Englewood United Methodist Men
Who We Are
The purpose of Englewood United Methodist Men is to declare the centrality of Christ in every man’s life and to model the servant leadership of Jesus Christ. These men, partnering with their pastor(s), invite and initiate spiritual growth and service opportunities for all men.
Individual and group strategies form the foundation of Englewood United Methodist Men’s ministry. These include:
* A demonstrated commitment to prayer, gifts and service in congregational and community life.
* Assistance and support to men in their ever-changing relationships, roles and responsibilities in the family setting, workplace, retirement and in our community.
Men seeking membership in Englewood United Methodist Men will be asked to subscribe to the major strategies listed above and to the following personal objectives:
* To engage daily in Bible study and prayer.
* To bear witness to Christ’s way in daily work and in all personal contacts through words and actions.
* To engage in Christian Service.
Membership in the EUMM is open to any man in the community. Church membership is not a requirement. Men interested in participation should contact Wayne Mengel at 941-697-3705 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be delighted to have you join us.
Programs and Services
The Englewood United Methodist Men sponsor and/or participate in programs and services for the church and community. Additional information may be obtained by clicking on any of the programs underlined.
A) Prayer Breakfast: The Englewood United Methodist Men gather for a Prayer Breakfast on Monday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. They share spiritual messages in the form of prayer and devotions. Participants also engage in fellowship, a discussion of current affairs, and the conduct organizational business. A band made up fellowship members provides a spiritual lift and an opportunity to share a hymn. The men gather October through March in Fellowship Hall of the main campus and then in a local restaurant from April through September.
B) Pancake Brunches: The Englewood United Methodist Men provide Pancake Brunches for the community. These brunches are held on alternate Saturday mornings, from November to March. This fosters Christian fellowship among the many workers and also among the members and friends in the community who enjoy the food, entertainment, and fun. The net income is distributed for many needs and has varied over the 40 years of this Brunch.
C) Ministry through Men: Purpose is to grow in relationship to God, each other and community through: small group Bible study meeting regularly to study and apply God’s Word through biblical instruction and/or small accountability groups meeting regularly to practice how to be obedient to God through relationship building and encouragement. Click here for more information.
D) Student Scholarship Program: Money raised from the Pancake Brunches provides Student Scholarships to students graduating from high school or attending college. This program is administered by committee of the Englewood United Methodist Men. This year over $23,000 in scholarships were awarded to area students.
E) Annual Rummage Sale and the Woman’s Christmas Bazaar: The Englewood United Methodist Men assist with the Annual Rummage Sale and the Woman’s Christmas Bazaar, the proceeds from which are used for outreach services in the community.
F) Financial Support for Others: Others receiving gifts from the EUMM in the last five years include: Church operations, debt retirement, Organ gift, United Methodist Children’s Home, UMM conference dues, Helping Hand, Boy/Cub Scouts, WENG Radio weekly broadcast of worship service, Pastor’s Discretionary fund, Meals on Wheels, EUMC Foundations, and missionary pledge to Dave and Sue Whitlock, who are serving in Kenya.
G) Other Opportunities for United Methodist Men:
- Men’s Bible Studies
- Men’s Retreat – Boot Camp
- Cub Scouts
- Wednesday Night Dinners
- Appalachian Service Project
- Home Work for Christ
- Lawn Crew
The Englewood United Methodist Men follow the guidelines of the national General Commission on United Methodist Men and are governed by a Board of Directors. The Officers are elected each year, usually the third Monday in December. All active Past Presidents, the Senior Pastor, Scholarship Chairman, and the Pancake Chairman also serve, in addition to those who may be appointed by the President. The Board meets on the call of the President and at regular meetings scheduled on the second Monday of the month from November thru April.
President – Rick Nelson
First Vice President – Dick Court
Second Vice President – Bill Raker
Secretary – Wayne Mengel
Treasurer – Jim Manser
Senior Pastor – Vic Willis
Scholarship Committee Chair – Harry Schaffer
Song Leader – Dean Wise
General Chair of the Pancake Brunch Program – Rick Nelson
Chairman of Publicity – Roy Kern
Board of Directors Member at Large – Joe O’Reilly
Past Presidents for the last nine years:
2014 – present – Rick Nelson
2013 – Ken Guillerm
2012 – Larry Miner
2011 – Steve Kennedy
2010 – Roy Kern
2009 – Rod Bentson
2008 – Ken Guillerm
2007 – Peter Patrick
Important Dates in UMM History
February 1971 – First Men’s Brayer Breakfast at the old church. That church was sold to the Church of the Nazarene in November of 1979.
February 25, 1979 – First worship service in the new sanctuary. 1359 total attendance
April 1985 – Hugh Doan (former UMM President) and wife Gertrude donated a building and first offices (now Helping Hand)
August 1986 – $2,000,000 expansion for new Education building, Fellowship Hall, Chapel and Lamp building addition. Consecrated November 1, 1987.
December 2014 – UMM donated and dedicated a new Christmas Tree to the church in Honor of Pastor Gale and Laura Williamson.