VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - WE NEED YOU! 


All are welcome to help! And all are needed! Ideally every member of our parish family would help with at least TWO of the ministries/groups below. The leader is listed not because this is the only person to do this job, but because this is the person that will organize the MANY who will volunteer to help.

The MOST IMPORTANT thing we do as a parish family is worship together. But there is much to do beyond that! A family cares for each other. A Christian family strives to fulfill the Lord’s Matthew 25 challenge. A family has a home to care for – in our case it is the parish church. A family has a yard to care for, grass to cut, snow to remove, flower beds to plant, and many other similar tasks – and so do we as a parish family. And there is much to do beyond that! If every one of us participates regularly in at least two of the groups below we will never burn out those zealous souls that are willing to do whatever needs to be done for the glory of God. We need those people of course, but it is not kind to kill those hard workers by sitting back and letting them do OUR work. Join in – contact the head of one of the volunteer groups today! And if you see a need that we are not filling talk to Fr. Gregory – the list below is not exhaustive and we can most certainly add to it!

Parish Council Ministry
This is the committee that helps our Rector, Fr. Gregory, manage the parish between parish assemblies. The Parish Council is elected by the parish to fulfill this important task.
Chair: Fr. Gregory
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE PARISH COUNCIL PAGE

Brotherhood of St. John of Shanghai & San Francisco Ministry
The principle men’s group in our parish – all men should join!
Head Brother: Kontantin Poplavsky (info@stvladimiraami.org)
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE BROTHERHOOD PAGE

Sisterhood of St. Ksenia of St. Petersburg Ministry
The principle women’s group in our parish – all women should join!
Head Sister: Ksenia Nikulshina (headsister@stvladimiraami.org)
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SISTERHOOD PAGE

Youth Group of St. Herman of Alaska Ministry
We have three youth groups in our parish: 9-12 year olds, teens, young adults. Each group meets monthly with Fr. Gregory. Help is always needed with this ministry as we have a young and growing parish and several universities in our area from which we are happy to gather young people.
Lead: Fr. Gregory
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE YOUTH GROUP PAGE

Zoe for Life Ministry
The Zoe for Life Ministry is a joint effort between our St. Vladimir Church and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Zoe for Life strives to help women in crisis pregnancies keep, rather than abort, their babies. To learn more please contact one of our parish leads.
Leads: Addie Lanterman & Leta Nikulshina (info@stvladimiraami.org)
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE ZOE FOR LIFE WEB SITE

Parish Choir Ministry
Our parish choir works hard to beautify our services – and it shows! If you like to sing please contact one of our Choir Directors!
Festal Choir Director: Julia Easson (info@stvladimiraami.org)
Weekday Choir Director: Katherine Bower (info@stvladimiraami.org)
Vigil Choir Director: Ken (Peter) Doll (info@stvladimiraami.org)
CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR CHOIR PAGE

Parish Readers Ministry
Interested in reading in the church and helping all to glorify God in the Divine Services? We need readers! If you’d like to learn to read Church Slavonic we can train you. Contact our Senior Reader to learn more!
Senior Reader: Ken (Peter) Doll (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Altar Servers Ministry
Boys may begin to serve in the altar at St. Vladimir's from the time they begin to go to Confession (usually about 7 years old). We encourage all our boys to serve in the altar! For more information please contact our Head Server!
Head Server: Subdeacon John Zrioka (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Bell Ringers Ministry
All who would like to participate in ringing the bells at St. Vladimir’s are welcome to contact our Head Bell Ringer. Instruction is offered for those who do not know how to ring. Girls are especially urged to participate in this important ministry of the Church!
Head Bell Ringer: John Hill (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Matthew 25 Ministry
“I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me drink...” The mission of this ministry is to fulfill the Lord’s command in Matthew 25 regarding those in need: to feed, cloth, visit, and otherwise care for those who need help. The Lord’s command is not optional – please join us to help our parish family fulfill this challenge! This ministry includes parish work for International Orthodox Christian Charities.
Lead: Marina Edwards (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Transportation Ministry
This is a ministry which has been ad hoc for years, but as we grow we need to organize rides to church for students, elderly, and those that do not have reliable transportation
Lead: NEED – PLEASE CONTACT FR. GREGORY IF YOU CAN HELP

Greeter Ministry
We only have one chance to make a first impression! The Greeter Ministry makes certain that everyone who comes to St. Vladimir’s is welcomed warmly, provided the logistical support they need, has all questions answered, and gathers the contact information of those new to the parish.
Lead: Zhanna Skalitzky (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Parish School Steering Committee Ministry
With God’s help we intend to begin instruction preK-2 in the 2020 school year. We have lots of work to do to get to that goal. You can help! Please join us!
Lead: Fr. Gregory
Head of School: Gloria Appling (a2oca@gmail.com)
ANN ARBOR ORTHODOX CLASSICAL ACADEMY WEB SITE

