Opportunities For Involvement at Christ Episcopal Church

Opportunities For Involvement


Revised Sept. 2016

Christ Episcopal Church

7305 Afton Road Woodbury, MN 55125


Ministries, Programs and Activities of Christ Episcopal Church

Advertising and Press Releases

If you would like to write a short article or take photos of the events that occur at Christ Church to submit to our local paper, contact Jamie Mair at mairs2000@comcast.net or 651-303-7807.

Buildings and Grounds

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” Psalm 122:1

Spring and Fall Clean-up

Twice a year the members of Christ Church gather to clean, repair, paint, trim, and do general upkeep for the building and grounds entrusted to us. If you are unable to help on workdays, you can find out about projects to do on your own schedule. Contact Pat Jennings at patnjim@q.com or 651-770-6300 or Judy Heck at 651-739-2209.


There are many areas of the property that need basic TLC to keep them growing well and looking aesthetically pleasing. You can work independently or with a team of others. Contact Deb Shoemaker at 612-408-3943, 651-739-9452, or dandanshoemaker@aol.com.

General Repairs

Are you a handyman or handy woman? Can you help with small projects like putting up shelves, installing a light switch, repairing a door, or other small repairs or projects that arise in any area of the building? If so, contact Pierre LePere at plepere@usfamily.net or 651-459-4813.

Lawn Care

Can you help mow the lawn, trim, pick up debris or branches either occasionally or on a regularly scheduled basis? If so, contact Pierre LePere at plepere@usfamily.net or 651-459-4813.

Welcome to Christ Episcopal Church

Who is this God who seeks us in so many ways, calls us from our familiar and comfortable places and moves us into new roles? Part of the answer can be found within the church. We come to know God better by serving as church members and participating in church ministries. God is present with us and in others as we worship and serve.

We appreciate the members of Christ Episcopal Church and embrace the interests and talents each brings to our community. As you participate in worship and ministries, you will have the opportunity to form new friendships and strengthen those you already have. We encourage you to become involved: we need you to thrive as a community of faith.

This booklet briefly describes the ministry teams, study groups, and fellowship events that are currently available at Christ Church along with contact information. If you have an interest in something that is not currently available, please speak with our rector, Anna Doherty, or any of the vestry members. We value your ideas and hope that we can work together to develop programs that enrich your spiritual life and that of our faith community.

Getting Involved at Christ Church

Church Staff

Rector: Rev. Anna Doherty
Youth and Children’s Ministries Coordinator: Kim Graff Minister of Worship: Chris Falteisek
Church Secretary: Kate Stanberry
Nursery Staff: Pat Merritt, Laura Sonnee, Penny Barnes, Sandra Dokka, Desi Bird

Safe Church

Christ Church believes it is our responsibility as a community of faith to ensure that our church is a safe place for all of God’s children and requires everyone who works with children, youth, or vulnerable adults, serves in a pastoral role, or has a key to the building to participate in “Safe Church” training. This program is designed to raise awareness of and, thereby, prevent sexual abuse and harassment. Safe church is offered at Christ Church as well as other Episcopal Churches in Minnesota.

Safe Church Administration

The Safe Church Program requires record keeping of who needs it, who has completed it, and who needs to renew their certification. If you are interested in assisting with this task, please contact Charlene Peterson at peter069@umn.edu or call 651-779-6707.


“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.” Luke 12:48

Stewardship is a way of life. It is the recognition that all we are and all we have comes from God, and we are entrusted with using these resources wisely. Stewardship includes our time, talent, and treasures—all to be used for good in this world and the glory of God.

If you are interested in stewardship, please contact Caryl Davis at dennydavis@comcast.net or Blane Huppert at 651-702-1446.


“Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15



Check it out…and if this is your interest or talent, please help us keep our website up-to-date with design ideas, content, and regular posting. Contact Laura Niederhofer at niederholf@comcast.net for more information.


