lifeSERVE

ALL VERONA FITCHBURG EAST MADISON

Support

Coffee Hour Scheduler

This is an opportunity for those who like to serve behind the scenes. As Scheduler for this area, you would establish a rotating schedule and be the point person for Coffee Hour Servers.  An established schedule of servers ensures that the kitchen and fellowship area are in good condition for the next use.  The only requirements are willingness to serve and occasional email correspondence.  Love of java is optional.

Contact:
Elsa Gumm 608.271.2811 x25

Coffee Hour Server

This is an opportunity for those who like to serve behind the scenes. Our coffee servers make coffee, serve pastries, and clean up the kitchen and fellowship area for the next use. Coffee Hour servers rotate on a schedule and serve about two hours every 3-4 weeks.

Contact:
Elsa Gumm 608.271.2811 x25

Finance

The finance team is in need of servers to count offerings, collected at all three sites on Sundays, on the first Monday of each month.  Even if you can only serve in this role occasionally (v. once/month), we could really use your help!  The time is somewhat flexible, and counting is done at the Church's Fitchburg site.

Contact:
Jess Bohrer 608-271-2811 x10

Library

Looking for those that enjoy Christian resources to shelve books and maintain the physical library. Also looking for people to maintain library database in computer. Schedule is dependent on your availability.

Contact:
Becky Levy

Ministry to Older Adults

This ministry makes connections with homebound older adults or residents of extended care facilities. The time commitment is flexible and training, coaching and resources are available to you.

Contact:
Sara Peters 608.225.2662

Office Assistant

There are many ways to help in the office. Bulletin assembly, data entry, counting the offering, printing, running errands, filing, mailings, etc. Whatever your skill level, we'll find something for you do in the office!

Contact:
Jess Bohrer 608.271.2811 x0

Prayer Team

The Prayer Team is committed to pray for the prayer requests from our community and congregation. Prayers should possess the gift of intercession and commit time to devote to prayer. The prayer team gathers weekly to pray together as a group.

Contact:
Becky Levy

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers walk along those in need of a special friend. This is a way of letting a person know that Jesus is with them, no matter what.  Stephen Ministers should have a gift and a desire for mercy and is able to help others and bear their burdens.

Initial 50 hours of Stephen Ministry training and monthly ongoing training and support are required.

Contact:
Phyllis Bacon

Visitation

This ministry visits those that are in the hospital or cannot make it to our services due to health or disability. The time commitment is flexible and training, coaching and resources are available to you.

Contact:
Sara Peters 608.225.2662

Worship Assistant

Our Worship Assistants work in rotating teams to prepare the sanctuary for service by turning on the lights, setting thermostats and straightening up. They also assist the pastor with communion, collect the offering, and help with preparation for baptisms. Worship Assistants greet people as they come in the doors and pass out bulletins.

Contact:
Brian Hayman

Technical

Media Creator

The media creators build the text for the songs and sermon outline shown on the screens.  The media creators work in a team to complete each service. Training is available.

Contact:
Mayme Keagy 608.445.3272

Media Team

Our media team run the screens used to enhance the worship experience at all of our services.  You don't need to be a computer guru to run the screens, just able to pay attention to what's going on in the service and able to point and click. Training is available and team members serve about once a month.

Contact:
Mayme Keagy 608.445.3272

Sound Tech

Sound Tech's contribute to the overall worship experience by mixing the sound well so that no one actually notices the sound system at all.  This person should have a good ear for music, mix and audio levels. Training is available.

Contact:
Jason Keagy

Video Tech

Our Video techs record the 10:45 am Sunday service in Fitchburg. The video is shared the following week with our other sites, the Fitchburg Access Channel and on our website.  Each tech serves about once a month. Training is available.

Contact:
Mayme Keagy 608.445.3272

Website

Our website is updated daily with new information, media, resources and pictures. There is a job for anybody at any level to help out. Training is available.

Contact:
Mayme Keagy 608.445.3272

Worship

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild prepares and disassembles communion, dress the altar with appropriate paraments. Keep the altar area clean and care for the altar flowers and plants. Altar Guild members work in teams of 3-4 and rotate every few months.

Pianist/Organist

Accompany the worship ensemble and play hymns for congregational singing at the 8am service in Fitchburg.  This is an occasional position, depending on your schedule. Rehearsal is scheduled in the evening the week prior to the service. 

