How Can I Get Involved In Missions?
Living Word is active in, and strongly supports, mission and service in our community and around the world. There are many opportunities to serve!
Mission Needs In the Church 
Serve in the Church
 
Meal Ministry:
There are times when a home-cooked meal is the perfect way to help someone in our church family.  Consider being a meal provider through the Meal Ministry.
Contact Valerie Novatny to sign up.  
 

Men's Club Work Group:
Did you know that the Living Word Men's Club has a work team?  That the team is ready to help our church family and friends with small jobs around the home?  Do you know of someone in need of help?  Contact Steve Ernst for more information.

Living Word Christmas Tree Lot:
The Living Word Men's Club is organizing the Christmas Tree Lot for the upcoming Christmas season.  They are looking for volunteers to help with the sale of the Christmas trees.  Serve as an individual, a family (with older children), a Sunday School or Life Group, or with a group of friends.  Earn service hours for school (and other) projects. Please contact Steve Ernst for more information.
 

Mission Needs In the Community
Serve in the Community


Making a Difference

Epworth Children & Family Services: 
 
The Epworth residential youth had a blast at the event in September with the bounce house, minute to win it games, and the delicious BBQ. Eileen gave a very appropriate talk on bullying which they can apply to their lives which they soaked in. This was so meaningful for the youth to have an exciting Saturday on campus with the opportunity to have fun with each other in a mixed group and with  Living Word friends. Your support is really appreciated.  These are youth who need love and your church does a beautiful job showing it in so many ways all year and making each youth feel so special. A few years ago, you had a similar event here.  Eileen Koon and Dan Alber came with the team to Epworth for the first time. They fell in love with our youth and both Eileen and Dan have been faithful members of the spiritual team all this time inspiring, teaching and guiding the youth on their journey with Christ.  Eileen and Dan truly are making a tremendous difference in the lives of the youth and the staff. Dan recently joined  Daniel Shanks, adding  a second chapel per month in the gym/recreation building.  We are so glad to have Daniel leading and inspiring our youth  who will attend  chapel in a sports setting. Thank you Living Word!  To volunteer with Epworth, please contact Eilene Koon
Margaret Mahan, Epworth Children & Family Services

Haven House:
I have volunteered in the Kitchen/Cafeteria at Haven House for over 2 years now.  I arrive at 6 AM and generally leave around 8 AM.   I replenish all supplies in the Cafeteria before guests arrive for a hot breakfast at 7 AM.  Then I serve breakfast to the guests.  Some guests do not make it to the Cafeteria in time so I box up breakfasts for all those who have signed up.  I then tidy up the Cafeteria, wash tables, sweep the floor and empty the trash.
 
Haven House is a non-profit organization and really depends on its volunteers. They could not provide the reasonable rooms and free meals they do without volunteers.   My daughter was struck by a car and severely injured when she was 12 while we were vacationing with family on Long Beach Island in N.J.  She was taken to a small local hospital until we could get her air-lifted to Children's Hospital here in St. Louis.  We had no place to stay as it was the last day of our vacation and a local family offered us a bedroom in their home for several days.  That was a blessing I have never forgotten and was the first thing I thought of when signing up to volunteer at Haven House.  
 
I feel so blessed to volunteer at Haven House. I meet people from all over the United States and the world who come to St. Louis to seek treatment at the incredible medical facilities here. Yes, I have heard some very sad and tragic stories (and many miraculous ones as well) but all the guests, young and not-so-young, are so thankful for their temporary home at Haven House. Personally I can provide an ear for those who wish to talk (and many do) or just give a hug or pat on the shoulder to those who do not wish to talk. Being there gives me the opportunity to ask if I may pray for their loved one undergoing surgery or treatment (I have never been refused). I leave Haven House every week humbled by the many stories of personal faith in the midst of such medical crises. To volunteer with Haven House please contact David Evans.  
Heather Arbesman, Living Word Member 

Haven House Work Day October 21:   
Volunteers are needed for the Haven House Work Day on Saturday, October 21 from 10 am - 2 pm.  Some of the projects include:  carpet cleaning hallways and common areas, cleaning community kitchens, and cooking a meal for 2 guests.  Please contact David Evans to volunteer. 
 
 
  
Thanks For Giving Holiday Food Drive 2017:   
In addition to the regular groceries we provide to our client families each month, Circle Of Concern provides a Thanksgiving Basket to all of our clients and their families for Thanksgiving dinner. Your gifts of food and funds (by 11/17) help us offer Thanksgiving dinner to 550 families plus share food with nearly 2,000 people each month. For more information please visit Circle of Concern.

Holiday Family Adoption:   
Will you help make the holidays special for Circle of Concern families? The Holiday Family Adoption program is a positive expression of sharing for the season. Families, churches, businesses and others in the community adopt (sponsor) client families from Circle. Sponsors receive the wish lists of each member of a family to make holiday dreams come true. To become a sponsor, complete a Holiday Adoption sponsor form by October 27. In November, we'll send you the wish lists of each member of the family you've adopted. On December 12, you'll drop gifts off at Community Christian Church (623 Meramec Station Road in Ballwin) between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Families will then pick up their gifts on December 13. Thank you for making holiday dreams come true! For more information please visit Circle of Concern
 

Mission Needs In the World
Serve in the World
 
Ghana Boutique Craft Crew: Join your Living Word friends in making crafts for the Ghana Boutique.  The Ghana Boutique will be Nov. 4 (9 am - 1 pm) and Nov. 5 (9 am - 12 pm). Contact Amy Harfst for more information.   

For more information on mission opportunities, contact Michael McIntyre
Living Word United Methodist Church ,
17315 Manchester Road,  Wildwood, MO 63038
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