Worship Ministry

Congregational Life - November 2016

posted Nov 2, 2016, 8:29 AM by Lee Church   [ updated Nov 2, 2016, 8:30 AM ]

It was a busy summer for the Congregational Life ministry. Linda Seedner and Linda Martin collaborated to provide pastoral guidance and assistance to Pastor Cat during Pastor Gail’s sabbatical. Pastor Cat and Linda S made several visitations together as well as Rod Mackay. Rod and Pastor Cat provided communion for several people unable to attend church. Loaves of quick breads were given to new church attendees. 

Pastor Cat, Pastor Larry Brickner-Wood, the Women’s Guild, Linda Martin, Linda S, Diane Spires, Pelzar Funeral Home and Sally C coordinated with Alana Patterson for Peter Patterson’s
funeral and burial September 14th. Peter’s funeral was well attended.

Coffee hour is back in full swing and I want to thank everyone who provided coffee hour for the summer months. September’s coffee hour was provided by the Special Events and Promotions ministry, October is the Finance ministry, and November will be the Youth Outreach ministries month. A special coffee hour took place on October 16th at the 10:30 service. We honored Barbara Hartwell who has been so generous and giving of her time and talents. Barbara has moved to Florida and we wish her well. She will be missed.

Linda Seedner

Worship Ministry October 2016

posted Oct 3, 2016, 12:41 PM by Lee Church

Thank you again, Linda for leaving the Worship Ministry in such good shape.  Dedicated volunteers continue to work on all tasks required to meet the ministry’s objectives.

We are back in full swing with Pastor Gail returning following her sabbatical leave and worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 each Sunday.  The praise team and senior & junior voice & bell choirs have also begun after summer breaks. Senior choir rehearsals began on September 15 and bell choir rehearsals will begin on October 11. Rick Smith has trained Hayden Spires, Anna Hocevar, and Cedric Landry to join our acolyte team and will continue to train others as the need arises.

We want to express our appreciation to Sally Barney and Marianne Banks for the Heritage Sunday presentation and Rally Day potluck lunch respectively on September 18.  Sally’s presentation as well as the displays in Fellowship Hall were both interesting and informative.  The potluck lunch planned by Marianne and her Special Events & Promotions ministry team was enjoyed by all.  Thank you both for these two successful events! Many thanks also to Pastor Gail for planning the service and Roxanne, Andrew, and the senior choir for the special music.

The worship ministry has two needs at this time.  We are in need of additional communion support.  If anyone would be interested in assisting Pastor Gail with serving communion on a Communion Sunday at either the 8:30 or 10:30 service, please let Rod MacKay know.  Being a former Diaconate member is not required; however, if you have not assisted Pastor Gail with this in the past, she will provide some basic instructions to you beforehand.  Also, we need greeters for all 8:30 services in October. None have signed up on the sheet in Fellowship Hall as of this writing so we would really appreciate it if you could do so.  Thanks in advance.

September 2016

posted Aug 26, 2016, 11:28 AM by Lee Church

As I assume the responsibility for coordinating our Worship Ministry on September 19, I am ever mindful of Linda Martin’s outstanding leadership of this ministry since our new governance structure was voted in by the congregation at last February’s annual meeting.  Linda has literally gone “above & beyond the call” on many occasions over these past seven months while still directing our church’s annual Vacation Bible School, not to mention her multiple responsibilities outside of the church.  Thank you, Linda for all that you have done for us.  I am happy to report that she will continue to fill some roles within the ministry after September 19 for which we are all very grateful.

Not to make this sound like a “State of the Ministry” address, but I can report to you that recruiting readers, greeters, and ushers; acolyte recruitment & training; communion service support; worship supplies; regular worship service, special service, and funeral planning; filling the pulpit with supply pastors, as required; altar flower coordination; wedding coordination; and music ministry to include care of our musical instruments are all working like well-oiled machines thanks to Lynda DuVall, Bob & Gail Smith, Rick Smith; Linda Martin, Pastors Gail & Cat, Brian Burke, Marianne Banks & Linda Seedner, Kim Rydzewski & Linda MacKay, and Roxanne O’Connor, Sally Barney, & Andrew Lefoley respectively. How fortunate that this ministry should be filled with such dedicated staff & volunteers. If anyone would be interested in helping with any of these tasks within the Worship Ministry, we would be very happy to add you as members of this team.

Rally Day and Heritage Sunday, both on September 18, will soon be here with everything at church getting back into full swing with two services at 8:30 & 10:30 following our summer schedule. We are in for a special treat that day as Sally Barney will be giving a history of our church’s influence in Lee throughout the years and the choir will present special music for Heritage Sunday.  The hymns will be special, too and we will be welcoming Pastor Gail back to the pulpit following her sabbatical. All of this in conjunction with Rally Day as the church mouse has informed me that our Special Events & Promotions Coordinator, Marianne Banks has some new and special plans for this annual event.  Please stay tuned!

Rod MacKay


November 2015

posted Oct 30, 2015, 7:40 AM by Lee Church

Fall is here and everyone, including the Diaconate is gearing up for the festive Fall and Advent seasons. Keep an eye open for the many opportunities to join in the
activities. There is something for everyone. We hope to see you “there”.

In an earlier Open Door, Pastor Gail shared about the mission project at VBS this year. You may remember how the children became so enthused about it, with many of them emptying their piggy banks and giving up their savings for the cause. Recently the deacons became aware of a girl who celebrated her seventh birthday. As is often the case, she had a party with her friends. And that’s where the similarity ends. Instead of receiving gifts for herself, she asked for donations for our Wilkinson Food Pantry. The result was a donation of $35 and several bags of food. Sometimes we wonder if we are getting through to our children. Many times we are. 


