” nights per month with an evangelism visitation team.  For each call night the team will make one or two visits, going out in groups of two and three.  Should work well with people and be a good communicator with a passion to win the lost for Jesus.  This is a ministry that goes right to the heart of the mission of our church.  As we share a gospel presentation with those we visit, we will, by the power of the Holy Spirit be making more and better disciples by sharing Jesus’ love.
Spiritual Gifts: Evangelism
Commitment: 2 Years
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Girls of Grace

Open to all ladies of the congregation.  Meets monthly, usually on the first Monday of the month.  Dedicated to serving the Lord through Missions and various "helping hands" projects.  The Girls of Grace is combined with the Lutheran Women's Missionary League of our church, which provides funds for a variety of mission projects around the world.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving, helping, mercy, evangelism
Commitment: At member’s discretion
Status: Position is always open to the ladies of the congregation

Expand/Collapse Item Welcome Wagon

Two or more people desired for this ministry.  Will provide a community information packet to new residents (i.e. Information on area utilities, organizations, churches, business hours and community activities).  Should have a gift for gab, be cheerful, outgoing.  This ministry will give us an opportunity to minister to Christ ("I was a stranger and you welcomed me") and to show His compassion and love to new community residents.
Spiritual Gifts: Hospitality, Evangelism
Commitment: 1 Year
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Web Servant

One person is needed for this ministry. Will maintain current information about our congregation on the church’s web-site, coordinating with the pastor and other leader’s of our various church ministries.  Will also provide links to other sites that may be of interest to our members and web-visitors.  Should have a good working knowledge of web development. This ministry will inform both members and prospective members of the opportunities for Christian education and fellowship at Grace through the Lutheran Church.
Spiritual Gifts: Craftsmanship
Commitment:  2 years. 
Status:  Peter Weise 1/04

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We are Committed to Stewardship:
We believe that we are a unified community of servants using our spiritual gifts under Godly leadership. We strive to live our faith everyday and to be good stewards of all the resources God has given us.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:1-2)

Expand/Collapse Item Volunteer Ministry Coordinator

One person is needed for this ministry.  Will help our members (particularly new members) identify their spiritual gifts and help place them in new or existing ministries of Grace Lutheran.  Will also coordinate the time of service in these ministries. Should be able to motivate, direct and inspire God’s people to do the Lord’s work.  Possibly be able to work with spiritual gifts software.  This ministry will give our congregation members an opportunity to use their spiritual gifts and grow in faith and their ability to share it.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Leadership
Commitment: 2 Years
Status:  Elaine Van Dyke 5/04

Expand/Collapse Item Building and Grounds Director

One person is needed for this ministry. Will direct and coordinate the care and maintenance of our Church facilities.  Will recruit people to fix things in their areas of expertise and oversee our ongoing Building and Grounds ministries.  Should have good interpersonal skills for recruitment and some handyman skills of your own to know what needs to be fixed. This ministry will help visitors and members alike to see that we care about our house of worship, and remove any negative first impressions that may detract from somebody’s ability to receive the gospel message.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Craftsmanship
Commitment: 1 year
Status: Steve Engvall 1/03

Expand/Collapse Item Building Plumber

One person is needed for this ministry to make simple plumbing repairs and report major problem areas to the Building and Grounds representative.  Should have good manual dexterity with some knowledge of plumbing.  This Ministry will show everyone that we care about the condition of the house of the Lord and equally care about the needs of all who come here to worship.
Spiritual Gifts: Craftsmanship, Serving
Commitment: One year
Status:  Terry Van Dyke 9/05

Expand/Collapse Item Bulletin Collator

One person is needed for this ministry.  Will run off and fold bulletins and stuff inserts for Sunday Worship.  Should enjoy paper cuts and have an operating knowledge of copier.  This Ministry will allow members and non members to have access to worship materials and other materials in which they can see Christ.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving
Commitment:  One year
Status:  Barb Schuelke 1/06

