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Apostles Ministries

Get Involved With Our Parish

Note: Routine church activities now are curtailed due to health warnings.  We will update events and opportunities as soon as restrictions are lifted.

Church of Apostles Ministries

At Apostles, you can participate quietly in worship — without being badgered — and get more involved in our ministries when you are ready.

Do you want to learn more about the Bible or Christian living?  Yes, you can do that.  Do you prefer action over study — and want “hands-on” ways to help others?  Great!  That works, too, in the Church’s ministries.

Even if you are facing a life or health transition, with limited time or energy, we still have places for you to serve and grow.

What are you interested in? Let us know!

Join Our Ministry

How we pray and serve involves deeply personal choices.  But whatever our journey looks like, prayer and service always are related.  How?  Prayer often leads us to understand our own shortcomings, the need to accept God’s Love and Mercy, and then seeing the needs of others.  Action without prayer can become busy-ness: prayer without action can remain self-centered.  Please join us in prayer AND our ministries however you may feel called!

Please review our ministries below, and say…” COUNT ME IN” to help in the areas that you feel you can make a difference.

Altar Guild:

Prayerfully tends to altar vessels and linens, setting up the altar for all weekend and special services. Combines busy hands and contemplative hearts. Debbie Fruithandler (fruithandlerd@gmail.com)

Austin Street Shelter:

Helps collect and prepare fresh sandwiches and food for delivery and face-to-face serving on-site at the Dallas shelter — on a quarterly rotation with other area churches. Lynette Yates (lyates001@yahoo.com)

Bible & Book Study Small Groups:

We enjoy a collection of open small groups, both regular and periodic, with a regular Women’s Group and a Men’s Group and a Sunday morning Adult Group. Please check with each leader below for days and times!

Building/Parish Hall Hosts:

Assists parish family and community groups in a busy schedule of weekly activities and special events. Our talented hosts help welcome, supervise, troubleshoot, and evangelize — all at the same time! De Dee Riddle (space@churchoftheapostles.net)

Community Events:

Organize popular seasonal events that can serve dozens or hundreds of guests! Whether Breakfast with Santa or Easter Egg Hunt… we invite the whole community. Sarah Moreno (youth@churchoftheapostles.net),  Ben Ryan (benmusic2u@gmail.com)

Communion Bread Bakers:

We are blessed not only by the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, but we are also spoiled by home-baked bread for communion every week! This labor of love means someone spends time praying and baking and preparing for the sacrament long before we arrive at church. Judi Lamson (jlamson@tx.rr.com)

Daughters of the King, Lydia Chapter:

An international women’s group dedicated to prayer, service, and evangelism, always in close partnership with their priest. Following a rule of life, the Daughters spend countless hours in both public projects and private intercessions. Barbara Maley (sgmbgcm@aol.com)

Eucharistic Altar Servers:

Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Vergers, and Acolytes who assist the priest at the altar during public worship. Lynn Smith, LEMS (wlsapp1103@gmail.com), Ken Mays, Vergers (kenM.COA@gmail.com), & Chris Wallace, Acolytes (fissw@yahoo.com)

Flower Guild:

Our resident floral artists who create beautiful arrangements flanking the altar. Some church services include arrangements from local florists, while at other times, our own Guild provides them — and our in-house arrangements often look more beautiful! Connie Bertram (haletimes9@me.com)

Guatemala Mission Ministries:

Our team helps support an ongoing ministry in country — with mission trips on-site, as well as year-round special projects that collect and ship critical items. Liia Harmon (liiapatra7@gmail.com)

Healing & Intercessors:

Apostles has a long history of Spirit-filled prayers for healing. These include public worship, small group instruction, and private prayers whenever requested. This ministry remains under the direct supervision of the priest as an extension of our sacramental life. It is shared with the utmost sensitivity, safety, and discretion. Bree Russell (bree.russell@verizon.net)

Hospitality Ministries:

Holy bread and wine in the sanctuary — and holy coffee and pastries in the Parish Hall! Food and drink bring us joy and fellowship, as well as comfort in grief. Whatever the event or reason, they ensure the food is prepared or delivered on time. Daughters of the King, Marilyn Marsh (marnimarsh@gmail.com)

Intercessory Prayer:

Parishioners who receive both public and private prayer requests, lifting up those in need while maintaining strict confidentiality as appropriate. (office@churchoftheapostles.net)

Lay Eucharistic Visitors:

With the Bishop’s permission, our priest trains a team to assist him in taking Holy Communion to those who are sick or shut-in. Together they serve as an extension of the altar. Jane Elterman (elterman1@msn.com)

Lectors, Ushers, Counters
: Lectors publicly read Scripture during worship. Gene Toye (gtoye@verizon.net). Ushers also assist during worship. Barbara Cervantes (barbcervantes@yahoo.com) Counters confirm and secure offerings. Daphne Will

Men’s Bible and Book Study:

Small Group with all men welcome! Currently meeting for fellowship and study at church on the first Thursday of the month. Collin McAvoy (cmcavoy@ofiglobal.com)

Women’s Bible Studies:

A twice-monthly study group for all women, meeting in various locations on a rotating schedule. Susan Deems (susanrdeems@gmail.com)

Music Ministries:

Vocalists and instrumentalists combine for worship, with a range of traditional and contemporary styles. Ben Ryan (benmusic2u@gmail.com), Saturday worship coordinator Danny Green (danny.green@verizon.net)

Patrick’s Place Guild
: Dedicated overseers of our outside columbarium — maintaining hallowed ground for inurnment as well as special events. Bree Russell

Riverchase Elementary School:

Outreach to students and staff “across the street” — with many children, low income or otherwise challenged. Readers and buddies always needed! Debbie Moss (debbiemoss67@gmail.com)

St. Martha’s Guild:

Meals for sick or shut-ins, parents of new babies, or others with pressing needs. Meals for delivery may include dietary restrictions and can be purchased or homemade — or both! Stephanie Clifton (stephanieclifton@texashealth.org)

20’s & 30’s / Young Adults Fellowship:

For those on the “front line” of life’s golf course! In addition to fellowship, this group also serves as an opportunity for leadership development for our parish’s next generation! (office@churchoftheapostles.net)

Vestry & Finance:

The congregational board that works closely with the priest in shared leadership, in matters both temporal and spiritual. Shelly Wilson (jrsw54@msn.com)

Youth Ministry:

From Nursery to Sunday school and Youth Group. A place for children and youth to grow in faith and service, whatever their age! Sarah Wardle (youth@churchoftheapostles.net)

United Christian Fellowship of Southeast Asians:

A new group for Christians of Indian and Pakistani background. Worship and music are shared in Hindi and Urdu — welcome! Monica & Innocent Victor (monica.victor17@gma.com)