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Spiritual Gifts For Ministry ADMINISTRATION— ADMINISTRATION—Able to organize and manage information, people, events and resources to accomplish the objectives of a ministry. APOSTLESHIP— APOSTLESHIP—The divine ability to build the foundation of new churches.

ASSISTANCE/HELPS— ASSISTANCE/HELPS—Able to perform practical tasks to sustain and enhance the Body of Christ. DISCERNMENT— DISCERNMENT—Able to recognize what is of God and what is not of God. EXHORTATION (ENCOURAGEMENT)— (ENCOURAGEMENT)—Able to strengthen and comfort others in their efforts to live into God’s potential for their lives.

EVANGELISM— EVANGELISM—Able to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ so that nonnonbelievers respond with faith and discipleship.

FAITH— FAITH—Able to trust in God’s promises through all of life’s situations. HOSPITALITY— HOSPITALITY—Able to provide an environment where people feel welcome.

KNOWLEDGE— KNOWLEDGE—Able to understand, organize and effectively use information to advance God’s purposes. LEADERSHIP— LEADERSHIP—Able to cast a vision, set a course and motivate and direct people.

MERCY/COMPASSION— MERCY/COMPASSION—Able to lovingly minister to those in need. PROPHECY— PROPHECY—The GodGod-given ability to proclaim God’s truth.

TEACHING— TEACHING—Able to understand and clearly explain God’s truths and how we can apply them to our lives. WISDOM— WISDOM—Able to understand and apply biblical and spiritual knowledge to complex, contradictory or other difficult situations.

CEPIM Teams Administration Team … includes all work areas which serve as a means of supporting our ability to connect people to Jesus Christ. - Team Leader: Mickey Buehler - Staff Liaison: Alan Prass Education Team …encourages and supports those seeking educational, relational, and spiritual understanding. - Staff Liaison: Liz Reed Fellowship Team …strengthens our sense of congregational, community, and communal purpose. - Team Leaders: Mike & Donna Harrison Tom & Bernie Mleczko - Staff Liaisons: LuAnn Beem Samantha Allard Leadership Team …committed to the nurturing and development of current and future leaders at Christ Church. - Team Leader: Larry Weber - Staff Liaison: Diane Kruger Serving Christ Team …ministers to the needs of our congregation, our community, and the world. - Team Leaders: Chuck & Lisa Camp - Staff Liaison: Rev. Allen Miller Worship Team …enhances and sets the proper environment for worship and focuses on glorifying God. - Staff Liaison: Don Frazure


“Perhaps it is time to take a flying leap of faith. Perhaps it is time to move past good intentions and get involved. Perhaps it is time to roll up our sleeves and change the world!”

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ur mission at Christ Church is “to connect people with Jesus Christ.” Connecting Every Person in Ministry (CEPIM) is our strategy for involving people in that mission.

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t the heart of CEPIM is the concept of Worship + 2. 2 Our standard for Christian living involves weekly worship plus at least one discipleship ministry and one service ministry.

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invite you to take a flying leap of faith in 2009 and step out in unprecedented ways in your service to the Lord. Give God more of your prayers, presence, witness, gifts and service than you ever have before and watch your world begin to change!

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re you ready to answer God’s call?

od is Good!

Rev. Shane L. Bishop Senior Pastor


Christ Church, you are making a difference! In 2008, well over 500 first-time guests will come through the doors of Christ United Methodist Church. One of the comments I hear most often from these guests is that they feel the presence and the energy of the Holy Spirit at Christ Church, and that it is a warm, inviting place where they feel welcome! Thank you, Christ Church, for making a difference in the lives of so many people! How can you, as an individual, make a difference? You may be wondering if God can use someone like you to further His Kingdom. The answer is a resounding Yes! In his book Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby says to find out where God is working and join Him. God is working at Christ Church! I invite you to join Him! In this catalog, you will find close to 100 ministries that are led by caring, committed people who would love for you to join them as they answer God’s call to serve. So take the time to carefully, prayerfully look through this listing of ministries, find a ministry that fits your spiritual gifts and for which you feel joy and passion, and sign up! Your life will never be the same, nor will the lives of those for whom you will “make a difference.” CEPIM is a one-year commitment. Let me help you get plugged into ministry at Christ Church. At Christ Church, we exist to connect people with Jesus Christ. And we ask each of you to join us in this commitment with your Prayers, your Presence, your Witness, your Gifts, and your Service. I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me faithful, appointing me to His service — 1 Timothy 1:12 Diane Kruger, Director of Volunteer Ministries diane@connectingwithchrist.com


Ministries Administration Team Church History ....................................................................Page 8 Holy Folders........................................................................Page 8 Kitchen Ministry...................................................................Page 8 Library Resource Ministry ...................................................Page 9 Newsletter Team.................................................................Page 9 Office Data Entry and Receptionist.....................................Page 9 Photography Ministry ........................................................Page 10 Wedding Coordinating Team ............................................Page 10

Welcoming Ministries

Education Team Adult Education Ministry Connection Class Teachers..............................................Page 14 Disciple Bible Study Leaders ............................................Page 15 Summer Smorgasbord Group Leaders.............................Page 15

Children’s Ministry—K4C (Kids for Christ) Precious Gifts Nursery/Childcare......................................Page 16 Sunday: Preschool Praisers .....................................................Page 17 Children’s Worship (K—5th).......................................Page 18 Children’s Sunday School Connection (K—5th) ........Page 19 Scales & Skills (K—5th) Scales & Skills (Music and Drama)......................Page 20 Scales & Skills (Sports) .......................................Page 21 Scales & Skills Hospitality Volunteers .................Page 22 Wednesday: AWANA ......................................................................Page 23 Vacation Bible School Volunteers.....................................Page 24 iCare for Children with Special Needs ..............................Page 25 K4C Administration ...........................................................Page 26 Hospitality Shepherding Activities Support Administration

MINISTRIES

Coffee Hosts .....................................................................Page 10 Greeters ............................................................................Page 11 Parking Ministry ................................................................Page 12 Pie Ministry .......................................................................Page 12 Ushers...............................................................................Page 13 Welcome Center ...............................................................Page 13


Student Ministry (6th—12th Grade) Adult Sponsors..................................................................Page 27 Hospitality .........................................................................Page 28 Substitute Teachers ..........................................................Page 29 Technology .......................................................................Page 29 Worship Arts .....................................................................Page 29

MINISTRIES

Fellowship Team Event Coordinators.........................................................Page 30 Fall Festival Grizzlies Game Other events as scheduled Coffee with Bernie.............................................................Page 30 Candlelight Circle..............................................................Page 31 Cropping with Christ..........................................................Page 31 Heavenly Jewels ...............................................................Page 32 JOY Group ........................................................................Page 32 Men’s Small Groups..........................................................Page 32 MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).....................................Page 33 Quilters..............................................................................Page 33 Singles Ministry.................................................................Page 34 Sports Ministry Floor Hockey—Monday Night Cross Checking..........Page 34 Softball—Co-ed ..........................................................Page 35 Volleyball—Co-ed.......................................................Page 35 Softball—Men .............................................................Page 36 United Methodist Men (UMM)...........................................Page 37 United Methodist Women (UMW) .....................................Page 37 UMW Prayer Chain ...........................................................Page 38

Leadership Team Building Committee...........................................................Page 39 Committee on Lay Leadership..........................................Page 39 Finance Committee...........................................................Page 39 Long Range Planning .......................................................Page 40 Pastor Parish Relations Committee (PPRC) ....................Page 40 Trustees ............................................................................Page 40 Mow Joes & Jacks......................................................Page 40


Serving Christ Team Serving Christ...at Christ Church Funeral Dinners ................................................................Page 41 Hearts for Heroes..............................................................Page 41 Parish Nursing ..................................................................Page 42 Van Drivers Ministry..........................................................Page 43 Visitation Ministry ..............................................................Page 43

Serving Christ...in the Community

Serving Christ...in the World CUMC Philippine Missions ...............................................Page 49 Feed My Sheep Ministry ...................................................Page 50 Project Liberia ...................................................................Page 51 Summer Domestic Mission Trip........................................Page 52

Worship Team CD Ministry .......................................................................Page 53 Celebration Choir ..............................................................Page 53 Chancel Bells ....................................................................Page 53 Chancel Choir ...................................................................Page 54 Communion Stewards ......................................................Page 54 CUMC Women in Prayer ..................................................Page 54 Decorations Ministry .........................................................Page 55 The Journey ......................................................................Page 55 Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing ........................Page 56 NightWatch .......................................................................Page 56 Pew Crew..........................................................................Page 56 Praise & Worship Ministry ................................................Page 57 Saturday Night Worship Assistants ..................................Page 57 Sunday Night Coffee Café Ministry...................................Page 57 Worship Orchestra ............................................................Page 58 Worship Production Ministry .............................................Page 58

