One of Christ’s roles is that of the Good Shepherd. The Shepherding Team is a group of ordinary folks who are very committed to gently lead, care for, and watch out for the welfare of His flock. We want to plan and put into action ways for us at Bethel to step up our level of care for one another. So often members have a need, or they stop coming, and it goes unnoticed. That’s not because we don’t care but, more likely, because many of us are not as connected as we would like to be to our church family.
When this team was organized in the summer of 2006, we decided to start by concentrating on members in the hospital, members who are homebound or in nursing homes, inactive members, and visitors. We send cards and notes and make calls and visits. Since then, we’ve added a subgroup which is a Meal Ministry. Headed by Marg Anderson, this group steps in when a church family or individual is in need of one or two meals a week for a period of time. This could be just once, or it could go on for a month or so. With many people sharing the responsibility of preparing and delivering meals, it is not too much of a burden on anyone.
Currently, we have about twelve members who are actively participating on the Shepherding Team with others joining us in the Meal Ministry. But, we’re inviting each of you to help.
Here are a few ways you can participate:
For some, doing these things comes naturally. For others, it may mean stepping out of our “comfort zone”. But think how rewarding it will be to become more connected with your church family. And think about how good you would feel about receiving care from your church friends if you were in need.
There is no limit to how many can be on the Shepherding Team. Ideally, this team will grow in numbers and we will all be “shepherds” caring for God’s sheep at Bethel. Remember, shepherding the whole congregation is more than a one-person job. Attending meetings is not necessary since most of our business is carried on via email. But having email is not a requirement. We also have a mailbox where information is available about who needs our care and what we need to do. The amount of time spent is determined by each participant – however long it takes to make a couple phone calls, send a few cards, make a visit, prepare a meal, etc.
Please share your questions, concerns, and ideas with Peggy Schilpp. Most importantly, call her and let her know you would like to join the Shepherding Team.