MINISTRIES

 

 

Ministry in Daily Life

     Do everything to the glory of God!   (Colossians 3:17)

Each disciple is called to serve Christ’s Kingdom through our family, our daily work, our church, and our community. How do you live out this call? Consider this in your personal reflections.

Youth and Family Ministries

     Encourage one another.   (Hebrews 10:25)

Elementary Age Youth Group (1st to 5th grade)
Middle and Senior High Youth (6th to 12th grade)

The Brotherhood

     Encourage one another.   (Hebrews 10:25)

  • The men gather for food and fellowship regularly.
  • Annual Pine Needle Sale
  • Ladies Night

Women of the ELCA

     Encourage one another.   (Hebrews 10:25)

  • The women gather for Bible study, support and service.
  • Support for Crossnore School
  • Annual Statewide Gathering
  • Over 60 Banquet
  • Mother and Daughter Luncheon
  • Bridal Showers

Christian Education

     Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.   (Matthew 28:20)

  • Provide Sunday School program/Summer Sunday School
  • Select, order and distribute children’s Sunday School curriculum
  • Confirmation
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Bulletin boards
  • Bible/Scripture study
  • Rally Day/Blessing of the Backpack activities

Youth and Family Ministries

     Encourage one another.  (Hebrews 10:25)

  • Milestone Ministry
  • Christian Camps for Youth
  • Intergenerational Events/ Family Ministries
  • OWLS (Older Wiser Lutheran Seniors) Group
  • Regular Youth Group Meetings
  • Yearly Mission Trips

Worship and Music

     Praise the LORD! Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!    (Psalm 150)

  • Provide regular Sunday worship services in accordance with the liturgical calendar year, using a variety of settings and music in the available hymnals and other sources
  • Enhance worship by using appropriate hymns and anthems, vocal or instrumental
  • Afford an opportunity to participate in choirs for all ages, hand bell choir, brass, and other instruments
  • Provide seasonal worship services, such as those held during Advent and Lent
  • Alternate years host a Seder meal for the Maundy Thursday service
  • Encourage participation in the annual Music Week workshop at Lutheridge for all ages; offer a stipend for children and youth who attend
  • Provide training and scheduling for acolytes, crucifers, banner bearers, Bible bearers and torch bearers.  Provide scheduling for Helping Hands, ushers, altar care, lectors, communion assistants and presenters
  • Deliver Holy Communion to shut-ins and nursing home residents, administered by the Pastor and other Eucharistic assistants
  • Provide for maintenance (repairs/tuning) of organ and pianos
  • Oversee special services such as weddings and funerals through set policies.

Communications Committee

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

  • Social media–Facebook and Facebook LiveStream of the 10:30 am service
  • Church website
  • IT/AV needs
  • Phone tree
  • Community publicity
  • Membership contact information
  • Committee collaboration for promotion of ministry activities

Social Ministry

   Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of those members of my family, you did it to Me.   (Matthew 25:40)

  • Visit our hospitalized church family, providing a meal, gift or flower–Love Basket Ministry
  • Provide meals for the Homeless at Salvation Army each month and provide emergency needs for the shelter
  • Assist Crisis Assistance Ministry through food collections and love offerings
  • Collect donations to purchase school supplies for backpacks
  • Collect Christmas Shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse
  • Provide for emergency needs of our congregational family and community
  • Prepare Thanksgiving Soup Luncheon for congregation
  • Collect food for Thanksgiving meals given to families in our community
  • Provide help for families during Christmas
  • Designate and inform our congregation of monthly Love Offering recipients

Evangelism: Outreach

     Love your neighbor as yourself.   (Mark 12:31) God’s Love is Free!

  • Backpack Weekend Food Program
  • Clothing Closet (open to community two days per month)
  • Ministry in a jar
  • Christmas party and activities for the Bessemer City Boys and Girls Club
  • Welcome letters to visitors
  • AA Refreshments
  • Gaston County Women’s Shelter Kitchen Shower

Evangelism:  Membership

     So I Your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.   (John 13:14)

  • Visit shut-ins and people with special concerns
  • Visit members who are hospitalized
  • Maintain contact with active and inactive members through cards, visits and telephone calls
  • Prepare and distribute selected items to shut-ins and those with special concerns for Valentines Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas

Property 

     I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the LORD.   (Psalm 122:1)

  • Dirty Collar Workers each Monday morning
  • Care for Campus, Historical Cemetery
  • High Noon Lunch Bunch

Stewardship and Finance

     Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.   (1 Peter 4:10)

  • Annual Church Ministry Plan
  • Supporting Stewards for Christ
  • Endowment Committees for Camp Scholarships, Cemetery Care, etc.