MINISTRIES

Belleville Christian Center.................................................Page 44 Birthday Wishes for Homeless Children ...........................Page 44 Disaster Preparedness .....................................................Page 45 Food Pantries....................................................................Page 45 Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House ........................Page 46 Nursing Home Ministry .....................................................Page 46 Nursing Home Music Ministry ...........................................Page 47 Project Christmas Cheer...................................................Page 47 Winter Patrol .....................................................................Page 47 Women’s Shelters.............................................................Page 48


ADMINISTRATION TEAM

Administration... includes all work areas which serve as a means of supporting our ability to connect people to Jesus Christ. Church History Church History members maintain the historical records of our church. Knowing our history is entertaining, inspiring, and enables us to understand who we are as a church. By reflecting on our past, we can better appreciate who we are and help determine our future direction in connecting people with Jesus Christ. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps • Knowledge Contact: • Bill Tasso 618/236-1923 tasso@charter.net

Holy Folders Holy Folders meet at 8:00 a.m. every Thursday for about two hours in the Volunteer Workroom to help prepare the Sunday Worship bulletins. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps Contact: • LuAnn Beem, Office Manager Church Office 618/277-4659

Kitchen Ministry Needed: Members to help keep the kitchen organized and thoroughly cleaned, and to help shop for all the kitchen paper products. Spiritual Gifts: • Administration • Assistance/Helps Contact: • Marilyn Clifton, 618/234-8648 Cycle34@charter.net

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Library Resource Ministry

Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps • Administration Contact: • Terry Frey, 618/628-2143 pcfrey15@yahoo.com

Newsletter Team The Newsletter Team prepares The Flame (monthly church newsletter) for distribution. There are two groups within the Newsletter team. One group creates the newsletter. This involves retrieving and writing articles, proofreading, and formatting. The second group assembles the newsletter once it is ready to mail—folding, stapling, and sorting. The writing group works on the newsletter throughout the month at different times. The mailing group meets once a month for about three hours. Date and time for preparing the newsletter varies each month. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps • Administration Contact: • Donna Harrison, 618/416-0067 mdharrison60@yahoo.com

Office Data Entry and Receptionist We are seeking volunteers to enter data, as well as volunteers to assist with the front desk and answer the phones between 8:00 and 10:00 weekday mornings. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps, Knowledge Contact: • LuAnn Beem, 618/277-4659 luann@connectingwithchrist.com Page 9

ADMINISTRATION TEAM

This ministry is responsible for our library. The work involves procuring, cataloging and processing new books and other materials. Other duties include checking in and shelving items and following up on overdue books. Volunteers with computer skills can help generate catalog and circulation cards. If you are passionate about books and helping others discover the wealth of information and inspiration contained between their covers, please join us!


ADMINISTRATION TEAM

Photography Ministry Members of the photography ministry will document the activities of the church and provide images for the church web site, multimedia, and printed church publications. We are looking for experienced photographers as well as those who would like to improve their photography skills. We invite you to be a part of the Photography Team at Christ Church! Spiritual Gifts: • Administration, Assistance/Helps, Knowledge Contact • Dan Baiotto, 618/223-1277, dbaiotto@charter.net • Matthew Kauffmann, 314/210-5477, matt@mdkauffmann.com

Wedding Coordinating Team Coordinators work with the family and pastor to coordinate/schedule church facilities, services and staff for weddings. Coordinators will be responsible for filling out contracts, collecting fees and assisting with the set-up of the sanctuary. They will be required to be at the church the day of the wedding. Coordinators will be assigned weddings as needed. Spiritual Gifts: • Administration, Assistance/Helps Contact: • Vanessa Prass, 618/235-6585

WELCOMING MINISTRIES Coffee Hosts The Coffee Ministry is a great opportunity for persons with a heart for service to use their gifts. We are responsible for making the coffee before services, serving during the Family Fellowship time and, of course, cleaning up. This ministry should require about 4 hours per month and much of that time is spent meeting and greeting your friends old and new in Christian fellowship. Spiritual Gifts: • Evangelism, Exhortation (Encouragement), Hospitality Contact: • Nancy Weber, 618/628-8273, nanc4grace@hotmail.com Page 10


Greeters

This ministry is a fantastic way to get to know people throughout the church while creating a warm and friendly atmosphere for everyone! Greeters arrive 20 minutes before worship and take their positions either at the interior sanctuary doors to hand out bulletins or at the church entrance to open doors. Time commitment: approximately every other Sunday throughout the year. Share your smile, and work to connect people with Jesus! Spiritual Gifts: • Hospitality • Assistance/Helps • Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact: • Kay Barrett 618/567-0629 kbarrett@ctmt.com

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ADMINISTRATION TEAM

Greeters share a passion for welcoming current members and guests to church services at CUMC—they smile; answer questions; give directions to classrooms, nursery, restrooms; assist the elderly, handicapped, families with small children; and provide umbrellas as needed during inclement weather.


ADMINISTRATION TEAM

WELCOMING MINISTRIES Parking Ministry Do you enjoy telling people where to go? Well, this is the ministry for you. Be one of the first persons that a guest to Christ Church sees as you help guests and church members find parking spots and guide traffic through the parking lot. This ministry will require your time and energy for one hour, two to three Sundays each month (depending on number of volunteers). Parking ministry volunteers will be active in the parking lot from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.

Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps • Hospitality Contact: • Jerry Cowart 618/398-7664 cowart12@charter.net

Pie Ministry Be a part of this first contact ministry by welcoming new guests to our church family. Take them a pie and a smile! Time requirement varies based on the number of Sunday guests. Spiritual Gifts: • Evangelism • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Assistance/Helps Contact • Angie Farnworth 618/791-4411 demiangie@yahoo.com Page 12


WELCOMING MINISTRIES Extend the hand of Christ as members and guests enter Scripture Hall, the Sanctuary, and other areas to worship. Ushers assist in seating worshippers who require assistance and finding seats for latecomers. Duties include, but are not limited, to: • Opening/closing doors to the sanctuary before, during, and after worship service. • Counting attendance. • Performing safety/security patrol of church facilities and parking lots during worship. • Monitoring the congregation during worship and assisting as needed. • Collecting the offering and placing it in the depository. • Assisting and directing worshippers during Communion. • Policing pews for articles left behind by worshippers, so that the next service will have a clean sanctuary for worship. • Being flexible to change as each worship service dictates. CPR knowledge helpful for emergency response. Time commitment: 12 Sundays per year, 1 1/2 to 2 hours per Sunday. Spiritual Gifts: • Hospitality, Assistance/Helps Contact: • Jerry Cowart, 618/398-7664, cowart12@charter.net

Welcome Center An easy, pleasant, yet vital ministry, the Welcome Center is a place to register first-time guests and present them with a warm welcome, a nice gift, and an encouragement to return. Volunteers may be individuals, couples or families. They man the Welcome Center 15 minutes before and after their selected service usually one week a month. Substitutes will cover any Sunday that a volunteer cannot attend. By making “first contact” with those seeking Christ in a church home, we have the unique opportunity to affect the future of Christ United Methodist Church. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps, Evangelism, Hospitality Contact: • Sharon Cleveland 618/632-4960 Page 13

ADMINISTRATION TEAM

Ushers


Adult Education Ministry...

EDUCATION TEAM

is an opportunity to study God’s Word with other Christians and to have fellowship together. Whether you are a new Christian and eager to find the meaning of the Bible or have been a Christian for many years and are looking for a deeper faith, adult Bible study classes will help you develop a personal relationship with God. You will learn to apply God’s Word to your everyday life. The adult ministries connect people with Christ and are available for all ages. They are led by dedicated Christian leaders from the church.

