One of the challenges of the pandemic and even before this time has been sustained intentional efforts to connect with members and others who are in relationship to the congregation. We need to create a culture of care that extends beyond Sunday morning and beyond the walls of the church. To this end, below please find a brief one-sheet explanation and strategy moving forward with regard to care ministry.
While Zoom and other platforms similar to it have been helpful in staying in communication, it’s only one avenue to do so. As one of your staff persons, and in conversation with Council and staff, I am personally inviting you to consider serving on a Care Connection team. While we will utilize more than phone calls to connect with folks, it will be our initial point of contact for many.
The mission of this ministry is to make intentional efforts with regard to reaching out to members of the congregation and those connected to us.
What will Care Connectors Do?
Care Connectors will be given a list of people in the congregation who are willing to volunteer time to speak to people and will be enlisted and trained to make calls.
How much time will be required?
In any given week, you will be asked to make regular contact with people only 1 to 2 hours a week maximum. In most weeks, much less than that.
When do contacting people begin?
The goal is to make contact in February of this year.
Where do I sign up?
You can contact Jack Mandeville at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (503) 656-0110
Thank you for considering involvement in this important ministry to each other!
In the month of February, your outreach gifts will go to support the work of our own "in-house" ministry. The WLLC quilters and Blanket Makers! There are a few different kinds of sewing projects that this group creates together to donate to people in need. "Quilts of Comfort" and Fleece blankets are given to people in our congregation and to Legacy Emanuel Chaplains as a need arises. Some are passed out to House of Zion, Children's Center, and Father's Heart. Many Fleece Blankets and scarves were happily received at a food pantry and clothes closet in Gresham. Activity Quilts (Fidget Quilts) - small quilts with different textures and small items to keep fingers busy - are needed throughout the community. They have been a blessing for the recipients and their families.