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Find Your Place

In Romans 12:6, Paul taught, "We have different gifts, according to the grace given us... let [us] use [them] in proportion to [our] faith." We all have gifts from God, but sometimes it's hard to know exactly what the gifts are and how they can be used in the church body. CLC offers a free and easy-to-use online assessment which will help you reflect on how God has uniquely wired you to serve. Click below to find out more and to take the Spiritual Gifts Discovery assessment. 

Below, you'll find the different ways to serve at CLC and throughout our community. Thanks for partnering with us to share the Good News of Jesus and serve our neighbors!

  • Spiritual Gifts Discovery

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    Paul taught, "We have different gifts, according to the grace given us... let [us] use [them] in proportion to [our] faith," Romans 12:6. While all of life is a gift from God, the following gifts are lifted up within Scripture (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12–14; and Ephesians 4) as the gifts of the Spirit, given specifically for the upbuilding of the body of Christ:  administration, discernment, encouragement, evangelism, faith, giving, helps, hospitality, intercession, knowledge, leadership, mercy, prophecy, shepherding, teaching, and wisdom.

    How do we discover our spiritual gifts and then use them effectively in the church?

    • Get involved – Try things out; explore.
    • Pray – Ask God to help you find out.
    • Listen – What is God calling you to do?  What do other people say you do well?
    • How do you feel? – Do you feel drawn to it?  Do you feel like you are making a difference?
    • Inventory – Inventories can help you get a better idea if you are not sure.

    The link below will give you access to a free and easy-to-use online assessment which will help you reflect on how God has uniquely wired you to serve.  It will also identify what your top gifts might be.  If you prefer a paper version, email Clarissa Hay at .

     

    Click here for the Spiritual Gifts Discovery Assessment

     

    If you would like help discovering ministry areas that fit your spiritual gifts, contact Clarissa Hay at the church office.

  • Adult Ministries

    Cancer Companion Volunteers

    These trained volunteers reach out to anyone in cancer treatment, post treatment, or to their loved ones, to provide support. 

    More Info


    Prayer Warrior

    A Strategic Prayer Warrior:

    • Commits to daily prayer for a specific six-month period
    • Diligently prays for specific ministry needs
    • Speaks only to the Lord about the prayer requests as confidentiality is essential

    More info & sign up


    Mercy Care Programs

    Comfort Meals – This ministry provides meals to CLC families in their time of need. Through a network of volunteers, meals are delivered to those who have been newly discharged from the hospital, are recuperating at home from a serious illness, or following the birth/adoption of a child. The Comfort Meals coordinator is Jan Holtz.

    Funeral Meals – This ministry coordinates the post-funeral onsite reception consisting of food, setup, and serving to provide a time for families and friends to gather together following a funeral service. As this is an “as-the-need-arises” ministry, those willing and able to prepare a dish or serve are always in demand. Please contact Lucy Brewer or Susan Koerner.


    Friendship Saturday Lunch Volunteers

    On the first Saturday of every month from October through May, CLC Carmel hosts Friendship Saturday, a day of fun for developmentally challenged adults (and a day of respite for those who care for them). These friends participate in games, crafts, Bible studies, and play time while experiencing fun, laughter, friendship, and love. They also are treated to a lunch that's made and served by wonderful CLC small groups and families.

    Would your small group or family consider providing a meal one time this year for about 20 of these friends? Meals can be simple! To help and for more information (and meal suggestions), contact Lorene Simpson ( or 317.816.0039).


    Small Group Mentors

    How about using your gifts and experience as a small group participant to help jumpstart other groups! About twice a year you would help lead a new group in building community and a vision in its first three or four meetings together. Resources and training are available for individuals and couples who would like to be mentors. Contact Clarissa Hay for more information.

  • Children and Youth Ministries

    Carmel Faith Formations

    Teaches or assists in Sunday school on a rotational basis at the Carmel site. Helpers are also needed as song leaders, puppeteers, and large group leaders.

    More Info

    Sign me up!


    Fishers Faith Formation

    Teaches or assists in Sunday school on a rotational basis at the Carmel site. Helpers are also needed as song leaders, puppeteers, and large group leaders.

    More Info

    Sign me up!


     

  • Church Office

    Office Help

    The Carmel site is sometimes in need of help in the following ways:

    • Answering phones
    • Data entry & filing
    • Paper & cardboard recycling

    Contact: Craig Huffman


    Bulletin Assembly

    Assembling weekly bulletins and announcements for worship services. Takes place Fridays, 8:30-10 AM, Carmel workroom. Volunteers are scheduled about once every 3-4 weeks.

    Contact: Cathy Klemm


    Pew/Seat Back Fillers

    Comes in as scheduled to replenish pens, Connection Cards, and offering envelopes at the various worship areas.

    Contact: Jill Nisenshal


    Offering Counters

    Counts the weekend's offerings and logs donations on Monday mornings.

    Contact: Holly Reay


    Kitchen Cleaning Team

    If you enjoy a fresh lemony sent and don’t mind getting your hands a little dirty, we have just the thing for you. We are looking for several people to be on a regular schedule to keep the gym kitchen clean. This would involve cleaning the counters, sinks, pantry, stoves, and ovens on a regular basis. The floors will be taken care of by our custodial staff. Perhaps you and a friend would like to team up so you can enjoy some socializing while you clean. 

