Ministries at Union Hill

Ministries are vital to our church, and we would love for everyone to be involved in at least one! We have many to choose from, and are even open to adding new ones if you have a good idea. There is a form to fill out below where you can check the ones you are interested in, and someone will contact you to answer any questions you have and get you involved. God wants us to minister to each other, whether that is in our local area or across the world. Not only is it a blessing to you and to those you serve, but it also shows Christ to anyone who's watching.
In Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4, Paul describes the church as the Body of Christ. As such, we each are a member of the Lord’s Body and have certainly responsibilities.
  1. Every member is part of the Body.
  2. Every member is a minister in the Body.
  3. Every ministry is dependent upon other members of the Body.
  4. Every ministry is important to the Body.

Adult Education

Classes for adults of all ages are provided both Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. These classes seek to help all members grow in their walk with Christ.If you are interested in teaching or have questions about the program, please contact John Davis 417-725-6828.

Adventures in Missions (AIM)

Through AIM, there are many opportunities for you to get involved in extraordinary ministries all around the world.If you would like to contribute to this ministry, Mission Envelopes are located at each of the auditorium exits.Please put envelopes with donations in the Sunday offering basket. If you have any questions concerning this ministry, contact Jeff VanZant 417-766-4955.

Benevolence

If you are aware of a particular benevolent need and wish to contribute specifically to that need, please see Keith Kirkland or Vicki Kerley.If you have questions about how benevolent needs are met in the congregation or the community, please contact Darrell Harris 417-357-6288.

Card Ministry

The focus of the card ministry is to welcome visitors and new members and encourage shut-ins, those ill, and missionaries. Knowing that brothers and sisters care and are praying goes a long way in helping those receiving cards feel connected during difficult times.A list of names and addresses of visitors, new members, missionaries, and those shut in or ill will be provided to those wanting to participate in this ministry. The church will provide postcards and postage if needed. Any questions concerning this ministry can be directed to Kim Pratt 417-725-6036.

Card Ladies

This group gets together on the 2nd Monday of each month and creates hand-made cards for members and others needing encouragement. If you would like to participate, contact Patience Loe at 417-332-7589.

Worship at Castlewood Senior Living Center

We conduct a worship service at the Castlewood Senior Living Center on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 3:30pm. 1538 N. Old Casle Road in Nixa.

Children's Clothes Closet

The Closet now provides clothing for children of Union Hill as well as Nixa and surrounding communities. This ministry is supported by monetary and clothing donations. The Closet accepts new or gently used clothing, stain free, current styles with working snaps, zippers and buttons. A donation drop-off table is located inside the East office entrance. If you would like to contribute monetary donations for purchases, contact Sharon Caldwell 417-576-5699. The Closet is open Tuesday & Thursday from 9-11 AM. To participate in this ministry or if you have questions, contact Sharon Caldwell 417-576-5699 or Mary Moore 417-725-6353.

Children’s Education (Hilltop Kids)

The goal of this curriculum is two fold - to teach the Bible and to make kids want to come to Bible class. The material is presented in such a way that the students retain it.It is also fun and the kids enjoy it so much that they do not want to miss Bible class. The lessons are chronological, and include real life application as well as a focus on memory work. If you would like to teach or have questions about the children’s classes, please contact Kim Pratt 417-725-6036.

Classics

Those fifty years and older enjoy group activities on a regular basis. If you are fifty or older and would like to participate or host a get - together, please contact Ann Delo at 417-724-1220.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. The CERT course that is offered periodically throughout the year will benefit anyone who takes it. Information about this course will be listed in the bulletin as it becomes available. This individual will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. If you would like to be part of CERT or have questions concerning this ministry, please contact Linda Barger 417-380-6152.

Connection Café

Come enjoy a home-cooked meal every Wednesday evening before Bible classes. The meal is only $3 and is available between 5:30 and 6:15. If you have questions or would side dish, or dessert, please contact Kelly or Tammy Short at 417-234-2785.

Disaster Relief

The Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort immediately responds to any major disaster in the continental United States by sending truckloads of emergency food, water, cleaning, and other supplies to disaster victims. If you have any questions concerning this ministry, contact Dennis McClintock 417-459-0808.

