God has so arranged the body…that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:24a – 26
Our church has a variety of support ministries and skilled professionals who would love to share their gifts with you. You are also encouraged to share your caring gifts with the congregation.
If you have a specific need of care or prayer request, or know someone who wants to have a visit or call from one of our pastors or our congregational team, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can email Nell Nash, Director of Care Ministry, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 414-964-2424 ext.218
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Contact: Marge Lee, (414) 963-1635
The Knitting Group meets every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the Walnut Room.
Knitters of all skill levels are welcome! The Knitting group has knitted caps and scarves for Joy House and Hope House, mittens for school children, lap robes for nursing home residents, prayer shawls for shut-ins, caps and booties for premature infants, mittens for Guatemala and donations for the annual UMW bazaar. We also send boxes of yarn to the Mission Church in Nome, Alaska. The members find their Thursday afternoons blessed with friendship, achievement, and care for and love of God’s less fortunate children.
About the Ministry
In the fall of 2003, Phyllis Schaefel was diagnosed with cancer. A friend gave her a prayer shawl. Her caregiving sister witnessed the shawls comforting power and vowed to begin a shawl ministry at UMCWFB. In 2005 a few interested women gathered and gave birth to the Prayer Shawl Ministry.
How they are Made
Care and love of knitting, crocheting or sewing have been combined into this prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of solace and comfort. Many prayers are stitched into every shawl. Each one is begun with prayers for the recipient and continued throughout it’s creation. When completed each shawl is blessed during a church service before being sent along it’s way.
Some Uses for the Shawls
Shawls are intended for those undergoing medical procedures, during an illness and recovery, as a comfort after loss, during bereavement or as a tangible symbol of God’s everlasting love.
Requesting a Shawl
If you know someone who would appreciate a shawl, please contact any pastor. Shawls can be delivered during a pastoral call or by you personally. A prayer will be provided for the presentation.
Interested in Helping?
Materials and patterns will be provided. Monetary contributions are also appreciated to cover material costs. You can knit or crochet on your own or with our knitting group.
For Prayer Shawl Pattern Guidelines, click here.
Knitting on Your Own
Our church loves to receive knitted donations that members make at home. Feel free to use the guidelines below to knit items to donate. The church will be sure to send your donation along to a person in need.
For instructions on knitting hats and booties for pre-mature babies, and kids’ sweaters, click here!
LGBT Advocacy Group was prayerfully launched in July 2007. Our contact group of approximately 60 persons is open to all those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or questioning of sexual identity, as well as family and friends of those persons who believe in opening our doors of welcome to all persons who may feel excluded in other churches.
While many of our group members have a deep and personal interest in matters important to “gays,” the Ministry is not a “gay group.” We serve primarily as an advocacy group and welcome anyone with an interest in life-style equality.
Please join us as we continue our effort of LOVING all people, CARING about the communities in which we live and worship, and SERVING our fellow UMCWFB family members in the many and varied aspects of human life.
Meetings are the 3rd Sunday of the month in the Wesley Room from noon to 2:00 pm.
Adopted in May 2012, our church's welcoming statement is:
God’s grace is available to all, and all persons are individuals of sacred worth. The congregants of the UMCWFB seek to live in Christian community, welcoming all Christian seekers and believers regardless of age, gender, marital status, race, sexual orientation, social or economic status, gender identity, physical or mental ability.”
FEATURED NEWS, SEMINARS AND CLASSES
Since 2007, the LGBT Advocacy group has hosted 3 film festivals, a national touring exhibit of same sex couples in committed relationships, has participated as welcomers to PrideFest festival goers, and as walkers in the lakefront AIDS Walk, provided worship leadership for “Inclusiveness Sunday,” hosted a 5 week series on bullying, as well as the completion of the altar cloths, designed and created by Carol Kuxhause.
In June 2013, members were provided with newly designed “business cards,” the first use of which was at PrideFest. Several members volunteered to stand at the entrance to the celebration, welcoming visitors who were being negatively confronted by protestors.
Working with Wednesday Night Live, we hosted an old-fashioned Western “Ho-Down” with “traditional” Bar-B-Q foods and an evening of “Square Dancing!” The live callers kept the crowd moving. Our “Bullying” seminars (already mentioned) immediately followed.
Our future plans include our annual cookout for members and friends of the ministry; a joint celebration with an all church “Ice Cream Social” at the close of Vacation Bible School; our second “Parents’ Night Out” in November, when children can be left in our care while their adult family members enjoy a few child-free, responsibility-free hours. We will continue to search for opportunities for fun, fellowship, and fortitude for ALL.
LGBT Advocacy, Library Guild, Church & Society and Dialogue are small groups in our church that belong to Reconciling Ministries Network.
The LGBT Advocacy Group supports the efforts of The BULLY PROJECT. It is a national movement to stop bullying that is transforming kids’ lives. The power of our work lies in the participation of individuals like you who work to create safe, caring, and respectful schools and communities. Students, parents, educators, and advocates all have a role to play in transforming their classrooms and communities into places of inclusion and caring. Click here for more information.
