Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest
Lay Ministers in Service


AcolyteHeavenly Rest acolytes assist with worship by leading the procession, attending the gospel book, holding torches and supporting communion. The duties they perform support the tradition of Heavenly Rest and Episcopal worship and involve our youth in the service.


For more information about the Acolytes contact Heavenly Rest at (325) 677-2091.







Altar Guild

ALTAR2.jpgThe Altar Guild is currently composed of a group of 20 parishioners* (and sometimes drafted family members) who love the ritual and order of the Episcopal church. As a service ministry the guild is responsible for the mindful preparations for all services. It is a high privilege to serve in God’s sanctuary and at His altar, so it is with sincere devotion of mind and body Altar Guild members strive to make their service an offering to the Lord.


As we set the altar for each service and altar adornments for Epiphany, Lent, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter, Pentecost, All Saints, Thanksgiving, the four Sundays of Advent, and Christmas, we are actively reminded of the reasons and the seasons of our church calendar. The Festival Altar Committee delights everyone with occasional creative visual expressions. The guild meets occasionally for training, special cleaning, and re-connection with all four teams. This year we also prepared and served one of the summer parish breakfasts and the first Advent supper which were fun ways to extend our ministry and friendship.


Responsibilities of the Altar Guild:   

  • Set-up, care and cleaning of the altar and its appointments
  • Preparation of the nave and chapel for all weekly services as well as baptisms, weddings, burials, confirmations, memorial services and other services as needed
  • Organization and direction of procedures for weddings and funerals
  • Delivering of flowers from the altar and acknowledging flower memorials and gifts
  • Care and repair of altar linens
  • Overseeing of altar needs and procurement of any needed items


  • Four teams involving 20 current active members and 3 substitutes who rotate and meet every four weeks on Saturday at 9:00 to prepare for the Sunday services
  • Linen committee with 4 members who rotate the care for linens each week


Altar Flowers and Gifts: When considering a contribution in memory of someone or in thanksgiving, please remember the Altar Guild memorial fund and the altar flower fund. Altar flowers presently cost $100 per Sunday but a check in any amount may be made out to the Altar Guild and sent to the office with the name of the honored individual(s) or a special occasion and the date.   Memorials are used to purchase linens and hardware for our altars.


Church members interested in joining this active group is encouraged to talk with Sharon Kelley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) , Suzie Ramsey.


Eucharistic Visitors and Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers (also known as layreaders and lectors) read the lessons and prayers as well as serve the chalice during church services and special events. Eucharistic Visitors serve as licensed ambassadors to members of our Parish who are unable to attend Church, but would like to receive communion. Each of these individuals is to be commended for dedicating their time and talents to the members of this Parish.


Terry Young orchestrates the scheduling for the group.


Contact the office for more information at (325) 677-2091




Click Here for a schedule of the Sunday LayReaders.



Holy Eucharist Rite I Sunday, Feb 23 @ 8:00 AM
Sunday School Sunday, Feb 23 @ 9:15 AM
New Member Formation Sunday, Feb 23 @ 9:15 AM
Sunday School Sunday, Feb 23 @ 9:15 AM
Holy Eucharist Rite II Sunday, Feb 23 @ 10:30 AM

February 16, 2020
Sunday, February 16, 2020
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