SERVE OTHERS

Putting our faith into action is important to us. There are many opportunities to serve God and our neighbors here at Marin Lutheran, in Marin, and beyond our borders. Please scroll down this page to learn about how to connect.

Providing Meals for the Homeless

The third Thursday of every month our congregation provides dinner and breakfast for 50 people at the Mill Street Center, a San Rafael homeless shelter for adults.  Each month we need many volunteers to help contribute food for this wonderful outreach ministry.  You are encouraged to sign up on the bulletin board in the church narthex or to contact the church office for details of how you can help.  In addition to main dish casseroles (both homemade or store bought are welcome), you may choose to bring salad/vegetables, milk, juice, dessert or breakfast cereal.   These should be dropped off in the Fellowship Hall kitchen by noon on the third Thursday of the month.

View a copy of the Mill Street Dinner & Breakfast Sign-up to see details about quantities and the types of food that are needed.

Serve & Share Crafts

This group meets the third Thursday of every month from 10:00am to 12:00 noon in the Conference Room of the Fellowship Hall.   Participants enjoy socializing while working together on a variety of projects such as knitting and crafting items that are then distributed to charitable organizations.  Much of the work can be done at home too if you prefer.  Many Serve & Share members also visit MLC shut-ins ensuring our home-bound members & friends continue to feel cared for and connected to church life.

Please contact Jane McKenzie if you would like to find out more about Serve & Share or just show up on the third Thursday of the month. Newcomers are always welcome!

Social Action

The Social Action Ministry Team works on behalf of MLC to facilitate, foster, and maximize the collective efforts of our congregation to serve others in need. They do this in three key ways:

  • Taking responsibility for a number of recurring activities that provide food for the hungry, school supplies & backpacks for homeless children, and gifts for Ritter Center families and disaster victims
  • Selecting the non-profits that MLC supports financially to address a variety of human needs at local, regional and global levels
  • Keeping our congregation informed about existing needs and opportunities in our community and organizing, supplying and supervising the congregation’s efforts to meet these needs

For more details about the projects and work of this dedicated group of volunteers please visit the Social Action page or contact Jim Bedilion to learn how you can help.

Want more opportunities?  Check out these websites:

Additional Opportunities to Serve

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The official web site of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Lutheran World Relief

Seeks lasting solutions to poverty and injustice and compels Lutherans to put their faith into action

Homeward Bound of Marin

Provides programs to end homelessness and to engage community support in this mission

San Francisco – Marin Food Bank

Working to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin

Volunteer at MLC

There are a multitude of ways to be involved at Marin Lutheran!  Below is a brief list of volunteer opportunities where you can offer your time and talent to help the ministry of the congregation.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact the church office for further information.

WORSHIP ASSISTANT: we have a particular need right now for new members of the ALTAR GUILD & SOUND TECHNICIANS!

EDUCATION: Children’s Church Teacher, Adult Education Leader, Vacation Bible School Assistant or Leader

CHURCH PROPERTY & LEADERSHIP: Gardening, Property Maintenance, Administration, serving on Church Council or a Ministry Team

FELLOWSHIP: Hosting Coffee Hours, visiting sick or shut-in members, helping with Fellowship events

Choir / Musicians

We are truly blessed to have wonderful musicians who share their considerable gifts at our Sunday morning worship services.  In addition to singing the Lutheran liturgy, our Adult Choir sings an eclectic variety of anthems, everything from gospel, to classical, from chorales to contemporary Christian.   They rehearse every Wednesday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m.   New singers are always welcome to come to practice.

A Contemporary Instrumental Ensemble supports the 9:00 a.m. worship, infusing great musical excitement to this family-friendly service.   Occasional guest singers and instrumentalists from our community, along with our choir, offer beautiful classical music to support the traditional Lutheran service at 11:00 a.m.

Contact Andrei Gorchov, Director of Music, for more information.

Children’s Church Teacher

Christian education is one of the most important activities we engage in here at Marin Lutheran. It takes many dedicated people to contribute to this effort and so we always need and welcome new volunteers! Classes are taught on Sunday mornings.

Our CHILDREN’S CHURCH (pre-K through 5th grade) is held following the Children’s Message during our 9am worship service.  Adult volunteers contribute their time and talents to teach about God’s love through hands-on science projects, arts & crafts, baking, music, dance and even movie-making.

If you would like to see if teaching is for you consider volunteering as an assistant teacher. Please contact Susan Morrow or Pastor Tom Gable for additional information.

Ministry Teams

Please contact any of these wonderful volunteers for more information about how you can help with the work of their ministry team:

Carol Z. & Anke P. – Congregational Care & Fellowship
Susan Morrow – Education
Carol Sherley – Outreach
Jim Bedilion – Social Action
John Bischoff – Stewardship
Carol Cunliffe – Worship & Music

Coffee Hour Host

Lutheran’s are famous for warm, welcoming fellowship and great coffee hours! Each Sunday at Marin Lutheran we welcome all visitors and members to enjoy a taste of traditional Lutheran hospitality immediately following each worship service.

If you would be willing to bring refreshments for the “coffee hour” for the 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. service please contact Jane McKenzie.

Altar Guild

New volunteers are needed to help with setting up (and clearing) communion for our Sunday worship service, washing linens, changing paraments (when needed) and generally making sure the chancel area is ready for the coming service.  This requires approximately an hour on Saturday, and a little time before and after the service each Sunday for just one month out of the year.  Contact Bev if you can help.