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Ways We Care

Kaye Wothe is Shepherd of the Hills’ parish nurse, and she works with various volunteer teams to care for people within our congregation. Contact Kaye Wothe if you or someone you know is in need of care or if you’d like to volunteer for one of the care teams. Here are some of the ways Shepherd cares:

Prayer

Prayer: Prayer team members pray for members and friends of the congregation who are experiencing challenges, health concerns, or loss. Each week, volunteers receive an updated list of people to pray for and commit to offering up their prayers for that group throughout the coming week. Contact Kaye Wothe to be added to the prayer list or to join the prayer team.

Prayer shawls: A group of volunteers regularly knits prayer shawls that are then distributed on visits to shut-ins and those who have illnesses. Contact Kaye Wothe if you’d like to knit prayer shawls.

Illness

Visits to shut-ins/those who are ill: At least once each month, a member from the visitation team visits all shut-ins and those who have illnesses. Volunteers administer communion and provide devotional books during visits. Contact Kaye Wothe if you or someone you know would like a visit or if you’d like to join the visitation team.

Grief and Death

Advance directives: Shepherd’s care team encourages every adult to complete an advance directive, which documents wishes concerning medical treatments and end-of-life wishes. Contact Kaye Wothe to obtain an advance directive document to complete yourself and/or for assistance creating such a document.

Funeral planning: Shepherd’s care team encourages every adult to record funeral preferences so that loved ones know how to plan this end-of-life service in a way that respects the wishes of the person being celebrated and remembered. Contact Kaye Wothe to obtain a funeral-planning document to complete yourself and/or for assistance creating such a document.

Funeral food and serving: A group of volunteers prepares and serves food at funerals that take place at Shepherd. This is a way to bless and care for those who have recently lost a loved one. Contact Kaye Wothe if you’d like to prepare or serve at funerals.

Grief mailings: Shepherd helps members and friends who have lost loved ones by providing resources to help them through the grieving process. Contact Kaye Wothe if you or someone you know could benefit from these resources.

Health

Flu shots: These are provided at church on a Sunday each fall. There’s no cost to participants, although your insurer will be billed if you have one and it covers flu shots.

Blood pressure screenings: These are occasionally offered on Sundays and always available by request. Contact Kaye Wothe if you or someone you know would like to be screened.

Bloodmobile: Once or twice each year, a bloodmobile (mobile blood donation center) comes to church on a Sunday, and attendees have an opportunity to donate blood.

Other

Transportation to church: Some members and friends of Shepherd lack transportation to get to church. Several volunteers pick up and drop off those who need rides. Contact Kaye Wothe if you or someone you know needs a ride or if you’re able to provide transportation services to others.

Lenten soup lunches and suppers: Each year during Lent, a team organizes soup lunches and suppers on Wednesdays, just prior to worship services. Contact Kaye Wothe to volunteer to help with these lunches or suppers.

Knitting: This is an excellent hobby to exercise your mind, and Shepherd has a volunteer with lots of experience who is eager to teach people to knit. Contact Kaye Wothe if you’d like to be connected to a knitting teacher.

Care for church staff: Shepherd’s care team cares for church staff in a variety of ways and encourages other members and friends to do the same. Feel free to care for staff on your own (by sending a card, etc.), or contact Kaye Wothe or Jodi Rogness Sheldon if you’re interested in making a meal for staff or learning about other opportunities to show appreciation for them.