Connection Class Teachers Connection Classes facilitate discipleship for adult believers at various points in the Christian journey. These classes include: • Weekend Connection Classes at 8:30, 10:30 & 6:30 on Sundays • Weekday Connection Classes, both morning and evening • Disciple Bible Studies, year-long courses that guide people in a more intensive knowledge of the Bible • Summer Smorgasbord, summer Bible studies for women Connection Class teachers facilitate discipleship through structured Bible study and prayer, as well as application of Christian principles to everyday situations. Teachers should be able to articulate these principles to their students, as well as serve as models of spiritual growth and discipline for students. Teachers are expected to prepare for weekly lessons, keep attendance records, and demonstrate capable group leadership. In Christian love, teachers also should hold students accountable to their commitments of regular attendance, study, and group confidentiality. Sessions vary in length, from 4- to 12-week sessions for regular Bible studies to 34 weeks for Disciple Bible Studies. Childcare is provided during most Connection Class sessions. See 1 and 2 Timothy for Paul’s remarks on teachers and teaching within the church. Spiritual Gifts: • Teaching • Administration • Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact:

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Emily Climaco Emily@climaco.net


Adult Education Ministry Disciple Bible Study Leaders

Spiritual Gifts: • Wisdom • Knowledge • Leadership • Discernment • Shepherding Contact: • Jim Oppedal, 618/235-7343, Oppedal@wisperhome.com

Summer Smorgasbord Group Leaders Summer Smorgasbord is offered during the summer months for the purpose of providing easygoing, small group opportunities to connect in friendship and fellowship. Women of different ages and stages in life and in their walk with the Lord grow together through Bible study and discussion. We have found that as our church gets “bigger,” we need to get “smaller.” Summer Smorgasbord is one way to connect in a smaller setting. Volunteers who lead these summer smorgasbord small groups typically meet in their homes; however, some groups meet at the church. Spiritual Gifts: • Teaching • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Wisdom • Evangelism • Hospitality Contact: • Wendy Smith, 618/363-3723 wars@charter.net • Nancy Weber, 618/628-8273 nanc4grace@hotmail.com

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EDUCATION TEAM

This group helps promote, plan, register, and lead people to an increased knowledge of the Bible. These year-long studies develop a deeper understanding of Scripture and its application to our personal lives.


Children’s Ministry K4C (Kids for Christ)

EDUCATION TEAM

Children Ages Birth—5th Grade ________________________________________________________ Important Note: All volunteers working with children and youth, ages 0 to 18, must complete the Safe Sanctuary classes offered at CUMC and must submit to a background check. ________________________________________________________

Precious Gifts Nursery/Childcare Although our church employs Nursery staff, volunteers are still needed to provide additional love and care to our babies, toddlers, and children. Time commitments can vary. Volunteers can choose from several available time slots, including: • Sunday worship services and special meetings on Sundays • Saturday evenings for the 5:00 worship service • Weekday mornings, afternoons, and evenings Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps • Mercy/Compassion • Hospitality Contact:

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Michelle Herrera, Nursery Director/Preschool Coordinator 618/632-4086 hergmjda@ameritech.net


Children’s Ministry K4C (Kids for Christ) Children Ages Birth—5th Grade

Preschool Praisers Preschool Praisers consists of a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old class that meets during each Worship service. Children must be 3 years of age by September 1 and not yet in kindergarten. Children connect with Jesus Christ and with each other as they journey through the Bible via Bible stories shared in creative ways, drama/puppets, praise and worship, fun and engaging music, games and arts and crafts. There is also a time of snacks and free play. Volunteering can be on a weekly basis or a rotational basis (once a month or once every 6 weeks). Volunteers are needed in the areas of: • Teaching • Hands-on helpers • Substitute teachers Spiritual Gifts: • Teaching • Exhortation/Encouragement • Assistance/Helps Contact:

Michelle Herrera, Nursery Director/Preschool Coordinator 618/632-4086 hergmjda@ameritech.net

________________________________________________________ Important Note: All volunteers working with children and youth, ages 0 to 18, must complete the Safe Sanctuary classes offered at CUMC and must submit to a background check. ________________________________________________________

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EDUCATION TEAM

Sunday Mornings


Children’s Ministry K4C (Kids for Christ)

EDUCATION TEAM

Children Ages Birth—5th Grade

Sunday Mornings Children’s Worship (Grades K—5th) During 8:30 Worship, children ages K-5th Grade have their own time of Worship and Bible exploration. This service consists of large group time and small group time. In large group, kids participate in praise and worship and drama/creative story telling of the Bible. Small group time consists of 5 to 10 children (divided by grade levels), shepherded and led by a small group leader and assistant. During small group, kids have a time to connect with one another and to dig into the Bible. Kids end with a closing large group time, which ties it all together. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: • Large group leader (leads large group and directs/shepherds all the activities during the hour) • Small group leader (responsible for a small group for approximately 30 minutes and chaperones during large group) • Large and Small group assistants (chaperone kids as they check in and as kids participate in large group time— provide necessary assistance to the Large and Small group leaders) • Tech team—volunteers can serve weekly or on a rotational basis—duties involve operating the sound system/computer during large group times Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps • Teaching • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Wisdom • Evangelism Contact:

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Robin Fowler 618/792-9395 refowler5@gmail.com Rachel Frazure 618/277-4659 rachel@connectingwithchrist.com


Children’s Ministry K4C (Kids for Christ) Children Ages Birth—5th Grade

Children’s Sunday School/Connection (Grades K-5th) During 10:30 Worship, Children’s Ministry is offering a time of connection (Sunday School) for the kids. Kids will gather in their classrooms (divided by grade levels) for small group and then will end with a time of large group. During small group, kids dig deep into the Bible and get to know one another better. Kids end with a closing large group time, which ties it all together.

Volunteers are needed in the following areas: • Large group leader (leads large group and directs/shepherds all the activities during the hour) • Small group leader (responsible for a small group for approximately 30 minutes and chaperones during large group) • Large and Small group assistants (chaperone kids as they check in and as kids participate in large group time—provide necessary assistance to the Large and Small group leaders) Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps • Teaching • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Wisdom • Evangelism Contact:

Peggy Hutchison 618/628-0746 hutchhaus@charter.net

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EDUCATION TEAM

Sunday Mornings


Children’s Ministry K4C (Kids for Christ)

EDUCATION TEAM

Children Ages Birth—5th Grade

Sunday Evenings Scales and Skills is our Sunday evening Children’s Creative Arts and Sports Program. Throughout the year (September—April), Kindergarten through 5th Grade students will rotate through an evening of sports fundamentals and children’s creative arts activities (music and drama). Sign-in begins at 5:30 p.m., classes begin at 5:45, and the activities end at 7:30. NOTE: To participate, children must be 5 years old by September 1. Scales and Skills (Music and Drama) Grades K—2 (Act 1) and Grades 3—5 (Act 2) During music and drama time, children are taught music and drama fundamentals and apply what they learn toward songs, preparation for a musical, and in-class skits and puppet shows. One adult leader is needed who has skills and/or training in the creative arts and 2 assistants (these are hands-on helpers and do not need any musical or dramatic training or skills). Children present a Christmas and a Spring Musical, in addition to possible performances at Sunday Morning Worship Services. Rachel Frazure is the Director of this Program.

Spiritual Gifts: • Leadership, Teaching, Assistance/Helps • Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact: • Rachel Frazure, Director of Children’s Ministry 618/277-4659, rachel@connectingwithchrist.com Page 20


Children’s Ministry K4C (Kids for Christ) Children Ages Birth—5th Grade

Scales and Skills is our Sunday evening Children’s Creative Arts and Sports Program. Throughout the year (September—April), Kindergarten through 5th Grade students will rotate through an evening of sports fundamentals and children’s creative arts activities (music and drama). Sign-in begins at 5:30 p.m., classes begin at 5:45, and the activities end at 7:30. NOTE: To participate, children must be 5 years old by September 1. Scales and Skills (Sports) Grades K—2 (Minor League) and Grades 3—5 (Major League) According to age group, the children will learn basic sports fundamentals by running specially coordinated drills and scrimmages of several sports throughout the year. Children also break into small groups, read Scripture and glean life application points from it. Children are led by a leader and engage in a time of discussion and asking questions. Scott Loeffler is the Director of this Program. There are two opportunities to serve: 1) At least 4 adults are needed to assist the Director. NO ATHLETIC ABILILTY IS REQUIRED. This commitment is a year long. 2) We will need adults with coaching ability who are willing to spend a few weeks teaching a sport throughout the year. This commitment is seasonal. Spiritual Gifts: • Leadership • Teaching • Assistance/Helps • Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact:

Scott Loeffler (Minor League and Major League) 618/394-8932 sloeffler@compu-type.net

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EDUCATION TEAM

Sunday Evenings


Children’s Ministry K4C (Kids for Christ)

EDUCATION TEAM

Children Ages Birth—5th Grade

Sunday Evenings Scales and Skills Hospitality Volunteers Two people are needed to provide snacks and drinks for the children during their snack break as they switch between music and sports. The Hospitality Volunteers are responsible for purchase, set up and clean up of refreshments. Spiritual Gifts: • Hospitality Contact: • Rachel Frazure, Director of Children’s Ministry 618/277-4659 rachel@connectingwithchrist.com

________________________________________________________ Important Note: All volunteers working with children and youth, ages 0 to 18, must complete the Safe Sanctuary classes offered at CUMC and must submit to a background check. ________________________________________________________

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Children’s Ministry K4C (Kids for Christ) Children Ages Birth—5th Grade

...because kids matter to God !