Submit your email address and you will begin receiving weekly notices of upcoming events, links regarding spirituality, what it means to be an Episcopalian, and other sites of interest. Contact Kate Stanberry at office@christchurch-woodbury.org or 651-735-8790.


Christ Church is now on Facebook! Become a friend! www.Facebook.com/christchurchwoodbury or contact Jamie Mair at mairs2000@comcast.net.


“Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.” I Corinthians 12:12


If you have a special interest, experience, and talent in dealing with finances, budgets, and oversight, please contact Aaron Twait at 651-735-7066.

Endowment/Planned Giving

All members of Christ Church are encouraged to consider making Christ Church a designated beneficiary when planning of their will and the disbursement of their estate. For more information, contact Anna Doherty at rector@christchurch- woodbury.org or Pierre LePere at plepere@usfamily.net or 651-459-4813.

Office Helper

Join the list of people who can help with special projects (like assembling this booklet) or can help with office tasks when the church secretary needs to be gone. Contact the Kate Stanberry at office@christchurch-woodbury.org

or 651-735-8790.


“Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers? I will with God’s help.” Baptismal Covenant, Book of Common Prayer

Holy Eucharist Sunday morning:

Rite II Rite II

8:30 AM

Traditional music

10:30 AM

Contemporary music

Worship Opportunities


Read the lessons during the worship service on a rotating schedule. Training is required. Contact Patricia Pratt at p_1_pratt@hotmail.com.

Eucharistic Minister

Assist in the administration of Holy Communion and lead the congregation in the Nicene Creed and Prayers of the People. Training is required.
Contact Janeen Leick at janeen.leick@gmail.com or 651-552-8927.


This opportunity is open to 8 year olds on up through adults of all ages. Assist at the altar during services. Training is required. Contact Catherine Jacobson at cfjacobson@hotmail.com or 651-330-9490.


Greet and welcome members and visitors as they arrive for services. Distribute bulletins, deliver eucharistic elements to the altar, collect and present the offerings, count the attendees, pick up after the service. Contact Dave Coslett at davcos12@comcast.net or 651-738-1421.

Music Ministries

Musical Instruments

Members with musical talent are encouraged to participate in worship. Practice is required. Contact Christ Falteisek music@christchurch-woodbury.org if interested in playing music in worship or joining an orchestral ensemble.


Song leaders and choir members are encouraged to contact Christ Falteisek at music@christchurch- woodbury.org for more information and rehearsal schedules.


Our 10:30 AM contemporary Sunday services feature accompaniment with guitars, drums and other instruments. If you are interested in joining this group of musicians, please contact Chris Falteisek at music@christchurch-woodbury.org. .

Wedding Coordination

If you are planning a wedding at Christ Church, wedding coordinators will help make sure the building is open, the temperature is comfortable and the Altar Guild has been notified. Contact Patsy at 651-451-2487.

Funeral Reception

Christ Church provides a reception after a funeral for grieving families and friends. If you can help by baking, serving, setting up or cleaning up, please contact the church office at 651-735-8790.

Welcoming Ministry

Newcomers and visitors are welcomed into our faith community each Sunday by a group of parish members. If you would like to be one of the friendly faces who greet our guests, tell them about Christ Church, and follow up their visit with a telephone call, please contact Nancy Forman at LeisL3@juno.com or 651-738-9468.

Children & Youth

Nursery Care

We are proud to provide a professionally staffed nursery for Sunday services and certain special events throughout the year. If desired, the staff will provide parents with a pager so they can be notified if their child needs a parent’s special touch. Contact Michelle Rebholz at 952-855-4755 if interested in supporting the nursery with snacks, paper products, etc.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is held every summer. Come and be a part of the planning, teaching, or behind-the-scenes activities that help to make this a success. Contact Kim Graff at youth@christchurch- woodbury.org for more information or call


Godly Play

Godly Play is a hands-on, worship-based curriculum for children ages 3-8. Contact Kim Graff at youth@christchurch-woodbury.org or call 651-735-8790 for more information.

