Caring for Others

Caring for Others Initiative Completed

As the pandemic has evolved, so have some of our initial initiatives. At the onset of COVID, Michelle Larson and the Friendship & Hospitality Commission made a concerted effort to recruit volunteers to make phone calls. Under the stay-at-home order there was increased concern for our elderly, singles, home-bound, and those without internet connection. A list was put together and volunteers were assigned to make weekly phone calls.

These volunteers were then asked to log their interaction on a form so that we knew if someone needed a Pastoral phone call, extra tech assistance, a devotional delivered to the home, or a prayer request. Callers also left a brief note of the interaction.

We wanted to share some of the more than 300 calls completed so that you can witness the heart of caring for others. We are thankful for everyone who helped to make all of these connections. At this time this initiative has run its course and will be retired. If you need somethings please call the office.
  • "Missing friends at Crosstown since she can’t drive anymore"
  • "Sounded in good spirits. Happy to receive weekly check ins."
  • "Wanted to share how blessed they were by last week’s service online."
  • "Told her we have volunteers to help bring things over - she sounded pleased to have that option."
  • "They really enjoyed the sermon online last week and are looking forward to doing communion this week. When I asked about prayer she said well, we all need prayer :) She is happy to receive weekly check in calls."
  • "She was in good spirits and talked a lot! She said to tell John hello and she will pray for him."
  • "Doing well. Learning lots of new things being independent - positively embracing the challenge."
  • "Feeling "imprisoned" in his apartment, but in good spirits."
  • "She seemed to be doing well, although somewhat lonely because now all meals are brought to her room instead of eating in the dining room."
  • "Difficult days."
  • "Positive but lonely."
  • "Missing contact with kids, grandchildren, concerned about getting sick from others, but doing well. Looking forward to the weather getting a little warmer to able to work in the yard, feels that will make this easier."
  • "Mailed them a letter to follow up on our initial conversation."
  • "Very well. Beautiful conversation :)"
  • "Got out in the yard today. Would like this all to be over but sounds in good spirits."
  • "Got out today. Surprised at price of gas - had not filled up for a few weeks!"
  • "He has lots of people contacting him. Every time I call he seems to have had loads of phone calls. One day he said that I was the 12th person to contact him."
  • "Getting tired of staying in but maintaining patience as understands its for the best. Enjoying sidewalk concerts happening spontaneously outside apartment - can sit on balcony and listen."
  • "Very lonely but otherwise is doing okay."
  • "He seemed to need a "pick me up" at the time I called, and it seemed like the phone call helped."
  • "He talked more than he ever has. He seems lonely and bored."
  • "She is in good spirits, is feeling well, and appreciated having Our Daily Bread delivered to her home."  
  • "Temporarily home from work due to current unrest in Mpls. Hopes to be back to work in 1-2 weeks."
  • "Tired, struggling, discouraged"
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