December 2020 Call to Missions

The missions committee of OSUMC recently completed a small, but meaningful, project that shows how committee members work alongside people in Athens and elsewhere who need help. 

The work started when Joel Siebentritt learned that a long time friend of the church was worried that the stairs leading to her home weren’t safe for her elderly mother and medically fragile brother who live with her. With the backing of the missions committee, Joel enlisted the expertise of a building inspector who assessed the home in August.  

Money from the church’s Special Designated Fund for Missions bought concrete, lumber and other materials and church member Rick Martin served as construction manager. Together with his wife Amanda, a young adult member of the family and Joel, Rick worked many weekends throughout the fall. Even the inspector volunteered time to dig and place some of the footings! 

Last month, the family purchased a new storm door and some components to finish the work. Now, a stairway and a ramp allow the family to use both doors safely and they can sit outside on the new front landing.  

This building project shows how the Missions Committee strives to work and partner with people to express love for our neighbors. The church, through its missions team, is always open to working with members of the OSUMC family. If you have a need, an idea for service in the community, or skills you’d like to share, contact Missions chair Sean Beckwith at to learn more. We meet the first Tuesday of every month.