St. Luke's On The Hill
40 McBride Road, Mechanicville,
New York 12118 (518) 664-4834
Opportunities to Serve
Opportunities to Serve
The St. Luke's community relies on its members to perform the social and administrative functions needed to make it a welcoming and viable parish. Sharing God's gifts with others is a form of worship and a fulfilling experience. Contact the parish office or clergy for further information on the following organizations. We encourage you to volunteer.
The Vestry is a committee of elected individuals who meet monthly to discuss the administration of the parish in conjunction with the clergy. As parish leaders they work to engage and energize the parish and provide a vision for the future. They also are managers, assisting in the planning, organizing, staffing and monitoring of parish resources. A Senior Warden and Junior Warden are elected to serve as officers of the church organization. The Vestry meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
St. Martha's Guild
The Guild is a group of women who provide support services for the parish, such as, praying for the parish and parishioners, organizing the coffee hour after worship, sponsoring fundraising dinners, "spring cleaning" the church, selling home made items, hosting receptions after special services and other assistance as needed. The joyful fellowship we share as we complete our tasks makes the load light. The Guild contributes a minimum of 10% of all moneys raised go to "Building Fund" for the Church Vision. The remaining funds are used for Beaver Cross summer camp scholarships, items for the kitchen, classroom, nursery and special parish projects.
St. Martha's Guild meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month.
St. Luke's Altar Guild is a team of parishioners who volunteer to prepare the altar and sanctuary for worship services. For those who want to serve God behind the scenes, this may be just right for you. Tasks include setting-up the altar, cleaning linens, polishing brass & silver, arranging for the purchase or donation of plants, flowers and decorating the sanctuary for special services and holidays.
Lectors, Greeters & Ushers
Lectors read one or more of the lessons during the worship service. St. Luke's encourages all parishioners who are comfortable speaking in public to take this opportunity to join the clergy in feeding our hearts and minds with the Word of God.
Greeters meet people at the door warmly welcoming them to St. Luke's and to worship. They also hand out materials for the service and tidy the sanctuary of extra paper after the service. If a warm smile and a caring heart are among your gifts, please consider joining our greeters.
The Vergers determine if all the readers, acolytes, and greeters are present as well as count the number of people in attendance. They monitor the prayer list and send it to the front for the prayers of the people. The verger finds two ushers for the collection of the offerings as well as set the communion rails. Vergers usually serve for a month at a time.
St. Luke's Choir
St. Luke's choir welcomes all who enjoy singing and praying to God in music. The choir sings each week and for all special services. In addition to singing, the choir also plays the tone chimes. Individuals with instrumental skills are also encouraged to participate. Practices are held every Tuesday evening at 5:30p.m.
"Let us build a house where love can dwell, and all can safely live, a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive. All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place." -M. Haugen
Christian Education Instructors
Those who have a desire to partner with the children of the parish as they begin their journey with Christ are encouraged to join the Christian Education team. An age appropriate curriculum and materials are supplied; you provide the enthusiasm and encouragement. For the safety of the children, all potential teachers are interviewed and attend a one-day course called "Godly Boundaries" which deals with proper conduct in the classroom.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers & Alcolytes
Members of the parish of any age can assist the clergy at the altar during worship services. Training is provided throughout the year. For the youth of the parish, service as acolytes is often the foundation for a continuing commitment to their church and community.
Anyone can call St. Luke's church when the sudden need for prayer arises. Our prayer chain ministry provides a way to rally the church members when focused prayer is needed. We use a telephone tree to quickly reach "chain team" members, give them only as much information as needed, (as provided by the person requesting prayer), and begin the focused prayer.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
As a way of wrapping those in need in prayers of comfort during a time when they need it the most, our clergy or others take knitted shawls (blankets) to those who are homebound, in nursing homes and in hospitals and to those who are mourning a death or who are going through difficult transition time in their lives. Shawls can also be given in joyful occasions as well, such as weddings or the birth of a baby. Members of the ministry prayerfully knit or crochet a small blanket or a shawl often with the recipient in mind. When completed, the blanket or shawl is presented at our worship service where it is blessed and parishioners say additional prayers over it. If you would like to participate in this ministry but you can't knit or crochet consider donating yarn.
The "Lawn Rangers"
The "Lawn Rangers" is a group of volunteers who donate their time and energy to keep the grounds neat and clean. We plant flowers, weed, rake and sow as needed. If you find digging into God's good earth irresistible, we would love to have you join us.
Fellowship and Fun
Fellowship and Fund Raising Events Include: Chocolate Extravaganza and Desert Festival in February, Clam Chowder Dinner during Lent, Annual Craft Fair in September and Pulled Pork Dinner in October.