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Get Involved

To help you see how you might want to get involved with the ministries at St. Paul’s Church, please read the St. Paul’s A to Z guide.

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Acolytes: Middle and high school age youth who assist in worship. They light the altar candles and assist with the offering and Holy Communion.
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Adult Sunday School Class: A class, led by the pastor, that meets on Sunday mornings (Sept.-May) from 10:00-10:45am in Schafer Hall to discuss issues of faith and life.
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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): AA meets every Wednesday at 7:15pm in Schafer Hall.
Contact: Washington Area Central Office 202-966-9115.

Altar Flowers: Donors are invited to place flowers on the altar in honor or memory of loved ones.
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Altar Guild: Members of the Altar Guild prepare the altar for worship and the celebration of the sacraments.
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Archives: Volunteers who help organize, categorize and maintain the records and historical data of the church. The goal is to educate our congregation about the legacies of St. Paul’s.
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Assisting Ministers: Volunteers who help with the reading of the creed and prayers, during worship.
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Audit Committee: Volunteers with financial experience who audit the church financial books.
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Banner Bearers: Youth who assist in festival worship services by carrying a banner in procession.
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Baptisms: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is celebrated during worship. Baptisms are scheduled throughout the year.
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Barber Shop Singers: A community group of men who meet every Monday at 7:00pm in the lower auditorium.
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Bell Choir: The Hand Bell Choir plays during worship and rehearses weekly in the sanctuary.
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Bible Study: Offered occasionally throughout the year on many different topics. Regular Bible Study opportunities include Adult Sunday School on Sunday mornings at 10am and Wednesday Night Bible Study at 7:00pm in room 207.
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Boomers Ministry: A fellowship group for those who are part of the baby boomer generation.
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Bread Bakers: Volunteers who bake bread for the sacrament Holy Communion.
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Budget Committee: A team of volunteers responsible for preparing and presenting the budget to the congregation.
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Bulletins: All bulletins are prepared on Wednesdays in the church office. Items for the bulletin must be received by Wednesday at 12:00 noon.
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Business Manager: The business manager of St. Paul’s is Dan Groeber. He manages the use of the church facilities and finances.
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Campus Ministry at AU: Volunteers who reach out to the students at American University.
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Care Ministry: Volunteers who reach out to the sick and homebound with cards, food and visits.
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Care Notes: Pamphlets which provide helpful information and support for people struggling with intense emotional situations.
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Chapel Leader for Sunday School: Individuals who lead a brief (3-5 minute) talk during Sunday School Chapel. 
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Choir: The Senior Choir sings every week during the 11:00am worship service. They rehearse on Thursdays at 7:30pm in the choir room.
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Church Council: Elected leaders who provide oversight and vision for the congregation. Meets every 3rd Monday of the month at 7:30pm.
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Church Decorating: Volunteers who help decorate the sanctuary in preparation for Christmas. Held on the first Saturday of December.
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Clutterer’s Anonymous: A 12-step recovery program that offers help to the true clutterer, who is overwhelmed by disorder. Meets every Monday at 7:30 in Schafer Hall.
Contact: 310-281-6064 for other meeting times and locations.

Coffee Hour: A time of food, fellowship and hospitality in the portico following the 11:00am service.
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Communion Assistants: Volunteers who assist with the distribution of Holy Communion during worship.
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Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place: A partner organization of St. Paul’s Shelter that provides outreach to the homeless in our neighborhood.
Contact: Bill Long, Volunteer Coordinator, 202-364-1419.

