Home Improvement Ministry (HIM Ministry)
Our HIM team serves in construction and repair ministries throughout the region. Our team specializes in wheelchair ramps and necessary health-related improvements, especially for the elderly and home-bound. We have an active team with ongoing projects, and we offer Work Days for the whole church periodically. Our HIM team also oversees our church’s volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity. We always seek any willing servant for any of our projects. For more information, contact Jim Hicks.
Dothan Rescue Mission
Covenant prepares and serves the dinner meal one week of every month at the Dothan Rescue Mission. Don’t let cooking for 50-60 people frighten you. We can give you lots of pointers. If cooking is not your thing, how about serving the meal at 5:30? Servers are encouraged to pray and visit with residents. The residents are so grateful for the wonderful meals our cooks prepare, it is true a blessing to serve. Please consider helping with this ministry. We are in need of more cooks. For more details, please contact Pat Miller. We also have a growing ministry of facilitating men’s and women’s bible studies at the mission. We currently have two bible studies at DRM. One of our men’s groups leads a study on the last Wednesday of each month (6:30p-7:30p) and several Covenant ladies do a study with the ladies at DRM every Thursday evening (6:30p-7:30p). This is a great opportunity to minister to people who are hurting and searching for a better way. Join one of these groups or we can reserve a night for your small group to come and share a message during the nightly “chapel time”. For more information, contact Barbi Nolan.
Donations of the following items are always needed at the shelter:
• Toiletry items
• Twin sheet sets
Covenant participates in the Adopt-A-School program which is administered through the Dothan Education Foundation to provide volunteers and resources to Dothan City Schools. We have “adopted” Faine Elementary and Highland Elementary. At Faine, we provide back to school supplies for grades K-2 and at Highlands Elementary we sponsor a fall festival for the children. Our East campus is reaching out to Ashford Elementary School to find ways that we can be a supportive presence there. Here are some ways you can help:
• Breakfast or lunch on special occasions
• Snacks in the teacher’s lounge
• Prayer walk around the school grounds
• Reading to the children
• Special events for the faculty
Adopt A Cop
Let’s show our law enforcement officers that we appreciate that they risk their lives on a daily basis to protect and serve our community. Here are some ideas:
• Take cookies or other goodies to the police station
• Write notes of encouragement
• Be creative!
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is a longtime ministry of CUMC. Volunteers deliver a noon meal to homebound residents Tuesday through Friday every week. Meals are picked up for delivery at 10:45 am each day and can be delivered within one hour. This ministry provides a unique opportunity to share the love of Christ. At the core of Meals on Wheels is a nutritious meal, companionship and a watchful eye on the health and safety of seniors and people with disabilities. All you have to do is be at Wesley Manor at 10:45am to pick up the meals and route information. The route takes just over an hour to complete. The rotation schedule requires service once per month on average.
Friends of Wesley Manor
The Friends of Wesley Manor do an amazing job of accomplishing their mission to spread happiness and good cheer to the residents and associates of the Wesley Manor Retirement Home. From monthly birthday parties for the residents to sitting and visiting with lonely individuals, there are many ways to serve at Wesley Manor.
Join us every third Friday from 8-11 am as we stuff backpacks with easy-to-prepare food for children to take home on weekends when other resources are not available. Wiregrass Area Food Bank provides weekly backpacks free of charge to approximately 270 Head Start preschool children. . Wear closed-toed shoes and come ready to hustle. We usually finish by 10:30a or 11a.
His Helping Hand
You probably do not realize how many people from our community that come to Covenant in need of assistance. We do our best to assist our neighbors in need. Your contributions to Faith Promise allows us to offer a helping hand in times of need.
Harbor Church is called to serve the poor and needy residents of Dothan. They are always in need of non-perishable food items (particularly proteins like meat and beans); personal hygiene items and laundry soap. Your help is needed to continue and to grow this wonderful ministry. Meal preparation and serving is needed on Wednesday mornings (breakfast at 7am; approx 50 people) and on Wednesday night during Celebrate Recovery (dinner is served at 5:30pm; approx 50 people). Worship is at 6pm on Saturday nights and dinner is served at 7pm (approx 100 people). This is more than just plopping food on a plate. This is an opportunity to get to know hurting people in need of a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Each Saturday from 8-9 am volunteers serve breakfast and at 9 am participate in “Adopt-A-Block” which is a walking though the neighborhood around The Harbor Church to meet neighbors, assess their needs, invite them to church and pray with them. If you would like to learn more about this downtown Dothan ministry, please contact Barbi Nolan.
