Posted on April 6, 2018
Every once in a while, we try to do an overview of what The Community Chaplain is doing and how others can join us and help. While Clint does a great job of posting about what's going on, sometimes it's hard to see the larger plan when we're dealing with day-to-day activities.Plus, if you know Clint, you know that he's a very humble, modest person--the last one to toot his own horn. He worries sometimes that when he shares what God is doing, it can come across as though he's claiming credit. He's not. Nor am I.But so many cool things are happening, and I want to share!Since last summer, Clint's schedule has fallen into a fairly regular routine, and we've added some regular events to the calendar this spring.On Sundays, we meet at 11 AM at Allegro Senior Living for worship. This service is usually 45 minutes to an hour. It's a simple liturgy, based on the Book of Common Prayer, and it includes the celebration of Eucharist as well as a reading of the Scripture and a short homily. There's a coffee fellowship and 'talk back' afterward.Clint also ministers to residents of the Memory Care Unit every Sunday.On the first, third and fifth Sundays of every month, Clint does an informal service at Longwood Rehabilitation Center.About once a quarter or so, Clint preaches at the Vespers Service at John Knox Senior Living in Orange City.On Mondays at 10:30 AM, Clint leads a Bible study at Allegro Senior Living. On Monday afternoons, he visits hospital patients or others in need as required.Tuesday mornings, he's at Longwood Rehab, ministering to the residents there on a one-on-one basis. Tuesday afternoons he spends with one of older ladies, visiting with her and with her son.Wednesday mornings are set aside for the occasional breakfast meeting with ministry partners or with anyone who needs a listening ear. Wednesday afternoons are spent visiting an older gentleman who is dealing with several life transitions.Thursday mornings are also spent at Longwood Rehab. Thursday afternoons might be spent in The Community Garden or visiting anyone else in need of ministry and pastoral care.On Friday mornings, Clint usually cleans the home of one of our older ladies. Friday afternoons, he tries to set aside time for sermon planning or study, but often, he's called out to minister elsewhere.Saturday mornings are spent at The Community Garden, planting, planning and pruning as needed. Volunteers come to join in the fun, too. Saturday afternoons, Clint visits a gentleman who has recently been released from prison, helping him with the transitions needed.Sprinkle among these days the random calls, hospital visits, counseling sessions, the meetings with the City of Oviedo as we seek to work with them on several projects and the occasional funerals (with attendant family meetings), and you can see that Clint's days and nights are full. We are THRILLED to see the Spirit of God moving in new ways. We know that He is doing a new thing, and we know the need is great.In the past year, Clint has performed baptisms, weddings, funerals, renewal of vows, marriage counseling, transitional care, family care, last rites, Eucharist and home blessings.On a more esoteric note, many people want to know . . . who pays Clint for this work? More than a few people assume the church still pays him. No, that's not the case. None of the services Clint provides *except* funerals contracted through local funeral homes are done for pay.We rely wholly on support from donations, not only for the work on the ministry but also for our own survival. My book sales help with that. At times, they help more than others. However, we withhold nothing from the ministry.During the month of April, we're going to be focusing on some fundraising. It is our LEAST favorite thing to do. Believe me. However, it is necessary.I'll be posting ways for you to help out--and there are opportunities for everyone. God will bless any contribution at all, and it doesn't have to be money. The garden has great needs, as do many of the people to whom we minister.If you've read this far--God bless you. We're going to ask you to do one thing right away--and that's pray for us. Please lift up the ministry of The Community Chaplain, the people to whom we are blessed to minister, our family, our children, the provision of God and our endurance to continue. Thank you~and keep watching here, as I post ways for everyone to join this mission.