- To encourage persons to remain connected and engaged in the life of the church.
- To assist those “seeking God's presence and a sense of belonging”.
Carolyn Auble, Linda Augspurger, Craig Cashell, Barb Clawson, Barb Cotterman, Nancy Kane, Charlotte Krauss, Alice Latsch, Peggy Lewis, Donna Sargent, and Carolyn Wengler.
College Student Care
This ministry provides housing for college student parents during special week-ends throughout the year.
This ministry is offered by United Methodist Women and provides lunches and other food to the family and friends of the bereaved. A Guide for Families Planning Funeral Meals is available in the church office.
Greeters make sure to welcome everyone who attends church as they walk in the door. They also return to the entrances at the end of the services to thank people for attending and provide Welcome Bags to new attendees. First impressions are very important and greeters do their best to convey a great first impression for the entire congregation.
Make sure coffee and light refreshments are available between the worship services in Fellowship Hall.
This ministry brings personal friendship to those who are temporarily confined to their home for two weeks or more. Unique visiting relationships are established between the calling friend and the confined person according to the specific situation.
Persons engaged in this ministry supplement the pastors in calling on persons who are hospitalized.
A rose bud is placed on the altar in recognition of all newborns to the congregation. The flower is then presented to the family along with a Welcome Bag for the new baby.
Notes, Cards and Communications
This ministry sends birthday, get well, anniversary and sympathy cards to congregational members.
Nursing Home Visitation
Persons engaged in this ministry visit church members and friends monthly or more often who are residing in area nursing homes (The Knolls of Oxford, Matrix of Oxford View, and Woodland Manor).
Persons involved in this ministry offer themselves in loving response to pray for others and to nurture themselves and grow in intimacy with God.
The Prayer List is comprised of people who respond to special prayer requests from individuals. Prayer cards are provided at each church service and also in the Bridge for individuals to submit prayer requests for themselves or someone else with their permission.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
This is an interdenominational group reaching beyond the congregation. Knitting or crocheting instructions are provided for making prayer shawls. Since this ministry began in October of 2005, over 200 shawls have been made for chosen recipients who are presented with a prayer and certificate along with the shawl.
Short Term Care Ministry
This ministry assists those who could use short term help when returning home from a hospital stay, have a family crisis, need a trip to the grocery store or just need a smile and to know that someone cares.
Congregational Care plans and organizes special events for the church as they are requested such as graduation, honoring special groups within the congregation, and new members. They are either receptions or potluck meals where the entire congregation is invited to attend.
This telephone ministry strives to contact all congregational members at least once quarterly.