Expand/Collapse Item Church Extension Fund Representative

One person is needed for this ministry who will represent our congregation to the Church Extension Fund of the Michigan District.  Will keep our congregation informed about the latest investment opportunities available to them through CEF, allowing investors to partner in the growth of the church.  Should have a basic understanding of finances and a desire to see the church at large expand.  This ministry will give our members the opportunity to partner with other Lutheran Christians throughout the state as they pool their invested dollars with others to help churches buy, build, or expand.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration
Commitment: 1 year
Status: Ray Seppamaki 1/06

Expand/Collapse Item Church Historian

One person needed for this ministry. Will maintain and regularly update files, picture albums, videos/DVD’s regarding important points in the history of Grace Lutheran.  Will periodically provide our members with opportunities to see their history and celebrate what God has done over the years through the members of Grace. Should have a basic knowledge of archiving & appropriate ways of safely storing pictures and other media that will preserve the piece of our history.  This  ministry will remind our members of God’s guiding hand in our history and encourage us all to continue to lift high the cross of Christ in our day.
Spiritual Gifts: Craftsmanship
Commitment: 2 years
Status:  Connie McKenney 12/1/04

Expand/Collapse Item Coopersville Cares Representative

One person is needed for this ministry to represent Grace Lutheran in our ongoing community ministry, Coopersville Cares.   Will serve as the liaison for us on the Coopersville Cares board and encourage our congregation to support the ministry with their financial and other gifts.  Should have good communication and cooperative skills and have a concern for the less fortunate in our community. This ministry will help Grace impact our community with the love of Christ.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Hospitality
Commitment:  One year
Status: Dixie Bulson 2/01

Expand/Collapse Item Exterior Arborist

One or more people are desired for this ministry.  Will water and care for exterior trees, shrubs and plants and trim weeds around building and grounds.  Should have a love of natural beauty and a basic understanding of tree and shrub care.  This ministry will help visitors and members alike to see a reflection of the growing life and love of Jesus Christ within our church.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving, Craftsmanship
Commitment: 1 Year
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Fire Inspector

One person needed. Will regularly inspect the building’s fire detection system, inspect and replace burned out bulbs in exit signs and inspect and replace fire extinguishers.  Should have an interest in the safety of congregational members and materials, and basic manual dexterity including climbing stepladder.  This ministry will enable members and visitors to come to this house of worship and hear the Gospel for many years to come.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving
Commitment: 1 Year
Status: Dave Aune 12/4/04

Expand/Collapse Item Fluorescent Engineer

One person is needed for this ministry.  Will check light bulbs in fixtures throughout the church building and replace as needed.  If light bulb change will not light fixture, notify the Building and Grounds representative for additional testing.  Should have an interest in good order and have some manual skills, including climbing stepladder.  This ministry will help visitors and members alike to see that we care about our house of worship, and that we want this to be a place where all can see clearly the light of Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving, Craftsmanship
Commitment: 1 year
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Governmental Affairs Advocate

One person is needed for this ministry.  Will inform congregation (via newsletter articles) on governmental legislation and issues (State and National) that affect our beliefs.  Should be able to research and summarize information and have in interest in government and current events.  This ministry will help us to put a voice to our faith, particularly regarding governmental policies that might be in opposition to God’s Word.
Spiritual Gifts: Discernment, Knowledge
Commitment:  Two years
Status:  Heidi Lauer 10/04

Expand/Collapse Item Handyman Coordinator

One person needed.  Will receive requests for fix-it projects for needy families in our church and community and coordinate handyman teams for project completion.  Should have an interest in home repair and a knowledge of repair work.  This ministry will bring the love of Christ to our congregation and community in a very visible and caring way.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Leadership, Craftsmanship
Commitment: 2 years
Status: Dan Damvelt 11/05

