“Love one another as I have loved you” John 15:12b
Dear St. Mark Folks:
Whether you know it or not, the Greater Hanover Health Care Group meets in our St. Mark parlor once every two months. This is a subgroup of the Hanover Council of Churches community needs committee. It is a group of local agencies and care givers that come together to share support, news, ideas, and advocate for the health and wellbeing of our greater community.
This group was first started around nine years ago, with the help of Gary Laabs and Carol Hinkle. In that time, this group has organized a health care guide so that anyone can go on the HACC website and find an agency that can help them in their time of need. This group also was instrumental in helping start the medical clinic at the Hanover Council of Churches. Then just a couple of years ago this group helped launch the gardens of goodness, in which area churches and agencies grow fresh vegetables and fruits to donate to the food bank and PAL lunch programs. Finally this past week, they offered a Spring into Wellness day here in our fellowship hall. At this event there were hearing, vision, and blood pressure screenings, clothing and food giveaways, guidance on transition healthcare, VNA and hospice care, and plenty more.
The current facilitator of this group later wrote about how pleased she was with the event. And that even touching and helping one person made it worth it. She wrote about one particular woman who came in with her 2 adolescent children. This woman has a brain tumor and the vision and hearing screenings that she took part in helped her to learn about services and opportunities that can benefit her in her struggles. While she was tested her children were even taken care of and given some gifts to take home – which pleased them greatly. What a wonderful gift to be able to help people. May St. Mark continue to serve and love others in many and various ways.
In the Peace and Grace of God,
Pastor Kirk Griffin