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Holy Communion offers many areas in which to serve, both within the congregation and outside, serving members and our neighbors in the community.

If you’d like to serve, please complete the form below.

Food Pantry

Holy Communion’s food pantry has been in operation since 1977.  It is open on Monday and Friday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

We are the busiest food pantry in Racine, serving approximately 100 families every week with the help and hard work of many dedicated volunteers.  Our food pantry served a record number of clients during the month of August – 484 families, with a total of 1623 people.  This number is even more amazing when you consider that we are only open four hours per week!  The  organized and efficient food pantry volunteers make it possible for us to handle such a high volume of clients.  We can always use more help. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a food pantry volunteer, please call the church office, 632-8802, and ask for Sharon Wilczynski.

The first Sunday of every month is Food Pantry Sunday.  We ask that you consider making a monetary or food donation.  There are special envelopes in the pews for food pantry donations or you can ask an usher for an envelope.  All monetary donations are used to purchase food for our clients.  We have been spending nearly $1000.00 each week to purchase food.

The Holy Communion food pantry is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

Neighborhood Outreach

Schools of Hope

Love to work with kids?  Consider tutoring for Schools of Hope!  In as little as one hour per week you can make a difference in a child’s life and future. Fratt Schools of Hope students are improving their reading and loving it! Please  consider renewing your commitment or joining the HCLC tutors this school year.  Visit the United Way of Racine website: www.unitedwayracine.org and click on ‘Schools of Hope’ to fill out the application.  This must be done by returning tutors as well as new tutors.  All information and the applications are on the website. Please help change a child’s life by volunteering!

National Night Out

Another way to get involved in our neighborhood is our yearly National Night Out Carnival and Picnic.  In 2015, we served over 1000 hot dogs and enjoyed games, dancing and fellowship with our neighbors on both sides of the Root River.  National Night Out is a joint project of Holy Communion and the Racine Police Department’s COP House located in the 6th Street Neighborhood.

Mt. Meru Coffee Project: Serving by supporting sustainable farming

The Mt. Meru coffee project’s MISSION is to develop and grow justice -based relationships, building on fair prices and practices between the Meru coffee growers and coffee consumers.

The Mt. Meru coffee project’s OBJECTIVES are to encourage Economic and Social Justice – empowering the small coffee farmer and the people of the Meru region with the capacity to improve their standard of living.

Economic Justice is achieved when the Project provides producing farmers with a fair price for their high quality coffee. A fair price provides a sustainable farm income and boosts local farm village economies.

Social Justice in achieved when Project generated funds are used to upgrade coffee growing practices, improve processing facilities and equipment, and provide short term micro loan services for the small coffee farmers. A fair price allows the farmer to support their families with dignity, send their children to school, access and pay for health care, and have funds needed to improve agricultural practices.

Holy Communion Warm Feet Mission

Holy Communion’s Warm Feet Mission provides warm socks to the areas homeless and veterans.  Socks are available to ‘purchase’ for only $1.00 per pair and provide needed warmth and comfort to those in need.  Each donated pair includes a Holy Communion business card and scripture verse.  To date, 720 pairs have been delivered to HALO, the Racine Hospitality Center, and the Veteran’s homeless shelter in Union Grove.

Denise Stillman coordinates the mission with the help of her husband, Dale and other family members.  “When we moved back to Racine from Rockford, I knew there was a need for this mission,” said Denise.  “A similar mission was started at our old church and was very successful.  Most people who buy socks also give us money to buy more!  I feel God has given us this opportunity through this mission and we can faithfully serve Him and share his love.”

Plans are to continue this mission in 2017 and to get our church youth involved.  Donations are received in between services on Sunday or by calling he church office at 262.632.8802.

Team Ministries

Our Ministry Teams coordinate, plan and staff the events and work of the church.   Most of the teams meet at church on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

Chairperson: Dale Stillman

The Buildings and Grounds team manages the affairs of the church property.  This team is welcoming new members and encourages you to contact the office if you’re interested.  Meeting times to be determined by member’s availability.

Chairperson: Laura Hermanns

This team coordinates communication between the other teams and the congregation.  In addition, the team takes responsibility for website development and maintenance as well as social media.  Contact the church office if you’re interested in this committee.

Chairperson: Joleen Carlson

Hospitality is the essence of the gospel. Jesus’ entire ministry was an exercise in accompaniment and radical openness. When we create a space that is warm and inviting, we function as the body of Christ engaged in the worthy work of God’s Kingdom. The Hospitality Team works to foster an open, inclusive community in which all feel welcomed and loved.

If you are interested, please call the office, 632-8802, or email office.hclc@gmail.com.

