In Home Ministry
Each month, Pastor Gerry visits over 30 homebound members and friends of the congregation. Several members (Homebound Visitors) also visit these homebound members and friends. During those visits, a reading from the Bible is read to the individual and personalized for them. They are asked for prayer requests and pastor or a homebound visitor prays for those requests. Additionally, those requests are given to our pray-ers for daily prayers. Each week a copy of the sermon, and the News and Notes are sent to them so that they can feel part of the congregation.
When members or friends of the congregation are hospitalized, they are requested to call Pastor Gerry’s cell phone to advise him of the hospital they are in, their condition, their date of surgery if applicable and their needs. To the best of Pastor’s ability and taking into consideration the challenges of ministry, members and friends will be visited multiple times during their stay.
What is it?
The KidStuff curriculum we use is designed to equip kids from kindergarten through fifth grade with these basic truths.
- I need to make the wise choice. (wisdom)
- I can trust God no matter what. (faith)
- I should treat others the way I want to be treated. (friendship)
These truths were modeled by Jesus in Luke 2:52 “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.”
At least one of these truths is reinforced in each weekly lesson. Along with these truths there are also 36 Life Applications or Virtues that are taught as a monthly theme, for example honesty, responsibility, patience and so on. All 36 of these life apps are taught over a 3 yr period. To underscore these truths and life apps, Bible stories are presented in creative ways to pull it all together. These Bible stories help kids discover Jesus and reflect His character to the world around them. To make it easy to understand, everything is unpacked through weekly bottom lines – short phrases that are so easy to remember they can be reinforced at home throughout the week. So that’s the foundation of what KidStuff is.
The FIRST LOOK curriculum is designed so that preschoolers 3yrs and up will grow up believing that:
- God made me.
- God loves me.
- Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
Preschoolers are introduced to the story of God by providing weekly Bible story presentations that are highly creative, interactive and age-specific. Each lesson emphasizes a monthly Bottom Line to help make it easy and fun.
How it works
Every Wednesday at 5pm, prior to the 6pm service, kids and their families meet in the Fellowship Hall in the lower level for a family meal. Children from 6th grade to 8th grade often still participate or volunteer because they loved the program when they went through it.
KidStuff kids then go to age appropriate classrooms for some small group time called “Plug-In”; small group activities to focus energy on what is happening this week. Then they all come together for “POWER UP”, which is the interactive large group activity where kids hear the Bible story in creative ways. Kids then return to their small groups for “Catch On” where they do various activities that apply the story/ truth for the week.
FirstLook kids go to their own room where they participate in crazy fun activities, crafts, a Bible story, worship time and prayer.
Parents are equipped with Parent CUES: notes to parents that help them know what we talked about with their child this week and to CUE them to continue the conversation at home.
KidStuff kids also go home with GodTime Cards: kids’ notes to help them establish a consistent devotional experience. These cards have one activity to complete each day for 4 days to reinforce what they experienced that week.
Bread of Life Food Pantry
Honoring the resourced challenged in our community
Bread of Life intentionally reaches out to under-resourced families in Dane County by assisting them with the basics of life.
F – We value all families.
A – We value advocacy for under-resourced families.
M – We value managing our assets wisely.
I – We value intentionally reaching out.
L – We value loving relationships.
Y – We value young and old alike.
Bread of Life (BOL) Food Pantry – History
In January of 2006, we opened our BOL Food Pantry. The first three years were a struggle, not only with funds for purchasing food, but more importantly storage space. Purchasing food for a food pantry is cyclical. In October – April, food is available for purchase through Second Harvest and available through Community Action Coalition (CAC). Purchase of food for the remaining months is questionable. The only exception is CAC’s Postal Carrier food drive in May.
On September 26, 2009, we dedicated our new 1,586 sq. ft. storage building to the glory of the Lord. A total of $81,000 + was raised by our members in our Capital Gifts Campaign “Mission 29:11”. The building now houses all of our pantry food.
In 2011, we raised $50,000.00 + to fund our 12 ft. by 36ft. walk-in refrigerator and freezer. This allows us to hold and disperse both refrigerated and frozen items.
Bread of Life (BOL) Food Pantry – Hours, Type of Pantry and Registration Requirements
Our pantry hours are Tuesdays from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The general public is invited to participate twice: the first Wednesday of the month and one more time, either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Our food pantry is a choice pantry which means you get to choose from these categories, as you put together multiple meals for your family.
- Packaged Meals
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Meats
- Salad Dressings
- Personal Care
- Cleaning products – Snacks
- Fresh Produce & Baked Goods
Please bring the following items with you each time you visit the pantry.
All I.D.’s for each family member for every visit.
Address verification other than driver’s license. (Any mail with your name and address)
Every $1 donated to the Bread of Life Food pantry equals 5.5 lbs. of food for the community.
The life and ministry of Jesus could be summoned up in one word: COMPASSION. In our effort to Make Jesus Real in our community, we too must be compassionate people in our community. For this reason, we launched Senior Connections in February of 2008. We presently minister to approximately 125 seniors every week. Here is a schedule which we adhere to every Thursday from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.
9:00 – 10:45 a.m. – Social Time / Coffee Time
10:45 a.m. – Seniors choose from 1,750 pounds of produce, 300 pounds of bakery and 100 pounds of bread, beverages, frozen items, assorted cookies and more.
11:00 a.m. – Appetizers and Soup are available.
11:30 a.m. – Multiple entrees, salads, fresh fruit and desserts are served.
12:30 p.m. – Board Games, Cards and Bingo are available to Seniors
12:30 p.m. – Bible Study is available.
Welcoming All Veterans into Our Community
Vets Connect is a gathering of Veterans and their immediate families who have been gifted by life experiences in their service to our country. We share our personal experiences, build lasting relationships and extend helping hands to all Veterans and their families.
V – Valiant
E – Exceptional
T – Tenacious
E – Enduring
R – Resilient
A – Admired
N – Neighbor
S – Sacrifice
Every Thursday evening, with a launch date of October 6th.
4:45 – 5:15 p.m. – Gathering
5:15 – 5:45 p.m. – Dinner
5:45 – 6:00 p.m. – Veterans Connect with Counselors, Psychologists and VA staff for physical and mental help.
6:00 – 6:45 p.m. – Social Hour (card games, board games etc.)
6:45 – 7:00 p.m. – Vets and their families receive frozen meat, poultry, pork, and seafood.