Ways to Get Involved and Serve
The Holy Spirit and You
Do you know what your Spiritual Gifts are and how you can use them at FUMC?
As a Christian saved through acceptance of God's grace by the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, we receive spiritual gifts to be used in service for God's greater glory. We are to use our unique personalities, traits, and interests to build up the church and to share Christ’s love with the world. You can use these gifts through the ministry of FUMC. Together we provide many opportunities to share God’s love with one another and with the world. Using your Spiritual Gifts is as easy as sharing your time and talents. Below is a list of areas that you can volunteer to serve FUMC:
Confirmed youth are required to serve as acolytes until the age of 16. Acolytes light and extinguish candles. Acolytes receive their initial training and are scheduled by Sandi Berger.
Child Evangelism/Fellowship (CEF) Summer Camp
CEF is the world's largest Evangelistic outreach to children. A non-denominational organization supported by free will offerings from local churches and individuals. CEF shares the Gospel message of Salvation and a passion and love for Christ, preparing the children to impact the community and home. CEF has reached 100's of children on the local level throughout the county through effective ministry in clubs within the schools and private clubs in the homes. CEF also supports different missionaries throughout the world with weekly offerings from the Good News Clubs and Time Release Clubs. Hosting a CEF summer camps is one way to promote the wonderful work done by CEF in this community. Many volunteers are needed to make each week at camp a success. The focus of CEF is always to lead children to Christ that may have otherwise not known who Christ is and how knowing Christ can change their lives. For more information on CEF click here.
Christ Servant Ministry
Certification with extra training and preparation for service in a number of helping ministries.
FUMC offers several opportunities to worship and praise God. We offer an adult choir and a Children's Choir.
Joyful Noises Choir is for children from toddler age to 7 years of age. The children practice on Sunday mornings for a 1/2 hour following the second service.
Adult Choir is for anyone from 8th grade and above. This choir performs all styles of music in all voices (SATB) and in varying levels of difficulty. This choir sings at the 8:00 am worship service and practices on a Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.
Contemporary Praise/Worship Team is for anyone that loves the Lord and wants to serve through his or her gift of music. They perform all styles of music (contemporary to traditional hymns) and in varying levels of difficulty. The worship team sings at the 10:45 am (9:00 am - summer schedule) worship service. Their practice schedule is flexible and varies depending on schedules so please check the bulletin. The Team is always looking for musicians and singers.
Coffee is provided after each service on a Sunday morning. Please consider serving in this capacity by donating coffee and creamers, preparing, serving, or cleanup up on a Sunday morning.
FUMC offers a luncheon at the noon hour, serving those in the community who are “hungry for food and fellowship,” on the second Saturday of each month. We are always looking for volunteers to help prepare, serve, and, most importantly, engage in fellowship with our “guests.” Won’t you join us?
A communion steward provides the elements (bread and juice) and sets up for the communion service by placing the bread and cup on the Communion Table as directed by the Pastor (i.e., intinction or individual cups).
A communion server assists the Pastor during the communion service by serving the bread and cup to the congregation.
FUMC and Diakon's PrimeTime Health partnered to form the Exerettes to provide older persons with valuable knowledge and techniques to assist them in maintaining health, wellness, and independence. The program is particularly attractive to older adults because most of the dances and activities can be done either standing or sitting down. One of the goals of the Exerettes is to inspire others and to show that it is never too late to make life-style changes. The exercises not only promote balance but also flexibility, strength, and better. The Exerettes meet every Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10 to 11 am here at FUMC in Fellowship Hall. By the way, IT's FREE!! Come and join us!!!
Greeters /Ushers are the people who say hello and hand you a bulletin when you come to church and have a very important part of our worship; as part of their responsibility, as an Usher they collect the offering(s) and direct people to receive Holy Communion. We welcome and encourage church members who would like to be greeters to contact the church office for available dates.
Lay Home Communion Ministry
This group provides the Sacrament of Holy Communion on a regular basis, providing a bridge between the congregation and home-based members. These people have a sense of mission, are responsible, have compassion, are non-judgmental and can keep confidences. They are servants of the Lord who bring the blessings of their congregation to God's children with special needs.
Liturgists are congregation members who volunteer to open worship with announcements and to read the lessons during the church services. They serve on an occasional basis. If you are interested in serving as a lector, please contact the church office.
Is God calling you to help spread the Good News? Do you feel a burning desire to talk to others about the things of God? If so, then lay preaching may be the route for you. Lay speakers/preachers are given the work of speaking God's word, praying for others, and serving the congregation's needs. The lay preachers serve FUMC by sharing God's word with the congregation for the Saturday evening service or occasionally on a Sunday morning when the Pastor(s) are out of the pulpit.
We oversee and maintain the church library, research new book acquisitions, and help with the mini bookstore display upstairs.