The Diaconate 

September 2015

posted Oct 30, 2015, 7:37 AM by Lee Church

One of the many privileges of being a deacon is to serve as an usher.  However, ushering is more than walking down the aisle to take up the gifts and offerings each week. Ushering involves checking the candles to make sure they will last through the service and to be sure the wicks are straight so that the acolyte can light them. Ushers also post the hymn numbers, make sure there is fresh water for the pastor, make sure the lights are on and the windows are opened or closed as needed and adjust the fans (we’re still working on that). We also make sure the correct parament is on the altar. In the back of the sanctuary we ring the bell, put out the offering plates, get out the friendship pads, prepare for the acolyte and, most importantly, work with the greeters to welcome you as you come in the door. We also line up the reader and greeters for each Sunday. On Communion Sundays we prepare the table for Communion and help with the serving. We are humbled and honored to be able to serve you. If we serve as we should, you should not be aware of anything different during worship. That is our goal - to help you worship by having everything ready for you.

We pray we are meeting your needs. If not, let us know. 

We especially would like to thank Shealyn Paré for serving as our acolyte this summer. Nicely done, Shealyn. Thank you. 

With Christ’s love,

The Diaconate 

May 2015

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:42 AM by Henry McTague

Diaconate Update

The Diaconate last met on April 13 at the close of a beautiful Spring day. Everyone had enjoyed the warm sunshine, the beginning of spring plants coming up and the absence of snow. What a beautiful world God has provided for us!

Diaconate members continue to pray for and visit shut-ins as well as make sure all is going well with the Wilkinson Food Pantry and other outreach projects. Under the direction of Barbara Hartwell, Easter baskets were made available to 18 families within our community. Thanks to the Lindt candy company for the many chocolate bunnies and to Walgreens in Lee for collecting and providing personal items to be included. We continue to look for ways to welcome visitors to our Sunday services. If you have suggestions please speak to a deacon and share your ideas.

As always, there are special events coming along. You might like to add the following dates to your calendar so that you can be sure to be a part of each of them.





Hoping to see you in church!!

The Diaconate

April 2015

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:42 AM by Henry McTague

Looking out the window there is blue sky and sunshine - signs that Spring might actually be on its way! The Diaconate met in March to "catch up" as a result of snow days and is hoping for smooth sailing going forward for the rest of this year. We continue to monitor the Wilkinson Food Pantry, aptly run by Barbara Hartwell, congregational care and other duties around our church. We are still down two members so if there are any women interested in serving in this capacity, please let Pastor Gail or any Diaconate member know.

The Diaconate

March 2015

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:41 AM by Henry McTague

Winter weather changed our plans to hold our annual potluck dinner and meeting 
scheduled for February. Please check the 
Open Door, weekly bulletins and Pastor Gail’s weekly updates for upcoming special services and events. May Lent (February 18 - April 4) will be a meaningful time for you to study, reflect and experience spiritual growth.

February 2015

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:41 AM by Henry McTague

The Diaconate is one of many committees that keep our church running and providing many of the activities and programs we enjoy throughout the year. However, as a church, we are facing a dilemma that involves us all: we have a shortage of members who are willing to serve on committees. As members of the Diaconate, we have had many discussions about why this is happening. Are people hesitant to accept a position because of the commitment involved? Are they hesitant they will be asked to do something outside of their comfort zone? Is it easier to, “let someone else do it”? We realize that it could be one of these or a myriad of other reasons.

But, here we are facing the new year with unfilled positions on almost every committee in the church, including the Diaconate. Four people were scheduled to leave the Diaconate in February. All four have agreed to remain for another term. Even so, as of this writing, two positions remain empty. Hopefully, by the time you read this two people will have accepted those positions. But, the fact remains, there will be empty seats around the table on many committees.

However, there are perks of saying, “YES”. Serving on a committee allows you to learn more about how your church works behind the scenes and allows you to have a say in it. You learn about those you are serving with and form a bond. There is great satisfaction in setting a goal, working toward it and reaching it as a group. And, you just might have the time of your life!

As for Diaconate, you may be asking, “What do they do?” Diaconate is involved with worship, congregational care, pastoral care and caring for the community outside of the immediate church. The Wilkinson Food Pantry is a sub-committee of the Diaconate as well as the food baskets which are provided for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and to a lesser degree at Easter.

Providing in-house church services at Kirkwood, visiting shut-ins, sending cards of care, sympathy and celebration, working with various other establishments in Lee or the surrounding communities, participating in special services throughout the year and lending our support to other committees and programs are just a few of our functions. Most who agree to serve find it very satisfying.

We’re asking you to ask yourself WHY you can’t say YES if someone asks you to serve on a committee. Better yet, look up someone on the Nominating Committee (Nancy MacLean or Brian Burke) and tell them where you’d like to serve. PRAY about it and find your place. You’ll be welcomed with open arms.

The Diaconate

Blue Christmas Service

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:40 AM by Henry McTague

Blue Christmas Service
December 17th at 7:00 pm

As a church community, we have experienced many losses during 2014.  Those losses include deaths, illnesses, relationships and jobs.  The need for comfort and consolation is great and many of us wonder how we will get through the Christmas season.  Born from a desire to bring a word of healing, wholeness and hope, Lee Church Congregational will offer a Blue Christmas service on December 17th at 7 pm, and which is open to everyone.  This will be a time of quiet contemplation, readings and 
music, during which we will acknowledge our sadness and seek out God’s word of hope –the Good News of God-With-Us – a message that we all long to hear.

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