Ministries

Explore our many ministry opportunities

quilting-ministryQuilting Ministries – an expression of love for those in need of comfort.

“Your unfailing love comforts me.  Show me ways to share your love with those who need to be consoled.” Psalm 1, 19:76

What is the quilting ministry?

The quilting team crafts a lap quilt to be given to people (both church members and non-church members) who are experiencing challenges in their lives, usually critical health problems.  The congregation finishes each quilt by saying prayers as they knot the yarn ties that secure the quilt layers.  A focus on prayer for those in need is at the heart of this ministry.  The hands that make and tie the quilt affirm their faith in God’s loving, comforting and healing powers.  Those receiving a quilt are comforted that they are not alone—God is with them along with much love from our church family.lap-quilt

How can I be part of this ministry?

  • Pray for the quilt recipients.
  • Join the Quilting Team Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:30 pm, for any amount of time, in the SYC Room in the Discovery Zone.
  • Make a donation:

          Fabric – 100% cotton, preferred (1 1/8 yd. minimum)

          Cotton batting for quilts

          Money for supplies not donated – (one quilt is approx. $45)

          Direct the congregation to tie knots after a worship service

How do I request a quilt?

sewing-quiltAnyone can request prayers, and a quilt for themselves or on behalf of another.  There is no charge for the quilt, but there is a responsibility to be actively involved in prayer.  When a “sponsor” requests a quilt, they need to talk with the recipient about their prayer needs and confirm that they will accept the gift of prayer in the form of a quilt.  The sponsor must also be active in the praying process, tying effort of the congregation, and delivering the finished quilt.  To request a quilt, contact the church office at 715-344-3557.

Yes!  All levels of quilting/sewing ability quilt-sewing-machineare welcome.

 Yes!  Please pray for this ministry.

 Yes!  We appreciate your donations of time and/or money.

 Yes!  Please request a quilt if you know someone is in need.

To request a quilt, contact the church office at 715-344-3557

adult-ministries

In an effort to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”, and working with the gifts and passions of the Adult Ministry Team members, we have chosen to focus on the ministry areas highlighted in our current brochure. Copies of the brochure are also available in the Gathering Area Welcome Center.

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The United Methodist Men (also known as Men’s Group) meets for a hearty breakfast and fellowship on the 4th Saturday of the month at 8:00 a.m. Through the fun of fellowship and accountability, we grow together into the men of God that Jesus has called each of us to be.  We serve each other by listening, talking, laughing and sharing in a Godly atmosphere. Bring a friend and join us as we build a Men’s Group that is committed to meeting the needs of committed Christian men who will be equipped to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. Men of all ages are welcome to join us for a manly breakfast, prayer, and devotion. We also hold a Bible study for those interested after breakfast starting around 8:45 a.m.  The breakfast meeting schedule can be found here.

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Women In Action is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. For more information, click here to contact Bonnie Lund, Women in Action President.

Mary Martha Circle: Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM
Contact Person: Jean Hayden

The Book Explorers: Meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM in the Thomas Coke Room,

September – May
Contact Person: Bonnie Lund

youth-ministry

The Youth of the United Methodist Church are actively involved in missions, discipleship, fellowship and fun. We meet regularly and all Youth, grades 6 to 12, are welcome to serve in worship. Please check the calendar for youth ministry events. If you are interested in our youth program, click here to contact Laura Courtright, our Director of Family Ministries.

Please complete a registration form & Youth Medical & Transportation Release and return to Laura Courtright at the church office of the St. Paul’s location or email the attachments to lauracourtright@gmail.com.

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At the United Methodist Church, families participate in worship, learning, missions, and community:

Guests are always welcome:

Families who are looking for a safe, inclusive community to grow spiritually are invited to join us on Sundays for worship and Faith Formation as well as our once-a-month Waffle Church on the 1st Sunday at 9:30 a.m. If you would like to visit us during the week, please click here and our Director of Family Ministries, Laura Courtright, will get back to you to make an appointment.

Worship:

Children are always welcome in worship! We offer a Children’s Chapel time following our children’s sermon at the 10:30 a.m. service. Occasionally the children and youth help lead worship through music, drama, readings, and teaching. We provide a comfortable space in our sanctuary for children with activity bags and materials for creative, worshipful response. On the first Sunday of each month at 9:30 a.m. we offer an additional worship service we call Waffle Church. Waffle Church is an inter-generational and engaging worship service for all ages.. and, yes, there are waffles to eat!

