CARE & SUPPORT

Congregational Care & Support

The Congregational Care Committee is dedicated to the care and support of Idlewild members in need through sustaining programs and offering prayers through a congregational network. This committee is also committed to the education of our congregation to empower others to become caregivers and faithful pray-ers. We desire that each member of Idlewild, through the ministry of the Congregational Care Committee, be equipped to serve as agents of God’s compassion. We desire that congregants experience, participate, and trust in God’s good compassion in times of need, loss, and life transitions through a healthy congregational system of care giving. More information on their ministry is below.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry needs knitters and crocheters. Any level of ability is welcome! Whether you hand knit, use a knitting machine/loom, or crochet – all are appreciated. You can get patterns, work at home or join a knitting group. The time and prayers that go into the making of each shawl bring comfort beyond measure to each person that receives one. Especially needed: colors that might be more appropriate for a man. For more information, please contact Catherine Berger.

Prepare and deliver a meal to members of the congregation who are experiencing illness or
other challenging circumstances.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Stephanie Rodda.

If you can’t drive and need a ride to church, please call 726-4681. Drivers are needed to bring members who can’t drive to church each Sunday, and take them home after worship services. If you can help, contact Marsha Enlow.

On Monday morning, the sanctuary flowers are reused to create bouquets for members who are sick or cannot come to service. Volunteers “do their magic” to transform the two big arrangements into several small baskets, then others deliver the flowers. 

We need a couple of people to serve as back-ups whenever one of the regular arrangers or drivers has a conflict. If you could be on call to either arrange flowers Monday morning OR deliver flowers later that day, please contact Mary Sharp at 683-6522 or mfsharp@comcast.net.

If you are recovering from an injury or surgery or have a medical condition that requires home health devices, Congregational Care can help.  They maintain the home health equipment closet, which has wheelchairs, shower chairs, commode chairs, walkers, crutches and other health-related devices. This free program, coordinated by Larry and Shari Tucker, has helped hundreds of members and friends for more than 20 years.  The revolving inventory is made possible through donations of equipment no longer needed by others.  Call the church at 726-4681, or come by during the week and see if we have what you need.

To donate:  Gifts of non-motorized wheelchairs in good condition, shower chairs, commode chairs, walkers, and crutches are gratefully accepted and stored at the church until someone expresses a need.  Please bring donations to the church office.