Members

Membership Policies

There are several classifications of members at BLC as described by our constitution:

  • Baptized members are those persons who have been received by the Sacrament of Holy Baptism in this congregation, or having been previously baptized in the name of the Triune God, have been received into the membership of BLC.
  • Confirmed members are baptized persons who have been confirmed in this congregation, those who have been received by adult baptism, those received by transfer as confirmed members, or baptized adults who are received by affirmation of faith.
  • Voting members are confirmed members who have received Holy Communion or made contributions of record to the congregation within the preceding year.
  • Inactive members are confirmed members who have neither received Holy Communion nor made a contribution of record within the preceding year.
  • Associate members are persons holding membership in other Christian congregations who wish to retain such membership but desire to participate in the life and mission of this congregation.  They have all the privileges and duties of members except voting rights and eligibility for elected offices or membership on the congregation council.

It shall be the privilege and duty of members of this congregation to:

Make regular use of the means of grace, both Word and Sacraments; Live a Christian life in accordance with the Word of God and the teachings of the Lutheran Church; and Support the work of this congregation and of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America through contributions of their time, abilities and financial support as biblical stewards.

Those wishing to become members of BLC should make that desire known to the Pastor.  New members are received periodically, and the pastor works with those desiring membership to prepare them for membership.


Building Use Policy

For the purposes of this Building Use Policy, the relationship between BLC and Emmanuel Evangelical Fellowship and EEF’s ongoing use of the building is considered outside of this policy and “grandfathered” in as a special case.

This policy will be administered by the Parish Administrator and/or Pastor(s).  They may grant exceptions to the policy for extenuating circumstances at their sole discretion.

All requests for Building Use should be made in writing not less than two weeks prior to the intended date of use.

It is expected the individuals and groups using the facility will leave the premises as they have found it.  If for any reason it is anticipated that this will not be possible, the user agrees to pay for cleaning costs at a rate of $20 per hour with a 2 hour minimum charge.

Use of Bethlehem Church facilities involve several types of use, including: BLC ministry related use, one time member personal use, member community use, one time community use (not member related), and continuing community use (not member related).  Any request made for use will be first subject to availability with previously scheduled events always taking precedence.  Any use of the building must be compatible with BLC’s nature as a Christian congregation.  Commercial use of the building is not permitted.  Serving of alcohol at any event requires congregation council approval.  Requests for each type of use are treated differently and those are described in the following:

BLC Ministry Related Use
Use of the building by an outside group (i.e. Great Start Parent Coalition, Heartside Agencies meeting, etc.) whose activities are considered either to be an extension of an ongoing BLC ministry or beneficial to an ongoing BLC ministry will be at no charge.  If the exterior doors are to be left unlocked or open during the event and the event is during non-business hours (business hours are 8:30 to 4:30 M-F), BLC’s contracted security firm must be engaged to provide security.  The cost for security is $20/hour with a 2 hour minimum charge.

Member/Employee Personal Use
A member (employees will be considered members for the purpose of building use) may use the building for a one time personal event (i.e. birthday party, wedding shower, etc.) that is non-commercial in nature (no sales involved).  The cost for use is $25.  If the exterior doors are to be left unlocked or open during the event and the event is during non-business hours (business hours are 8:30 to 4:30 M-F), BLC’s contracted security firm must be engaged to provide security.  The cost for security is $20/hour with a 2 hour minimum charge.

Member Community Use
A member may use the building for either a one-time community event or ongoing community use as long as that use is non-commercial in nature.  The cost for use is $60 per use.  If the exterior doors are to be left unlocked or open during the event and the event is during non-business hours (business hours are 8:30 to 4:30 M-F), BLC’s contracted security firm must be engaged to provide security.  The cost for security is $20/hour with a 2 hour minimum charge.  The cost for use of the kitchen area for food preparation is $75.  The member requesting use of the building for community use must agree to be present in the building anytime the community group is meeting.

