There are many ways to serve in our congregation, community and world. Consider all the many opportunities available in hospitality, social justice, education, care of people, care of our building and grounds and so much more. Where do you see yourself serving?
Care Ministry Team: Giving and Receiving
Since 2010, members of Covenant’s Care Team have made a real difference in the lives of others; they give freely of themselves. All members of our team have completed background checks and know the importance of keeping all services confidential. All team members have been trained by Catholic Charities’ Aging Services, a valued partner in this ministry. Team members provide important ministry to those who receive their services, both care partners and their caregivers.
Team members care for those they visit in several ways as needed and appropriate: Provide companionship and socialization (this is primary!) Help with errands. Assist with mail, correspondence, reading, phone calls, etc. Take notes during doctor appointments. Provided occasional transportation and/or outings.
Because more members and friends of Covenant seek the ministry of our Care Team, please consider joining Care Team to help make a difference in the lives of those who look to us. If you or someone you know would benefit from the ministry of our Care Team or to become a member or to seek more information, please contact our office at 873-7494.
Care Team Day Brighteners
“It brightened my day!” A typical response heard after a Care Team visit from BOTH visitor and the visited.
Covenant’s Care Team Ministry has been around for 2 ½ years, but maybe you are still wondering what we are about. We enjoy visiting members of our congregation that are homebound, in assisted living or nursing homes to let them know they are still a valued member of Covenant. The visits may be just social, but we can also provide assistance with errands or light household tasks, or provide respite for a caregiver.
If you or someone you know might benefit from our Care Team Ministry, contact the church office.
Is God is calling YOU to join Covenant’s Care Team Ministry?
- Would you like to make some new friends?
- Do you have an hour or two or three to spare each month?
- Do you enjoy a chat over coffee and a good laugh?
- Back yard bird watching?
- How about reminiscing over old times?
- Sharing travel adventures?
These are some of the things Care Team members enjoy doing on our visits. Please prayerfully consider joining us. Brighten your day and somebody else’s too!
Covenant Care Team News
Health and Independence Resource Center
The Resource Center is located on the table next to the congregational mailboxes. The Center is maintained by the Covenant Care Team Ministry and includes helpful websites, notice of upcoming events and written resources for …
- Middle-aged and older adults who want to stay healthy, active and independent
- Individuals challenged by chronic conditions
- CaregiversFamilies and friends
- Materials are added frequently, so please check often.
Some current materials include:
- Dane County Caregiver Assistance Newsletter
- List of Dane County transportation resources
- Information to support caregivers
- List of Dane County caregiver support groups
- Grief support resources
- Alzheimer’s resources
Rides to Church
Are you interested in giving someone a ride to church. If you would like to give members a ride to worship or if you would like a ride to worship, call Marijo Vols at 873-0622.
Would you like to help with serving at a funeral luncheon? If you would like to find out what is involved, or sign up contact Chris in the church office at 873-7494 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Signing up does not obligate you to work every funeral.
Food for Friends
Would you like to provide a meal to someone who has just had surgery, given birth, lost a loved one…? Call the church office if you would like to be included on the list of Food for Friends. When there is a need you will receive an email with the details such as phone number, address, food likes/dislikes, food allergies, # of servings, etc. You will not be expected to provide a meal every time you are contacted. If interested, email Chris at email@example.com.
Extending the Table
Holy Communion for Homebound Members
Homebound Covenant Members can feel forgotten or isolated from our community of faith. Several members of Covenant share in taking the holy meal to the homebound to assist the pastor(s) in this vital ministry of belonging and caring. If you wish to serve in this ministry, please contact our office at 873-7494.
Furniture Donations for Refugees
Do you have good used couches, chairs, and kitchen furniture that need a new home? Lutheran Social Services helps refugees start safe and stable new lives in the Madison area. Your furniture donation could contribute to a new home and be a warm welcome to refugees. Please call to schedule a pickup time and date; drop-off appointments are also appreciated! Contact Mohammed Ezzat, Refugee Case Mgr., 608.250.2671
Open Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30
Covenant’s Lower Level Education Wing
The Clothing Closet provides second hand clothing free to those in need. You may drop off donations (clothing only – any age) on Wednesday mornings 9:30-11:30.
Quilters: Blanket Makers
Tuesdays at 8:30 AM
We like to think of ourselves as blanket makers, as we try to use two large pieces of cloth and a filler that we sew and tie together. The need is great world wide. Lutheran World Relief has increased its goal from 400,000 to 500,000 quilts for 2013. To help reach this goal we need your help. We’d love to have any-one interested come join us Tuesday mornings from 8:30-12:00. There are many jobs. You do not need to be a sewer. We are also in need of material, especially sheets and large pieces of fabric.
In June, our congregation council voted to “form a partnership with Stoughton United Ministries”, a local non-profit corporation initiated by the Stoughton United Methodist Church to provide affordable transportation for people who do not qualify for S.T.A.R.T. or other programs and who have no other means of transportation. Needs for transportation include education, medical appointments, court dates, job interviews, etc. Forming this partnership helps fulfill one goal of Faith In Action: transportation assistance. Two needs of Stoughton United Ministries at this time are (1) drivers (receive a $20 gas voucher for driving) and (2) a board member (the board meets the third Monday each month at 10:00 AM). If you have interest and time or want more information, please contact Dottie at 873-1881 or Stoughton United Methodist Church at 873-3273.
Madison Area Lutheran Council has provided chaplaincy ministry at the Dane County jail for many years. Covenant will provide $750 from our regular offerings to support this ministry of presence (this is one of 13 Partnership In Mission ministries approved for support at our annual congregation meeting in January). Now a request has come to Covenant to designate someone as our liaison for the jail ministry. This person will serve as a communication link, receiving and passing on information about this ministry that we support so we at Covenant under-stand more fully the needs and services provided by the chaplains to those in jail, their families and the sheriff’s department staff.