Ways to Volunteer at Ascension

Newcomers appreciate a warm welcome and information when looking for a church home. Volunteers in the ministry help staff in several ways: by identifying newcomers and reaching out, by hosting or helping plan gatherings, and welcoming newcomers.

Kitchen Ministry: There are many ways big and small to serve in food and fellowship ministry at Ascension. It can be as simple as providing coffee hour one Sunday a year, or as involved as helping with youth choir dinners or the Great Easter Reception, and more.

Building and Gardens: There are many ways to help care for our historic buildings—Ascension Church and Manwaring House—and our beautiful gardens. From small fix-it projects to guiding contractors on bigger jobs; from helping to organize a big garden day to doing a little weeding in one’s own time.

Elected and Appointed Roles: Ascension is guided and governed by its members through its elected Vestry and appointed standing Committees (Worship, Formation, Mission, Finance, and Properties).

Acolytes are great roles for children to take in our worship services. The symbols they carry adorn our worship and help children engage more fully. Children third grade and older may serve as acolytes.

Lectors (Readers) read the appointed Sunday scriptures or lead the Prayers of the People. Lectors may also serve in other roles that require vesting, or they may serve in plain clothes from the pew.

Eucharistic Ministers serve wine from the chalices to the People following the Eucharistic prayer. They vest in the white robes—called albs—and suit with the choir and clergy. Eucharistic Ministers often serve as lectors.

The Youth Choir meets Wednesday at 5 p.m. for rehearsals, and sings several Sundays each year in worship. Adult leaders assist with choir robes, organizing music, and help with a year-end rewarding trip for the choir.

The Adult Choir meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. for rehearsals and sings weekly in Sunday worship at the 10 a.m. Eucharist from September through May. This is a talented and committed group who love fine music.

The Bell Choir meets each Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. for rehearsals. The 24-bell choir plays a variety of arrangements and performs several times each year in Sunday worship. Learn the joy of bell-ringing.

Ushers hand out service bulletins and help find seats for people, especially newcomers. They bring forward the bread and wine for Holy Communion, and they gather the People’s gifts for blessing on the altar.

Greeters welcome visitors and give an extra hand to families with young children or to the elderly. They answer questions about the church and help newcomers find their way around the church buildings.

Altar Guild members prepare the altar for Sunday worship and for other services. They polish brass, care for silver, cloth hangings, vestments, baptismal items, candles, and other items that adorn worship seasonally. Members serve in pairs for a month at a time.

Funeral Guild members arrange receptions following funerals at the luncheon depending on preference of family of the deceased.

Last Sunday Supper: For many years, Ascension has hosted a dinner on the last Sunday of each month for those in need. Two other faith communities team up with Ascension to provide the meal each month, Trinity Lutheran Church and Stillwater First Presbyterian Church. To get involved, contact Linda Amrein at l.amrein@aechurch.org.

Books For Africa (St. Paul) has volunteers come to the warehouse for two or more hours on the following days. Interested individuals or groups call (651) 251-8896.
• Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
• First and third Saturdays of every month from 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (shifts from 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 12-2 p.m.)
Link Books for Africa to: https://www.booksforafrica.org/

Our Community Kitchen (OCK) serves a community pay-as-you-can breakfast every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Volunteers harvest vegetables from the OCK garden, prepare food, cook, and serve. To learn more visit http://www.ourcommunitykitchen.org/

Valley Outreach Food Shelf gives more than 36,000 pounds of food to nearly 400 households in our community and provides clothing to more than 200 households each month. Ascension members join the effort in several ways through the year, including providing a volunteer team each season to guide clients though the Food Shelf and stock
shelves.
Link Valley Outreach Food Shelf to: http://valleyoutreachmn.org/

The Jon Francis Foundation (JFF) is one of the oldest outreach missions embraced by this community. JFF is dedicated to saving lives through wilderness safety education, empowering families who have suffered the loss of an adult loved one in the wilderness and advocating for legal protection for missing adults.
Link The Jon Francis Foundation to: www.jonfrancisfoundation.org

Episcopal Church of the Ascension
215 North 4TH Street
Stillwater, MN 55082
Phone: 651-439=2609
Email: office@aechurch.org