Contact:
Heidi Chi 608.271.2811 x26

Readers

Our readers share the scripture during the 8:00 am worship service in Fitchburg.  This person should be comfortable reading scripture in front of the congregation. Readers serve on a rotating schedule, every 8 weeks.

Contact:
Heidi Chi 608.848.4519

Worship Teams

Sing and play  praises to the Lord! Sopranos, Altos, Tenors or Basses, we always have room for one more voice lifted in praise. Whether you play guitar or bagpipes, all instrumentalists are encouraged to participate. These musical groups provide anthems, traditional, modern, and special music for worship services on a regular basis. Contact the worship leader at your site for more information.

Contact:
Jason Keagy Fitchburg 10:45 am
Heidi Chi Fitchburg 8:00 am
Seth Troxel Verona
Dannie Rainbow East Madison

Leadership

Elder

Our Elders are men who have exhibited spiritual maturity and are called to support the pastor and this ministry by faithful and persistent prayer.  Elders serve about 4 hours per month in devoted prayer and meetings.

Contact:
Pastor Jeff Meyer 608.271.2811 x12

lifeGroup Coach

lifeGroup coaches provide ongoing support and encouragement to 3-5 lifeGroup leaders. A coach should be a member of the Church, be a past or current lifeGroup leader, exhibit spiritual maturity and be committed to the leadership and vision of the Church. Bi-monthly training with other coaches is required.

 

Contact:
Amy Meyer 608.271.2811 x11

lifeGroup Leader

Our lifeGroup leaders provide spiritual encouragement and guidance to the people within their group. They facilitate discussion and encourage participation from each of their members. lifeGroup leaders should be a member of the Church and have prior lifeGroup experience.  They should possess leadership and shepherding gifts and display spiritual maturity. Leaders meet monthly for training and coaching.

Contact:
Amy Meyer 608.271.2811 x11

Children

Childcare during Mom to Mom

Mom to Mom is a weekly prayer, study and support group. Child care is provided to give moms a break during this time.
This person should have a love for children and be available Tuesday mornings from 9:30am to 11:30am (during the school year).

Contact:
Amy Meyer 608.271.2811 x11

Kids Connection Guide

Kids Connection is a creative learning environment on Sunday mornings for children ages 4 through 4th grade. Guides work with the teachers to lead children through a variety of different workshops and help them with crafts, games, drama, music, art, video, puppets etc. that communicate the Bible message.

Contact:
Amy DeBaker

Kids Connection Leader

Kids Connection is a creative leaning environment on Sunday mornings for children ages 4 through 4th grade. Children do a variety of different workshops, for example, crafts, games, drama, music, art, video, puppets etc. that communicate the Bible message. This person should enjoy working with children in this age group and be able to communicate to the kids on their level about the lesson for the day.
 

Contact:
Amy DeBaker

Life in the Word Leaders and Teachers

Life in the Word is the teaching time for 5th and 6th graders as they begin their journey through Life in Jesus. The teaching covers the small catechism (10 Commandments, Lord's Prayer, Baptism, Apostles Creed, Lord's Supper and Confession).  This teacher/leader must be able to relate with and enjoy 5th and 6th grade children, making the learning time fun and relevant. Also needed are both men and women to lead the small group interaction time to facilitate discussion, and care for the kids. The boys and girls are divided into gender specific groups.
 

Contact:
Emily Powers 608.271.2811 x13

Nursery Care

Our nursery is available for children 0 to 3 years old on Sunday mornings. We provide a safe environment for the children to be cared for while their parents are in worship. This opportunity is for the person that enjoys being with and taking care of young children, and that will share the love of Jesus with them and keep them safe. Background checks are performed on all nursery caretakers.

Contact:
Elsa Gumm 608.271.2811 x25

Preschool Teacher's Assistant/Subsititute

Teacher's Assistants work with children in the classroom under the teacher's supervision and perform other duties such as snack time set-up, bathroom runs and preparing materials. These volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, complete a criminal background check, be available on short notice during the school year, be willing to participate in a required preschool orientation program (2 hours), and possess a love for children, patience and a willingness to have fun.
 

Contact:
Karen Hettenbach 608.271.2811 x15

Vacation Bible School

This home centered approach to the traditional "Vacation Bible School" is designed to be more open to inviting neighbors and friends that may not traditionally attend church. We're looking for people willing to open their back-yard or neighborhood park to host a 3-day learning experience. Work with a leader/teacher to provide a welcoming and fun atmosphere for the kids.
 

