Loving Arms Ministry: St. John's UMC
Early in 2012, Brett Derning, a member of St. John’s UMC in Georgetown, asked to meet with Pastor Ron Bellomy about a vision for a new outreach ministry. Brett shared his belief that God was calling the congregation to add a “small jobs ministry” to St. John’s extensive mission outreach. Soon the genesis of Loving Arms Ministry (LAM) was formed. By the fall of 2012, the LAM leadership team was in place, donations were being accepted and a goal was set to begin by the spring of 2013. LAM will officially begin serving on Saturday, April 13th (2013). The long-term vision is for LAM to become a community-wide outreach ministry.
LAM is a small job, outreach to serve persons such as single parents, the physically limited, aging adults and care givers. (any Georgetown resident may apply for assistance).Through LAM, St. John’s is reaching out to serve those who struggle with small jobs because of “bigger life issues.” In addition to doing small jobs, work teams will serve by developing relationships with LAM recipients. Once a month, LAM will perform small jobs that can be accomplished within 2-3 hours. On that morning, the work teams will meet at 7 a.m. for a prayer breakfast, go to the assigned sights, and return to the church for lunch and reflection.
Prior to LAM’s official start, God provided a project. A St. John’s member donated a used car which has become a joint venture with Georgetown High School’s (GHS) Auto-Tech program. The LAM team is providing parts and materials, and the school is providing the labor and expertise to restore the vehicle. The LAM leadership team has decided to give the vehicle to a St. John’s member (a young, single mother who is working and starting college). Although this project does not fit the original design for LAM, the leadership team remains open to unique opportunities for service.
If you know of someone who needs help or you feel called to serve in LAM, contact Brett Derning or Chris Reyes at 512.863-5886 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com). Middle school youth (with an attending parent or guardian), high school youth and adults are invited to serve.