“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Congregational care is for all members of the congregation and extends into the community. We provide a continuum of care, provided by our pastoral staff, support staff and including many trained lay leaders to ensure that members are cared for in all challenging moments in their lives, from illness to grief to spiritual questions.
If you are in need of pastoral care, would like to request a visit, or would like to report a hospitalization, please call or email the church office. Our pastors, Pastor Steve Pierce our Interim Pastor, and Rev. Erin Raska our Associate Pastor are available to meet and pray with members during a hospitalization, or at the time of grief and loss. Home bound members can request a visit as well in order to stay connected. Pastors are also available to walk alongside in planning funerals and weddings. Counseling in these areas are include.
Sue Sklansky, as Director of Congregational Care and Engagement, works closely with the Pastoral staff, the Deacons and the Stephen Ministers to ensure the appropriate level of care and follow-up for our members. She is available to all church members for individual confidential conversations and support, prayer and visitation.
Deacons attend to temporary and ongoing concerns within the life of the congregation so members are better able to participate in our worship life, fellowship, and ministry. Deacons are elected by the congregation and ordained to serve the church in practical and spiritual matters. Among their many acts of caring, deacons help members who need assistance joining us for Sunday services. Families with new babies and those who have recently moved; members who are ill, incapacitated, or hospitalized; the home bound; and members who have experienced recent losses are among those to whom Deacons lend a hand and hold in prayer. They connect with members through cards, meals, and flower deliveries as well. For more information, contact Pam Scherman.
The Deacon Care Bookshelf in the Lounge is a lending library with an array of resources such as marriage, grief, parenting, and health concerns. Members can take any of the books at no charge to keep. Donated books are accepted.
Stephen Ministers are ready to provide emotional and spiritual care to members facing a crisis or difficulty such as the loss of a loved one, hospitalization, divorce or separation, loneliness, unemployment, or spiritual crisis. Through our Stephen Ministry program, we offer weekly one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.
A Stephen Minister reaches out with God’s love to one who is hurting. He or she has gifts for caretaking and was carefully selected to serve in this role. Each Stephen Minister has completed 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care, and is ready to serve as a caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages. Contact the church office or a pastor to be connected to our Stephen Ministry program. For more information, contact Sue Sklansky.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group of women who dedicate time to knit or crochet a shawl for a person in physical, spiritual, or emotional need. The creating of a shawl is spiritual and contemplative work, an expression of concern for one in need of comfort. Each is made with love and prayerful intention for another. Deacons deliver the shawls to members whom they visit. Members are encouraged to join this ministry if they would like to share their talents. For more information, contact Sue Sklansky