Ministry Opportunities

Maybe one of these ministry opportunities matches up with you passions and gift. If so, please contact the person listed. Check this page often as new ministry opportunities are added whenever they are identified.

Social Media Ministry: If you enjoy using Facebook and Twitter, you can help boost our congregation’s web presence. Currently, Pastor Jeff does all our church’s social media and he’d love to hand that job off to someone (or a couple someones who will coordinate the work). Pastor Jeff can teach you some of the finer points and provide plenty of resources to help you with this job. Just let him know if you would like to help.

News Blogger: If you have any experience with blogging, this is really a simple task. It’s just takes a little time every month to take newsletter articles and post them on our news blog page on this website. Let Pastor Jeff know if you would like to learn more about this volunteer job. FILLED! If you’d like to assist Iris Nicholson or be her back-up, please speak to Pastor Jeff.

Connectors: Currently, Pastor Brenda is doing almost all the follow-up with people who worship with us for the first time, helping them connect with the church more deeply. She would love to share this work with others. If you would like to learn more about this ministry, contact her.

Postering Crew: The idea is to have a small group of people who each has a handful of neighborhood shops and bulletin boards where they will put up flyers for events at Niles Discovery Church as they become available. Contact Pastor Jeff if you would like to be on this Crew.

Newsletter Mailings: Help prepare the newsletter for mailing by folding, addressing, etc. Typically happens on the last (or sometimes the first) Wednesday of the month during the day. Contact Sandra in the office if you would like to help.

Bulletin Deconstruction: The large-print and regular print bulletins need to be deconstructed each week and the left over announcement folders need to be deconstructed each week. This could easily be done right after coffee hour. Contact Sandra in the office if you would like to help.

Turkey Collection – October 30 – November. Coordinate publicity, displays and collection for Christmas Turkeys for Tri-City Volunteers. Most materials needed will be provided by Judy Zlatnik (Chair of the Ministry of Social Concerns Team). We usually raise $1500 on this simple project. Contact Judy (jzlatnik@yahoo.com) for more information.

Senior Giving Hope Baskets – November and December. Handle publicity for baskets, obtain senior wish-lists from the City of Fremont, and send and keep track of lists sent to folks volunteering to assemble a Christmas Basket for a senior. We usually have 12-15 seniors receiving baskets from church members. Judy Zlatnik (Ministry of Social Concerns Chair, jzlatnik@yahoo.com) has a file of materials used.

Coordinate Stocking Stuffers for Puente – Typically in late November or early December. Coordinate collection of items for Santa’s stockings delivered by Santa to farm workers’ children of the south San Mateo Coast. Details available from Judy Zlatnik (Ministry of Social Concerns Chair, jzlatnik@yahoo.com).

Stocking Stuffers for Puente – Typically in late November or early December. Help with the last minute organizing of gifts received for Santa to deliver at Puente. Contact the Stocking Suffer coordinator (yet to be named) for more details.

Community Gardening:  Niles Discovery Church is starting a community gardening project across the street in the LEAF community gardens. If you would like to be informed about future gardening plans, contact Marjorie Fremont at [510) 793-8203 or email at marjorieafremont@gmail.com.

Ushering:  We can use as many as four ushers on any given Sunday for the worship service – preparing the worship space, greeting worshipers, handing out bulletins, receiving the offerings, tidying up the worship space – so if you would like to help out, please contact Val Parker (nursval@sbcglobal.net) for job details.

Ministry Team and Committee Membership – There are six Standing Ministry Teams that coordinate the essential work of the church (Spiritual Life, Christian Education, Property, Evangelism, Hospitality and Fellowship, and Social Concerns). There are also a number of committees and Special Ministry Teams (Liturgical Arts and the Green Team). Contact the chair/coordinator of the Team/Committee you’re interested in serving with for more information.

Association/Conference Delegate – Represent and connect the congregation with the wider United Church of Christ at Association and Conference meetings. A job description exists; limited to church members. Contact Pastor Jeff or Pastor Brenda if you’re interested.

Region/General Assembly Delegate – represent and connect the congregation with the wider Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at Region and the biennial National meeting. A job description exists; limited to church members. Contact Pastor Jeff or Pastor Brenda if you’re interested.


The following are ministry opportunities connected to the Second Saturday Documentary Series. The contact for all of these is Pastor Jeff.

Projectionists: These people are responsible for setting up, running, and turning off the AV system on screening days .

Hosts: These people set up the sign-in table, welcome the audience, promote the next month’s film, handle donations, and introduce the discussion leaders.

Mailing List: This person is responsible for adding new names and email addresses to the mailing list, a task performed in the week following the screening.  FILLED! If you would like to be Leonard Lloyd’s back-up for this ministry, please speak to Pastor Jeff.

Publicity: These people work on crafting press releases and email blasts to promote each month’s screening.

Producer: These people work with Pastor Jeff and a representative from the San Jose Peace & Justice Center to select movies and secure screening rights.