The Weekend Team…AKA, “the staff” (l-r: Kelly Hayes, Kris Jittawait, Lara Riley, Paul Riley, Calana Hill, Paul, Michele Moser, Brad Moser, Leigh [soon to be Kasper], and Ty Kasper)
Every weekend there are a lot of different things that have to happen to make our worship gathering and children’s time a success. Each weekend there are several people, most of whom aren’t listed above, who make our gathering a special time of worship and learning. For example, on Saturdays we have at least 3 to 5 musicians, 2 to 4 tech people, 3 to 6 children’s workers, 2 to 4 communion/candle prep people and this is only for our “ordinary” services.
Our “Weekend Team”, a group I sometime call the staff, consists of those who lead out in each of these areas. Kelly Hayes oversees our ministry to children at Wheatland. She has a degree in Christian Education from Wheaton and works full time for KCSL (The Kansas Children’s Service League) Her combined expertise in both CE and human services makes her a perfect fit for organizing our children’s ministry. Kris Jittawait works closely with Kelly helping with our elementary children. Kris is married to Dr. Joe Jittawait and the mother of three great kids. Kris has worked in a variety of areas with our children and has also helped plan our community meals.
Lara and Paul Riley are troopers. Lara has helped in our kid’s ministry, baked communion bread, help set up the Lord’s Supper and been an overall servant. Paul Riley oversees our financial team and oversees the weekly offering. I am only scratching the surface of all that these two do.
Calana Hill, in addition to making Paul’s life very nice, is one of our worship leaders during our weekend worship. She helps choose music each week and plan the service. Calana is also a small group leader and during the week teaches piano to youngsters.
Brad and Michele Moser are such great help that it would be hard to share everything they do. In addition to Brad serving on the Board of Directors, the Mosers help greet newcomers to our weekend gatherings, prepare communion, help set up the worship space and Brad is a master griller.
Leigh (soon to be Kasper) Morris used to serve as our Children’s Ministry Coordinator. (This is the role that Kelly Hayes took over.) Leigh also helps with the worship team and helps coordinate special events at Wheatland. Leigh just graduated from WSU and will be teaching elementary students this fall in USD 259. Ty has just recently been added to the paid staff at the Wheatland Mission along with Paul and Kelly. He coordinates all of our worship preparation, tech team and will be working on the development of ministry to the youth of Wheatland. During the rest of the week Ty is a family support worker for Youthville.
It goes without saying that to be a part of the Wheatland Mission means you are a part of the team. Our weekend worship gatherings are not designed to be a passive viewing experience but a time of worship, active learning and encouraging one another. Please pray for this group and all of our teams at Wheatland.