There are many opportunities to get involved. The following is a partial list. If any of them interest you, speak to the people listed or contact us for more information.
- Sunday School Teachers
UMCSO has a wonderful Sunday School program with dedicated teachers who have been teaching for many years. We are always looking for new teachers or substitutes who can pitch in as needed. Our Sunday school is led by a team. If you can serve in this vital area, please contact Kathy Casey or Doug Gaylor.
- Worship Service Liturgist
Liturgists participate in the Worship service by reading the Scripture and Gospel selections and dedicate the offering as it is to be received. Scripture readings and the offering dedication are provided by our Church office to the Liturgist ahead of time. If you would like to serve in this way, please contact Pastor Iwy.
Our ushers are primarily responsible for taking the offering from the congregants and bringing it forward to the altar. Training on how to do this is provided by our Worship committee. If you are interested in being an usher at UMCSO, please contact Pat Golanec.
As Acolytes, children bring the light of Christ into the service and light the altar candles at the beginning of the service. At the end of the service, the acolytes go forward again and light their taper from the altar candles, extinguish the candles and then take the light out into the world. Training on this important role is provided. Patti Scozzari is the person to see if you have a child who would like to participate in this program.
- Green Team
Many of the men from UMCSO gather together on Friday mornings during the warmer weather and take care of the church grounds by mowing the grass, weeding the gardens and trimming the grounds as needed. These wonderful men then enjoy time together over lunch before going to their homes. Glen Bucher is the contact person for the Green Team. I’m sure he’d love to hear from you if you would like to serve.
- Music Ministry
Choir – Led by Dr. Alexandra Beliakovich-Shkoda, a wonderful musician, who takes great joy in serving as Organist/Pianist and leading the choir at UMCSO. The choir sings most every Sunday except during the summer months. Rehearsal is before and after Worship. Please contact us if you are interested in the choir or sharing your musical talents.
Praise Band – Halo’s are led by Robert Gutowski, who faithfully serves as our Music Director. The Halo’s lead a spirit-filled praise and worship service on the last Sunday of the month. Please contact us if you are interested in the band or any musical program for the church.
- A/V Equipment
UMCSO was blessed with the installation of a new audio visual system. There are a few people who manage the process of showing the slides and controlling sound during the service Sunday mornings, but they welcome others who would like to learn this easy process to help out from time to time. If you would like to help out in this capacity, contact Cliff Cullum.