For families of babies and toddlers, a nursery is available every Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. Rocking chairs are offered as a comfortable place to rock your child while still being able to hear the service. Babies and toddlers are always welcome in worship!

Children’s Faith Formation (what we used to call Sunday school) for Preschool through 5th grade:

When and where:  We believe that community worship is vital to our faith so that is where we begin and end our faith formation hour each week. A children’s message is offered at our 10:30 a.m. worship service. Children are invited to attend Children’s Chapel just following the children’s message for activities that are designed to enhance and further explore the message and lesson. Children’s Chapel is located adjacent to the sanctuary. Families may walk their children to the chapel and stay as long as their child needs to settle in. Children return to the sanctuary and worship service following the sermon so they may share in the community worship experience.

Content of Faith Formation: Our materials are carefully chosen and connect to our worship focus. Because growing in faith is largely experiential, we provide engaging curriculum that teaches Bible stories while nurturing community, wonder, and creativity.

Special Needs: We welcome people of all physical and mental abilities.  If your child would benefit from additional accommodations, please contact the Director of Family Ministries to discuss your child’s specific needs.

Safe Sanctuaries

Ensuring the safety of our children is essential to providing a caring and secure environment. Our Safe Sanctuaries policy ensures that there will be appropriate adult supervision at all times, with the goal that our church will be a “safe haven” where all are protected from every form of child abuse. Click here for our Safe Sanctuaries policy.

church-camp

 Church Camp’s mission is to provide a Christian experience for all youth (beginning with 3rd grade) regardless of race, church affiliation or financial standing. This experience includes, but not limited to: Bible study, leadership development and encouragement of spiritual growth.

Camp week is spent preparing a biblically based musical which is presented the last evening of camp. Preparation for the musical includes set/prop design and construction, acting and singing. The Christian theme for the week is also supported through many activities such as morning watch, faithfulness time, evening campfires and secret pals. We have scheduled recreational activities daily including swimming, soccer and other organized games. There is also a craft center where campers can use their creativity to make things for themselves and others.

E-mail or call the church office at 715-344-3557 if you are interested in attending the camp.

July 26-31, 2020 – Lake Lucerne Camp & Retreat Center – Wautoma, WI

Below please find:

Camp Summary
Camper Registration Form
Youth Health Form 

outreach-ministry

The Outreach Ministry of The United Methodist Church is responsible for numerous activities for the church. Our primary function is to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and inviting for all people in our community. Outreach Ministry helps all church groups understand that everything we do is an opportunity to be welcoming and inviting.

To accomplish this we:

  • Maintain the Welcome Center
  • Educate the congregation on how to be welcoming to guests
  • Maintain the name tags
  • Greet visitors and help them learn of ongoing activities
  • Host events to invite the community to our church
  • Encourage United Methodists involvement in community events

Outreach Ministry usually meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:15 p.m. and some occasional day time meetings in the library. Anyone who enjoys meeting people, or who would like to volunteer a few hours a month, are welcome to join us.

nurture-ministry

Nurture Ministry focuses on hospitality and care ministries for members and friends of our church family. Whether sharing in Christian fellowship or providing care to support someone in a time of need, nurture ministries help people to grow as disciples and to be good neighbors.
Through the following areas we minister to the people of God:

  • Birth & Baptism Cards – sent out for the occasion
  • Care Calls – provides phone contact to the entire congregation in the spring and fall
  • Care Ministry – provides hospital visits at St. Michael’s
  • First Year Grads – Fall “Goody Boxes” sent to those away from home for the first time – Fly High
  • Flowers for 90+ – to celebrate their birthdays
  • Health Ministry – provides blood pressure screening the second Sunday of each month
  • Help the Elderly – United Methodist Men
  • Meet & Greet – provides fellowship and refreshments Sunday after worship
  • Open Door Bistro – serves supper in Fellowship Hall on Wednesday Disciples’ Night from 5:30-6:00 PM during the school year. Each week of the month has a different menu prepared and served by members and friends of the church. College students eat free. This is a great way to enjoy great food and good fellowship. See the Open Door Bistro brochure
  • Prayer Chains – Prayer requests for those in need
  • Senior Recognition Sunday – honors all our high school graduates for the year, in May
  • Singles Ministry – provides friendship and support for one another
  • Stephen Ministry – trained lay servants provide one-to one Christian support and care to those experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances
  • Tool Box Brigade – need help with a small project – they’re ready to help you
  • Quilting Ministry – quilts made with love and prayers for those in need

