The Altar guild is a group that cares for the chancel area and sets up for communion, baptisms, etc. Individuals serve with a partner on a rotating basis for one month at a time. (Usually 1 – 2 times a year) This is a great service opportunity for those who like to remain behind the scenes.
Banner Making Committee
The banner committee meets as needed (about once or twice a month) to make banners for the church. Each child baptized receives a simple banner with their name on it. No talent is necessary, and it is a good way to meet people in a relaxed atmosphere.
This is open to any confirmed member of the congregation that enjoys singing. There are no auditions! You don’t have to be able to read music, just be able to learn and follow along! The choir meets on Thursday evenings during the school year and rehearses from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. You get summers off!
This choir is made up of (you guessed it) men members. Again, there are no auditions and no experience is necessary. If you like to sing and can follow along, you could be an asset! The men sing one Sunday a month and rehearse the Saturday prior to that service. Like the adult choir, the men take the summer off with the exception of singing in the patriotic service in July.
Any individual or couple that would like to greet members and visitors at the church doors on Sunday mornings. Greeters are assigned to a particular service and then serve for one month.
There are a wide variety of music groups available to members. Anyone interested in playing for a service or even just joining the jazz band for concerts and fellowship should contact our band director
Every woman in the congregation is invited to attend and that means any age! (There are a variety of age groups in attendance!) The Ladies League meets monthly September – May and various topics and programs (e.g. health, decorating, missions, etc.) are presented. There are also groups of interest within the Ladies League, such as meeting to do crafts. Ladies League also sponsors Helping Hands in which members in need (illness, new baby) are contacted and appropriate help, such as a meal, is arranged. New members receive a free cookbook at their first meeting!
All women of Christ Lutheran Church are also a member of Ladies League and Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Our purpose is to work for the well-being of our congregation, to assist in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to promote fellowship among the women of the congregation.
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is an organization of Missouri Synod women who work for various missions. The mission of the LWML is to assist each woman of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world. There is a local chapter, and activities are reported via Ladies League. LWML sponsors retreats, speakers, and other programs in our area. Conventions are also held locally and nationally.
The Lutheran’s Layman’s League is a group of men dedicated to spreading the Gospel around the world. The local chapter meets once a month, often at a breakfast meeting. Like LWML, conventions are also held locally and nationally. The local chapter also has a booth at the Berrien County Youth Fair.
Although this may not sound too glamorous, it is a good way to volunteer if you have an odd schedule, or not much time. There are always items which need to be put into the mailboxes in the church commons area. You can pick things up in the office and do it on your own time when the building is open.
A group that has been through special training which teaches them how to enrich their marriage. The group meets on occasion to further enrich themselves and to encourage others to get training. Special Marriage Encounter weekends are held throughout the year in various locations around the state.
Parent Teacher’s League
PTL meets four times a year and is for parents of children enrolled at Christ Lutheran School. The teachers are present to update everyone on classroom activities. Speakers and programs are offered as well. PTL is also a fundraising group for school activities and equipment.
The prayer chain is open to anyone interested in praying for others in a confidential manner. If interested, you will be placed on a phone chain. When a prayer request is made, you will be contacted and then asked to pass the information along to the next person on the chain.
This group of members, 50 years and older, meet the first Wednesday of each month excluding January and July. In December and June, they get together for a luncheon and in August, they have a picnic. During the other monthly meetings, they have devotions, a program or speaker, and close with refreshments.
This committee serves to distribute funds to those who enter college in order to prepare for full time church work.
Our church cooks and serves the Soup Kitchen in Benton Harbor once a month. This is an opportunity to serve the community. If you can’t serve, you can help cook the night before, or donate needed items. The list of each month’s needs is posted on the door to the right of the church mailboxes.
This group of specially trained individuals are care givers to people in need because of a crisis in their lives. A two-year training is necessary to become a Stephen Minister.
Ushering is done by men on a volunteer basis. The men are assigned to a particular church service and then serve one month at a time on a rotating basis.
Anyone can assist at the Visitor’s Center. The main task is to greet people, especially visitors, and hand out information to these visitors (such as special visitor bulletins). There is usually one individual manning the center each Sunday on a rotating basis.