Our Congregational Care Teams walk alongside members of our church family during good times and bad times alike –  through health concerns, loss of employment, welcoming a child, loss of a loved one or other life changes.

Together we can be the hands and feet of Christ. Below are some of the ways you can partner with us to offer care and comfort. Please pray about how God is calling you to become involved in these important ministries and register your interest using the form below.

 

Bereavement Team – The Bereavement Team provides care to grieving families by hosting funeral receptions, which includes preparing and organizing snacks, decorating tables, wrapping up leftover food for the family and cleaning up after the reception. Contact Nicole Wood (nwood@firstumc.org or 863-686-3163).

Connections Memory Ministry - This ministry supports adults and their families living with the challenges of memory loss with focuses on spiritual and social connectedness, physical, expressive and cognitive needs. Contact Vicky Pitner (vpitner@firstumc.org or 863-686-3163) to learn more.

Flower Arranging TeamThe Floral Arranging Team meets Monday mornings to create floral arrangements from the altar flowers. Our visitation ministry distributes the arrangements to congregants who are hospitalized. Contact Nicole Wood (nwood@firstumc.org or 863-686-3163).

Intercessory Prayer Team The Intercessory Prayer Team prays for each request the church receives through prayer cards, telephone calls or our online prayer request portal for a two-week period. The prayer requests are compiled and emailed to intercessors each week. Contact Nicole Wood (nwood@firstumc.org or 863-686-3163).

Prayer Quilt Team – The Prayer Quilt Team is an inter-faith outreach  that combines the gift of prayer with the gift of a hand-tied quilt for people in crisis. Anyone is welcome to join this ministry and quilting experience isn’t necessary. If you would like to volunteer or request a quilt, please contact Cindy Doerr (863-858-7819) or Sherry Harter (863-446-3866).

Stitches of Love Team – The Stitches of Love Team crochets and knits baby blankets that are presented to families at infant baptisms, along with prayer shawls for people who are experiencing difficult situations. Each shawl is blessed to be a blessing to the recipient. If you would like to use your gifts of crocheting or knitting (or learn these skills), please contact Rosie Helms (863-899-2065) or Margie Brown (863-640-2552).

Visitation Ministry – The Visitation Team includes pastors, retired pastors and lay volunteers who visit hospitalized and home-bound members of our congregation. These visits provide pastoral care and spiritual support at times of illness or any time an individual cannot attend worship on a regular basis. Hospital visits are made on a daily basis and home visits are made on a monthly basis. Contact Nicole Wood (nwood@firstumc.org or 863-686-3163).

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