Care Ministry’s mission is to help people through a crisis and to help people find spiritual and emotional health.As the Covid-19 health crisis continues into 2021, we remain committed to our mission. Care Ministry looks forward to serving you and caring for you in 2021. Much of Care Ministry has stayed the same, but some aspects have been adjusted. Please continue to reading below to see how some ministries will be altered until the Covid crisis passes.
“As I loved you so you must love one another.” John 13:34
Care Ministry looks forward to serving you and caring for you as the Covid 19 quarantine passes. Much of what Care Ministry does will stay the same but some aspects will need to be adjusted. Please continue reading below to see how some ministries will be altered until the Covid crisis passes.
- Covid-19 vaccination information
- 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 – Cheerful Chatter Ministry HAS LAUNCHED! Volunteers are calling 23 members who are not able to engage in much outside contact because of Covid-19 and the social distancing we are asked to abide by. Our 23 Callers are making weekly calls and engaging in cheerful conversation about hobbies, careers, books, movies, etc. The conversations are powerful. Friendships are being formed and love for one another is growing
- We can expand this ministry so if you are interested in receiving weekly calls, contact Diane Adams, Assistant to the Director of Care at 717-285-5156 Ext 229. If interested in being a Cheerful Chatter caller, also contact Diane Adams.
• The Prayer and Care Page will no longer be printed on a weekly basis. All prayer and praise requests should be submitted online here or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to receive the prayer and praise requests, consider becoming a member of the e-prayer team. Contact Joyce Young, Director of Care, via email or at 717-285-5156 ext 222 for more details.
• Food Cupboard and response to community needs –The food cupboard is open Tuesday and Thursday mornings by appointment only. Our continued ability to host drive-by events distributing fresh fruit, dairy and produce will depend on continued to Care Ministry. Thank you for your support.
• 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.
• Covid Care to Restaurant Workers in our Community – An Update on COVID CARE to Workers in our Community – Care Ministry continues to use the generous donations from church members to reach out to hurting restaurant workers in our community. Based on proven need, we have offered food cupboard items, one month’s rental assistance, one month’s mortgage assistance, or one month’s utility assistance to 10 servers impacted by the closure of restaurants within a two mile radius of the church. Letters are now being sent to 38 restaurants within a 3-mile radius of the church, offering for servers and cooks who have had hours cut because of lack of business at the restaurant where they are employed, to meet with Joyce Young, Director of Care. During the meeting their needs as a result of the Covid-19 crisis will be discussed. We are grateful that we continue to be resourced in such a way that we can share God’s love and provision in a broader range outside the walls of the church 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 – The Prayer and Care Page still is not being printed on a weekly basis. Prayer partners are available to pray with you after each service Sunday morning. All prayer and praise requests should be submitted online here. In order to receive the prayer and praise requests, consider becoming a member of the e-prayer team. Contact Joyce Young, Director of Care, via email or at 717-285-5156 ext 222 for more details.
• GriefShare –A Feb – May GriefShare session is in progress now. It meets in room 124 from 6:30-8 p.m. Contact Joyce Young or 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 (MSMBLL5@gmail.com). If your student is still at home and doing virtual classes, we are still happy to stay in touch with them. 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 hospitals permit visitations prior to surgery or during the recovery time, the Minister of Visitation, Joyce Young, will resume hospital visits. 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 will be scheduled with the CDC and PA government guidelines in mind. Contact Joyce Young for more information. All services held in the sanctuary will be live-streamed if the family requests it.
• 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.