Compassion Ministry

We are currently in the process of creating six Compassion Ministry Teams. These teams are organized by our Diaconate and will be run by our church members. So we need your help as we build these teams!

Compassionate Ministry Teams respond to the congregation and seek to show Christ's love, grace, mercy, and compassion to those in need.

1. Membership Team

Are you excited about the ministries of First Presbyterian Church? Would you like to invite others to be a part of this family of faith?

The Membership Team may be for you. We have positions at the Welcome Center each Sunday morning, and Discover First (newcomer’s class) and FPC 101 (shepherding our newest members) quarterly.

To learn more, contact Courtney Astley, Elizabeth Darling, or Laura Bland (or use the form on this page).

2. Elder Member Support Team

Our church family is blessed with members who have been a part of this congregation for 50 years or more. We have a very active congregation and some of our members, who for years poured their hearts and souls into the church, are now unable to attend as regularly or otherwise need assistance. Our Elder Member Support Teams are here to help.

We are looking for ambassadors for our weekly Bus Ministry, support persons to visit members who can no longer get out, bimonthly Communion servers to our homebound, and other ministries of support for our senior members.

Are you interested in reaching out and caring for the elder members of our congregation?

To learn more, contact Rendall Harrison or Bev Davis (or use the form on this page).

3. Bereavement Team 

One of the greatest gifts the church offers is support from birth to death for members and their families. We are with new families at their birth, and we offer prayers, love, care, and support for families at the time of a death. Our Bereavement Team pays attention to the details of funeral or memorial service planning, and offers support and care for those grieving the death of a loved one.

If you have a heart and desire to walk with people in their times of grief, considering being a part of our Bereavement Team.

To learn more, contact Susan Sokolsky or Susan Mountcastle (or use the form on this page).

4. Healthcare Team

The church's mission is to care for the Body, Mind and Spirit. We want to walk with our members as they nurture and grow their spiritual life, and also be with them to care for their physical and mental needs.

Our Healthcare Team pays attention when members experience any illness, from cancer to depression to dementia. We seek to create a culture of care where the congregation knows that their needs can be addressed and supported by their church.

Do you have a passion for creating support for families and individuals in the midst of life crisis? This team may be for you.

To learn more, contact Elizabeth DeBusk-Maslanka, Hayley Mathews, or Rachel Brown (or use the form on this page). 

5. Compassion Response Team

Are you an organizer? Can you help the church respond to and keep track of the needs that come our way? The Compassion Response Team might be for you.

This team sends letters and cards to those grieving, makes phone calls to those celebrating a birthday, and provides prayer cards for those going through difficult times. They also inventory and oversee the many ways that we respond with compassion as a church—from bringing a “care bear” to someone in the hospital to providing a meal to someone going through a difficult time. 

To learn more, contact Elizabeth Hiles or Elizabeth Saunders (or use the form on this page).

6. Prayer Team

Our newly formed Prayer Team will meet weekly to pray for the members of our congregation, our church staff, for the community, and for our world.  We believe in the power of prayer and hold to Scripture, which says that where two or more gathered in Christ's name, Christ is with us.

Are you a praying person, interested in learning more about this new ministry? Contact Peggy Larus or Mary Anne Collins-Stauffer (or use the form on this page).


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