Congregational Care

Rehoboth’s Congregational Care program is love in action as we seek to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ,” as we are taught in Galatians 6:2. We serve those in our church family and community with special needs in the following ways:

  • Keeping in touch with our homebound and nursing home residents
  • Sending encouraging cards to those experiencing health issues, deaths in the family, etc.
  • Coordinating funeral luncheons
  • Preparing meals and delivering them to those recuperating from surgery or treatments on a short-term basis
  • Providing a quilt made with love and prayer to those with serious illness, the homebound, and to babies being baptized.

If you or a loved one is hospitalized or in need of assistance through one of the ministries above, please call or email the Church Office (301-223-9554), one of the pastors, or the Congregational Care Coordinator to let us know.

Hospitals do not call pastors or churches when people are admitted or discharged. The only way Rehoboth UMC can provide good pastoral care for our people and our community is if we are notified of the need by individuals themselves or by church members calling on their behalf.

Thank you in advance for helping us serve our brothers and sisters in Christ by being our eyes and ears on behalf of those needing help! If you are interested in helping to meet the needs of our church family through any of our Congregational Care ministries, please contact Pat Mohl, Congregational Care Coordinator, at m.mohl@myactv.net or 301-432-7875 or directly contact one of the ministry leaders listed below.

We Care Receptions

One way we provide comfort and show our love and support for those who are grieving is by organizing a reception following funerals of Rehoboth church members. If you are interested in helping with the We Care Receptions by preparing or serving food, please contact Melinda Tolley at 301-223-4285.

Meal Ministry

We prepare meals for those who are recuperating from surgery or illness on a short-term basis. If you would be willing to help with preparing or delivering meals to those in need, please contact Pat Allen at 301-992-6832 or girlhaypa@gmail.com.

Quilting Ministry

Our Quilting Ministry sews and distributes quilts made with love and prayer to infants who are being baptized, those with serious illnesses, and our homebound members. All members of the congregation are encouraged to participate in this ministry by tying a knot on quilts that are in progress when displayed at the front of the sanctuary. Individuals who enjoy sewing either by hand or by machine are invited to take a bigger role in making the quilts, and donations of material (100% cotton) would also be greatly appreciated. The Quilting Ministry meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month or people can also do work at home. For more information about participating in the Quilting Ministry, please contact Linda Hildenbrand at (301) 223-8743 or lindaglympse@myactv.net.

Stephen Ministry

Our congregation is beginning a Stephen Ministry to equip lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis. But there are many more needs for ongoing one-on-one care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves, and our Stephen Ministers are trained to provide emotional and spiritual care. We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.

Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • A terminal illness
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
  • A chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster

And many more If you would like to speak to a Stephen Minister or are interested in serving as a Stephen Minister, please contact our Stephen Ministry Leader, Judy Ball, at 301-393-5804 or wballjr@myactv.net.

Visitation Ministry

“Let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:10)

Through our Visitation Ministry, teams of Rehoboth members visit our brothers and sisters who are in nursing homes or are homebound. Our goal with these visits is to share God’s love and cheer with those who are lonely, help keep them informed and involved about what is happening at RUMC, and let each of them know that they are still a valued part of our church family. If you are interested in being part of our Visitation team or want to suggest someone who could benefit from visits from a Rehoboth Visitation team, please contact our Visitation Ministry Leader, Vera Dick, at 301-223-8388 or verajane47@gmail.com.

Wellness

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)

At Rehoboth, we believe that our spiritual, physical, and emotional health are inter-connected and that God calls us to be as healthy and strong as possible at whatever stage of life we are in. Through our Wellness ministries, we strive to provide the congregation with the help and support congregation members need to improve their overall health.

Parish Nursing

Our Parish Nursing ministry works to promote the health of the whole person by providing holistic health promotion, disease prevention, and health restoration services with emphasis on spiritual care. The Parish Nursing program provides educational health messages and preventive screenings periodically throughout the year at church and community events. On the third Sunday of the month, free blood pressure screenings follow the 10:45 a.m. service. Additional health information and programs are shared with the congregation through the monthly Parish Nursing Newsletter [Available in the Members section of our website] and at other opportunities throughout the year. Those who have health concerns should view our Parish Nursing ministry as a resource. Our parish nurses can listen and assist you in understanding your diagnosis and help you locate needed healthcare services and resources. If you need to talk with a parish nurse or are interested in helping with our Parish Nursing ministry, please contact Parish Nurse Linda Henesy at (240) 625-4379 or gran9113@myactv.net.

Caregiver Support Group

Although being a caregiver is often tremendously rewarding, it can also take an enormous spiritual, emotional, and physical toll. Through our Caregiver Support Group, caregivers can get a brief respite, provide support to each other, and learn from outside experts and each other’s challenges and successes. Caregivers come in all sizes, shapes, and types, and all caregivers are welcome to attend the monthly meetings — whether you’re caring for a child, an elder, or someone with a disability, whether you’re providing care directly or caring for a loved one in a nursing home or other setting, or whether you’re caring for a relative, friend, or neighbor. The Caregiver Support Group meets the first Saturday of every month at 9:00 a.m. For more information, please contact Sheri Evans, our Caregiver Support Group leader, at 301-992-2215 or sabicinc@aol.com.

Praise Moves

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:20). Exercise your body, mind, and spirit through PraiseMoves, the Christian alternative to yoga. The class uses gentle movements in a series of deep stretching and strength building postures, each linked to a scripture. Benefits include increased energy, improved posture, alleviated stress, reduced common aches and pains, lower blood pressure and increased coordination, balance and flexibility. PraiseMoves classes are held twice weekly in the spring and fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. in Room 103. A recommended donation of $3 per class will be collected, with proceeds benefiting the 1000 Voices Building Fund. Please bring water bottle, towel and mat to class. For more information, please contact Cathy Schetrompf, certified PraiseMoves instructor, at 301-802-7109.