The acronym AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) comes from 2 Timothy 2:15. AWANA is a children and youth ministry committed to reaching boys and girls with the gospel of Jesus Christ and training them to serve Him. Through games, memorization of Bible verses, and study of the Bible, children and youth have fun while being taught the Word of God. AWANA meets Wednesday nights during the school year from 6:30 – 8:15 p.m. Children can begin AWANA if they will be three years old by September 1 and can continue it through the 8th grade. AWANA’s success depends on volunteers. Areas in which you can volunteer for AWANA include: Teachers and assistants Games Recordkeeping

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Spiritual Gifts: Teaching Evangelism Assistance/Helps Administration/Leadership Wisdom Contact: • John Kruger 618/954-9148 john_kruger@charter.net

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EDUCATION TEAM

Wednesday Evenings


Children’s Ministry K4C (Kids for Christ)

EDUCATION TEAM

Children Ages Birth—5th Grade

Vacation Bible School Volunteers Vacation Bible School (VBS) meets evenings during one week of the summer (usually in the month of July). The ministry reaches out to children in our church and the community with educational and fun activities centering on a theme from the Bible. Volunteer needs: • VBS Director • VBS Assistant Director • Volunteers who team lead in the following: Attendance Bible story teachers Classroom assistants Crafts Decorating Meal preparation Missions Music Nursery Publicity Recreation Registration Snacks Spiritual Gifts: • Teaching, Exhortation (Encouragement) • Assistance/Helps • Administration • Leadership

Contact:

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Rachel Frazure Director of Children’s Ministry 618/277-4659 rachel@connectingwithchrist.com


Children’s Ministry K4C (Kids for Christ) Children Ages Birth—5th Grade

Individual Assistant This experienced and compassionate person will aid classroom teachers in adapting lessons for special needs children according to their learning abilities. This person will also provide individual care assistance to children with special needs. Special Ed Certification preferred, and experience with special needs children required. Opportunities during regular Children’s Christian Education Program occur throughout the week. Spiritual Gifts: • Mercy/Compassion • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Assistance/Helps Contact:

Rachel Frazure, Director of Children’s Ministry 618/277-4659 rachel@connectingwithchrist.com

________________________________________________________ Important Note: All volunteers working with children and youth, ages 0 to 18, must complete the Safe Sanctuary classes offered at CUMC and must submit to a background check. ________________________________________________________

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EDUCATION TEAM

iCare for Children with Special Needs


Children’s Ministry K4C (Kids for Christ)

EDUCATION TEAM

Children Ages Birth—5th Grade K4C Administration This team is responsible for the administrative functions associated with K4C (Children’s Ministry) activities. This ministry does not work directly with the children but provides “behind the scenes” hospitality, shepherding, activities support and administration. Opportunities to serve are available in the areas of: • Hospitality ⇒ Check-in/Check-out ⇒ Greet new families and provide an overview of K4C programs ⇒ Promote upcoming events ⇒ Decorate bulletin boards and other children’s areas, as needed • Shepherding ⇒ Greet and encourage children ⇒ Send correspondence to children (birthday cards, get well cards, miss you cards, etc. ⇒ Assist in creating a quarterly children’s newsletter to send to families • Activities Support ⇒ Act as a runner or floater during children’s programming (stay with sick or injured children; walk children to the bathroom or other areas of the church, as needed; locate supplies and other materials for teachers; walk the halls to ensure all children are in a class) ⇒ Confirm that all expected volunteers are in attendance • Administration ⇒ Assist the K4C Coordinator in developing, maintaining and updating all forms/policies used by K4C and in updating ACS computer database ⇒ Prepare signage and/or announcements Spiritual Gifts: • Exhortation (Encouragement),, Assistance/Helps, Hospitality Contact: • Jill Schlueter, K4C Administration Coordinator 618/222-1437 jschlueter1@charter.net Page 26


Student Ministry 6th—12th Grade

Adult Sponsors The student ministry calendar is full of events and trips that will take the students away from the church for a day of missions or a weekend event. We are in need of adult sponsors who can work with a small group of Jr. or Sr. High students throughout that event. It may mean cleaning up a yard in the fall with 5-6 students, traveling to St. Charles Family Arena for a concert, or serving a whole weekend during Dare2Share in March. We are compiling a list of adult sponsors for the 2009 year to be called on an as-needed basis. Spiritual Gifts: • Leadership, Exhortation (Encouragement) • Assistance/Helps Contact: • Nick Turner, Director of Student Ministry 618/277-4659, nick@connectingwithchrist.com

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EDUCATION TEAM

Serving students could be one of the greatest investments you can make for Christ and His Kingdom. There are many ways to begin working with the 6th—12th grade students at Christ Church. Listed below are some of the ways to get involved!


Student Ministry 6th—12th Grade

EDUCATION TEAM

Hospitality Students love food! Most of our meetings and trips in student ministry involve food and drink. We need people who like to serve the students by making sure they are well-fed. This could mean providing the snacks or meals during one of our events (see above). Or it could mean serving regularly by providing the snacks and drinks for our weekly meeting. We are compiling a list of those who would like to provide food and drink for the 2009 year to be called according to the level of commitment with which they are comfortable. Spiritual Gifts: • Hospitality, Assistance/Helps Contact: • Nick Turner, Director of Student Ministry 618/277-4659, nick@connectingwithchrist.com

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Student Ministry 6th—12th Grade Substitute Teachers

Spiritual Gifts • Teaching, Exhortation (Encouragement), Evangelism Contact: • Nick Turner, Director of Student Ministry 618/277-4659, nick@connectingwithchrist.com

Technology We are looking for people who enjoy working with technology to enhance/ maintain the student ministry website, work in graphic design, or help produce videos. If you like working with technology and would like to serve in Student Ministry, then sign up and we’ll see how we can plug you in! Spiritual Gifts • Leadership, Administration, Discernment Contact: • Nick Turner, Director of Student Ministry 618/277-4659, nick@connectingwithchrist.com

Worship Arts Every week our student gathering utilizes music and media in our worship experience. If you have a gifting for worship through music, production, or the creative arts, then consider working with our students in this area. Spiritual Gifts • Leadership, Exhortation (Encouragement) • Love of Music, Administration, Discernment Contact: • Nick Turner, Director of Student Ministry 618/277-4659, nick@connectingwithchrist.com

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EDUCATION TEAM

We are looking for teachers who can fill in for a Bible study or teach a lesson for our 6th-12th grade students. Substitute teaching is perfect for those who enjoy working with our students, but do not have the time to commit to a regular schedule. We are compiling a list of substitute teachers for the 2009 year to be called on an as-needed basis.


FELLOWSHIP TEAM

Fellowship Team The mission of the Fellowship Team is to help the congregation get to know each other in a more relaxed and informal setting. Event Coordinators

Fall Festival—This is a day of fun for the whole family which is traditionally held on an autumn Saturday at Eckerts Orchard. Grizzlies Game—This is an evening of fellowship and fun. A section of seats is reserved for Christ Church members and guests.

Other events as scheduled

Spiritual Gifts: • Administration, Evangelism, Hospitality, Leadership Contact: • Mike & Donna Harrison, 618/416-0067 mdharrison60@yahoo.com • Tom & Bernie Mleczko 618/566-2786 atozremodel@msn.com

Coffee with Bernie An informal coffee time devoted to casual conversation, devotional time, and concluding with a season of prayer. Meets Mondays at 8:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Spiritual Gifts: • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Faith Contact: • Rev. Bernie Kneale 618/977-0053 aduncan@accessus.net Page 30


Candlelight Circle

Step out in faith and join us! Spiritual Gifts: • Faith • Wisdom/Discernment • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Mercy/Compassion Contact:

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Sherry Hall, 618/624-4080 Bubbles1964@mindspring.com Esther Lawrence, 618/236-7311

Cropping with Christ This group gets together one Saturday a month from 12:00—5:00 p.m. to scrapbook. Everyone is welcome. We meet in a very informal and relaxed atmosphere, and you can come when you want and stay as long as you like. This is a chance for beginners and advanced scrapbookers to get together and meet new people, make new friends, learn/share ideas about scrapbooking, share memories, and share what Christ is doing or has done in their lives. Spiritual Gifts: • Evangelism • Hospitality • Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact:

Gerry Ford 618/628-0353 scrapygranny49@yahoo.com

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FELLOWSHIP TEAM

If you attend United Methodist Women’s meetings, you may choose to be a part of the UMW Candlelight Circle. We are a growing ministry at CUMC, serving God through fellowship and our support of Lydia Juico’s Children’s Ministry in the Philippines. Lydia is reaching children with the good news of Jesus Christ. Most of these children live in very poor and crime-infested areas, and we are a vital factor in her continued ministry.


