Stewardship Resource

An Invitation to Ministry Guidebook Stewardship of time and Talent

Happening  Happening
  • Author: Stewardship Committee, Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina, Minn.
  • Updated: 08/08/2008
  • Copyright: Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina, MN
    Dr. David Holm, Senior Pastor

A description of opportunities to serve at Normandale Lutheran Church 2001-2002.


Now thank we all our God,
With hearts and hands and voices

An Invitation to Ministry Guidebook

A description of opportunities to serve at Normandale Lutheran Church 2001-2002.

Thanksgiving and giving are intertwined. Thankful hearts create a response extending to the actions of our hands and voices. Your participation in the ministries of the church leads to joy and thanksgiving.

This directory describes the many areas where you can have an impact. Opportunities are described first for worship, then education, service to others, and broader categories. Information related to time expectations, new ministry areas, and family service ideas are included.

Now thank we all our God
With hearts and hands and voices

An invitation to participate in and through the church as a response to God's generosity.

Stewardship 2001-2002


OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP

Cantor - Sings liturgical sentences during worship; 1 or 2 times a year.

Lector - Reads lessons during the worship service; l or 2 times a year.

Ushers - 8:30am ushers rotate monthly; 11:00am ushers rotate monthly, 3 mo./year; others usher at Advent and Lenten Vespers, Christmas, Holy Week, Easter, and occasional morning services.


Choirs

Accompanist - Plays for children's choirs, during afternoon rehearsal and one Sunday per month.

Children's Choir Parent - 2-3 times per month during rehearsals and one Sunday per month.

Choir Driver - Brings children from after school program to church for choir rehearsal on Wed. or Thurs. afternoon.

Brass Quintet - Rehearses Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm; plays monthly.

Flute Choir - Rehearses 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 9:30-10:3Oam; plays monthly.

Handbell Choir - Rehearses Thursdays, 5:45-6:45pm; plays monthly.

Normandale Choir - Rehearses Thursdays, 7:00-9:0Opm; Sings mast Sundays at 11:0Oam


OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT WORSHIP

Altar Guild - Prepares chancel area and Communion elements; two months' service plus educational meetings.

Environment (Sanctuary Decoration)- Seasonal sanctuary decorating brings visual expression to worship themes; usually done on Saturdays.

Greeters - Welcome visitors 20 minutes before each worship service; 3- 4 times a year.

Greeter Substitutes - Fill in for those on regular greeter rotation.

Liturgical Dance - Enhances festival worship; several rehearsals plus worship service.

Needlepointers - Hope to begin needlepoint work on cushions for the altar railing late winter or early spring.

Nursery Attendants - Assist nursery staff, 8:15-10:15am or 10:15-12:15pm, Sundays; 2-3x a year.

Sacristan - Organizes participants for worship services 72 hour before service; serve once every six weeks.
Sanctuary Servant Subs. Prepare Sanctuary by arranging pew materials prior to Sunday services.

Sunday Receptionists - Assist in office and answer phone; once a month. Video Camera Operators Record baptisms on videotape for the family.

Worship Planning Teams - Interpret church season and texts in interesting, visual ways; then implement their plans; short-term commitment.

Worship Witness - Prepare worship bags for our youngest as they go to worship; arrange displays of their work following worship. Time commitment flexible.

Standing Committees

Diaconate Committee - Assists with baptisms, serves communion, provides communion instruction, participates in healing services, and contacts inactive members.

Worship & Music Comm - Provides insights, feedback and communication for worship life and music programs; meets 181 Tuesday of every month.


EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHING

Children Sunday - Meets Sundays from 9:45-10:45 am, September-May. Wide range of opportunities to match with gifts that are organizational, creative, relational, hands-on, or visionary. Both short term and 9 month commitments; many on Sunday morning, others during the week. Contact Paula Arland at ext. # 14 for more information. Gifts translate to teaching, supporting, managing, and visioning to support the learning process

Youth
Sunday AM Teacher - Leads group of Jr. or Sr. high students.