One Time and Ongoing Community Use
(not member or ministry related)
Requests for one time and ongoing community use which are neither member nor ministry related will be considered subject to the general guidelines for use.  The cost is $100 per use.  If the exterior doors are to be left unlocked or open during the event and the event is during non-business hours (business hours are 8:30 to 4:30 M-F), BLC’s contracted security firm must be engaged to provide security.  The cost for security is $20/hour with a 3 hour minimum charge.  Use of the kitchen area for food preparation is $150.


Wedding Policies

As a welcoming and open congregation, Bethlehem Lutheran Church celebrates God’s love for all of humanity.  We hold this as a foundational belief core to our ministries and mission.  This belief carries over to BLC’s policy on who may be married at BLC by BLC’s pastors.  Religious leaders at BLC are expected to be a reflection of the belief’s, mission and ministries of the congregation.  It is because of this standard that as long as the union is in compliance with the BLC Wedding Policy; BLC will not deny marriage to individuals on any other ground.

Adopted by Congregational Council
8/20/2015

The Pastor presiding at the service is in charge of the service and will work with the couple in planning the wedding service.  To insure that the day and time you wish is available, please confirm the intended date of your wedding with the Pastor before any other plans are finalized.

Pre-marital counseling is an important stage in your preparation for marriage and must be arranged with the Pastor. A member of the Wedding Coordinator Committee will be assigned to assist you in the implementation of all arrangements at the church. Set up an appointment with them as soon as the date is finalized.

For the full policy and information concerning arrangements at the church,  the Wedding Policy Handbook is available from the church office.


Policy for Undesignated Gifts

Whereas any decision made concerning the distribution of undesignated, one-time, non-pledge gifts received by the Congregation should follow three criteria:

  • First, and foremost, any decision should be in keeping with a Biblical understanding of what we are called to be and do.
  • Second, any decision should be in keeping with whom we understand ourselves to be called to be as the people of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
  • Third, any decision should be understood as a guideline that is not binding and can be deviated from given special and unique circumstances.

Whereas, regarding the first criterion, we have clear direction that we tithe that which we are given.  That is, we are called to give our first fruits, our first 10%.  This is an unquestioned precept and one which we should model corporately not only in response to Biblical imperatives but also as an example for our members individually.

Whereas, regarding the second criterion, we have yet to understand fully the mission God is calling us to as the people of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  This will hopefully become clearer to us in the future.  Given the present reality, there are still some things we can say about the allocation of these gifts, vis-à-vis who we already know ourselves to be.

Therefore be it resolved that the Congregation Council of Bethlehem Lutheran Church use the following guidelines when determining distribution of undesignated, one-time, non-pledge gifts received by the Congregation:

Give the first 10% as additional benevolence (over and above budgeted
benevolence) to the wider church through the North West Lower
Michigan Synod.

Give 10% to local ministry, the recipients of which the council can
designate on an annual basis.

Allocate 20% to the Mission Endowment Fund of the Congregation.

Allocate 30% to the Capital Improvement Fund of the Congregation.

Allocate 30% to the Wills and Bequests account to allow for flexibility of use.

Proceeds should not be used to fund the general operating budget of the Congregation.


Funeral Luncheon General Procedure

The death of a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church should be reported as soon as possible to the pastor who will assist in the arrangements for the funeral service.  When a member dies, the family of Bethlehem will assist the family of the deceased by providing a post-funeral fellowship/luncheon if such an occasion is desired.  The pastor will determine the following from the family:

  1. Is a post-funeral fellowship/luncheon desired
  2. How many people (estimate) would be served?
  3. What day and time would it occur?

From the choices below, what would the family choose to have served?

  1. Cake and coffee. Cake, coffee and punch would be served.
    Suggested donation is $1.75 per person.
  2. Cold lunch. Ham, turkey and cheese on a bun, potato salad, pickles, chips, cookies, coffee and punch would be served.
    Suggested donation is $3.50 per person.
  3. Hot lunch. Lasagna, tossed salad, bread, cookies, coffee and punch would be served.
    Suggested donation is $3.50 per person.