Media Ministry (Media/Sound Booth)
The Media Ministry is always looking to add to the rotating crew of volunteers to meet the growing needs of the church. If you are able to give one or two Sundays a month to the church at either or both the 8:00 and 10:45 services (or 9:00 am June through Labor Day weekend), then we are looking for you. No minimum level of experience is required. Middle and high school students are also encouraged to join. Please contact Dave Williams for seeking additional information, for signing up as a new member of the Tech Team, and/or for receiving training on the equipment. For more information, please see the Media Ministries page of this website.
Men's Breakfast Group
A fellowship opportunity open to all Christian men in the community. Meets the third Saturday each month at 8:00 am for inspiration, study, and fellowship.
Methodist Women's Ministries
Continuing to be a group in mission - we will be working for and supporting missions locally.
Ministry Teams and Committees
There are many committees that lead FUMC and serve this congregation. Serving on a committee is just one way to share your diverse gifts and interact with those who share your interests and values. Below is a list of committees available. For more information, please see the Committees Section of this website.
Health and Welfare
Media and Technology
Missions & Social Concerns
United Methodist Women
Missions & Social Concerns Ministry
This ministry of the church recruits and oversees the adult mission teams sent out by the Church, including Volunteer in Mission (VIM) teams; oversees support for missionaries and Christian organizations sponsored by the Church; oversees periodic missions conferences; provides support and connection for the various social and missional outreach programs of the church, including the Vineyard Ministry, Meals Ministry, and Community Lunch.
Bi-monthly, this group meets to help collate and sort the monthly newsletter. If you are interested in serving as a Newsletter Helper, please contact the church office.
FUMC offers paid Nursery Attendants at both the 8:00 am service and the 10:45 am service. Parents with young children really appreciate the helpers who watch their children! Background clearances are required for all adults working in any capacity with children, including helping in the nursery.
God has answered thousands of prayers in the life of the First UMC congregation. Our prayer ministry includes weekly Wednesday night prayer meeting and an active prayer chain for "prayer emergencies." FUMC has an email prayer chain and a minimal number on a telephone chain. This chain provides the ministry of prayer to anyone who needs it. Those on the chain call the next person to add or remove a name, and then pray individually. For more information on our Prayer Chain, please see the Prayer Requests menu.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Do you know how to knit or crochet? Are you able to donate yarn? The Prayer Shawl Ministry was started early 2011 within our church family. For more information, please contact Linda Wagner, Donna Miles, or the Church Office.
Senior Adults Fellowship (Over 50 Fellowship)
The Over 50 Fellowship Group meets on a regular basis to share devotions to live and grow in God's love and plan fellowship activities.
Do you know Microsoft PowerPoint? Do you enjoy working with graphics and want to serve at FUMC in the background? The Media and Technology Committee is always looking for volunteers to create the slides for Sunday morning services. For more information, please contact David Williams or the Church Office.
Small Group Leaders & Participants
The Christian life is lived out with people. We understand that growing one's faith requires the support, attention and nurturing that only small group can provide. Trusting relationships allow us to know one another deeply and to be known. What we receive from God is always matured, tested and developed in the context of people, like you, in God’s Church. Here at FUMC we value the time-proven experience of Christians meeting in home groups for the purpose of Fellowship, Bible Study, Missions, and growing, nurturing, and discipling people to become dynamic followers of Jesus Christ. We offer short-term and long-term classes to allow you to connect with others as you walk together on your faith journey. Our small groups are a way to get to know each other. If you have a suggestion for a small group, or if you would like to connect with a small group, please contact the church office. For information on existing small groups, click here.
Sunday School Attendance
Join us every Sunday from September to May at 9:40-9:45 am as we learn God's word! There is something for all ages and stages!
Sunday School Teachers
Sunday School teachers are willing to spread the love of Jesus Christ with a group of 6-12 children on Sunday mornings from September through May, have the ability to plan and lead meaningful lessons for Sunday School children, and are willing to serve on a quarterly basis.
VIM Mission Volunteers
VIM - Volunteers in Missions: Our church sends out missions teams periodically for special needs and for the ongoing spiritual life of the congregation. We sent VIM teams three years running in 2006, 2007, and 2008 to the Gulf Coast to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina in Alabama and Mississippi. Plans are currently under way to send a VIM team to the Children of Zion Orphanage in Namibia, Africa. Our church also sends out regular Youth-Adult mission teams as part of the church's youth ministry (see Youth website for more details). For more information on the United Methodist VIM, click here.
Vineyard Ministry Volunteers
The Vineyard is a mission outreach which began in 2004 as the result of a need in the community. The Vineyard is not just a Food Pantry. A short worship service is provided to feed the soul. Household items such as cleaning supplies and paper products, as well as food items are available. If you feel led to serve this ministry through the donation of items, check out the Vineyard Grocery List.
Youth Ministry (Student or Chaperone)
The Mission of Youth Ministry is to: Bring In | We pursue, reach and connect students with God and with other students in our community of faith; Build Up | We equip our students with life and leadership skills and support them as they grow in their knowledge and understanding of God and His plan for their lives; and Send Out | We release our students to make an impact in the world as they serve God and each other with their time, treasure, and talents.