Discovery Leader - Facilitates focus groups for Sr. high; Wednesday evening from 7:20- 8:30pm.

Lay Catechist Substitute - Work with small group of confirmands on an 'on call' basis; Wednesday evenings.


OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT EDUCATION

CHILDREN

Christmas Program - Plan or assist with Christmas programs '01 or '02.

Library Story Readers - Read to Preschool children on Wednesdays, as needed.

Preschool Volunteer - Shares interest/hobby with Normandale Preschool children.

Readers and Rockers - Be with our youngest during Thank God for Moms on Friday AM Time flexible, nursery staff supervises.

Special Programs - Help with special programs such as giving Bibles, catechisms, 1st Communion.

VBS Planning Team - Planning for summer 2002 begins during late winter.

VBS Volunteer - Many opportunities during week of VBS. Summer '02.

Standing Committees
Children's Ministry - Oversees children's programs. Usually 3 year commitment.

Preschool Committee - Plans, supports, and provides insight for our Preschool; 2 yr.term.

Junior and Senior High

Adult Mentors - Possible future ministry. Mentoring is a faith based relationship between youth and adult for a specific time frame.

Conf. Retreat Chap.- Assist and accompany on overnight retreats.

Event Chaperons - Assist staff in facilitating youth activities or events.

High Adventure Trips - Plan, advice assist, or lead summer trips for Sr. high youth.

Mission Trips - Plan or assist with high school mission trip in USA 2002.

Service Project Helpers - Assist with service projects for Jr. high youth.

Youth Activities - Help plan or attend youth activities. Could include transportation, phone calls, decorating, or food prep.

Standing Committees
Youth & Family Committee - Assists with programs and vision for Jr. and Sr. high youth.


Young Adult Ministry

Mentor for Sr. High - Building a faith based relationship between youth and young adult Possible future ministry.

Small Group - Be in a new small group specifically for young adults. Time & place to be announced.

Adult Education

Adult Ed.Support - Assists with planning, publicity, and hospitality for special events geared to parents and teens or parents with teens.

Book Discussion Leader - Leads small group book discussion monthly on Sat morning. Library Open Sun. AM & Wednesday; volunteers welcome & training
available.

Sun. Table Talk - Support Publicity and hospitality for education in Fellowship Hall.

Planning Teams

Book Club - Supports and advises monthly book group meeting on Sat AM

Thank God for Moms - Plan programs, publicity, etc. for Thank God for Moms.

Thurs. AM Bible Study - Contact speakers and plan topics for Thursday Bible Study

Standing Committee
Adult Education = Oversees adult education; includes Table Talk. special events, and parenting sessions.


ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

Sunday Mornings

Table Talk - Meets from 9:45-10:45 in Fellowship Hall.

Scripture Study - 1n depth study of the texts for the day with the preaching pastor.

Library - Extensive collection; open Sunday mornings and Wednesdays

Weekdays

Men's Morning Bible Study - Bible study and breakfast on the 181 & 3rd Mondays at 7:00 am.

Thursday AM Bible Study - Monthly topics with a variety of leaders.

Friday AM Bible Study - Led by Pastor Holm at 7 :00 am in the Fireside Room.

Thank God for Moms - Worship, education, and fellowship every other Friday, 9:30- 11:30 am

Bible, Bagels, and Brew - Bible study for women led by Pastor Windels at 9am in the Fireside Room on the lst, 2nd, and 3rd Saturdays of the month.

Books, Bagels, and Brew - Monthly book study on the last Saturday of the month with Pastor Windels.

St. John's Retreats - Retreat with monastic community at St John's or seasonally here.

Ministry for Healing - Monthly events related to holistic health- & Wholeness
  

MAKING A DIFFERENCE OUR NEIGHBOR AT NORMANDALE

Drive Others to Worship - Provide rides either for Sunday worship or special services in December and during Lent.

Funeral Reception Helper - Assist with some aspect (preparing, serving or cleanup) of the reception; short notice when needed.

Daytime/Weekday Ushers - For special morning services or during funerals; short notice.

