Care & Compassion Ministry
“…whoever is kind to the needy, honors God.” Proverbs 14:31b
“I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”‘ Matthew 25:40
Reading in both Old and New Testament, there are many verses describing God’s heart for the widow, the orphan, the hungry and the broken. He hung out with those on the fringes of society. We are called to follow in His footsteps. In addition to seeking to cultivate compassion in our everyday lifestyle, here are some ways we incorporate compassion into our church family experience.
Community Service: We are blessed with many great service organizations for those in need in the Chippewa Valley. The Care and Compassion team selects events where we can join other local churches and come alongside these organizations in specific ways. Calendars of upcoming events and a contact person are available at the Care & Compassion table in the foyer. Click here for a list of annual events we encourage supporting.
Currently, we have chosen to come alongside Hope Gospel Mission’s Renewed Hope program with ongoing volunteer support. Those who are homeless or in need can apply to this Christian-based, comprehensive 15 month recovery program. Some of the areas addressed are addiction recovery, improved mental health, spiritual and character development, communication & job skills and financial management. Those who persevere through all three phases are working successfully at a job and have strong support networks, including a home church and mentor by the time they graduate.
The last Friday of the month, there is a Celebration Dinner to recognize milestones of progress for each resident in the program. Cedarcreek has been providing a cleanup team for the Celebration Dinners since 2017. Now we hope to expand to having lead people who will be consistent with recruiting a few other Cedarcreekers to make a meal once a month in either Ruth House or House of Hope (men’s house). This is something families could do as a way to help children learn the joy and value of serving others. The leads commit to once a month. Others joining in may do so without a frequency commitment.
Hospital visitation / Companionship: Life groups are the first line of resource for those going through tough times within our church family, but for those not in a life group or unable to attend church regularly, we have a team of caring individuals to provide personal contact.
If you are hospitalized and would like a visit, please call the church office 715-835-2790 to let us know. The team contacts the hospitals weekly, but might miss your visit if it’s a short stay. Contact Sue Gerber or Randi Johnson if you would like to join the Hospital Visitation / Companionship team.
We believe in the power of prayer, but sometimes, we are unaware of each other’s needs for prayer in the church body. To help with this, the Care & Compassion Ministry will be re-starting the Prayer Chain! If you would like to be on the Prayer Chain, there will be a signup sheet in the foyer, or you can contact Briana Novacek or Randi Johnson. You will then receive prayer requests through your preferred method of communication: text message, email, or phone call. If you have a prayer request, you can contact Briana or Randi, and we will spread the word to the Prayer Chain.
We hope the Prayer Chain can be a great tool to help us to be aware of the needs of our church body, as well as feel the support of our church body when we’re in need of prayer ourselves!