2016-10 News and Upcoming Events

Rosemary Schroef, mother of Mary Landrath and long time member of the church, died on August 8. A memorial service was held at the Point location, Saturday, September 24 at 11:00 am. Please keep Mary’s family in your prayers.

June Glienke, mother of Paul Glienke, died Sunday, September 4, 2016. Visitation was held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, September 13, followed by a short service at Heritage Funeral Home in Milwaukee. Please keep Paul and his family in your prayers.

John “Jack” Jochum, husband of Caro and father of Kathy Tessmer, died Monday, September 5, 2016. A memorial service was held at 11:00 am, Monday, September 26, at the Point location of The United Methodist Church, Military honors followed the service. Please keep Caro and her family in your prayers.

Sunday, September 4 @ Point Location, in the library

TAKE NOTE: In order for the church to provide the best care we can, people should let us know when someone is in the hospital or has moved to another caring facility.


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Happy Birthday to our 90 and over
members, constituents and friends

Marge Reitzel October 21 93
Ruth Steffen October 29 91


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Saturday, October 22, 2016
8:00 am at Point location

Join men of faith for breakfast & fellowship.
Menu: Scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits, juice and coffee.


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The following is a list of groups who are in charge of Meet & Greet for September:

10/2/16 Family Ministry & Sunday School
10/9/16 Stephen Ministry
10/16/16 Wills & Memorials
10/23/16 Church Council
10/30/16 Bell Choir



October 27, 2016
Lunch @12:00 noon


“Chronic Disease Prevention & Management”
Presenters: Emily Starke and Amy Fox

Questions or to make a Reservation call 715-344-3557
Reservations appreciated!



Basic Lay Servant Class

October 29 and November 5, 2016
9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Parfreyville UMC
N1979 Cty Hwy K, Waupaca, WI  54981
Leader: Rev. Eric Taylor
Cost: $11. This covers the cost of the book, “Lay Servant Ministries by Sandy Ziegler Jackson and Brian Jackson, and postage.

Please make check payable to:  North East District Office, and send to:  1025 Tullar Road, Neenah WI  54956.  Deadline for registration is October 10.
Please bring your own lunch.  The book, along with any instructions, will be mailed to you prior to the first class.


2016-10 UWSP Campus Ministry News

UM Campus Ministry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
The United Methodist and Episcopal churches have come together in support of campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). Our campus ministry is called Crossroads, a name chosen by students to represent the interconnection of faith, community, and social justice.

Crossroads Student Organization at UWSP
Crossroads is a progressive campus ministry whose purpose is to create an open and safe community for all people, regardless of race, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, faith, or beliefs. We love FOOD, CONVERSATION, and CREATING CONNECTIONS! We sponsor an Ecumenical Worship Service and Dinner, open to ALL, each Sunday evening of the Fall and Spring Semesters. Join us at 5:30 pm at the Newman Center, corner of Reserve and Fourth Avenue.

Connect with Crossroads Student Organization on their UW-Stevens Point Involvement Network (SPIN) page for more information on campus ministry activities, events, community outreach, and Spring Break Mission Trip.

For more information on UM Campus Ministry contact Laura Courtright Burns at lauracourtright@gmail.com.

Dinner Church Community and Worship
Jesus spent a lot of his time with people around a table, eating, talking and connecting. Some of the stories in the Bible highlight the diversity of people connecting and talking while at table.

Borrowing format and ideas from St. Lydia’s Dinner Church community in Brooklyn, NY and what we know about ancient feast rituals, we’ve created our own type of Table Worship that centers on a meal and people connecting. We sing, discuss, eat, and pray. It’s an opportunity to connect with people in a new way.

We meet at the Newman Center, across the street from the UWSP Health Enhancement Center (HEC), corner of Reserve and Fourth Ave, at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The service is about an hour and fifteen minutes (including clean-up and dessert). Vegetarian options available. The table has been set. Come. Eat. Worship.

