Caring Ministries

Caring ministries take care of the people within our church congregation.
Baby Quilters
This group works on quilts that are given to Fairfield Medical Center’s newborns. All quilters are welcome.
Coordinator: Judy Goslin
 
Cards of Care
Cards of support are sent weekly to those who have been hospitalized. Please sign the cards found in the parlor & Wheeling Street entrance.
 
Family Concerns Committee
Families who have lost a loved one gather after the funeral and are served dinner by this group of volunteers. Volunteers also prepare and donate food for the meal.
Coordinator: Donna Waugh
 
Hospital Visitation Team
This team is composed of trained lay volunteers who visit Fairfield Medical Center on a rotating schedule. Along with the pastors, they provide a caring visit to members and friends of the congregation who are hospitalized. The team meets quarterly for updates and reviews.
Coordinator: Judy Hug
 
Sharing Hearts
A ministry of reaching out to those who are in nursing or assisted living facilities and those at home who are less active. You can partner to visit a certain person, or visit all from our church family who live in a particular facility. You can also show care by sending cards.
Coordinators:Rev. Dr. Brian Jones, Rev. Dr. Alice Wolfe, Shelley Nichols, and Susie Griset
 
Communion at Home
A ministry of volunteers taking communion monthly to persons who cannot attend worship and would like to receive it in their homes.
Coordinator: Rev. Dr. Alice Wolfe
 
Cookie Bakers
Nothing beats the taste of homemade cookies! Our cookie bakers faithfully bake cookies in their homes for guests who attend worship with us for the first time. Our Monday Night Callers deliver these cookies to our guests in appreciation for their presence in worship with us.
Health & Wellness Ministry
This ministry helps raise awareness of the relationship between health, spirit, and wholeness. Blood pressure screenings are available on Sunday mornings between services.
Coordinator: Shelley Nichols
 
Prayer Ministry
A group that supports the congregation and those in need through prayer. Prayer requests are sent to participants by email. Prayer Calendars are available each month in the parlor and on our Resources page for personal devotional use. The Chapel has a prayer journey to guide your prayers.
 
Rose Ministry
People who have lost a loved one meet the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Rising house to share lunch and fellowship with special programs. Resources on grief are provided to those recently bereaved.
Coordinator: Clarice Foglesong
 
 
To contact any of these coordinators, please refer to your church directory, or call the church at 740-653-3330.
 
 
If you are in the hospital or having an upcoming surgery or a procedure, please call the church at 740-653-3330 during our business hours to let us know! After hours, please notify Shelley Nichols so that we can pray for you!
 
In response to the many precautions concerning the spread of COVID-19, our Hospital Visitation Team will suspend all visits until further notice. This is a temporary situation to protect ourselves as those we would be visiting and the community in general.
Know that God is in charge and watches over all that is happening around us as this pandemic continues to take shape. Continue to be the church in your devotional life; pray for those individuals, communities and countries affected by this disease, and be aware of your own health needs.
I offer this prayer found on christianheadlines.com:
Abba Father,
Protect us, Oh God, from the fear and isolation we face as familiar American institutions begin shutting down in an effort to protect us from this worldwide disease. It is often in moments like this that we find comfort in being with one another and, yet, many of those options are being temporarily removed. In their place, Lord, help us to seek your face. Help us to model Christ, who often retreated to quiet spaces to seek solace and intercede on behalf of others. Give us insight into ways we can celebrate community from a distance. Help us to pray for our neighbors, co-workers—and even our enemies. Show us how to best make use of these unexpected “time outs.” Amen.
 
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May be an image of ‎one or more people and ‎text that says '‎Cards of Encouragement for area healthcare workers needed small denomination gift cards are welcome too! SECOND SATURDAY יויויויוירו love first LANCASTER FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH‎'‎‎

Second Saturday needs your help! Area healthcare workers are the folks who give you and your loved ones care, encouragement, and assurance in uncertain times. Second Saturday wants to encourage these heroes and let them know that we appreciate them! We are collecting cards of encouragement on an ongoing basis to give to the workers who put their heart into their work. Place your store-bought or homemade card (small denomination gift cards are welcome too!) in the Sunshine Basket in the Parlor. Your encouraging words will be delivered to healthcare workers who are employed at area extended care facilities and FMC. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Virene at 740-974-2733. Every day is a Second Saturday!

Don’t forget, we’ll be mailing out handmade Easter cards to our friends who can’t get out much, and we’ll plan to mail the cards around March 20, so please bring your creations to the church during our business hours, Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm. Thank you! Cards should be flat, no embellishments, and should fit in a standard card or business-size envelope (saves on postage costs). Thank you for brightening someone’s day!