The BLC Funeral Committee will setup, serve and cleanup.

It is requested, but not mandatory, that the fellowship/luncheon be funded by a donation from the family at the level specified above.

If the family desires a catered lunch, or a lunch provided by friends/family of the deceased, this must be arranged for and provided by the family.


Altar Preparation Procedures

General

  1. Put water in the baptismal font (2 pitchers).
  2. Change paraments and the two banners if necessary (check liturgical calendar hanging on bulletin board).
  3. Replace fair linen (long cloth that covers the altar) if needed (rolled on tube in bottom drawer of black cabinet).
  4. Put flowers in wooden box behind the altar on the shelf.

Candles

  1. Check the eternal flame and replace if necessary.
  2. Candles need to be checked on the first Sunday of the month.
  3. Place the altar candles a hands-width away from the embroidered cross on the fair linen.
  4. The candles on the back stands should be closer to the front than to the wall so we don’t scorch the wall paper.
  5. If there are no acolytes listed then we must light the candles about 15 minutes before the service begins. The Paschal Candle is lit for baptisms and during the Easter season or if Pastor requests.

Prepare book

  1. Open the book on the lectern to the proper reading (check the bulletin).

Altar and Communion

  1. Place corporal cloth (square cloth that just fits across the altar, found folded in left drawer) in middle of altar.
  2. Communion wine is provided by Larry Simonson. One bottle of wine will last two weeks– cork it with the special plastic cork and then pump to remove extra air. When the bottle is empty please rinse and place in wine boxes.
  3. White grape juice will be stored in the little refrigerator in the sacristy once it has been opened. Please check the refrigerator to see if there is any left. One bottle will last two weeks. Dump any extra on the second week. New, unopened bottles are stored in the cupboard with the wine.
  4. Arrange communion ware on altar as follows (starting at the front of the altar which is closest to the congregation).
    1. 2 Filled split chalices
    2. 2 empty common cups with flagon between them
    3. Flagon with the two patens on each side
    4. Ciborium
    5. Place napkins on 2 piles –one on each side of the ciborium
  5. Fill Flagon (pitcher) with 1 cup of wine.
  6. Fill 2 Split Chalices – one side with grape juice, one side with wine (1/4 c each side – the grape juice goes in the blue side, the wine in the dark side).
  7. Put gluten-free wafers in the small cup on the paten (3-4 each).
  8. Fill ciborium with regular wafers and one large wafer.
  9. Fill the patens with wafers.
  10. Get out 4 napkins – 2 with the cross and 2 larger ones.
  11. The 2 common cups and 1 split chalice will be placed on the altar empty.
  12. Cover all communion ware with a cover (large square cloth with embroidered cross on the one corner, found hanging at the end of the choir robes). Place the cloth so the cross hangs in front of the altar.

After the service: Altar Clean-up

  1. Empty the altar.
    1. Remove all communion ware (leave the corporal cloth, candles, and altar book on the alter. Re-hang the communion cover unless it needs washing – hang so cross is at bottom not at top)
  2. Clean-up communion.
    1. Discard all wine and grape juice
    2. Put regular wafers in Tupperware container
    3. Put gluten-free wafers in baggie found in box of gluten free wafers
    4. Wash and dry chalices and flagon (do not immerse in water) – be careful not to bump on sink or faucet – we don’t want to chip them
    5. Wipe off the patens
    6. Put communion ware in cupboard on the left
    7. Put all dirty linen on counter
    8. Take dish towels home to launder and return by the next Sunday
  3. Remove flowers from wooden container, remove liner and place in cupboard
    (right side) of the welcome center bar, and place flowers in shoebox lined with a plastic bag.
  4. Empty the baptismal font.
  5. Storage.
    1. All communion ware is located in the left cupboard.
    2. Wafers and wine are located in the right cupboard.
    3. Napkins and corporal cloths are located in the far left drawer.
    4. Wash cloths and dish towels are in the left drawer next to the sink.
    5. Fair linens are located in the bottom drawer of the black lateral filing cupboard.
      1. Communion covers are hanging at the end of the choir robes.