missions

Missions Ministry informs our congregation and provides opportunities to support God’s people with gifts of time, money, energy and prayer. We support mission efforts with God’s people locally, in the region, nationally, and globally. United Methodists everywhere work together to provide the most coordinated and effective mission outreach, especially during and after natural disasters, such as Midwest flooding and hurricanes in recent years, Pakistan floods, the Haiti earthquake, and Katrina.  Below is a list of  the current Mission projects.

Project Fresh Clothes

Project Fresh Clothes is a mission outreach project in our Stevens Point community.  From June thru August we collect funds to provide vouchers for families to help purchase clothing from consignment stores for school age children so they can start school in the fall with “new” school outfits.
Contact:  Cathy Martin

United Methodist Committee on Relief  UMCOR’s mission is to alleviate human suffering. We provide practical, proactive support to the most vulnerable survivors of chronic or temporary emergencies due to natural or civil causes. 100% of your donation goes to relief.
Contact:  Mary Schultz

One Great Hour of Sharing (UMCOR Sunday) is a special offering in March that supports UMCOR’s vital work.  All funds collected during this special offering support the administrative costs so that 100% of money donated will go to the specific cause. (www.umcor.org)
Contact:  Mary Schultz

Holiday Baskets

Holiday Baskets  supports a hands-on, intergenerational ministry, which enables us to reach out into the community with joy and support for the holidays in December.
Contact:  Bonnie Lund

Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families find new hope in the form of affordable housing.
Contact:  Mary Gurlea

Ghana UM School mission motto is, “God is in control.” The work we do in the Aworowa village focuses on the children by providing desks and uniforms to those who have lost one or both parents.
Contact:  John Munson

Interfaith Food Pantry of Portage County

Formerly known as Second Harvest, the Interfaith Food Pantry of Portage County (IFP) is located at 2820 Post Road and open for distributions on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  It is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, members of local churches in Plover and beyond, that meets UMC the 1st Tuesday of the month.
Contact: Bonnie Lund and Tom Skillman

Food of the Month

An ongoing collection to support our local food pantries.

    • January – Breakfast food items
    • February – Soup & Crackers
    • March – Meal in a can/box
    • April – Canned Fruit & Vegetables
    • May – In-Gathering – Annual Conference
    • June – Beverage & Snack Items
    • July – Cereal
    • August – Meal in a can/box
    • September – Peanut Butter & Jelly
    • October – Canned Fruit & Vegetables
    • November & first 2 weeks of December – Holiday Baskets
    • December – Pasta & Sauce Products

Coins of Compassion

A weekly collection of change focused each month on a need for either local, conference, national or international organizations.

    • January – Operation Bootstrap
    • February – Interfaith Food Pantry of Portage County
    • March – One Great Hour of Sharing
    • April – Place of Peace
    • May – In-Gathering – Annual Conference
    • June – to be determined
    • July – Project Fresh Clothes
    • August thru December – to be determined

Mission Trips

Looking for a way to show God’s love to others and grow in God’s love, too? Mission trips and retreats provide a hands experience for work with people in need in their own environment. Want to become involved? Contact Yvonne Chojnacki, Director of Missions Ministry, at 715-344-3557 or click here to send an email request for more information.

Eco-Justice Ministry

All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. God has granted us stewardship of creation. We practice meeting these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect. Some examples of environmental justice practices that have been initiated are:

  • St. Paul’s Prairie
  • Use of Fair Trade Coffee for church hospitality and events
  • Offering of Fair Trade coffee and chocolate for reasonable donation to members and the community
  • Recycling and recycling education
  • Use of local foods for church dinners
  • Earth Day recognition and celebration
  • Highway Clean Up — A stretch of Hwy 10 East is cleaned each year in the spring and in the fall

To find out more or to work with a group of Christians willing to dig into complex issues confronting us, society and the world today, contact the church office at 715-344-3557.

Worship is a time when we praise God and seek to focus on God and what God desires for us in our lives. It is at the center of all our community life, whether on Sunday morning, small groups, children and youth ministry, committee and board meetings.

