Interest Groups


BRIDGES – Busy Retirees Involved Doing God’s Exciting Service


Monthly Luncheons – 2nd Monday of the month September through June. Contact Valerie Novatny for more information!

Mission Statement

BRIDGES is a group of persons aged 50 or more serving God and our Living Word United Methodist Church Family by ministering to people through service, prayer, and fellowship.


Monthly trips are scheduled. Details noted in The Beacon newsletter each month.


We support Missions with our actions, finances, and volunteer work to benefit the several organizations.

Mary Martha Circle


Our group meets monthly, September to June. All women of the church are warmly welcome to share in the fellowship, fun, and social activities. Contact Mary Ottenberg for more information at

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mary Martha Circle is to lead women to serve Jesus Christ through mission work and to minister to each other through friendship, fellowship and prayer.

History of Mary Martha Circle

The Mary Martha Circle was formed in October 1982 when we were then Ellisville United Methodist Church.


The focus of Mary Martha is mission and outreach – locally and internationally. Over the years, Mary Martha Circle has provided financial and physical support to: A missionary nurse in Africa, a Campus Crusade Representative on mission in Eastern Europe, The Ghana Project, Henderson settlement in Kentucky, Festival of Sharing, Circle of Concern, UMCOR, Metro Ministries, Epworth Children’s Home, Kingdom House, LaClinica Spanish Mission, Shalom House, The Bridge, Pastor’s Emergency Fund at Living Word, mission trips for our youth and adults here at Living Word UMC, participation at Christmas time in a charitable activity approved by the group, specific improvement projects at our former and present church buildings. Mary Martha Circle generates funds for mission projects through voluntary pledging and occasional fund raising activities.

Men’s Club

Living Word Men’s Club – A Christian organization conducting Christian ministries

Please join us for dinner the first Monday of the month at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall followed by an entertaining and/or educational speaker.

Serve with us on any of the following Mission Activities:

  • Youth Scholarship Program
  • Men’s Club Work Group
  • Christmas Tree Sales
  • Volunteering at Circle of Concern Food Pantry
  • Financial support for Mary  Martha Circle, Kingdom House, Shalom House, Epworth Children/Family Services, and other missions.

For more information, please contact Steve Ernst at

Click here to see the Men’s Club Scholarship winners!


Quilters meet on Mondays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm for quilting, needlework and fellowship! Join the Quilters in Room 209/Chapel. Contact Valerie Novatny for more information.