Community Building Ministries

We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works. We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

CommunityGod has revealed to us that his very nature is communal and social. God the Father sends his only Son Jesus Christ and shares the Holy Spirit as his gift of love. God reveals himself to us as one who is relational, one who is Trinity. We who are made in God’s image share this communal, social nature and are called to reach out and to build relationships of love and justice.

Adopt-a-Flower Bed
A great opportunity for a group of friends or a family to help maintain our critical first impression – the grounds at the Downtown and Westside sites. Enthusiastic participation is crucial to preserving these large landscaped areas. Flower bed spaces are assigned for individuals or groups to inspect and maintain on a weekly basis from early April through October. Thirty minutes per week should be enough for most areas. Periodic group work parties provide an opportunity to share fellowship while completing large or extra projects. Tend God’s beautiful creation as it flourishes for all to enjoy and appreciate!
Contact: John Graussam at (360) 292-7107 or jgraussam@saintmichaelparish.org

Altar Society/Guilds
The Altar Society supports altar needs such as cleaning, new altar cloths, laundry, and the parish Nativity set. They also support seminarians and the Funeral Luncheon ministry. Guilds meet, select, and support individual service projects.
Contact: Mary Schade at (360) 866-0305

Creative/Technical Writer
Our sense of community depends on our ability to communicate. You can foster communications by contributing your writing skills for various publications within the parish such as newsletters, grant applications, brochures, etc. Time commitment varies by project.
Contact: Ralph Shawver at (360) 292-7115 or rshawver@saintmichaelparish.org

Cursillo
The Cursillo movement helps fulfill the need for Christ’s disciples in our everyday world. It provides a method dedicated to strengthening Christians in their faith and assists them in evangelizing in their daily lives. The method includes a three day weekend experience followed up with weekly friendship group reunions.
Contact: Bill Hine at (360) 923-0244  or Larry Holt at (360) 754-4310

Special Events Team
We are blessed to have a large Parish family. One way to celebrate and build community is through special events. If you enjoy working with a team, planning, or have organizing skills, you can be part of several annual events, which are assigned as your schedule permits.
Contact: Kimmy Jones at (360) 292-4774 or kjones@saintmichaelparish.org

Funeral Luncheon Ministry
Every year, hundreds of our parishioners, their families, and friends are able to gather for comfort and caring moments at lovely luncheons served after their loved one’s funeral. These times of outreach and kindness depend on the Funeral Luncheon Ministry, a wonderful opportunity to serve and share food as we participate in the Church’s Corporal Acts of Mercy.
Contact: Margaret Stone at (360) 866-3912

Parish Office Support
There are always so many things to do to help our Parish run smoothly and keep our community involved and informed. We’d love to have you come in and answer the telephone, greet visitors, stuff envelopes, make calls for ministries, do data entry, etc. Training is provided and there’s always plenty of coffee!
Contact: Dolly McKay at (360) 292-7102 or dmckay@saintmichaelparish.org

Pew Preparation
Want to spend quiet time in the Downtown church or Westside chapel and help the Parish at the same time? This ministry involves straightening pews and placement of materials in preparation for Sunday Masses and special liturgies. The time commitment is approximately two hours on a Friday or Saturday once a month. There is also the option of helping out after the regular Sunday Mass that you attend. This is a great ministry for families with school-age children. Commitment is open ended and training provided.
Contact: Dolly McKay at (360) 292-7102 or dmckay@saintmichaelparish.org

Westside Coffee Social
Provides an opportunity for the community to celebrate and fellowship together after Sunday Masses at the Westside Chapel. Time required is usually about 45 minutes before and after Mass every few weeks as scheduled for either the 8:30am or 10:30am Mass. We ask for a one year commitment.
Contact: Rosemary Barnhart at (360) 866-7589 or rosemary.b@comcast.net

Photo & Video Ministry
Photos and videos are a great way we celebrate all the great activities at St. Michael Parish. We use them for publications like newsletters or the annual report, on our website and on social media, and in other ways as well. If you like taking pictures or videos, and have experience and skill with digital photography, or editing, this ministry is for you! Time commitment is flexible and depends on your availability.
Contact: Annelise O’Neill at (360) 292-7141 or aoneill@saintmichaelparish.org

S.S.A.S. (Same Sex Attraction Support)
We provide spiritual support for men and women with same sex attractions who desire to live chaste lives in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. If you or a loved one have same sex attractions and are looking for a place for prayer and fellowship, we offer spiritual support in consonance with Church teaching, especially the dignity and love that all have a right to expect as children of the living God.
Contact: Fr. Jim Lee at (360) 754-4667 or office@saintmichaelparish.org

Telephone Ministry
Telephone Ministry members call from their homes or from the Parish to greet newcomers and inform parishioners about upcoming events. The time commitment can vary as you are available – usually only two or three calls per month. Training and ongoing support are provided. This is a wonderful ministry for those who may be physically unable to serve in other ways.
Contact: Ralph Shawver at (360) 292-7115 rshawver@saintmichaelparish.org

Welcoming Ministry
Several hundred new parishioners come to us every year, and we want to welcome every one of them! You can be a part of this team in several ways: Develop the overall welcoming strategy, facilitate or serve refreshments at our monthly Newcomers Orientations, staff the Welcoming Counter in the Gathering Space before and/or after Mass, or join with other hospitality ministers and greet guests at the door. Families with children are most welcome to serve! Commitment varies, but ministry members should serve in some capacity before and after Mass once per month. Training is provided.
Contact: Mike and Sharon Rushing at (360) 491-5509 or smrushing@hotmail.com