There are numerous areas where you can serve others at Lexington Presbyterian. Regardless of how long you have been attending our church, the amount of time you have to spend or the talents and skills you possess, a willing heart is the only real requirement.
Share Your Talents
Do you enjoy meeting new people? Do you have the gift of hospitality? Consider reaching out to others by:
Are you energized by young people? Can you smile in the midst of chaos? Become part of a team that touches the future by:
Do you have (or want to develop) a special skill? Do you prefer working "behind the scenes"? These activities will give you that opportunity:
Do your gifts lie in administration and working with a team. Are you ready for a regular time commitment? You can serve by:
- Being an usher or greeter
- Serving at coffee or lemonade fellowship
- Preparing and delivering meals or providing transportation for Friends in Need
- Delivering bread to church visitors
- Delivering CDs to those who are unable to attend the Sunday service
- Planning and coordinating congregational dinners or picnics
- Hosting a house church or women's circle meeting
- Filling one of the varied jobs that make Vacation Bible School such a creative and fun learning experience
- Providing child care or enrichment during the 11am worship service
- Teaching Sunday School to children or youth
- Being a mentor for members of the confirmation class
- Supporting youth group activities
- Serving as a chaperone on a youth mission or fellowship trip
- Taking pictures of people and events for the web site and newsletter
- Knitting for the Prayer Shawl Ministry
- Working the sound system during the 11am service
- Making & delivering CDs for the CD ministry
- Sewing and knitting for Helping Hands
- Helping with the web site
- Praying for those in need as part of our prayer chain
If you want to display your gifts in a more visible way, please consider our vibrant music ministry.
Coffee and Lemonade Fellowship
We need volunteers serve on a rotating schedule to assemble goodies and host this special time for fellowship following our 11:00 service (10:00 in summer). We meet in Dunlap Auditorium during the colder months and in the courtyard between the sanctuary and Murray Hall when the weather is suitable.
Friends in Need
Friends in Need is a group in the church whose goal is to help families in times of stress, such as an illness, a death or a birth. The help may be a meal, transportation to a doctor's appointment or simply a note. The purpose is to express concern in a tangible way that lets members know they are cared for and not alone at these times.
In a church this size it is not easy to always know when this kind of support may be needed. We need your help. We appreciate your letting us know when you are aware of a special need. Please call Elizabeth Lauck at 817-0607 or call the church office.
The New Testament church is described as the Body of Christ. When one member suffers, all suffer. The Apostle Paul admonished the Galatians to "bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ."
The "Member Needs" Committee reports that they have a reserve of funds available at this time thanks to the generous gifts from the congregation. The purpose of this fund is to respond to appropriate emergency needs as well as long term needs of our church members. In the past and now, these needs have been met informally, but we feel that we want to be more intentional in our care for each other in difficult times.
Our first round of donations is being used to support the educational needs of two young people in our church who have experienced the sudden death of a parent. These folks are also receiving personal financial counseling help from a church volunteer.
If you know of anyone in our congregation who has an overwhelming need, please contact a member of our committee: Margie Page, Mary Raine Paxton, or Mary and David Dugan. Mac Baker reminds us that this committee is a mission sub-committee of Outreach and is "a resource available for anyone who needs it."
"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your re-quests be known to God." Philippians 4:6
The Prayer Chain at Lexington Presbyterian is a group of dedicated women and men who have made a commitment to pray daily for members of our church family. In times of illness, bereavement, or other crises, messages are sent out by email so that we can pray specifically for those who have expressed a desire for our prayers. We also pray for those with long term concerns and those in extended care facilities, along with their caregivers.
When the Prayer Chain was first begun, several statements were printed at the top of the phone tree (remember those days! ) which still have value today. They are:
- Prayer is COSTLY: It involves you in supplying the needs of others for whom you pray.
- Prayer is COMFORTING: It brings you into fellowship with God.
- Prayer is REWARDING: It equips you to witness beyond your personal abilities.
- Prayer is NECESSARY: It puts events into the right perspective and strengthens you for living.
We hope you will consider joining the Prayer Chain and making a commitment of your time and effort to this service to our people. Please contact Barbara Joyner at 463-4460 or moc.l1498305579iamg@149830557976jbr1498305579enyoj1498305579 if you would like to join the Prayer Chain or if you have a prayer request.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry makes beautiful shawls to give to those who might need a little comfort from others. During their first two years, caring hands knit and crocheted well over 100 prayer shawls and afghans.
We meet twice a month, 2nd and 4th Monday mornings from 9:30-11:00am in the church library/parlor. You don't need to come every time; just come when you can. At every meeting we enjoy the beauty of the colors of yarns and pattern choices of the completed shawls. As we finish one shawl, we talk about "the next one."
The shawls are lovingly made out of soft, comforting yarn, blessed by the one who has made it, and wrapped around the shoulders of someone who needs the sort of comfort only the love and generosity of a caring friend can provide. The most important component of this ministry is prayer, which doesn't require any physical strength or special skills, just a desire of the heart. Beth Jewell has put together a booklet of prayers from Prayer Shawls Ministries and this is wrapped with each shawl that we have presented. Hearing the grateful reaction from recipients of the shawls warms our hearts and motivates us to keep knitting.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels. If you don't know how to knit, come learn. If you want help refreshing those long-ago memories of when you first learned to knit, people will help you. Yarn, needles, and crochet hooks to make a shawl will be available to purchase and Beth has printed out a variety of free patterns to choose for making a shawl.
There are several people who come by to get yarn and select a pattern to knit at home. Let us know if you would like to do so also, and we will arrange for you to get the supplies and pattern.
If you would prefer to help by praying over a shawl, donating yarn or delivering one to someone in need, please contact Betty Dahl at 463-2347.
Helping Hands Sewing Ministry
Helping Hands generally meets the first Monday of the month in WestFel Lounge at 10 AM until 2PM. We sew projects of animals, receiving blankets, and baby gowns - and stuff the animals. Additionally, knitters crochet baby hats that go to Church World Service. Come for anytime that you can give. Please join us for a morning of cutting out, sewing, stuffing and fellowship for Mission. Call Ellen Smith at 464-5141 if you have any questions.
Immediate Need: Mary Ellen Page can no longer help us with the sewing up of the 3 inch opening on the back of our animals that we make. The Hospital Lab, ER, Project Horizon, and the Sheriff give them to anxious children and are greatly appreciated. This can be done at home or at our monthly meetings in WestFel. Anyone interested in helping us out?
Other Needs: We can always use light weight flannel and cotton fabric, thread and bias tape - as well as light weight yarn.
Members who are unable to attend worship on a regular basis for any reason may request CDs of the 11:00 worship service.
We are always seeking volunteers who can assist in coordinating this program, operating the sound and recording equipment during the service, making CDs or delivering them to the recipients.
Please call the church office if you need to receive CDs or if you are available to help in any way.