Youth Ministry Leadership

Are you interested in being with dynamic young people as they develop friendships and grow in their faith? There are various types and lengths of commitments. If so, contact Kim Graff at youth@christchurch-woodbury.org or call 651-735- 8790 for more information.


On the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, we meet for dinner and education for children and their parents. Please contact Kim Graff at youth@christchurch-woodbury.org or call 651- 735-8790 for more information.

Ladies Night Out

All ladies of Christ Church and their friends are invited to join us for Ladies’ Night Out, a time to meet new friends and catch up with others. This group meets at a different local restaurant. Please contact Sue Bertrand at tonyandsue124@comcast.net for more information.

Faith and Film

Join us for a movie and refreshments. A pre- selected film is shown on the first Friday of the month in the Family Room and followed by a discussion on how the film reflects our culture, lives, and faith. Contact Jim Lee at 651-731-1029.

Visitor Class for Adults

Learn about the mission of Christ Church, its priorities, and the beliefs of the Episcopal faith before becoming a member of our congregation. Classes are held quarterly in the Family Room. Contact Nancy Forman at LeisL3@juno.com or at 651-738-9468 for more information.

Educational Opportunities

“Be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may discern what is the will of God-what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

Sunday Morning Education Hour (9:45-10:15AM)

Behind the Scenes of Worship

Altar Guild

Join the team of parishioners who set up the altar for worship services. Duties include setting up and cleaning up the altar, washing and pressing altar linens, filling altar candles, polishing silver, brass, and wood, etc. If interested in joining this dedicated group, please contact Anne VanderHaar at 651-738-2479.

Communion Bread Baker

The bread that is blessed and broken at the 10:30AM Sunday service is made by hand. The recipe is provided! If interested, please contact Shannon Erickson at 651-338-0330.


Mark Room Matthew Room Genesis Annex Revelation Room GenesisRoom

Godly Play 1 Godly Play 2 Bridging Connections Quest

(3-5 years)

(6-8 years) (9-11 years) (12-13 years) (14-15years)

Sr. High Youth (16-17 years) Board Room Adult Forum Family Room

Faith Formation Team

The members of this team plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate faith formation opportunities for our congregation. Contact Kim Graff at youth@christchurch-woodbury or call 651- 735-8790 for more information.

Adult Education Planning Team

Is there something you would like to explore in more depth? Help plan the Sunday morning adult forum to address the need for more information on a variety of different topics. Contact Anna Doherty at rector@christchurch-woodbury.org or call 651-735-8790.

Wednesday Night Adult Formation

This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays to share a meal and participate in small group discussions on the basic questions of faith. Offered during the program year, please contact Anna Doherty at rector@christchurch-woodbury.org or 651-735-8790 for the topic of the next course.


“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.” I Thessalonians 5:11

Sunday Morning Coffee Hour

Members of our church community have joined together in teams to make coffee and provide treats for the social gathering that occurs after each service. These teams rotate during the year and are responsible for set-up and clean-up as well as providing food and beverages. Please join us after services for nourishment and hospitality. If you are interested in joining one of the teams, please contact Shannon Erickson at 651-338-0330. Attending is a great way to meet other members and form new friendships.

Adult Night Out

On the second Friday of each month, adult members of the congregation meet for a potluck dinner at the home of one of our parishioners. This is a great opportunity to meet other members in a strictly social environment. The dates and sign-up sheets for this event are located on the bulletin board in the upstairs lobby, or you can contact Catherine Myers at 651-738-2700 or clmcnp@comcast.net

for more information or to volunteer to host a dinner.


Drivers are needed to transport some of our church members to Sunday services and, occasionally, for other events. If you can help with this ministry, contact Jamie Mair at mairs2000@comcast.net or 651-303-7807.

Planning Social Events/Parties/Receptions

If you like to plan celebrations, bring your flair for hospitality, creativity, and love of people to this group of planners. Help plan such events as pumpkin carving, Easter vigil party, and others. Contact Patsy Keech at 651-451-2487 or robertqkeech@comcast.net.

