Pastors, Boards, Staff
The Memorial Committee is a committee under the direction and supervision of the Board of Elders. The committee maintains a list of needed items that have been approved as appropriate memorial gifts upon the death of a brother or sister in Christ. List items are received from various boards and congregational groups and considered and authorized by the Memorial Committee. The current list is available in the church office, or can be viewed online in the Memorial Gift Booklet.
Worship, Music, and Fellowship Groups
Acolytes Altar Guild Childrenís Choir Choirs Greeters Offering Counters Sunday School Ushers Agape Committee Good Shepherd LBW Sightsavers Library Lutheran Woman's Guild Nursing/Convalescent Home Visitation Prayernet Tract Ministry
Boys, in 5 - 10th grades, volunteer to serve at Divine Services. Contact: Pastor J.C. Bestul
This womenís service group prepares the sanctuary for worship. Members are responsible for weekly set up & clean up of communion vessels, seasonal changing of liturgical colors, maintaining baptismal napkins and altar linens, caring for acolytes, elders, and pastors robes, and seasonal decorating of the sanctuary. Contact members Linda Cantu or Mary Carlson.
Kinderchor we sometimes call it! Children of the congregation are invited to attend the special rehearsals of Kinderchor which prepares them to sing liturgical portions of the Sunday morn divine service or special children's anthems for the service. Rehearsal is twice a month on Saturdays from 10:45-11:45, followed by singing in the divine service on the Sunday following the second rehearsal of the month..
Adult Choir meets 7:30-9:00 p.m. each Thursday for practice and sings at both Sunday services from September through May.
The Handbell Choir meets seasonally. Menís Choir is composed of 15-20 men who meet for three consecutive rehearsals before singing twice during the year. For Handbell or Menís Choir contact Barbara Bestul. For Sanctuary Choir contact Director Jon Schedler. Photos
Couples and singles volunteer to greet members and visitors as they enter church services. Contact member Donald Brink.
Members volunteer to be trained in the procedure to count the Sunday offerings. Please contact Emmitt Milton for more information.
The congregation is blessed to have one primary organist and three assistant organists. In addition, pianists are used for choir rehearsals and on Sundays. Trumpets, trombones, flutes, violins, tympani, etc. are used for special services.
Classes are offered for children from age 2 through grade 8. Volunteers from the congregation teach these children for a four-month period during the year. Contact Sunday School Coordinator Alyssa Delaney.
Each team of ushers consists of 4-5 men who serve once every 5-6 weeks as the 8:00 service and once every 3 weeks at the 11:00 service. Men who wish to usher are trained and assigned to a team with a leader. Contact Dean Johnson.
For more information regarding these groups please contact indicated member or call the church office at (408) 252-0345.
After the church office has been notified, this group will provide meals for those in need. Needs include such situations as a serious illness, hospitalization, funerals, etc. Contact member Eunice Armstrong.
Good Shepherd Auxiliary is the national auxiliary of Bethesda Lutheran Communities. This group meets the 2nd and last Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for fellowship and handwork. Hand-made items, baked goods, antiques and collectibles are sold, in support of BLC's ministry to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ. A newsletter is published by-monthly by the auxiliary and is mailed to members or can be viewed at goodshepherdauxiliary.org. Contact members Fran Jenkins or Nancy Hall. Photo
Our church library is located in the Fireside Room. Books and DVDs may be checked out at any time on honor system. Books are often featured in the narthex on Sunday morn. Contact member Don Brink.
This group of volunteers is associated with The Lutheran Braille Workers. Each Tuesday from 8:30 am Ė noon they collate, punch and bind large-print hymnals for the visually impaired. Contact member Ann Ertzner.
This organization is associated with the Lutheran Womenís Missionary League. Its aims are to help women grow spiritually, encourage and equip them to reach out, provide opportunities for serving, and gather funds for mission projects. Contact Eunice Armstrong or Ethel Hein.
Each week volunteers visit area nursing and retirement homes, sharing the Gospel through prayers, Bible readings, and hymns. Contact Dale Jenkins.
"Call upon Me in the day of trouble, and I shall deliver thee...." "Pray for one another..." "PrayerNet" is composed of over 40 members of LCOS who receive information from the pastors regarding brothers and sisters in Christ who are sick, preparing for or recovering from surgery, preparing for or grieving the death of a loved one, or encountering other life challenges. Members of the PrayerNet receive pastoral emails informing them of names to be remembered in their prayers and are encouraged to send cards of encouragement as well. PrayerNet members commit themselves to confidentiality regarding the prayer requests and do not forward PrayerNet emails to anyone. To become a member of PrayerNet, contact the church office. To request prayers from the PrayerNet group, contact one of the pastors.
Pamphlets on varying topics of interest, useful for Christian guidance and encouragement, are made available in church lobby. Contact member Donald Brink.
For more information regarding these groups please contact indicated member or call the church office at (408) 252-0345