Sign up for the basic course for Lay Servant Ministries either January 12 or 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lake Mills UMS, 271 E. Prospect St., Lake Mills. The basic course for Lay Servant Ministries guides you to discover your gifts of caring, leading, and communicating. Sessions take you through thoughtful reflection on what it takes to make a congregation an outpost for mission and transformation and the role you can play — even if public speaking isn't your gift.

There are no prerequisites for participating in this course. Those completing this course will receive certification as a Local Lay Servant. Those wishing to pursue Certified Lay Servant certification must first complete a basic course. Students should purchase and read the Lay Speaking Ministries Basic Course Participant book by Sandy Zeigler Jackson & Brian Jackson prior to the first day of class. This book can be purchased through the Upper Room, Amazon, Cokesbury or several other booksellers. There is a $5 cost for attending this course; however you must purchase the Lay Speaking Ministries Basic Course Participant book. You may register on-line at: If you do not have access to the internet or are unable to register through this on-line site, you may also register by contacting the Lake Mills United Methodist Church at 920-648-2614. Note: Beverages and coffee will be available but lunch will not be provided. You may bring a lunch or pick up lunch at nearby sandwich shops.