Ways to serve

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    WELSEY’S CONGREGATIONAL CARE MINISTRIES invites you to help be the church to our homebound and care-facility members. Various ministries such as Faith Friends, Helping Hands, Basket Ministry, and others need your help. Email REV. JANICE KAHL


    The Work Area on Church and Society focuses on questions and issues that figure prominently in the societal environment of modern Christianity. Major action items of our committee include poverty and inequality; assistance to area organizations serving people in need; and strategies to further the United Methodist Church’s "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors" campaign. Through our budget and projects, we support a wide variety of local/state organizations, including HOPE (Housing, Outreach, Prevention and Education); the Charleston Area Churches Food Pantry; PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter); Soup Stop; SACIS (Sexual Assault and Counseling Information Service); and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Over the years, our work area has organized education-oriented programs on topics such as hunger and poverty in Coles County and beyond; Christian perspectives on war and military action; Christianity and the LGBTQA community; and issues in health care policy and reform.


    If you care about others and are looking for a way to make a difference, please consider Stephen Ministry. The Stephen Ministry commitment includes taking part in a 50-hour training course, attending twice monthly sessions combining continuing education and peer supervision, and regular one-on-one meetings with a care receiver. Your presence could lighten the load for someone who is going through a difficult time and provide a meaningful way to strengthen your own faith. A new training session will begin this fall. Now is the time for you to prayerfully consider if becoming a Stephen Minister is right for you. 


    The purpose of this team is to bring awareness to our congregation, on a monthly basis, about opportunities for giving charitable donations that will aid needy people. Such situations can be located anywhere in the world and can be either man-made or natural disasters. Local and regional projects are Good Samaritan Fund and Golden Cross (a ministry of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference). Some national projects have been UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response and Society of St. Andrew (America's premier gleaning effort to feed America's hungry). International projects have included CROP Walk/Church World Service (which uses all monies raised to buy food to help feed the world's hungry) and Heifer International (which gives farm animals to poor, rural people around the world so they can have a livelihood by producing and selling their own milk, butter, eggs, honey or meat). In addition, the budget for the work area on missions supports a missionary in China, Africa Relief, World Hunger/Poverty, Wesley Foundation (EIU), Habitat for Humanity, Coalition for People in Need, and Emerging Needs. For more information about missions work at Wesley UMC or to become a member of the committee, please email Ron Wohlstein.