Ministry Opportunities

ADULT CHOIR
Diane Bleke 262-567-5001×242
The Adult Choir is a dynamic group whose sole purpose is to praise our Lord with their voices.  You are welcome to join after Confirmation.  We sing a great variety of music to our Lord and give our musical offerings approximately twice a month.

ALTAR FLOWERS
Jean Fisher 262-567-5998
Decorate the altar with flowers in honor or memory of a loved one, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.  Just sign up on the Flower Chart, located at the west end of the Narthex.    We have a florist who arranges and delivers the flowers for a donation (call the office for amount and make check payable to the Altar Guild). During Lenten Season there are no altar flowers.

ALTAR GUILD
Shirley Dibble 920-206-9899
The Altar Guild is a volunteer group of women (though it is open to men also) who serve the congregation and the Lord through caring for the Altar and the Sacraments.  Responsibilities include preparing Communion for Worship, caring for the candles, paraments, linens, Communion ware and acolyte robes, making banners and Baptismal napkins, decorating the church for holidays.  All members of the congregation are welcome to join.

ALUMNI
School Office 262-567-5001
A database is maintained to track the whereabouts of St. Paul’s Lutheran School alumni.

ATHLETIC COMMITTEE (WARRIOR BOOSTER CLUB)
School Office 262-567-5001
This committee specifically serves and focuses on the athletic activities of the congregation and day school.  All individuals interested in guiding youth and adult athletic programs are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings and join the committee.  Athletics currently offered are: youth basketball, flag football, softball, volleyball, dance, cross-country & track.  Also offered are high school basketball, adult softball and basketball, and ladies’ dartball.

BEFORE SCHOOL CARE (see EXTENDED CARE)

BIBLE CAMP
Church Office 262-567-5001
Children in the community and congregation are invited to spend 4 hours everyday for a week getting to know Jesus. Fun-filled activities and classes help the children learn important biblical lessons and how to grow in their faith.

BIBLE CLASSES
Church Office 262-567-5001
A wide variety of Bible classes are offered through the congregation.  Some are held at church; others are held in people’s homes or businesses. All Bible classes are advertised in the church bulletin each week.  The newsletter and the bulletin announce the beginning of new classes.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
Marilyn Sherman 262-646-2595
On the 1st Sunday of each month from 9:15-10:30 am come to the church office to have your blood pressure taken by a volunteer certified health care professional.  This ministry is intended to reach the members of St. Paul’s as well as anyone in the community who would like their blood pressure monitored.  The guidelines of this ministry have been set by the American Heart Association.

BOOKSTORE (THEE BOOKSTORE)
Church Office 262-567-5001

The store features many versions of the Bible, as well as Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, hymnals, and study materials for Bible Classes.  Christian fiction and non-fiction books for all ages are included.  There are gift items (jewelry, plaques, stationary) stocked for your convenience.  Greeting cards of all kinds are also available.  Thee Bookstore is located in the Fellowship Hall and is open Sundays from 9am-10:30am.

BRASS CHOIR
Pat Borgman 262-567-7131
Playing at festival services and for special occasions as requested, the Brass Choir is made up of trumpeters, trombonists, and other brass players.  Rehearsals are usually held between services on Sunday in the balcony.

BULLETINS
Heather Scheuer 262-567-5001 x211
Bulletins are a source of communication to members and guests attending services.  They communicate news about worship services, ministries, bible studies, special activities, events and more.  Help is needed collating and copying.

CARING CARD MINISTRY
Gwen Nicholson 262-567-5995
This ministry is designed to minister to our members in times of illness, death, birth and wedding congratulations.  A card is sent to the member expressing care and concern with the church’s phone number and it is signed by the members of the Service and Mission Outreach board.  When appropriate, a Meals Ministry bookmark is also sent.

CHOIRS – PARISH
Diane Bleke 262-567-5001 x242
The choirs are offered to our members (and non-members).  Additionally, you do not have to have a musical background to participate only a desire to sing praises to the Lord.  Call our musical director for a schedule with dates and times of practices and services. Choirs are grouped as follows:

  • Children’s:  Children in grades 1-8, day school and public school students, are welcome to attend.  This group practices Wednesday evenings.
  • Adult: This choir is open to “older” youth (high school) and adults.  This group meets Wednesday nights.

