At Schweitzer, our mission is: “Transforming lives by making disciples of Jesus Christ.” We accomplish that as we worship, grow, serve, and tell. God gives us all abilities that we can use in making this world more like God intends:

—a place where everyone knows they are valued by God and others;

—where everyone has what they need to thrive and enjoy healthy relationships.

We want to empower, bless, and deploy you to use your gifts to make a difference. Check out the opportunities listed in this brochure.

How do I sign up?
• with the form below
• by phone, Erinn Johnson, 881-6800
• by email, ejohnson@sumc.co
• or contact the person listed for each area

Opportunities to Serve

Mail

Contact: Joanne Buske, jbuske@sumc.co

Pick up bulk mail from the church office on Fridays and drop it off at the Main Post Office on Chestnut Expressway. Volunteers are needed to serve on a substitute basis.

Office Assistant

Contact: Mary Beth Owens, mbowens@sumc.co

The Office Assistant answers phone and performs administrative tasks. Morning and afternoon shifts, Monday through Friday, are available. Schedule is flexible.

Parish Visitor*

Contact: Glenna Meyers, budandglenna@gmail.com

A parish visitor makes a friendly visit to one or two homebound or limited attendance members once a month. You will be assigned the same person with the purpose of helping that person stay connected to Jesus and Schweitzer.

PATCH Ministry (Parents And Their CHildren)*

Contact: Jim Peterson,  jimorsue1@yahoo.com

Once a month, different drivers use the church van to pick up children in the area to visit their moms in prison in Chillicothe, Missouri. A Background Check and Safe Sanctuary Training is required.

Snail Mail Ministry*

Contact: Carma Messerli, snailmailministry1@gmail.com

Either make or send encouraging cards to folks who are homebound, ill, or otherwise experiencing tough times.


* Background check and safe sanctuary required.

Connection Center Team

Contact: Erinn Johnson, ejohnson@sumc.co

Greet guests, answer questions, and help create a welcoming environment on Sunday mornings.

Data Team

Contact: Mike and Janet Snavely, mwsjss@sbcglobal.net or jssmws@sbcglobal.net

Enter data after services on a rotating schedule.

Golf Cart

Contact: Erinn Johnson, ejohnson@sumc.co

Greet all who attend our services on Sunday morning in the parking lot, offer rides to our various entrances, and create a warm and welcoming spirit to everyone. Shifts are set up for each service time on a rotating schedule.

Greeter

Contact: Erinn Johnson, ejohnson@sumc.co

Create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for those coming to worship as you greet at the door.

Hospitality Team

Contact: Deanna Gorden, dgorden@sumc.co

Serve refreshments on Sunday mornings and occasionally at special events. Times available for all services.

Sanctuary Set-Up Team  

Contact: Ann Earl, 417-848-6126

Help keep our sanctuary ready for service by stocking ink pens and offering envelopes (rotating schedule).

SMART  

Contact: Erinn Johnson, ejohnson@sumc.co

As the needs of our congregation grow, our ministries must also grow. Do you have a servant’s heart to protect and help maintain a safe environment? We are looking for people to serve during Sunday mornings on our new SMART Ministry Team (Safely Monitoring, Aware and Response Team).

Usher

Contact: Erinn Johnson, ejohnson@sumc.co

Create a warm, welcoming environment for those coming to Schweitzer and entering worship. Distribute bulletins and collect offerings.

Kids Connection Desk*

Contact: Miranda Taylor, mirandataylor0415@yahoo.com

Greet parents and guests as they enter the Kids Area on Sunday mornings. Become a “tour guide” as needed and assist in handing our parent information at the Kids Area doors. Some people will enter data onto the computer.

Kids’ Club

Contact: Angela Smith, asmith@sumc.co

Build relationships with kids as you help facilitate Bible lessons and fun! Help is needed for ages Pre – K through 6th grade.

Nursery*

Contact: Angela Smith, asmith@sumc.co

Cuddle, rock and show some love to the youngest Schweitzer members. Join infants – 2 yrs of age on Sunday mornings at 9:40, 11:00 or during the week for the MOPS group.

Sunday Morning Class Helper*     

Contact: Angela Smith, asmith@sumc.co

Assist the Sunday morning class leader in the classroom for ages 2 – 6th grade either 9:40 or 11:00 am. Need to be a true servant for the Lord and have a loving, caring heart for kids.