Privilege & Responsibilities

Assisting Minister

Your service as an Assisting Minister is integral to the whole worship experience of those worshiping at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. When you serve as an assisting minister your role changes from that of worship participant to worship leader. To carry out this role effectively you will need to be prepared before the service and you will need to stay alert and attentive throughout the service. It has been said that those in the role of Assisting Minister are not able to worship while actively fulfilling that role. That may be true. At the very least, the worship experience of an Assisting Minister is dramatically changed from that of a worshiper in the pew.

An Assisting Minister should:

  • Prepare for your role throughout the preceding week. Read through the lessons. You should receive them in the mail or in your email by Thursday. If you don’t, please call the office to arrange to get a copy. Keep an eye on the events of the congregation, community, country & world. Our worship and prayers are offered in the context of the world in which we live.
  • Prayers: Along with the readings, you will be sent the prayers offered in the Sundays & Seasons resource from Augsburg Fortress Publishing. You may use these just as they are written; you may use these and add additional petitions of your own; you may use some of these and supplement them with your own petitions; or you may choose not to use any of them and completely compose your own petitions. You may include some or all of those listed in the “Remember in Prayer” section bulletin but you do not have to include them all. You may choose to include a petition simply for all those listed in our “Remember in Pray” section of our bulletin without actually naming them all. Remember that the important thing is that you spend time in prayer, contemplation and preparation for your service as an Assisting Minister.
  • Arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled start of worship and vest in an alb (white robe with hood) and white cincture (stored at the right end of the rod holding all the robes in the sacristy). Check the bulletin to make sure the opening of the prayer and the response petition is the same as you have prepared. If there is a procession, retrieve the cross from the stand at the pulpit side, and take it to the narthex (a stand for it is located to the left of the narthex).
  • The Assisting Minister will need to go up and down to the altar area several times during the service. If unable to walk the steps without a handrail, please use the steps off to the left or the ramp off to the right. Someone else will fill in as crucifer.
  • Proceed to the front of the sanctuary before the prelude is finished. After the prelude, go to the ambo and offer the welcome and liturgical announcements for the day. Check with the Pastor prior to the service to see if there are any changes in the worship service from that which is listed in the bulletin. Always note the following: An invitation for prayer requests; a request for all to fill out the Fellowship Pad which is located at the end of the row and to pass it up and down the row so that we can meet our neighbors in worship; a warm welcome to all visitors; and an invitation to Holy Communion for all who are baptized and believe that Christ is truly present in the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sin.
  • At the end of the announcements proceed to ask for and pick up the prayer requests.
    If there will be a procession, walk back to the narthex or else return to your seat in the altar area.
  • Processional: If there is to be a procession (normally done on festival Sundays), process in from the narthex along with the Pastor, choir, and acolytes. You will serve as the crucifer. Start the procession when the congregation begins singing the first verse of the gathering hymn. Stop at the foot of the stairs. When the acolytes have finished lighting the candles, walk slowly to the stand, and place cross in stand. Turn slowly around and go to your seat (only reverence the altar (bow slightly) if you walk in front of the altar to your seat).
  • The Assisting Minister is then responsible for all of the “A” parts in the bulletin.
  • Check with the Pastor to see if there will be a Gospel procession.
    Gospel Procession: After the readings, slowly go to the cross, remove it from its stand, and walk in front of the pastor about 1/3 up the aisle. Turn to face the pastor for the reading. When the gospel reading is finished, follow pastor back down the aisle, go up the stairs, and replace cross in stand. Return to your seat.
  • Following the offering, the Assisting Minister proceeds to the bottom of the stairs at the center aisle and receives the offering plates from the ushers. The Assisting Minister then turns and walks up the altar steps and hold the plates up momentarily and then walks to the opening to the ramp (behind the altar) and places the plates in the hole in the shelf on the left of the opening. Return to the ambo to lead the Offertory Prayer.
  • The Assisting Minister should assist with Holy Communion. With the Pastor, commune the other worship assistants. Partake of communion with the Pastor(s) and musician(s) by the Communion Assistants. After receiving communion, take the paten from the communion assistant. The Assisting Minister will distribute bread along with the Pastor. When distributing the bread you say, “The Body of Christ, given (or broken) for you.”
  • During the Sending Hymn, the Assisting Minister should take their cue from the Pastor as to when to meet at the center aisle, reverence the altar, and process to the back of the sanctuary. Check with the Pastor to see if the cross will be part of the recessional. If you are to recess with the cross, remove the cross from the stand during the beginning of the sending hymn. After you have removed the cross, walk down the steps to the center aisle, face the congregation and wait for the candles to be snuffed. When the acolytes have come down the steps and reverenced the altar, begin walking up the aisle. Place the cross in the storage area.
  • Once the Sending Hymn is finished the Assisting Minister does the Dismissal and then proceeds to the side door to greet worshipers on their way out.

