FUMC class gives lunch to health department workers

Pictured with bags of Chik-fil-A food for lunch provided by First United Methodist Church of Morristown Monday are from left: Jennifer Gilbert, RN; Health Department Director Sherrie Montgomery; Office Supervisor Dustie Belcher; Interpreter Lupina Aguilar and Carrie Aguilar, PHOA.

One of the groups most heavily hit during the COVID-19 pandemic has been healthcare workers.

Monday, the Hamblen County Health Department received a thank you from a Sunday School class.

The Friendship “Zoom” Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church of Morristown presented the MHHD workers with Chik-fil-A meals as a thank you for their service during the pandemic and administration of the COVID-19 shots. There are 50 members in the Friendship Class.

“Ann Crampton spearheaded this up,” Class member Dan Fisher said. “We try from time to time to come up with some kind of outreach project. “Since our class is not meeting in person, we meet over Zoom. Someone came up with recognizing those at the health department. Many of us have been there to get our vaccinations for COVID-19. Everyone was impressed with their kindness and professionalism.”

When the health department started giving COVID-19 shots, there was cold weather and a system was in place to administer the doses. A better system was created for the second vaccinations with a drive-through model.

“We’re an older class,” Fisher said. “Speaking for members of the class, when some took their second shots, we didn’t even have to get out of our cars. Far as I know, they’re still vaccinating (drive-through). They were very kind, including the National Guard soldier who was helping.”

The Fellowship Class regularly takes on outreach ministries, including needy families, the Hedrick Street Village and snack baskets for Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System employees during the early stages of COVID-19. The class also helps the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) when hurricanes and disasters occur throughout this country and the world. Fisher said that the class is sending money for relief efforts in Alabama and Georgia.

While the class will meet on Zoom for the foreseeable future, the class has grown since the pandemic.

“The Zoom class has taken on other members from other classes,” Fisher said. “It’s been rewarding to have others join us from other classes.”

Sherrie Montgomery, director of the Hamblen and Jefferson county health departments, said that the department has been blessed with kindness from the community.

“I’m happy that people have come in to do this,” she said. “Some have handed out bags of Easter candy when getting vaccinated. We want to thank the community for their kindness. I would have to really focus to get the names of all individuals and groups who have provided food to the department. It’s all been greatly appreciated.”