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Men

Utica United Methodist Men

Mission: To Help Men Grow In Christ, So Others May Know Christ. Our Goal: To be a creative, supportive fellowship of men who seek to know God and Jesus Christ; to grow spiritually; and to seek daily His will, and to help men learn to live with Christ as the center of their lives in ALL their relationships.Who can join: The Utica United Methodist Men is open to ALL men who wish to grow spiritually.

Some of the activities we support are:

Scouting                          
Society of Saint Andrews
MCREST                            
Warming Center
Habitat for Humanity              
Red Bird Mission
Veteran’s Honor & Memorial Garden 
Autism          
Church Families in need           
Red Cross Blood Drive 
Monthly Breakfast Meeting         
Iron Warriors Study Group
Sweetheart Dinner                 
High Beam Car Show
Annual Golf Outing                
Cook and Grill 
Church Support                    
Mother / Daughter Dinner Support
Oil Change Ministry               
STARS/EXCEL



Didn’t see a ministry or activity that perks you’re interest? We’re always looking for additional ways to do God’s work. Come, join us, and serve. The Utica United Methodist Men meet in Fellowship Hall on the second Saturday of the month at 8:30AM for breakfast. Our monthly Business Meeting follows at 9:00AM.

Have questions, contact the church office.




Women

United Methodist Women

Purpose of UMW:
The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

The UMW here at Utica United Methodist Church is a very active gathering of women who gather for fellowship, volunteer opportunities, fund raising, and fun.Gatherings occur the first Wednesday of each month at 12:00 (noon) and include a potluck luncheon, followed by various informative programs presented by wonderful volunteers. Some examples of programs this year are: prayer and self denial, protecting yourself, confessions of a quilt maker, Salvation Army’s response to human trafficking, and heart healthy care & new CPR. It is a wonderful way to socialize with other women while praising God, and do good things for the community.

The UMW support many community and church programs including but not limited to, various church camps, youth service projects, Turning Point, The Salvation Army, Abigayle Ministry, Baldwin Ave., Methodist Children’s Home Society, and Local Mission. They also run drives to collect supplies for local charities, such as non-perishable food items for our food pantry and paper products for Turning Point. In addition, the UMW also participate in many volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

If you think you might be interested in knowing more about this wonderful ministry, please join us at one of our Wednesday meetings, or call the church office for more information. 

Hope to see you there!


Senior Care

Senior Care Ministry

Have you hugged a senior recently? Our UUMC Senior Care Ministry “stays in touch” with those in our congregation who are 75 and older by: sending cards, calling, visiting, and praying for them. Currently we have about 25team members who stay in touch with 39 seniors who wish to participate in this ministry. Each Care Team person is generally paired with 1 or 2 seniors. The Senior Ministry team also meets together two to three times a year to share ideas, support one another, and fellowship together. If you are interested to experience the joy of serving our seniors in this way, please contact Norma Taylor. Also, if you know a senior who would benefit from this ministry, or if you are a senior who is interested to have someone be in touch with you, please contact Norma Taylor. Remember the best thing about hugs is that when you give one you receive one!


Stephen Ministry

“Christ Caring for People through People.”

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also out to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:11-12

Utica United Methodist Church has been a Stephen Ministry congregation for over 20 years and during that time has provided confidential, Christian care to many people. Whatever your need, large or small, a Stephen Minister is ready to walk with you. Please call one of our Stephen Leaders or Pastor Don, and they will help you get the care you need.

Contact one of our Stephen Leaders for more information:

Norma Taylor norma@uticaumc.org  (248) 321-5617
Sheila Manning  manningsk@comcast.net (586) 463-029

 

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. Through one-to-one caring and confidential relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them.

Is life more than you can handle alone right now?

Are your health, your attitude, or your relationships suffering?

Are you adjusting to a new job, change in marital status, a serious illness, the death of a loved one, or a recent move?

Would you like to have someone in your life who really cares?

Everyone goes through difficult times. Having someone to care, to listen, and to share God’s love with you can help you get through the confusion, stress, or loneliness you may be experiencing.

 

What is a Stephen Minister?

A Stephen Minister is …

A child of God who walks beside a person who is hurting

A caring, Christian friend who takes the time to really listen

A lay person who has received 50 hours of training in how to provide distinctively Christian care

A Stephen Minister is not …

A counselor or therapist

A problem-solver

A casual visitor

 

Who is helped by Stephen Ministry?

Anyone going through difficult times who needs someone to care, listen, and share God’s love with them on a one-to-one confidential basis.

Stephen Ministry helps to meet the needs of individuals who are:

Homebound/alone

Hospitalized/recently discharged

Facing serious or terminal illness

Experiencing major adjustments to jobs/careers/residences

Facing decisions on future care of aging parents/spouse

Experiencing absence of family members due to death, school, military assignments, marriage, divorce

Homebound/alone

Persons experiencing a spiritual crisis

 

Stephen Ministers are called to be Caregivers

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

“Encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14

 

God is the Curegiver

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

 

Consider allowing a Stephen Ministe to walk with you on your journey to wholeness.