Expand/Collapse Item Interior Arborist

One person needed to water and fertilize the plants within the Church.  Should have a love for plants and a basic understanding of plant care.  This ministry will help visitors and members alike to see a reflection of the growing life and love of Jesus Christ in our church. 
Spiritual Gifts:  Serving
Commitment: 1 year
Status: Marilyn Manders 11/05

Expand/Collapse Item Newsletter Editor

One person is needed for this ministry.  Will collect news items from the various groups within the church and edit them each month in an appealing format using computer graphics, cartoons, etc.  Should be computer literate and have a feel for desktop publishing.  This ministry will inform both members and prospective members of the opportunities for Christian education and fellowship at Grace and throughout the Michigan District.
Spiritual Gifts: Craftsmanship
Commitment:  2 years.  Flexible, printed by approximately the 25th of each month.
Status:  Connie McKenney 1/02

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We are Committed to Families:
We believe the Bible shows us the pattern for building strong families in our homes and church.

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Expand/Collapse Item Memory Keepers Coordinator

One to three people are needed for this ministry.  Will bring individuals (mostly women) together to fellowship and create photo-journal scrapbooks.  Will also provide devotional materials and instruction for including Scripture in their books as they see how God has worked and continues to work in their lives.  Should be able to apply Scripture to life experiences and have good organizational skills.  Providing this ministry at our church will remind people how God has acted in our lives and help them see His hand of love in theirs.  We will be preserving our faith legacy to pass on to the next generation.
Spiritual Gifts: Craftsmanship, knowledge, teacher
Commitment: 1 Year
Status: Barb Draper 2/04

Expand/Collapse Item MOPS Director

One person is needed for this ministry. MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers.  Our church sponsored MOPS director will coordinate the various ministries within our MOPS chapter and facilitate a monthly meeting with speakers and child care for mothers of pre-schoolers.  Should have some public/small group speaking abilities, able to organize, advertise and promote the group to community and members.  This ministry will come alongside of mothers of pre-schoolers for support and godly wisdom in raising their children.  As we demonstrate the love of Jesus in this way, we will also be providing an open door into our church for visitors to hear the gospel more directly.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Leadership
Commitment: 2 years
Status: Jill Szyszko 9/03 LeAnn Gould 9/06

Expand/Collapse Item MOPPET Coordinator

One person is needed for this ministry. MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers.  The MOPPETS Coordinator oversees the MOPPETS ministry during our MOPS meetings once a month.  This would include recruiting and supporting MOPPET workers and putting together lesson plans that would include activities, crafts and snacks for the children. This ministry will come alongside of mothers of pre-schoolers for support and godly wisdom in raising their children.  As we demonstrate the love of Jesus in this way, we will also be providing an open door into our church for visitors to hear the gospel more directly.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Leadership
Commitment: 2 years
Status:  Co-Coordinators:
             Jennie Burgess (Non Member) 6/06
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Expand/Collapse Item Communities That Care Representative

One person is needed for this ministry to represent Grace Lutheran in an ongoing School/community program called "Communities That Care."  CTC will be a comprehensive risk-focused program that addresses youth problem behaviors within the community by reduction of "risk factors".  It hopes to create "protective bonds" between young people and their families, their school and their community.  Should have an interest in protecting our youth from dangerous peer pressure.  Should like working with others toward creative solutions to problems.  This ministry will help Grace impact our community with the love of Christ.
Commitment:  One year
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Pictorial Directory Administrator

One person is needed for this ministry to compile and maintain the pictures and addresses of the members of Grace Lutheran.  Should have photography and computer skills and be interested in art and photography.  This ministry will encourage church members to develop relationships and will help prospective members feel connected to Grace members as they learn names and faces.  As we develop a deeper sense of community with one another we will be better able to share the love of Jesus with one another and with those we are trying to reach for Jesus.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Craftsmanship, Serving
Commitment: 1 year
Status:  Connie McKenney 11/05