CHRISTCARE MINISTRY
262-567-5001
ChristCare is a ministry of small groups that provide places of care and belonging, help build faithful disciples, and immerse group members/visitors in joy-filled Christian community.  Members listen, pray together, & share one another’s challenges and victories on a journey of spiritual growth and Christian service.

CHRISTIAN COUNSELING
For information on confidential Christian counseling contact Pastor O’Donnell 262-567-5001 ext. 217.

CHURCH OFFICE
Heather Scheuer 262-567-5001 x211
Help is needed in the office for various tasks associated with ministries, services, meetings and special events.  The office is open 7:30 am – 4:00 pm M-F (unless otherwise noted).  For a recording of service times or to leave a voicemail message, call the office.

COACHING
Ben Mueller 262-370-6575
Adults are needed to coach each of our sport teams for both the day school and ACT.  Sports included are: basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, flag football, softball, track and volleyball.

CONCESSIONS – See Athletic Committee
St. Paul’s Athletic Committee provides concessions for sporting events here at church as well as a few times a year at the Bradley Center.  To help with concessions at church you must be 18 years or older and 21 years or older for the Bradley Center.  Proceeds provide sporting equipment for St. Paul’s.

CONTEMPORARY PRAISE TEAMS
Church Office 262-567-5001
“In His Light” and “Look2Him” are the bands that play for Contemporary Worship each Sunday at 10:30 am. It is made up of men and women, who have a special interest in and talent for contemporary Christian music.

COPY VOLUNTEER
Jill George 262-567-5001 x238
Photocopying help offered to the teaching staff.  Help is needed each day.

CRAFT BAZAAR
Judy Braatz 262-567-7787
The St. Paul’s Ladies Aid Society holds a fall craft bazaar every year the first Saturday in November.  Many crafters’ items are featured and a bake sale is held.  Help is needed to set-up and/or donations of baked goods.

EASTER BREAKFAST
Church Office 262-567-5001
The Youth Group serves a bountiful breakfast Easter morning.  Help is needed setting up, cooking, serving and cleaning up.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE 
Church Office 262-567-5001
This committee is responsible for Christian education and the Day school, which includes Kinder Place. The committee also oversees the Warrior Booster Club, Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), Library Committee, and various other curriculum committees. The committee sets and reviews policies, and reviews and approves curriculum. A major goal of this committee is to assure that the mission of the congregation “Reaching, Serving and Growing Disciples” is carried out through areas of education.

ELDERS (BOARD OF)
Dave Meyer 262-567-5001
The primary concern of this board is the spiritual welfare of all St. Paul’s members.  This involves a variety of activities, including supervision of worship services, evaluating and reviewing worship attendance and Communion participation, the acceptance of new members, establishing and monitoring Confirmation standards and instruction, and anything that impacts our members spiritually.

ENDOWMENT FUND
Cindy Peartree 262-567-5001 x214
The endowment fund is a charitable, non-profit fund organized by the congregation.  Its purpose is to receive gifts (by memorials, bequests through wills, tributes, individual giving, or beneficiary of life insurance) for the mission and ministry of St. Paul’s.  The fund may use income for such items as student aid, renovation, expansion, and maintenance of church property, educational needs, mission projects, social and youth ministries, and to aid in the spiritual growth of our own congregational members.

EPISTLE
Heather Scheuer 262-567-5001 x211
The Epistle is St. Paul’s monthly newsletter and is an important source of information and communication.  Featured monthly are: Birthdays, Bible Studies, Board announcements, Church Calendar, Ministry updates, a listing of Sponsors, Older Adult & Women’s Ministry news, Worship dates & times, Volunteer Opportunities and correspondence from our Pastors, Missionaries, Executive Director, School and Teachers.   The newsletter is sent to your home or may be accessed by visiting our website:  splco.org

EXTENDED CARE
Chris Hesse 262-567-5001 x210
A ministry service for our day school children for before and after school care.  Children are supervised by adults from the close of school to 5:45.

FOOD PANTRY (SEE THE LORD’S CUPBOARD)

FORENSICS
Principal 262-567-5001 x213
Dramatic readings performed by day school children each February.  Adult coaches, timers, and judges are needed.