Sponsored by Crossroads, a UM Campus Ministry–ALL are welcome. For more information about Dinner Church or Campus Ministry, contact Laura Courtright Burns at lauracourtright@gmail.com or 715-340-4523.





2016-10 Youth Group joins Make A Difference Day

A long tradition of our youth and college students is to join with hundreds of other rakers at Make A Difference Day Rake-A-Thon. Our first service-learning project of the school year will happen on Saturday, October 22. The Rake-A-Thon is a United Way sponsored community outreach. We will register our raking team by October 14. ALL youth, grades 6-12 are welcome to join our raking team! Youth and adult leaders will rake in the morning and share a soup lunch at Empty Bowls. Please contact Laura at 715-340-4523 or lauracourtright@gmail.com for team registration.

2016-10 Ministry News



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Using our mission statement:  “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”, as our guide, we continue to support our existing ministries found in our new brochure.  Please check it out at the Connection Center or our Website.

Most days of the week have an offering, some days more than one. Some groups study, some socialize, some serve the world. Thank you to those of you who have chosen to get connected and thank you to our leaders who have answered God’s call.

We are off to a healthy start and we welcome new participants, new leadership and new ideas for groups. Please pray about making a connection a priority!

Save the date: Our Fun Fund Raiser will be Saturday, January 28, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
at the Point location.

Join us for Dinner, a Variety Show and Silent Auction. Save your good stuff, practice for the show, and plan to share a meal together . . . celebrating God’s goodness!

We have very recently accepted an invitation from a soon to be Eagle Scout from Trinity Lutheran Church who was looking for a home to host one of his “Little Free Pantry” structures (his Eagle Scout Project). Targeted for mid November, another “life giving” structure on our campus will be welcoming folks in need. We will all have opportunities to share in this blessing by helping to keep the shelves stocked! We will have a shelving unit in the office that will become our pantry to work from. A suggested list of items will follow soon.

The Adult Ministry Team


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On Sunday, September 18, the annual Fall Fest was held at the Point location. The weather was perfect and the event was a huge success. Outreach would like to thank all of our church members and friends who helped to make this happen. We had 26 baskets donated for the raffle. The United Methodist Men again provided good food. Missions and Women in Action had pie and ice cream as well. All of our committees hosted an activity and there was a wide variety to choose from. Ron Shave and John Francis took people for rides in military trucks. Jason White and the Scouts had a Rain Gutter Regatta. Pastor Howard offered to get splattered in the Water Balloon Launch. Glen Fink took care of our electrical needs. Ernie and Matt Taylor handled our PA system for the entertainment and John Schultz was our Emcee.  Again, thank you all.
Barb Munson, Chair, Outreach Committee


Make a good first impression:
Care for your building and grounds as a way of honoring your attendees and honoring God.  A well-cared-for building demonstrates a commitment to excellence and communicates that what the church does is important

Have clear exterior and interior signage that guides visitors everywhere they need to go

Make sure your restrooms are neat and clean


2016-10 Mission News



Jaipurfoot – India
Clear social vision and commitment to help the disabled regain mobility and dignity by fitting high-quality, durable artificial limbs and other aids and appliances — all free of charge.


Canned Fruits and Vegetables



MMDCThe time is getting close to our mission trip to Midwest Mission Distribution Center in January 2017.  We are leaving on Tuesday, January 17 and returning on Saturday, January 21.  We will be working Wednesday through Friday only, as MMDC is now closed on Saturdays.

A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required by November 1, 2016 and the balance of $200 is needed by January 1, 2017.  We have rooms reserved for 16 volunteers.  We travel in a caravan with our food supplies, MMDC supplies and bedding.  Bonnie Lund provides games for us to play or you can bring your crafty work with you also.  Yes, we do have lots of laughs!

Please call Mary Gurlea at 715-321-2102 or email Mary at mgurlea@gmail.com to indicate your interest.  All monies will be directed to Mary Gurlea; there is mailbox in the office at the Point location.  Please feel free to contact Mary, Bonnie Lund at bonnielund@charter.net or Vern Walters at
vcwalters265@aol.com with any questions. Looking forward to having all our 16 beds full this year! Thank you!



