*By Brenda King, President, United Methodist Women
At the first Church Council meeting of 2015, the question “how does your ministry make disciples?” was raised. My mind went immediately to the $15,000 bequest from the Estate of Dorothy Hamann and to Dorothy herself. Pastor Mike told us that when we received Dorothy’s bequest, the check came in without a note, simple and straightforward—just the way I picture Dorothy.
Dorothy herself had not been able to attend Christ Church for more than five years before she passed, yet in a note dated April 14, 2011, she wrote “Thank you for the Spring newsletter of the Christ United Methodist Women. The list of Circle Meetings made me feel just like I was going to church and would attend some of the meetings. I still feel a part of UM Church.” Dorothy went on to say that she hoped to feel well enough by summer of 2011 to attend church, but in subsequent notes, Dorothy told me that it wasn’t meant to be, the Lord had other plans.
Eventually, a staff member at Good Samaritan (the assistance facility where Dorothy lived) read the United Methodist Women newsletter to her and wrote notes back as Dorothy dictated.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Dorothy in person, Christ had her on a mission outside the walls of the church building. While she was creating Disciples at her nursing home, she never forgot the church.