Are you a problem solver?
Do you have a natural gift for art or music? Are you someone people turn to for help or comfort? Are you detail-oriented, enthusiastic, deeply spiritual, naturally curious, a born teacher, or a critical thinker?
Each of us has gifts entrusted to us by God, and in sharing these blessings we bless the world. In the words of Teresa of Avila, “Christ has no body now but ours.” We are his hands and feet, his eyes and ears in the world.
And as such, here’s how you can help:
Committees are led by volunteers who share their time and talent to ensure that the needs of our parish and surrounding communities are met. Committee Chairs work closely with our elected Vestry.
Contact Trudy Bavolack, Parish Administrator, to be connected to the committees that interest you (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is a joy to worship God through our presence every Sunday. If you are inspired by the liturgy, are gifted with musical talent, or feel an attraction to serve close to the altar, you may be able to assist us in worship.
If you are frustrated by the injustices and unmet needs in our communities, this is the committee for you. We are constantly on the lookout for new projects, great and small, and work diligently to make a felt difference. You can be a part of the solution to the world’s problems!
Sometimes we are cared for, and sometimes we care for others. The Pastoral Care team reaches out to those in need of extra attention, care, a listening ear, a pleasant visit, a prayer for hope, or whatever the need may be. Those who serve on this important committee share the responsibility of the “cure of souls” with the clergy of the parish.
If you are handy, gifted with a hammer, rake, shovel, paint brush, or feel comfortable on a ladder, you can help take care of the beautiful property we’ve inherited. The Properties Committee, chaired by the Junior Warden, is made up not only of those with the ability to maintain our shared property, but those who can visualize and guide projects from start to finish, and offer their expert advice. Emmanuel hosts regular work days, and many volunteer hands are needed.
Continuous education is a central aspect of Christian discipleship. Our religion is not just personal thoughts and feelings, but a sophisticated philosophical system millennia in the making, which guides our experience in and interaction with the world around us. Christians of all ages are in need of education to learn who we were, who we are, and who we’re called to be.
This committee enriches our common life through food, friendship, and fun. Get to know your fellow parishioners and show off your hosting, decorating, cooking, and baking skills–or help to keep our kitchen spotless and running with Swiss-watch efficiency.
F.O.O.D. Faith Garden
The F.O.O.D. (Field of our Dreams) Faith Garden is Emmanuel’s community garden. A percentage of what each gardener raises is donated to local food closets, individuals in need, and community feeding programs.