The Ministry of Care: Reaching out and caring for children, youth, adults and seniors at Duluth First United Methodist Church.
The vision of the Ministry of Care at Duluth First United Methodist Church is to promote the Christian message of healing the body, mind, and spirit among all persons within our church and community.
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul Knows very well." Psalm139: 14
Ministry of Care Committees
& Support GroupsAlcoholics Anonymous Meetings are Monday through Friday at noon, and another group meets on Thursday nights at 8 p.m.Bereavement Meals provides a meal for the member’s family at home on the day of a member’s funeral. This meal is provided when the member does not have another support group in the church, and/or when a funeral reception is not planned for the member.Bereavement Support Group meets once a month. Currently, the group meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The group is an open-ended group addressing the needs of those needs of those who have experienced the death of loved ones. It is intended to provide support for a grieving individual’s journey. Stephen Ministers facilitate this group. Individuals come and go from the group as they feel they need support.Card Ministry mails cards of support and/or celebration to members of the congregation in times of transition, illness, or sorrow. This ministry assures a member they are deeply cared and prayed for by the Duluth First United Methodist Church Family.Caregivers United Support Group: Do you have a loved one that counts on you for care and support? Do you wonder how other caregivers deal with the emotional and physical challenges of caring for a loved one? You are not alone. Come join us whenever you can at the Caregivers United Support Group to connect with others that are facing these same struggles. This support group, which is facilitated by the Stephen Ministry, is there to walk with you on your journey and to help you feel less alone in the struggle to care for a loved one. We invite you to join us on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. in room B-113. For more information, please contact the church office at 770-476-3776.Dishes With Wishes provides short term meal support to individuals and families who are recovering from surgery, celebrating a new baby, coping with long-term illness, or other encountered life transitions. You may help by preparing, coordinating, or delivering home cooked meals for, or from, the Ministry of Care freezer. Food containers and dish ingredient cards are provided by Dishes With Wishes.Grief Share is a weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them, is a 13-week session that includes video discussion and group discussion. GriefShare, which began a new series of sessions on January 3rd, meets Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in room F-151, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. You are given a workbook for journaling, note taking and grief study.You are welcome to begin attending our GriefShare group at any point. Each session is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will be able to pick up any session you missed during the 13-week cycle. Please visit the GriefShare website at www.griefshare.org for more information or contact Dana Thielmann at 678-641-7863, or the church office at 770-476-3776."Hope...The Next Step" Support Group: The thirteen-week GriefShare class, with video/workbook, provides the tools and instruction on how to move forward in your life while you are grieving a recent loss. The new support group, The Next Step, moves beyond the learning aspect and focuses on the emotional support and encouragement to use those learned tools in a long-term manner. Both the GriefShare class and The Next Step support group will be led by two Stephen Minister co-facilitators. Suggestions for The Next Step are completion of two or three GriefShare class sessions and 2+ years after an experienced loss.The Next Step support group meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room F-150, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. For more information on the support group, please contact Sandra Town at 404-735-3752 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.Homebound Visitation Ministry offers individuals, families and Sunday School Classes the opportunity to visit, prepare or deliver a meal, share a time of devotion and/or Holy Communion, do light yard work, run errands and/or handle minor repairs for homebound members. This ministry encourages Christ-centered personal encounters demonstrating Christian love with the homebound at least once a month.Hugs for Soldiers Ministry provides opportunities to adopt a soldier, help with care packages, send cards, and collect school supplies for the children affected by military deployment and/or war. For more information, please visit the Hugs for Soldiers website at www.hugsforsoldiers.org and contact Angie Doerlich at 770-476-8754. Narcotics Anonymous Meetings are Sundays at 7 p.m. in the Scout Hut.Prayers and Squares Prayer Quilt Ministry provides two opportunities, one of giving and one of receiving, prayer. Quilters meet the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of each month to prayerfully cut, sew, and tie quilts, made to comfort those with a severe medical illness. Prayer Quilts are displayed Sundays/Wednesdays for Christ followers to pray for the individual as demonstrated by knots tied on the Prayer Quilt ties. A Prayer Quilt may be requested by/for an individual using the Prayer Quilt Request Form."Sermons to Go" Ministry records the Sunday Traditional Worship Service each week. The recordings are then distributed to the homebound, and to those who have had a special event in a Traditional Worship Service such as Baptism.Transportation Coordination Committee is dedicated to organizing volunteers to assist with non-emergency transportation for members of Duluth First UMC. Transportation need examples are transportation to a medical/dental appointment, a church service, or church activity. Transportation needs are identified to the church office/Faith Community Nurse at 770-476-3776. Wednesday Night Meal Delivery delivers a Wednesday Night Meal, prepared by the Dinner Belles & Beaus, for those who are homebound within the congregation. Wednesday Night Meals are available mid-August to mid-May, in keeping with the Wednesday evening church activities calendar. Deliveries are made to those who are both long-term homebound and short-term, in the Duluth area.
Health & Wellness and Faith Community/Parish Nurse: Promoting the Christian message of healing the body, mind and spirit among all persons within our church and community.
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16Blood Drives are held in January, April, July, and October. Help is needed in donating blood, helping with sign-up tables, refreshment table and calling possible donors.Blood Pressure Screenings are held monthly at the Senior Fellowship meetings, the second Sunday, and the fourth Wednesday night (August through April). Trained medical professionals do the screenings.CPR Training is provided through out the year. The American Heart Friends & Family and the Heart saver classes are available.Congregational Lay Health Providers are individuals trained through Gwinnett Medical professionals to listen and assess the needs of the congregation. Their goal is to promote healthy life styles with a spiritual emphasis. Critical Condition Classes are provided through out the year to help members and their families prepare for medical end of life decisions.
ONGOING EVENTSFlu ImmunizationsLadies and Men’s Health NightLife Line ScreeningM & M fund (Medicine & Mission)Mobile MammographyHealth & Wellness Classes & EventsVBS First Aid StationAA & NA Support Group MeetingsHeart Screen for Teens
THE FAITH COMMUNITY NURSE/
The role of the Faith Community Nurse/Parish Nurse was developed in response to the perceived need of many churches to address the interrelationships of faith and health by promoting “whole person health in members of their congregations”. This is by caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our members. The Parish Nurse serves on the staff of both the church and the Gwinnett Hospital System, and her role includes the following:Health Educator & AdvocatePersonal Health CounselorFacilitator of VolunteersReferral Source