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Bethany UMC serves the community’s homebound with homemade meals

Bethany United Methodist Church at Gloucester Point marks 136 years in existence this year, and carries on its established services to the community in many ways. One of these is high on the list: its Homebound Ministry.

Judy Burner, chairman, and her committee have been working on this project “for at least eight years,” she said. “We meet once a month at the church kitchen and prepare lunch for those who are homebound.” They reach out to those they know are in need, “whether they be sick, or a new baby has arrived, or someone had an accident or a death in the family, or whatever may have occurred. It’s posted in the church bulletin which day our cooking will be held so I never know how many are going to be here. But they are all very supportive.”

Upon arriving, the ladies have a list of where the meals will go and how many to prepare. This day, 40 homemade meals including homemade bread were going to make a trip. “The men help with the deliveries although there are times when ...

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