Expand/Collapse Item Seniors Coordinator

One person is needed for this ministry with senior citizens in our congregation and community.  Will bring senior members and friends together for regular fellowship and support.  Will network with the larger fellowship groups in the Holland circuit and the Michigan District.  Should be outgoing and have good organizational skills.  This ministry will provide fellowship and relationships for our senior citizens so that they can better experience and share Christ's Love.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Hospitality, Leadership
Commitment: One year
Status:  Open

Expand/Collapse Item Singles Coordinator

One person is needed for this ministry.  Will bring single members and friends together for regular fellowship and support.  Will network with the larger fellowship groups in the Holland Circuit and Michigan District.  Should be outgoing and have good organizational skills. This ministry will provide fellowship and relationships for single people so that they can better experience and share Christ’s love.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Hospitality, Leadership
Commitment:  One year
Status:  Open

Expand/Collapse Item Single Again Coordinator

One person is needed for this ministry to the divorced and widowed in our congregation and community.  Will bring divorced or widowed members and friends together for regular fellowship and support.  Will network with the larger fellowship groups in the Holland circuit and the Michigan District. Should be outgoing and have good organizational skills.  This ministry will provide fellowship and relationships for widowed or divorced people so that they can better experience and share Christ's Love.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Hospitality, Leadership
Commitment: One year
Status:  Open

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We are Committed to Christian Education:
We believe it is essential for Christians to regularly study, teach and apply scripture as a congregation, in small groups, and as individuals.

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)

Expand/Collapse Item Cradle Roll

One person needed for this ministry. Will contact parents with new babies in our congregation and share with them over a period of three years materials in a Cradle Roll packet that will be helpful to them in raising their child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Each family receives something about every 3-6 months.  Should have a love for little children and their parents and an ability to keep track of materials and times for each mailing.  This ministry will help our parents in the important task of bringing the little children to Jesus.
Spiritual Gifts: Exhortation, Serving
Commitment: 1 year
Status: Dixie Bulson 5/2000

Expand/Collapse Item Fit for Life Child Care

One or two people needed for this ministry to provide child care for parents who will attend Fit for Life in Christ sessions.  Can be adult or responsible teen.  Should have a sincere love of children and the energy to keep up with them for two hours at a time.  This ministry will encourage people with small children to attend Fit for Life by taking away the obstacle of "what do I do with my children?"  It will also show, particularly non-members, that we do care about them and their needs.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving, Mercy
Commitment:  12 weeks. Tuesdays starting in September and again in January 6:45 - 9:15 p.m.
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Fit for Life Camcorder Operator

One person is needed for this ministry to record the Fit for Life in Christ sessions on VHS tape or Digital camcorder.  Will set up and operate camcorder each Tuesday evening for the entire 12 week course.  This ministry will enable class members to hear the complete Gospel presentation of Fit for Life in Christ  even when they can't be present for every session.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving
Commitment:  12 weeks. Tuesdays starting in September and again in January 6:45 - 9:15 p.m.
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Fit for Life Set Up

One person needed for this ministry to help set up tables and chairs for Fit for Life in Christ sessions.  Should be able to lift folding tables and chairs and enjoy serving the Lord in a low-profile way.  This ministry will free Pastor Hoyer to concentrate on delivering an exciting presentation of the Gospel to members and prospective members.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving
Commitment:  12 weeks.  Tuesdays before 6 p.m. 
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Librarian

One person is needed for this ministry to compile and maintain a library of Christian books, videos, and music that can be used by members and friends of Grace Lutheran. Should have good organization skills and be interested in reading and keeping up with resources for Christian education.  This ministry will provide materials to remind members and friends of Grace of the love of Jesus and to help equip them to grow spiritually. 
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Discernment, Knowledge
Commitment: 2 years
Status: Cristy Sauter 11/01

