Member, Volunteer, and Staff Resources

Welcome, members, volunteers, and staff! This page is a new resource, and it is still growing as we learn what is needed. We hope it will serve as a central location for you to find information about volunteering, registering for events, requesting assistance from the communication team, and more. If you have suggestions of other items to include here, please contact Jodi Hoyt, Director of Communications. Thank you!

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Volunteer Opportunities


SECURITY TEAM MEMBERS

Due to the growing concern for security in the church on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, First Lutheran is looking for the best way to utilize members to improve our safety response. We wish to implement security volunteer teams willing to patrol various points of the campus to ensure order, watch for irregularities, and take appropriate action if needed. Training will be provided to the volunteers. Read the volunteer description below. If you might be interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Marilyn McNeill, Business Administrator; or Marnie Dahle Backer, Director of Youth & Family.


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TRUNK OR TREAT: OCTOBER 31, 2019

Trunk or Treat provides an opportunity in the downtown community for neighborhood families to safely experience Halloween. This year’s event will be on Halloween night—Thursday, October 31, 5-7 p.m. Volunteers are needed to host trunks and greet visitors both inside and outside the church.


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FLCW BAZAAR: NOVEMBER 2, 2019

All proceeds from the Bazaar are donated to mission work in Sioux Falls, nationally, and abroad. Volunteers are needed the entire week of the Bazaar. Thank you for your help!

Questions? Contact Sharyl Wolf, 605-335-3416 or 605-521-1026.


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SENIOR LUNCHEON: SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH

Once a month, at noon on the second Tuesday, we offer a Senior Luncheon. This lovely event is a combination of a meal and an interesting lecture.

We are looking for many people to generously volunteer a couple times a year to help set up and serve this event. As we all know, “many hands make light work.” Since this event is held only 12 times per year, it isn't a huge commitment. The food is catered by HyVee, so we just need help to set up, serve the food, and clean up.


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SUNDAY TEAM SCHEDULES, PLANNING CENTER

Are you on a Sunday volunteer team? Schedules for Worship Assistants (lector, cantor, usher, acolyte), Broadcast Team, and Hospitality Team (captain, greeter, info desk, Katie’s Commons) are available through Planning Center. Login to set your blockouts (unavailable dates) or preferences (schedule frequency, preferred weeks, etc.) and see your upcoming schedule. If you’re a smart phone or tablet user, we highly recommend the app! It’s a bit more user friendly and will send push notifications to your device. Search Planning Center Services in your device’s app store.

Need help with the new system or want us to put in your blockouts or preferences for you? Contact Communications Director Jodi Hoyt.


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TEAM SIGN-UPS

Are you interested in volunteering? Select a category below for more information! Our current highest needs are for Communion Servers, Info Desk attendants, and Ushers.


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Get the Church Center App

Our new database includes a free app! With the Church Center app (available on Apple and Android), you can see upcoming events and register for them, easily contact the church, and view and edit your profile *information. Other features will also soon be added including check-ins and groups. You can also help us complete our database by adding a profile photo of yourself. Download it today!

*Please note that mailing addresses must be USPS-friendly. If you need to update your address, please ensure the following:

  • The address should not use any punctuation. When abbreviating street, for example, you should simply type St without a period.

  • Apartments/units/etc. should be listed on the same line as the address—again with no punctuation and with the abbreviation Apt not a number sign. For example: 123 Main St Apt 1.

  • The zip code must be the nine-digit zip, not just the first five digits. Use the USPS zip finder here.


shop the wish lists

As you know, we’re often in need of donations to current and ongoing ministries. Donations should be dropped in the appropriate box in the rear of the Atrium near the elevator. If you prefer to shop online, a number of our drives also have Amazon wish lists. Simply shop through Amazon, and the items will be shipped right to the church!

AMAZON WISH LISTS


ONGOING DRIVES

Help Feed Seniors Food Drive: Millions of older Americans face the realities of hunger and malnutrition every day. Comfort Keepers is raising awareness by partnering with The Salvation Army to collect non-perishable food items. All items collected will be used to supplement the Senior Commodities Program. More than 5,500 commodity boxes are distributed to seniors in the Sioux Empire each year. By making a donation, you will help to provide healthy, nutritious meals for seniors. Donations are being accepted October 2-16. Bring donations to the designated box in the Atrium.

Food to You Mobile Food Pantry: As part of the Charis Ministries partnership, First Lutheran occasionally hosts Food to You distribution. Food to You Mobile Food Pantry is a way to get groceries and household items to those who need them on a weekly basis by distributing them in the neighborhoods after daytime work hours. Food to You asks for a specific food each month to stock their shelves.

  • January/July: macaroni and cheese

  • February/August: pasta

  • March/September: hearty soups

  • April/October: cereal

  • May/November: peanut butter

  • June/December: tuna and tuna helper

Visit the Food to You website.


COMMUNICATION TEAM REQUESTS

The communication and media team at FLC is here to help with all things communication—First Word, eNews, News Notes, website updates, social media, print materials, and more! Need posters or flyers? New photos, graphics, or video? Promotional updates on web and social media? Info in First Word, eNews, or News Notes? We’re happy to help! To help us better help you with upcoming events and publications, please submit a Communication Project Request. We’ll review your request and get back to you as soon as we can!

PUBLICATION AND MARKETING DUE DATES:

  • News Notes come out on the first and third Sundays of the month. Submissions* are due Tuesdays at 12 p.m. prior to the next edition. Please email them to Susan Bell.

  • First Word articles* are due the first business day of each month for the following month’s edition by 5 p.m. Please email them to Jodi Hoyt.

  • eNews submissions* are due weekly on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Please email them to Jodi Hoyt. Please note: eNews will only include items that are happening or require an RSVP or registration within 10 days of that week’s delivery.

*All submissions will be proofed and edited for clarity and conciseness as needed.