Care Ministry, one of Custer Road UMC's Ministries of Care, is a lay ministry of trained volunteers utilizing God-given gifts in service to others. Care Ministry seeks to be the hands and feet of Christ, nurturing and caring for others through life’s challenges. It is the vision of Care Ministry to educate and train all members of Custer Road UMC in the utilization of their gifts for the benefit of others.
Care Ministers provide a compassionate, confidential presence in all circumstances as well as the following services:
* Care Calls for All, an outreach that contacts all adult members of the congregation on their birthday to extend the church's good wishes
* Care Nurses actively support members' health and wellness both physically and spiritually as an educational and referral resource
* Delivery of Sunday worship audio or video tapes to home-bound members
* Delivery of gift baskets to church families celebrating a birth
* Bereavement notes and Journeying Through Grief booklets sent after the loss of a family member
* Feed His Flock meals for church families in need
* Notes, phone calls and visits to congregation members needing support during hospitalization, birth, death or illness
* Birthday celebrations for members 90+ years old
* Road Runner, a new ministry that shuttles people to and from church who may be unable to drive.
*Plain-O Helpers is a volunteer handyman service that assists seniors in Plano with minor home maintenance and repair, including installing assist bars in showers and installing wheelchair ramps. Call 469-366-4286 or visit www.plain-o-helpers.org.
If you are interested in volunteering in the Care Ministry, click HERE.
For more information or for services, contact Brenda McKnight, Director of Care Ministry, ext. 285.
My Experience with Care Ministry
by Ann Nunnally
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Our family experienced the truth in these words after my son, Will, died suddenly at the age of 16. On the day of his death and during the funeral, we were surrounded by caring members of Custer Road. However, knowing that grief does not magically stop after the funeral, but takes many months to work through, the Care Ministry helped us during the next year with cards and letters, phone calls, and visits.
I had the opportunity to attend the Life after Loss Class, and the Grief Support Group. Care Nurses organized CPR and AED training in memory of our son. The love and caring shown by the members of Custer Road and the Care Ministry made such an impressive witness that my husband, who had not belonged to a church in over 20 years, decided to join this one. I was so blessed by the Care Ministry’s support that I decided to become a Care minister myself so that I could give to others what was so graciously given to me.
I hope that all of you who have a need will accept the help of the Care Ministry, and that those of you that have a need to serve will consider the Care ministry as an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ.