If you answered “Ghostbusters!” you know your movie trivia, but we’re talking about something else here. Since Bill Gupton is fading into a sabbatical for a few months, and especially if you are fairly new to the congregation, wondering who you’re “gonna call” if you face a ministerial need is a viable question. The detailed game plan is published and available in brochure on Rev. Bill’s Sabbatical, and the website also has the Sabbatical Guidelines adopted by the Board of Trustees. In case of a personal, pastoral counseling need, Reverend Leslie is the appropriate contact. If the pastoral need involves a medical issue where a supportive congregation is helpful, the Care Committee should also be called. For administrative matters, the church office would be an appropriate starting point.
Heritage’s Care Committee is often involved in addressing needs. The current Care Committee consists of Tamilyn Thompson as chair, aided by Barb Barnes, Donna Buckley, Chris Burroughs, Julie Kane, Joan Stoffregen, George Wheaton, and Stephanie Wilson with Joann Meyer as an active board liaison. The Care Committee’s vision statement is “The Care Committee strengthens the Heritage Church community by offering compassionate support, helping hands, and celebratory acts depending on individual needs.” These caring people turn this vision into reality by reaching out to those with known needs by providing calls, cards, meals and compassionate support.
To accomplish these wide aims, activities are divided among specific leaders in terms of calls, cards, meals, and bereavement. Joan Stoffregen currently leads call activities. When a need is recognized, as a result of disclosure during Candles of Community or personal contact, Joan is typically the one who calls to determine the needs and start the organization of people to help out. Assistance can take several forms. If the issue is family illness, Joan assesses if hospital visits, home assistance, a card or a couple of supportive meals are appropriate.
Chris Burroughs handles distributing cards made by Stephanie Danner for illness, sympathy, and congratulatory purposes. We limit congratulatory cards for birthday and anniversary well wishes to the 10-year marks.
Russ Araujo organizes the use of meal support sign-up via Meal Baby on the Internet. (If you are interested in possibly providing food for a family with an illness or for a memorial celebration, please assure that you have contacted Russ for announcements and access.)
Barb Barnes orchestrates the on-site receptions for memorial services for member/friend families and assures that off-site services are attended.
The Care Committee helps assure that these supportive offering happen. Although we are always looking for more, active members (see Tamilyn Thompson if you are interested) you need not be a member to help out with these supportive needs. If you would like to be a part of the pool of people possibly providing assistance, please fill out one of the blue “Congregational Care” forms available on the literature table in the lobby and put it in the Care Committee mail box in the church office. Through completion of this form we know which areas of service you are willing to help in, such as rides for those in temporary need (for purposes of doctor visits, grocery shopping, to church), visits to members/friends in the hospital or homebound, preparation/delivery of food for the family of the ill or for a memorial service, or help with temporary tasks such as child care, house or yard work.
The work of this committee and all those who support it is just one aspect of the many ways we show we care at Heritage.