FUNDRAISERS

  • Book Fairs – Watch for book fairs in the spring & fall.  St. Paul’s earns free books & cash for additional library and classroom supplies.  Teacher’s wish lists are available at both book fairs plus in the fall if your family purchases one book, they’ll get another one free.  Contact Jill George with questions 262-567-5001 x225.
  • Box Tops for Education – Collect specially marked box tops from General Mills cereal, Betty Crocker products, Yoplait yogurts, Lloyd’s BBQ buckets, Pillsbury products, Green Giant, Totino’s, Progresso, Old El Paso, Gold Medal and Fruit Snacks.  Each label or box top is worth 10¢.  Contact Chris Hesse with questions 262-567-5001 x210.
  • Campbell’s Soup Labels – Collect labels and drop off in bin.  Points are earned for each label turned in and are redeemed for school supplies.  Turn the labels in all year long– they are processed at the end of April each year.  Contact Sue Lindemann at 262-567-8985. 
  • Grocery Store Receipts (Pick ‘n Save/Piggly Wiggly/Sentry) – At the customer service desk in Pick ‘n Save designate your donations on your Advantage card to St. Paul’s account # 462560.  At Sentry & Piggly Wiggly just simply ask for a sticker on your receipt and then drop off the receipts in the school or office.  (We receive 1% of total)  Proceeds go to the Lord’s Cupboard and Youth Ministries.  Contact April Tiedtke at 262-560-1884.
  • Scrip – Buy certificates for various merchants and we receive a % back.  You may also apply half of the profit towards next year’s tuition costs.   Scrip is available in the office M-F and between services on Sunday in the Fellowship Hall.   Contact Chris Hesse 262-567-5001.
  • Target’s “Take Charge of Education” – See customer service (or call 1-800-316-6142) to designate St. Paul’s School on your Target Visa or Guest Card.  Use your Target Visa or Target Guest Card when making purchases and Target will donate 1% of all qualifying purchases to St. Paul’s.  Contact Chris Hesse at 262-567-5001 x210.

FUNERAL MEALS MINISTRY
Mary Lou Pagenkopf 262-567-7905
This ministry is for families who would like a lunch served after a loved one’s funeral.  Families provide the food (catered or delivered) and the Ladies Aid Society set the tables and serves the food in the Fellowship Hall.  For more information contact any Pastor and the Ladies Aid Society.

GIFT MATCHING
Cindy Peartree 262-567-5001 x214
Your offering to St. Paul’s School is matched 50¢ for every $1 by Thrivent Financial.  Gifts will be matched up to $400 per person per year ($100 more if you volunteer 25hrs for the school) if you own Thrivent Financial products and $100 gift match for non-members.  Fill out a form in the office, write your check to St. Paul’s School, put it in a separate envelope and Thrivent will send us the matching gift.

GREETERS
John Melvin 262-567-3981
At each of the weekend services, we have people who serve as greeters before the service.  Because we have two main entrances (the front of the church into the Narthex and the quadruple doors by the school), greeters are stationed at both locations.

HIGH SCHOOL (LUTHERAN)
Chris Hesse 262-567-5001 x210
St. Paul’s is a member of the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee.  This means that member children may attend one of the Lutheran High Schools in the Association.  Lake Country Lutheran High School is located in Hartland.  Association membership means that any student from our congregation may attend at Association tuition.

INSTRUMENTALISTS
Diane Bleke 262-567-5001 x242
Those interested in using their instrumental skills in worship are encouraged to do so.  Our Music Director develops a schedule, by which these gifts are used in worship.

JOURNEYMEN
Marcus Pankow 262-560-0631
This is a group of men, who take their responsibility as Christian husbands and fathers seriously.  They want to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and discover how exciting the ‘journey” with Christ through life.  They meet on the second and fourth Saturday of the month at The Depot at 7:30 a.m.  They also organize fellowship activities during the year.

KINDER PLACE CHILD CARE
Christine Flores 262-567-4881
Kinder Place is a childcare ministry of St. Paul’s with the mission to “Reaching, Serving and Growing Disciples.” We carry out this mission by guiding young children to grow and learn academically and in the Christian faith through pre-school and child care experiences.  Members & non-members are welcome to share in the unique joy of providing this opportunity for their child to share the discoveries of the wonderful world the Lord has given us.

