Good Samaritan Ministry
A Benevolence and Outreach Ministry of the Dripping Springs Church
All members of the congregation are encouraged to participate in the Good Samaritan Ministry and can involve themselves in various ways. One of those ways may involve the attendance of members at the bi-monthly breakfast held on the first Thursday at 9:00AM of each month. Following each breakfast, a brief discussion will occur to keep us aware of the various opportunities for service in the church and the community. A second way involves attending the work sessions at the church buildings conducted after the breakfast. Come to the breakfast only, or to the work session afterward only, or to both. A third way to get involved is to listen for the weekly announcements to find out how to participate in the one-time projects. Finally, another way to get involved is to bring the weekly canned food item to the church building. There is room for everyone to participate in this wonderful ministry. Get involved today. You can make an enormous difference for the cause of Christ.
The Good Samaritan Ministry is an effort on the part of the local church to fulfill the God-given responsibility of helping those who are in need. Like the Samaritan of Luke 10, we must help those who are in need and not “pass by on the other side” (Luke 10:31). The aged, the widows, the orphans, the bereaved, and those suffering from unforeseen tragedies, illnesses, impairments, and economic hardship are certainly worthy of our care and concern. Remembering the poor (Galatians 2:10), supporting the weak (Acts 20:35), relieving the widows (I Timothy 5:16), visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving water to the thirsty (Matthew 25:35-36), and doing good to all (Galatians 6:10), are important works of the church. Our desire is to be “rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to give to the needy” (1 Timothy 6:18). Through the individual efforts of each member and through a collective pulling together of resources and talents, the church can further its attempts to be of service to both God and our community.
Accordingly, several ideas have emerged from various members of the Dripping Springs congregation that have enabled us to make a collective attempt at fulfilling our mission. Many of those ideas have been realized and others will continue to develop in the near future.
On occasion, the church receives requests from citizens of the community, travelers, and the children’s home for assistance with food and housing products. By keeping a well-stocked pantry in the church building we will always be prepared to help those who need immediate assistance. The pantry receives its supplies from the weekly donations of canned food items brought to the building by members of the congregation. Check the church bulletin for the requested pantry items.
Nursing Home Assistance
The local nursing home on Highway 290 West is a non-profit institution private non-profit home for the elderly and physically impaired, and is often in need of various forms of assistance. Over the years many of our church members have had to take up residence there along with relatives and friends of ours from the community. Members of the congregation are currently helping to assist this nursing home by donating various craft items to be sold by the nursing home’s auxiliary. Proceeds from the sale of the crafts are given to the nursing home for the maintenance and operation of the nursing home. Craft items can be brought to the church building and left in the designated classroom. Ladies involved in the bi-monthly breakfast meetings will organize the donated items and deliver them at an appropriate time.
Letter Card Campaign
Whenever the need arises, special cards and letters of encouragement and sympathy are written to community members suffering from illness and loss. When appropriate, selected tracts and religious poems will also be sent along with the card and/or letter. Our bi-monthly meetings help to keep us aware of those in the community needing these cards and are also a time to compose and assemble this literature. The cards and/or letters will be available in the foyer for all members of the church to sign. This work is an excellent way for the church to tell the community that we are aware of their grief and sorrow, and that we care.
From time to time, special, one-time needs arise in the church and community. Visiting the sick, providing transportation to those unable to drive, helping with community needs, repair and maintenance at the church building, projects in the church office, yard and housework, food preparation, care packages, and volunteer work for special benevolent projects are all a growing part of the Good Samaritan Ministry could also include our work of sending “Care Packages” to various military personnel, both members and non-members.