Balsam Lutheran proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Word and service. The congregation has a history of service in Amery, the larger northwest Wisconsin region, and abroad.
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Balsam is engaged in and provides leadership for a number of Amery-area ministries:
Local Food Shelf
Donations are always needed. Items can be left in the shopping cart at church any Sunday.
Church members meet weekly to pack backpacks with food items to help Head Start families make it through the weekend.
Serving the Church
Prepare the altar at the front of the church for communion and worship. Keep the altar clean, dress it for church seasons, prepare communion, and work with acolytes.
Read the First and Second Lessons and the Psalm during a worship service.
Fold and hand out weekly bulletins, assist individuals in need, collect offering during worship service, and count attendance.
Greet worshippers with a smile and a handshake. Also known as "Howdy Duty"! Most members will be asked to be a greeter for one Sunday a year.
Counts the offering after services.
Come in early enough to make coffee for folks to drink while they are visiting before worship.
Teach Sunday School on Sunday morning to classes of children.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Create or give prayer shawls for individuals in need of prayer for illness, grieving, large life events, etc.
Pray for individuals who have requested specific prayers. Information is passed on by e-mail or a phone tree as requests are received.
Adult members that are partnered with a confirmation student to pray for them daily and support them in their Christian growth during the two years of confirmation.
Adults or responsible teens to supervise young children in the nursery during the worship service.
Worship and Music
This committee works with the pastor to create a Gospel centered public worship. They plan services where the community can gather to praise God and hear him speak through liturgy, scripture, prayer, song, sacraments, and sermons.
This committee reviews the current offerings and bills on a monthly basis. They set the budget for council to approve. This committee consists of the Church Treasurer, Financial Secretary, and other members.
This committee is responsible for maintaining a safe, clean, and healthful environment to worship in.
This committee is an exciting group who encourages prayer and ministers to others through prayer. They want to know how they can pray for the world, the community, the congregation, and for you!
Witness and Outreach
This committee is responsible for outreach activities of the congregation, including the Fall Dinner and Craft Sale, silent auctions, game nights, and summer picnics. This committee also sends out cards for various occasions and coordinates meals for those in need. This committee meets once a month.
This committee strives to actively engage members of this congregation in being the hands of Christ to all people. Led by the Holy Spirit, this group does fund raising and community service projects. Fund raising efforts include cookie walks and rummage sales. Community Service projects have included road clean-up, lawn care, food shelf donations, winter clothing donations to schools, etc.
This committee is responsible for encouraging the healthy stewardship of our members' many gifts. We encourage the congregation to give of their time, talents, and resources as a way to say thank-you for all they have been given. This committee meets on an as-needed basis.
This group is responsible for all aspects of the education of youth in our congregation, including Sunday School and Confirmation.
This committee organizes and develops Christian education opportunities for adults.
This committee is made up of 9 members and is responsible for the major business of the church. Committee members are elected at the annual meeting in February.