Where Can I Serve at the Church?
WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers in worship are vital to providing a smooth-running and enjoyable worship service. Serving in one of these ministries can enrich your faith and connect you with other members.
 
Sound Board Operator – Sound operators arrive a little early before the service begins to perform sound checks and distribute mics. All you need is a helpful heart and a willingness to learn a few basic elements of the soundboard. The best worship service isn’t any good if no one can hear it! You pick your own schedule and sign up for the services that you wish to volunteer. This is a great ministry for our middle and high school age youth, adults, and most serve once a month.
 
Video Screen Operator – Video screen operators are a critical component of worship as we have almost paperless worship services. The operator starts/stops the announcement slides and controls slides for the worship. They are occasionally responsible for turning the lights on/off/down during specific services. You pick your own schedule and sign up for the services that you wish to volunteer. This is a great ministry for our middle and high school age youth, adults, and most serve once a month.
 
Readers – Readers read two lessons during the service. The lessons are provided ahead of time so they can be reviewed to be familiar with. You can specify a specific service you would like to read at. Schedules are generally done quarterly and depending on the service, you may only read once per quarter.
 
Prayers of the Church – The prayers of the church are read during the service. The prayers are provided ahead of time so they can be reviewed to be familiar with. The prayer reader is encouraged, but not required, to customize the prayers to include current and local prayers as needed. You can specify a specific service you would like to read at. Schedules are generally done quarterly and depending on the service, you read approximately once a month.
 
Ushers – Usher teams welcome individuals, couples, and teens to serve in this ministry. Typically an usher group is responsible for one Sunday a month. Usher duties include counting attendance, passing the offering plate, ushering people forward for communion, and serving communion. This important ministry is always looking for people and if you enjoy helping people, this is a great team to join!
 
Acolyte – Acolytes are generally elementary age and can participate once a parent feels they are responsible to carry the flame into and out of the service. They also assist with offering, communion, baptisms, and extinguish the candles. A specific service can be selected and participation ranges from monthly to bi-monthly depending on the number of Acolytes. One or two acolytes are needed at each service. This is one of the first ministries that our youth participate in and is essential in engaging them in volunteering in the future.
 
Video Recording – Our 10:30 a.m. worship service is recorded via a video camera in the sanctuary. This recording is then saved and posted on our YouTube channel and linked to our website and Facebook. The camera operator will move the camera between the screen and the Pastor throughout the service. We currently have a primary and backup person in this position and could use a couple more so a schedule could be established.
 
Altar Guild – The Altar Guild group is a vital part of worship that is behind the scenes. Please see our spotlight in the March Messenger for additional details of this ministry.
 
Projection Entry – Melissa Albosta is the person responsible for entering the content into the projection software. She enters the lessons and the lyrics of hymns, chooses backgrounds, and adds pictures. This is a critical component that allows the video operator to seamlessly move from slide to slide.
 
Cantor – Tracy Aldrich is our cantor leading us in song weekly. Especially during this time where we cannot sing, this ministry is essential for us to hear the word through song.  She puts in countless hours practicing and singing annually.
ASCENSION’S BOARDS AND MINISTRIES
Ascension Lutheran Church has an Executive Board, that consists of the elected positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Financial Secretary.  The church’s Council includes the Executive Board as well as additional elected positions of Spiritual Health, Outreach, Congregational Care and Finance & Resource Management.  Each of these Council positions oversees the following ministries.
Spiritual Health
Altar Guild
Ushers
Confirmation/ABI
Adult Education
Sunday School
Youth
Worship
Education
Sound Board/Video
Choir
Readers/Prayers
Outreach
Friendly Callers
Back to School Fair
Food Pantry
SV Paper Products
Sewing Group
Covenant Snack Boxes
School Weekend Food Bags
 
Congregational Care
Eucharistic Minister
Parish Health
Hospital Callers
Shut In’s
Prayer Chain
Fellowship
Funeral Dinner Team
CARE Team
Christmas Baskets
Finance & Resource Management
Stewardship
Finance Committee
Trustees
VANCO
Scrip
Audit Team
Courtyard Angels
Library
Technology