Our Church at Work
- Board of Elders
- "The world at its worst, needs the church at its best"
The Board of Elders exists to maintain and further the spiritual welfare of the congregation. Elders serve as assistants to the Pastors and have the responsibility of insuring the spiritual care of the congregation including those who are sick, hospitalized, aged, shut-in, and those who are in special need. In addition, the Board assists the Pastors in scheduling and preparing regular and special church services; assists in the distribution of Communion; supervises the care of the sanctuary, including the furnishings and vestments; and trains, supervises and staffs the ushering program.
Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month.
- Board of Trustees
- The trustees meet to administer and preserve the resources of the congregation and review legal matters. They also inspect all physical properties and equipment, make repairs or replace items with the approval of the Voters Assembly. The Board is composed of a dedicated group of individuals along with many volunteers.
The Board of Trustees meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Founders Room.
If you would like to volunteer to assist the trustees with spring cleaning, Christmas decorating, snow removal, or other projects, please contact the church office at 708-423-1040.
- Board of Evangelism / Parish Education
- We are responsible for:
Sunday School & VBS - Contacting families with children to encourage them to send them to Sunday School, recruiting teachers, ordering the curriculum, planning for Vacation Bible School (VBS).
Updating Cradle Roll - Parents of baptized children are given an informational packet and additional items every 6 months, birthday card to the child every year until they reach Sunday School age. We hope by keeping in touch with the family, they will realize how much we care and hope that they will fulfill the promise they made at the time of baptism to raise their child to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ.
Friendship Table - Items on the table are for visitors, including a St. Paul Church informational folder.
New Member and Confirmation Receptions - We host these receptions to welcome the members and give the congregation a chance to meet them.
Church Library - We maintain the books and DVDs in the library as well as order the booklets from Lutheran Hour Ministries. We also order the materials used for the 3 Bible study classes.
We partner with the SouthSide Pregnancy Center and oversee the Baby Bottle Campaign in January.
Our board hosts a table during the Village of Oak Lawn's "Fall on the Green". We offer a free raffle to those that stop by our table and give away 5 gift baskets. We also have a pencil pull for small children.
- Board of Stewardship
- Board of Social Ministry/Faith in Action
- The mission of the Board of Social Ministry-Faith in Action is to extend Christ's love by offering emotional, social, financial, and material support to those in need within our own congregation and Christ's community at large.
We sponsor the Food Pantry that distributes bags of food to needy families in the area twice each month. We also plant and care for three Oak Lawn Community Garden beds each year. With help from congregational members, we can provide fresh produce for our Food Pantry.
The Board of Social Ministry-Faith in Action meets at 6:45 PM on the first Tuesday of the month - from September through May. New members are always welcome!
- Board of Christian Day School
- St. Paul Lutheran School is owned and operated by St. Paul Lutheran Church, a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It includes pre-Kindergarten, grades 1-8, and extended care. As a mission of St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. Paul School is an expression of the congregation's commitment to combining education in the Christian faith with secular academic subjects, not segregating the two.
The Board of Christian Day School, consisting of five laypersons elected by the congregation, is responsible to the congregation for the operation of the school and all its functions.
The responsibility of appointing, calling, and employing teachers rests solely with the congregation. The adoption of courses of study, textbooks, etc. is carried out with the approval of the Board of Christian Day School.
The senior pastor, as pastoral superintendent, and the principal, as executive director of the school, are responsible for carrying out the policies of the Board of Christian Day School, as well as the federal, state, and local laws.
- Youth Board
St. Paul School is currently closed.