Concerts and Recitals: Musical performances are held at St. Paul’s during the course of the year.
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Confirmation: A two year program for 7th and 8th grade youth that prepares them to affirm their baptisms. Classes meet every Tuesday from 4:45-6:00pm in room 207 and on Sunday mornings from 10:00am-10:45am in the lower auditorium.
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Counseling: The pastor is available to meet with individuals and families in times of crisis and discernment. St. Paul’s also has a clinical psychologist on staff to help with life’s issues.
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Cradle Roll: Outreach to the newly baptized of St. Paul’s through cards and mailings.
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Crucifers: Youth who assist in worship by carrying the cross in the processional and recessional.
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Deaconess: The Deaconess of St. Paul’s is Cassie Brown. Called to Word and Service, she coordinates senior and health ministry.
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Devotional Booklets: Booklets for personal devotional use available in the narthex.
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Disaster Response: Volunteers who provide help and support in times of disaster.
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Education Ministry: A ministry team who oversees Christian education, including Sunday School. 
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Energy Audit Implementation: Volunteers who assist with St. Paul’s becoming an energy efficient facility.
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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA):The national Lutheran church body of which St. Paul’s is a member.
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Evangelism Ministry: A ministry team who oversees the communication of the gospel through the website, visitor mailings, etc.

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Financial Oversight Committee: Volunteers who have oversight of the budget and the various funds of the church.
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Financial Secretary: The Financial Secretary of St. Paul’s is Jay Guerber. He monitors the giving of St. Paul’s members and distributes quarterly financial statements.
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First Communion Class: A class for children of all ages to prepare them to receive Holy Communion for the first time.
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Flower Arrangers: Volunteers who arrange the flowers that are used during worship.
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Food Pantry: Food donated by members of St. Paul’s for distribution to those in need. St. Paul’s also partners with the Capital Area Food Bank to provide food two Saturdays each month.
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Funerals: Upon the death of a loved one, the pastors are available to help with funeral arrangements and to comfort the grieving.
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Gifts of Hope: An alternative gift giving ministry during Advent that supports Lutheran ministries around the globe.
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Good Steward: Church members who receive all of their communication from the church electronically thereby being good stewards of God’s creation and our financial resources.
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Greeters: Team of volunteers who welcome worshipers as they arrive for worship.
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Health Ministry: Volunteers who help with blood drives, flu shot clinics and preventative health screenings.
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Holiday Church Decorating: Volunteers who help decorate the church for Christmas and Easter.
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Holy Communion: Communion is celebrated at every worship service at St. Paul’s.
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Holy Land Project: A way to support people of all faiths in the Holy Land.
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Homeless Shelter: A shelter for 5 men that operates year round in the church and provides shelter, food and counseling. Volunteers provide meals, mentoring and supplies for the residents.
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Homeless Shelter Dinner Volunteer: A team of people who take turns bringing a hot dinner to our homeless shelter residents each night.
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Investment Committee: A team of volunteers who have oversight of the church’s investments.
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Instrumentalists: People who share their musical gifts by playing instruments during worship.
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Information Technology Support: Volunteers who care for the technological needs of the church office.
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Landscaping: Team of volunteers who help care for and maintain the church landscape.
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Language Program: Weekday classes at St. Paul’s for the learning of English, Spanish, French and Italian.
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Lay Readers: Worship leaders who read the scripture lessons.
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Lubuto Library Project: Volunteers are needed to help with selecting and organizing donated books into library collections for African street kids. The library is located in the lower narthex.
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Lutheran Social Services (LSS): A social service agency that reaches out to those in need in the metropolitan area.
Contact: Lutheran Services Main Office, 202-723-3000.

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Metropolitan Washington DC Synod: One of 65 synods of the ELCA. This is the synod of which St. Paul’s is a member.
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Memorial Committee: A team of volunteers who has oversight of the giving and dedication of gifts to St. Paul’s in preparation for Anniversary Sunday in January.
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Mission Teams: Mission teams are formed on a yearly basis to travel internationally for service and learning.
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Montessori School: Auguste Montessori Preschool is located on the second floor of the educational building.
Contact: Valerie O’Connor, Director, 202-237-1788.

Murch Extended Day Program: A before and after school program for students at Murch Elementary School located in the Lower Auditorium.
Contact: Brenda Shaw, Director, 202-282-0130.


