VOLUNTEER

volunteer

An important part of our walk with Christ is a life of serving others.

Micah 6:8 says “He has shown all you people what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Brunswick is a community committed to serving others… from Brunswick, to Rensselaer County, to Albany, Louisiana, Bangladesh, Africa, and the ends of the Earth …

If you are looking for a place to plug in and share your time and gifts, talk to Kris Swota, our volunteer coordinator, or email her at volunteer@brunswickchurch.org

If you are not sure who to contact, email office@brunswickchurch.org and we will get you to the right person.

Some ways to share and develop your talents right here, right now

Audio / Visual – Looking for camera, sound, and video people willing to learn how to serve during live streaming services. Contact Joe Fritz

AWANA Ministries – Our Wednesday night online Bible-based program for children looking for help with content and connections. Contact Niki Campbell at niki@brunswickchurch.org

Brunswick Cares Food Pantry – “The mission of Brunswick Cares Community Food Pantry is to provide supplemental food assistance to individuals and families in need in the Brunswick community and neighborhoods surrounding the church campus.” The Food Pantry is open Tuesday 5-7pm and Saturday 9-11am. Volunteers are asked to arrive 30-45 minutes before opening to set-up and can depart after clean-up (15-20 minutes). COVID-19 precautions are in place; masks are required for Volunteers and guests and gloves are available to Volunteers. Volunteers serve as Intake Specialists, Runners, or Order Fillers. On-site training will be provided. All Volunteers are welcome and will feel greatly blessed after serving. Please go to https://brunswickcares.org/contact/ to contact Brunswick Cares Food Pantry.

Buildings & Grounds & Custodial – Anyone and everyone is welcome, any and all skill levels are welcomed. Inside and outside activities are available inlcluding landscaping, snow shoveling, repairs, painting, etc.  The team meets every third Thursday at 7pm via Zoom during Covid-19. Please contact Will Asher at willfasher@gmail.com or Marty Hoyt at mjhoyt59@gmail.com if you are interested in being part of this team

Cards & Calls Ministry – People need to stay in contact during this time – through calls, cards, and drive-by visits! Contact Kim Jackson

Children’s Ministry – Make calls, teach children online about Jesus, etc. and learn more yourself. Contact Niki Campbell at niki@brunswickchurch.org

Communications Team – The Communications Team is currently working to facilitate clear and effective communication with the congregation and the community, whether from individuals, pastors, staff, Session, or other sources. Team members plan for effective, attractive, consistent, and timely communication through all forms of media. They are available to assist Staff, Session, and Volunteers in whatever way that helps spread information. The Team also has loose subgroups focused on communicating missions interests and financial/giving information. The team meets at least monthly, or up to every 2 weeks if needed. They meet via Zoom for about 1 hour and complete work independently while staying in touch via email. The Communications Team could use people with skills such as social media networking, photography, writing, graphic design, understanding how to promote generosity and financial understanding, etc. The Team is open to new team-player members with helpful skills or good ideas. If you are interested in joining the Communications Team, please contact Kevin Ware at kevin@brunswickchurch.org

Compassionate Companions (Needs Assessment Coordinators) – Come alongside those in need during a tough time for many. Contact Kris Swota at volunteer@brunswickchurch.org

Deacon volunteers – Always looking for more volunteers to help serve people and communities in need through projects such as the Thanksgiving boxes, backpack ministry, etc. Contact Lisa Jeschke at ljeschke8@yahoo.com 

Missions Team – The team has two primary purposes.  At a logistics level, we try to discern God’s will to direct a given percentage of our church’s tithes and offerings to those who have dedicated their professional lives to God’s work and must raise their salaries through donations.  More importantly we aspire to develop a strong two-way partnership with any person or group whom we financially support. This could be through regular communication, mutual education, shared events, or trips.  As a growth goal, the team is striving to improve at providing and encouraging opportunities for people in our church community to engage in all levels of outreach.  We typically meet the first Tuesday of each month via Zoom at 6 PM. Anyone wanting to join our team should have a heart for giving and a passion for spreading God’s Word and Christ’s work both here and abroad.  Current (2021) team members are Tammie Borland, Pam Hoyt, Lori Stockwell, Connie Vooys,  Wit Lastiani, and Carol Beth Chase. Interested folks can reach out to missions@brunswickchurch.org  

Office Ministry –Office Volunteers provide a welcoming presence in the church office. Tasks include fielding phone calls, monitoring inventory of office supplies, copying documents, receiving deliveries and mail, greeting visitors, answering questions, and providing support with mass-mailings and other document distribution. We could use people who have office experience with computers and phones, and people who like helping other people. Volunteers serve Monday through Friday, 9am to 1pm. On-site training will be provided. Please contact Dave Ware, Lead Office Volunteer, at nfreg.dw@gmail.com.

Resource Management – The mission of the Resource Management Team (RMT) is to ensure the faithful management of the resources that God has entrusted to our congregation, to assist other ministry teams in their financial planning and to promote a culture of generosity in our church family. RMT meetings are held once per month, the fourth Tuesday, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm by Zoom (currently). The Team could use people with financial knowledge or background. RMT is open to new members; people are selected, not elected, to membership on RMT. Individuals can express their interest to the Kris Swota (Volunteer Coordinator) at volunteer@brunswickchurch.org

Small Groups – Join an online small group and grow. Then… learn to lead one! Contact Niki Campbell at niki@brunswickchurch.org

Welcoming – Plan how to make our church a welcoming and safe place when we are back in person. Contact Kris Swota at volunteer@brunswickchurch.org

Worship Committee – Help envision, plan, and assess various aspects of worship as we seek to glorify God. Contact Pam at  worship@brunswickchurch.org

Youth group – We needs adults to be meaningful Christian influences in the life of teens online. Contact Niki Campbell at niki@brunswickchurch.org

TELL ME ABOUT VOLUNTEERING

This series of 10 videos gives you a quick view of how and why some of the members of our church do what they do. Perhaps it will inspire you to use your God-given gifts to serve the community.

Thanks to Tamara Hansen for setting up these short interviews and for all of the other volunteers in the church it represents.

This is a 10-video playlist on YouTube

Verse of the day:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.