    Contact: Clarissa Hay

  • Community and World

    Wheeler Mission

    CLC partners with Wheeler Mission in several ways, including offering overflow shelter in the winter months at CLC Indy and collecting donations when major needs arise. 

    This winter, volunteers are needed to help at overflow shelter at CLC Indy. Sign up for a time slot here

    Click here for more of Wheeler's current needs. 


    CLC Fishers Garden

    The garden at CLC Fishers is really starting to produce (squash, kale, tomatoes, green beans, bell peppers, and cucumbers) and now we need helpers to take this fresh produce to the following local food pantries:

    • ICAN @ Downey Ave  in Indianapolis
    • ICAN @ Emerson Ave Baptish in Indianapolis
    • The Sharing Place @ Sunnyside in Indianapolis
    • Come To Me Food Pantry @ Fishers UMC in Fishers
    • St. V DePaul Food Pantry @ 1391 Greenfield Ave in  Noblesville  
    • Food Pantry at Carmel UMC in Carmel
    • Hoosier Vets Assistance @ Penn St in Indianapolis

    If you are able to help with transporting produce to any of these locations, please contact Joann Strickler

    Remember, we are always looking for volunteers to help out in the garden. Drive behind our Fishers site to the pole barn and garden and join us for our formal workdays on Tuesdays beginning at 6 pm and Saturday beginning at 8 am. Or, come to the garden whenever you have some time to volunteer - there is a board in the barn that lists things that need to be done. Contact Scott Bercot, Lyn Grandt, or Tom Ruminer with questions.


    Handmade Prayer Shawls for Cancer Bags

    Knitting or crocheting is a wonderful way to use your talents to help others feel a bit of comfort. Cancer Companions is working to complete 500 comfort bags for local cancer patients. Each bag includes a hand knitted or crocheted shawl. Donated shawls can be dropped off at any church site (mark them “prayer shawls, Carmel site”). Questions? Contact Robin Wong (click here) or Cindy Koelsch (click here).

    Want to knit/crochet in fellowship with others? Join us on Mondays from 7-8:30 pm in the Carmel Seniors Lounge. Bring your own supplies. Don’t know how to knit or crochet? This is the perfect time to learn!

  • Donations

    Non-Perishable Food

    Items especially needed include: Canned meat (esp. large cans), peanut butter/jelly, pasta/rice/boxed potatoes, spaghetti sauce, soups (not tomato), packaged meals (i.e. Hamburger Helper), canned vegetables/fruit. Also laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, toothbrushes/toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues. Donations are given to various food pantries.

    Please bring your donations and place in any of the wooden collection boxes in the worship areas at Carmel, Fishers and Indy.


    Coffee Cans

    The LWML (Lutheran Women's Missionary League) collects the following sizes of coffee cans for their December cookie walk:

    • Large (34-39 oz) & medium (20-32 oz) metal only
    • Small (11-13 oz.) metal or plastic 

    Mark your donation "cookie walk" and place in the Carmel or Fishers kitchen.


    Eyeglasses

    Do you have any old eye glasses lying around in a drawer? Bring them to the Connection Center by the Carmel Sanctuary and place them in the marked box. These glasses will be used by mission eye clinics in South Sudan, Africa. 


     

  • Music and Worship

    Worship Service Helpers

    It takes many people to make our worship services run smoothly:

    • Altar Guild
    • Coffee Time
    • Communion Assistants
    • Facilities Lock Up
    • Greeters
    • Readers
    • Ushers
    • Welcome Desk
    • Worship Tech (audio & video)

    To assist with any of these, contact following and they will get you connected!

    Carmel & Fishers sites: Cathy Klemm

    Indianapolis site: Lindsey Thompson


    Fishers Coffee and Donuts 

    Do you like to see others come together in fellowship? Do you have a love for coffee and donuts? The Fishers site is seeking people to help with set-up and clean-up. These people would be scheduled to help 1-2 times a month. 

    Contact: Ann Sobierajski


    Carmel Coffee Hour Scheduler

    This individual/couple at the Carmel site would schedule, recruit, and train volunteers for coffee hour set-up and clean-up. (You'd get training on this by the current coordinator.) CLC takes care of supplies and coffee machine maintenance.

    Contact: Lynn Newkirk or Cathy Langois


    Carmel Worship Music

    Share your musical talents in worship!

    Sanctuary

    Adult Choir, Celebration Ringers (handbells), CLC Brass, Chapel Winds, and the orchestra always welcome new members! Email Barry Bobb, Director of Sanctuary Music.

    Worship Center

    Different worship band players help to lead music at our contemporary services. If you sing or play keyboard, guitar, bass, or drums, and would like to help lead music, email Pastor Max Murphy, Director of Contemporary Worship.


    Fishers Worship Music

    Join one of the following groups!

    Adult Choir

    Sings at traditional worship services; rehearses Thursdays, 7 pm, in the Worship Center. Email Josh Pedde, Director of Sanctuary Music.

    Instrumentalists/Handbells

    if you play an instrument or would like to be part of Alleluia Ringers, our handbell choir, email Dan Calabrese. Rehearsals are on an "as needed" basis.

    Worship Band

    Looking for keyboard, guitar, bass, and drum players, as well as singers, to help lead music at our 11 am contemporary services. Email Andrew Osborne, Director of Worship Arts.