Church Family Profile

This is the next in a miniseries of profiles getting to know more about people in our church who walk in Jesus’ footsteps at their work – who are called to serve those who are hurting or struggling. 

Care Team shares love with congregation

This is the next in a miniseries of profiles getting to know more about people in our church who walk in Jesus’ footsteps – who are called to serve those who are hurting or struggling.

The Care Team at Dell Rapids United Methodist Church has a heart to cheer and a heart to help – in many ways.

You may not think of baking or crafting or lawn care or driving as ministries. But the people who have volunteered to serve “by taking care of our congregation and loving them,” as Christy Gee says, are indeed ministering through these ways and many more.

And now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve added grocery shopping and delivery to the list. If you are need of help with this, please contact Christy at 605-310-4317.

Here, Christy Gee and Lori Kohnen describe more about the Care Team’s role in our church family.

How did the Care Team start?

Nearly two years ago, a need was noticed within the church. “There were quite a few families in need of pampering,” Lori said. So, members of the congregation were given the opportunity to sign up to help.

One of the Bible verses that helped inspire and implement the idea of the Care Team was 1 Peter 4:10: “As each one has received a spiritual gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

What are some ways the Care Team serves people?

Specific teams fall under the Care Team. For example, Christy said, “if people are in need of food after surgery or illness, death in the family, the baking/cooking team will take care of that.” That team also delivers treats to homebound people several times a year.

The visitation team visits homebound people and people in the hospital as well.

The correspondence team sends out birthday cards, anniversary cards and sympathy cards – “greetings to everyone,” Lori said.

Crafters make baby blankets for baptisms and prayer blankets.

To help those in need of a ride, a transportation team will drive people to medical appointments or to worship services.

A maintenance team helps people who struggle with home-repair projects or with lawn care.

The Care Team also has helped people move, and it helped support people experiencing flooding problems last fall.

How is serving on the Care Team meaningful to you and your faith?

“I’m on the correspondence team, so it’s always fun. Especially the little kids,” Lori said. When she tells them, “Oh, happy birthday,” in church, they ask, “How did you know it was my birthday?”

Also, she added, “it is uplifting when you take treats to somebody and they’re appreciative, and it gives you a reason to visit with people.”

Christy echoed, “I just love helping people because I usually get more out of it than what I put into it, just from seeing the smiles and the true appreciation. That’s one thing in our congregation: They truly appreciate everything that’s done for them.”

If someone would like to request help, what should they do?

Contact Gen at the church office (605-428-3185), or Pastor Jan, or Christy, Lori or Marge Mellendorf, and let them know of your need.

How can someone get involved in helping with the Care Team?

Contact Christy or Lori or Marge. They’re always looking for new members and ideas for new ways to help!This is part of a series of profiles getting to know our church family better. Thank you, Christy and Lori, for explaining more about the Care Team! If you’d like to nominate yourself or someone else for a profile in the coming months, please email Jane at jthadenlawson@gmail.com.