Parish Visitor-Ellen Rhoades
(260) 432-1524 ext.250
As parish visitor, I am here for you. Every week our shut-ins receive a letter and the bulletin from me. Some also get a CD of the Worship and Upper Rooms. This is our way of keeping those who cannot attend connected to their church. Hospital calls, Nursing Homes and home visits are made. I am pleased to say that we now have each day covered for hospital visits. I also am here if someone just needs to talk to someone. I do counseling whether for grief or other problems.
A new program we started about 3 years ago is the contact we have with our college students. During their school year they also receive a weekly bulletin and a letter. Sometimes they have special treats in their letters, i.e. Starbuck or Subway gift cards, popcorn, candy, etc. It really keeps them connected with their church and many come to church when they are home and talk about their connection.
This year we started having volunteers in the church office every morning and afternoon. This has worked out to be so useful to all of us. If you are interested in this, please contact me.
We also have a Card Ministry where the women involved send a “Thinking of You” card every month to our shut-ins. This ministry is so appreciated and the women get a lot out of that involvement with those who cannot come to church or who just need some special care.