New Member Group Leader - Key to new member assimilation process. Arranges social and service gatherings of new member groups over 3 months.

Normandale Women - Focuses on fellowship, Bible study, prayer, programs, and projects that benefit a wide range of programs in the church. Small groups (circles) meet monthly; special events for all held during the year.

Prayer Intercessors - Pray for members with particular needs. Lists available through office.

Provide~A-Meal - For family with illness; when needed. Sound System Operators Operate sound system for weddings.

Stephen Minister - One-on-one with care-recipient. New class formed late 2002.

Tabitha Guild - Directs funeral reception.

Thursday Potpourri - Assist through planning; 1eading activities, coordinating special events, helping with a meal Thursday noon.

Senior Happenings Writer = Writes articles for the monthly bulletin targeted to senior events.

Worship Tape Delivery - Brings tapes to homebound mid-week;. 2-3 times/year.

Worship Tape Duplicating - Reproduces service tapes for our homebound and special requests; 1 hour on Mondays.

Ministry for Healing and Wholeness

Care Teams - Support team for elderly in their homes. Flexible. One hour/week for visits, errands, transportation, etc. May be done by families.

Driving Teams - Bring seniors to appointments; schedule to fit yours.

Nurses - Provide blood pressure screening, 9: 30-11:OO am, Sundays. On~time Help One-time assistance with simple chores, or tasks in home.


Standing Committee
Senior Committee - Plans or sponsors activities in the following areas: education, worship, social and service.
  
HELPING OUR NEIGHBOR BEYOND NORMANDALE

Normandale House/Homeless Ministry

More specific information and options will be mailed to anyone interested.

Long Term Commitments - Examples of major commitments are: Support Teams, Family Friends, and the Normandale House Community of Friends.

Short Term Commitments - Ranges from one time to multiple times, on call or scheduled. Variety of opportunities include maintenance, apartment turnover crew, provide transportation or food, teach computer, skills, legal counseling, education-reading buddies, tutoring, drivers training or babysitting at the House.

Our Saviour's Shelter - 6-9 pm on Friday and Sunday at the Shelter; check in residents, help with meals, office work, bulk shopping, and other opportunities.

Social Ministry

CES Office work staff

Food shelves in downtown Minneapolis.

CROSSROAD Programs in the Elliot Park neighborhood.

Deliveries - Bring items to CES, VEAP, Interim House, as needed.

Distribute Toys - Call VEAP immediately to schedule: 952-888-9616.

Donate Blood - Blood Drive comes to Normandale 3 times/year.

Donate Gifts Christmas (sign up in narthex); school items (1IEAP) in August.

Drive to Medical Appts. Service provided by VEAP for their clients.

Habitat for Humanity Construction opportunities in summer, 2002.

Knit Hats and Mittens Yam and patterns available by the Library; given to children in need.

Meals on Wheels Community program which provides homebound with noon meal; Tues. and Wed .from 11:30 am-2 pm in Edina.

Rejoice! Sing! Vocal group singing at area nursing homes.

VEAP Office work. drive to appointments, staff food shelves, garden plot programs, and more.


Outreach Beyond the City

Host Chinese Student(s) Chinese students at U of M and area colleges are your guests for meal, holiday, weekend, concert; arranged to fit your schedule.

Mission 2000 Community which provides support for our mission in Bangladesh; meets quarterly.

Missionary Support Sign-up charts located in narthex; $30/week for one of our two missionary families: the Johnsons in Madagascar and the Sacks.

Quilting or Sew Day Make quilts for overseas and community assistance; meets the 181 Wed. and 3rd Mon. in Fellowship Hall.

Standing Committees

Global Mission Committee Promotes support of missionaries; plans programs with mission perspective.

Social Ministry Committee Plans, promotes and supports social ministry programs; meets 1st Tuesday of each month; usually 3-year term


OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT NORMANDALE

Art/Graphics
Design bulletin covers, assist with layout of brochures, make posters, photography, or media consultant; called as needed.

Food Ministry
Help prepare, serve food, or cleanup following an event; arranged as needed.

