Our Ministry of Membership Care
Visitation Team ~ This compassionate team visits those of our body who are hospitalized, in nursing homes or are home bound. When they go to the convalescent hospitals they often take flowers from the previous Sunday's service to brighten the lives of those they visit.
Meal Ministry ~ The Meal Ministry provides several meals to parents of new babies, parishioners recuperating from a stay in the hospital, or other needs that are determined by the Pastoral staff. Over 70 people serve in the meal ministry.
Benevolent Committee ~ The Benevolent Committee is assigned the responsibility of assisting people who have emergency financial needs. Two or more members of the committee, or our pastors, will evaluate each request and determine the distribution of funds from an offering taken on the first Sunday of each month. Community resources are supported to accommodate those in need outside of our Quail family.
Funeral Reception Team ~ This caring team, in conjunction with the Meal Ministry, provides refreshments and nurture after a funeral or memorial service.
A Report From The Benevolent Team
By Pastor Wayne
Recently a woman sat in my office in tears telling her heart-rending story that her husband left, leaving her with the children and all of the bills. We were able to help with utilities and rent, enabling her through the transition into being a single mom. Sometimes we respond to a need with Smart Foods gift cards, sometimes with a gas card so they can get to work. We see these people go away not only grateful, but with trust in their Heavenly Father strengthened.
The generosity of the Quail Lakes Church body makes all of this possible, and we want to express appreciation to you for giving to the Benevolent Fund. Our focus is to help people when unexpected financial reverses have threatened their ability to meet their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. Although we do help people in the broader community when they are referred to us by an active Quail person, most of these funds go to people within the Quail Family, based on Galatians 6:10 which tells us to “do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” The scriptures also reveal God’s tender heart toward women without husbands and children without fathers (James 1:27), thus the vast majority of situations we help are single parent families. In order to spread the resources as broadly as possible, we usually can not repeat help within a 6 month period. To preserve the dignity of people, all of the business of the Benevolent Team is confidential.
We believe in helping people financially, but we also offer information about “Financial Peace” workshops where they can learn to plan a family budget that will help them stretch their dollars. Volunteer financial advisers are available who can help evaluate spending priorities and teach money management skills.
Seasonally the Benevolent Team sends $500 contributions to major community agencies who help vast numbers of homeless and street people. Some of these agencies are: Gospel Center Rescue Mission, Good Samaritan Service Center, Salvation Army, St Mary’s Family Services, and Emergency Food Bank.
In 2010 the generosity of the Quail Lakes people provided over $86,506 for the Benevolent Fund Ministry, and the average amount used to help each situation was about $400. The Benevolent Team is fully accountable to the QLBC Finance Commission.
If you know of a need that the Benevolent Fund may be able to help with, please contact one of the Team Members: Herb Hemington, Chairman, Jeff Lee, Allan Preston, Carolyn Robinson, Margi Schmidt, Rich Sturgill, Jeanenne Williams and Duane Overgaard. Or call Pastor Randy in the church office: 951-7380.