LADIES AID SOCIETY
Mary Lou Pagenkopf 262-567-7905
We welcome all women from our congregation to join us on the first Thursday of the month from September through June.  Our functions include the Fall Craft Bazaar and the annual Mother-Daughter Banquet in May.  We also serve for funerals and support our church and school with donations of monies and gifts.

LECTORS (SEE SCRIPTURE READERS)

LIBRARY (CHURCH AND SCHOOL)
Chris Hesse 262-567-5001 x210
The Church and School Library are combined.  During the school day, librarians are needed to work with the children in the library & help stack and catalogue books as well. On Sundays, librarians are needed to make the library available to all the members of the congregation.

LORD’S CUPBOARD
Mary Hickenbottom 414-333-3421
The Lord’s Cupboard provides food for members of our congregation and in the Oconomowoc community at times when they have special needs.  People may help by providing food, donations of money, packing groceries and delivering them. The Lord’s Cupboard food pantry is open for anyone in need of assistance with groceries on Mondays 5:30-6:30pm.  Names are kept confidential.

LORD’S CUPBOARD FREE MEAL MINISTRY
Chuck Wenthur 262-567-1879
On the third Monday of every month from 5:30-6:30pm the Lord’s Cupboard hosts a free dinner for those in our community experiencing hardships (i.e. illness, financial, job loss etc.).  Bags of groceries will be available to take home for those in need.

LUNCHROOM VOLUNTEERS
Chris Hesse 262-567-5001 x210

Nutritious home cooked meals are prepared daily for our day school children.  There are many opportunities to help including, serving food, cleaning dishes, helping children check-in, supervision as they eat, and more.

LUTHERAN LAYMEN’S LEAGUE (LLL) & THE LUTHERAN HOUR MINISTRY
Dennis Zastrow 262-567-3356
The Lutheran Laymen’s League (LLL) is a volunteer organization of 150,000 members and is an auxiliary of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  Lutheran Hour Ministries is a service of LLL and broadcasts Christian communications around the world to fulfill their mission “Bringing Christ to the Nations – and the Nations to the Church.”

LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY LEAGUE (LWML)
Dorothy Duchow 262-593-2176
The LWML is the official women’s organization of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, dedicated to all aspects of mission service through a wide variety of opportunities.  St. Paul’s LWML meets the first Tuesday of each month (September through May) at 7:00 p.m.  All women who are communicant members of the LCMS and choose to support and participate in LWML are welcome!

MEALS MINISTRY
Sheila Rams 262-506-4210
Meals are provided for a fellow Christian whose household is disrupted due to illness, surgery, birth, or death in the family.  (If the timing is not good, just say so.)  Meals would be provided on a short-term basis.  You would be asked about the number of people in the family, dietary restrictions, time and place to deliver the meal.

OPERATIONS COMMITTEE
Scott Kalien 262-567-5001                        
This board makes sure the building is kept clean because it is God’s house.  We help to keep all the boards and organizations working toward one goal—Reaching, Serving and Growing Disciples—by maintaining the property and keeping it attractive.

PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)
Laura Kiley 312-925-7421 or Julie Orner 262-965-5403 
The function of the PTO is to sponsor educational events, open house, and social events connected with the day school.  The executive board approves all fund-raisers and monies are distributed to educate our day school children and address church needs.  Anyone with a child in the day school may participate in PTO and serve on the board.

PLAYGROUND MONITOR
Chris Hesse 262-567-5001 x210

Adults (age 18 and up) are needed to help supervise recess time during the school day.

PRAYER CIRCLE
Heather Scheuer 262-567-5001 x211
This is a group of people who want to pray for the needs of others.  One phone call will start your prayer on its way.  Prayers are passed on throughout the day and evening hours.  Anyone is welcome to join the Prayer Circle.

QUILTING MINISTRY (LWML)
Pat Menden 262-646-3508
Members of LWML sew 60” x 80” quilts out of leftover material, drapery samples or donated yard goods.  Old sheets, thin blankets or old curtains are used for filler.  These quilts are used in third world countries for use as partitions, to carry belongings, as well as coverings.  They are sewn most of the year and shipped in October to Lutheran World Relief or the Orphan Grain Train through the Lutheran Laymen’s League.

