2016-11 Mission News

If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.

Deuteronomy 15:7–8



Holiday Baskets


Holiday Baskets





The 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 now 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!


Interfaith Food Pantry


The purpose of the pantry is to act as hands of the community to serve the Portage County residents in need of supplemental food.  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.


2016-11 Advent Retreat for Youth December 2nd & 3rd

youthAdvent is a time of waiting, expectation, and discovering more about Jesus. ALL Youth, grades 6-12, are invited to share time together exploring the season of Advent at the Advent Retreat Friday December 2, 7:00 pm to Saturday, December 3, 5:00 pm. Youth will share in a number of activities, including a Christmas Carol Sing-Along with the residents and guests of the Portage County Health Care Center. The retreat details can be found on the Advent Retreat Permission Form.  The Permission/Waiver/Release form for Youth Ministry also needs to be filled out and returned.

2016-11 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.

Theology on Tap
A place to explore spirituality in community. Monthly topics. Hosted by Crossroads Campus Ministry. Open to all. 7:00 pm at the DUC Brewhaus. Come share your thoughts and questions.

11/14 – Can Religion Make A Positive Impact On The World?
12/12 – Art in Religion


Open doors
Open doors










2016-11 Fall Rummage Sale

rummage-sale-strawberry-hill-museumThe Fall Rummage Sale is scheduled for November 8th and 9th.  Yes, it is a week later than usual.  We are going to take advantage of election day since the church is a voting poll.  We will need help after the service on November 6 moving items from the stage to Hazel Calkins Hall. Set up is Monday, November 7, 9:00 am till 6:00 pm.  Workers are needed throughout the day on Tuesday, the 8th, for organizing, pricing and being chatty with folks. The sale starts at 7:00 am and ends with the polls closing at 8:00 pm. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO STAFF.  Wednesday, the 9th, sale is from 8:00 – 11:00 am. HELP NEEDED AFTER TO CLEAN UP, PACK UP AND TAKE remaining goods to St. Vinnie’s and Goodwill. MEN: your helping hands are needed. Questions?? Contact Bonnie at 715-345-0247 or bonnielund@charter.net. We have lots of merchandise.  Let’s make this event profitable for the customers as well as Women In Action.

2016-11 Warming Center Needs Volunteers

warming_center_sign_1_1The Stevens Point Warming Center is now open.  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 opened on Tuesday, November 1.  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? Consider filling a shift as a volunteer.  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.

2016-11 UMC #GivingTuesday


Extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season at your church by participating in UMC #GivingTuesday November 29.

Help members get into the spirit of giving through The Advance, where 100 percent of their gifts goes directly to the projects of their choice.

To help you support UMC #GivingTuesday, we’ve created a toolkit that you can use to spread the message.  The toolkit includes everything you need to share about UMC #GivingTuesday and The Advance with your members. You’ll find unique ways your church can get involved, plus sample emails, social media tips, and much more.   Through UMC #GivingTuesday, churches and conferences can combine seasonal giving with global mission and outreach opportunities. As a local church, you provide United Methodists and others with a way to build missional relationships through The Advance, a designated giving channel we can trust.


2016-11 Do you or someone you know need a Stephen Minister?


Encourage One Another . . .
In 1 Thessalonians 5 Paul writes, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up . . . Encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” God has called us all to build up and encourage one another. For those who are experiencing a really difficult time, our Stephen Ministers can provide the special encouragement, care and support they need until they are past the crisis. 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 September 2016
We have 7 active Stephen Ministers, 5 active Stephen Leaders and 4 Stephen Ministers in reserve. In September, our Stephen Ministry Team gave 70 hours and much ministry to their care receivers, peer supervision, training, continuing education and handling of the administrative details of the Stephen Ministry program.

2016-11 A Message from Pastor Howard Hintzman

In case you’ve not heard, “Now Is the Time.”  Time for what you say?   Well, that’s what we have to figure out as a community of faith.   This logo, this theme, is grounded in a story in the Old Testament about the Jewish Queen Esther, who was living in a Persian court and finding greatness being thrust upon her.  Queen Esther discovered the risks that went with intentional modeling of what it meant to be a child of God; leaving her to feel very uncomfortable and very vulnerable.  Her adoptive father, Mordecai, invited her to see something as simple as her own beauty as one way she had been equipped to advocate to the king for her people’s lives.

I do not think, as United Methodists in this part of central Wisconsin, we have to fear for our lives, literally as did Queen Esther.   But I do think, as we learn what it means to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, we will feel uncomfortable – and instead of running away from this feeling, to see this as an opportunity to be faithful Christ-followers.   In turn, how can we model hospitality in a way that proves we really do “open hearts, open minds and open doors”?   We’ve been invited to make for the first time or to renew our vows with God to:

  • faithfully pray, asking God for a passion for making Christ-followers who can transform the world;
  • faithfully be present with our brothers and sisters in the faith in worship, study, fellowship and service so as to build each other up in the faith;
  • faithfully give of our money (it is going to mean being even more generous than we have been), time, energy, friendship, caring, inviting;
  • faithfully serve all of God’s people by intentionally feeding & clothing people as well as working at the root causes of poverty and illness;
  • faithfully invite others to get closer to the circle of God’s love in Jesus Christ through our words, our actions, our attitudes, our caring.

Now Is the Time is a compelling directive from God for each of us to discover the part we have in equipping our congregation to make Christ-followers so the world can be transformed by the love and grace of God, just as we have experienced it ourselves.