  • The purpose of the pantry is to act as hands of the community to serve the  Portage County residents in need of supplemental food.Interfaith Food Pantry
  • The pantry serves any resident of Portage County, commonly including unemployed, underemployed, elderly, handicapped, single parent or
    large  households.
  • The pantry provides regular service twice per month, the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 PM.
  • The pantry serves an average of 650 persons (about 160 households) at each pantry or about 1,300 persons (320 households) per  month.
  • Each household receives food in proportion to household size: about 50 to 80 pounds of food per each pantry.
  • Items distributed include meat, potatoes, frozen products, canned and boxed items, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy items, eggs, bread and  bakery items.



Bishop Jung Requests Flood Recovery Assistance from Wisconsin Churches

Wisconsin was recently hit with torrential rains that caused state-wide flooding, and a State of Emergency was declared in Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau, and Vernon counties. In Wisconsin we are well aware that recovery from flooding takes time and resources. Bishop Jung requests assistance from local church members in three different ways: first, take a special offering at your worship services and church events in the coming weeks, designated for Wisconsin Disaster Response, Advance #7775; second, assemble flood buckets and deliver them to our Conference Center; and third, pray. “The third request is simple, but powerful and desperately needed,” he said. “Encourage your people to pray. Remember those affected by flooding during your worship time. Join your hearts and voices to your sisters and brothers across the conference so that we might be a faithful witness through intercession and petition. Mighty acts happen when the people of God join together in prayer.” Click here to read a letter from Bishop Jung with more information, and watch for future updates from our Conference Disaster Response Team as we learn more about the lives affected and the property damaged throughout our state.


2016-10 Do you or someone you know need a Stephen Minister

Equipping the Saints . . .
In Ephesians 4 (NRSV), Paul talks about pastors and other leaders as gifts God has given the church “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” Stephen Ministry has given us an organized way to equip those gifted for caring ministry so that they can build up the body Christ by providing Christian care and support to those experiencing a difficult time. If you would like more information on our Stephen Ministry or know of someone who may be in need of a Stephen Minster, please contact Pastor Howard or Randy Hermes, Coordinator.

What Stephen Ministers and Stephen Leaders Have Done In August 2016
We have 7 active Stephen Ministers, 5 active Stephen Leaders and 4 Stephen Ministers in reserve. In August, our Stephen Ministry Team gave 75 hours and much ministry to their care receivers, peer supervision, training, continuing education and handling of the administrative details of the Stephen Ministry program.

2016-10 Warming Center Needs Volunteers


The Stevens Point Warming Center is set to open this winter.  Taking the lead is the Evergreen Community Initiative (ECI) and the Intercession Episcopal Church who are offering the use of their space downtown.  The center will open this year starting when the temperatures reach 20ºF or November 1st.  The warming center with volunteers, will give people a warm place away from the elements. Homelessness is on the rise in the country, and this includes Stevens Point. Because of this steady rise, the Hope Center has often been at capacity and people have been sleeping unsheltered.  Keeping these people off the streets, out of jail, and safe is not easy and needs the support of volunteers like you. How can you get involved and help? We will begin filling the volunteer schedule in late September.  Shifts run from 8:30 pm – 1:30 am, and 1:30 am to 6:00 am with two volunteers per shift.  In addition, there will be intake staff present to assist the volunteers and guests. What is important is having enough volunteers throughout this winter season to truly make a difference in this community. The Warming Center has a meager budget and monies are needed for rent, utilities, and a small stipend all to keep the center operating and healthy.  We accept monthly sponsors, one time gifts, and church offerings to help support the shelter. If you are interested in any way, please contact us with any questions you may have.  You can sign up to volunteer, donate or both by visiting our website www.wisconsinECI.org (under Programs for the Warming Center) or by e-mail Smileforchristsake@yahoo.com. You may also call Joel at 715-496-0164 or Tiffani at 715-252-7860. Thank you for your consideration.

