A Girl Who Spoke Up (February 12)

2 Kings 5:1-5a, 14


Jesus refers to this story of Elisha and Naaman. Jesus preached in the Synagogue in his hometown and was well received...until he reminded the people of Naaman’s story, a foreigner who God used and healed, then they wanted to throw Jesus off a cliff. They wanted a nationalistic conquering hero. Jesus said, “no that’s not what I’m here for and God loves everyone, even foreigners, who you call the enemy” (Luke 4:16-30).

Teaching Suggestions

•    The Witness of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church. Visit the Danville/Boyle County missions page on our web site for some of the ways Lexington Avenue Baptist reaches out and witnesses to the community: /danvilleboyle-county-ministrie/. Copies of the LABC Outreach Plan brochure could be made available to your class: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/55bfa182e4b05e343d0acfc8/55bfa274e4b0cdc74963f5d4/55bfa279e4b0cdc74964008a/1284662330009/LABC+Outreach+Plan.pdf. Call the offices if you would like copies.

•    See “How Do I Invite Others?” and “How Am I an Invitation?” (Formations Teaching Guide, p. 39). In addition to these two exercises add:
1.    With whom in your life can you cultivate a relationship, share a witness for God, or invite to Sunday School, worship, or other church activities? Ask class members to write the person’s name in the margin of their Sunday School book as a prayer and action reminder.
2.    Discuss, as a class, unchurched persons whom your class might invite to Sunday School, worship, Wednesday night supper and activities, or a class fellowship. Discuss the best way to reach these persons and who in the class might contact them.

•    A practical application of this lesson for some might be to volunteer with a health organization. At the end of this session is information about three organizations: Hope Clinic and Pharmacy (which our church supports through our budget and Glocal Missions offering), Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, and Heritage Hospice. You may know of others to recommend.


•    In my office: Peculiar Treasures: A Biblical Who’s Who, Frederick Buechner (Harper & Row, 1979), contains a creative retelling of Naaman’s story, pp. 112-113.

•    For additional commentary on the text, see these commentaries in our library:
o    Mercer Commentary on the Bible (Mercer University Press, 1995)
o    Harper’s Bible Commentary (Harper & Row, 1988)

Local Health Care Organizations Where You Can Volunteer

Hope Clinic and Pharmacy

The Hope Clinic and Pharmacy breaks down the barriers to health...

Established in 2006, the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy is a free community initiative providing healthcare access to people from Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln, Mercer and Washington counties. To qualify, clinic patients must:

•    Suffer chronic diseases of high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and/or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
•    Be below 150 percent of the federal poverty level
•    Not be eligible for Medicaid or Medicare
•    Lack private health insurance
•    Our clinic/pharmacy has provided nearly 2,000 clinic visits and nearly 12,000 prescriptions to low-income, chronically ill patients who lack insurance since our founding.

Our patient-satisfaction rate of 96.6 percent during 2009 exceeded our goal of 94.8 percent.

Community partners who work together in support of the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy include:

Boyle County Health Department
The Salvation Army
Heart of Kentucky United Way
Ephraim McDowell Health
Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation
The Presbyterian Church of Danville
For more information about the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy, call  (859) 239-2363.

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical

Do you enjoy being around other people and have free time to share? Would you like to give something back to your community?
Consider getting involved as an Ephraim McDowell Health volunteer:

You can play an important role in helping us provide quality health care to our patients: become a volunteer at either Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center or Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital. We have volunteer positions available during daytime, evening or weekend hours.

