Service Opportunities

Discovering your spiritual gifts

God promises that every believer has at least one or more spiritual gifts to use in joyful service to God and their fellow-man.  “To each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good …just as he determines” (1 Cor. 12:7,11), and “each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.  If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 4:10-11). 

If you're wondering what your specific spiritual gifts may be, consider taking this simple online survey.  When you are finished it will tabulate your answers.  Add up each row to discover your top five spiritual gifts then please e-mail that list to Pastor Janisch, our volunteer coordinator, and he will keep you informed about service opportunities that correspond to your strengths and interests.  

There are many opportunities to serve through teaching our children. Sunday school and Vacation Bible School and other programs need loving people to teach the children or to assist teachers. In addition, Ascension's preschool occasionally needs substitute aids and assistant teachers.

Preschool Committee
Ascension Lutheran Preschool is looking to start a Preschool Committee. We would like 5 people to form a committee that would assist the preschool director with numerous tasks. We would ask that committee members make a one-year commitment of serving, with August being the initial starting month. If you are interested, please sign up on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall or e-mail The committee would be involved with the following tasks:

  • Coordinate a fundraising event
  • Publicity, program recommendations, and creating an annual budget
  • Create a survey to receive feedback from preschool parents
  • Staff evaluations
  • Plymouth on Parade
  • Scholastic/Concordia Publishing book ordering or book sale
  • General maintenance and upkeep of playground and preschool rooms 

Summer Vacation Bible School
Ascension's Vacation Bible School is held each summer during the first week of August from 9-11:30, Monday - Friday. Because our VBS typically fills to capacity and we host about 100 children, volunteers are critical to the success of our program prior to and during the event.  So if you have interest in crafts/art, music/singing, storytelling, games, decorating, snacks, etc. we'd love to have you use those gifts in service to the Lord and his little ones.  Please e-mail if you would like to help.   

This group provides opportunities to enhance worship services with special songs and arrangements. The choir meets for practice on Wednesday evenings from September through May and sings in services approximately once per month. A special Cantata is presented annually on Good Friday. Ascension was selected for the 2013 Sun Times Reader's Choice Award for Best Choir & Music Program!

 Instrumental Music
Those who have intrumental music skills are encouraged to use them to praise the Lord in our worship services. Our Worship Music Director, Bethel Janisch, works with small groups and individuals to enhance services through instrumental accompaniment.  Instruments that have been used include piano, organ, drums, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and more.

Facility Management
Various opportunities to serve are available throughout the year. At present, families of Ascension volunteer to clean our facility each week. Two families are scheduled weekly, with the list of cleaning duties divided accordingly. Lawn care is also among those volunteer services provided entirely by members in support of the ministry of Ascension. Other maintenance and remodeling projects are scheduled by the Support Elder as needs arise.

Altar Support
Support of the altar is provided by ladies of the congregation who volunteer to care for the altar linens and to change paraments according to the church calendar. These volunteers also prepare the altar for celebration of the Lord's Supper.


Use Every Gift!
There are always opportunities to use the gifts God has given individuals at Ascension. From service on boards and committees to photography to clerical/administrative activities to document layout and design to facility and grounds maintenance, do matter what you are good at, we would love to get you involved.

If you are interested in one of these opportunities, please contact us for more information.