One of the most important functions of a church community is to support one another in times of distress. No matter what one’s age or circumstances, none of us is immune from the stresses of illness, grief, or unemployment, feelings of isolation, and times when we are just plain overwhelmed. Our Caring Ministry extends care to those in the midst of a transition, crisis, or need. It also offers people the opportunity to care for others.
We have set up a “Lotsa Helping Hands Community” website for our congregation. This site provides a place for people in our area to go to request help as well as for volunteers to offer help and lend a hand. Click here to log on to the site.
Asking for Help
Knowing about illness, loneliness, problems of aging, or times of stress among our congregation is the first step in being able to help one another. If you are in need or someone you know in the congregation is in need of meals, transportation, home or hospital visits, or other assistance:
- Call the church office at 282-5209. Your request will be directed to the Coordinator of Congregational Life and the Caring Committee.
- Contact our Coordinator of Congregational Life directly.
Providing Help and Support
Coordinator of Congregational Life
This staff member assists the minister, staff, and congregants in providing contact and care for congregants in times of crisis such as illness, hospitalization, job loss, or grief. For more information about any of the opportunities described below, contact our Coordinator of Congregational Life.
On a two-week rotation, a volunteer Caring Coordinator organizes support and care for congregants who experience loss or medical problems or have other needs. Coordinators enlist the help of congregants who have expressed interest in providing assistance. The Caring Committee also acknowledges special events in the lives of congregants, such as births and marriages. The Coordinators are listed in the Sunday bulletin, our Weekly eNews, and the monthly newsletter, the Venture. Please let them know when a congregant might need extra support. Whether in times of need or times of joy, the Caring Committee supports others by:
- Sending supportive notes and cards
- E-mailing or phoning
- Helping with transportation
- Offering meals
- Visiting homes or hospitals
- Running an errand
- Keeping in touch with our youth after they graduate
Our committee would be delighted to have additional Coordinators and/or to add your name to our list of volunteers for occasional assistance as described above. Please contact our Coordinator of Congregational Life to share your area of interest.
Pastoral Care Consultants
Pastoral Care Consultants are individuals who assist the Minister and Coordinator of Congregational Life in determining how best to support congregants with special needs in order to deliver effective care, acceptance, and comfort. Consultants have professional training in confidentiality issues and listening skills.
The Caring Crafters use their talents to bring comfort or joy to congregants. We get together to knit, crochet, quilt, and weave items for the Minister and the Coordinator of Congregational Life to give to congregants facing challenges, crisis, or grief. We make tied fleece blankets to give to our Coming of Age graduates and knitted or crocheted baby blankets for infants and young children being welcomed into our congregation. Come to learn a new skill, teach your skills, or simply craft and chat. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1–3 p.m. in the Commons or Hearth Room.
When dealing with life’s issues, some people find it comforting to be with others in a similar situation. A support group is a way to bring congregants together and provide an informational, supportive, and safe place to express feelings and reduce stress. The Coordinator of Congregational Life is always willing to help start up a new group. Once three people are interested, we begin a new group.
Other Ways of Caring
If you have a joy or sorrow that you would like to have shared during an upcoming Sunday service contact the Coordinator of Congregational Life at the church or let the minister know before the service on Sunday morning. The information shared during a Sunday service will also be included in our Weekly eNews in order to keep our entire church community up to date on congregants who need our support and care.
Human Needs Fund
The Human Needs Fund is available to provide monetary support to congregants facing an emergency financial situation. The Fund is managed by our Minister and Coordinator of Congregational Life. Contributions to the Human Needs Fund are gratefully accepted at any time.