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Heavenly Jewels The main purpose of Heavenly Jewels is to use the work of our hands as a tool to spread the gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ. We offer handmade jewelry as a free gift for ladies who have been through a traumatic time or experience, possibly those in shelters, hospitals, convalescent centers, nursing homes, etc. We are currently making Salvation Bracelets, which are a very easy and effective way to share the gospel message. These bracelets carry the message of salvation in symbolic colors. In the future, we plan to expand by making Psalm, Faith, and Prayer Bracelets. We meet the 1st Tuesday evening of each month from 6:30— 8:30. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your faith experiences, make new Christian friends, and enjoy tasty treats together. We need your ideas and hands to join this exciting ministry! Spiritual Gifts: • Hospitality, Evangelism, Generosity, Encouragement Contact: • Christine McNulty, 618/622-9522, mcnulty5@charter.net • Theresa Cavalier, 618/257-8346, cav79@charter.net

JOY Group A UMW support group that meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM. Spiritual Gifts: • Faith, Wisdom, Discernment • Exhortation (Encouragement), Mercy/Compassion Contact: • Nancy Cantwell, 618/397-5041

Men’s Small Groups Christ Church Men. Do you desire a dynamic relationship and a closer walk with God? We all need a small group to challenge us spiritually, encouragement to live a Godly lifestyle, and training for us to be men of God. We discuss our readings (Christian book and Bible) and hold each other up in prayer at our weekly meetings. Jesus gave us the example… let’s become fully devoted to Christ and follow His lead. Spiritual Gifts: • Faith, Prophecy, Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact: • Craig LeQuatte, 618/401-9019 Page 32


In addition to attending MOPS, you could become a member of the MOPS Steering Team. The team meets approximately 4 times per year to decide on programming for the meetings and to discuss any pertinent issues. A variety of positions are available. The time commitment is approximately 1—2 hours per month in addition to attending the 2 regular MOPS meetings during the month whenever possible. Spiritual Gifts: • Administration • Creative Communication • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Hospitality • Leadership • Wisdom Contact:

Wendy Arneson, 618/416-3434, wendy.arneson@charter.net

Quilters The Christ Church Monday Morning Quilters share faith and friendship each week. The work of their hands benefits missions, nursing homes, and other needs of the church. They meet each Monday from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m., having lunch together. The ladies spend a pleasant day quilting and chatting as they work on their quilt designs. They also baste quilts for other Quilters in the church, charging a nominal fee which funds their missions. If you would like to join the Quilters, just sign up for this fulfilling ministry! Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps, Generosity, Hospitality Contact:

Nancy Noonan 618/236-3051

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FELLOWSHIP TEAM

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is part of a dynamic international organization dedicated to nurturing the needs of all mothers by providing quality child care services for your children ages 0-5 twice a month while you spend time in fellowship with other moms. MOPS is about celebrating motherhood, meeting needs, making connections, and experiencing God’s love through relationships and resources.


Singles Ministry

FELLOWSHIP TEAM

This group meets the first Friday of each month at various off-church sites for games, food, and fellowship. Ages 20’s—50’s. Spiritual Gifts: • Evangelism • Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact:

Susan Markle 618/235-3188 mnmmom23@aol.com

Sports Ministry Floor Hockey—Monday Night Cross Checking The purpose of Cross Checking is to connect men and boys ages 12 and older to check their spiritual, physical, and relational pulses each week. We meet on Monday nights starting in the latter part of October and run through the month of March. Meeting at 6:30 p.m., we play a full-court brand of floor hockey. Around 7:15 we have a devotion; this is geared to getting closer to Jesus and each other through conversation/discussion. Hockey resumes after the devotion, and we quit around 8:00 p.m. Join us for a chance to get closer to Jesus and other men of Christ Church. Spiritual Gifts: • Evangelism • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Hospitality Contact:

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Rich Bell 618/624-8103 sevenbells9@hotmail.com


Sports Ministry Softball—Co-ed

Don’t be hesitant about being the “new” person on the team. This is a very new ministry at Christ Church so we can all be “new” together. Spiritual Gifts: • Evangelism • Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact: • Julie Baughman 618-622-3782 baughman11@sbcglobal.net

Volleyball—Co-ed We meet Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. from September through May. This is open to anyone 16 and older. There are 2 teams who play a couple of games; then we break for a devotional. Play resumes for another game or two and ends around 8:30. This is a great place to get some physical activity, fellowship with others, and have fun. Spiritual Gifts: • Evangelism • Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact: • Ann Wingerter 618/234-0037 awings@charter.net

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FELLOWSHIP TEAM

The purpose of Christ Church Co-Ed Softball is to take part in fellowship, friendship, and competition; and to connect friends, families, and competitors with Jesus Christ through participation in sports competition. This organized sports ministry offers something for Christ Church goers age 16 and above who wish to become involved. Anyone interested is welcome to participate as a player, coach, or volunteer scorekeeper.


Sports Ministry

FELLOWSHIP TEAM

Softball—Men The purpose of Christ Church Softball is to connect men and their families with Jesus Christ through participation in interchurch sports competition. This organized sports ministry offers something for men age 16 and above who wish to become involved. There are opportunities for men to participate as players, team managers, base coaches, league umpires, team statisticians, and team photographers. Come on out and spend an evening competing with other men of God seeking to get to know Christ and each other. Join us at Fortels Pizza afterward for pizza and more OUTREACH witness opportunities. Spiritual Gifts: • Evangelism • Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact: • Jim Shoffstall 618/257-9019 skymedic158@aol.com

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United Methodist Men (UMM)

Spiritual Gifts: • Evangelism, • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Hospitality Contacts: • Bill Lawrence, 618/236-7311, wll5@charter.net (Golf Tournaments) George Clifton, 618/234-8648

United Methodist Women (UMW) The Mission of the UMW is to continue the legacy that started on March 23, 1869, 137 years ago in the Boston area where six women came through torrents of rain to hear about the plight of two women in India serving as missionaries. These six women vowed to give two cents a week and fervent prayer to support these missionaries. This incredible journey has continued for over 137 years with many, many women around the world supporting missions around the world through UMW. Come hear about this incredible journey, bring your pennies and join us for devotion, guest speakers and fellowship on the 4th Tuesday of each month, either at 9:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m., and be a part of this awesome legacy. Spiritual Gifts: • Hospitality • Teaching • Encouragement • Administration/Organization • Generosity Contact:

Marge Oppedal, 618/235-7543 oppedal@wisperhome.com Page 37

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Every man in Christ Church is automatically a member of United Methodist Men (UMM). There are no dues and there are no membership applications—only participation and service. Our mission is to assist men in knowing Jesus Christ, serving Him, growing spiritually, and seeking daily to do His will and His work. Fellowship, work projects, small groups, men’s retreats, and sports events all help us in achieving this mission. We host at least one men’s retreat annually, and we also hold two golf tournaments. Our funds are used to support local, national, and world missions. Participating in UMM activities will help you to know Christ through association with some of the strongest and finest Christian men you will ever hope to meet!


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UMW Prayer Chain If you attend United Methodist Women’s meetings, you may choose to be a part of the UMW prayer chain. When there is a request for a prayer, the leader of the prayer chain will call the first person in the chain. Then, each person in the chain is asked to call the next name until the leader receives the message back at the end of the chain, thus closing the chain. May God bless you and increase your faith as you pray in your own way about the request. Spiritual Gifts: • Faith • Discernment • Mercy/Compassion • Wisdom • Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact:

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Darlene Castello, 618/233-2468


Leadership Team… is committed to the nurturing and development of existing and emerging leaders at Christ Church.

