Communion to the Homebound

One of four Eucharistic Minister Teams take communion to the parish's homebound every Sunday after the 9:30 am Mass.   Two Eucharistic Minister teams take communion to the homebound on the First Fridays or to Immanuel Hospital on Tuesdays.   Any Eucharistic Minister can be part of this special ministry.

Contact Parish Office
402-572-0499

Communion to the Hospitalized

Two special teams of ministers are responsible for taking communion to the homebound on First Friday, or to Immanuel Hospital on Tuesdays.   Any Eucharistic Minister can be part of this special ministry.

Contact Parish Office
402-572-0499

Hospital Ministry

This is a ministry of caring people who, by their presence, extend the healing touch of Jesus to the sick and hurting by listening, praying and bringing the love and comfort of the Christian community to those they visit.

A Hospital Minister is a trained layperson who has developed his or her own unique talents to become a loving, caring, listening minister. The lay minister is warm, sympathetic and, above all, has an awareness of human worth and the dignity of each person at all stages of life.

At St. James, our Hospital Ministry is organized into teams of two ministers each who generally visit during the day at Immanuel, Bergan Mercy, Select Specialty, Children’s and Methodist hospitals.  The time commitment is about two hours—including travel time, once or twice a month. The teams of ministers visit several patients each time.

Contact Parish Office
402-572-0499

Funeral Luncheon Food

Parishioners, men and women, offer comfort, support and fellowship by setting up a luncheon for those attending the funeral.   They prepare the dishes, then serve and clean up afterwards as needed.

The food is provided for the family and friends in the Parish Center.  There is a small fee to the family that covers the luncheon cost for some food items.  Members of the parish are called and asked to bring breads, chips and desserts for these meals.   The caller will ask you 1-2 days in advance for whatever is needed. Bring it to the Parish Center the morning of the funeral.

Thank you to everyone who provides comfort, food and support at our funeral luncheons.   We are going to try something different with our lunches by adding salads.   We will still have sandwiches, potatoes, green beans, basked beans and desserts, and now we are adding salads. 

We kindly ask that when you are asked to bring a salad, please be sure to make enough for 15-20 people (a 4-qt ice cream container or a 9x13 pan would feed 20 people).   If you have to purchase from the store, please remember that you will need more than 1 pint.   If you are asked to bring a dessert, please be sure to make enough for 24 servings (a 9x13 pan can be cut into 24 pieces).   We are happy to do the cutting here at Church if you would rather.

May through September, the meal consists of lunchmeat (turkey and ham), cheese, baked beans, potato salad, chips, relishes and desserts.
October through April, we offer scalloped potatoes and green beans with the lunchmeat, cheese, chips, relishes and desserts.   We also offer coffee, tea, lemonade, and water.
During Lent, if it is a day of abstinence, we have tuna and noodles, spaghetti (Minus meat) or macaroni and cheese, green beans or a salad.
Relishes: green and black olives, sweet and dill pickles (not hamburger-slice pickles), carrots, celery and sliced cucumbers with dip. 

The following is a list of foods we ask parishioners to supply:
     Breads: wheat, rye, and white (can be bought, not homemade)
     Olives: green and black
     Pickles: sweet and dill (not hamburger dill)
     Chips: plain 
     Salad and dressing
     Desserts:  Angel food cake, brownies, Rice Krispies bars, lemon bars, pumpkin bars, cherry bars, etc.   Please note: Cookies do not go over very well.   If you aren't making brownies, please make something that doesn't have chocolate so we have a nice assortment.   A 9x13 pan equals 24 pieces, which we ask individuals to bring if they're bringing dessert. 

Thank You for your commitment to this ministry.   Please be sure to bring the food you commit to bring.     If you cannot provide the dish that you committed to bring, please call so that we don't run short of food!  Having enough food is critical.   Recently we've been short on food because some have not brought the food they committed to bring.  

Just a gentle reminder: Please write your name on the dish that you bring and include a note that it is "for a funeral."   Sometimes there are other functions going on and by putting your name and note on your food we'll know that it is for a funeral and we can check to see that it was provided, which will save us from running to the store.   Also, pick up your dishes/containers afterward.    Also, if your food container is not disposable, please label your container with your name and pick up your container in a timely manner.   Abandoned containers will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul.

Prospective Volunteers.   As stewardship weekend approaches, please prayerfully consider volunteering your time and talent to this ministry.   We need you   We especially need more help from men.   This is a great opportunity to meet other parishioners in our church community.   Check interested on the Service Opportunity form to volunteer.

Contact

(A-G) JoAnn Lampe
402-571-7820
(H-N)Mary Jo Lenhart
402-571-2146
(O-Z)Grace Albers
402-571-4051

Funeral Luncheon Crew

Parishioners, men and women, offer comfort, support and fellowship by setting up a luncheon for those attending the funeral.   They prepare the dishes, then serve and clean up afterwards as needed.   Food is provided for the family and friends in the Parish Center.   There is a small fee to the family that covers the luncheon cost of some food items.   Callers will ask for whatever is needed 1 or 2 days in advance.   Members of the parish are asked to bring breads, chips and desserts for these meals to the Parish Center the morning of the funeral.

Funeral Luncheon Food Teams:
A-G   JoAnn Lampe, 402-571-7820
H-N  Mary Jo Lenhart, 402-571-2146
O-Z   Grace Albers, 402-571-4051

Please prayerfully consider volunteering your time and talent to this ministry.   WE NEED YOU.  We especially need more men to help on the Funeral Luncheon Crew.   This is a great opportunity to meet other parishioners in our church community.   We could use more retired men or if you work and have a day or two off during the week and would like to help, that would be great, too!

Contact LuAnn Thommes
402-572-7263

Transportation

Available volunteers will help parishioners in emergencies.

Contact Parish Office
402-572-0499