Welcoming people to Saint Richard's is the job of every member in the congregation. But, there are a few special people who are gifted with God's warm and welcoming spirit! These people are our ushers.
Ushers are among the first to arrive at church and prepare the church for the congregation. They see that the church is in proper condition to receive guests and distribute the Order of Service to the congregation as needed. Ushers also welcome visitors and help them feel comfortable, explaining the Order of Service, the Prayer Book, and the Hymnal to those new to the Episcopal Church.
If you are passionate about welcoming people into God's church, please contact Aubrie Wade for more information about becoming an usher.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors assist our clergy in worship services by reading the lessons, leading the prayers, and administering the chalice. Some also assist by taking communion to our members who are home-bound, sick, or in nursing homes through our Community of Hope ministry.
To get more information on becoming a Lay Eucharistic Minister, contact our Verger serving Lectors and Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Duke DuTeil.
Wondering when you're scheduled to serve next? The current schedule is posted HERE.
Our Altar Guild is responsible for most of the behind the scenes work necessary to make worship happen. They not only prepare the articles used for Communion, but also care for the linens, prepare for Baptisms, and clean up after each service. The Altar Guild holds an important place in the heart of the Episcopal Church, as its members are entrusted with the care and preservation of some of the church's most important and sacred items.
If you're looking for transforming, important work, join the Altar Guild today! Please contact Margaret Smajstrla for more information.
The Round Rock Area Serving Center (RRASC), located at 1099 E. Main, Round Rock, was started by area churches in 1986 to serve the needy in our community. St. Richard’s has been a member since the Serving Center’s inception. In 1990, a total of 1,100 families were served in the entire year. The number of people needing assistance has grown over the years as have the services provided. Program services include the Food Pantry, 34 community gardens, Keep Round Rock Warm, clothing and furniture vouchers, Computers for Kids, assistance with rent, utilities, prescriptions, transportation and temporary lodging. In 2020, 25,478 people were served with compassion and hope while meeting their physical needs.
St. Richard's has been an avid supporter of the RRASC. Our parish representative to the Serving Center is Armistead Grandstaff, Armistead.email@example.com or 512-839-9470. Cady Clark currently serves on the Board of Directors, firstname.lastname@example.org or 512 791-1025. The Serving Center operates primarily with volunteers. You can get involved by volunteering on an individual basis. Information on orientation can be found at www.rrasc.org. The parish also has 5 work dates a year where parishioners come together to help meet the needs for a few hours. In 2021, the following dates remain for this parish activity: May 15, July , September 11, and December 4 from 9:30am -12p.
The Pumpkin Patch has been a significant source of financial support for RRASC so your work in the Patch is vital and greatly appreciated.
In 2020 the RRASC's annual Karamu Fundraiser was cancelled due to the pandemic. This year we will have a wonderful event with great food, nationally recognized entertainment and an opportunity join other parishioners in supporting this important cause. Tickets will be available soon at www.rrasc.org, be sure to enter St. Richard’s as your table location so that you will be seated with other parishioners.