This committee was formed to oversee the development of a new Sanctuary and Education Building to accommodate present and future needs of Christ Church. Spiritual Gifts: • Generosity, Leadership/Administration Contact:

Roland Stevens, 618/972-8055 rolcar9@aol.com

Committee on Lay Leadership The charge of this committee is to identify, develop, deploy, evaluate, and monitor Christian Spiritual Leadership for the local congregation. Membership is elected by the Charge Conference for a three-year term. (9 Committee Members) Spiritual Gifts: • Discernment, Administration Contact: • Rev. Allen Miller, 618/277-4659, revallen@connectingwithchrist.com

Finance Committee The goal of the Finance Committee is to create, support and communicate a Bible-based financial stewardship plan to support the mission and vision of the congregation. Membership is elected by the Charge Conference for a three-year term. Spiritual Gifts: • Generosity, Leadership/Administration Contact: • Wendy Smith 618/363-3723 wars@charter.net Page 39

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Building Committee


Long Range Planning

LEADERSHIP TEAM

The Long Range Planning Committee has the responsibility of developing ideas and recommendations for a “Master Plan” for the organized use of the property the Church now occupies and may occupy in the future. Spiritual Gifts: • Generosity, Leadership/Administration Contact: • Roland Stevens, 618/972-8055, rolcar9@aol.com

Pastor Parish Relations Committee (PPRC) The PPRC assists pastors and staff in assessing their gifts and setting priorities for leadership and service. The committee also communicates with the lay leadership and the congregation about the need for leaders or employed staff to perform certain functions for the church. Membership is elected by the Charge Conference for a three-year term. Spiritual Gifts: • Wisdom, Knowledge, Discernment Contact: • Larry Weber, 618/222-0846, lweber@clinton.k12.il.us

Trustees The Board of Trustees is responsible for the physical assets of the church and authorizes signing contracts and other legal documents on behalf of the church. Membership is elected by the Charge Conference for a threeyear term. Spiritual Gifts: • Wisdom, Knowledge, Discernment Contact: • Bill Murphy, 618/235-2970, murphy.williamf@charter.net

Mow Joes & Jacks—Volunteers in this ministry will help to maintain church grounds, mowing, trimming, weeding, edging, and pruning. Jacks & Jills will be called to assist in cleanup, moving items, and odd jobs. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps Contact: • Bill Murphy, 618/235-2970, murphy.williamf@charter.net Page 40


Serving Christ Team…

Serving Christ...at Christ Church Funeral Dinners Volunteers in this ministry provide meals for our church families to help them in their time of bereavement. Needed: Callers for food set-up, serving, and clean-up, as well as volunteers to do those functions. Spiritual Gifts: • Mercy/Compassion • Assistance/Helps • Hospitality Contact: • Marilyn Clifton 618/234-8648 cycle34@charter.net

Hearts for Heroes A Ministry for Our Deployed Military Personnel & Their Families This ministry focuses on our deployed airmen, soldiers, and their families. The purpose is to give support via care packages and to serve monthly dinners for the families at home. If God lays it on your heart to help out our heroes, then this ministry is for you. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Generosity/Hospitality • Mercy/Compassion Contact:

• Kathi White 618/257-2538 katjosemi2003@yahoo.com

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SERVING CHRIST TEAM

ministers to the needs of our congregation, our community, and the world.


SERVING CHRIST TEAM

Serving Christ...at Christ Church Parish Nursing The Parish Nurse Ministry serves broadly in response to the health care needs of the congregation and staff. The roles of the Parish Nurse include: • Integrator of faith and health • Health educator • Health counselor • Referral advisor • Health advocate • Developer of support groups The nurses work closely with the pastoral staff and other ministry leaders to help meet the mind, body and spiritual needs of every person. Annual activities include flu shot clinics, Life Line screening, blood drives, monthly-focused topics and bi-monthly blood pressure screening. To participate in this ministry, you must be an RN with an active Illinois license and CPR/AED certification. You may also assist if you are a certified medical technician/aide, LVN or paramedic/EMT. Monthly meetings (1 1/2 hours), participation in one blood pressure screening/month are mandatory; one bulletin board/topic per year required. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps, Exhortation (Encouragement) • Healing, Mercy/Compassion, Discernment Contact:

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Jeri Lyn Horowitz RN Parish Nurse Coordinator 618/277-4659, Ext. 1881 618/977-4388 jerilyn@connectingwithchrist.com


Serving Christ...at Christ Church

The Van Drivers Ministry uses volunteer drivers to provide rides to and from the 11:00 a.m. worship service to attendees who have no transportation. All drivers must have a current Illinois Van Driver’s License (stipulating a 15-passenger van). Drivers are scheduled one Sunday per rotation (if 6 drivers then once every 6 weeks). Time requirement is approximately 3 hrs. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps • Evangelism • Mercy/Compassion • Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact: • Sandra Bode 618/628-3066

Visitation Ministry We each are called upon in times of need. Do you feel a calling to be a part of our visitation ministry? As we open ourselves to let God take us deeper, we can be amazed at the results! Prayerfully consider a role in our Visitation Ministry. It may be the place for you. In our visitation ministry, people answer the call to meet and visit in church members’ homes as well as in hospitals and nursing homes. Seek God’s guidance and see if He is calling you into the Visitation Ministry. Spiritual Gifts: • Mercy/Compassion • Healing • Wisdom Contact: • Rev. Allen Miller 618-277-4659 revallen@connectingwithchrist.com

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SERVING CHRIST TEAM

Van Drivers Ministry


Serving Christ...in the Community

SERVING CHRIST TEAM

Belleville Christian Center Belleville Christian Center needs volunteers to help provide a hot meal for the homeless on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. Approximately 4 – 6 volunteers are needed for hands on setting up, cooking, serving, and clean up. Join this growing team from CUMC whose priority is making a difference by changing lives. Spiritual Gifts • Mercy/Compassion • Assistance/Helps • Administration/Organization Contact: • Midge Kellogg 618/277-5236 w8cqh@sbcglobal.net

Birthday Wishes for Homeless Children Birthday Wishes for Homeless Children brings birthday parties to children living in homeless shelters and transitional living facilities. We recognize the significance of a birthday in a child’s life and believe the gift of a birthday party provides joy and hope in an otherwise chaotic time. Each month, committed adults and children volunteer time and resources to make all children of God feel special regardless of their living situation. Guiding our work is the belief that all people are created in the image of God and carry His stamp of approval. Birthday Wishes for Homeless Children currently holds parties for children living at Our Lady’s Inn and Almost Home in St. Louis and the Violence Prevention Center in Belleville, Illinois. Spiritual Gifts: • Mercy/Compassion • Evangelism • Generosity Contact: • Sandra Price 618/624-7094 san716@aol.com

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Serving Christ...in the Community Disaster Preparedness

This is a wonderful opportunity to share our church, share our faith, and roll up our sleeves to help our neighbor! Time Requirement: 3-4 hours per training session Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps • Mercy/Compassion Contact:

Rodney and Debbie Muckensturm 618/628-7090 muckloans@charter.net

Food Pantries— Belleville Christian Center and Fairview Heights Volunteers are needed to help work in the food pantries. Various opportunities are available: pick-up, sorting, delivering, help BCC stock shelves after bar code is marked, etc. Spiritual Gifts: • Mercy/Compassion • Assistance/Helps • Administration/Organization Contact: • Midge Kellogg 618/277-5236 w8cqh@sbcglobal.net

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SERVING CHRIST TEAM

Christ United Methodist Church is a designated American Red Cross Shelter. When a disaster strikes in our area, the Red Cross will need all of the extra hands it can get to assist with babysitting, unloading and organizing supplies, cooking, serving meals, providing emotional support, secretarial support and transportation. The Red Cross provides training for all civilian volunteers including an Orientation Class, Mass Care, Health Services, Family Services, and CPR training for our Parish Nurses. There is yearly training provided by the Red Cross.


