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Acolytes - Acolytes are lay volunteers age 8 through adult, who are trained to assist the clergy during services. They carry the cross and torches and lead the procession at the beginning and end of services.

Altar Guild - The Altar Guild members prepare and maintain altar linens, hangings, vessels and the clergy's vestments before each service, particularly the Altar area. The altar guild also assists with preparations for weddings, funerals and other special liturgies. For more information, see Altar Guild Guidelines and Procedures, Complete Chalice Setup Picture, Ironing the Purificator Picture, Ironing the Corporal Picture, and Ironing Lavabo-Baptismal Towels Picture.

Choir - Make a joyful noise unto the Lord! Join St. Mark's choir! Trained and untrained voices are welcome. The Choir sings during the 10:00 a.m. service on Sundays, September through June. If you'd like to join the choir, please leave a message for Music Director/Organist, Tatiana Andronikova, with the church administrator.

Flower Guild - The flower guild provides altar flowers as well as other floral decorations in the church. Please contact the church office if you'd like to join the flower guild or make a donation towards the purchase of flower in memory/honor/ thanksgiving of someone. For more information, see Flower Guild Guidelines, Flower Arranging Basic Setup Picture, Flower Arranging and Containers Picture.

Greeters - Our Gracious Greeters welcome visitors and members of St. Mark's at the 10 a.m. service each Sunday, and provide assistance and direction to visitors and newcomers. For more information, see Greeters GuidelinesName tags are used to ensure all worshippers know one another by name. Visitor Cards allow St. Mark’s to send information such as the electronic news.  For more information about how name tags and visitor cards are used and where they are kept, see Name Tags and Visitor Cards Guidelines (coming soon)

Intercessor - An intercessor is one who leads the Prayers of the People. Adults and youths who enjoy public reading are welcome. For more information, see the Intercessor Guidelines.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM) - A LEM is a lay parishioner licensed by the bishop to share the consecrated wine with members of the congregation during the Holy Eucharist. A LEM is also called a "chalice bearer". The Visiting Lay Eucharistic Minister is licensed by the bishop and trained by the Rector to bring the Holy Eucharist to parishioners unable to attend church.  Please see the the following documents for what is involved: LEM Guidelines/Procedures, Tying the Rope Cincture, Visitor’s Bulletin and Prayers for the Sick.

Lay Readers/Lectors - Lay readers read the Lectionary lessons for the day which are passages of scripture from the Old and New Testaments.They may be called upon to assist the Rector during special services in addition to regular services. Lay Readers may be asked to lead Morning Prayer in the absence of a clergy person. For more information, see the Lector Guidelines, Lector Handbook, Tips on Lesson Reading, and Lay Reader Leaders Guidelines.

Pastoral Care - Assist parishioners in dealing with emergencies and problems, by preparing meals that serve 2-4 people which can be frozen. These meals can be casseroles or soup with ingredients listed, date prepared and how to heat the frozen dish. More information is found at this link. A prayer request book is located on the credenza in the Narthex.

Sacred Arts - The Sacred Arts Committee is responsible for commissioning artists and choosing works of art for the church, for example, the committee selected the designs and materials for banners that hang on the walls to the left and right of the stained glass window behind the altar. 

Social Saints - The Social Saints host fund-raising dinners which provide a great opportunity for people to enjoy a delicious meal and fellowship. Money raised supports numerous parish needs and programs. Please see our events page for upcoming dinners or the Fellowship ministry link.

Tellers - Our tellers count and record attendance and offerings after the 10:00 A.M. service. For more information, see

Ushers - These important volunteers greet guests as they enter the church, hand out service bulletins, collect offerings, and direct visitors to Sunday School and other areas. For more information, see the Usher Guidelines.

Please contact the church office or complete the Contact Form if you'd like to volunteer for one of these activities.