Opportunities to Serve

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Liturgical Ministries

Altar Guild:  Teams of three to five members prepare the altar for services one or two Sundays a month, and assist with weddings, funerals and special services as needed.  Sara Gadomski, Directress, Peggy Sullivan, Assistant Directress

Flower Guild:  Members take turns providing fresh arrangements of Altar flowers for Sunday services. Rose Brooks, Nan Skeie

Lay Liturgical Leaders:  Readers, intercessors, chalice bearers and acolytes assist at Sunday services.  Worship leaders, licensed by the Bishop, lead Morning Prayer and other non-eucharistic services. Bevan Stanley

Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEV):  Specially trained volunteers are licensed by the Bishop to take Eucharist to those who cannot attend church services.  Bevan Stanley

Ushers:  Teams of two distribute leaflets, collect offerings, attend to congregants during services. Bevan Stanley

Ministries of Hospitality and Care

Hospitality Committee:  plans and host parties and receptions after special services and events. Rosamond Quay

Coffee Hour Hosts:  provides refreshments and a time for fellowship following the 10am service. Rosamond Quay

Lay Pastoral Care: maintains contact with every member of our church community, and identifies special needs.  Martha Babbitt

Outreach: identifies people and organizations in need of assistance and solicits donations to meet them. Deacon Amy

The Food Pantry:  meeting the needs of those suffering from  food insecurity. http://stmichaels-litchfield.org/st-michaels-food-pantry/

Prayer Chain: members pray daily for those for whom prayers have been requested, and occasionally meet for fellowship. Bevan Stanley

Knitting for the Needy Guild:  members make small items for children with donated yarn. Peggy Sullivan

Property Stewardship

Dragon Ladies: (or Dragons, on becoming a mixed group) Women and men who fill in the gaps of cleaning, straightening, organizing, and beautifying the sanctuary, parish house and grounds. Meeting most Tuesdays (but the day is negotiable) for several hours, this is a ministry of property stewardship, fellowship and miscellany (e.g., watering plants, organizing closets, making puppets). No experience needed, learn as you work. All welcome.  Sara Gadomski and Peg Sullivan, co chairs

Lay Weeders: A gardener’s ministry, meeting irregularly and as needed during the spring, summer and fall to care for the grounds. Work includes weeding, mulching, planting, caring for containers, pruning. Some gardening experience preferred but happy to train. All welcome. Nancy Post

Property Commission: This ministry oversees the stewardship of our real properties in prioritizing projects and seeing that they are accomplished, either through outside sources or by volunteer effort and by recommending to the vestry any extraordinary work. Its mission statement is: To be faithful stewards of the physical plant and grounds of all properties of the parish. Regularly scheduled meetings are bi-monthly on the Tuesday evening before the second Sunday. Ken Merz

Financial Stewardship

Capital Campaign Committee: raises funds for the repair of our stonework, slate roof and stained glass windows in the fall of 2015, for construction planned to start in the spring of 2016.  Peter Aziz, chair

Annual Stewardship Team: plans and organizes the annual Stewardship Campaign.  Richard Quay and Peter Aziz

Investment Committee: reviews and manages the financial health of the Parish assets.  Miles Borzilleri

Counters: count Sunday offerings and prepare the paperwork for the bank deposit.  Bob Rumsey and Ann McKinney

Parish Administration

Communications Team

Messenger: Monthly print and e-print newsletter. Barbara Putnam

Website: Maintained by Denise Butwill with the help of content volunteers.

Publicity: informs and inspires the community about events at St. Michael’s. Jo Ann Jaacks

Office Volunteers:  fill in at the office when Karen is away, and help with large projects such as preparing mailings and publications.  Karen Ackerman