Volunteer

Body (Serving: Service Opportunities)

Our Savior’s “Church Life” does not only happen on Sunday mornings. It happens throughout the week at the church, at people’s homes, as well as lots of other locations. Opportunities to volunteer are developed to help you find your place in the life of the congregation. To fully be engaged in the Gospel of Christ, we encourage all to grow in their spiritual maturity by being meaningfully involved in three different aspects of Church Life…

  • Mind (Learning: Bible Study, Education, etc.)
  • Body (Serving: Service Opportunities)
  • Soul (Connecting: Discipleship, Fellowship)

Please note:

  • Dates /Times are subject to change. Please call the church office, to verify the information provided. Office: (503) 399-8075 e.308
  • Baxter Hill Community Hall (BHCH) is located on the church property, up the stairs. The building is behind the house located across from the garden plots.

Interested? Please contact Sarah Aguilar, Director of Church Life at [email protected]

Below are the volunteer opportunities that Our Savior's offers.

Leader: Maren Frith
Day/Time/Location: Seasonal, times varies, Sanctuary
Introduction: The alcove behind the altar is decorated seasonally.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry? Someone who enjoys and works well with others. An eye for detail and creativity is a plus. There is some lifting and ladder work for those who are comfortable with these duties.

Leader: Helen Bagley
Day/Time/Location: Schedule is flexible as to when one can set up the altar and communion in the Sanctuary.
Introduction: Have you ever wondered how the candles on the altar stay full of wax, or how the cloths get changed, or communion set up? The Altar Guild works behind the scenes in this ministry.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry? We are looking to add to our volunteer list. This is an easy commitment of only a few hours here and there. We set up before Sunday and clean up after services on Sunday.  There are a few random days in the year but mostly this is it. Set up takes about a half hour and clean up is about the same. Scheduling is done in three month blocks so there are no surprises. Training just takes generally one time and there are instructions to follow and always others who you can call on for help or guidance. Please let us know if you would like to join us. 

Leader: Maren Frith
Day / Time / Location to meet: Varies
Introduction: Church Office Volunteers consist of Receptionist, Offering Counters, Monday Morning Sanctuary cleanup, one-time tasks such as mailings, folding or office volunteer substitute. During Christmas, the office needs volunteers for church decorating. 
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Looking for people who have a heart for hospitality. Volunteers should feel comfortable speaking to people and are willing to go out of their way to help everyone feel welcomed and assist people when needed. Confidentiality, along with flexibility is very important for the success of the volunteers. 

Leader: Jim Findley
Day/Time/Location: Varies, Community Garden on-site
Introduction: Our Savior’s Community Garden is open to the public. There is a minimum fee to maintain the plots and water usage. Please contact the church office at 503.399.8601 for more information.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry? All gardener, experienced or not, are welcome to try their hand at gardening. Those planting in the plots are asked to donate one row of their vegetables and/or fruit to the Marion-Polk County Food Share.

Leader: Rachel Hagfeldt
Day / Time / Location to meet: Monthly meetings, dates/ times and location varies
Introduction: Health Ministry volunteers check and assess Blood Pressure on Sunday mornings. They provide follow up visits on surgeries, illnesses and mental health crisis. They make weekly phone calls to members in needed. They organize Health Fairs, workshops and guest speakers.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Anyone who has a health background or is interested in visiting shut ins. This ministry is also for people interested in wholistic health, along with providing support for spiritual, mental and physical needs. 

Leader: John Eastman
Day / Time / Location to meet: Hosting families for 3 weeks per year
Introduction: Our mission is to help families experiencing housing instability achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. ~ FamilyPromisemwv.org
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who is friendly, accepting of others, outgoing, able to start conversations with strangers who are homeless, without prying into their personal lives. We also need volunteers to prepare meals for up to 15 people during our hosting weeks. 

Leader: Diane Hawkins
Day / Time / Location to meet: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Choir Room
Introduction: Join us in the Choir Room behind the Sanctuary on Tuesdays for Choir rehearsal. This is a time for rehearsing for upcoming performing and fellowship.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry? Anyone who enjoys singing with a choir, along with performing for worship and other events. No tryouts or invitation needed. Just show up. 

