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2020 Time & Talents Form
How would you like to use your Time & Talents this next year as a disciple of Jesus Christ and member of Faith? Look through this menu of discipleship opportunities. Mark all areas of interest for 2020, even if you are already involved.
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Worship/Christian Education
As disciples of Jesus, we are equipped for service through His Word and Sacraments. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we grow together through worship, study and prayer.
1. Regular Worship and reception of Holy Communion
2. Sunday Morning Bible Study (John Poage, Norm Papke)
Attend High School or Adult Bible classes.
3. "What Do We Believe?" classes (Pastors)
10-week class, offered spring and fall; review basics of Lutheran theology; for inquiring community members and long-time disciples.
4. Wednesday Morning Bible Study / Most Wednesdays (10-11am) (Pastors)
Study, discussion and prayer. Men's and women's groups meet separately.
5. Summer Bible Study Breakfast / Wednesday mornings, June & July (Pastors)
6:30-7:30 am at Cloverleaf Restaurant, to be fed spiritually and physically.
6. Thursday evening topical Bible studies / 2nd & 4th Thursdays (Pastors)
Explore what Scripture says about topics and questions submitted ahead of time by members.
7. Lutheran Men's Gemutlichkeit / 1st & 3rd Thursdays (Andrew Rusch)
Meet off-campus for fellowship and study.
8. LCMS-U Winter Weekend retreat at ULu (Pastor Woelmer)
Attend this Friday night & Saturday learning experience in February, taught by a guest theologian.
Individual Service
All members of Faith demonstrate discipleship by serving the congregation and/or community. Training or orientation will be offered as needed. Any service that involves children and teens under age 18 requires a background check and interview in accordance with Faith’s Child Protection Policy.
9. Pray (Office Staff)
Receive prayer requests via email.
10a. Sing in the choir and/or play your instrument during worship (Priscilla Gabriel)
10b. Please elaborate if desired:
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11. Serve on Altar Guild (Deanie Bently)
Prepare the sanctuary for each worship service. Team with another volunteer for a month at a time. Learn more at the annual meeting in November.
12. Adopt a new member (Carol & Dave Ebeling)
Befriend and mentor new members of Faith to encourage their discipleship journey in our congregation.
13a. Welcome worshippers (Doug Hoffman)
Arrive early to greet worshippers entering the sanctuary. Please indicate which service you prefer.
13b. Welcome worshippers - dates when not available
Please use the space below to indicate dates that you are NOT available to welcome worshippers.
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14a. Usher (Doug Hoffman)
Arrive early to be an usher for a given month. Please indicate which service you prefer.
14b. Usher follow-up - dates when not available
Ushers are also needed at special evening services. Please use the space below to indicate dates that you are NOT available to usher.
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15. Prepare coffee (Ann Graves)
Choose an occasional week to make coffee for participants in 9:15 classes.
16. Provide food or meal for special needs and events (Office Staff)
Receive emails when food is needed for members (births, illness, etc.) or occasional special events at Faith or ULu. Sign up online; provide as available.
17. Set up / tear down tables & chairs for events (Ann Graves)
Be on call to help move tables/chairs as needed. Serve as available.
18. Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML)
Support missions locally and internationally; enjoy fellowship with other Lutheran women.
19. Be a Sunday school teacher or teaching assistant (Megan Abbott, Pastors)
Prepare and lead children’s classes or be an assistant on Sunday mornings. Alternate months/weeks with your team teacher(s).
20. Assist with Jesus Company, for grades 3-6 (Christian & Lori Schuler)
Help the Jesus Company leaders according to your availability and interest. JC meets Sundays, 12-1:30 pm, during parts of the school year.
21. Be a Spirit Camp adult leader or Servanteen (Pastors)
Adults teach, do crafts, lead recreation or music, food prep, service project; Servanteens (youth) assist in various roles.
22. Volunteer in our Preschool and Christian Child Care Center (Rachel Stults)
Read to the children, help teachers prepare materials; to be arranged with the director.
23. Provide childcare (Priscilla Gabriel, Carol Ebeling)
Watch and entertain children during choir rehearsals, parenting classes, or other events.
