Editor’s note: This post is written by Travis Neidert, one of Summitview’s Benevolence deacons. Travis, Dale Lindholm and Tony Edridge help the Summitview body meet the physical and situational needs of those within our church family and in the greater Fort Collins community. With the capabilities of inFellowship, they hope to increase the involvement of Summitviewers in the Benevolence “Care Groups,” which will help the deacons better meet the needs they are presented. In this post, Mr. Neidert follows up their special announcement during yesterday's service with a more-detailed introduction of the Care Groups, the mission of the Benevolence ministry, and how you can get involved.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. (Matthew 25:35-36)
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
The Benevolence ministry at Summtiview began a little more than two years ago. In that time we have helped 72 individuals and families with various financial and physical needs. Because we operate primarily behind the scenes, most church members are unaware of the impact they are making in the lives of men, women and children within our church family, as well as those from the greater Fort Collins community.
The stories are many. Furniture has been moved to new homes. Transportation needs have been met. Dinners have been delivered to families without the time or money for a home-cooked meal. Several people have been coached through some difficult financial and career decisions.
As a deacon involved with this ministry, it is has been amazing and humbling to see how members of this church have stepped up to help so many people, in most cases complete strangers. The deacons have the unique privilege of making the initial arrangements, then letting go while others faithfully meet the need.
One of goals for this ministry is that it be an “all in” effort. God’s commands to serve others are not given to those from a particular season of life or to those with nothing better to do. He calls every Christian to “look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” We try to maintain a list of people who can help serve in seven different “Care Groups”:
- Jobs and financial coaching
- Meal delivery
- Miscellaneous care
- Spare bedroom
- Transportation and ride sharing
- Weekday tasks
We are asking every family and individual member of Summitview to consider joining one of these Care Groups. This is not intended to be a significant time commitment. Each family will be called once per year
to serve in a time of need. People from all walks of life ask us for help, and we need people from all walks of life to be available.
You can sign up for up to two Care Groups by clicking here
. An inFellowship profile is required. If you don’t have an inFellowship profile, you can create one at the point of signing up for a Care Group, or you can go to the inFellowship login page
, as well. If you have any questions about joining a Care Group, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org