We need one another when we are in trouble and afraid.
We need one another when we are in despair, in temptation,
and need to be recalled to our best selves.
We need one another when we come to die,
and would have gentle hands to prepare us for the journey.
All our lives we are in need, and others are in need of us.
George E. O’Dell
We offer a three-fold, team-based approach to pastoral care, building on the interchange of friendship and the overall support of a caring congregation. If you are in a place in your life where you feel the need of a little extra support, please feel welcome to contact us by one of these routes:
Pastoral Associates are trained volunteers who strive to be a listening ear for members of the congregation and their families in times of need and challenge, including those of a chronic or long-term nature. Working in close relationship with the minister, Pastoral Associates also maintain connection with members who are home bound or in assisted living, as well as those who are in the hospital or hospice. Pastoral Associates provide active listening and support in a confidential manner, which can be a source of strength and empowerment. The Pastoral Associates work in close consultation with the minister.
Help your church be there for you in times of crisis or life transition. Download the Life Transition Form, complete as little or as much as you feel comfortable, and send it to the Minister to be held in complete confidence until needed.
If you would like to volunteer to be a Pastoral Associate, download and complete the Pastoral Associate application and return it to the minister.
The Member Care team provides short-term practical support in times of need, including but not limited to meals for a family when someone is hospitalized, obtaining rides to church or to medical appointments. The team helps members connect with external resources as needed and involves the congregation as appropriate. Member Care also assists with receptions as needed for members’ memorial services.
Members and their families are welcome to contact our minister for short-term pastoral counseling on a totally confidential basis. Examples of matters you might choose to share with the minister are grief and change, retirement, relationship crises, job loss, medical or family concerns or end of life issues.