Contact:
Emily Powers 608.271.2811 x13

Youth

Higher Ground Administration

This is for someone with administrative gifts that can help us get the word out to our Higher Ground kids about special events through text messages, facebook, letters, and emails, Update records and send out welcome letter to guests and Birthday greetings. This work can be done from your home with a computer.

 

Contact:
Emily Powers 608.271.2811 x13

Higher Ground Worship Team

Small groups of singers and musicians lead worship during Higher Ground on Sunday evenings. Worship teams include vocals, keyboard, guitar and drums. The team will lead Higher Ground in contemporary worship music and serve as spiritual leaders.
 

Contact:
Emily Powers 608.271.2811 x13

Small Group Leader

Higher Ground meets Sunday evenings and ministers to middle school and high school youth. It is our desire to help each student grow in a loving relationship with our triune God and each other. The evening is based on the lifeGroup format. We spend time in worship, the Word, witnessing and connecting with one another in large and small group settings. Materials and curriculum are prepared for you but you must be comfortable leading in small group and spending time socializing with students.

Contact:
Emily Powers 608.271.2811 x13

Special Events Coordinator

Event Coordinators help plan and organize monthly service and or social events such as Babysitting Night, Mom and Daughter Night, and retreats. This person should possess awesome organizational skills and creativity to help make the environment fun for teenagers.

Contact:
Emily Powers 608.271.2811 x13

Facilities

Gardener

This is an opportunity for anyone who loves to dig in the dirt and knows the difference between a rose and a weed. Our gardeners plant, water, weed, feed and dead-head flowers. Bring along your garden gloves, a hoe and some pruners.

 


 

Contact:
Elsa Gumm 608.271.2811 x25

Maintenance

The maintenance team provides upkeep and repair for our building and grounds. Projects can include but are not limited to; painting, cleaning, tree and shrub trimming, replacing light bulbs light construction. This person should consider themselves handy and enjoy working on maintenance projects.

Contact:
Howard Hasz 608.271.2811 x0

Nursery Room Cleaning

The nursery needs  to be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis to keep our kids healthy and safe. This person can make their own schedule to clean and restock supplies.
 

Contact:
Jess Bohrer 608.271.2811 x 0

Community

Badger Prairie Needs Network

What you can do: volunteer at or donate resources to the food pantry.

The Badgeer Prarie Needs Network is at a new, larger location (1200 E. Verona Rd. in Verona), which enables them to partner with local organizations to create a broad support system for those in need, including but not limited to a food pantry, nutrition center, and commercial-grade.

To learn how you can help, visit vanncares.org pages on volunteering or donating.

Contact:
Badger Prairie Needs Network 608-848-2499

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Dane County

What you can do: spend time with a child.

You can make a significant difference in a child's life by meeting with him or her just 3-4 times per month.  Consider starting an impactful relationship with a child who will benefit from your mentoring commitment.  You can volunteer to be matched with a "Little" on your own (as an individual Big Brother or Big Sister), or as a Big Couple or even a Big Family.  This is a great volunteer opportunity that doesn't necessitate finding a babysitter if you have your own small children!  There is also flexibility in timing: you can meet with your Little after school, during school lunch periods, or on evenings and weekends.

To inquire about volunteering at BBBS, email reception@bbbsmadison.org or call

608-661-5437.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)

What you can do: donate funds or items to help families affected by domestic abuse.

DAIS works throughout the Dane County community to raise awareness about domestic violence and promote healthy relationships.

If you or someone you care about may be a victim of domestic abuse, please call the DAIS Help Line at 608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045. 

If you would like to help victims of abuse, visit the DAIS website "I Want to Help" page.

Good Neighbors Personal Essentials Pantry (GNPEP)

GNPEP's primary need is volunteer help at the pantry (Arbor Covenant Church, 2509 McDivitt Road in Fitchburg) on Friday mornings, and evenings on the third Thursday of the month. 

The pantry also accepts in-kind donations or many household and personal care items.  Please check the lists on the pantry website (gnpep.org).  You can  drop off items at the Church at Christ Memorial (Fitchburg) in the Welcome Area, or directly at the pantry located at Arbor Covenant Church, 2509 McDivitt Road in Fitchburg.

