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
BackPack Attack (July 28) 
Volunteers are needed for
BackPack Attack! For more information and to volunteer, click here! Contact Doreen Norris at
Meal Ministry  
A wonderful way to show a family that is going through a difficult time that you care, is to provide a meal.  Please consider joining Living Word's Meal Team Ministry.  We use a website( to organize meals, making it very easy to see who needs care and when meals are needed.  If you would like to be a part of this caring ministry, please contact Valerie Novatny, Director of Congregational Care, at  Thank you.
Vacation Bible School (July 9 - 13)
Sign up to volunteer for Raging River Rampage (Vacation Bible School) July 9 - 13 from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm.  Contact Brenda Stobbe at .  
Mission Needs In the Community

Serve in the Community

Making a Difference
Haven House:  
Volunteers are needed for the Journey for Jordan Cycling Event on Monday, June 25 beginning at 9:00 am. You may volunteer for grilling, cooking or serving lunch, setting up tables and chairs or clean up. To sign up and learn more about volunteering with Haven House, please contact David Evans

Balancing the Scales (Meramec Elementary School):
It won't be long before our newest adventure, Reading Camp (July 23 - 27, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm), will host a program for 20 to 30 Meramec students to help develop reading skills, as well as provide a positive, nurturing environment and rewarding relationships. To make Reading Camp a success we need an army of volunteers! To be a reading buddy, to help with meals, transportation, and other tasks, please contact Pastor Brenda Stobbe at to volunteer or sign up here.  
You don't need teaching experience for Reading Camp, just a desire to do something special for some sweet kids.  Please let Pastor Brenda or Susan Logsdon know as soon as possible if you will participate.  It's going to be exciting!
Carol Jobe
Balancing the Scales Mission Liaison
When we're asked to help others, sometimes we perform specific tasks, sometimes we just show up.  A group of us showed up at the Pre-K and Kindergarten graduation for our Meramec Elementary school friends. We became the students that morning.
The Meramec students were dressed in their best white dress up clothes, hair was combed and fancy, shoes were tied, everyone was well-behaved.  The kids marched on stage before a packed school cafeteria, received their advancement certificates, performed a couple of songs and then joined family and friends in their classrooms.  However, the cafeteria was small and not air conditioned so despite the open basement-level windows, the packed room was very hot and humid.  And, the cafeteria ladies needed to prepare for lunch so we had to listen over the sounds of microwaves, ovens, pots and pans, etc.  Then, the sound system decided to NOT work.  No microphones, just people trying to shout over background noise.  Many of us "west county" parents would have been, at the very least, disappointed that the school had not been more prepared and would have demanded better.  But everyone clapped and cheered and celebrated like they were in the most elegant of ballrooms.  The students were thrilled with the attention.  And, those of us from Living Word learned that we were honored to be a part of the joyful celebration.  
Sure, we want to make this better next year.  But there's always something to celebrate when we work together to accomplish God's will. 
Marcy Watson
Balancing the Scales Volunteer 

For more information and to volunteer for Balancing the Scales (Meramec Elementary) contact Carol Jobe at

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