Fair Haven Children’s Home

Fair Haven is a private, non-profit, residential care facility, founded in 1964 by the Watermill Church of Christ. The campus sits on 65 acres located approximately eight miles east of Springfield, Missouri, near the city of Strafford. There are five group homes where residents live as families. Husband and wife teams head each home as house parents. The last Sunday of each month we take a separate collected offering for The Children’s Home. Fair Haven also operates a thrift store to help support this important work. Donations can be taken directly to Thrift Haven located on south Glenstone in Springfield or dropped in the green collection bin located on the southeast corner of the Union Hill parking lot. If you have any questions concerning this ministry, please contact Kim Pratt 417-725-6036.

Family Social

Once a month, the entire congregation enjoys a meal and fellowship together. Generally, this meal follows the evening service on the 4th Sunday of the month. On months that have 5 Sundays, the family social will be on the 5th Sunday, and there will be NO 1st service. There will be a 9:30am Bible class followed by a 10:30am combined worship. The family social will follow the morning service. Those attending bring food for the meal (sometimespotluck, sometimes theme-based). Those hosting set up for the event, provide the drinks, and clean up following the meal. If you have not helped host this in the past, but would like to or have any questions, contact Kim Pratt 417-725-6036.

First Impressions

This ministry welcomes everyone into worship. Participants in this ministry pass out bulletins to those entering the auditorium. They also usher (guide) visitors to open seats and introduce them to members. If you would like to be a part of this ministry or have any questions, contact Frank or Ann Delo 417-724-1220.

Funeral Meal Committee

This ministry helps to coordinate a meal for the family of the deceased. They organize the volunteers cooking for the meal, as well as set up the room, decorate, serve and clean up after. If you would like to participate in this ministry contact Deb Broadway at 417-207-1932 or Marilyn Guernsey at 417-860-8542.

Union Hill Food Pantry

The food pantry is an emergency pantry that provides three days' worth of food assistance to Union Hill members and families in Christian county, as well as members of any Church of Christ. Non-members may access this service six times a year. Regular donations of food and money from our members as well as non-members support the pantry. All donations are accepted and appreciated. Food donations can be placed in the barrel located in the hall just outside the south auditorium doors. Change is collected in the large jug located on the table between the mail folder bins. Other monetary donations can be placed in the missions’ envelopes located at all auditorium exits and placed in the offering basket. Current needs listed in the bulletin. The Pantry is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11 AM. If you would like to assist in this ministry or have any questions, please contact Mike or Debbie Mills at 417-725-3362.

Front Porch Ministry

Visitors to Union Hill get a real treat when members show up on their front porch with home-made COOKIES! We don’t wear out our welcome, and usually don’t even go inside. We just express our appreciation for their visit, invite them to come again, and leave the cookies for them to enjoy. If you would like to bake cookies and/or make deliveries, or if you have any questions concerning this ministry, please contact Vicki Kerley 417-849-4093.

Grounds

If you would like to help with special outdoor needs (weeding, mulching, brush & trash clean-up), please contact Frank Delo 417-724-1220.

Information Booth

Those manning the booth in the foyer are there to answer questions and provide information for members and visitors who may have questions about the various ministries and activities at Union Hill. Volunteers acting as “Information Ministers” man the booth for a few minutes after first service, and before and after second service on Sunday mornings. Training will be provided for those who wish to serve in this ministry. If this sounds like a ministry you would like to be involved with, please contact Steve Counts 417-459-5953.

Kingdom Kids

Kingdom kids is a children’s Bible hour for ages three through five that is held during the sermon time on Sunday mornings. Songs and stories are used to present the Bible in an age appropriate manner. Members and visitors are encouraged to allow their children to participate. Any questions can be directed to Dana (417-827-4530) or Cortney(417-860-7789) Maddox.

Kitchen Ministry

Union Hill is blessed with a large, functional, and attractive kitchen. Our kitchen is used daily and needs some loving volunteers to care for it. If you could spare some time on a regular basis to clean counters, sinks, refrigerator, wash and/or put away clean dishes, or wash and fold kitchen cloths and towels, please contact Kim Pratt 417-725-6036.