“Worship is rooted in Scripture and in our United Methodist heritage and experience.  Our worship in both its diversity and its unity is an encounter with the living God through the risen Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. When the people of God gather, the Spirit is free to move them to worship in diverse ways, according to their needs.” – United Methodist Book of Worship

Sunday Morning

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Sunday morning worship is neither wholly “traditional” nor totally “contemporary,” yet our worship is at the same time both. The emphasis is on variety, and we seek to make use of the best elements of all styles in accord with the gifts and talents of the people who participate. We encourage people to get involved in worship using the gifts that God has given them, and there are numerous opportunities to become involved in and serve at worship.

Our worship services are scripturally based and relevant to today’s world, both contemporary and traditional, spirit-filled and reflective.  Children and youth are welcome.   People of all ages and stages of life can find a worship home with our church family.   There are no dress codes or requirements, except a humble heart.

What to expect / What we offer

  • Interactive services
  • Traditional worship styles with contemporary elements
  • Scripturally informed messages
  • Traditional and contemporary music
  • All are welcome at The Lord’s Supper
  • Prayer for community concerns
  • Nursery for infants through 4 years of age
  • Activity Bags for children in worship
  • Hearing assistance
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Large print bulletins

Waffle Church

The first Sunday of the Month at 9:30 am, we now waffle-churchoffer a  Casual Contemporary Sunday Service called Waffle Church!  It is held in Fellowship Hall, which is right across the Gathering Area from our Sanctuary.  

Waffle Church is an inter-generational and engaging worship service for all ages… and, yes, there are waffles to eat!

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We sit at round tables of 6 – 8 people.  There is some singing and a spiritual message.  Sometimes there are other activities to do as well.  communion-at-waffle-churchThen because it is the 1st Sunday of the Month, it is also Communion Sunday.  We all stand around the Communion Table in a large circle to take Communion.  When done with Communion we extend the table to eat our waffles. We close our time together with a song and a closing prayer.eating-waffles-at-waffle-church

So if you want to experience a new type of casual Sunday Service, give Waffle Church a try, you won’t regret it!

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    • During the Week

      Prayer is viewed as a central ministry of our church. Members and friends are encouraged to worship and pray regularly in their daily lives.

      • We encourage the congregation to use devotional materials. Copies of the following are made available:
        • For adults, regular and large print copies of The Upper Room are available free of charge bi-monthly (Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr, May-Jun, etc.). It may also be received electronically for a small subscription fee by email and on your Android and Apple phones
        • For Children 8-12 years, Pockets magazine
        • For Youth, devozine: for teens and by teens
      • You may contact the Prayer Chain if you have a prayer request.
      • Our Sanctuary and Chapel are open when the church is open, although sometimes they may be in use by others.
      • Prayer Quilts are given when a person needs to have a concrete experience of being “wrapped” in the prayers of the church.
      • Other written and electronic devotional resources that you may find useful include:
        • Sight Psalms – a visual, photoelectronic daily devotion
        • Alive Now – a bi-monthly 48-page magazine that focuses on a contemporary topic that impacts the faith life
        • Weavings – a quarterly journal of articles for clergy, lay leaders, and all engaged in seeking a deeper life with God through the formation in the mind, heart, and word of Jesus Christ
        • Visit The UPPER ROOM website for more titles

      Prayer Needs and the Prayer Chain

      We view prayer as a central ministry of our church. At any time you or someone you know is need of prayer, contact Pastor Tim or the church office with your prayer joys and concerns and ask for prayers by our congregation’s Prayer Chain.
      Church phone: 715-344-3557.

    Prayer and Spiritual Growth

    Prayer is viewed as a central ministry of our congregation. Members and friends are encouraged to worship and pray regularly in their daily lives.

    • You may contact the Prayer Chain if you have a prayer request.
    • Our Sanctuary and Chapel are open when the church is open, although sometimes they may be in use by others.
    • Prayer Quilts are created upon request for members and friends of our congregation when a person needs to have a concrete experience of being “wrapped” in the prayers of the church.

      Ways to Serve in Worship

      Liturgist: Lead readings during the worship service.

      Usher:  Welcome people to worship, distribute worship materials, assist in receiving the offering

      Greeter:   Help people feel welcome as they attend worship and see that guests find a friendly place to worship God.

      Communion Stewards:   Prepare the bread and cup for communion.

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