Chairpersons: Jim Buhler and Patrick Bebow

The Youth and Family Committee plans and coordinates activities and education programs like Vacation Bible School, Wednesday Night Live and Sunday School, as well as family activities and outings.   This team is in need of enthusiastic members who are looking to get involved with their kids church life.  Contact the church office for more information.

Chair: Joni Reske

Celebrations and Gatherings serves the members of Holy Communion and participates in our community outreach ministries to facilitate opportunities for fellowship, fun, appreciation, and to serve and express thankfulness. Looking for members to help out with events.  They do not meet regularly, only as needed for planning purposes.

Chairperson: Kylee Albright

The Finance Committee develops the budget and monitors all financial aspects throughout the year.  We have a full team but always welcome new members.  The finance team meets on the 2nd Monday of the month.

Chairpersons: Sally Brown, Lynn Helmke

This team is responsible for reaching out to our congregation and neighborhood to fulfill our mission of providing food and faith for families.  We have recruited over 30 tutors for the Schools of Hope reading program at Fratt  Elementary School, planted perennials and large flower pots at Fratt’s entrance, held a Holiday party for families  in the fall, and the National Night Out picnic in August.  We welcome all interested people to our team!  Meetings are quarterly on ministry team night and as needed.

Chairperson: John Schwengel

The Role of the Personnel Committee is to approve all personnel policies and procedures, to make recommendations regarding the personnel portion of the annual budget, to design and monitor effective recruitment and retention strategies in order to employ an effective church staff, to participate in the hiring process of all lay staff employees, as well as to recommend salaries and benefits of all staff employees.  This team is fully staffed at this time.

The care ministry team ‘cares’ for the congregation through the card ministry, hospital and home visits, prayer shawls and more.  We always need people who enjoy visiting with others either in the home or hospital.  Contact the church office if you are interested in this team.

Chairperson: Barb Salvo

The Worship and Music Team has the responsibility of overseeing many of the groups and individuals who are responsible for the worship life of Holy Communion.  These groups include the Altar Guild, Ushers, Lay Readers, Assisting Ministers, Greeters, sound system volunteers, choirs and musicians, as well as the music staff. The team also provides support for special music events such as concerts.  We invite you to join any of the ministry groups, but if you are wanting to become involved with worship and music, we are looking for people willing to serve on an Altar Guild team or to become part of the sound system ministry.

Sunday Morning Worship

Sunday morning worship offers many opportunities to serve.  Whether you’re musically talented (choirs, worship assistant) or simply prefer meeting new people (greeters, ushers), you’ll find new ways to experience the joy of actively participating in the worship service.

Volunteering during Sunday mornings is a rewarding way to meet our members and guests and many of our worship participants say that it offers an intimacy with God that enriches their lives.

The Adult Choir sings almost every Sunday, alternating between the early and late services.  Under the musical direction of Greg Berg, the choir sings a varied mix of musical selections, many of them written by Greg himself!  Choir practices are Thursday evenings at 7:30pm in the choir room located in the Parish House.  ALL are welcome!

The Bell Choir consists of 11 members playing 3 octaves of bells.  The choir practices weekly on Thursdays at 6:15 and performs once a month and for special occasions.  The Bells provide a unique musical experience that you’re sure to enjoy!

Contact: Kylee Albright @ kygregg@mac.com

The greeters welcome members and visitors to both services every Sunday and at special services.  It is a wonderful way to meet new people and bring a smile to someone’s face.  All it takes is 20 minutes of your time to brighten someone’s day and welcome new people to Holy Communion.

Communion assistants help the pastors serve the bread and wine during communion.  Assistants wear an alb, or robe, during communion.  They receive communion from the pastor prior to assisting in serving communion.  The time commitment is minor but the rewards are priceless!

Lay readers, or Lectors, read the lessons during the service.  Readers remain in their seat until the the time of the reading when they come forward to the lectern.

Choosing Sunday services that fit their schedules, assisting ministers lead portions of the service alongside the Pastors.  This includes parts of the liturgy, prayers and serving communion. Some services require vocalists, others just speakers.  You too, get to wear a white robe!

The ushers assist our members and guests during the service by distributing bulletins, greeting and offering assistance as needed, and providing hearing aids to those who need them.  Ushers also adjust lighting, collect offerings and assist the congregation during communion.  Usher teams serve for one month four times per year.

Sound system volunteers serve at one service each month.  They set up and take down all microphones, make an audio recording of the service and run the sound system during the service.  Volunteers may also run the sound system for weddings and funerals if available.  Training is provided and new volunteers are welcome!

Altar Guild volunteers serve by preparing the communion elements prior to each service and cleaning up after the service.  They also place the correct paraments on the altar, pulpit and lectern and keep our candles and other supplies in good repair.  Team members serve 3 times per year for a one month period of time.

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