We appreciate all the continued prayers and support for our friends in Ukraine, Gabon, Africa; Navajo Hardrock Reservation in Arizona and other sites/organizations as we look forward to the following upcoming missions trips:
- Ukraine in April 2018 (Athletes in Action/CRU) – contact Pastor James for more information
- Gabon in April/May 2018 (Hands of Grace) – contact Vickie Quellhorst
- Tea House in June 2018 (Vacation Bible School/Field Forum) – contact Jodi Shimp
- Gabon in June 2018 (Hope House Vacation Bible School) – contact Pastor James
Volunteer for the kids church schedule (one month out of the year) and/or volunteer for the nursery, preschool and children on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. Contact Gina or Kristin (firstname.lastname@example.org, or text/call at 419-905-5253). Thank you for considering!
Wednesday Night Live activities resumed on September 6th, and we are in need of volunteers for youth evening activities and children’s evening activities. If you are interested in being in a rotation or can commit to multiple Wednesday evenings, please contact Kristin Lampert.
The Moms 4 Real group needs three to four people to help with child care on the second Thursday of every month from 9:15-11:15AM. If you are interested, please contact Tina Barhorst at email@example.com or Maggie Hibner at firstname.lastname@example.org. This group needs some people to sit and play with their kids while the mothers get to meet together to encourage and enjoy one another’s company. If you are not already you will need to be Safe Place certified. If you are not aware of the Safe Place Policy then they will fill you in. Thank you!
Advent Devotional Breakfasts will begin every Friday mornings on December 1st from 7 to 8 a.m. This “A Savior is Born” devotional and breakfast will be held at the church for the next four weeks (December 8, 15, 22 and 29). All women are welcome to come join us for breakfast and a short
devotional as we focus on Jesus, the real reason for Christmas.
Volunteers can serve at the Lima Rescue Mission in Lima, Ohio on Sundays (leaving at 3:45 p.m. for set-up then returning around 7 p.m.). Sign-up sheets in the main foyer of the church or you can contact Kay Roeth (419-629-3399) or Gina Tangeman (419-629-0194) to pick up a key and use the church van. Maximum of five people per trip due to limited space in kitchen.
Also, the Lima Rescue Mission needs small bottles of shampoo and conditioner (travel size), which can be brought into the church office.
Volunteers can also check for local assistance opportunities on www.mealtrain.com. Contact Julie Ferguson for more detail and see link below:
A new group in St. Mary’s will experiment with being a local “missional group” that is centered on outreach to our neighbors. These meetings will be at Cierra Otting’s house every other Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This group is open to anyone. Contact Cierra Otting or Josh Kalichman at email@example.com, or call the church office. The upcoming schedule includes God’s Covenant with Abram (Genesis 12, 15, 17) on November 30 and Jesus is Born (Luke 1 & 2) and Christmas party on December 14. The 9-lesson study “The Gospel-Centered Life” will begin on January 11. This study will be intended to help you understand how the Gospel shapes every aspect of life.
Donate your gently worn, used or new shoes to help the local YMCA raise funds for an organization collecting shoes so you can support micro-enterprise vendors. Micro-enterprises small businesses in developing nations. They typically involve a one-person operation while some micro-enterprises represent a family business depending on size. So drop your donated shoes in the bin located in the foyer. Thank you!
Cram the Van!
Remember Cram the Van occurs on the second Sunday of every month, so look for donation bags the Sunday before then plan to bring your donations to the church then.
Our current donations – gently used coats for the winter
Thanks so much for your support!
Join the drama team and perform at Sunday services once or twice a month. Just contact the church office or Shelly Finke.
Cooking Ministry Volunteers Needed for Wednesday nights, Sunday monthly Love Feasts and special events (contact Shelly Finke)
Desserts – desserts are needed for our Wednesday Night gatherings. Would you be able to bake desserts once or twice a month?
Laundry – towels, wash cloths and tablecloths need washed regularly.
Food Prep – help is needed Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. to get the meal ready about twice a month on a rotating basis.
Love Feast – These are potluck meals on communion Sundays with needs for set-up table service and drinks and with clean-up.
Coffee Bar – substitutes to keep the coffee filled on Sunday mornings. In addition, help to clean out the coffee airports after the second service. Positions include early set-up, between services, and clean-up (on an as-needed basis).
Please sign up in the foyer, call the office, or contact Shelly Finke. Thank you.