Teens Encounter Christ (TEC)

Twice a year our high school teens have the opportunity to participate with other teens for a weekend of spiritual exploration. If you are interested in participating in this wonderful weekend, contact Kim Graff at youth@christchurch-woodbury.org or


Summer Stretch

Scheduled on Wednesdays in June and July, this program of service, outreach, and friendships is for middle school students and adult mentors of any age. Contact Kim Graff at youth@christchurch- woodbury.org or call 651-735-8790 for more information.

Learn by Teaching

Be part of the teaching team and experience the joy of making a difference in a child’s life. Training provided. Contact Kim Graff at youth@christchurch-woodbury.org or call 651-735- 8790 for more information.

Outreach Ministries

“Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and promote the dignity of every human being? I will with God’s help”–Baptismal Covenant, Book of Common Prayer

Outreach Ministry Team

The Outreach team meets as needed to plan such ministries as food drives, clothing drives, highway clean-up, Ready-to-Learn school supply drive, Mitten Tree drive, Birthday-in-a-Bag drive, Adopt-a-Family drive, and bedding drive. Contact Shannon Erickson at 651-338-0330.

Loaves and Fishes

On the 4th Wednesday of each month, members of Christ Church feed about 120 people at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in St. Paul. On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September to May, members of Christ Church also feed people at First Covenant Church in St. Paul. Members of the team purchase, prepare, and serve the food to those in need of a warm meal served by warm hearts. If interested in joining this wonderful ministry, contact Kristen Wilson at knkwilson10@gmail.com or 651-214-4098 or Beth McInerny at Beth.McInerny@comcast.net or 651-306-0828 to volunteer on the 2nd Wednesday each month September – May. To volunteer on the 4th Wednesday each month contact Denny or Caryl Davis at dennydavis@comcast.net or 651-452-2031.

St. Mary’s Guild

St. Mary’s Guild meets every Tuesday at 9AM in the Family Room to make craft items for a variety of causes. In addition to making quilts and afghans for the homeless, they organize and manage a rummage sale in the Spring and Fall and an annual craft boutique before Christmas. Money raised from these events is used to support outreach programs in the community and around the world. If you are interested in joining this group of women, contact Jan Pereyra at pereyra.je@usfamily.net or 651-459-7913.

Christian Cupboard

Our parish family supports the Christian Cupboard by donating non-perishable food items that are collected at the church. The donations are collected and delivered to our local food shelf to help feed those in need. Get in the habit of bringing something every Sunday when you come to join in worship and enrich our worship experience.

If you wish to get involved, contact Mary Lee at 651-731-1029.

African Community Health Initiative

The project goal of ACHI is to bring health screenings, health education, maintenance of chronic health conditions, treatment, and prevention of endemic disease conditions, such as malaria, to those living in rural villages in Nigeria and Namibia who have no access to health care. Contacts for this mission are Queen and Cyprian Obasi. Website: www.africancommunityhealthinitiative.org or 651-730-8396.

Hope for the Journey Home

HJH is an organization that provides temporary housing for families in transition. Volunteers from Christ Church help to feed, host, and interact with HJH guests. For more information, contact Janeen Leick at janeen.leick@gmail.com or at 651-552-8927.

Pastoral Care

Do you feel called to visit, call, or send cards or flowers to those who are ill or hospitalized? If you are, there are always ways for us to care for one another in the difficult times. Please contact Anna Doherty at rector@christchurch-woodbury.org or call 651-735-8790 for more information.

Snow Removal

Yes, it snows at Christ Church in the winter! Join the team of people and help when nature bestows its winter white wonderland on us to keep our grounds safe for our members and visitors. If you can help, please contact Denny Davis at dennydavis@comcast.net or 651-452-2031.

Christ Church Vestry

The vestry of Christ Church is the leadership body of the parish. Elected to the position by the congregation, members agree to serve a
3-year term. All vestry meetings are open to the members of the parish and occur at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Monday of the month in the Family Room. If you have a concern or suggestion for the vestry, please contact any member of vestry.