Together in Christ (T.I.C.)
Time: Every other Friday of each month (See calendar for dates) at 5:45 pm
Contact: Christine Jacobsen
Welcome families to Together in Christ! Together in Christ (TIC) is a family-friendly study and fellowship group. TIC meets twice a month during the school year. The meeting starts off with a pot-luck dinner and then an adult Bible study. Various topics are decided by the group and will be studied throughout the year. Past topics have included prayer, discipleship, The Apostles’ Creed, the history of the Bible, and the Christmas Story. Children are always welcome and a baby-sitter is on site.
This is an excellent and joyous opportunity to engage in church as a family outside of Sunday services.
Time: Mondays at 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Contact: Felicia Gorman at FeliciaJGorman@gmail.com
Mah Jongg is a game of skill, strategy and luck! It is a game typically played in the back streets in the orient. In 1937 a small group of women formed the National Mah Jongg League to promote the game and to make some changes to the game to adapt it to American play. It has grown from just a few players to over 500,000 in the United States. The Mah Jongg League serves as the standard in teaching, tournaments and social play.
Graceful Ladies Hiking Group. This is a casual meetup of Grace First Lutheran Ladies to connect and exercise in God’s beautiful creation. We typically meet on the 2nd Fridays of the month 9:15 am at The Old Mill Strictly Organic and grab coffees (if needed) and hike the River Trail Loop from there. Once in a while we plan to change the trail and hope to add a snowshoe and/or classic ski trip to the mix during the winter.
Contact: Linda Dent at 541-504-1421
Altar Guild’s responsibility is the altar and communion preparations for Sunday Services. It doesn’t require a lot of time and is relatively easy. Please contact Linda Dent if interested.
Contact: Carolyn Clontz at 541-610-4631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lectors read the two Bible passages chosen by the ELCA for each week. Passages are sent out the week before the service so you can practice.
Ushers & Greeters
Contact: Dick Gorman at email@example.com
At Grace First Lutheran, the role of a church usher/greeter is to help first time guests, repeat visitors, and members experience the joy of the worship service and create a great hospitality experience that the first time church visitor or long term member will have on a given Sunday. Ushers/greeters, in addition to welcoming people also help with seating guests and members and assist with the orderly flow during the communion portion. Schedules are made quarterly based on availability of each usher/greeter.
The Visual Arts Worship Committee provides the visual component of worship, enhancing the worship experience with banners and decorations that symbolize the church’s seasons. Our major focus has been making banners for the sanctuary. No particular skills are necessary but creative ideas are welcomed and we work as a team in putting those ideas together…and have fun in the process. We would welcome more members.
Time: 3rd Wednesday of each month
Contact: Thomas Francois firstname.lastname@example.org
The Social Concerns Committee helps coordinate and publicize the Congregation’s outreach activities in the local, national and international communities. It meets monthly to consider new opportunities for involvement in a variety of issues and activities, sponsored by the ELCA or otherwise, and works to make sure the Congregation is aware of effective ways to spread the principles of equity, fellowship and stewardship to the outside world.
Time: The first Monday of each month at 11:30 am in the Church Library.
Contact: Susie Stevens is the contact and email address is email@example.com
Please join us if you enjoy hospitality efforts, enjoy being part of a fun group and would like to help in our welcoming efforts for visitors and new members. This committee develops and maintains a program of evangelism and growth for members as well as visitors. This includes coordinating new member classes, providing hospitality efforts and programs as well as coordinating any publicity and advertising for Grace First Lutheran Church.
Time: Once bi-monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month
Contact: Barbara Novelli at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Education Team helps to plan and monitor our Children’s Ministry Program for the year
Time: Once a month except summer
Contact: Dana Topliff at 541-977-4050
Welcome to the Parish Nurse Health Team. This is a team with an R.N. as the facilitator with all other members not having to be any type of medical professional. Our group’s purpose is to be a resource for all regarding body, mind, and spiritual health. The Parish Nurse can help anyone who needs information about their health care and the team assists with events, clinics, screenings etc. The Parish Nurse is not hands on nursing. It is providing education and resources so all may obtain the care they need. Activities we have done include:
Blood Pressure Check* Flu Clinics*CPR Training*Health Fair*Care bags for the homeless*Nutrition Education classes* Barn Dances*Forestry walks* Geology walks*Collaborate with Caring Ministries*Send Cards out to those who have lost a loved one* Provide Care notes for wellness education.
Contact: Lynn Heilman (church administrative assistant) at email@example.com or at 541-382–6862
Secures the volunteer commitments of the members in the form of time, talent and treasures. The month of October is considered Stewardship month. This committee works closely with Finance and Shepherding. Each year a theme for stewardship is established with emphasis on education of the members of GFLC. Typically this is aligned with ELCA stewardship programs.
Contact: Third Monday of the month
Contact: Lynn Heilman (church administrative assistant) at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 541-382-6862
The Congregational Council shall have the general oversight of the life and activities of this congregation, and in particular its worship life, to the end that everything be done in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the ELCA. The Council consists of elected members of the congregation and serve terms ranging from 1 year to 3 years.
Property Management & Rental
We rely heavily on volunteers when we rent our facility. If you are interested in hosting events at our church, which would include opening the church, monitoring the event, and closing the church, we welcome all the help. We will train you and all we ask is that you have a heart for hospitality. We are the face of the church and want our renters to have the best experience.
White & Green Team
Contact for White Team: Donald Barnhart, email email@example.com or at 541-639-8215.
Green and White teams are responsible for keeping the grounds of our church attractive and safe. In winter, that means snow removal from church and perimeter sidewalks, and parking lot as needed.
When there’s no snow, the green team rakes, pulls weeds, prunes bushes and trees, mows the lawn areas, mulches the flower beds and maintains the sprinkler system.
Contact for Green Team: Lynn Heilman (church administrative assistant) at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 541-382-6862