Care Ministry’s mission is to help people through a crisis and to help people find spiritual and emotional health. This mission is accomplished with the support of hundreds of Care Ministry Partners through the leading of the Holy Spirit as God draws those in need to HUMC for mentoring, prayer, benevolence and friendship. Our work is guided by scripture found in John 13:34 “As I loved you so you must love one another.” Care Ministry looks forward to serving you and caring for you in the next half of 2021.
“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 – Partners are calling 23 members who are not able to engage in the active life of our church. Our callers make weekly calls 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 blue Prayer and Praise cards are in the pew racks once again. 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 will be available each Sunday morning.
Prayer requests can also be submitted online at firstname.lastname@example.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 will continue monthly through 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 –A new session begins August 16 for thirteen weeks on Monday afternoons from 1:00-2:30 in room 124. Contact Joyce Young at email@example.com to learn more and to register. Cost is $20.00
•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 Contact Joyce Young for more information. All services held in the sanctuary will be live-streamed if the family requests it. Currently we are not able to provide a luncheon following the service but we hope to resume the luncheons in September. If you would like to partner with the team the Funeral Luncheon team, contact Joyce Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.Contact Joyce Young 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.