Things to do: June 25 BBQ Fundraiser

June 22, 2022 by  
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Do you have big plans this weekend? Meet your friends and family at Ivy Chapel for our big BBQ Fundraiser, held right here at 620 N. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield between 4 and 7 p.m.

We are planning to offer meals carry-out style, which can be eaten on-site at the church pavilion (limited seating) or outside in the parking lot (bring your own lawn chair), or taken to go.  

Menu options include a choice of hamburger or bratwurst with two sides and a dessert for $10 or hot dog with one side a dessert for $5.  

We hope we’ll see you–and your friends–there!

Now Hiring – Office Administrator [UPDATE: Welcome, Kara White!]

May 20, 2022 by  
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UPDATE 7/25: We are happy to announce we are welcoming our new office administrator, Kara White, to the team.

[ORIGINAL POST]

Ivy Chapel is currently hiring a part-time office administrator.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The position is a permanent part-time (24 hours/week) office administrative position. This position reports to the Board of Trustees administrative coordinator with day-to-day supervision assigned to the Pastor.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Perform the general duties and tasks associated with office administration supporting the Pastor, Music Director, Youth Ministry Coordinator, Council Officers, Board/Committee Chairpersons, and Congregation.

DUTIES (include but not limited to the following):

  • Maintain church master calendar. 
  • Edit, produce, and print monthly newsletter.
  • Produce weekly church bulletin, KYP, and other documents for worship services. 
  • Edit, produce, and print bi-annual church directory. 
  • Edit, produce, and print annual report.
  • Coordinate outside requests for use of facilities and obtain information for Trustees’ approval.
  • Produce special mailings (electronic and/or postal) for church staff, Officers, Boards/Committees.
  • Maintain master church minutes and board/committee reports.
  • Update church website content.
  • Provide assistance for Treasurer (church member) accounting and spread sheet information.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Perform standard office procedures; use computer and standard office equipment.
  • Familiarity with MicroSoft Office applications including but not limited to: Publisher, Word, Excel, graphics, e-mail, and other programs.
  • Must pass a personal background check.
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds.

EXPERIENCE:

  • 1-2 years’ experience in an office administration position preferred. Will consider other experience if applicant meets skill requirements.

For additional information, email officeadmin@ivychapel.org  or call 314-603-4166.  To apply for this position, please send resumé and a 1-page cover letter to  officeadmin@ivychapel.org 

Register Now: Blood Drive May 12

May 10, 2022 by  
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Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ will host a Blood Drive on Thursday, May 12 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Appointments are available for either whole blood donation or double red cell donation.  To schedule your appointment, please go to bloodcenterimpact.org  or contact Sue Wilson at 314-324-3765 or swilsonsr9@gmail.com   There is great need at this time for blood donations.  Thank you for giving the gift of life!

Help area children: Lenten Offering

February 28, 2022 by  
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Throughout the Lenten season, Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ will be collecting a special offering to support Caring for Kids, a local nonprofit that provides essential resources to meet the urgent needs of abused, neglected or at-risk children in St. Louis County.

Your donation will bring hope to children and their families, helping reunite families and keep children out of foster care whenever possible.

Please mark any donations to the Lenten Offering. We thank you, and the children of our community thank you.

URGENT: Blood Drive Nov. 16

November 9, 2021 by  
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There is an urgent need for blood in the St. Louis region. The need is especially critical this year as we enter the holiday season. With one donation, you can save lives, right here in our community.

Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ is hosting an IMPACTLife Blood Drive from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16. The drive will be held in the Ivy Chapel Fellowship Hall, at 620 N. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield.

If you have any question or would like to schedule a donation, please contact Sue Wilson at 314-324-3765 or send her an email.

You may also schedule your donation at https://www.bloodcenter.org.

Diaper Drive for St. Louis Area Diaper Bank

October 1, 2021 by  
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Did you know that babies require up to 12 diapers per day – which can cost up to $100 per month? That’s nearly 10% of someone’s yearly income living at the poverty line. But you can’t buy diapers with food stamps or get them through the WIC program.

Ivy Chapel wants to help! We’re joining the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank’s FILL THE WAREHOUSE campaign. Now through October 10th, we’re collecting size 5 and 6 diapers in the narthex.

Questions? Drop us a line.

Blessing of the Animals Sept. 18

September 13, 2021 by  
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We’re proud to announce the Ivy Chapel Blessing of the Animals is back for 2021.

Over the past 21 years in mid-September, we’ve welcomed dogs, cats, snakes, ferrets and creatures of all kinds to our beautiful pavilion. Following in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, we take this moment to bless the animals with whom we share our homes and our planet.

