People of UUMC

Pastoral Care Team

posted Nov 3, 2013, 7:56 PM by Uumc Topeka

The Pastoral Care Team reaches out to members and friends of University United Methodist Church who are homebound.  The team serves communion to those who can’t get to the church building regularly.  We also deliver Upper Room devotionals, plants and prayer shawls along with conversation and prayer.

Team members also make hospital visits when the pastor is not available.

We thank God for his blessings in this ministry.

Who Does It?

posted Mar 10, 2013, 7:22 PM by Uumc Topeka

Did you ever wonder how some of the “little things” get done in the church? These “little things” become BIG things if they don’t get done. Each month we will highlight some of the people who get them done.

This month we lift up Sarah & Lindsay Eatmon. Every month they fold, seal, label and take to the post office the monthly newsletter. They also have re-created the church website and keep it updated. If you have not visited it recently, go to:

 When you see Sarah & Lindsay, please thank them for the important work the do for our church!


What is a Trustee of University UMC?

posted Mar 10, 2013, 7:21 PM by Uumc Topeka

This is what the Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation: Trustees 2009-2012 says:

“The Board of Trustees supervises and maintains all property belonging to your congregation so that the ministries of the congregation can be effective. The committee is entrusted to see to the proper keeping of God’s house as a way to honor God and to facilitate the ministry of the local church.

The primary purpose of the church building and facilities is to enable the vision and ministry of the congregation. Good stewardship, common sense, and prudence dictate that the church, parsonage, facilities, property, equipment, furnishings, and other physical property be well maintained. A physical plant that is “well groomed” and attractive is much more welcoming, safe, and hospitable than one that shows signs of benign neglect. We honor God when we care for what has been entrusted to us..

The Trustees together have several legal and administrative functions. The are to: Oversee, maintain, and supervise all  local church property. This would include conducting an annual inspection and inventory of all church property.

¨ Report annually to the charge conference on the state of the church’s property, equipment, investments, and resources.

¨ Receive and administer all gifts made to the congregation; make certain that all trust funds of the congregation are invested properly. Develop guidelines for receiving managing wills, trusts, bequests, and other investments given to the church.

¨ Ensure that the articles of incorporation of the congregation are kept up-to-date.

¨ Be responsible, in conjunction with the pastor, for all use of the church buildings and grounds.

¨ Maintain adequate insurance coverage on all church property and develop appropriate risk management policies.

¨ Submit to the Committee on Finance the annual budget requests for insurance, property maintenance and improvement, and new property purchases. Be accountable to charge conference and to the church council.”


UUMC Trustees for 2013 are: Dean Trimble - Chair, Diana Whitney - Vice Chair,

Allen Kershner, Bob Smith, Dale Bearce, Dan Orndorff, Stan Harder, Thaine Hoffman and Mary Winans. Linda and Bob Reece are attached as Custodians of the church.


~ Mary Winans, Trustee member


Who Does It?

posted Mar 10, 2013, 7:09 PM by Uumc Topeka   [ updated Mar 10, 2013, 7:10 PM ]

Did you ever wonder how some of the “little things” get done in the church? These “little things” become BIG things if they don’t get done. Each month we will highlight some of the people who get them done.

 This month we highlight Thaine Hoffman.

He keeps the lights on in the church! He makes sure the lightbulbs are changed from the chandeliers and projections equipment in the Sanctuary to the lights in the Fellowship Hall. Thaine is also heading up the project of replacing all of the fluorescent bulb fixtures in the church. Soon, florescent bulbs will be obsolete, so we have been proactive in changing our fixtures so we can “keep the lights on.” We value Thaine’s dedication to this and other projects to keep us out of the dark. The next time you see Thaine, thank him for keeping the lights on in this church!


Unsung Volunteers, the Washburn Servers

posted Mar 10, 2013, 7:06 PM by Uumc Topeka   [ updated Mar 10, 2013, 7:06 PM ]

Who has a little time on their hands? Who likes to keep busy for a few hours weekly or monthly? Who likes to wear black pants, white shirt/blouse, black comfortable shoes, black bow tie (for men), and black apron (for women)? Who likes to donate their hourly wage to the UUMC’s budget fund? We do, the Washburn Servers of UUMC…

It is hard work; you are on your feet all the time; you might work early in the morning (6:30am) or late in the evening (done by 10:30pm); they usually feed you whatever is being served; but you get to meet WU students, faculty, alumni, etc., and in the long run, bring money to the church’s budget.

I have the fortune to work with several other UUMC members to do just this. I would encourage more of you to think about doing this for your church. We had 11 members who committed to work what they could during 2012.

I want to give you some idea of how much this activity really helped UUMC’s budget in 2012. We (11 of us) spent 793.8 hrs. working at WU and Washburn gave our earnings to the church for a GRAND TOTAL of $5,755.05. One individual, in his 90’s, put in 294.7 hrs in 2012, bringing in just $16 shy of $1,000 by himself. Way to go, Cleve Martin!!!!!

Here are the 2012 Members and the hours they worked: Cleve Martin (294.7), Mary Winans (123.6), Name Removed (115.4), Karen Myers (113.6), Thaine Hoffman (75.3), Carolyn Trimble (18.4), Dar Smith (14.7), Bob Smith (12.2), Jenay Weekly (11.4) Linda Benton (9.5), and

Bernita  Hannigan (5). Please give Cleve and all these church members a round of praise and “well done, good and faithful servant” for a job well done and a service to WU and our church!!

Our Worship Team - What do they do?

posted Mar 10, 2013, 7:04 PM by Uumc Topeka   [ updated Mar 10, 2013, 7:04 PM ]

The Worship Team is commissioned to coordinate and support the ministries for worship. The members of this team, along with the pastor, focus on the flow and planning of worship. The Pastor has the primary responsibility for worship in our congregation. The question that the Worship Team must keep before them is,

“Do the activities and experiences lead people into a mature relationship with God and a life of deeper discipleship?”

When building the Worship Team, we seek people whose gifts include: art, ritual space design, music, writing, drama, technology, wisdom (folks who know our

congregation and who are able to say  “Go for it” or “No way” while also being

open to new practices), and a common understanding of what worship is.

Vital worship happens when the people are addressed, touched, washed, fed, and strengthened in relationship to God and one another. Vital worship should include these elements - S (Sacramental), L (Liturgical), I (Indigenous), C (Connected),  and E (Embodied) - SLICE. Your Worship Team works to incorporate these things in worship.

We do not worship to entertain ourselves. We must bring who we are and what we have in our hearts as we come to worship God each week. Hope to see you on Sunday!

Worship Team members for 2013: Carla Hearrell - Chair, Pastor January Kiefer,

Val Carter, Bill Land, Mary Peters, Jo Miller, Jenay Weekly, Gary Weekly,

Dave Schafer, Melanie Wambsganss and Elaine Wellborn.

~ Carla Hearrell, Chair, Worship Team

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