During these unusual days, our church has great opportunity to serve the community and continue to demonstrate the love of Christ. Below are ministries currently underway. Look for opportunities to plug in as you feel led.
Meals for HealthCare Workers and First Responders
As of April 28, the church has provided meals for 40 healthcare workers at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center; 86 meals for the ICU night shift unit at University Hospital; 55 meals for the EVS (cleaning crew) night shift at University; 65 meals for the night shift Women’s Center at University; and made 6 separate meal deliveries to the 5 firefighters on various shifts at Station #9 (our FBC neighbors).
And you can help. Though delivery opportunities to the hospital are limited, you may be able to help. Email Jim Walls if you are interested. And the cost of the meals is covered by our Mission Development Fund (the Green Envelope). You can make contributions by mailing a check to the church office and designate for meals.
One opportunity exists for as many volunteers as possible. Wouldn’t it be great if we could regularly take meals to the Fire Station across the street from the church? That’s 5 meals per delivery. If you would like to participate, email Jim Walls. You will be assigned a day and time (lunch or dinner). You will be given instructions with a phone number to call the shift supervisor and let them know you are coming. Then just drop it off. If you can donate the cost of the food, great! And if it’s too much, the church will gladly reimburse you.
The Food Pantry
Last week, our benevolence ministry donated more than 5 pick-up truck loads of food to the Bible Deliverance Temple in Harrisburg for distribution to that community. This food was originally purchased from Golden Harvest and required “contact delivery.” We are thankful they have a system in place to be able to share this food.
Now, members of our benevolence ministry are packing 50 boxes of remaining food we have available. In addition to non-perishable items, the boxes will contain a ham.
You are invited to identify people you know who might benefit from receiving one of these boxes. Please identify people who are struggling financially, as opposed to people who can afford food and need someone to go shopping for them. I encourage you to consider people you may know who have recently been furloughed. As much as possible, let’s make this personal.
Once identified, Jim Walls will work with you for a time to pick up the box at church so you can deliver it personally, or you can supply an address and volunteers will get it delivered.
We are limited to 50 boxes for now, so please confirm availability by emailing Jim Walls.
Financial Assistance Continues
Our Benevolence Ministry has partnered with United Way to continue financial assistance for utilities. We have received grant monies from United Way, and the church supplements this assistance through designated gifts to the benevolence ministry. If you know of someone needing this type of help, they are to call 211 which will get them to United Way who is screening clients for us.