Care Ministry During 2021

Care Ministry During 2021

Care Ministry’s mission is to help people through a crisis and to help people find spiritual and emotional health. Care Ministry looks forward to serving you and caring for you as 2021 comes to a close. Much of what Care Ministry does will stay the same but some aspects have been adjusted. Please continue reading below to see how some ministries have been altered until the Covid crisis passes.

“As I loved you so you must love one another.” John 13:34

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Telecare – Each family in the directory will be called throughout the year, offering prayer and scripture, and asking for any prayer or praise requests.

Cheerful Chatter Ministry – This ministry launched as planned with 24 callers and has evolved as God intended. Friendships have been formed along the way and calls are still being made. If you would like to be included in this ministry area and receive calls, please contact Diane Adams here or at 717-285-5156 Ext 229.

The blue Prayer and Praise cards are in the pew racks. Prayer requests and words of praise can be written on the card and placed in the receptacle at the Welcome Center after each Sunday service. Be sure to include contact information too. These cards will be prayed over throughout the week and included on the Prayer and Care Page that are available in the Sanctuary each Sunday.

Prayer requests can also be submitted online at prayer@hempfieldumc.org.

Food Cupboard and response to community needs The food cupboard is open Tuesday and Thursday morning by appointment. The drive-by events distributing fresh fruit, dairy and produce have continue monthly but will end in October. Our partnership with Blessings of Hope is an integral component of this. We also continue to support those in the community and our HUMC family with a proven need for assistance in paying rent and utilities.

Food Cupboard Donations – Donations can be dropped off at the church each week when you come to worship. Please leave the donations on the cart as you enter the building. Donations can also be dropped off at the office entrance Monday through Friday mornings. Follow this link to see a list of the needs. This list will also be available each Sunday and can be obtained when you enter the building.

Buy One Get One – Don’t you just love a bargain?! What about those BOGO items that are offered at local grocery stores.  When you can’t use the freebie, what do you do? How about donating those free items from the BOGO offers to the HUMC Care Ministry food cupboard!  We will gladly accept any items we normally stock as well as fresh produce meats, and frozen items. Dry good donations can be dropped off in the narthex Sunday mornings or at the Care Office weekday mornings. For perishable items, call Joyce Young (ext. 222) or Diane Adams (ext. 229) to arrange for drop-off at the church. Thank you in advance!   

Prayer Ministry –  Prayer partners are available to pray with you after each service Sunday morning. 

GriefShare –is a thirteen-week support group offering help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. It will be offered in-person twice a year. An afternoon group meets on Mondays from August to November and an evening group meets on Mondays from February to May. Contact Joyce Young here or call 717-285-5156 Ext. 222 for more information.

Supporting Our College Students – As students head off to college, isn’t it good to know Care Ministry stays in touch with them through cards and care packages? If you’d like your student to receive this kind of care contact Sheri Lausch here. Please provide your student’s current address in your email to Sheri. Volunteers for this ministry are also needed. If interested, let Sheri know.

Hospital Visitations – As of September 2021, hospital visits have been put on pause. Even though we are not permitted to visit at this time, please be sure to tell the staff at the hospital that you are a member of HUMC and the Chaplaincy Office will call the church to inform us. As always, you may call Joyce Young at 717-285-5156 Ext 222 to make her aware of your hospitalization.

Life Celebration Services and Interments in our Memorial Garden  – All services held in the sanctuary will be live-streamed if the family requests it. We are able to provide a luncheon following the service but space is limited to 75-80 people. If you would like to partner with the team the Funeral Luncheon team, contact Joyce Young here for more information.

Stephen Ministers are here for you… When you are going through a difficult time and feeling alone, often your family is not your best support system because they are too close to the issue. What you may need is a fresh pair of ears to listen and pray. Our HUMC Stephen Ministers have received 50 hours of specialized training. They provide caring, confidential and nonjudgmental support in a variety of settings and ways to those going through a crisis, a divorce, unemployment, health issues or during other tough times. If you think a Stephen Minister would be helpful to you, contact Joyce Young, Director of Care and Minister of Visitation or call 717-285-5156 Ext 222.

Homebound Visitation Team – As long-term care facilities continue to respond to the recent health crisis, our team will primarily provide care and support through phone calls and notes. For those members living at home, our visitation team will resume visits if everyone involved is comfortable with that.

Pass-it-On Ministry will send birthday cards to our homebound members on or near their birthday unless visits are welcomed.

Grocery Gift Cards Sales Under the “Feed Yourself, Feed the Church” program, Care Ministries sells grocery gift cards from Giant, Weis and Stauffers, and uses the proceeds to benefit clients of our Hope Ministries. These community folks work with us to learn how to budget and better manage their money so they become able to pay their bills and begin to save money. If you would like to help these families, you can purchase $50 and $100 gift cards in the Spirit Cafe following each Sunday service, or by contacting Diane Adams. You receive full face value of the cards and Hope mInistry receives 5% of the proceeds.