seek in Christian love to respond to the needs
of our church family.
From Kimberly Gottier
As Kimberly steps down from her role as
coordinator of Caring Ministries as of February
20, 2013, please note the following transitional
Fran Maynard is the contact if folks need
Fran Maynard is the contact if there are any
functions that need
to help out.
Chelsea Krieger has offered to cover the
needs of the church. This will work out
just fine because it is all done via email,
which Chelsea has access to daily. Chelsea
will match volunteers with folks needing rides
on a temporary basis.
Please keep in mind that should someone need
meals and/or rides, that plenty of time be
allotted to find volunteers. While I have
been able to match some rides on a last minute
notice, it will be helpful to Fran and Chelsea
if they not have to do that as they are getting
into a routine with all of this.
Please try to pass on to those who are not
involved in CM that these Caring Ministries
continue to be available and who the contact
people are. I am always available to help
make this a smooth transition for all.
Thank you so very much to Fran and Chelsea for
offering to be available to serve the church in
this capacity. I am so thankful for your
The last piece of CM
that could use some help, is Flower Delivery
which won't need to be addressed until
I am taking care of the flower delivery for the
Easter flowers, which I am happy to do, but I
would like to find a volunteer who will take
this on for the future. Please let me know
if you are interested and I can walk you through
Thanks so much everyone!
Have a sparkling day!
What is Caring Ministries?
The Caring Ministries is a group of volunteers
who reach out to members of the congregation and
their families, who are experiencing times of
challenge whether it be due to illness, surgery,
job loss, birth of a new baby or death of a
family member, to list a few examples.In providing support to people in need,
the volunteers offer their gifts by means of
preparing meals for families, driving someone to
an appointment, running errands, or performing
simple chores.Our volunteers also visit some of our
shut-ins on a monthly basis, write monthly care
notes, send Christmas cards to shut-ins and
deliver holiday flowers.We also have volunteers who offer Pet
Therapy visits, knit prayer shawls and baby
shawls for baptisms and offer individual daily
prayers to those on our prayer list.
One Sunday each month, one of the Caring
Ministry sub-committees hosts the 10:00 a.m.
Presentations are held periodically that offer
helpful and informative information regarding
Caring Ministry concerns. Topics have included
visiting suggestions for our homebound or
members in a facility, aging, grief, feelings of
loss, finding joy, prayerful and careful
listening.We have also had a workshop on what it is
like to be a person “in need” and what it is
like to be a caretaker. We have had book
discussions and soulful healing labyrinth walks.Most recently one of our Parish Nurse
volunteers did a presentation on Mental and
Physical Well Being–and getting the proper
Please visit our
Ministries, Past Activities, and Guidelines pages for a
description of our various opportunities to
volunteer.Each committee is always eager to have
more members join in.We also welcome any suggestions and new
ideas for improving our existing ministries.
The Caring Ministries volunteer opportunities
work with YOUR schedule.
You may volunteer as little or as much as
As your circumstances change over time, the
various ministries offer plenty of flexibility
to fit your schedule.
If you are interested in volunteering, please
Volunteer Data Sheet and indicate the
activities that best fit your availability.Current volunteers may also use the form
to update their interests and availability as
well. You may place the form in the offering
plate on Sunday, leave it in the church office,
or send it to Fran Maynard, at the church
address (P.O. Box 160, Tolland, CT 06084).
“With volunteering, a sense of belonging is
Some studies show that volunteering can relieve
depression, chronic pain and may reduce the risk
of heart attack and stroke.”