Ladies’ Luncheon

Ladies of the congregation try to come together once a month for food and fellowship. Someone volunteers at each luncheon to set up arrangements for the next month’s get-together. The luncheon is generally scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of each month at 11:00 AM, although occasionally changed so it doesn’t interfere with other scheduled activities. It is a great time of fellowship with our sisters in Christ. Guests are also welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Holder at 417-522-6433.

Media Operations

This ministry includes management of the sound system and displaying of worship song lyrics and PowerPoint presentations on the video screen during regular services and at special events. If you would like to assist in this ministry or have any questions, please contact Tom Moore 417-725-6353.

Men's Breakfast

The men share breakfast and a devotional the second Saturday morning of each month beginning at 8 o’clock. If you would like to assist with breakfast, provide a devotional thought, or have any questions concerning this event, contact Richard Pratt rpratt@awginc.com or 417-849-2556.

Men's Lunch

Men of the congregation try to come together once a month for food and fellowship. Someone volunteers at each lunch to set up arrangements for the next month’s get-together. Lunch is generally scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of each month at 11:30 AM, although occasionally changed so it doesn’t interfere with other scheduled activities. It is a great time of fellowship with our brothers in Christ. Guests are also welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Holder at 417-522-6491.

Professional Christian Counseling

Union Hill Counseling Center was established as a service to the community through the sponsorship of the members at Union Hill Church of Christ.Fees for individual, marriage or family therapy are based on the use of a sliding scale which takes into consideration the participant’s family size and income. Therapy services are offered to individuals regardless of church membership and without the expectation for any religious affiliation. Dr.Jackie Dean is the licensed psychologist providing the counseling. If you or someone you know may benefit from this ministry or for more information, please view the website (unionhillcounselingcenter.com) or contact Dr. Jackie Dean 417-725-5175.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House provides “home away from home” for families of children with serious illnesses who are undergoing treatment at medical facilities in the Springfield area. Each month, on the fourth Monday, we provide and serve a meal for those staying at the House. If you have any questions concerning this ministry, please contact Caleb Eggleston (Mercy Location) at 913-671-9621 or Vicki Kerley (Cox South Location) at 417-849-4093.

Scholarship Fund

Every year this fund helps our members go on mission trips, attend classes and seminars such as marriage workshops/financial peace classes, and send kids to Bible camp or other youth events they would otherwise be unable to attend. We don’t want anyone to miss an opportunity to grow their faith due to lack of finances. If you would like to bless others by contributing to this fund or have any questions concerning this ministry, contact Jeff VanZant 417-766-4955.

Seasonal Ladies' Gatherings

These are periodic evenings with dinner and a devotional. If you would like to participate or help with these, please contact Sarah Johnson at 417-343-1968.

Serving in Worship

Each Sunday morning worship service requires several men to serve in various speaking and non-speaking roles, including reading scripture, sharing a communion thought, leading communion prayers, passing communion trays and preparing the communion trays for the next worship service. If you are interested in serving in any aspect of the worship service, even if it is just working in the background, please volunteer. We will work with you to make your service meaningful and as simple as possible. The more men that are involved, the less time that each man will have to serve. If you want to volunteer or have more questions, please contact Chris Cochran 417-743-2495.

Singing Ministry

This ministry seeks to encourage and enhance worship through singing. Ministries include: 1)Practicing and learning new songs on the first Wednesday evening of the month and the last 15 minutes of Steve Martin’s class on the other Wednesday evenings 2)The songs for the coming Sunday are e-mailed out to those who are interested in receiving them 3)Members involved in this ministry seek to encourage everyone by practicing the worship songs before Sunday services in order that they can project four part harmony from within the congregation during worship. They meet 30 minutes before each Sunday morning service to run through the songs with the song leader. 4)Lastly, the singing ministry visits and sings with shut-ins and those in nursing homes and hospitals. Ultimately we desire for our song service and our singing to glorify God and encourage each other. If you have any questions concerning this ministry, contact Dalen or Pam Duitsman 417-724-8009.

Sisters in Service (SIS) Encouragement Teams

Ladies of the congregation are periodically called to help provide meals for new moms, those coming home from the hospital, funerals, and also to assist with wedding and baby showers. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please contact Kim Pratt 417-725-6036.

