Invited to Mission at Edgewood Church

A Conversation with Marcia Beer and Diana Farmer

Think of a significant calling in your life. Who invited you to explore that calling? And what role did church play (if any) in that invitation?

As a community, Edgewood United Church has been collectively invited by God to serve their neighbors through a specific, shared mission. In this episode, Marcia Beer and Diana Farmer speak how their community collectively discerned a common purpose. They also discuss how the pandemic disrupted and refocused their ministry in surprising ways.

Edgewood is one of thirteen congregations taking part in Collegeville Institute’s Communities of Calling Initiative. The Communities of Calling Initiative is a five-year program that grants congregations funds to design a new project or enhance existing ministries that help Christians discover and deepen their sense of God’s calling in their lives.


Marcia Beer serves Edgewood United Church as the Youth Ministry Coordinator and the Children and Youth Choir Director. Her second calling is as Executive Director of the Southside Community Kitchen serving meals to everyone who comes to us in need.

Diana Farmer is a long-time church volunteer at Edgewood. She recently retired as special education teacher and has mentored many teachers. At Edgewood Diana is currently serving on the Governance Board and lends her wisdom, inspirational spirit, and energy to Edgewood’s direction.