Service at MUMC
Serving Our Church, Community, and World
Marshfield UMC is really into being of service. From opening our building for groups that need a safe space to meet to sleeping on other churches' floors so we can do mission work far from home, we are happy to show up and help where there is need. Below you will find descriptions of some out service ministries grouped by where the service happens - in our world, in our community, or in our church - along with contact names in case one or more of these areas of service speaks to you. If you have any questions or want more information about any of these ministries, contacting the Church Office is an excellent first step.
Service to the World
Contact: James McAnarney (Coach Mac)
MUMC is a church that loves to serve others even outside our own community. The Youth and adult volunteers take a mission trip every Summer. In 2022, they served in Knoxville, Tennessee. Adult Mission trips happen every few years. In 2019, a group went to Puerto Rico. Coach Mac is passionate about returning to Puerto Rico, so look for information as his plans develop.
Service to the Community
Grief Support Group
Contact: Pastor Wanda Heidemann
How does the heart understand grief when it is broken by the death of a loved one? To survive and live forward, those who grieve must find answers. Beyond the Broken Heart is an eight-week support and ministry program for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. We encourage all those who have lost a loved one to join us as we go through the study. The group meets weekly for eight weeks twice during the year with guest speakers, lots of conversation, and a strong support line through the church. After the eight week session is over, the group continues to meet monthly for a meal at Grillo's. The group and its materials are free and open to the public.
Hygiene Kits for MPS Students
Contact: Margaret Frick
Hygiene kits are a new service area of Marshfield UMC, provided in conjunction with Marshfield Public Schools and TLC. MPS asks for what they need, TLC does the purchasing, and Marshfield UMC adds additional collected items and does the work of putting the kits together for students.
Contact: Kris Chadek or the Office
We are always collecting shelf-stable grocery and hygiene items to stock the Blessing Box located in front of the ARK building. This is free for anyone in the community who needs food for the cupboards.
Contact: Dawn Corbin-Deutsch
Stephen Ministry is an ecumenical ministry that equips lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to people in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. A Stephen Minister is a caring Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages people who are hurting. Stephen Ministry is always willing to talk to people about discerning a call to Christian caregiving.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Contact: Connie Hutchins
The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Pathways/Resource room behind the kitchen to create and dedicate knitted and crocheted items for those who need a little warmth and blessing in their life. Individuals in the group make a variety of items -- currently prayer shawls, baby blankets, and hats. We welcome any knitter, crocheter or anyone wanting to learn.
Little Free Library
Service to Our Congregation
Contact: Pastor Wanda
Congregational Care encompasses many of the ways we care for those who are involved in the life of the congregation. It means visiting those in care facilities, bringing church to our homebound members, providing food in times of healing, and keeping in contact with all the people that make up the church.
Contact: Deb Drane
The Hospitality Team is a new area of service in the church that helps reach out to our guests, ensure they have a welcoming experience at the church, and follow up to connect people to their areas of interest.
Office volunteers for Friday mornings. This is not a rotational position. You will join a list of volunteers who will be called week by week for availability. Some Fridays, there will be small jobs to complete that will fill the time. It's a good idea to bring a book along in case it is quiet.
Fellowship Hosts. This is a rotational position (you'll sign up for a certain Sunday every month). This person arrives at 8 AM to on Sundays to help Jo set up coffee and refreshments.
Current Volunteer Needs
Contact: Pastor Wanda
The Prayer Team meets on Tuesday afternoons in the library to discuss new prayer requests and updates to existing requests, to pray together, and to handle follow-up for those who are hurting. They keep in touch by text during the week as new prayer requests come in.
Children's Ministries Volunteers
Contact: Susan Foglesong
Our Children and Youth Ministries take many volunteers to create safe spaces for kids to grow. There is an online training and screening process for volunteers. From Sunday School teachers to VBS - we have short and long-term volunteer opportunities to serve the rising number of kids in our congregation.
It takes many people to make Sunday mornings run smoothly online and in-person. We have a variety of volunteers each Sunday that we call Worship Leaders - Fellowship Hosts, Greeters, Ushers, Liturgists, Communion Assistants, Musicians, Online Hosts, the AV Team, and Children's Ministry volunteers. We encourage you to let us know if you are willing to serve in worship leadership.