The Mary Stewart Altar Guild

The Mary Stewart Altar Guild members are the caretakers of the beautiful worship spaces in our sanctuary and chapel. Responsibilities of the Altar Guild include: lighting candles for services, changing paraments on the altars to correspond with liturgical seasons and special events, preparing for Communion and Baptism, managing flower memorials, and creating arrangements from the altar flowers for ministry to those in need.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Beth Ahrenhold at

Acolytes are some of the most important leaders in our worship services.  In addition to carrying the cross and sacred text, they bring the Light of Christ into worship by carrying torches, and setting the tone for all that happens in this sacred hour. Youth and adult acolyte teams serve alongside clergy and choirs in worship. This ministry is open to 6th grade and older.

To volunteer or for more information, contact William York at

This committee coordinates flower contributions as well as acknowledgments. Though this is one of our more administrative responsibilities, it is a meaningful one.

To commemorate this sacrament, parents are gifted a hand-stitched linen cloth used during their child’s baptism. Members of this committee hem and monogram linens with an elegant cross and then return them to the church to be pressed and folded.

The paraments that accent the pulpit, lectern and altar table correspond to the liturgical seasons of the Christian year. This committee assures we are in keeping with the season and maintains the candles in the Sanctuary and Moore Chapel.

This committee keeps the information flowing among the overall guild and is vital to our team working as one! We notify members of meetings, and other important announcements.

This committee “sets the table” and cares for everything that is needed for the Eucharist. They prepare for communion and care for the sacramental linens.

Select liturgical seasons are marked by special decor in the church – the cross swathed in purple for Lent or red draping for Pentecost. This committee oversees preparations for these special seasons.

Week in and week out, worship runs seamlessly thanks to this committee. From placing the paraments on the altar to preparing the baptismal font, members lovingly begin and end each worship service behind the scenes.

Each Monday, this committee creates smaller arrangements from Sunday’s altar flowers. The arrangements are then delivered to area hospitals by our ministry team.

For more information, contact Susan Franco at

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