South Texas Missions

Union Hill goes on a building campaign once or twice a year to South Texas where we spend a week participating in a variety of construction projects. This is a great opportunity for all ages to serve brothers and sisters in impoverished areas near the Mexican border.Wayne Heasley coordinates the team and oversees the work on the job site. If you have questions about this work, please contact Wayne Heasley 417-425-0301.

Thailand Missions

Udorn Inthong preaches the gospel in Thailand. Union Hill has supported him in this work for many years. We also support three students at the RAM School of Biblical Studies in Bangkok, Thailand. Mission envelopes are provided at all the auditorium exits if you would like to make a donation to this work.Put your contribution envelope in the offering basket.If you have questions about this work, contact James Stewart 417-860-3432.

Union Hill Library

The library is open for members to check out books, videos, cassette tapes, and CDs thirty minutes before and after classes on Sundays and Wednesdays. There is also one CD player available for check-out. Items may be checked out for two weeks. Inventory consists of materials for babies through adults. Donations of new or gently used movies and books rated G, PG, and PG 13 are welcome. Please donate items that reflect positive morals or have a spiritual message. Donations may be left on the table located just inside the east office entry area. If you have any questions, please contact Lydia or Marah Davis 417-849-7310.

Union Hill Family Campout

The Union Hill Family Campout is an annual camping event held since the beginning of our congregation, usually the second weekend in October. We use a resort campground on Table Rock Lake. This is an excellent way to get to know your brothers and sisters in a different atmosphere than the church building. We share some meals throughout the weekend, carve pumpkins together, participate in singing, a devotional around the campfire on Saturday night, and worship together on Sunday morning. There is plenty of time to relax and fellowship too. Saturday is a fun-filled day of fellowship, crafts, washer tournament, games, and pumpkin carving. This event requires a lot of volunteer help. From planning and set-up, clean-up, take-down, craft direction, kids’ games, meals, and worship, many helpers are needed. Those interested in attending and/or volunteering should contact Deb Broadway 417-207-1932.

Union Hill Youth Ministry

We encourage our youth to grow in personal faith and Bible knowledge while serving in the Lord’s body and in the community. By equipping them in this way, they are better able to reach out to others who don’t know Christ. We also want them to enjoy fun Christian fellowship in a positive peer group atmosphere. Chaperons are often needed at these activities as well as drivers to transport youth to and from the activities. Hosts are also needed for weekly fellowships (Teen Hang Time - THT) after Sunday evening services. There are also weekly Bible studies for the Junior and Senior High girls and boys. These are held on the 1st Monday (Girls) and Tuesday (Boys) of the month at 6:30pm at the Walkabout Cafe in Nixa. If you would like to assist in any of these ways or have questions about the youth ministry, please contact Caleb Eggleston at 913-671-9621.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Once a year, usually in June, Union Hill hosts a Vacation Bible School. The focus is to teach the Bible in a fun way through stories, memory verses, skits, songs, crafts, puppet shows and other visible and hands-on activities. All members and visitors are welcome. VBS runs from Sunday evening through Wednesday night and celebrated with a meal on the last night. Helpers are always needed to plan, decorate, cook, and facilitate the programs. If interested in helping in any way, please contact Caleb Eggleston at 913-671-9621.

Visitation

The elderly are an important part of our Christian community. Those involved in this ministry visit nursing home residents who request a visit and who are shut-in due to physical limitations. If you possess a heart of compassion, along with patience, kindness and a listening ear, this ministry needs you. Shut-ins and those in nursing homes are listed in the front of the Union Hill seasonal directory. That list along with those in hospitals is supplied to those willing to visit. Questions can be directed to Chris Cochran at 417-234-2785.

Women’s Retreat

It has become a yearly treat for the Union Hill ladies and guests to spend a special weekend together learning more about God’s Word and especially how Christian women fit into His great plan. If you would like to assist with the retreat or have questions concerning this ministry, please contact Amy Martin 417-861-0472.

World Bible School

God uses WBS by linking a worldwide network of Christians, missionaries and churches to teach and reach truth - seekers, bringing them into God’s family.Everyday Christians of all ages, equipped with Bible lessons, help teach those who want to study.They provide the lessons through the mail to students encouraging and guiding them to respond to the Gospel.World Bible School lessons are also offered to those who visit the food pantry.If you have any questions concerning this ministry, contact James Stewart 417-860-3432.