"But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.... to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." Eph 4:7, 11-12
Guest Hosts welcome with warmth and depth. Need to know where the nursery is? Ask the Host. Want to know how to get to the balcony? Ask the host. Want to be sure to meet the pastor? Ask the host. Hosts are eager to learn the names of our guests; eager to make everyone feel special; eager to assist in any way with the needs of our guests.
Ushers assist worshippers in finding a place to sit and prepare for worship. They collect the offering and direct worshippers to the front of the nave for Holy Communion. They are prepared to assist in any other manner.
The information counter, located in the former kitchen and fellowship hall, provides answers to inquiries regarding worship, child care, building locations, current activities and ministry life of the congregation. Volunteers staff the information counter before and after worship services and serve on an occasional basis depending on the number of volunteers available.
Many of those who become members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church are already connected to others through family or friends. This ministry seeks to ensure that every new member is welcomed by a friendly and familiar face.
New Member Hosts can be very creative in their style of developing relationships -- a few phone calls; an invitation to coffee or lunch or perhaps an invitation to a concert of special event. In any event, its a real blessing to know and recognize a friend when you're new -- especially one who eager to see you as well.
Worship in the Lutheran tradition has a richness and depth that can bring great meaning to those who value symbolism and biblical imagery. Candles are a wonderful symbol in the church -- usually associated with celebrations. But candles are also an important symbol of Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world.
Acolytes help us focus our attention on Christ by lighting the candles in the sanctuary at the beginning of worship services. They start by lighting their wicks from the Christ Candle -- our light comes from Christ, who invites us to "let your light shine before men."
Acolytes are young people in grades 5 through 8 who serve in this role as one way of helping them to recognize that they are a vital part of the body of Christ, the church.