Join us on Saturday, September 18 from 1-3 p.m., bring your animal friends (on a leash our in a carrier) with you to Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ, 620 N. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield, MO.

We’ll share a short prayer and you will receive a personal blessing.

This year we’re supporting the Center for Animal Rescue and Enrichment. Care STL is the official no-kill shelter of the City of St. Louis. You can support Care STL with a cash donation, or by purchasing items on their Amazon wish list.

We can’t wait to meet you – and your animals. See you then. Questions? Drop us a line.

Now Hiring: Minister of Music

September 3, 2021 by  
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Music is a huge part of worship here at Ivy Chapel. We’re looking for an experienced leader to lead our music program.


Reports to: Board of Deacons
Hours: 20 hours per week, including some evenings

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Provide music for all regular Sunday morning services of worship (prelude, hymns, special music, postlude, etc.)
• Provide music for additional services of worship (i.e. Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunrise, and Thanksgiving)
• Work with the Pastor in the planning of all worship services to assure theological integrity and coordinate with the liturgy and worship themes
• Direct the Chancel Choir, including programming music as well as rehearsing, accompanying, and directing the choir (the Chancel Choir typically sings September through June, but is not singing at the moment due to COVID)
•Participate in the Youth Music Ministry and direct the Youth Choir (currently not active)
• Secure a substitute organist for agreed upon vacation periods and for any times of sickness or pre-arranged leaves of absence
• Arrange regular maintenance of and have authority over all church owned musical instruments and equipment
Obtain copyright licenses yearly

Qualifications:
• Piano and organ skills
• BA in Music or experience in comparable positions
• Choir directing experience preferred

Requirements:
• 21 years of age or older
• Must pass a personal background check

Benefits:
• Two weeks of vacation annually, to be increased to three weeks after three years of service and four weeks after six years of service (such vacations shall not coincide with the Pastor’s vacation if at all possible)
• Continuing education opportunities as outlined by and negotiated with the Board of Deacons
• The opportunity to play for weddings and funerals at Ivy Chapel at additional compensation
• May use church facilities for private lessons and studio recitals

Send a cover letter and resume to: momsearch@ivychapel.org.

Thank you for donating to Isaiah 58

August 27, 2021 by  
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We’d like to extend a special thank you to everyone at Ivy Chapel who donated to the Isaiah 58 back-to-school drive.

We were able to help brighten the start of the school year for so many children right here in St. Louis.

Our little congregation donated:

  • 251 rulers
  • 21 t-shirts
  • 223 pairs of underwear
  • 231 pairs of socks

Thank you to everyone who donated!

Now Hiring: Youth Ministry Coordinator

August 10, 2021 by  
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As we continue to work toward the “next normal,” we’re hiring for a Youth Ministry Coordinator to lead programs for our young people. Please send your resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to ymcsearch@ivychapel.org.

Job Title: Youth Ministry Coordinator
Reports to: Board of Christian Education and Pastor
Hours: Part-time (20 hours per week, including some evenings)
Effective Start Date: Immediately

Job Description: The Youth Ministry Coordinator at Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ will create opportunities for all ages of youth to develop their faith and build connections within the church. The successful candidate will develop and lead a growing youth program. This person also will work with the worship team to plan a cohesive Sunday worship experience.

Essential Responsibilities Include:
Youth Groups
Coordinate local church and wider church youth activities.
Work with families of youth to develop an activities calendar each year.
Make arrangements for summer mission trips.
Co-lead Confirmation with the Pastor.
Worship Services
Present and/or schedule children’s messages during Sunday morning worship.
Lead children’s worship activities on the first Sunday of each month.
Coordinate children’s Christmas Program and Youth Sunday.
Facilitate youth participation in worship, such as serving as acolytes, lay liturgists, musicians, etc.
Communication and Reporting Duties
Provide communication between the youth groups and the congregation through notices in the Sunday bulletin and the monthly Ivy Vine newsletter.
Keep accurate records of all youth program funds.
Provide a monthly written report to the church council.
Christian Education Board Involvement
Participate in all Christian Education Board Meetings.
Work with the board to provide Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and other congregational education programs.

Qualifications:
Experience working with children, youth ministry, or within other related fields.
Displays strong administrative, planning, organizational, and communication skills.
Ability to work both independently and cooperatively.
Possesses creativity to develop innovative programming.
Familiarity with the United Church of Christ theology.
Affirming of all people, including support of LGBTQ+ community.

Requirements:
21 years of age or older.
Must pass a personal background check.

Application: Please send your resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to ymcsearch@ivychapel.org.

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