Expand/Collapse Item Media Resource Coordinator

One person is needed for this ministry to research and evaluate media sources (TV, books, movies, radio, music, web sites, etc.) and report to congregation either warnings of harmful sources or recommendations of sources that promote spiritual growth.  He/she will coordinate efforts with the church Librarian and newsletter editor.  Should enjoy reading and doing research and telling others what you’ve learned. This ministry will provide members with Gospel resources and tools for spiritual growth, so that we can grow in the faith and in the ability to disciple others for Jesus.
Spiritual Gifts: Discernment, Knowledge, Teaching
Commitment: 1 year
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Sunday School Drama Coordinator

One person is needed for this ministry.  Will enlist volunteers to participate in the large group opening for Sunday School hour.   Should be highly organized, creative and able to motivate people to get involved.  This ministry will help “make better disciples” of the children of Grace.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Leadership
Commitment: 2 years
Status: Jamie Huizen 9/04

Expand/Collapse Item Sunday School Drama Participant

Ten or more people are needed for this ministry. They will participate in the weekly telling of the Sunday School lesson in the large group opening. They should be feel comfortable in front of children and be able to read their assigned role. This Ministry will help “make better disciples” of the children of Grace.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving, Teacher
Commitment: One year
Status: Ryan Johnson – Toddler puppets 9/04
Connie McKenney – Youth puppets 9/04
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Expand/Collapse Item Sunday School Large Group Leader

Two people are needed for this ministry.  They will share God’s Word through the Kingdom Quest lesson in a large group setting.  They should be patient, creative, and resourceful and have a love for children.  This Ministry will help “make better disciples” of the children of Grace.
Spiritual Gifts: Teacher, Serving
Commitment: Two years
Status:  Lower Elementary: Bobbie Bollinger
Upper: Shannon Paluskas

Expand/Collapse Item Sunday School Music Coordinator

Two people are needed for this ministry.  They must be able to work together to provide music to teach the Sunday School children relative to the day’s lesson and also to teach songs to be sung during Sunday morning services.  They should have a love for and knowledge of music.  This Ministry will help “make better disciples” of the children of Grace.
Spiritual Gifts: Music
Commitment: Two years
Status:  Lower Elementary: Cindy Otterbein
Upper: Priscilla Vink

Expand/Collapse Item Sunday School Superintendent

One person is needed for this ministry.  Will evaluate Sunday School materials in conjunction with the Pastor.  Will enlist shepherds, supply coordinators, music and drama participants. Will keep Sunday School statistics and supervise the general operation of the Sunday School hour.  Should be imaginative and creative and love and understand children's needs.  This Ministry will help "make better disciples" of the children of Grace.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Leadership, Knowledge
Commitment: Two years
Status: Team 2006-07 includes: Ginele Johnson, Barb Draper, Bobbi Jo Gilbert, Bobbie Bollinger, Jamie Huizen, Kari Vanacker, Shelly Palma, Carol Bartlette

Expand/Collapse Item Sunday School Shepherd

Six to Twelve persons are needed for this ministry to teach God's word in it's truth and purity to the members and visitors of Grace.  Should have patience and good communication skills.  Should love people and have a sincere desire to share God's Word. This ministry will help “make better disciples” of the children of Grace.
Spiritual Gifts: Teacher
Commitment:  Two years
Status 2006-07
Preschool:                Cindy Otterbein
First & Second:        Bobbie Bollinger
Third & Fourth:         Carl Sauter
Fifth & Sixth:              Barb Draper
Jr. High:                     Joni Hoyer
High School:            Various

Expand/Collapse Item Substitute Sunday School Shepherd

Four plus people are needed for this ministry to teach God's word in it's truth and purity to the members and visitors of Grace.  Should have patience and good communication skills.  Should love people and have a sincere desire to share God's Word. This ministry will help “make better disciples” of the children of Grace.
Spiritual Gifts: Teacher
Commitment:  One Year
Status:  Open