24. Serve on a Cheer Team (Janet Hitzeman)
Provide companionship to members unable to attend church. (Teams of 4-5; average time commitment 1 hour/month).
25. Assist in the church office (Office Staff)
Indicate your interests by checking the box/boxes below:
26. Prepare birthday cards (Office Staff)
Address and mail birthday cards to members from your home for one month (all supplies provided).
27. Deliver worship items to shut-ins (Office Staff)
Deliver CDs a few times a year to a short list of shut-ins.
28. Deliver items occasionally for short-term mission projects (Janet Hitzeman)
Indicate your preferences by checking the box/boxes below:
29. Volunteer at Pantry 279 (Jan Greenwood)
Help as needed: unload food trucks, stock shelves, clean pantry, sort food, pack up and carry out groceries for customers, etc.
30. Provide transportation (Janet Hitzeman)
Provide occasional rides to worship, Bible study or congregational events as requested.
31. Blood pressure checks for church members (Janet Hitzeman)
Use your medical background to take and record blood pressures after worship once a month.
32. Assist our Librarian (Karen Lukefahr)
Assist our church librarian with ordering, shelving and other clerical tasks in the church library.
33. Be a Bookstore clerk (Pastors)
Serve as clerk at the bookstore after worship services as convenient for your schedule.
34. Needlework Guild (Bonnie Tinsley, Arllys Papke)
Choose project from the message center; work at home; donate completed items for missions.
35. Decorate for Christmas (Cybil Cole)
Help plan, set up and/or take down our Christmas decorations.
36. Help at a Fall or Spring Work Day at Faith (Pastors)
Assist with seasonal outdoor or indoor clean-up and maintenance activities.
37. Join a lawn mowing crew (Skip Harrison)
Sign up to mow and trim with several others 3-4 times during the growing season.
38. Adopt a Small Flower Bed (Skip Harrison, Pastor Woelmer)
Select a small area to maintain during the growing season.
39. Use your skills for ULu Maintenance/General Landscaping (Pastor Woelmer)
Men and women with cleaning and maintenance skills assist with care of the ULu facilities.
40. Be a Mentor to ULu congregational officers (Pastor Woelmer)
Mentor students at University Lutheran to help them effectively carry out their elected roles.
As disciples of Jesus, we are motivated by His love to be in involved in Christian fellowship on a regular basis. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we grow together by walking together.
41. Quilters / Most 2nd & 4th Tuesdays in church kitchen (Judy VanOsdol)
Join for fellowship and service with women who share the skills of quilting.
42. Faith Lutheran Youth (FLY) / Most Sunday evenings (6-8 pm) (John Poage)
Study, fellowship, recreation and service with, by, and for teens in grades 7-12.
43. Joyous Older Youth (JOY Group) / 3rd Thursday most months
Meet nearby or travel a bit to interesting places in fellowship with other senior (age 55+) disciples of Faith.
44. Assist with Fellowship events as available (Bonnie Martin, Ann Graves)
Help prepare, set-up, serve and/or cleanup a specific meal or event.
45. Ladies’ Night Out / One Friday evening each month (Erin Miller)
Gather for Christian fellowship at a home or restaurant with other members and friends.
46. Secret Sisters (Lou Ann Lybrook)
Join a group of women at Faith who exchange notes and small gifts secretly for a year. Enjoy the mystery.
47. Families of Faith Fellowship (Dave Ebeling)
Attend the Sunday noon lunch in February, bring along family photos or memorabilia to introduce them to fellow members.
48. Volleyball / Most Thursdays (7:30pm) (Pastor Beck)
Join for an evening of co-ed volleyball in our gym. New players always welcome.
49. Men’s Softball Team / One game per week (Mark Riggins)
Join the team that plays in a Bloomington Parks and Recreation summer league (also fall league, if there’s enough interest).
50. Golf Scramble (Bill Pfrommer)
Join golfers for a day on the links in support of the ministry of our campus church, University Lutheran (ULu).
51. Prayer Partners (Pastor Woelmer)
Be connected with a ULu member for prayer and Christian friendship. Reach out however you wish - through food, notes, or any other way you show love.