Building Committee Ministry
As soon as the Ann Arbor Orthodox Classical Academy building is built and the school assumes payments we are on to the next project! The Building Committee works on all aspects of the building projects at St. Vladimir’s, the next being our new parish church. Please let us know if you’d like to help – we welcome the many hands that can help make this project light work!
Lead: Fr. Gregory

Building Fund Raising Committee Ministry
One thing is to plan the new church. Another thing is to raise the funds that will be needed to do the building! This committee focuses on raising funds for the new St. Vladimir’s parish church. It is not easy to talk to people about money, but it is absolutely necessary. If this is something you are good at, or that you would like to learn to be good at please join us!
Lead: NEED – PLEASE CONTACT FR. GREGORY IF YOU CAN HELP

Festival Planning Committee Ministry
This group plans and executes the annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival, our largest outreach to our local community and our largest fund raiser. Join us and help to fulfill this important task!
Lead: Donald Skalitzky (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Evangelization/Outreach Ministry
Just as our Greeter Ministry welcomes those who come to St. Vladimir’s and provides them whatever is needed to become a part of our parish family, the Evengelization/Outreach Ministry works to bring those to church who are not churched, or who have left the church for whatever reason. Orthodox Christianity is the faith for all – this ministry seeks to alert people to the fact that THE TRUE CHURCH exists and that they are welcome in it. This ministry needs lots of hands to make the work light – please help us by joining our ranks!
Lead: NEED – PLEASE CONTACT FR. GREGORY IF YOU CAN HELP

Youth Education Ministry
This ministry works to educate the youth of our parish. After the Divine Services this is perhaps the most important thing that we do as a parish family: teach our children their faith. Principally (but not exclusively) this is done via our parish church school. Please add your volunteer efforts to this important ministry!
Lead: Alexandra Pyrozhenko (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Adult Education Ministry
This ministry has as its mission to provide education to both those who are seeking and those who have found the True Faith. Innitiation into the faith is the BEGINNING of our spiritual journey, and it is important that we continue to learn about our faith throughout our lifetime. Please join us to support this important ministry!
Lead: Reader Colin Bower (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Home Bound/Institutionalized/Hospital Ministry
This ministry works to make sure that all who are home bound, institutionalized, or in the hospital are cared for spiritually, visited regularly, and arranges for our priests to visit as needed. Please let us know if you can help – it is hard for someone who is ill to be visited too often, and you can help!
Lead: Natalia Kondrashova (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Interior Maintenance Ministry
This group makes sure that all maintenance in the interior of parish church are taken care of: from changing light bulbs, to replacing a toilet, to everything in between. If you are handy this group is for you!
Lead: Jack (Alexey) Mitchell (starosta@stvladimiraami.org)

Exterior Maintenance/Snow Removal Ministry
Our parish property needs to have the grass cut, the snow plowed, and everything else that every other property needs to have done. Except this needs to be done for God’s House – and so we need to be sure to do this all very well. Please join us if you like to work outside!
Summer Lead: Igor Obertas (info@stvladimiraami.org)
Winter Lead: Don Skalitzky (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Parish Garden Ministry
We have rather extensive gardens around our parish church, and these need to cared for throughout the spring, summer, and fall. For those who like to garden this is the volunteer opportunity for you!
Lead: Svetlana Mitchell (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Interior Decoration Ministry
God’s House needs to be cared for – inside and out. The Interior Decoration group prepares flowers for all important feasts and decorates the parish church as needed and in consultation with Fr. Gregory. Please join us to keep our church looking beautiful!
Lead: Elena Mullin (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Cemetery Ministry
Thank God we have completed our parish cemetery. We now offer the opportunity to all Orthodox Christians to be buried on the parish grounds where the Divine Liturgy and the other Divine Services are served regularly. But the cemetery needs to be cared for and managed. This is the charge of this group. Please join us to help care for this important parish resource!
Lead: NEED – PLEASE CONTACT FR. GREGORY IF YOU CAN HELP

Live Stream Audio Ministry
This ministry provides live audio streaming of the Divine Services at St. Vladimir Church. We would like to expand this to provide recordings of the Divine Services, but we need more help to make this happen. Please consider joining us!
Lead: Deacon Dmitriy Kashchenko (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Live Stream Video Ministry
This ministry provides live video streaming of the Divine Services at St. Vladimir Church. You will be trained when and where you can and cannot take video based on the guidelines of the diocese.
Lead: Elizabeth Joyce (info@stvladimiraami.org)

Photography/Videography Ministry
This ministry provides still photography and recorded (not live) video for our parish family of all major events in our parish life. WE NEED MORE HELP HERE! You will be trained when and where you can and cannot take photographs/video based on the guidelines of the diocese. If you like photography or videography this ministry is for you!
Lead: Elizabeth Joyce (info@stvladimiraami.org)

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