Expand/Collapse Item Sunday School Supply Coordinator

Six to Twelve persons are needed for this ministry.  They will provide assigned materials for Sunday School Shepherds to use in the reinforcement of the days lesson.  Should be organized, resourceful and creative.  This ministry will help “make better disciples” of the children of Grace.
Spiritual Gifts: Craftsmanship
Commitment:  Two years
Status:  Jane Harris 9/04
Kris Mason 9/04
Heidi Lauer 9/04
Amy Vansickle 9/04
Trudy Bonnor 9/04
Sue Roberts 9/04

Expand/Collapse Item Toddler/Nursery Assistant

At least two people monthly are needed for this ministry.  They will assist the Toddler/Nursery Shepherd with games, crafts, stories or simply holding babies.  Should have patience and good communication skills.  Should love children and have a sincere desire to share God’s Word.  This ministry will help “make better disciples” of the children of Grace.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving
Commitment: One year
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Toddler/Nursery Shepherd

One or two people are needed for this ministry.  They will provide weekly activities with the help of the Superintendent for the Toddler/Nursery room.  Will help to enlist volunteers to staff the room.  Will supervise the activities for the area during the Sunday School.  Should have patience and good communication skills.  Should love children and have a sincere desire to share God’s Word.  This Ministry will help “make better disciples” of the children of Grace.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving
Commitment:  One year
Status: Shaena Otterbein 1/2007

Expand/Collapse Item VBS Superintendent

One person is needed for this ministry.  Will evaluate VBS materials in conjunction with board of Education.  Will enlist teachers, helpers, and music coordinator.  Will plan the entire VBS week.  Should be imaginative and creative, love and understand children's needs.  This Ministry will facilitate the teaching of the Gospel to the children of our community.
Spiritual Gifts: Leadership, Administration
Commitment: Two years
Status: Joni Hoyer 6/04

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We are Committed to Welcoming Visitors:
We believe in the importance of warmly welcoming all of God’s people.

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6)

Expand/Collapse Item Fact Pack Coordinator

One person is needed for this ministry.  This person will assemble a team who will deliver a pre-assembled "Fact Pack" to first time visitors the following day after their first visit to Grace.  The person will coordinate the content and accuracy of material in the pack making sure to keep it current. This person will acquire names and address of first time visitors to give to the Fact Pack delivery team. This ministry will provide more information about Grace and the Gospel to those seeking a church home.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Leadership, Serving
Commitment: 1 year
Status:   Paul Huizen 9/04

Expand/Collapse Item Fact Pack Courier

A team of people are needed for this ministry to deliver an information packet about Grace to the homes of first time visitors within 48 hours of their visit to us.  Will receive the names and addresses of first time visitors from the Fact Pack Coordinator and take a packet to their home.  Will either hand the packet to someone at the door or leave at the door (not the mailbox).  Can chat briefly with the first time visitor, but will not normally stay for a visit at this time.  Should be able to drive and have a knowledge of the local area and enjoy meeting new people. This ministry will provide more information about Grace and the Gospel to those seeking a church home.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving
Commitment: 1 year
Status:  Paul Huizen 9/04 & Greg Brown 9/04

Expand/Collapse Item Greeter

Many people are needed for this ministry to warmly welcome members and visitors of Grace as they come into our church building for worship. Will offer a warm smile and a handshake to each person as they enter.  Be aware of visitors and be ready to offer them information about our church. A full description of the elements of this ministry is included in a “Greeter Guidelines” brochure.  Should have the ability and desire to smile and greet people.  Should have good communication skills and be able/willing to provide direction to our members and friends. This ministry will see to it that our members and friends have a warm welcome when they come into the house of the Lord.  It will help make our church a friendly, inviting place for people to come and meet Jesus.
Spiritual Gifts: Hospitality
Commitment: 1 month
Status:  Scheduled in November for the following year

