Caring Network and Lay Pastoral Care
Our Caring Network provides support, such as calls, visits, meals, and rides, to those in need. Please contact Kathryn Schloff (352-4246 or firstname.lastname@example.org), Nita Hanson, Mary Lou Bright, Dale Birdsall, Ginny Moser, Michele Lowy, Marjorie Carsen or Nancy Wright for assistance. They can put out requests. Let them know if you would like to provide assistance.
We thank all the faithful folk who have participated in our efforts to support our members – providing lots of meals and myriad rides to doctor’s offices, doing errands and paying visits. We encourage members of the congregation to call on us. We have an extensive network of willing helpers standing by.
Our Caring Network formed circles of 6-8 congregants, organized largely by neighborhood, as a means of staying in touch with one another through phone call and Zoom check ins during the COVID 19 crisis. These have been laid down now that people are connected.
The Singh family is coping with Ian’s late-stage cancer treatments. One way to help is by contributing to a refillable gas card online. The family is in possession of the card, all you need to know is the number and the pin to contribute. Here are directions on how to do that: Go to https://www.buyshellgiftcards.com/ and click on “reload your card” located in upper right corner. Enter gas card # (this is important and confidential): 7000630211950919476 and PIN: 9201 Click “submit”. Select the value you wish to put on the card ($25 minimum). Select “guest check out” and enter email, address, credit card, etc. Check that you agree with conditions. Done. The amount you donate will go directly to their card. If you want to be sure your money went there you can always return to https://www.buyshellgiftcards.com/ and click “check your balance” in upper right to see your funds reflected there instantly. There is a $300 limit on the card at any one time. Thank you in advance for your support. Small gestures mean a lot.
Let’s Eat Together
The Caring Network looks forward to resuming lunch with you on the 4th Wed of every month at 12 pm in Fellowship Hall when we are granted permission to meet face to face again. The idea is to bring your own lunch while the Caring Network provides drinks and seating. Let your hosts Dale Birdsall 989-7660 and Ginny Moser (989-7586) know of your interest. Let them know if you’d like a ride.
Join Caring Network “FUUDIES” prior to lunch at 10 am in our new lower level kitchen to prepare meals for later distribution to those in need.
Caring Network offered a Green Burial presentation and discussion on May 11, 2017. The short video, Dying Green, was shown, followed by a brief talk by Michelle Acciavatti, a home funeral, green burial and advance care planning guide, and death midwife from Montpelier. Green burial is a return to the way we have cared for our dead for thousands of years. A green burial does not embalm the body, uses a simple biodegradable shroud or coffin, no concrete or steel vault, and a grave of only three and a half feet deep. For more information, visit https://vermontgreenburial.wordpress.com/.
Kate Gridley and Helen Young hosted the first gathering of Death Café, April 27, 2017. Attendees gathered to eat cake, drink tea, and discuss death in a relaxed, open setting. Death Cafe is a discussion group, rather than a grief support or counseling session. More at www.deathcafe.org
The #Metoo movement has been so powerful and has helped many survivors to find their voice, as shared in recent worship services and events. This also comes with a need for support, both for survivors speaking, and for those supporting and listening. WomenSafe is here for that. Their 24-hour hotline is available to anyone at any time (802-388-4205). Also, if anyone is interested in information about how to talk with youth about the #Metoo movement and healthy sexuality, WomenSafe can be a resource for this as well. You can speak with Director Kerri Duquette-Hoffman and board members Becky Strum, Amy Mason or Joanna Colwell.