Serving Christ...in the Community

SERVING CHRIST TEAM

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House Friends of Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House are seeking committed mission minded individuals to volunteer in support of programs associated with children, youth, and families. These duties may vary from working in the nursery with infants and young children to answering phones, tutoring youths, mentoring young parents, helping with new Boy Scout troops, and coordinating donations of furniture, clothing, and money from Christ Church members to the ministry. Spiritual Gifts: • Mercy/Compassion • Assistance/Helps • Evangelism • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Generosity • Administration/Organization Contact: • Deborah Clark, 618/248-5887 Deborah.clark.ctr@scott.af.mil • Rev. Bradley Watkins, bradleywatkins@go.com

Nursing Home Ministry Volunteers are needed to visit residents in local nursing homes. This community service is focused on providing visitors to those residents who have few (if any) family members or friends in the area. Our aim is to visit on a regular basis so that a relationship with the resident is formed. No special talent is required; you simply spend time with an often neglected senior. This ministry is ideal for a family with children since it can be a valuable teaching tool. We will help you select a nursing home and identify a resident for you to visit. This ministry does require self-motivation and a commitment to faithful visitation. Notwithstanding, it is a ministry that makes you feel good each time you visit. Spiritual Gifts: • Evangelism • Mercy/Compassion Contact: • Jean Casey, 618/622-1647 wjeancasey@aol.com Page 46


Serving Christ...in the Community Nursing Home Music Ministry

Spiritual Gifts: • Evangelism/Exhortation (Encouragement)/Mercy/Compassion Contact: • Forrest Bevineau, 618/233-2785

Project Christmas Cheer During November and December each year, we offer an opportunity for any one interested to buy a Christmas gift for a needy nursing home resident. Names, nursing homes and suggested gift ideas are distributed in envelopes to interested CUMC members in November. The gift is returned to the church and distributed to the appropriate resident by the Nursing Home Volunteers before Christmas. This is a wonderful way to share the spirit of Christmas with some of the community’s neediest seniors. Spiritual Gifts: • Mercy/Compassion/Generosity • Evangelism/Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact: • Jean Casey, 618/622-1647, wjeancasey@aol.com

Winter Patrol The CUMC Winter Patrol Team consists of people who share the love of Christ with the homeless. This mission is accomplished by delivering much-needed items to the people living on the street. In addition to walking the streets and handing out Bibles, food, blankets, coats, hats, and other necessities, we spend time sharing Christ with people who may not have another means to hear the Good News. Spiritual Gifts: • Mercy/Compassion/Faith • Evangelism/Discernment/Assistance/Helps Contact: • Cheryl Shoffstall, 618/257-9019 Angelmom137@aol.com

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SERVING CHRIST TEAM

Join Forrest Bevineau as he sings for various nursing homes throughout the area. One Sunday a month, Forrest brightens the lives of people living in the nursing home through his wonderful music. Volunteers are not only welcome, but also very much needed to help with the visitation aspect of this ministry. No singing required.


SERVING CHRIST TEAM

Serving Christ...in the Community Women’s Shelters Volunteers in this ministry spend time and share Christ’s love with homeless women who live both on the street and in the shelter. This need is met by providing Bibles, prayer time, Bible study, and personal hygiene supplies to women who need a helping hand. This is a wonderful experience. If you are interested in being part of this ministry, you will be contacted via email whenever the shelter team is making a visit to the shelter. (This ministry runs in conjunction with Winter Patrol.) Spiritual Gifts: • Evangelism • Mercy/Compassion • Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact:

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Cheryl Shoffstall 618/257-9019 Angelmom137@aol.com


Serving Christ...in the World CUMC Philippine Missions

CUMC has recently built a sister church in the Philippines which is also named Christ United Methodist Church, whose ministry we support. In the near future, it is envisioned that teams from our church will do mission work in one or more regions where our scholars live and where our contact churches are located. Other related activities not funded by the church but by other organizations both based in the US and the Philippines include the construction of artesian wells for the poor barrios in the Philippines, scholarship and community development in Mindanao, and support for the faculty of the University of the Philippines and the Philippine General Hospital. Meetings are generally held twice a year. Join us in this fun and rewarding ministry!

Spiritual Gifts: • Apostleship, Faith, Leadership/Leading with Diligence • Evangelism, Wisdom, Discernment, Knowledge • Mercy/Compassion, Prophecy, Hospitality Contact: • Dr. Cosme R. Cagas, 618/398-6308, crcagas@aol.com Page 49

SERVING CHRIST TEAM

Christ United Methodist Church Philippine Missions administers and coordinates the 100 scholars in the Philippines at the elementary, high school and collegiate levels. The scholars are spread in several regions in the Philippines. Every Christmas CUMC gives packaged gifts to the scholars and other school children in the Philippines. There is need to expand the program because the actual amount of scholarship grants represent only a small fraction of the scholar's needs. Towards this end, we are seeking out family and individual sponsors for each of our scholars, preferably from members who have children of about the same age level as our scholars. The program also has been supporting the ministry of former District Superintendent Max Maregmen, now missionary to the Aetas (a mountain people cultural minority) in Central Luzon.


SERVING CHRIST TEAM

Serving Christ...in the World Feed My Sheep Ministry An Illinois non for profit Corporation The purpose of Feed My Sheep Ministry is to help the people of Honduras to form a relationship with Jesus Christ. We work to provide the opportunity to the poorest of the poor of Honduras to change their lives and situations by supplementing their diets with feeding programs, by providing much needed medical care, and by providing them an opportunity to receive an education. We focus on neighborhoods to help the people of those areas break the cycle of poverty through education, nutrition and health care. Perhaps the most important aspect of our mission is to change the hearts of those who travel to Honduras as Missionaries as we take groups to Honduras on International Mission Trips, where they can see first hand the need in third world countries and explore their own call to International mission. You can be involved in this ministry, not only by traveling to Honduras as a Missionary, but by helping us provide food, Bibles, clothing, toys, and medicine and scholarships to the people of Honduras. Spiritual Gifts: • Mercy/Compassion, Hospitality, Prophecy Contact: • Marvin or Karen Steinke, 618/236-1279 mrsteinke@aol.com

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Serving Christ...in the World

Come and be a part of our newest mission outreach. Liberia is a nation that has been torn apart by 14 years of civil war. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Thousands upon thousands of children are without family and means of support. The United Methodist Church feels called to reach out and make a substantial impact in the lives of the Liberian people. Many orphanages, hospitals, and other work projects are currently underway to assist in rebuilding this beautiful country. Christ Church has committed itself in the next two years to financially sponsor the education of 100 children, along with several United Methodist Liberian pastors. Come and be a part of a team which will oversee sponsorships of Liberian children; design and lead a Christ Church mission trip to Liberia in 2009; raise financial support for several Liberian UM pastors; and plan special events to assist in the support of Christ Church’s commitment to the people of Liberia. Come, engage, and make a difference in the healing of Liberia! Spiritual Gifts: • Mercy/Compassion • Hospitality • Prophecy Contact:

Rev. Allen Miller 618/277-4659 revallen@connectingwithchrist.com

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SERVING CHRIST TEAM

Project Liberia


SERVING CHRIST TEAM

Serving Christ...in the World Summer Domestic Mission Trip for Youth/Adults Serving Christ goes beyond the walls of CUMC and our community. It goes into the world. Since 1997, Christ Church has sponsored a mission trip with the intent of extending the boundaries of serving Christ across the nation. We have served communities in South Carolina, Denver, Montana, West Virginia, Mississippi, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Work has been accomplished on Native American reservations, hurricane ravaged communities, inner-city, rural areas and economically depressed areas. In meeting people at their greatest need, we have roofed, painted, added rooms such as bathrooms and bedrooms, renovated flood damaged homes, replaced floors, built walls, hung windows and doors, poured concrete, done plumbing and all types of yard work and gardening. In addition to construction, the mission participants often teach Vacation Bible School, run Jesus and Me Camp, and conduct daily devotionals among the mission group. The bond that develops among the mission team and the communities is life-changing. Regardless of how much you give, you always gain more in return! The mission trip this summer will be June 20—27. Watch for further details. Spiritual Gifts: • Apostleship • Faith • Evangelism • Mercy/Compassion • Wisdom • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Administration • Assistance/Helps Contact:

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Jane Schwebke 618/233-3395 schwebkeja@aol.com


Worship… is our raison d’être, d’être, our reason for being. being. CD Ministry

Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps, Administration/Organization Contact: • Nathan Tobin, 618/277-4659, nathan@connectingwithchrist.com

Celebration Choir The Celebration Choir sings and leads with the praise and worship ministry each Sunday at the 8:30 Sunday morning worship service. The choir seeks volunteers, with or without musical training, who have a desire to sing with a group. No robes, no anthems, and no rehearsal… other than 8:10 on Sunday mornings—come have coffee and get ready for the 8:30 worship at the same time! This group is for people who aren’t content just to worship from the pews—they want to “lay it all at the altar” to praise His holy name! Spiritual Gifts: • Exhortation (Encouragement), Love of Music Contact: • Don Frazure, Worship Director, 618/277-4659 don@connectingwithchrist.com

Chancel Bells Ringing hand bells is a fun way to praise the Lord! No prior musical experience is required. We practice for one hour per week on Sundays at 6:15 p.m. in the music rehearsal room. Our bells ring at least one Sunday per month at the 10:30 service and for special services throughout the year. Come and make a joyful noise to the Lord! Spiritual Gifts: • Exhortation (Encouragement), Hospitality • Love of Music Contact: • Bonnie Fahrner, 618/234-3475 bonchasfahrner@juno.com

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WORSHIP TEAM

The CD ministry helps in generating the Sunday Morning Service on CD, and makes it available for those who are homebound, in assisted living facilities, or those simply wanting to take the worship experience with them.


