OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO BE INVOLVED

Why do we go in mission and ministry? We are the hands, feet and voice of Jesus, the Body of Christ set loose in the world. Our ministry continues the ministry of Jesus. Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth….” We go in mission and ministry to make that prayer a reality.
 
Liturgists –
During the 9:00 am Sunday worship, you will see the liturgist sharing worship leadership with the pastor. This is an important role and all ages are welcome. Contact Sue Buckel if you are interested.
 
Ushers and Greeters –
These people provide warm hospitality for anyone who walks through the door on a Sunday morning. They also provide refreshments for fellowship time between services. Contact Dianna Winters for more information.
 
Music
Choir – Our choir practice is on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm during the school year. All ages and abilities are welcome. Just show up in the choir room on the second floor of the church and come ready to sing. Contact person: Cheryl Growden. We also welcome musical talent at any of our worship services for special music.
 
Acolytes
We train all interested 6th-8th graders on how to light the candles during the 9:00 am Sunday worship service, as well as other responsibilities such as receiving the offering. The symbolism of the candles is this: The light of Christ is with us in worship, and we carry the light of Christ into the world when worship is over. Let Danita Janssen or Linda Starr know if you or your child want to be part of this ministry.
 
Bulletin and newsletter printing and folding –
Extra hands make light work, and that is especially true as Linda Starr makes our printed communications happen. Let her know if you can join her in that endeavor!
 
Nursery –
Children are welcome always but sometimes their parents or grandparents need a break. Our nursery personnel make it possible for parents and grandparents to participate in other church-related activities. We observe safe sanctuary policies, which means that there are two caregivers in the nursery. Contact Danita Janssen or Linda Starr for more information.
 
Prayer team –
Each week, our prayer team prays for all the people (and their families) who have signed the register of friendship earlier in the week. This is a powerful ministry that wraps the people of our church in healing prayer. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, contact Donna Robbins.
Thanksgiving Ingathering —
Our conference sponsors this effort. In November, kits are collected that will be distributed through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). For more information, see https://www.iaumc.org/thanksgivingingathering
 
Thrift Store
This is a Church Women United project that invites both men and women to get involved. Located at 2 River Hills Mall, the Thrift Store accepts household and clothing donations that are then sold very reasonably to those in need. Over $1 million has been given back to the community by CWU. For more information, contact Dorothy Davenport.
 
Meals on Wheels –
Our church is responsible for the delivery of Meals on Wheels in Iowa Falls during two months of the year. For more information, contact Helen Meyer.
 
Meat and egg pick-up –
Smithfield Package Meats, Mason City, sends several tons of meat to Iowa Falls monthly. Pick-up is at the Fire Station, where the meat (as well as eggs) are distributed among area churches. Contact Danny and Virginia Reams for more information.

Angel Project Each December, you have the opportunity to buy a gift for a child. The gifts are then taken to the school, where they are distributed. Contact Shirley Rieber or Carolyn Welden for more information.
 
Prayer shawl/blanket ministry
These gifts are given to those who are struggling with health issues and those who are grieving. They are often given as baby gifts for newborns. Contact Kathy Broer or Shirley Welden for more information.

Youth and adult mission trips –
Mission trips are offered through our church as well as the district and conference. Let Danita Janssen or the pastor know if you are interested and we will find you more information.
 
Backpack Buddy program
For some children, school offers the best meal of the day. This ministry assures school children that they will have food during the weekends. Contact Linda Scallon for more information.
 
Summer meal program
The Iowa Falls Ministerial Association partners with the school system to feed all interested children ages 0-18 years Monday-Friday in June and July, as well as the adults who accompany children to the Rock Run lunchroom. Contact Linda Starr for more information.

Quilters –
Do you like to quilt for a good cause? Contact Marilynn Thornton to find out when you can meet with like-minded people!

Boy Scouts-
 This group meets in our church. Contact Duane Schultz

Audio/Visual (AV) Tech team –
Our weekend worship services cannot happen without the powerpoint and sound system running smoothly. The 9:00 am Sunday service is videotaped and is broadcast later in the morning. These services are also needed for weddings and funerals. Jane Schultz is our webmaster and makes our app happen, along with podcasts of the sermon that are on both platforms. Want to be part of the action? Contact Jane or Francis Fritz
 
Pork dinner – This meal is a fund-raiser held in October, but it is so much more than that. The relationships that are developed and nurtured are priceless. Contact Linn and Joanne Adams or Bob and Cindy Burns for more information.

Open Bible Church Food Bank
We partner with Open Bible to make this food pantry at that church available to the public on Wednesday evenings. Contact Linda Starr if you are interested.

Linda’s food pantry – The closet across from Linda’s office is a small food pantry to help those in need who come through our doors. Its constant use means that it needs constant restocking. Bring food and hygiene items to Linda Starr’s office.

MICA food bank
Our church collects food and paper items for the MICA food bank twice each year (February and October in 2018).
 
Do you see a need in our church and community? God may be nudging you to do something about it! Talk to a member of the clergy team or find another like-minded person to join you in ministry. We are a permission-giving church, which means if God is calling you to start a new ministry, go for it!

 

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