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Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

Archive for Church Helps

Come & Care – What Church Should Be About

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As Christians it’s easy to get caught up in all of the marketing and social networking of the rest of the world. We can say that we need to get back to basics, but let’s face it–Facebook and Twitter, cell phones and iphones are the way people connect now days.

It would have been odd for the church to never take anyone’s phone number years ago when the telephone was invested, because the church didn’t want to  get caught up in that technology.

That said, we need to remember that all of these social networking devices are TOOLS that we should use to carry out scripture. We should use them to reach more people — rather than letting them use us. I say that with a bit of guilty because I’ve told my son as he hovers over my shoulder, just a minute and mommy will get off the computer.  And I’m actually reading an article on how to be a better parent. Ironic, huh?

Occasionally I read a blog about church marketing and how “the church” can improve how it reaches out to people. When does it work right? When do we go overboard?

For example, one church in my town sent out postcards to the entire neighborhood, assuring them the church service would end early to accommodate the Chargers (football) game, plus, if they stayed and watched the game at the church on the TV provided, they might win some Charger’s gear. Is that cross the line into “tackiness” or is that just me?

Anyway, they recently posted this and it got my attention:

I asked my friend how he has continued to be a part of growing a healthy church community for so many years. Two words, he said, “come and care.”

Instead of spending his time trying to get people to come to church, he invests his time getting the people that do come to actually care. When people care, there is no longer an issue of getting people to come, he said. The people who care will get people to come which gets more people to care… and the cycle continues.

Don’t you love that? It sums up how I feel about churches but also about Rest Ministries. I’m going to repeat it…”The people who care will get people to come which gets more people to care.” (I wish I’d said it!)

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MS Society Reaches Out Where People Need it!

My assistant Kara sent this announcement to me about how on Saturday, May 30, 2009 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. the National MS Society, Oklahoma Chapter presents “What a Difference a Day Makes! MS Service Day!

I love seeing this kind of outreach to people with chronic illness because it helps them right where they need it the most — in the practical things.

The announcement says…

If you are living with MS and need a helping hand around the house, MS Service Day volunteers are here to help!

This MS Service Day will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2009 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Volunteers from our Chapter will divide into teams and complete projects for or provide friendly visitation to people living with MS in Oklahoma.

Some of the projects volunteers can assist with include:

  • Yard work
  • Small household repairs
  • Cleaning gutters (1-story homes only)
  • De-cluttering house or garage
  • Painting
  • Cleaning out and organizing closets
  • Moving furniture
  • Packing and storing items in garage or attic
  • Heavy cleaning
  • Transporting donated items to thrift shop
  • Handyman chores
  • Running errands

OR

  • A personal visit to your home, assisted living or nursing home.

Some people who have led HopeKeepers Groups in the past have said they have put out sign up sheets for (“healthier”) volunteers to be HopeKeepers Helpers and have had a good number of people volunteer.

I thought I would pass this along for those who live in the Oklahoma area. But I also wanted to offer the form they designed to figure out what people needed and cover insurance purposes as an example for those who may be organizing “helpers” in their church or community.

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One of the things that I created at Rest Ministries, which offers a fun way to offer people help is our JOY (Just Offering You) coupons. These are a great resource for churches, friends, anyone who wants to provide a friendly tool to connect people who need help with those that can offer it.


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