Expand/Collapse Item No Visitor Left Behind Coordinator

One needed for this ministry. Will provide leadership to our “No Visitor Left Behind” (NVLB) ministry, helping to train and motivate our  “behind the scenes” greeters to ensure that all our visitors get a warm welcome and are connected to the members of Grace. Will record information on contacts with visitors on the NVLB sheet in the church office. Should have good communication skills and the ability and desire to smile and greet people. This ministry will see to it that our members and friends have a warm welcome when they come into the house of the Lord.  It will help make our church a friendly, inviting place for people to come and meet Jesus.
Spiritual Gifts: Hospitality, Evangelism, Administration
Commitment: 1 Year
Status:  Open

Expand/Collapse Item No Visitor Left Behind Member

Four to Twelve people are needed for this ministry. This is really a “behind the scenes” greeter position.  Will mingle in the narthex before and after worship on Sunday mornings, keeping a lookout especially for visitors. Will offer a warm smile and a handshake to every visitor you see and be ready to offer them information about our church. As visitors return in subsequent weeks, will make a point of introducing them to other members of the congregation – especially where you can identify things they have in common.  Will record information on contacts with visitors on the NVLB sheet in the church office. Should have good communication skills and the ability and desire to smile and greet people. This ministry will see to it that our members and friends have a warm welcome when they come into the house of the Lord.  It will help make our church a friendly, inviting place for people to come and meet Jesus.
Spiritual Gifts: Hospitality, Evangelism
Commitment: 1 Year
Status:  Greg Brown 9/04
Shannon Paluskas 9/04
Pastor Hoyer 9/04

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We are Committed to Worship:
We believe God comes to us in worship and the word. We respond through prayer, confession, music, offerings and Christian living. We value creative and innovative worship while remaining faithful to the Bible and our Lutheran heritage.

“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” (Psalm 95:6-7)

Expand/Collapse Item Choir Director

One person is needed for this ministry to lead our choir members in  special music provided regularly during the worship services. Will evaluate and select songs appropriate for worship, with some coordination of the theme for the day with the pastor.  Will teach and lead the group in music reading skills and joining their voices together in perfect harmony. Should have a good knowledge of music and some confidence teaching music reading and singing skills. This ministry will help lift up our worship of Jesus and inspire the hearts of members and friends of Grace in true worship of Him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Spiritual Gifts: Music
Commitment: 2 years
Status:  Nancy Hopper  1/02

Expand/Collapse Item Choir Member

Many people are needed for this ministry.  Will attend weekly choir practice and sing at regularly scheduled worship services. Should enjoy singing and be able to “carry a tune.” This ministry will help lift up our worship of Jesus and inspire the hearts of members and friends of Grace in true worship of Him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Spiritual Gifts: Music
Commitment: 1 year
Status:  Always open to members and friends of Grace

Expand/Collapse Item Children’s Bulletin Developer

One person is needed for this ministry to create children’s bulletins for the children who attend Sunday morning worship, coordinating with the pastor on the themes and readings for the day.  Should have an understanding of what makes young children tick and be able to research the internet and other sources to find interesting artwork, puzzles etc. that can be used (with copyright approval) to create a children’s bulletin.  This ministry will give our young worshippers a fun way to connect with the Gospel message every Sunday.
Spiritual Gifts: Craftsmanship, Teacher
Commitment: 1 year
Status: Kris Mason  10/06

Expand/Collapse Item Children’s Christmas Program Director

One person is needed for this ministry. Will evaluate and select Children’s Christmas Program material.  Will pull together other volunteers as needed.  Will schedule practices, assign parts and memory, and generally direct the children of our congregation in putting together a Christmas program to present to the congregation in a special worship service.  Should have good leadership and organizational skills.  A working knowledge of music would be helpful. This ministry will help our children connect with the great truth of the Christmas story – that Jesus is “Immanuel – God with us.”  Will tell the Gospel story in a fresh way often to parents and relatives and friends of the children who might be otherwise unchurched.
Spiritual Gifts: Music, Administration, Leadership, Craftsmanship
Commitment: 2 years
Status:  Jamie Huizen 10/05