Habitat for Humanity
Covenant partners with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for families in need. We provide financial support as well as volunteers. This ministry is overseen by our HIM team (above). In addition to volunteer labor and donated building supplies, you can support this ministry by volunteering to bring meals and refreshments to the workers. Contact Jim Hicks for information on how you can serve.
House of Ruth
One way that we support the House of Ruth is by participating in their largest fundraiser—Christmas gift wrapping at the Wiregrass Commons Mall. Our wrapping date this year will be December 8, 2016. We need volunteers to serve two hour shifts. A special need this year will be on Christmas Eve. This is the biggest fundraising night of the year. Normally our Jewish friends wrap on Christmas Eve but the night before Christmas falls on a Saturday this year which is their Sabbath. Volunteers are desperately needed to wrap on Christmas Eve.
Wiregrass Hope Center
Wiregrass Hope Group is a resource for extending hope and healing to individuals and families by offering practical assistance, addressing emotional needs, and encouraging spiritual growth. Through faith-based and secular programs Wiregrass Hope Group seeks to positively impact families throughout the Wiregrass community. The following are just a few of the many ways that you can further the work of Wiregrass Hope Group through volunteering.
• Provide administrative assistance (help with newsletter and mail-outs).
• Serve as a mentor to pregnancy clients or be a dad mentor.
• Serve as a volunteer receptionist (answer phones, greet clients, help with filing and making copies).
• Distribute promotional items/ brochures to churches, schools, and businesses.
• Serve as a church/organization liaison.
• Help with special Fundraising Events.
• Volunteer as a Character and Relationship Program Presenter.
• Serve as a sorter and fluffer in the donation in-take area.
• Provide web-site design and editing.
• Take home laundry (wash baby clothes, maternity clothes, etc.)
• Baking cookies/casseroles for special events such as tours, meetings, etc.
WIRED is a week long summer camp for teens that combines service and worship. Hundreds of local teens participate in service projects throughout the community by day and worship together each night. This ministry is growing every year and adult chaperones are needed. Wired 2017 will take place on June 25-30.
Operation Christmas Child
Our goal this year is to gather at least 500 shoeboxes! We are encouraging everyone to stuff shoeboxes on their own but this year we are also doing a drive to collect a different shoebox item each month. In November we will need volunteers to sort the donated items and stuff shoeboxes. This month we will be collecting toys (jump ropes, matchbox cars, stuffed animals, baby dolls,toy trucks, play doh, marbles, dominoes, puzzles) for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Join us October 23 following the 9:45 and 11am services to help pack shoe boxes with donations collected throughout this year Shoebox displays will also be available for those who would like to take a box home to fill and return. All shoeboxes are due by the first week of November. Contact Barbi Nolan at 793-4440 for more information.
Samaritan’s Clinic is a free clinic that serves the homeless, people on wok release, and women from the House of Ruth each Thursday night from 4-7 pm. They are always in need of doctors, nurses and pharmaceutical volunteers as well as people to bring and serve brown bag type meals. Serving the meal at the clinic is a great opportunity to pray with and minister to people as they wait to be treated.
Local Missions Partnerships:
We provide financial support to:
- The Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention
- Wiregrass Hope Center
- House of Ruth
- Love INC.
- Wesley Manor Retirement Center
Did you know that Alaska ranks as one of the most unchurched states in our nation? Join us as we travel to Wasilla, Alaska to engage in a dynamic park ministry designed to connect families to the local church. Churches from all across the country join together in a summer long campaign called “Graceworks” to reach Alaskans for Christ through bible studies, skits, crafts, games, fun and fellowship.
Disaster Response Teams
Our Early Response Team is trained and equipped to respond in the event of a disaster locally or nationally. Our Coordinator, John Nolan, coordinates the efforts of our church. Our ERT trailer is fully equipped with tools and supplies, we have teams ready to deploy when needed, and our church is prepared to assist in a variety of ways in case of natural disaster. Everyone wishing to serve on our ERT team is required to have ERT training. For more information, contact John Nolan call or text John at at 334-685-1559.