Communion Assistants

Communion Assistants play a vital role in worship. You assist in the distribution of a sacrament, a means of grace, and you should never underestimate the importance of your service.

Communion Assistants are set up in teams of 4. With the Pastor and the Assisting Minister there will be a total of 6 people – 3 in each distribution set. Each set will consist of the Pastor or Assisting Minister who will distribute the wafers, one communion assistant will hold the split chalice and one communion assistant will hold the common cup. When distributing the wafers say, “The Body of Christ given (broken) for you.” When distributing the wine say,
“The Blood of Christ shed for you.”

Communing the distribution party:

  • During the singing of “Lamb of God’ come forward to assist with the distribution. One communion assistant (first one listed on the team) will immediately walk up to the altar to receive the common cup. The Assisting Minister will receive the split chalice and the Pastor will have the paten. The remaining communion assistants, ushers, and acolytes will line up to receive communion. The Pastor, the Assisting Minister, and the communion assistant with the common cup will line up and those receiving communion will walk through the line just like the congregation does. As soon as they have all been communed, the other 3 communion assistants will take the communion ware and commune the Pastor, Assisting Minister, and other communion assistant in the same manner.
  • After all have been communed, those holding the communion ware will remain where they are while the Pastor and first communion assistant return to the altar for the rest of the communion ware. The Assisting Minister will take the paten and that person will take a chalice from the Pastor (who will be carrying it down from the altar) and walk over to the Pastor’s side.

Communing the congregation:

  • The Pastor and Assisting Minister will distribute the wafers. Gluten-free wafers are available in a special cup attached to the paten.
  • The communion assistant closest to the wafers will hold the split chalice. Hold the chalice so the grape juice and the wine are easily reached. Hold the napkin with the cross between the chalice and the person receiving communion. The grape juice will be in the blue side (looks clear) and the wine will be in the dark side. Hold the side with the wine closest to the wafers. If someone eats the wafer but wants to do intinction, just get another wafer from the paten and hand it to them..
  • The communion assistant at the end will hold the common cup. You can stand a step away from the other communion assistant so people can easily stop and others can walk around. If someone wants the common cup, hold the cup out to them and let them grasp it. Let them take it up to their mouth and take a drink. You are only there to lightly hold onto it so it does not fall. As they take it away from their mouth, get a tighter grip on it and slowly pull it back to you. Take the napkin (larger than the other napkin used) and wipe the edge of the chalice where they drank. Turn the cup a partial turn for the next person.
  • At the end of the distribution, the Pastor or Assisting Minister may need to commune people sitting in the congregation. The communion assistant holding the split chalice will follow them and commune those who were unable to come forward. All others will take their communion ware and napkins up to the altar.
  • Walk down the stairs, reverence the altar and return to your chair.

