The Altar Guild prepares the Chancel for worship and maintains its furnishings. This includes vesting the Altar, preparing Sacred vessels and linens for communion and post-communion cleanup, installation, design and development of paraments and banners, assisting the pastors with special services, care of vestments and sacramental linens, and coordination of flowers for major festivals. Members of Altar Guild are on a once a month rotation at either 8:00am or 11:00am Sunday services or Wednesday 7pm evening service. Its members comprise both of women and men teams with youth helpers. The chairperson is Miria Castille. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Ushers assist members’ participation in the service by helping to maintain a comfortable and orderly environment for worship. The ushering groups generally serve for the same service, once each month. While ushers assist the congregation during services, they are also participants in portions of the service. Usher teams consisting of 4-5 members meet sufficiently early before each worship service to determine specific task assignments, which include: distribution of service bulletins, distribution of attendance cards, distribution of children’s bulletins, record attendance numbers, collect the offering assist the members as they participate in the Eucharist, regulate the thermostats to ensure a comfortable environment pick up used bulletins, rearrange hymnals after the worship service. In addition to providing an essential service during the worship time, usher teams are given an excellent opportunity to meet members. If you have any questions or are interested in serving as an Usher, please contact Larry Stiles.
The Greeters are members of our congregation who welcome our guests and members to worship service each Sunday. The time commitment is for approximately 15 minutes each Sunday for one month. This is a wonderful opportunity for members to get to know others in the congregation. If you are interested in serving as a Greeter, please contact Ellen Kuehnle, Volunteer Coordinator, at 281-482-7943 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope’s Quilting Circle provides visible symbols of God’s love for His people by making warm quilts by hand and providing them to those in need. There are areas of profound need all around the world via Lutheran World Relief. Quilts are also provided to children at the Krause Children’s Treatment Center, a Lutheran Social Services of the South facility, who treasure them as a precious gift that represents an important personal possession. These quilts are also hand made and given to our congregation’s high school graduates as a symbol of Hope’s love and support. The “Knotty Ladies” hand made 120+ quilts last year! They meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 9:00am – 12:00pm to assemble and tack the quilts and the 1st and 3rd Mondays from 9:00am – 12:00pm to bind the quilts. If you are interested in finding out more information about Hope’s Quilting Circle, please contact Pam Bubendorf.
Meals on Wheels Ministry delivers hot, nutritious meals to elderly and disabled persons in the Friendswood area. Volunteers deliver meals to each person’s home for one week, Monday through Friday, during an eight-week period rotation. The entire process only takes at the most 2 hours. This service not only provides nutritious meals, but also human contact, conversation, and the reassurance to family members knowing that someone is checking in on their loved one in case of needed help. If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please contact Michele Albrecht.
Hope’s Braille Ministry is a group of volunteers who meet twice a month at the Work Center at Peace Lutheran Church in Texas City to print and assemble Braille books that consist of 1st and 2nd Corinthians. This ministry provides the message of salvation, through faith in Jesus Christ, to the blind and visually impaired in the United States and all over the world Currently, there are 2 groups that meet to assemble the Braille Bibles: The Daytime Group meets at Peace Lutheran on the first Monday of the month from 9:30am to 1:30pm. The Evening Group gathers for carpooling on the 4th Monday of the month at Hope from 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm.
Our participation in the Habitat for Humanity project provides affordable housing for those in need. The Alvin/Friendswood/Pearland Chapter is a local affiliation of the Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. We work in partnership with those in need to build houses; the houses are then sold to families at no profit and with no interest charged. Volunteers provide most of the labor and individual and corporate donors provide the funds to build the homes. Volunteers work under the watchful eyes of skilled construction personnel. Work is done on most Saturdays with help on some additional days required. In addition to the need for construction labor, we also need help with publicity, family selection, food for workers and fund raising. For more information regarding our association with Habitat for Humanity, please contact Jerry Pfleeger.
The Texas District Church Extension Fund (CEF) provides Texas District Lutherans with the opportunity to make investments which help to fund the mission of the Church. Since 1888, CEF has provided consultation and low cost loans for Texas congregations to build and expand. If you wish to make investments that help finance the building of God's Kingdom, contact Debbie Schkade or visit their website.