Throughout these past weeks I have been reflecting upon the beautiful tapestry of our diverse ERUUF community. There are so many ways to find one's place here and develop relationships within this spiritual home. With any large community there are always individuals who are living in the midst of some life challenge which can be supported by the Pastoral Care Associates and Care Ministries team.
The gifts of giving and receiving within our community were blessings for all this holiday season! Amidst the celebrations of the season thirty-one (31) poinsettias were donated by the community to be given to others within our community who are unable to attend ERUUF, whether dealing with loss or other health issues. The Coming of Age youth participated with their mentors in delivering some poinsettias to ERUUF elders. The Pastoral Care Associates delivered the rest. The expressions of joy on the faces of some recipients was a beautiful sight to behold!
Thank you to all who gave your time, your gifts and your presence to so many. One hand reaches out to receive and another hand reaches out to offer support. This is community.
Support comes in various 'flavors' -- a meal for an individual or a family, a ride to or from a medical appointment; flower delivery to someone who's been ill; a 'check-in' for someone recovering from surgery; a friendly call or visit with someone who's lost a job or a loved one or at a Continuing Care Retirement Center (CCRC); or other specific requests from our ERUUF friends.
If there is any little 'tug on your heart' to explore what this important ministry does for our community, please come to a meeting between services Sunday, January 21 or 28 with your questions and learn about the possibilities. Some of you really desire to learn more about becoming a Pastoral Care Associate or joining the Care Ministries team in some way.
As we enter into this new year, together we can lift the spirits of many. Will you help?