Expand/Collapse Item Interior beautification coordinator

One person is needed for this ministry who will plan and organize the decoration of the church particularly during "the high festivals" of the church.  Should be creative and have some knowledge of interior design.  This Ministry will help visitors / members see a reflection of the beauty and wonder of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Gifts: Craftsmanship
Commitment:  One Year
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Nursery Coordinator

Will keep the nursery stocked with supplies, solicit and evaluate donations of toys, and other nursery needs; schedule nursery workers for Sunday and special worship services and find ways to remind the workers of the dates they have volunteered to serve. (Post cards, emails, phone calls, etc.)  Providing this ministry to members and especially to visitors of Grace Lutheran will pave the way for some to hear the gospel who otherwise might not feel comfortable bringing their small children with them into worship.
Spiritual Gifts: Administration, Leadership
Commitment: 2 years
Status: Bobbie Bollinger 10/06

Expand/Collapse Item Nursery Worker

Nursery workers provide child care in the nursery for one hour during worship on Sundays.  The worker is expected to arrive 15 minutes prior to the service and remain until the next worker arrives or all children have been collected by their parents/guardians.  Should have a general knowledge of child care and a love of children.  A keep olfactory sense will come in handy at times and should be connected to diapering skills.  Providing this ministry to members and especially to visitors of Grace Lutheran will pave the way for some to hear the gospel who otherwise might not feel comfortable bringing their small children with them into worship.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving, Helping
Commitment: Sign up for Sundays throughout the year
Status:  Always open to new volunteers

Expand/Collapse Item Puppet Ministry Coordinator

One person is needed for this ministry. Will provide training and practice skits to puppeteers for use in worship, Sunday School and other special events. Should have a good working knowledge of puppeteering and the  ability and desire to teach those skills to others.  Should be able to direct and have a good discernment for appropriate materials to use in worship and other settings. This ministry will present the gospel in creative ways that will especially help our children to take part in and embrace worship and our Savior, Jesus.
Spiritual Gifts: Leadership, Teacher, Craftsmanship
Commitment: 2 years
Status:  Randy Woirol 1/03

Expand/Collapse Item Sermon Tape Coordinator

One person (possible assistant) is needed for this ministry.  Will coordinate the recording of worship services, duplicating copies,  distributing copies to shut-ins on a weekly basis.  These responsibilities may be shared by enlisting the help of others.  Should have working knowledge of audio equipment.  This Ministry will allow members who cannot come to worship to hear the Gospel message.
Spiritual Gifts: Mercy, Serving
Commitment:  One Year
Status:  Open

Expand/Collapse Item Sound System Operator

One or more people are needed for this ministry.  Will monitor sound system during worship services, making sure sound levels are adjusted as needed.  Will assist the pastor, soloists and choir with microphones and tapes/CDs during the service.  Will record the sermon on tape each Sunday.  Should have an interest and some knowledge of electronics/sound systems.  Should be able to identify when sound levels need readjusting. This ministry will help members and visitors of Grace clearly hear the Gospel as it is presented in the worship service.
Spiritual Gifts: Serving
Commitment: 2 years
Status: Open

Expand/Collapse Item Usher

Many people are needed for this ministry to warmly welcome members and visitors of Grace as they come into the sanctuary for worship.  Will hand out worship folders, help in seating and generally provide guidance to the people throughout the worship service. A full description of the elements of this ministry is included in a “Usher Guidelines” brochure.  Should have the ability and desire to smile and greet people.  Should have good communication skills and be able/willing to provide direction to our members and friends. This ministry will see to it that our members and friends have a warm and orderly environment, taking care of the details so that worshipers can focus on Christ.
Spiritual Gifts: Hospitality, Serving
Commitment: 1 month
Status: Many ushers are needed to provide this ministry throughout the year.

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