Radio Services – Robin Schacht, Carol Bender
Church services are broadcast at 10:30 a.m. Sundays on WPVL AM 1590.
The Journey Experience (formerly known as Sunday School) – Jan Morgan
Classes for children in preschool through grade 8, 9:30-10:30 a.m. each Sunday during worship service from September – May.
Our Sunday School Christian Education program is open to all children in the community. We begin with music and our rotational learning program.
Preschool – Margaret Bussan
Open to all children ages 30 months through 5 years.
Mondays and Wednesdays 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00-11:00 a.m. and
See the preschool page.
Kids’ Club – Carol Bender
Ecumenical after school program for children in grades 1-4. Games, crafts, activities, community service projects, and snacks. Kids’ club meets on Wednesdays beginning at 3:30 during the school year, September – May.
United Methodist Women – Diane Breihan, Nola Burns
Laurinda Circle: 1st Monday of each month, 2:00 p.m., Sept-May
Ruth Circle: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 1:00 p.m., Sept-May
Teresa Circle: 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:00 p.m., Sept-May
See the United Methodist Women page.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – Jill Bark
The inter-denominational prayer shawl ministry group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 9:15-10:30 a.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 200 E. Alona Lane, Lancaster (behind the Lancaster Care Center). Participants are from Lancaster and surrounding communities. Join us as your time allows, for just a few minutes or for the entire time. Shawls are knitted or crocheted and are sent to people for blessings, babies, anniversaries, illness, thinking of you, praise, death, and so much more. The purpose is to let people know God cares, and so do we, as prayers are said over every shawl before they are distributed. Yarn and supplies as well as completed shawls may be donated to the ministry project.
Carpenter’s Crew – Stuart Harper, Kevin Olson
The Carpenter’s Crew is a volunteer group that does small carpentry, repair, and maintenance projects for church members and friends needing assistance.
Family Promise of Grant County – Lancaster United Methodist Church serves as one of 10 host churches for Family Promise of Grant County. Family Promise of Grant County is part of a national program that responds to the growing need to provide shelter, meals and comprehensive support services to families without homes.
See the Family Promise of Grant County page.
Lancaster Association of Churches (LAC) – Nola Burns
Ecumenical association of Lancaster area churches. The churches work cooperatively to operate the Food Pantry, host Lenten services, raise money for Crop Walk, host the community Bible School, offer special community worship services, and recognize the graduating seniors with a Baccalaureate service.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Church office
Sharing Thanksgiving with friends and neighbors is a great way to count our blessings. Members from the Lancaster Association of Churches work together to host a Thanksgiving dinner for anyone in the community who would like to attend. A special invitation is extended to those who are not able to share the day with family or would otherwise spend the day alone.
LAC Food Pantry – Diane Perkins
The food pantry operates year-round Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lancaster Congregational Church on the Square. Guests of the pantry come from Lancaster and the rural areas all around Grant County, and are served by volunteers from eight Lancaster churches. Our congregation provides volunteers every couple of months to work the Monday and Thursday evenings of our assigned week, and we join the community in donating food, provisions and money to support the pantry.
Venture Crew – Kevin Olson
Venture Crew is a youth development and leadership Scouting group sponsored by the Lancaster United Methodist Church. Any youth, age 14-21, may participate in this high adventure group and earn ranks through participation, work and service projects. The group regularly participates in camping, canoeing and backpacking events. They have traveled to Colorado, the Boundary Waters, Isle Royale, and other destinations.
Volunteers in Mission – Lorna Heinzelman
Short-term volunteer mission projects organized by the Wisconsin United Methodist conference. Church members have traveled throughout the state of Wisconsin, around the United States, and to neighboring countries such as Cuba.
Women’s Bible Study – Church Office
The Women’s Bible Study group meets every Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. in the Lancaster United Methodist Church board room.
United Methodist Men – Carl Bender, Kevin Olson
The United Methodist Men meet the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 a.m. at the A & W Restaurant in Lancaster. In addition to other projects, they serve the Easter breakfast each year.
Senior Living Centers Ministry – Cheryl Austin
Folks from our church visit one of the three Lancaster senior living centers an evening each month for Sing-alongs and Bingo Nights. The group leads a joyful time of singing and sharing stories together, usually based on a seasonal or Christian year theme, or we play bingo with the residents.
Change the World Weekend – Kristin Holman-Steffel, Cheryl Austin
Dedicated to the mission of providing service and making an impact in our local community, the Change the World weekend is annually in mid-May. Local service projects have included working on the local hiking trail, beautification projects around town, helping move the public library, picking up trash in the parks, and other local community service projects.
The church building also serves as a meeting place for Boy Scouts, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Jobs Club (a Southwest Opportunities Center group), and other local organizations.