Committees are task oriented groups of at least two disciples who offer this congregation their collective experiences, professional expertise and interests. They support staff, ministry teams, and other committees. You’ll be contacted with more information.
52. Archives (Pastors)
Protect and preserve the history of this congregation.
53. Communications (Office staff)
Help as needed: prepare slides for electronic media boards; change letters on High Street sign; take photos; produce press releases.
54. Fellowship (Bonnie Martin, Ann Graves)
Schedule and manage receptions, dinners, and other fellowship events; assist with an Advent or Lenten meal or other individual events.
55. Furnishings (Dave Ebeling)
Assess needs and make recommendations for new or replacement furniture, décor and signage.
56. Kitchen (Diane Wilkinson)
Maintain inventory of supplies; assure kitchen is ready for use. Provide food for funeral meals as needed.
57. Personnel (Chair-elect) – by appointment
Interview and recommend candidates and contracts for church employees.
58. Technology (Priscilla Gabriel)
Monitor technology needs; recommend changes and upgrades; assist with website and computers
59. Trustees / Facilities and Properties (Dave Huss, Skip Harrison)
Please indicate areas of interest:
Ministry Teams
Ministry teams focus on specific parts of the body of Christ and direct their collective experiences, professional expertise, and energies to these areas of Christian discipleship. Their roles are to [1] reflect on past practices, [2] propose, plan and manage current activities, [3] envision future ways to equip members of Faith as disciples of Jesus Christ, and [4] advocate for budget items to reflect their programs and needs. Mark below where you are willing to be considered for service.
60. Adult Education (Norm Papke)
Focus on educational needs of all adults, age 18+. Plan Bible class offerings for Sunday mornings and weekday classes. Advocate for Library and Bookstore ministries.
61. Children’s Ministry (Carol Ebeling)
Focus on families with children from birth-grade 6. Guide Milestones, Sunday School, Jesus Company, Trunk or Treat, Christian Babysitter classes and Spirit Camp. Implement and manage the congregation’s Child Protection Policy.
62. Elders / Spiritual Care and Worship (Doug Hoffman) – men only; by appointment
Care for all staff; confidential advisors for the pastors. Address worship times, styles, and issues raised by members. Encourage all members in the discipleship walk.
63. Endowment Fund (Barry Martin)
Advocate for and manage Faith’s Endowment Fund as per adopted resolution.
64. Faith@Home (Dave Ebeling)
Encourage and assist members of all ages and family types to be faithful to the Word and live out the Christian life at home and in vocation. Sponsors Lenten/Advent Fairs, Families of Faith Fellowship Luncheon, Adult classes about parenting/marriage, and Financial Peace University.
65. Health and Human Care (Janet Hitzeman)
Encourage health and wellness, and support the sick, lonely and aged among our congregational members. Initiate community outreach via short term service projects.
66. Missions, Outreach and Evangelism (All pastors)
Support Chinese/international ministries. Encourage adult service opportunities. Plan and participate in mission trips. Communicate with missionaries supported by the congregation.
67. Music and Worship (Priscilla Gabriel)
Encourage participation and performance of choirs and instrumentalists. Guide congregation in using music and the arts to cultivate members’ deeper participation in worship, encourage discipleship/catechize, and expand outreach opportunities.
68. School Board (Pastors)
Oversee Faith Lutheran Preschool and Christian Child Care programs. Manage personnel and financial issues related to these programs. Advocate for spiritual support for families of children in these programs.
69. Stewardship (Steve Hitzeman)
Propose budget; document income; monitor financial reports.
70. Youth Ministry (John Poage)
Focus on families with teens from grades 7-12. Support Milestones, Confirmation class, Junior and Senior High Ministries. Facilitate participation in District and synodical events and Youth Gatherings.
71. The Parish Planning Council (PPC) guides the ministry and business aspects of congregational life. Led by the Congregation Chairman (currently David Skirvin), the PPC meets monthly to establish policies, monitor finances, address current issues, and discuss congregational activities. Members are elected by the Voters’ Assembly to serve 2-year terms.
72. Please use the space below to indicate any suggestions of additional opportunities for people to serve at Faith.
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