Lectors

Lectors should:

  1. Dress appropriately. Normal church attire is fine. Sit in the congregation.
  2. Read through the lessons during the week. You should receive them in the mail or in your email by Thursday. If you don’t, please call the office to arrange to get a copy. Check with the Pastor if you encounter words which are hard to pronounce.
  3. Practice reading the lessons out loud at least one time, using inflection and pace to bring meaning to the text.
  4. You are responsible for reading the first lesson, leading the responsive reading of the Psalm (it is not in the lectionary book so make sure you carry your bulletin up with you), and reading the second lesson.
  5. If you are unable to walk the steps without a handrail, please use the steps off to the left or the ramp off to the right.
  6. When it is time for the readings proceed to the ambo. Once there speak in a strong firm voice and speak into the microphone. You do not need to lean into it or shout. The microphone is fairly sensitive.
  7. It is better to read all the lessons well without looking up than to be constantly looking up and losing your place.
  8. When there is a Gospel Procession to the Center Aisle, the Assisting Minister will lead with the cross, you will follow with the Lectionary Book. When the Assisting Minister stops, you will turn around and hold the book for the Pastor.

This is the Word of God you are reading. Do so with confidence.

Usher

As an usher you play an important role in the worship experience for those worshiping at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Your attention to detail and the flow of the service will be important if the worship service is to be an enriching experience.

Before the people arrive…

The worship area: Walk through the sanctuary to see that any materials accidentally left behind are picked up and disposed of.

Handouts: Be sure bulletins are ready for distribution. Check to see whether there are any other materials to be handed out to the congregation. Make cloth “Quiet in Church” books available to small children. They are located in the cabinet’s where we keep the offering plates.

The order of service: Review the bulletin so that you are familiar with the order of service for the day. If there are any special parts of the service or any changes, and you are not already aware of what that means for you, check immediately with the pastor.

Reserved seating: If there is need to reserve a section of seats, mark them as such before the service.

Equipment: Make sure all equipment is in place before the service:

– Guest book

– Offering plates

Personal appearance: Appropriate clothing should be worn. Normal church attire is fine.

Timing: Be sure that you are in your assigned position 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of service.

As the people arrive…

Greeting worshipers: As the worshipers arrive, concentrate on being a gracious host. Do not be afraid to ask how you can assist someone who looks like they have a question, be hospitable, courteous, tactful, friendly, greeting people by name if possible.

Visitors: When you see visitors, ask them to sign the guest book, and ask if they have any questions.

Nursery: Parents with small children may be interested in the nursery facilities. Ask if they would be interested in nursery care, if they are take them there and introduce them to the attendants.

Sanctuary Doors: Close the doors when the service begins. Be ready to open the doors for the children going to and from children’s church. Open the doors at the beginning of the sending hymn.

During the service…

Involvement: Ushers should participate in the worship liturgy. One usher should remain in the narthex area to assist latecomers and any other needs that arise. Everyone else can be seated in the worship area. Do not stand outside and visit.

Counting attendance: This should be done at a time when the congregation is seated, and recorded on the appropriate sheet.

The offering: When you receive the offering, it is advisable to face the front of the church as much as possible as you await the movement of the plates down the rows of worshipers. Prepare for collecting the offering by going to the narthex during the sharing of the peace proceed to collect the offering. Two ushers will take the offering to the front of the church after the music has finished. Return to the rear of the church until it is time for communion.

The communion distribution: All ushers will commune first with the communion assistants. Then proceed to the first row in the center aisle and wait until communion assistants are ready for the congregation. Assist the congregation to move smoothly and quickly. Be sensitive to those who do not wish to commune; do not put pressure on them.

Baptism: When the family and friends of the baptized arrive at the church, seat them so that they have easy access to the front area. REMEMBER–if anyone is seen with a camera; inform them that no flash photography is to be taken during the ceremony. The pastor will be glad to pose with the baby following the service.

Emergencies: If there is an emergency of any kind, remain calm. Determine what the problem is, who can best help, and then move quickly to assist those involved.

As the people depart…

Doors: Make sure that the doors are opened so that the people can leave the sanctuary easily.

Collect or hand out items: If you need to collect or distribute items, stand in a place that allows easy access to people yet does not impede the flow of traffic.