Volunteers for Grow To Know Preschool

Contact: Jane Roebke, jroebke@sumc.co

Interested persons would enjoy interacting with children ages 6 weeks – 5 years, helping teachers with classroom duties, welcoming parents and students, and serving as a helper in the way of Jesus. Completion of the volunteer packet including background screening and Safe Sanctuary Training is necessary.

Youth Ministry Sound Board Operator*

Contact: Tim Smith, tsmith@sumc.co or KJ Roelke, kjroelke@sumc.co

Help run the sound board for Youth Worship on Wednesday nights—working with the youth band primarily.

Youth Ministry Wednesday Night Dinners & Drinks

Contact: Tim Smith, tsmith@sumc.co

Provide dinner or fix smoothies and coffee for students attending Wednesday night Youth Ministry events. Dinners that will feed multiple students are best.

Youth Ministry Small Group Facilitator*

Contact: Tim Smith, tsmith@sumc.co

Help 7th-12th Grade students discuss spiritual topics on Wednesday nights as they break out from a large group message. Facilitators are responsible for walking students through faith topics relevant to their lives.

Youth Worship Team & Choir*

Contact: Tim Smith, tsmith@sumc.co or KJ Roelke, kjroelke@sumc.co

Help with vocal and instrumental coaching as students learn to use their gifts in leading in worship.


* Background check and safe sanctuary required.

Audio Engineer

Contact: Taylor Likes, tlikes@sumc.co

An essential part of any worship service is how it sounds. If you’re interested in this position, you should be musically inclined, able to problem-solve under pressure, willing to learn new techniques, and work with a humble spirit. Training is available.

Slides Operator

Contact: Taylor Likes, tlikes@sumc.co

Assist the Director of Media Ministries and Worship Leader in making sure all graphics and worship lyrics are displayed for the service. This position requires someone who is quick on his or her feet and not afraid of computers. We will offer training on the ProPresenter Software.

Chancel Choir

Contact: Cheryll Moll, cmoll@sumc.co

Anyone who loves God and loves music is welcome to join us as we lead music in traditional worship. All are welcome regardless of musical ability. The choir meets Wednesday nights, August-June, and available choir members sing at 8:20 or 11:00 worship.

Communion     

Contact: Jennifer Muller, jmuller1234@gmail.com

Help serve communion once a month at one of the Sunday services.

Instrumentalists

Contact: Cheryll Moll, cmoll@sumc.co

Instrumental music adds to the beauty and excitement of our worship experience. We are looking for instrumentalists who can occasionally be a part of our music at both traditional and modern worship.

Worship Team

Contact: KJ Roelke, kjroelke@sumc.co

The Worship Team helps the congregation join in with the ongoing praises of Heaven through their musical gifts at our modern worship services.  If you have the talent, commitment, and heart to guide people in engaging with God through their voices and hearts, get in touch as soon as possible!

Schweitzer Bells

Contact: Kim Hammons, gintwkim@yahoo.com

Handbells and chimes are used to present music in traditional worship. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights, Aug.-May. No experience is necessary. Music reading ability is preferable.

Senior Saints

Contact: Cheryll Moll, cmoll@sumc.co

A group of singers who enjoy fellowship and sharing music in the community and in worship. Rehearsals are Tuesday afternoons, Aug.-May.

Cents of Pride

Contact: Laura Brandt, lauraleighbrandt@att.net

Help collect items or assist in the “store” in this Pittman school program to reinforce positive choices. Kids earn points to spend.

Church @ the Center

Contact: Deborah Chapman, outreach@centeredonchange.com

Be part of the Sunday night worshiping community here on campus. Each week a meal and transportation are provided for men and women from group homes and shelters across Springfield. You are invited to come serve and be a part of this growing outreach experience.

Coach House*

Contact: Kim Hartmayer, k.hartmayer@sbcglobal.net or Dianne Joy, djoy@sumc.co

Mentoring and empowering women transitioning out of homelessness to stability. Women will live in the house as they work through the program to greater independence. 

Crosslines

Contact: Rich or Donna DeVries, rrdevries@att.net

On the first Thursday of each month, five or six Schweitzer volunteers help clients select groceries at the Crosslines Food Pantry.

