SERVICES

SUNDAY MORNING

Due to COVID-19, our public worship is currently outdoors. This is a fluid situation and may change as the virus advances or retreats in our community. Please contact the church with any questions. We will continue to offer virtual worship for the foreseeable future via Zoom, an on-line platform that also accommodates joinging by phone. Please contact us for information on how to access these services

 

Saturday Evening Worship on the Lawn - 6:30 PM - Please bring your own chairs if possible. Masks are required entering and leaving the service, and until seated with social distance from other parties. You have the option to remove you mask at that time but no one should feel compelled to do so. Communion will be offered. Please, if you are not feeling well, or have been in contact with anyone who has the virus or symptoms in the last 14 days, we ask that you refrain from attending and join us for virtual worship instead.

 

Sunday Morning Virtual Service - 10:00 AM –  This is a Liturgy of the Word service offered via Zoom, an interactive online platform. Please contact the church for information on accessing this service. You can join this service via computer, smart phone, or it is possible to dial into this service via telephone. The access number is a long distance number if you are using a landline.

 

We are not currently offering Sunday School or any form of nursery due to virus concerns


SPECIAL MUSICAL MASSES

These services occur periodically at St. Mary’s. They are Eucharistic services that combine the traditional elements of a Holy Eucharist service, however in place of traditional hymnody, special, theologically-based secular music is performed. In the recent past, St. Mary’s has been a leader within the diocese as varying types of genres have been presented. There have been "Bluegrass Masses", a U2charist, and a CASH Mass [offering the music of Johnny Cash]. Other musical genres that also fit into this worshiping category include: Beatles Mass, Jazz Masses, Coldplay Mass, and a Stevie Wonder Mass.


OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

ACOLYTES

This very important ministry is open to all in the 4th grade and up. Acolytes lead the procession to begin worship, provide an "honor escort" for the Gospel, receive some of the gifts during the offertory, and assist at Baptisms and in the preparation of the table at the Eucharist. For more information, contact Mother Kim at (402) 426-2057.

ALTAR GUILD

The Altar Guild prepares the sanctuary for worship prior to services on Saturdays and Sundays, weekday services, weddings, funerals and other special services. The Altar Guild is also responsible for changing altar hangings, cleaning and pressing linens, and tidying up after services. This ministry is comprised of six volunteers who rotate the shared ministry, usually on a monthly basis. For more information please contact the chair of the Altar Guild, Nan Smutko (402) 672-8408.

GREETERS

Men and women who feel called to welcome and assist parishioners and visitors are those who may be interested in serving as Greeters. During Sunday services as well as funerals and other occasions, the Greeters are the parish’s "first appearance" and are therefore an essential component of our overall hospitality ministry and invitation. If interested in learning more about the Greeters ministry, contact Kathy Frahm (402) 427-4622.

LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTER

LEMs—the abbreviated version of Lay Eucharistic Ministers—are the individuals who assist at the altar table during the celebration of Holy Eucharist. Their various duties include serving as chalice bearers during communion, serving as the crucifer (when required), serving as Gospel bearer during the Gospel proclamation, as well as serving as intercessor during certain prayer offerings. LEMs wear white vestments during Sunday services and traditional feast days; however, the LEMs at the Saturday evening service do not don church vestments. Also known as EMs in other dioceses and parishes in The Episcopal Church, LEMs require specific training by clergy and typically this is done at the diocesan level. For additional information about LEMs, please contact Pat Steinke at (402) 278-2428.

LECTORS

The Lectors, or lay readers, are responsible for reading the lessons in worship. Usually this includes the Old Testament lesson, the Psalm, and the New Testament lesson. For more information contact Iantha Wessel at (402) 426-8054.

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

On Sundays at the 10:00 a.m. Rite II Holy Eucharist service, St. Mary’s offers nursery care for babies and toddlers. This is offered in the parish nursery which is located in the rear of the church building. This ministry is comprised of seven women who share the joy of overseeing our most precious gifts in the church: our youngest children. The nursery attendants share this ministry on a rotating, weekly basis. For more information about the Nursery Attendants ministry, please contact Mother Kim (402) 426-2057.