Worship and Welcoming Volunteers

About Our Ushers

Ushers work on a team of 6 - 10 people and are needed for Sunday mornings, funerals, and memorial services. They serve for one month at a time. Substitute ushers are also needed. There are no regular meetings needed and training is provided.

Our ushers are the most visible and important face of our congregation as people enter our sanctuary for worship. Whether they are welcoming long-term members or first-time visitors, their welcome sets the tone for the worship experience. Beyond that, the help ushers provide for worshipers with special needs, or with small children, or in times of emergency, is greatly appreciated. The main goal for ushers is to make worshipers feel welcome and comfortable in our church. Ushers are requested for special services during the Lenten season, for special musical concerts by our church choir, and at all Christmas Eve Services.

The head usher is Bill Austin. Usher captains for 2014-15 are Len Rezmierski, Dick Carlisle, Carter Hodgson, Jim Douglass, Paul Smith and Ralph Winter.

Greeters, Welcome Center, and Church Office Volunteers

Contact: Melissa Anne Rogers, 734-662-4466, ext. 390, mrogers@firstpresbyterian.org

All are welcome at First Pres. No meetings needed. As some of our most important and valuable volunteers, on Sunday mornings, greeters stand at the doors to the worship service and welcome visitors and members.

Greeters are needed for all worship services. New members are especially appreciated, as it is a wonderful way for them to get to know our members. Individuals, couples, and families are all welcome!

Welcome Center volunteers cover the center between services, help direct those with questions, and provide a friendly, hospitable welcome to our members and visitors. Volunteers work in shifts on Sunday mornings.

Church Office volunteers work in shifts to staff the church office on Sunday mornings. Having a friendly face who can direct visitors and answer questions, answer the phone, and welcome those who enter the office is a gift to all of us! A speaker in the Church Office allows the volunteer to listen to the church service from their volunteer post.

Lay Readers Guild

Contact: Doug Gottliebsen, Doug Gottliebsen, dagottlieb@aol.com

Volunteers of all ages who are willing to read scripture in worship. No meetings needed and training is provided annually. 

Communion Servers

Contact: Tom Brandt, twbrandt@gmail.com

No meetings, one training and occasional serving of communion

This group of volunteers is comprised of ordained Presbyterian officers-- elders, deacons, and pastors--who are willing to serve communion in worship or to shut-ins. Training and ordination are required, but servers need not be ordained at First Presbyterian Church or currently serving on either Session or the Board of Deacons. Training is arranged through a pastor.

Memorial and Funeral Reception Committee

Contact: Jeanette Middleton, msjett@aol.com, or Judy Landau, Judith Landau, landaujb@gmail.com

No meetings, irregular service schedule

Women gather to provide receptions after memorial services and funerals held at First Presbyterian Church. Donations for these receptions are given to the mission work of the Presbyterian Women. Servers and cookie-bakers are welcome. No experience is necessary.

Cookie Bakers Guild

Contact: Diane Knibbs, dbreckle@med.umich.edu

No meetings, cookie-baking 2-3 times per year

This group of volunteers, contacted by phone and email, are scheduled to provide a delicious service to the church through baking homemade cookies for the Sunday coffee hour. Bakers commit to baking 4 dozen cookies when assigned, and leaving them at the church for Sunday morning. New volunteers are always welcome, and can sign up at any point to be schuduled.