Disaster Relief

Contact: Freddy Lane, fjlane@juno.com

Prepare for and respond to help people when disasters strike.

Faith and Finances

Contact: Mark McKnelly, mmcknelly@sumc.co

In 2017, we look forward to launching this 12-week program designed to help low-income people move out of financial poverty. If you have gifting and/or passion in this area, you can be a part of that.

Good News Club*

Contact: Gail Randolph, kjdrand@aol.com

Volunteers are needed every Tuesday afternoon during the school year. Opportunities include everything from snack coordination to teaching the Bible Story. This team receives training and requires a background check.

International Family Friends

Contact: Joyce Eddy, Gjoyceeddy@MissouriState.edu

Share friendship with international students attending Missouri State University. Info at www.International.missouristate.edu/friends.

I Pour Life

Contact: Kaitlin McKnelly, kaitlin@ipourlife.org

A local non-profit organization that works with underresourced teens and young adults, equipping them with tools and life skills needed to live sustainable and successful lives. They look for volunteers (called “weekenders” and “community coaches”) to help build relationships with those they serve. Visit https://ipourlife.org/lifestrengths-get-involved/ for more info.

Tutoring*

Contact: Molly Edwards, mollyanddennis@gmail.com

Help students, selected by the teacher, Thursdays after school. Tutors receive training and a background check is required.

Alpha Table Leader

Contact: Mark McKnelly, mmcknelly@sumc.co

Alpha is a 12-week course designed to help others freely explore the basics of the Christian faith without the pressure of having to know anything. It involves food, video, and great conversation. Help others on their faith journey by helping to facilitate table discussion that is open and comfortable.

Crisis Food Pantry

Contact: Dianne Joy, djoy@sumc.co

“Sharing the love of Christ as we provide emergency food assistance and spiritual support.” If you love people, then we want you! Assist with greeting, registration, and pulling groceries. Morning and afternoon shifts available, Monday—Wednesday.

Food Pantry Re-Stocking Team

Contact: Venda Lee, vendalee@prodigy.net

This team re-stocks the shelves of the Food Pantry.

East Stanford Neighborhood Garden

Contact: Ken Bass, ken.bass51@att.net

Create community and produce food in the East Stanford Neighborhood Garden. We need people to mow and/or weed eat, along with an easy-to-use mower. Other ways to participate include turning compost, weeding, taking the trash and rocks to the dumpster. An immediate need is to put together and paint items for the children’s garden.

Jobs for Life

Contact: Scott Warren, swarren@sumc.co or 417-766-8812

8-week program that helps people get a job, along with preparing them to be solid, long term employees. We work to break the job-to-job cycle in people’s lives, by restoring value, self-worth and dignity. We are looking for champion/mentors, meal providers for one or more classes, transport van drivers, and prayer partners.

Life Change Plan

Contact: Mark McKnelly, mmcknelly@sumc.co

This is a 1-year structured discipleship program primarily for those re-entering from incarceration, in long-term recovery, and/or generational poverty. Become a mentor for one of these men and women and watch God not only change their life, but also yours through your commitment of time and prayer and love in this new Christ-centered relationship.


* Background check and safe sanctuary required.

Pantry Prayer Ministry

For an interview, contact Patty Hunt, ballen9876@aol.com

A wonderful opportunity to use your gift of prayer! Provide a moment of spiritual comfort to persons who receive physical support from the Schweitzer Food Pantry. Serve 2 1/2 hours weekly.

Prayer Wall Ministry

Contact: Jamie Fugitt, jamiekfugitt@gmail.com

Join with others to pray for requests which have been placed on the Prayer Wall in the sanctuary. This team typically meets to pray about an hour two times per month.

Worship Prayer Team

Contact: Janet Price, jlprice@mchsi.com.

For 11:00 Modern, contact: Jayne Markin, jmarkin@sumc.co

Our purpose is to pray that the Presence of God would show up and interact with all the people in the pews. There are Worship Prayer Teams for each service, 8:20, 9:40 and 11:00 a.m. Prayer Team members pray with persons in the prayer room following the service. The 8:20 Team also prays with the pastors before the service begins.

Event Planning Team

Contact: Jake Hotchkiss, jhotchkiss@sumc.co

Pick up bulk mail from the church office on Fridays and drop it off at the Main Post Office on Chestnut Expressway. Volunteers are needed to serve on a substitute basis.