Contact: Caitlin Arterburn for information
Having a Baby?
We know having a new baby is exciting and exhauasting. Blessings From Above would love to bring you a meal or two, a gift bag, and friendly company!
Care for New Babies
Want to love on new babies and their parents? Cook a meal, knit a blanket, or deliver the pre-packed gift bags to a new family in your area.
The on-going Prayer Ministry of our congregation includes weekly prayer petitions in worship, and a prayer ministry team that prays for particular needs of the congregation. The Prayer Ministry supports and encourages church members to develop a prayer life and is available to anyone seeking to strengthen his or her prayer life or to develop new prayer groups.
On a weekly basis prayer concerns and celebrations are shared with a number of members of the congregation who form a prayer chain, for their prayer support during the week. You may fill out a prayer request card during worship, and be assured that prayers will continue during the week.
We have a regular prayer group of faithful prayers who gather together for prayer for concerns of the life of our congregation, on a regular basis.
We have a prayer labyrinth in the lower level of our building. The prayer labyrinth will be open for walking on the first Friday of every month, prior to and the following the Taize worship service, at 7:30 p.m.
The labyrinth is a tool which offers opportunity to take time out from our busy lives, and leave schedules and stress behind. Walking the labyrinth can bless our lives, and lead us to discovery, insight, peace, solace, and direction. As a work of the Spirit, the labyrinth is more about the journey than the destination, about ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’, integrating body and mind, reason and imagination, thought and feeling into our harmonious whole, as God intended.
More specific information about walking the labyrinth is available in the church office or you can download and print this pdf: The Prayer Labyrinth: A Holy Walk.
The Upper Room
The “Upper Room” is a quiet, private place to pray for the needs of members and friends of the congregation. It is open for prayer any time the building is open. This small room, located in the hall to the north of the sanctuary, has an altar, a comfortable overstuffed chair with a prayer shawl, prayer resources, a basket of prayer requests, and other items that make it a space conducive to individual prayer. Feel free to walk into the room to pray any time you find the door open; stay as long as you wish.
Our chapel is open to individuals or groups for prayer during the week. Often persons find that time spent there prior to or following worship or meetings, or just in the middle of the day, can be a refreshing opportunity. Though the chapel is often used for established groups, there are many times when it is available. You may want to consult the church calendar to be sure that there is nothing scheduled at the time you want to stop by.
Our monthly Taizé worship service is a wonderful opportunity for experiencing prayer in the midst of Christian community. This simple service of prayers and singing is a meditative time which includes reflective music, conducive to prayer.
Taizé Prayer Service: 1st Friday of the month, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
What is Stephen Ministry?
Based on the story found in Acts 6.1-6, seven laypersons were trained and blessed by the disciples to carry on the care ministry in the early church. In similar ways, Stephen Ministers augment pastoral care in a congregation. Stephen Ministers, after training, will be able to respond to:
- People who are hospitalized
- Those who are grieving
- Those suffering loneliness or discouragement
- The divorced or separated
- Those who are affected by death
- Unemployed persons
- People who are homebound or institutionalized
- Those dealing with moving and the losses/challenges of relocation
- Parents grappling with loss when children leave home
- Those convalescing or rehabilitating
- New parents
- Single parents
- Victims of natural or human-caused disaster
- Those in spiritual crisis
- Many other circumstances that we may find ourselves facing
A Stephen Minister is...
- A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting
- A congregation member with the gifts of caregiving, who was carefully selected to serve in this role
- A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
- A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages
- Someone who will “be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for about an hour each week, for as long as there’s a need
We're ready, this is your ministry...
You play an important role in our Stephen Ministry. Here’s what you can do:
- Accept Care
- Tell a friend
- Consider becoming a Stephen Minister
"Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers." Romans 12:13
Greet: Arrive 15 minutes before a worship service. Stand by a door and greet with a smile, handshake, and “Good Morning!” Greeter stoles are kept above coat racks.
Serve Coffee: Wear a smile and talk with people as they drink their morning coffee. Brew a few pots of joe.
Usher: Welcome people as they walk into worship. Usher duties, such as collecting offering. Help worshipers feel at home here.
Grief and healing seminars have been presented here for years.
Jacquelyn Oliveira, M.A., a nationally certified grief counselor, offers grief and healing seminars.
Everyone who experiences the loss of a loved one is welcome. Here you will find encouragement and education.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR ALL SEMINARS. Please call the church office at 414-964-2424 to register. There is no fee for these seminars.
HEALING AND GROWING THROUGH GRIEF
Sunday, September 22, 2019 — 1:00-4:00 p.m.
UNDERSTANDING DEATH AND DYING
Sunday, September 29, 2019 — 2:30-5:30 p.m.
THE ADULT LOSS OF A PARENT or GRANDPARENT
Sunday, October 13, 2019 — 1:00-4:00 p.m.
COPING WITH GRIEF THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS
Sunday, November 10, 2019 – 1:00-4:00 p.m.