The Caring Committee is a committee of the Deacons Ministry. We coordinate ministry to and support of members of the congregation when they are confronting health crises or personal problems. Most often we are providing help during a short-term crisis. We celebrate, too - births, major anniversaries and birthdays, etc.
Most of our work consists of thinking through how to supplement and interconnect the caregiving already being done by members of the congregation. Where additional resources are needed (more drivers or meals or visits), we try to find others in the congregation who are willing to help.
What should I do if I know of someone in the congregation who needs support?
Call the pastor to discuss anything confidential, especially the need for pastoral care. The Caring Committee, too, is rich with trained listening ears - ordained and lay - so you are welcome to contact us if you need to talk about your role as a caregiver or if you are facing a challenge yourself.
For financial support, talk to the pastor. For other tangible support (meals, visits, cards), call Caring. To request prayer, place a note in the prayer jar in the narthex or Pilgrim House and/or call the pastor to ask to be put on the prayer list posted in the Sunday Announcements. Remember to let us know when to remove your name from the prayer list after the crisis has passed.
Remember, if you know about the need, then you may be in the best position to provide support to the person and to keep us informed of ongoing needs. Consider yourself part of the person's support team and an ad hoc member of the Caring Committee!
Your Wishes at the Time of Your Death
This document allows you to have on file at the church such things as emergency contact information, actions to be taken in an emergency, and last wishes for the celebration of your life at the time of your death.