RADIO MINISTRY
Heather Scheuer 262-567-5001 x211
Each Sunday at 8:00 a.m. St. Paul’s Worship is broadcast live over WTKM, 1540 AM and 104.9 FM, as well as certain other special services.  An announcer is present for the live broadcasts.  After our service, the announcer assists Holy Trinity Lutheran, Okauchee, whose broadcasts are fed from our radio booth to WTKM.  Anyone who is interested may serve as an announcer. We are also looking for sponsors.  Consider a special Sunday in honor or memory of a loved one, anniversaries, birthday etc.

ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN SCHOOL
Chris Hesse 262-567-5001 x210 
The purpose of St. Paul’s Lutheran School is to expand the mission and ministry of the congregation by preparing today’s children to be today’s disciples.  We do this through an extensive curriculum that goes beyond the 3 R’s by adding a 4th R, Religion, which is integrated into all of the classes taught.  Computer classes, music and choir, physical education, art, and weekly chapel services are all part of the program.  To help our parents meet the demands of today’s busy life style, we also offer a before-and-after-school care program.  Extra-curricular programs include flag football, basketball, dance, volleyball, track, softball, forensics, Knowledge Bowl, Geography Bee, Math Counts, drama and musicals, band, choirs, and handbell choirs.

SCRIPTURE READERS (LECTORS)
Heather Scheuer 262-567-5001 x211
Scripture readers (or Lectors) are the people who read Scripture Lessons at Worship.  A good reading voice is the only requirement.  Those who are confirmed and interested in being a Lector are welcome to participate.

SHARING TREE
Mary Hickenbottom 414-333-3421
The Sharing Tree is an opportunity to provide and share the gifts God has given to us to those in need.  Sharing Tree sponsors change each month so, to find out more about the worthwhile ministries- read the Epistle and bulletin.

STEPHEN MINISTRY
Steve Hansen 262-646-4049
Our congregation is a “Stephen Series” congregation.  This is a ministry for members who have a special gift of caring for people in difficult situations.  This includes the death of a spouse, an illness, loss of a job, among others.  This is an opportunity to express continued concern and care for a troubled brother or sister.

STUDENT COUNCIL
Chris Hesse 262-567-5001 x210
Representatives from the 6th, 7th & 8th grades are elected by the students.  Participants learn about how to become involved in student government as well as what it’s like working on service projects.

SUNDAY SCHOOL
See Bible Studies.

TEACHER’S AID
Chris Hesse 262-567-5001 x210
Adults helping in our day school classrooms.  Duties are assigned by the individual teachers.

TELEPHONE DEVOTIONAL MINISTRY
The Telephone Devotional Ministry is 262-567-1001.  The devotions are changed daily.  Anyone with a good, clear speaking voice could help.

THRIVENT
Gail Frosch 262-567-2821
Beside the benefits of insurance and investment opportunities, Thrivent offers many services that help families, youth, and those in need, creating opportunities for Christian service and fellowship.  Help is needed for special events i.e. Fish Fry in spring and fall. Match your contributions with their Gift Matching program.

USHERS
Rick Zastrow 262-569-9623
Ushers help the Board of Elders during services.  Responsibilities include handing out bulletins, collecting the offerings, ushering people for Communion, and straightening up the sanctuary after service.  All members, male or female, who are confirmed, are welcome to become ushers.

VOCAL SOLOISTS
Diane Bleke 262-567-5001 x242
Those interested in using their vocal abilities in worship are encouraged to do so. Our Music Director develops a schedule, by which these gifts are used in worship.

YEARBOOK
Chris Hesse 262-567-5001 x210
Editors, layout people, photographers, and proofreaders are needed to put the school yearbook together.

YOUTH GROUP 
Ben Mueller 262-370-6575
Our ministry is to the young people of St. Paul’s, involving them in the work of Christ, providing for their spiritual growth and nurture, and promoting genuine Christian fellowship. The board oversees St. Paul’s Youth Group which  is for teens from 5th grade through 12th grade.  Their activities throughout the year include Bible study, fall service projects, delivering Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter food bags.