There are many ways to put your talents to use:

* Information Desk - Greet visitors, answer telephone calls and give directions to visitors
* Patient Escort – Greet and escort patients to various areas within the hospitals
* Gift Shop - Work as a regular member of the Gift Shop staff
* Made with Care - Sew and stuff pillows for surgery patients
* Tour Guides - Conduct tours of the medical center for new volunteers, special groups and other interested individuals
* Volunteers/Centre Corps - Assist staff in providing indirect patient care
* Scent With Care - Deliver floral arrangements and reading materials to patients; also provide clerical support to staff as requested
* Caring Hearts - Host/hostess who assists families in the surgery waiting area
* Patient Registration – Assist and escort patients in the registration area
* Patient Representative - Visit patients during their stay to gather opinions about hospital services
* BINGO – Host BINGO at McDowell Place once per month for HealthRewards
* Helping Hands – Clerical assistance to Volunteer Services Department and other assigned departments
* McDowell Place of Danville – Assigned duties by staff
* McDowell Wellness Center – Assigned duties by staff
* Cancer Care Center – Host/hostess who assists families in the Cancer Resource Room
* The Hope Clinic & Pharmacy - Assist clinical staff in meeting needs of patients
* Ephraim McDowell Diagnostic Center – Assist staff at the Diagnostic Center by registering patients and escorting them to proper areas

The Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has served Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center since 1955, through both volunteer service and fundraising. Now at more than 350 members, the Auxiliary provides vital support services:

* E-card Greeting Service - Volunteers print and deliver e-card greetings submitted on the hospital's website to patients daily Monday through Friday.
* Scholarships - The Auxiliary offers an annual scholarship to a Danville High School, Kentucky School for the Deaf, and Boyle County High School senior pursuing careers in health care. The Auxiliary also offers the Sherry Colleen Durbin Memorial Scholarship (Sherry Colleen Durbin was a Boyle County High School student who died as the result of a trampoline accident.) The scholarship is awarded to a high school student interested in pursuing a career in health care.

Dues for Auxiliary membership are $4 for active members, $5 for Associate members and $100 for life membership.

Heritage Hospice

Heritage Hospice, Inc. provides compassionate care for patients and families during the journey through life-limiting illness. Heritage Hospice serves the Central Kentucky counties of Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer.

Hospice Care…
•    Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
•    Neither hastens nor postpones death;
•    Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
•    Integrates the psychological, spiritual, and social aspects of patient care; and
•    Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient's illness and their own bereavement.

Hospice volunteers can give as little or as much time as they want. Some volunteers donate several hours each week while others commit to a few hours each month. Some volunteers prefer to help with one event as needed. Each person interested in volunteering can schedule a time to talk with Wendy Hellard, director of volunteer services, to discuss their interest and availability. All levels of commitment are welcomed.

Ways to work with patients:
Heritage Hospice volunteers can do a variety of things to help patients and family depending on the need. Sitting with a patient and being a good listener are a couple of ways they help. The Circle of Care program is designed for volunteers to stay with actively dying patients who don’t have family in the hope that no one will die alone. Trained volunteers provide bereavement care to family members who are grieving the loss of a loved one through companionship and support programs. Examples of ways volunteers assist are: running errands, light housekeeping, preparing light meals and spending time with patients so caregivers may have a break.

Ways to work with hospice staff:
•    Assist administrative or clerical with mailings, computer work and filing.
•    Assist with fundraising, including the annual plant sale, cookbook sales and special events.
•    Assist with the quilt project, which provides patients with quilts.
•    Assist with card design and scrapbooking.

Guidelines for being a volunteer:
•    Must be age 18 or older.
•    Complete the volunteer training course.
•    Be in good physical health, free of communicable diseases.
•    Must not have had significant loss in their own lives within the past year.

Requirements for volunteers:
•    Be willing to participate in continuing education.
•    Be willing to attend 50 percent of monthly meetings.
•    Be able to satisfy a criminal background check.
•    Be willing to provide two personal references to be contacted.
•    Must be responsible for submitting necessary paperwork in a timely manner.
•    Must be willing to adhere to Heritage Hospice Inc. policies and procedures with respect to staff and volunteers.
•    Honor the confidentiality of patients and family members.
•    Be willing to have TB test or screening yearly.

For more information regarding training dates or to complete a volunteer application, contact Wendy Hellard, Director of Volunteer Services, at (859) 236-2425 or email whellard@heritagehospice.com.