The Congregational Care Committee is a new committee whose purpose is to see that all church members stay connected. Calls and visits are made, especially to those who are homebound, suffering an illness, or detached from the life of the church family.
The Outreach Committee selects a Mission of the Month for each month of the year. Loose offering from the offering plates plus designated Mission Fund donations are collected and sent to the chosen mission of that month. Their selections support local, regional, national and global missions.
Catfish Days Booth
During the Catfish Days Flea Market, the last Saturday of July, there will be a booth to provide information about the church and offer a sweet treat to visitors.
Kuzma Care Cottage
Kuzma is a local food pantry that is a community-wide mission started by St. Rose Catholic church. On the first Sunday of every month, a special collection is taken during worship to support the work of Kuzma Care Cottage. Many of our church members regularly work a shift at the Cottage to distribute food to those having a difficult time.
Our Caring Closet
Our Caring Closet is a clothes ministry that was started in our church and out-grew the space. They offer free clothing and small household items to those in the community who could use some extra assistance. Yearly, the congregation collects new socks and underwear for the Closet’s distribution prior to school starting. Several of our members work at the Closet on a regular basis.
Christian Help Association
CHA or Christian Help Association is a community-wide organization that operates during Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter to provide extra food for members of the community in need. Our church purchases, in bulk, several items to be included in the Christmas food baskets, as well as having a gift tag tree for toy donations, and help collect coats, mittens and hats. At the same time, our Sunday School children collect a new book for each of the children up to age 17 whose families receive assistance. Many members assist with packing and distribution of these items ahead of Christmas.
The Nurture Committee strives to nurture and include all members of the church family in the life of the church through social and other events. The committee oversees the serving of Coffee Hour following Sunday morning worship service unless families have signed up. They have hosted Blood Drives and Life Line Screening for the community. Cards are sent to those who have been hospitalized or experience a death in the family.
The Chancel Choir sings twice a month for worship during the school year. The members practice on Wednesday evenings at 7. This choir is for high school students and adults.
UMC Praise Ringers
The UMC Praise Ringers is a 5-octave English hand bell choir that practices on Tuesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. September – May. They perform monthly during the worship service. They also perform during the Community Thanksgiving service and at other times. The choir is open to high school students and adults.
We welcome special music throughout the year, especially during the summer when the choirs are taking a break. Contact the church office or pastor if you have a talent to share.
Christian Fellowship Group meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month (except November and December) in the Fellowship Hall. It is open to all ages and all stages. It is for anyone who wants to come together for a group potluck meal and fellowship.
Bring your own table service and a dish or two to share. Stay and spend some time getting to know others in the church.
Men of the church meet on the second Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. at the church to share breakfast, fellowship and devotions. Members of the Men’s Club take turns cooking breakfast.
A yearly Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser is held in March. Proceeds are used to support local and area missions.
Some of the service projects the Men’s Club has undertaken with the help of the congregation:
- Built school desks to send to developing countries
- Sorted potatoes for the Northern Illinois Foodbank
- Put together flood buckets for use following disasters
- Re-built the church playground equipment
- Instrumental in bringing GED volunteer training to Wilmington to train adults to assist young adults in studying for their GED test in hopes of equipping them with the needed skills to improve their employability, thus improving the quality of life for them and their families
- Instrumental in bringing ShareFest to Wilmington
The Methodist Women meet on the first Thursday of each month (Sept. – June) at 1 p.m. in the church Library for devotions, mission and fellowship. Fundraisers are held throughout the year to provide support for mission projects and to purchase needed items for the church:
- Homemade soup each Sunday after worship in January
- Potato Bake in September
- Annual Roast Pork Dinner in the fall for the community
- Bellettini Foods’ grocery receipts collected year round to earn a 1% rebate
They host a Christmas Tea featuring the Wilmington High School Show Cats early in December, which is open to the community.
The Martha Circle’s mission is to serve funeral dinners for our church family experiencing a loss.