Nonprofit Profile

Church expanding community outreach

Carol Wagner, Leader Correspondent

Photo by Carol Wagner Members of the special events committee at the Church on the Hill making crafts for the Fall Festival on Oct. 1. are, from left, seated, Pastor Claudia Deede, Teri Bohm, Sally Knope; standing, Renee Campbell, Colleen Haberl, Char Eastman and Linda Meidam. Missing: Gina Monfils.

Since moving out of downtown Shawano to the hill on Waukechon Street, the Shawano United Methodist Church has become known as the Church on the Hill. The special events committee is planning programs to let more people know about the church.

“It’s building up fellowship within the church, too,” said Claudia Deede, who became pastor last year.

The Chicken ‘N Biscuit Fall Festival will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 with a chicken and biscuit dinner. There will be outside vendors, crafts by the women of the church and face painting with Sandi Bocik. This will be the second year for the festival, which was very successful last year.

“We were thrilled with the turnout,” Deede said.

There will also be a children’s menu and homemade desserts. Carry-outs will also be available. The cost is $8 for an individual, $7.50 in advance; children $5; and families $25 for two adults and up to four children.

“We’re trying to get the community to know us better,” events chairperson Linda Meidam said.

The church will hold a Candy, Craft, and Cookie Walk from 1-6 p.m. Dec. 1 at Angie’s Main Café before the Santa parade. The event will include homemade suckers, cooking decorating for children, and an appearance by Santa.

“It calls attention that we’re here and part of the community,” Deede said.

Some of the funds raised will be used for updating the church, and 10 percent will be donated to a charity outside of the church.

The church also has a Lenten Soup Supper, Sunrise Service Breakfast at Easter, and Polka Service and Ice Cream Social, which will be at 10 a.m. July 15. People gather on the hillside to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July.

“Almost everything we do, the community is invited to attend,” Meidam said.

Other activities at the church include a group called the Knit W.I.T.S., which stands for Knit With Intention To Serve. The group meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month to make prayer shawls, lap robes and chemo caps. They are given to whomever needs them. They will also be making hats, scarves and mittens for a tree during Christmas.

Church on the Hill has services at 10 a.m. and Bible study at 9 a.m. Sundays. Every fourth Sunday there is Bible Book Talk, currently on the Book of James.

“We’re making new and mature disciples for the transformation of the world,” Deede said.

For information, call the church at 715-526-5380.