Taunton Family Children’s Home
We proudly support the Taunton Family Children’s Home in Wewahitchka, Florida. Founder David Taunton’s motto is “changing a child from the inside out.” And that is exactly what they strive to do! Each child that comes to live at the home is welcomed with the love of Christ. More than 300 children have called Taunton’s home since they took in their first child in 1978.
Red Bird Missionary Conference
The purpose of the partnership between the Red Bird Missionary and the Alabama-West Florida Conferences is to develop a healthy relationship that is transformative and inspirational. The goal is to find ways that we can do mission “with” and not “for” our Red Bird Partners. Covenant is currently working with Beverly United Methodist Church to assist them with getting their Celebrate Recovery program started.
More Regional Mission Partnerships
Carl Creasman: Covenant supports the mission of Carl Creasman, who reaches a post-modern culture in Winter Park, Florida.
Cross Over Ministry: Cross Over is dynamic ministry in Chipley, Florida that connects with unchurched youth through basketball.
United Methodist Children’s Home: Covenant has financially supported the Children’s Home for many years.
Africa Gospel Church Baby Center
In 2005, former Covenant members, Bill and Melody Dearmon, founded the Africa Gospel Church Baby Center in Ngata, Kenya. It is our privilege to continue to support the work that they started. Kenya struggles with an overwhelming epidemic of babies and children being orphaned or abandoned due to poverty, AIDS and other diseases. The AGC Baby Center provides a safe haven for these little ones. It is not an orphanage or a children’s home. Children ranging in age from birth to 4 years of age stay at the center only until they can be matched with adoptive partners. The center can house approximately 96 children.
Panama Medical Mission
We have been sending medical mission teams to care for the Ngobe Indians of Panama since 2002. The Ngobe are the poorest of the poor in Panama. Our teams bring medical and dental care that is otherwise unavailable in the region. In 2013, a woman with pneumonia journeyed 5-6 miles (with lots of help from her husband) to our annual clinic. She was treated and taken to a hospital. Our doctors said that she would not have survived another 24 hours without treatment.
We are sending a medical team to a small village in Belize for the first time in 2016. We hope to reach many who otherwise would not have access to medical care.
Belize Special Need – MEAL PREPARATION
During our recent medical mission trip to Belize, our team met a man that is in need of cancer treatment. We have made arrangements for him to come to the United States in October to receive the treatment that he so desperately needs. The treatment regiment will require him to stay six to eight weeks while his family remains in Belize. He will be staying in an apartment. Wouldn’t it be great if we could prepare several tv dinner type frozen meals for him each week?
More International Mission Partnerships
Covenant supports the international mission work of Rhett Thompson(Panama, Global Board), Ivey Family(Peru, Mission Society), McEuen Family(Peru, Mission Society), Drum Family (Spain, Mission Society), April Herschberger (Kenya), Dan & Dana Jacobs (Kenya), Jeff & Indra Palmer (New Zealand), Shalom Mission House(Belize)
Operation Christmas Child Monthly Mission Project
We are collecting a different item each month for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. At the end of the year we will assemble all the donated items into hopefully hundreds of shoeboxes. Every gift-filled shoebox is a powerful tool for evangelism and discipleship – transforming the lives of children and families around the world through the good news of Jesus Christ.
Age and Gender Groupings (please keep the size of a shoebox in mind when making your selections. No liquids (like shampoo, lotions or bubbles) or chocolate. Girls 2-4;5-9; and 10-14 Boys 2-4; 5-9; and 10-14
March: Pens, pencil sharpeners, erasers April: Crayons, markers and school scissors May: Game cards, flashcards, stickers, small tote bags June: Flashlights (w/batteries) and solar calculators July: T-shirts, socks, baseball caps, hair bows August: Soccer balls w/pump, inflatable beach balls, small balls, September: Candy (skittles, lifesavers, tootsie pops – no chocolate, please) October: Toys (jump ropes, matchbox cars, stuffed animals, baby dolls, toy trucks, play doh, marbles, dominoes, puzzles)