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St. Paul Lutheran Church

  Renew.  Rejoice.  Reach Out.

V O L U N T E E R  O P P O R T U N I T I E S

Reach out with God's love to serve one another and our neighbors.

It’s our passion to engage our entire faith community as one body of Christ. We work together to be God’s hand and feet in our community and in our world.  It seems there's something for everyone, whether you have time to assist with worship activities on Sunday to lending a hand in annual community events. 

Serving in Worship

Volunteers from every generation participate each Sunday to create vibrant and dynamic worship services.  Volunteer positions on a Sunday morning range from behind-the-scenes to up front duties. On any given Sunday, we have volunteers in these positions: greeters, ushers, acolytes, scripture readers, prayer leaders, communion servers, power pointers for our service slide shows, communion prep, communion clean up, coffee hour host, coffee hour treat providers, recording ministry (of our worship services), adult education teachers, and Sunday school teacher/assistants. Each one of these volunteer positions is vital to the flow of our Sunday mornings!  

Sunday School Volunteers

St. Paul Lutheran’s 2015/2016 Sunday school year will run from Sunday, September 13th through Sunday, April 4th. We have 3 different Sunday school classrooms for students 3 years old, through those in the 4th grade. Our 5th grade through senior high students also meet at the same time for their Youth Hour. Each Sunday school classroom is run by wonderful volunteers that work together to create community and faith formation within and between their classrooms. Teachers play a role in providing community-building and Christian education for our Sunday school students. Adults of all ages are encouraged to volunteer to either teach or assist in our Sunday school classrooms.

Youth Activity Volunteers

Throughout the entire year, our youth programs are engaging in fun and managing projects, partnerships and activities. Our youth ministries beyond a Sunday mornings greatly depend on volunteers. Our High School Lunch on Tuesdays, our GROW ministry for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, and our middle school and high school youth groups all take place with the help of our greater congregation. There is always room for more adult volunteers, and we would love to have YOU join us! St. Paul Lutheran is blessed to have a wonderful and dedicated Youth and Family Committee that meets monthly to discuss events, budgeting and programming. We are always looking for fresh faces and minds to join our group, so don’t hesitate to get involved!!

Community Volunteer Opportunities

St. Paul Lutheran has many volunteer opportunities that exist both inside and outside the four walls of the church. Throughout the year, our church members will partner with Thrivent Financial to help serve our community. Partnering with schools, other churches, and community organizations allows us to reach out to individuals and families in Missoula. This congregation is also invested in Habitat for Humanity as well as Relay for Life, and we have many avenues by which volunteers can donate their time, talents and treasures to these causes.  Annually in September we collaborate with our partner ELCA churches to participate in a day of community service called "God's Work, Our Hands."  A favorite ministry of the congregation is the annual city-wide collaboration "Back to School Bash," and St. Paul collects and distributes clothing to families in need whose children are returning to school.

Care & Outreach Ministries Volunteer Opportunities

As part of St. Paul's mission to reach out to the community and world, the congregation offers numerous ministries in outreach and Christ-centered care.  The Stephen Ministry is a volunteer, lay-led ministry where trained individuals provide confidential care and support for people who are hurting.  The Prayer Shawl ministry spans throughout the community of Missoula and across the nation.  Community members volunteer to knit shawls that enfold, comfort, give solace and warmth, and are symbolic of inclusive and unconditional love.  Similarly, the quilting ministries provide warm quilts to those in need locally and throughout the nation and world via local nonprofits and Lutheran World Relief's Mission Quilts ministry.  To learn more about the men's and women's quilting groups and the prayer shawl ministry, visit our activities for adults.

Volunteering with Missoula Interfaith Collaborative

St. Paul Lutheran is passionate about partnering with local resources in our community to make Missoula a better place. We are in full partnership with the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative which organizes and enables diverse faith communities and organizations to work together on social justice issues. Events take place throughout the year that require numerous volunteers such as Project Homeless Connect in January and the Back to School Bash in August.
If any of these sound interesting to you, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Nelson.