Lenten Meal Volunteer
Luncheons served at noon, suppers in the evening. Help needed to set-up, serve, and cleanup.

Office
Assist with mailings, operate office equipment, data entry, count offerings, or drive to bulk mail center; arranged as needed.

Property
Assist with routine maintenance or special projects. Saturday Receptionist Answer phones and greet visitors; 9:00 am-noon.

Serve Coffee
Setup and serve coffee after the 1st service. Scheduled as needed.

Small Grp. Coffee
Servers Scheduled service project for small groups from September thru May.

Thursday Potpourri
Assist with activities, games, food service, planning for programming for the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Website
Develop and maintain church website.

Specific needs in specialized areas-children, youth, nursery, etc.

Standing Committees

In addition to those previously mentioned, the following contribute to our life together.

Benevolence
Researches and directs special monetary funds for special gifting.

Evangelism
Outreach, hospitality, new member process, and special events.

Finance Oversees budget process.

Long Range Planning
Prepares mission and vision for the future.

Property
Oversees building and grounds; plans maintenance and improvements.

Stewardship
Leads congregation in Biblically-based program to develop and teach life-long stewardship.

Archives
Prepares and organizes our historical records.

Normandale Foundation
Directors manage and detennine distribution of Foundation funds.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

Beyond Normandale

Christmas Gift Program
Purchase gift(s) for needy children and families through LSS, VEAP, Angel Tree. Info and lists available in the narthex, late fall.

Deliver Meals on Wheels
Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:30am-2:0Opm, in Edina

Host Chinese Student(s)
Chinese students at the U of M and other Twin Cities' colleges are your guests for meals or activities on weekends or holidays. Time frame flexible.

Missionary Support
Support our missionaries for one week; $30/week; sign-up chart in upper hallway.

N'dale House Family
Friend One of the long term commitments to Normandale House. Plans activities once a month with a family.

Our Saviour's Shelter
Work at inner city Shelter from 6 ~ 9pm on Friday or Sunday.

VEAP's Back-to-School
Bring school supplies to church in late summer to be
Program distributed through VEAP to children in need.

At Church

Deliver Christmas/Easter
Our homebound community receives the Christmas and flowers Easter gardens following the holiday.

Greeters
Assignments mailed quarterly, based on these completed forms.

Lenten Supper Volunteer
Families work together to set up, serve, take down, or clean up; Wednesday nights in February and March.

Deliver Worship Tapes
Bring service tapes to those unable to worship here. to Homebound

Collect food for VEAP/CES
Bring to church on the lst and 3rd Sundays.

Worship Witness
Prepare and restock children's worship bags; also display children's artwork depicting the worship experience.

NEW MINISTRIES

Adult Education
Oversees Adult Education, including Sunday Table Talk, & Committee plans special seasonal events & parenting session. 3 year commitment.

Book Discussion Leaders
Leads small groups in discussion of a book Last Saturday of the month.

Children's Choir Drivers
Bring children from Edina after school programs to church for choir.

Children's Ministry Cmte.
Oversees children's ministry. 3 year commitment.

Liturgical Dance
Perform for festivals. Rehearsals plus worship services.

Mission Trip
Assist with planning and preparing for Sr. high trip in US. Needlepoint Kneeling Original project delayed. We hope to begin working on Cushions cushions for altar railing in winter of 2002

Planning Team for Books
Plans and advises monthly group meeting on Saturday

Bagels, and Brew mornings.

Rockers and Readers
Care for children at the "Blessing Place »on Friday mornings while their mothers are at Thank God for Moms; Rockers rock infants & Readers read stories to toddlers. Staff present.

Special Adult Ed Events
Plan and prepare for parenting events (teens and betweens) during late winter/spring.

Sunday Table Talk
Publicity and hospitality for the Sunday AM education hour in Fellowship Hall.

Website Maintenance
Enhance children's and youth ministry by maintaining those portions of our website

Worship Witness
Children's worship kits engage our youngest during worship. Kits need assembling and restocking. Children's drawings need to be posted.