Leader: Barbara Warren
Day / Time / Location to meet: 1st Friday, 9:30 a.m. in the Library
Introduction: When new material comes into the library, we as a group look through the books to see if they will be a good addition to the church collection. We also go through the current books to see if they are still being checked out. We send out overdue reminders.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who loves to read and wants to keep our library in good order. Also someone who would like to help guide the content of the books. 

Leader: John Eastman
Day / Time / Location to meet: First weekend of the month – we set up a table with LifePaxs on Saturday before the first Sunday of the month. LifePax are to share with people who have food insecurities.
Introduction: “Life Pax is designed to effect social change and present the reality of Jesus Christ to those in need, including homeless, or hungry individuals in our community and across the nation by replacing monetary handouts with a single meal, a message of encouragement, and practical social service resource information, thereby – ‘Feeding the body and nourishing the soul.’” ~ LifePax.org
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who would be able to answer congregational questions and explain that LifePax are to be given to those perceived to be in need of  a simple meal. 

Leader: Andrea Brady
Day / Time / Location: Varies, Church
Introduction: Coming in September, Our Savior’s will have a Little Free Library on it’s street corner for children in the neighborhood.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who values encouraging children to read and wants to keep the Free Little Library in good order and well stocked. Some review of donated materials will be needed. 

Leader: Sarah Aguilar
Day / Time / Location to meet: Semi-Annual meetings at the church, date and time varies. Those individuals who are “Lighthouses” call their neighborhood households on their own time and schedule.
Introduction: Connecting church goers with people in their neighborhoods. This is also a network to be able to reach out to people if there is ever an emergency, such as ice storms, forest fires or mass flooding. 
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
A flexible person. Someone who feels a calling to serve others in the neighborhood. This person also must be comfortable making monthly or quarterly phone calls.

Leader: Becky Davis
Day / Time / Location to meet: 4th Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m., Library
Introduction: Praying for and sending greeting cards to people in need of support. Some people write the cards, some make cards, while others help with administration duties like collecting addresses.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who enjoys fellowship and the value of encouraging others. Someone who likes to write and send cards. For those who are creative, making cards is also part of this ministry. 

Leaders: Karen Gigstad and Merry Davidson
Day / Time / Location to meet: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Church
Introduction: These sewers supply Lutheran World Relief with quilts. Veteran Homes and Salem Habitat are also supplied with lap robes or lap quilts. Pillow cases are made to be given to Salem Promise, an organization that houses homeless families. Quilts are also made for other ministry needs. 
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who likes to sew. A flexible person, who is able to work with suggestions from others.

Leaders:  Rachel Hagfeldt
Day/Time/Location to meet: 3rd Wednesday, 12:00 p.m., Library
Introduction: This group is for those who know how to knit or   want to learn to knit. Prayer Shawls are given to people who are needing a little support. Bring needles and yarn of your choosing.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Someone who cares for others. Someone who wants to share their skill of knitting to others who would like to learn. 

Leaders:  John Eastman and Linda VonDeylen
Day/Time/Location to meet: We host blood drives about four times each year in the gymnasium or at Baxter Hill Community Hall. The blood drives are typically five hours long.
Introduction: The Red Cross has an on-going need for blood to be used for those who need transfusions during medical procedures.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
During the blood drives we need two shifts of three volunteers each to check-in donors, escort donors from cots to refreshment table, and someone at the refreshment table. 

Leader: Lou Braafladt
Day/Time/Location: Sundays, before, during and after services.
Introduction: This is a newly formed group of volunteers. Though there are no immediate threats to Our Savor’s, this group was created to have Safety Monitors walk the parking lot and inside the church to ensure that no one is messing with cars or entering the building uninvited.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry? Someone with policing or a military background. Someone who can stay calm in stressful situations.

Leader: Sarah Aguilar
Day / Time / Location to meet: Sundays, before, during and after Worship services.
Introduction: Sunday Morning Volunteers consist of Ushers, Car/Outdoor Greeters, Information Center Volunteers, Scripture Readers, along with Worship and Communion Assistants.
Who would be a good fit for this ministry?
Looking for people who have a heart for hospitality. Volunteers should feel comfortable speaking to people and are willing to go out of their way to help everyone feel welcomed and assist people when needed.

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Not seeing something that interest you? Want to start your own Church Life Group? Have an idea on how to serve others? Please email Sarah Aguilar, Director of Church Life at [email protected]