WORSHIP TEAM

Chancel Choir The Chancel Choir leads the music at the traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. The choir seeks volunteers, with or without musical training, who have a desire to sing with a group. We rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 and consider attendance at practice important in order to sing on Sunday. Rehearsals are a time when we are able to share with each other, pray, sing, and have fun. Spiritual Gifts: • Exhortation (Encouragement), Love of Music Contact: • Don Frazure, Worship Director 618/277-4659 don@connectingwithchrist.com

Communion Stewards Communion Stewards assist the Pastors in serving communion to the congregation at the 8:30 and 10:30 Sunday morning worship services. Minimal training is needed and the commitment is for 8—12 services per year. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps Contact: • Steve Barrett, 618/567-0629, steve.c.barrett@gmail.com

CUMC Women in Prayer Regular prayer time with God will change your life and lay a foundation for our church. Join us Saturday mornings, 8:30—9:45 a.m., in Room 1A as we pray for our pastors, our ministries, and God’s intervention in calling us deeper into relationship with Him. Feel free to come any time during the session and leave as needed. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.—Philippians 4:6 Spiritual Gifts: • Faith, Wisdom/Discernment/Prophecy Contact: • Roni McDaniels, 618/234-7598, roni_mcd@msn.com • Maggie Wakeman, 618/667-7619, magnbill@sbcglobal.net Page 54


Decorations Ministry

Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps, Hospitality Contact: • Debbie Muckensturm, 618/628-7090 muckloans@charter.net

The Journey The Journey is an event designed for women of our church and community. We come together for a meal, fellowship, an inspirational message, communion, and worship through music and other creative arts. We welcome women to help on various support teams ranging from hospitality, publicity, worship, arts, creative planning, registration, greeters, and much more! If you enjoy working on a team with commitment, accountability, and integrity in your relationships, please sign up and we will discuss your interests and strengths. You do not need to volunteer for The Journey if you plan to attend The Journey event. We will have registrations for individual Journey events. Please volunteer only if you are interested in working on The Journeys. The Journey exists to connect women to Jesus Christ: growing stronger in Christ, going deeper with Christ, and reaching out to women in all seasons of life! Spiritual Gifts: • Administration, Assistance/Helps, Evangelism, Faith Hospitality, Leadership Contact: • Mary Ann Turner, 618/257-2458, mandmt@charter.net Page 55

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Creative people wanted to beautify the church sanctuary, chapel and Scripture Hall. This ministry will be responsible for flower arrangements and seasonal decorating (Christmas, Easter, etc.). Occasionally there will be other opportunities to help with special services. This team will usually meet once every three months to plan designs and to put up decorations. Ministry members will also meet before Christmas and Easter.


Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

WORSHIP TEAM

This ministry is for people who are fluent in American Sign Language who would like to share this skill serving God. We are seeking volunteers to sign during worship services, special events, etc. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps, Knowledge Contact: • Tammy Kowalski, 618/257-2367, Kowalskifamily@mac.com

Night Watch Join us for a night of growing closer to God through praise, worship and prayer. Volunteers are needed for worship bands, and to lead prayer. NightWatch services are held 4 or 5 times a year. Time commitment: Members of worship band would have one or two practices to prepare music. All volunteers would be asked to pray for the NightWatch ministry daily. My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your Word. — Psalm 119:148 Spiritual Gifts: • Faith, Discernment, Wisdom, Exhortation (Encouragement) Contact: • Leslie Damann, 618/779-9673, damann@htc.net

Pew Crew Members of the Pew Crew Ministry serve one or two days during the week, on a rotating schedule, to prepare the sanctuary for worship services on Saturday and Sunday. This includes: stocking pews with regular weekly offering envelopes and special envelopes on holidays; removing any old bulletins and trash from pews; and sharpening pencils. Time commitment requires serving 1-2 hours, approximately every four to five weeks, on a rotation basis. Twenty or more volunteers are needed for this ministry to operate efficiently. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps, Hospitality Contact:

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Mike Shindler, 618/616-1898. mshindler@avaya.com Rich Bell, 618/624-8103,sevenbells9@hotmail.com


Praise and Worship Ministry Sunday 8:30 a.m. Worship and 6:00 p.m. Worship

Spiritual Gifts: • Exhortation (Encouragement), Evangelism, Hospitality • Love of Music Contact: • Don Frazure, Worship Director, 618/277-4659 don@connectingwithchrist.com

Saturday Night Worship Assistants Here’s another chance to connect in worship at CUMC. 5:00-5:45 p.m. every Saturday. Help with ushering, greeting, and assisting Rev. Allen. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps Contact: • Rev. Allen Miller, 618/277-4759 revallen@connectingwithchrist.com

Sunday Night Coffee Café Ministry Volunteers are needed to set-up, serve, and clean-up the food during the fellowship time on Sunday evenings. All food and beverages will already be at the church. Volunteers will set the food out on service tables, oversee distribution, and place any remaining items in a storage closet for future use. Volunteers will serve approximately one Sunday evening per month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps • Hospitality Contact: • Shelly Murphy, 618/960-9030 shelly.r.murphy@gmail.com

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The Praise and Worship Ministry leads at the 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Sunday worship services in contemporary praise and worship music. Vocalists, piano and keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, brass, drums, and other percussion players are all needed; and a moderate to excellent degree of proficiency is needed. Membership is by audition only. We are always in need of substitutes. Rehearsal attendance is mandatory. The 8:30 a.m. Worship rehearsal is on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30. The 6:00 p.m. Worship rehearsal is at 4:00 on Sundays. Also, 8:30 Worship band members are required to be at church promptly at 7:30 a.m. on Sundays for prayer and sound checks.


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Worship Orchestra We are looking for brass, woodwind, string and percussion players to join the Worship Orchestra. If you are proficient at playing any instrument, we want to hear from you! Participation is by audition only. Instrumentalists are needed for weekly participation in the 10:30 Hymns and Worship service as well as for musicals and special events. The orchestra practices on Thursday evenings for one hour. Spiritual Gifts: • Exhortation (Encouragement) • Love of Music Contact:

Melissa Underwood, 618/409-3552 mmitchell@stclair.k12.il.us

Worship Production Ministry This ministry is responsible for all aspects of technical production as they pertain to worship. Positions are available for all incoming skill levels from novice to professional. Team members will typically serve a few Sundays a month; some positions require a midweek rehearsal. We need volunteers in the following areas:

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Audio - assistants/operators Lighting –operators, techs, designers Video - camera operators, editors, producers, creative writers/brainstormers, and organizers Stage managers and assistants CG (big-screen-lyric system) operators

If you would like to be a part of serving God through artistic production and creating an atmosphere for worship, contact Nathan Tobin for more details. Spiritual Gifts: • Assistance/Helps • Knowledge Contact: • Nathan Tobin, Technical Director, 618/277-4659 nathan@connectingwithchrist.com • Jeff Allen, Video Director, 18/277-4659 jeffallen@connectingwithchrist.com Page 58


STAFF DIRECTORY Rev. Shane Bishop ..........revshane@connectingwithchrist.com Senior Pastor Rev. Allen Miller................. revallen@connectingwithchrist.com Associate Pastor Alan Prass ................................alan@connectingwithchrist.com Church Administrator Don Frazure...............................don@connectingwithchrist.com Worship Director Diane Kruger ..........................diane@connectingwithchrist.com Director of Volunteer Ministries Liz Reed....................................... liz@connectingwithchrist.com Director of Education Nick Turner............................... nick@connectingwithchrist.com Director of Student Ministry Rachel Frazure......................rachel@connectingwithchrist.com Director of Children’s Ministry Michelle Herrera ................................ hergmjda@ameritech.net Nursery Director / Preschool Coordinator Emily Climaco .............................................. emily@climaco.net Coordinator of Connection Classes Nathan Tobin........................nathan@connectingwithchrist.com Technical Director Jeff Allen ............................ jeffallen@connectingwithchrist.com Assistant to the Worship Director LuAnn Beem ..........................luann@connectingwithchrist.com Office Manager Samantha Allard .............samantha@connectingwithchrist.com Financial Administrator Mickey Buehler ................... mickey@connectingwithchrist.com Accounts Payable Clerk Jeri Lyn Horowitz RN ........... jerilyn@connectingwithchrist.com Parish Nurse Coordinator John Roach ..............................john@connectingwithchrist.com Maintenance/Custodial Service George Buehler................... george@connectingwithchrist.com Maintenance/Custodial Service Brenda Hardin..................... brenda@connectingwithchrist.com Maintenance/Custodial Service Church Office..........................................................618/277-4659



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