There are numerous opportunities to reach out and help others at Baker Memorial UMC. Some ministries are church-related while others involve work in the world outside our doors.
Missions and Community Outreach Committee
Our Missions and Community Outreach Committee hosts and participates in a wide variety of endeavors, from a yearly Used Book Sale, to organizing help sessions at Northern Illinois Food Bank to a twice-annual Blood Drive. Proceeds help fund Baker’s various missions.
Wednesday Night Supper
During the school year, our church is hopping on Wednesday nights! There are Confirmation classes, musical ensemble and choir rehearsals, Bible Study and more. Our Wednesday Night Suppers offer not only food (at low cost) on these busy evenings, but also fellowship, as members of the church and the community get a chance to break bread and share their lives together. The Wednesday Night Supper crew does a great job offering delicious and varied menus. Frequently a ministry or committee or circle will sponsor a supper to raise funds for one of its functions. For the past several years, for example, the Adult Missions team has hosted a Mardi Gras feast on the Wednesday closest to Fat Tuesday, with proceeds benefiting the group’s annual trip to New Orleans to rebuild homes with Habitat for Humanity. Wednesday Night Supper monies support a variety of church activities and missions. Wednesday Night Supper Menu
Our United Methodist Women prayer quilt ministry seeks to envelop someone in need in God’s loving arms and prayers — literally. A quilt is made for a specific person. On a Sunday, during Fellowship, Baker parishioners who wish to write a note on the quilt and, while crossing/tying the quilt ties, say a prayer to that person.
Every second Tuesday of the month, Baker members provide meals for nearby Lazarus House homeless shelter. The entire dinner is cooked and then taken to the shelter. Other members sign up to provide breakfasts and bag lunches. Baker has assisted the shelter on other occasions, including deep cleaning of various rooms, as well as help putting in a new ceiling.
Adult Mission Group
At Baker, it’s not only high school students who participate on mission trips! Our adult group has for several years headed to New Orleans in the spring. There participants work with Habitat for Humanity, rebuilding homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The group has also traveled to Chatham for a day trip working with the United Methodist’s Midwest Mission Distribution Center.
The mission of this group is to provide adults with opportunities to work with neighbors near and far in battling hunger, poverty and disasters. Each year, one to three opportunities are planned that touch the hearts of those who volunteer and perhaps touch the hearts of those who are helped. Some trips are designed for adults only and others include family participation. Contact the church office for more information.
Other opportunities for helping and serving:
- Altar Guild: Four individuals comprise the Altar Guild as part of the Worship Committee., with each person responsible for three months of the year. Duties include (but are not limited to) setting up the altar for Sunday services and weddings. This involves changing the colors of the paraments as set by the Liturgical calendar, filling the oil candles, changing the altar candles, preparing the chapel for Sunday church school services, ordering altar flowers monthly and the ordering and placement of Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for the sanctuary altar.
- Communion Servers: Communion Servers are needed the first Sunday of each month during the 9:00 a.m. service and every Sunday during 10:30 a.m. services.
- Counters: Two people are needed each Sunday to count the offering after each service. Each counter is assigned one Sunday each month and is given a list of six substitute counters. It takes approximately two hours to count the offering for both services. If you are interested in being a counter, contact the church office.
- Greeters: Sign up to greet people before worship on Sunday mornings. Contact a pastor to volunteer.
- Ushers: Each of the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church services requires ushers. Duties involve greeting visitors, passing out bulletins, seating people, taking the collection, helping with communion, collecting prayer cards, and cleaning the sanctuary after each service. They may also be asked to usher for special services. Once the ushers are assigned to a particular service they will usher that service once a month. If interested please contact the church office.
Baker parishioners also support UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. It provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects our donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.