Join the fun!
Even if you’re not a member, you are welcome to join us in serving together – serving our community and our world – serving in worship – and building up and encouraging one another. The list below is only a PARTIAL list. There are lots more ways to join in. If you’ve got questions, we recommend you contact the church office (info-AT-stpaulannarbor.org) or contact our Director of Discipleship, Kathy Duvendeck (kduvendeck-AT-stpaulannarbor.org).
Now – here’s a few of the things we’ve got going on!
- We support homeless families through our service at Alpha House. Members volunteer to spend time playing with the children, serving meals, or staying overnight as a back-up for the regular staff person there. You can contact Alpha House directly, or watch for the sign-up sheet in our weekly newsletter when we’re preparing for a week of service.
- We support the Pregnancy Counseling Center. Members of St. Paul believe that abortion takes the life of an unborn child. But our response is not to condemn, but to meet the needs of those who are struggling with a difficult or unplanned pregnancy. Through the Pregnancy Counseling Center our members can volunteer to help, or they can provide material assistance needed to young moms.
- We serve overseas through Short-Term Mission opportunities. In recent years we have sent our members to Panama, Russia, Latvia, China, Siberia, Germany, as well as communities in need here in the US like Biloxi, Mississippi. Watch for regular opportunities to be a part of a mission team!
- We support other organizations that show loving care and share God’s Word with people around the world. We collect assistance for Lutheran World Relief in the fall, and we support People of the Book Lutheran Outreach (POBLO) to the Islamic people in the United States and in the Middle East.
- Prayer Ministry. Everyone can pray for others. By subscribing to our email prayer ministry you can receive a list of concerns for which our prayers have been requested. (email link to office – can this put in a pre-set message?)
- Visit the Elderly. You can also be a blessing by visiting those in need. Our LinC visitors (Love in Christ) stop in to see members who are sick or shut-in. The visit doesn’t require any professional skill, just a loving and joyful heart.
- Help Provide Recorded Worship. Want an easy excuse for a visit? Some of our members deliver tapes of the Sunday services to shut-ins. We need people to help with recording, duplicating, and delivery. We call it SPROUT3 (for St. Paul: Reaching OUT Through Tapes – can you tell someone here likes acronyms?).
- We encourage the downhearted. Our Stephen Ministry provides 50 hours of training to members who are willing to be sensitive listeners to people in crisis. Grief ministry, divorce recovery, life transitions, and much more are reasons that people welcome a Stephen Minister to come alongside. Volunteers in this ministry make a significant commitment, but they also provide a wonderful blessing.
- Parent-Teacher League (PTL) is a great place to serve our children. Family fellowship events such as an annual picnic and the PTL Benefit Auction build relationships among school families and staff. Assisting in the classroom, library and computer lab enriches our programs, and our kitchen volunteers enable us to offer a complete hot lunch program.
- Adult Choir – We have two choirs for adults, one at the Liberty worship site and one at Earhart. The Liberty adult choir leads worship in at least one service most Sundays. New members are always welcome and encouraged to join. The adult choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. The Earhart choir sings less often and rehearses on Thursday evenings in the Fine Arts Room at the school.
- Miscellaneous other outreach service events. In teaching proper stewardship of the many blessings given to us, we promote mission work, service projects and community outreach. Recent projects have included making Valentine cards for Mott Children’s Hospital, collecting and filling bags (“Hope Totes”) with toiletries to be distributed through the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, and visiting nursing homes. We have also collected offerings for such ministries as International Child Care and Hearts for Jesus. Large groups of our families have packaged tens of thousands of meals for Kids Against Hunger.
- Handbell Choir – The handbell choir rehearses once a week and provides music for worship throughout the church year. This choir meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 PM. New members are always welcome. The ability to read music is helpful.
- Brass Choir – The brass choir rehearses between church services on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM. This group provides music for worship throughout the church year but especially for church festivals. New members are always welcome.
- Individual Instrumentalists – Individual instrumentalists are encouraged to offer their talents to the church by contacting the Director of Music at the church office. Accompanists, woodwind, brass, and string players all have many opportunities to use their talents to the glory of God. In particular, we would often like instrumental accompaniment to hymns at our 9:15 service (at the Earhart Campus) to supplement the piano.
- Middle School Choir – Children’s choirs are an important part of the music ministry of our congregation. 6th through 8th grade students at St. Paul School participate in this choir which sings two or three times each semester.
- Children’s Choirs – In addition to the Middle School Choir, the lower grade classes of the school sing occasionally for our services. Under the direction of Alaine Massey, they sing when their class is scheduled, approximately twice each semester.