At First Presbyterian, we believe that one way we experience the presence of Christ in our lives is through the work of His body, the church. As a church, we minister to each other in times of need, receiving and giving care according to our different gifts. Mutual care also helps us to foster deep relationships and to support one another as we seek to be faithful disciples of Jesus.
Often this care happens organically and informally in the midst of our life together. At other times we rely on the work of the congregational care committee and a number of care teams, each of which is led by a deacon, to support the caring ministries within our community.
Visitation—This team regularly visits homebound members of the congregation. Leader: Barbra Love
Team Training: October 14th after 11 a.m. worship
Meals- This team helps to provide food for a person or family by cooking, delivering, and organizing meals. Leader: Gail Ward
Team Training: September 30th after 11 a.m. worship Team Cooking: October 28th at 4 o’clock
Barnabas –The Barnabas team is comprised of trained volunteers who are able and willing to walk alongside people who have long-term care needs and people in crisis. This team builds off of our history with Stephen ministry and is part of our ongoing conversation about how to meet that sort of need in our congregation. Leader: Frances Baldwin
Team Meetings: Second Monday of the month, 9:30 AM.
Practical Help— The volunteers on this team are flexible and willing to help with all manner of tasks: moving, raking leaves, rides to the doctor’s office, etc. Leader: Tom Young
Team Training: October 21st after 11 a.m. worship
Prayer Support Team- This team gathers to pray for our church and its members and our community. They often extend their time of prayer by reaching out with a phone call or card. Team Leader: Esther Pardue
Monthly Meeting: 1st Thursday monthly at 10 AM
Bereavement and Grief- This group helps with the practical arrangements for funerals, but it also includes people who are familiar with the grief process and want to support members of our congregation who have recently suffered a loss. Leaders: LeNoir Medlock (griefcare); Valorie Vliek (funeral details)
Communion Outreach- Comprised of deacons and elders, this group extends communion to homebound members and members who are ill or unable to attend church for a season. Leader: Rebecca Gurney
Retirement Community Care- This team is formed of two or more deacons assigned to the Givens and Deerfield retirement communities. These deacons provide care and support to FPC members in these communities, and they also work to create a sense of community among church members there.
Leaders: Givens – Marge Marsh and Earl Thompson; Sherry and Richard Sens
Leaders: Deerfield – George and Debbie Duncan
Church Bus—This is a team of trained individuals who drive the church bus from retirement communities to church on Sunday mornings. Team Leader: Eve Bennett
Confidentiality is an important component to the work of all our teams, especially the prayer support team, the bereavement and grief team, and the Barnabas team. If you would like to join a care team or have questions about that team, please contact Rebecca Gurney.
Memory Care Support Group- In addition to our care teams, we have a memory care support group that meets monthly. This is a small group of people who have a loved one living with memory loss. As there is need, a second group of people experiencing memory loss meets at the same time with a "companion" who talks, does puzzles, explores the church or reviews the church art gallery with them. Volunteers are welcome to join the team, particularly to serve as "companions" for those with memory loss.
Marge Marsh and Earl Thompson have been convening the support group for 10 years. Contact them for more information.