Here at FPC we seek to fulfill the call of Christ to love one another as he has loved us. Our pastors routinely make visits to hospitals and nursing homes, and meet with people who find themselves in need of individual pastoral care. We also have members who have received training to help support others in times of crisis or spiritual struggle. Our support for each other also includes times of joy, like a wedding celebration, the birth of a child, or a baptism.
Through our network of relationships we call, visit, and write as we seek to show God's love to each other and to the stranger who may come into our fellowship.
The Care and Concern Ministry Team supports the ministerial staff in caring for church members who are ill, homebound, or have experienced a death in the family. A list of these individuals is made available by the staff on a regular basis to the chairman of the C&C Team.
If you would like more information or need pastoral care, please contact Mary Kay Collins, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care.
How does the church respond to life's disruptions?
This is the question that our new Caring Friends Ministry Team is asking.
Caring Friends FPC is a team that came out of the Transform FPC strategic plan process. We listened to our members and heard them ask for ways that we, the body of Christ, can care for one another in some of life's difficult seasons.
We are a team of FPC members paying attention to how our church can respond to the needs of those experiencing "life's disruptions." We hope to respond by connecting caring friends that will listen and offer support; coordinating support groups; and listening for other ways that we can share Christ's love with those in need. We are about creating a culture in which people are comfortable and safe.
We have witnessed the benefit of one person sharing from his or her own life experience with others who are in a similar situation. We hope to make these connections. Will you help?
- If you have been through a divorce, dealt with depression, anxiety, or any type of mental illness, or if you have suffered with an acute or chronic medical condition, you have expertise from which others might benefit.
- If you have lost a child, a spouse, a parent, a sibling, or have had a near death experience yourself, you have expertise from which others might benefit.
- If you grew up in a home with an alcoholic parent, or you have dealt with addictions yourself, or you have a friend or family member with a substance abuse problem, you have expertise from which others might benefit.
- If you were abused as a child, bullied as a child, or suffered from some sort of trauma in your life and have overcome the effects, you have expertise from which others might benefit.
These are just a few examples. You know what you have experienced. Are you willing to offer support to someone else?
If you might be able to offer support or a listening ear to members of our congregation, please consider contacting Mary Kay Collins, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care, or Bob Priddy, chairman of the Caring Friends Committee. The information you share will be handled in a confidential manner.
You may also submit this confidential form, which will go to Mary Kay Collins, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care. Thank you.