List of All Ministries

Serving on Sunday

Altar Guild prepares the church building for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist!  Altar Guild arranges altar flowers, sets the table for communion, and manages the needs of the altar.

Lay Readers deliver the Word of God to the congregation and lead the congregation in offering prayers to God from the prayer book.

Acolytes is a ministry to get young people involved in the church family’s celebration as an assistant during Mass!

Ushers welcome the church family and visitors to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist!

Chalice Bearers offer the congregation participation in the Blood of Christ.

Choir leads God’s people in worship during the 10:30 service!  (No summer choir.)

Coffee Hour provides an environment of fellowship for the congregation.

Serving the Community

Building and Grounds ministry keeps God’s house and property looking great!

Soup Kitchen seeks to fulfill Jesus’ statement “When I was hungry, you gave me food” at the Shalom Center on the third Sunday of every month.

Haiti Project Singing Rooster Coffee is sold as a way of supporting assistance to coffee farming communities in Haiti. Our parish is also supportive of 2 students at St. Marc’s Episcopal School in Haiti through the Diocese of Milwaukee.

Senior Project provides rides for senior citizens to downtown area churches weekly and a free lunch at St. Matthew’s on the first Sunday of each month.

Pastoral Care and Health Ministry strives to bear one another’s burdens and sorrows and celebrate life’s joys (and even offer Communion).  The ministry’s activities include preparing and/or delivering food, providing transportation to Sunday services or to medical appointments, making phone calls, writing notes and cards, and visiting the homebound or those in the hospital. St. Matthew’s is blessed to have a Parish Nurse. Lynn Heller, RN, is a long-time member of our parish. She combines the knowledge and skills of nursing practice with an understanding of the spiritual and religious beliefs that underlie parishioners’ health. Lynn ministers to our parishioners by advising them about health concerns, promoting wellness and healthy lifestyle, making home, hospital and nursing home visits, advocating for those in need, and providing bereavement support.  She functions as a health educator and liaison between patients and community resources and services. She brings Christ’s healing love to the elderly, ill and homebound.

The Lay Ministry provides communion services to those who for various reasons are unable to attend worship at St. Matthew’s but would like to receive communion.

Prayer Shawl Ministry knits or crochets prayer shawls, often using stitches in multiples of three to represent the Trinity, to console those who are grieving, comfort those who are ill, bring hope to those who are in despair, and bring good memories to those who have a joyful event.

Personal Growth/Fellowship

Christian Formation groups help you grow, offer support, and develop friendships!
See calendar under “Events” tab for all available Christian Formation groups for preschoolers through adults. Our groups are called “Koinonia.”

Women’s Book Club shares refreshments, discusses and debates a book chosen by a group member on a rotating monthly basis.

Hospitality plans the fun and invites the congregation!  Events are held throughout the year and might include celebration dinners, congregational breakfasts, and the Annual Picnic.

Church Administration

Evangelism and Stewardship focuses on church growth by working to increase community awareness of the parish, parishioner involvement, programs for spiritual growth, and stewardship through the organization of activities such as the annual pledge drive and special prayer or worship services.

Service begins when the worship service ends by being an active part of service in the community and the world by establishing relations with other church communities and organizations, representing St. Matthew’s and bringing awareness of community and world needs to the congregation.

Vestry is a vital part of the administration of our congregation.  Members are elected yearly.