The Choir of St Paul in the Desert

This choir consists of volunteer adults with a desire to share their musical talent through choral music at the 10:30 services, from September to June. Our repertoire consists of all periods of music from Bach to Rutter, Wesley to Near.

Rehearsals for this choir are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m. Some experience in singing, particularly in choirs, is valued and the ability to read music is helpful.

Contact: Nathan B. Ensign
[email protected]

The Altar Ministers and Altar Guild

This group of devout parishioners come together with the primary task of serving God at God’s altar, and in so doing praise God with hands and hearts. They are committed to diligent and reverent work. In general terms, the duty of the Altar Guild is to prepare everything necessary for the celebration of Holy Communion and the observance of the other Sacraments and Offices of the Church.

The Altar Ministers are the Acolytes, Chalice Bearers and Worship Coordinators who assist at the altar during worship, weddings, and funerals.

Contact: Kathy Kilmer
[email protected]

Eucharistic Visitors (EVs)

EVs share in the pastoral and sacramental ministry of the church, by taking Holy Communion to persons unable to attend church. EVs are commissioned by the congregation at the end of a worship service to do this ministry. They must be confirmed members of the church, nominated by the Rector, and licensed by the Bishop after completing training.

Contact: Br. John Westaway
[email protected]

Lector Ministry

Lectors proclaim Scripture readings to the assembly in the liturgical celebrations of the parish. An understanding of Scripture is essential for a Parish Lector.  A brief orientation and training session is required prior to one’s assignment as a Lector.

Contact: Kathy Kilmer
[email protected]

Sunday School

The Family and Children’s Ministry offers Sunday School from 10:30 -11:45 AM on Sundays, September through June. The ministry aims to teach and provide bible knowledge and assist in the children’s spiritual growth through a basic study of the scriptures at a level appropriate for the children attending. All volunteers in this ministry must complete Safeguarding God’s People and be compassionate and caring towards children.

Contact: Michael Howard

The Daughters of the King (DOK)

DOK is a women’s international religious order founded in 1885 by Episcopal women in New York City. Women who seek deeper spiritual life and inspiration in prayer and Christian fellowship are invited to join. Members study, pray and incorporate service into their daily spiritual lives. They meet on the third Tuesday of the month.  St. Paul’s chapter was installed in July 2002 and is called Mary in the Desert.

Contact: Sharon Strong
[email protected]

Taizé Service

The Church of St. Paul in the Desert has a Taizé service once a month. Taizé is an ecumenical contemplative practice which combines prayer, music and silence. Volunteers help prepare the worship space for the Taizé meditation services and to put away candles and clean votive candles after the service.

Contact: Nathan B. Ensign
[email protected]

Adult Faith Building

Provides ongoing series of programs and discussions twice weekly on theological/ spirituality topics. Sessions are Sundays between services and Tuesday evenings. This ministry seeks qualified volunteer instructors who can lead discussions on these topics.

Contact: Jerry DiNoto
[email protected] 

Stewardship

The Ministry of Stewardship is witnessed through our many ministries and programs. The congregation is offered opportunities to celebrate and share these gifts, which include financial support for the ongoing ministries of St. Paul’s and the celebration and offering of our time and talents in these various ministries.  The Stewardship Committee holds an annual pledge program which seeks to provide for the financial well-being of the parish and provides long range planned giving opportunities.

Contact: Chris Kelly
[email protected]

Finance

The Finance Ministry encompasses the ongoing, collaborative work of the Rector, the Treasurer and the Finance Committee in their oversight of the financial health of the organization.  The Treasurer and the committee members are volunteers.

Contact: Rafael Alberto
[email protected]

Parish Life Committee

This Committee seeks to engage parishioners in social activities that enhance parish community life. Activities include After-Service Hospitality, Funeral/ Memorial Service receptions, Pot Lucks, rotating dinner groups, book club and hiking group. Events are posted in the bulletin, church lobby and hall, as well as website for participants to sign-up.

Contacts: Fred Ross and Gary Hiatt
[email protected]

Parades/Special Events Committee

This Committee coordinates and engages our congregation in the various parades and special events in the community.  Currently, we have a Parish presence at the PRIDE Parade, the Veteran’s Day Parade, the Black History Parade, and the PSOne Community Picnic.

Contact: Jerry DiNoto
[email protected]

Pew Ministry

Pew Ministry assists in keeping brochures and parish information up to date in the church pews.

Contact: Barbara Hawkins Villani
[email protected]

Ushers/Greeters

Ushers and Greeters are front line hospitality ambassadors. They welcome parishioners, distribute service bulletins, assist with seating, offertory procession, collect and present plate and donation food offerings at the altar, Ushers direct worshipers to the altar at Communion and escort priests to parishioners in the pews who need communion brought to them.

Contact: Ron Shepherd
[email protected]

The Vestry
(Board of Directors)

The parish vestry is composed of 12 elected members and the Rector. The Vestry serves as the parish board of directors and act as the elective body of the parish, administering temporal affairs such as budgeting, other financial matters and maintenance. A vestry member is elected for a term of three years; four members of the vestry complete their term each year and four new members are elected at the Annual Meeting. To be elected to the Vestry you must be at least 18 years of age, registered as baptized, a regular attendee at worship, contributor of record and a member in good standing.

Contact: Peter DiCarlo
[email protected]

Hospitality

Throughout the year, individuals and/or groups volunteer to host socials after our Sunday services. Hospitality sponsors provide light refreshments and host guests in the informal setting of the Parish Hall.  To reserve a date to sponsor an after service social, please see the sign-up binder located in the Parish Hall.

Contact: Kathy Kilmer
[email protected]

Parish Office Assistants

Volunteers in this Ministry perform a range of administrative and support functions to facilitate the efficient operation of the Parish Office.  Responsibilities include a variety of general office duties (phone coverage, reception, data entry, document content development, internal and external written correspondence, project research, direct mail support, etc.) as well as publishing support. Office Assistants also assist in proof reading, printing, folding, collating, distribution and mailing of parish documents and weekly donation count. The ministry seeks volunteers who are dependable, punctual, courteous, have a personable demeanor, and are respectful of confidential information.

Contact: Orin Ellingson
[email protected]