2016-10 A Message from Pastor Howard Hintzman

Anybody know what time it is?   Central daylight time?   Time to get up?   Time for work?   Time  to start exercising or change my eating habits?    Time to forgive someone?    All I know is, for our congregation “Now Is the Time.”    Time for what?   TIME  for “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” through Teaching, Inviting, Modeling and Equipping.

 A group of people with the title Strategic Team have developed our Vision Plan presented at the 2015 Church Conference using the logo, “Now Is the Time.”    The team was made up of Tonya Kowalski, Yvonne Chojnacki, Jim Miller, Jim Martin, Marv VanKekerix and Howard Hintzman. Through the month of October you will be hearing a lot about this. The plan was presented to the September Church Council meeting and during October the attempt will be made for as many members and friends from the church as possible to hear the message.  Please be watching our various forms of media to see the times and places when this will happen. It will take about thirty minutes of your life and any feedback you are willing to offer.

The Church Council believes we are sitting on the edge of a growing and spiritually important time in our life.  We truly believe Jesus is standing at our door saying, “this is your time to make Christ-followers for the transformation of our world.” We believe we are ready to have this important task thrust upon us. Please be in prayer for our church always, but especially during the month of October.


2016-09 A Message from Pastor Hyejung Hwang

Last month, I finished Clinical Pastoral Education, which is a kind of Chaplaincy training and a requirement for ordination. This training included regular peer group study and chaplain internship at the hospital. The first unit of CPE, that I completed last fall, was an opportunity for me to learn and ponder more about self-awareness. As a group we learned about our different types of personalities and we observed our group dynamics. It was very interesting to learn that we all have different ways of leading the group and solving conflicts. I could learn about my style of leadership and my own character, and what I need to develop to become a leader. The second CPE unit had a different focus with the same curriculum. The group members were different and came from diverse ministry settings; pastors from the Lutheran church and Assembly of God, and hospice chaplains from Catholic and Episcopal Churches. I learned more about hospice care that I had not experienced before. There were also several lectures regarding family dynamic theory, liturgies for different life situations, spiritual assessment… Also, I spent many hours in the hospital during chaplain training. It was my joy to meet different people each day and listen to their life stories. And it was a blessing to me when I could offer prayers with patients or families in the hospital. I believe that it was God’s guidance to have amazing teachers; chaplains who taught me about hospital settings and pastoral caring in the hospital, a CPE director very skilled in guiding the peer group and respecting cultural differences, and peer group members having different life experiences and ministry experiences.

As I finish about 6 months of CPE, I see where sometimes I had to put more hours towards CPE than my work at church, and I am so thankful to have been allowed to have this amazing learning experience. Now, I am excited to start the third year of my ministry. I hope you all are ready for the ministry coming this fall and winter in your lives as well as in church. I believe that we all will see God’s guidance to lead us to grow and follow Jesus Christ.

2016-09 Waffle Church Story

A Waffle Church Story from Pastor Hyejung

As we wrap up our summer of doing waffle church, I’m reflecting on the process and am thankful for all our efforts and ideas from the Waffle Church team. The Waffle Church team considered carefully and practiced how to be inclusive, exciting, and fun. Everything was planned with our desire to be a tool to invite people to experience God’s amazing and sweet love. Since it was a new experience, there was lots of learning as it developed. I am so thankful for all the hands that made it happen and your prayers. As the idea was initiated in family ministry team, Laura Courtright Burns, our director of Family Ministry, was committed to designing the worship and worship space in creative ways. It was a space that was open, fresh, fun and full of laughter and welcoming people. I hope we continue to create the space in our lives. Worship is not an event on Sunday, but happens in any place at anytime. Be open and creative in worshiping God wherever you are in. May you experience the sweetness and stickiness of God’s love as waffles and syrup are in worshiping God.
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