GLOSSARY OF SELECTED PROGRAMS

Altar Guild
Prepares Communion elements and chancel area prior to worship.

Community Emergency Services
Inner-city help with food, counseling, financing, and
spiritual direction. Time (days only) arranged to fit schedule. Located in south Minneapolis.

Crossroad
Programs in Elliot Park neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Education Planning Teams:
One year commitment to assist in planning specific educational programs.

Habitat for Humanity:
Summer projects with the Twin Cities Chapter.

Host Chinese Students: Chinese students at the U of M and other Twin Cities' colleges are your guests for a meal, concert, weekend, or holiday. Time frame flexible.

Intercessors:
Individuals who pray for our congregation, members, and friends. Weekly update available in office or by phone.

Lector:
Reads Old Testament lesson and Epistle during a worship service.

Meals on Wheels
Deliver a noon-day meal to the homebound in Edina. Meals are picked up at 6546Xerxes at 11:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday of each month.

Ministry for Healing and Wholeness
Program designed to help elders and their caregivers. Offers care teams, spiritual support and services of healing, wellness education, fitness classes, driving pools, counseling through LSS, and information/referral services.

Missionary Support Chart:
Parishioners sign up on the Missionary Support Chart in the narthex for Heather & Scott Johnson in Madagascar and the Sack family. Requested donation is $30.

Mission 2000
Community of members which seeks to heighten awareness, concern, and direct involvement in global mission, especially the Bangladesh health care site. Quarterly meetings.

Normandale Foundation:
This endowment is funded by gifts and bequests from the congregation. The interest income supports people-oriented programs that extend the mission of Normandale within the congregation, as well as the community.

Normandale House:
Our transitional housing triplex in the Phillips neighborhood.

Normandale House Community:
Members gather bi-monthly for education/support of this priority.

Normandale House Family Friend; Plans social activities monthly with resident family.

Normandale House Support Team:
Meets regularly with the family to encourage goal setting, decision making, and encouragement.

Normandale House Volunteers:
Help with repairs and maintenance, cleaning before a new arrival, meals, sewing, transportation, professional services, or adopt a family for a holiday.

Our Saviour's Shelter:
Housing for the homeless at 2219 Chicago Avenue, operated by our partner in ministry, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.

Preschool Volunteer:
Shares talents, time and interest in crafts, reading, tools, etc., with our preschool. Flexible schedule.

Readers and Rockers:
Teaching and caring for our youngest at "Blessing Place" on Friday mornings while their mothers are at Thank God for Moms.

Rejoice! Sing!:
Choral group which brings songs of all nations to nursing homes. Fall rehearsals; winter and spring presentations.

Retreats at Sf. John's Abbey:
Private or directed retreats in a monastic community at Collegeville, Am. Times arranged to fit personal schedule. Special retreats led by the monks are held at Normandale.

Sacristan:
Assist in preparation immediately before Sunday service. Weekly rotation.

Sanctuary Decoration:
Decorates sanctuary for festivals; supports liturgical task forces in implementing themes, especially Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter.

Seasonal Worship Planning:
Plans services and events for appropriate liturgical season. Short-term commitment.

Small Groups:
Groups of 8-16 meeting in homes once a month for fellowship, Bible or book study.

Social Ministry Outreach:
Supports and coordinates involvement with social service agencies.

Stephen Ministry:
Supplements pastoral ministry by supporting individual in need. After intense training, meets regularly with care recipient and bimonthly support meetings.

Thank God For Moms:
Worship and educational programs for mothers. Program offered on 1st & 4th Fridays from 9-11:30am. Nursery available.

Thursday Potpourri:
1st Thursday of each month. Social program including wide range of activities, conversation, and a meal.

Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People.
Serves those in need in southwest suburbs through its food shelf, social work, furniture bank, and special assisting programs for elderly and shut-ins, low income, and challenged. Located in south Bloomington.

Normandale Lutheran Church
6100 Normandale Road
Edina, MN 55436
952-929-1697
E-mail: office@normluth.org
Website: www.normluth.org

Find More Stewardship Resources