Find more info at the website or by contacting one of the pantry coordinators, Robin Cherwinka (cherwinka@tds.net, 608-832-6388) or Nancy Baumgardner (nancybaumgardner@gmail.com, 608-320-0977).

Contact:
Nancy Baumgardner 608-320-0977

Habitat for Humanity of Dane County

What you can do: raise awareness ad help build houses.

For 28 years, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County has partnered with 236 families to build simple, decent, affordable homes here in Dane County. Help support affordable housing by volunteering, donating or shopping at our Habitat ReStores. Habitat for Humanity of Dane County is Homes, Communities and Hope.

Attend an Unlock the Dream tour – held on the first Wednesday (8am) and third Thursday (5:30pm) every month, at 1014 Fiedler Lane #29 in Madison . Visit habitatdane.org to learn more.

Contact:
Habitat for Humanity of Dane County 608-255-1549

Local Schools

Donate your time (e.g. reading to a class) or resources (e.g. asking school administrators or teachers if they have a wish list of needed items) to a local school.

Visit the websites below to

Madison Metropolitan School District (madison.k12.wi.us)

Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District (mcpasd.k12.wi.us/)

Oregon School District (oregonsd.org)

Verona School District (verona.k12.wi.us)

Contact:

Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens

What you can do: help plant and care for produce.

Individuals, families, community clubs, church groups, youth organizations and companies all contribute to the success of Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens. Everyone is welcome – there is no age requirement or limit. Children can water transplants, carry plants to parents, help harvest or just watch and learn how plants grow and produce. No experience is necessary. On-the-job training and supervision are provided at each work session, and all necessary gardening equipment and supplies are provided. Help is needed every week of the growing season spring through fall, mornings and evenings to plant, weed and especially harvest the bounty.

You can start by viewing the list of gardens foodpantrygardens.org and contacting Garden Leaders listed on that page.

Contact:
Tom Parslow 608.577.6685

Porchlight

What you can do: clean apartments or donate move-in items. As government support becomes a scarce commodity, contributions from friends in the community sustain Porchlight. There are many meaningful ways to contribute to solutions to homelessness in Madison, including helping to deep-clean apartments and community spaces for residents, and making "welcome home baskets" for newly-housed residents, "soap and hope" buckets to help with laundry needs, and "feel good" bags with toiletry items for shelter guests.  

For more info, visit Porchlight's website (porchlightinc.org) and click on "Get Involved."

Contact:
Beatrice Hadidian 257-2534 ext. 20

Project Linus

What you can do: create and donate easy-to-make blankets.

Become a "blanketeer" by providing new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18. This is a great project for all ages; even small children can help if you use an easy pattern (e.g. the No Sew Fleece Blanket).  Get your lifeGroup or neighbors together to make a couple blankets!

Drop off completed blankets at the Fitchburg Fire Station #2 (5415 King James Way, off Verona Rd), or visit the Project Linus website (projectlinus.org) for other local drop-off locations.

Contact:
Project Linus (309) 585-0686

Senior Centers and Senior Service Providers

There are many ways you can help seniors living in your area, such as providing driving services for meals and doctors appointments, knitting, serving as an activity leader, kitchen assistant, or event helper, just to name a few. Here are some local places to check out:

City of Madison Senior Center (cityofmadison.com/seniorcenter/)

Fitchburg Senior Center (fitchburgwi.gov/621/Senior-Center)

Monona Senior Center (monona.wi.us/251/Senior-Center)

Verona Senior Center (ci.verona.wi.us/290/Senior-Center)

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (rsvpdane.org)

Contact:

St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry

www.svdpmadison.org/need-assistance/food-pantry/

What you can do: host pantry customers and stock food.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul operates the largest food pantry in Dane County, located at 2033 Fish Hatchery Road just a few miles northeast of the Church at Christ Memorial, serving tens of thousands of households each year. They are constantly in need of volunteers to stock food and to host customers when they visit the pantry. The pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 10:30am-2:30pm, Thursday from 2:30-6:30pm, and Saturday from 9:30-11:30am.   

Visit the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry website.  Read more about the pantry, which operates on a customer-choice model, here.

If you'd like to chat with someone who has volunteered with the Food Pantry, contact Emily Powers (epowers@livelifetogether.com, 608-2711 ext.13) or Elsa Gumm (egumm@livelifetogether.com, 608-271-2811 ext.25).

Contact:
St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry 608-257-0919, ext.442