Caring and Sharing Ministries, Inc. is the ecumenical organization that serves Taneytown and neighboring areas of northwest Carroll County.
Eight churches (Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ, Grace United Church of Christ, Keymar Evangelical Wesleyan Church, Messiah United Methodist Church, Piney Creek Church of the Brethren, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Taneytown Baptist Church, and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church) combine their efforts to bring financial and spiritual support to the community.
Over the past year Caring and Sharing has helped families and children stay evictions, move with security deposits, keep electricity and water on, and purchase an appliance for an elderly couple. The financial help is possible because of a grant from the Kahlert Foundation, church and individual donations.
During 2018, Caring and Sharing offered several opportunities to feed people in Taneytown. A Thanksgiving Dinner was served to 75 people at the American Legion, which offered its space and kitchen at no cost. Kennies Market provided the turkeys and food donations came from the community. An additional 25 meals were carried out to those who could not attend.
Each Thursday a meal is served to the community at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the site of the Taneytown Food Bank. The meal, Carpenter’s Table, is prepared by congregational members of the churches, on a rotating basis. Caring and Sharing supports the food bank, which is a site of Carroll County Food Sunday.
In 2018, Vacation Bible School was extended to six weeks, with each church responsible for the programming for one week.
As part of Vacation Bible School, a dinner was served to children and parents as part of the Carroll County Public Schools’ Summer Meal Program. Caring and Sharing paid for the cost of the parents’ meal.
In addition to Vacation Bible School, during Advent an ecumenical Bible Study was held, with leadership shared by the ministers.
Caring and Sharing also supports the spiritual development of folk through the Annual Crosswalk on Good Friday. This year’s event will be on Friday, April 19 beginning at 12 noon. It is a witness to our shared foundation in Christ, that eight different churches, with their own individual methods of worship can come together to express their belief in Jesus and His Resurrection. A joint Thanksgiving Service is also held each year.
The Board of Caring and Sharing members are lay representatives and ministers from each church. Our administrative costs are limited to a web site and minimal office supplies.
All work of Caring and Sharing is done by volunteers. The Board meets regularly to review expenditures and to plan events, meeting 10 months during 2018. All events planned by Caring and Sharing are open to the entire community.
More information is available at www.caringandsharingmd.org.