Assistance: Be available to offer assistance if needed as the people exit.

After the people have gone…

The worship area: Move through the worship area to pick up fellowship pads, discard any debris, place service books in the racks, and check to see that nothing was left behind. The attendance slips should be left on the secretary’s desk downstairs.

One Final Note…

Bulletins: If you notice that we are getting low on bulletins start to only give out 1 per couple. If you run out, you can ask choir members to share. Make sure to have some bulletins for late arrivals.


Greeter

As a Greeter you have an important role. You are the first person that those entering the church to worship on Sunday will encounter.
You set the tone for their worship experience.

Greeters should:

  • Arrive at least 15-20 minutes before the service.
  • Attach your name tags. If no name tag has been provided, please hand write one and leave the secretary a note asking her to create one for the future.
  • Stand near the door and elevator – by the guest book.
  • Greet each person with “Welcome,” “Good Morning,” or another appropriate greeting and a handshake as they arrive.
  • For those whom you are sure are visitors, invite them to sign the guest registry.
  • If you are not sure whether someone is a visitor, greet them and ask. Statements such as, “I don’t believe we’ve met. Are you new to Bethlehem Lutheran Church?” are appropriate. You might find out that you have greeted a long time member who has been attending a different service, or a long time member who is returning to worship after a long absence, or a first time visitor. Whichever is the case, your question will lead to you getting to know someone new.
  • For those visitors attending worship with small children it is appropriate to ask them if they’d like to know where the nursery is and then give them directions for how to find it or actually walk them there yourself.
  • Stay at your place until the liturgical announcements at the beginning of the service are given. Then quietly take your place in the sanctuary and join your old and new friends in worshiping God.

Acolyte

Acolytes will only be used during a *Festival Sunday.

*FESTIVAL SUNDAYS
Reformation
All Saints
Christ the King
Baptism of Our Lord
Transfiguration of Our Lord
Passion/Palm
Easter
Day of Pentecost
Holy Trinity

Attire: Youth: red robe, white cincture (which are stored in the middle of the rod holding all robes in the sacristy); regular shoes. Adults: white robe with hood, white cincture (which are stored at the right end of the rod holding all robes in sacristy). Robes are all sized so choose an appropriate length (one you will not trip over) and return to the same hanger following worship.

Ten (10) Minutes Before Worship: Be dressed and ready to go! Check with Assisting Minister or Pastor for special instructions.

Seating: During worship, Acolytes are seated in the front row on the left side of the sanctuary. Bulletins will be placed there before the service, so you can fully participate in worship. (Talking should be minimal).

Procession: The acolytes will process with the rest of the worship assistants (follow the crucifer). When you reach the steps to the altar, stop and reverence the altar (small bow) before walking up the steps.

Order for Lighting Candles

Paschal Candle (Easter season and baptisms): The Paschal Candle will be either by the baptismal font or against the back wall. It is to be lit first if being lit.

The candles on the altar are lit first (try to light them at the same time).

Walk to the candles on the back wall and light them from the center to the outside. Remain facing the wall until all the candles are lit. Together, turn to the center to face each other and walk to the opening (behind the altar) and leave by that opening (walking down the back steps).

Return the candle lighters to the sacristy and hang them up. Quietly walk out to your seats in the front row.

Communion: Watch the communion assistants. Walk up to the bottom of the steps and receive communion from the Pastor and the Assisting Minister. Return to your seats for the rest of communion.

Snuffing Candles

During the announcements, go to the sacristy and get the candle lighters. Stay by the doorway until the final hymn begins.

When the congregation begins singing, walk to the front of the steps. Reverence the altar (small bow) and walk up the steps together. Snuff the candles on the back wall (outside to center) first. Walk to the altar side and snuff the altar candles. Walk to the front of the altar, reverence, and then walk out the back opening.

Do not snuff the Paschal Candle

Recessional: If you are to be part of the recessional, instead of leaving the altar area by the back way, walk back down the steps after the candles are snuffed. Reverence the altar and follow the crucifer out of the church.