Get Involved

Get Involved!

This page has been established so the members of our church can become active participants in the ways of the church or in our church organizations. As it is written:

Romans 12: 6 – 8: We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

The Duties of an Usher

Any person attending St. John’s Lutheran Church over the age of 18 can volunteer to be a Senior Usher. Junior Usher positions are also available for those who are younger and would like to assist the Senior Ushers in distributing worship bulletins prior to the worship service or during the offering collection.

As a Senior Usher you will usher each week of the month you have requested. Two(2) Communion worship services and two (2) non-communion worship services comprise a month, usually.  Some of the responsibilities you will be asked to perform will include displaying the hymn numbers, distributing worship bulletins prior to the worship service, assisting those with special needs as they enter the church, providing information to and referring visitors when they arrive in the church, controlling the lighting as needed within the worship service, conducting a count of those present for the worship service, and arranging for the safety and comfort of the congregation once the worship service has started.  At the conclusion of the worship service, Ushers turn off lights as appropriate, check the pews for debris, and lock the front and rear doors.  Training will be provided in more depth as needed.

You can register your interest to volunteer as an Usher with the church secretary by emailing her at stjohnsgeneva@windstream.net or by calling the church office at 440-466-2473 during the morning hours.

The Duties of a Weekly Offering Counter

Any person attending St. John’s Lutheran Church over the age of 18 can volunteer to be a weekly offering counter after the worship service.  Usually two (2) volunteers will be designated to assist the Financial Captains each week. Financial Captains have a one (1) month term.  The Captains and the volunteers will oversee the procedure of accounting for funds using a detailed report on how much money is collected, assuring the collection envelopes are appropriately marked, and the receipt totals balance.  The Captains will be responsible for depositing the monies according to the procedures established.  Performing this task usually takes 15 to 20 minutes.

You can register your interest to volunteer as a Weekly Offering Counter with the church secretary by emailing her at stjohnsgeneva@windstream.net or by calling the church office at 440-466-2473 during the morning hours.

The Duties of a Greeter

Any person attending St. John’s Lutheran Church over the age of 18 can volunteer individually to be a Greeter.  Usually two (2) volunteers or a family will stand at the Narthex doors (the doors across from the restrooms) to greet our church family and visitors as they enter the church.  Greeters may shake hands and/or otherwise enthusiastically welcome everyone into the church, help distribute bulletins, assist those with special needs as they enter or provide assistance with coats, umbrellas, or information about St. John’s Church.  Greeters are asked to advise an Usher or an Elder immediately if a visitor arrives to ensure that the visitor is welcomed properly and is informed of our communion policy if it is a communion worship service.

You can register your interest to volunteer as a Greeter with the church secretary by emailing her at stjohnsgeneva@windstream.net or by calling the church office at 440-466-2473 during the morning hours.

To Volunteer to Assist in the Nursery

Our Nursery Room is usually staffed with two (2) volunteers who have children of their own, already have experience in child sitting, or by individuals under the guidance of an adult.  The room is located in our education wing, next to Pastor’s Office and is open at the conclusion of Sunday School classes.  Volunteers are asked to be there at that time.  Volunteers are asked to supervise the children during play and sanitize the play items, as needed, during the open time and at the conclusion of the worship service when all the children have left.  Should children need the attention of their parent or when younger ones are in need of diaper changing, a volunteer will be sent to retrieve the parent from the worship service.

You can register your interest to volunteer to assist in the Nursery with the church secretary by emailing her at stjohnsgeneva@windstream.net or by calling the church office at 440-466-2473 during the morning hours.

The Duties of an Acolyte

Any person attending or that has attended St. John’s Lutheran Church catechism classes and has received the proper instructions on the etiquette of an acolyte from the Elders or the Elders designee, may volunteer to serve as an acolyte.

For more information on volunteering to serve as an Acolyte, please email the church secretary at stjohnsgeneva@windstream.net or call 440-466-2473 to schedule a consultation with Pastor Schroeder.

The Duties of the Altar Guild

The women at St. John’s ensures that our altar portrays respect for our Lord by keeping the linens clean and pressed, the altar area is maintained, and flowers adorn it for special occasions as well as during Sunday services.  An eternal candle is kept lit representing His eternal love to us and candles on the altar are constantly inspected so that they burn brightly representing our burning love to our Savior. At the conclusion of our Maundy Thursday service, women of the Altar Guild strip the altar bare preparing it for the stark realism of what Good Friday brings. The Guild continue traditions set up by our forefathers that include disposing of the communion wine by pouring the unused wine back into the ground.  For more information about these traditions, see Betty Appell during church or email the church secretary at stjohnsgeneva@windstream.net or call 440-466-2473.

To Join a Particular Church Service Organization

Any person attending St. John’s Lutheran Church is welcome to join the following groups who are considered service groups within the church.  The following list is subject to change, may have gender or other requirements, and may meet somewhere other than the church building. If you are interested in participating in any of these organizations, please contact the church secretary at stjohnsgeneva@windstream.net or call the church office at 440-466-2473 during the morning hours.  She will be able to advise you of the current chairperson and offer more information on when and where the group meets.

The Board of Elders The Board of Trustees

The Board of Christian Education

The Board of Evangelism

The Board of PreSchool

The Board of Endowment

The Quilters Group

The Crafters Group

The Choir

The Stephen Ministry Group

The Youth Group

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

The WOTO (way over twenty one) Group

Interfaith Food Pantry Representatives

Parish Fellowship Committee

The Altar Guild

Other Interests

Many of our members volunteer each week at the Geneva Interfaith Food Pantry, and also on the 2nd Saturday of each month for the Free Fresh Produce Distribution that is currently being held in the parking lot of St. John’s Lutheran Church.  Below are pictures of some of our members who helped sort, pack, and deliver to the Geneva Interfaith Food Pantry over 3,350 pounds of food that was donated on May 12th to the National Postal Carriers Food Drive, and pictures from the most recent Produce Distribution.  For more information on these activities, please contact the church office at stjohnsgeneva@windstream.net or call the church office at 440-466-2473 during the morning hours or see Henry Metzler in church on Sundays!