Music Director: The Music Director of St. Paul’s is Aline Otten.
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National Lutheran Home: A skilled nursing facility in Rockville, MD, for people of all faiths.
Contact: National Lutheran Home, 866-405-7678

New Member Classes: Quarterly classes offered for those interested in becoming members of St. Paul’s. Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Member Sponsors: Members of St. Paul’s who help new members adjust to being part of the St. Paul’s community.

Nursery: A professionally staffed nursery is available on Sundays from 9:30 -12:15pm for young children. Volunteers are needed to supplement our paid staff. 
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Nursery School: The St. Paul’s Nursery School for three and four year olds operates Monday through Friday from 9:00am-12:00 noon on the first floor of the educational building.
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Office Administrator: The Office Administrator of St. Paul’s is Joy Belew. 
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Online Advertising Coordinator: Volunteer who works on St. Paul’s online advertizing through Facebook, Google and the weekly email.

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Pastor: The pastor of St. Paul’s is Thomas A. Omholt.
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Photographers: Individuals who take photographs at church functions and upload them onto the church website. 
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Piano Player for Children’s Worship: Individuals who accompany singing during Sunday School chapel. 
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Podcasting: Volunteers who assist with recording the Sunday sermon and podcasting it on the church website.
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Prayer Shawl Ministry: Volunteers who prayerfully knit shawls and other items for the sick and homebound.
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Prime Time Fellowship: A meeting every third Wednesday of the month from 11:00am-2:00pm for seniors that includes lunch and a variety of activities. Volunteers are always needed.
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Reconciling in Christ: St. Paul’s is a reconciling in Christ congregation that openly welcomes gay, lesbian and transgender individuals to become part of the faith community. 
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Simply Giving: A stewardship opportunity by which members can have their offering automatically withdrawn from their bank accounts.
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Social Ministry: A team of volunteers who have oversight of how St. Paul’s reaches out with the good news to people in need locally, nationally and internationally.
Contact: Melissa Blauvelt

Stewardship Ministry: A team of volunteers who oversee the ways in which we share the gifts of time, talent and treasure.
Contact: Rod Larson, Stewardship Ministry Chair

Stewardship of Creation: A team of volunteers who have oversight of the ways in which we take care of the resources entrusted to us.
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Sunday School: Christian education for children and adults held every Sunday morning during the school year from 9:45-10:45am.
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Sunday School Teachers: Volunteers who commit to a year of teaching children’s Sunday School. 
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Sexton: The sexton of St. Paul’s is Glenn Ralph. He cares for the church property and provides security.
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Support Ministry: A team of volunteers who provide oversight for the church property and personnel.
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Tellers: A team of volunteers who are responsible for securing, counting, and recording the weekly offering.
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The Trumpet: The monthly newsletter in which members and ministries are encouraged to contribute articles and announcements.
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Torch Bearers: Youth who assist in the 11am worship service by carrying a torch during the procession. 
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Theology on Tap: A series of Monday evening happy hours with faithful conversation.
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Ushers: Leaders who welcome worshipers and assist with giving bulletins and collecting the offering.
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Vacation Bible School: A weeklong summer educational experience for children ages 3-5th grade. Youth and adults serve as teachers and helpers.
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Walk for the Homeless: Yearly events that are held in support of St. Paul’s shelter ministry.
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Website: An evangelism tool maintained by volunteers to help spread the word about the ministry at St. Paul’s.
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Weddings: The pastor is available to do premarital counseling and to help couples with plans for their wedding day and marriage. 
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Wednesday Night Bible Study: A weekly evening Bible Study that takes place in room 207. Contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women’s Book Club: Women from the congregation who gather monthly for fellowship and discussion about a book.
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Worship Ministry: A team of volunteers who have oversight of the worship and music ministry at St. Paul’s.
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Young Adults Group: A fellowship group of young adults ranging in age from 20-40 something who enjoy social and service activities.

Youth Groups: Middle and High School youth who participate in monthly events, retreats and other fellowship and service opportunities.
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Youth Group Advisors: Adults who help plan and lead events for the Middle and High School youth groups.
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