Acolytes assist the Priest-in-Charge during the 10:00 a.m. service. Depending on their availability, we can have as many as seven or as few as one or two who serve. We’d love to have seven every Sunday! Any young person who is ready to take on this responsibility can be an acolyte. Anelisa Tarrant is the Acolyte Master. She trains each person and works closely with the priest so that all goes well.
Libby Juel is our Flower Minister. She makes sure that flowers adorn our altar for the Sunday services. Parishioners donate the flowers in honor of family celebrations, for blessings received and in memory of loved ones.
It is the ministry of the Altar Guild to care for the altar and the sanctuary of the church and to prepare the altar and sanctuary for any services that are to take place. In addition to preparing for weekly services, responsibilities include caring for the altar linens and vestments, caring for the vessels, candles, offering plates, etc., ordering and maintaining supplies and preparing sanctuary for major religious holidays and events. We prepare for the two Sunday services and one mid-week service.
A group of Lay Ministers take Holy Communion to our sick and shut-ins after the 10:00 a.m. service each Sunday. Currently, there are five trained and licensed members of St. Brendan’s serving in this ministry. They and others assist the Rector in distributing Holy Communion as Chalice Bearers during the 10:00 a.m. service and as Host Bearers whenever necessary.
St. Brendan's is blessed with many talented members of the congregation. Debbie Wunsche is our Musical Director and Erica Lin is our organist/pianist. Sharing their gifts of talent and time, the choir continues its ministry at St. Brendan’s by providing an added dimension to our worship service. High school and adult singers are welcome. The music is a mix of classical and contemporary. Experience is not necessary only the love of music. Choir rehearsals are on Sunday mornings. Debbie Wunsche is also our Adult Choir Director and Erica Lin is our organist/pianist. From time to time, other members accompany the choir on musical instruments.
Ushers are our greeters at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service. They are responsible for welcoming everyone to St. Brendan’s. When necessary, they point out the large print books and hearing aids available for use. Ushers direct people to the pews and answer questions from visitors and parishioners alike. They take up the collection during the Offertory hymn and direct each row of parishioners moving forward for Communion. Following the service, ushers straighten the chairs and books and generally organize the building for the next service. Eric Helmsen is the Lead Usher.