During this unique time of crisis, Care Ministry must look for new ways to safely stock our food cupboard and continue to serve our beloved clients. We also want to remain good stewards of the donations that continue to come into Care Ministry. We are so very grateful for your generosity and for the way you continue to think of the needs of others. It truly is a way to honor God and His commands. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
We have partnered with Blessings of Hope, a food distribution warehouse in Leola that is setup to allow large food distributors to efficiently donate to the community. As part of their Pay-As-You-Go program, we can purchase fresh produce, fruit, dairy and meat for 16 cents a pound. A team goes to Blessings of Hope prior to each food distribution event and chooses the items to purchase to ensure we are obtaining the freshest and most healthy options for our client families. In preparation for our distribution event held April 23, we were able to provide 487 pounds of food to those in need of assistance. We also provided canned goods, paper products, detergent, soap and other toiletry items from our food cupboard. The drive-by and pick-up events will take place every two weeks until it is safe to return to face to face contact with those we serve.
Care Ministry’s mission is to help people through a crisis and to help people find spiritual and emotional health. Our response to the COVID- 19 crisis has been swift and in full alignment with our mission.
- Grocery Shopping for the most vulnerable – A team of 13 helping hands shopped for others using grocery store gift cards from our Feed Yourself / Feed the Church program. If help is needed with grocery store shopping, individuals may contact the care office at 717-285-5156 ext 222 and leave a message including name and phone number.
- Telecare – Called each family in the directory, offering prayer and scripture, and asking for any prayer or praise requests.
- E-prayer Team is sent E-prayer request 7 days a week. Prayer requests can be submitted online here or emailed to email@example.com. If you would like to become a member of the e-prayer team, please contact Joyce Young, Director of Care, via email or at 717–285-5156 ext 222.
- CoEd Care Team – Reached out to college students who are now home to check on their wellbeing and cards are still being sent to those coeds by their care givers.
- Stephen Ministry Team and Homebound Visitation Team – Phone calls, notes, Face Time and Zoom are being used to connect with care receivers and homebound individuals
- Food Cupboard and response to community needs – A team of five people has assisted with larger- scale food distribution to our regular clients through a drive-up /pick-up process. (Thankfully monetary donations for the food cupboard continue to come in weekly. We also are grateful to those in the congregation still shopping for the food cupboard and leaving donations at the office door.)
- 32 Easter Meals were distributed in the same drive up / pick up process. This was supported 100% through donations specifically given for the Easter meals.
- GriefShare had met four times prior to our shutdown. Those meetings have now ceased, but participants are contacted weekly to check on their wellbeing.
- Hospitalizations and deaths have happened, so we are ministering to those families through phone calls or texting. Life Celebration services are being planned over the phone but not scheduled yet.
- Pass-it-On Ministry is sending birthday cards to our homebound members on or near their birthday since they are not able to visit in person as we would under normal conditions.