We know that becoming part of a new church can be challenging, probably in ways that long-time members haven’t even considered. Our goal is to hasten the day when new members feel completely at home in the “loving, caring family of faith” that is our vision for Tryon UMC. Much of our activity is informal and interpersonal, interspersed with opportunities for new members to learn more about who does what and why, to find their own niche, and, we hope, to make some lifelong friends. We will always benefit from the perspective our newest members bring to the congregation.
Handmade shawls symbolize the love Christ gives no matter what life experiences we happen to endure. The whole process from requesting the prayer, making each shawl, and its delivery is a beautiful recognition that Christ abides in our lives. Prayers have been said from the beginning stitch to hands laid on the shawl in prayer by members of this ministry. Over 450 shawls have been prayerfully made and presented/delivered since its beginning. The group has grown from 5 to 12 women and meets every other Tuesday at 10:00 AM in the Comfort Shawl Ministry room. We welcome all to our group which includes Tryon UMC members, women within the Tryon community, and as far as the Charlotte and Chapel Hill areas. Shawls are personally delivered within a 10-35 mile radius and others sent via USPS.
Food for the Soul
A soup meal is readily available for anyone in our church family who is ill or anxious. Referrals are identified by the Pastor, shepherd, or Nurture leaders. Coordination and delivery of each meal is done with a timely and discreet response. The new initiatives this year will be to improve the delivery process and encourage donations of soup. Five or six homemade meals are usually delivered each quarter. Meals are donated by church volunteers with additional items purchased from the Tryon UMC budget. We always need fresh homemade soups and welcome you to provide some for this outreach. Containers for the soup are given to you to fill with soup and are then are placed in the locked Food for the Soul freezer.
One annual two-hour fellowship gathering which includes a well-selected program/meal is planned each year for the 26 + members of LA where each is encouraged to bring a friend. Additionally, people are visited, given individualized attention, and are sometimes driven to medical appointments during times of need. The coordinators connect with all LA members by various means: regular visits, phone calls, sending handmade birthday, holiday, get well, and thinking of you cards at multiple times throughout the year to each LA member, sharing one-on-one lunch or dinner. Focused attention is paid to those living under skilled care.