Ministries and Programs
St. Joseph’s has a number of ministries to meet most people’s gift areas.
Within the Sunday services we have the opportunity for ushers, readers, singers, and altar ministers (both young and old!) Additionally, the altar guild is always in need of people who feel called to prepare the altar for the Sunday service as well as care for linens and silver. If prayer is your gift, we have an active prayer chain.
Annual ministries include: A five-week Lenten study and soup supper, shared with two area ELCA congregations; a comprehensive Maundy Thursday liturgy including a re-enactment of the Last Supper; Stations of the Cross on Good Friday; Blessing of the Animals on the first Saturday of October; an All Souls' service; and a Thanksgiving Eve service with the two Lutheran congregations.
Much of our ministry is done outside the Parish. St. Joseph’s has a long tradition of reaching outside itself in numerous ways to help others. Ongoing projects include support of Second Harvest Bank, Christmas gifts for needy families with children, back-to-school supplies for the fall, and camperships to help children have some type of camp experience who otherwise would not be able to do so. In recent years, we have raised money to send young inner city students to AstroCamp in the mountains at Idyllwild.
We had a long-term commitment to provide an “ark” full of farm animals to undeveloped areas through the Heifer International program. This goal was met in 2018; we regularly contribute to Doctors Without Borders; and we are poised to respond to emergent crises such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
As part of our ongoing devotion to addressing food insecurity, we have planted a memorial orchard, the fruit of which is destined for local food banks. Further, St. Joseph's is home to the Sixth Day Pet Food Pantry, which addresses food insecurity for area pets. Dog and cat food is distributed monthly to several community agencies, and from the church office as well by prior arrangement. Pet food bagging is done by church volunteers every second Sunday at 10 a.m.
Do you have outreach ideas that aren’t listed here? Send an e-mail. We would love to hear from you.
Special activities include a regular movie night and potluck dinner; and a book & supper group that meets approximately monthly. Special annual activities include an Epiphany Party, the Lavender Tea; a shared picnic with Calvary Chapel La Palma; and a Guitar Orchestra Concert and Fund Raiser. We also do a special "un-fund-raiser" once a year.