Central to the ministry of this congregation is the commitment we make to support each other in all the stages of life. As our congregational Ends state, we seek to “create a community where people of all ages and backgrounds experience belonging, and feel loved and needed.”
To accomplish this we put in place staff, structures, and programming intended to promote an atmosphere of caring and support. But it doesn’t end there. We describe this as Congregational Care because we consider it something that every member of the congregation attends to, in keeping with our covenant, which calls us to “care for and support each other.”
Our ministers – Lead Minister Rev. Mark Ward and Minister of Faith Development Claudia Jiménez – are charged with leading our Congregational Care ministry. Each is available for short-term counseling, visits, and support when members and friends are in crisis, conversations to explore spiritual issues and consultation about rites of passage and planning for illness or death.
They are assisted by a team of Pastoral Visitors, congregation members who are trained to offer a ministry of caring presence by phone, e-mail, or in person to members and friends.
We also offer short-term help for our members needing meals, rides, or help with minor household tasks through Meal Trains.
To help us stay in touch, we send out a weekly email entitled This Loving Community (TLC), which notifies the congregation of important joys, sorrows or life passages in the congregation. To share news for TLC, please call the main office number or click this link to fill out a form.
We have available in the church office a Life Crisis form that provides us with contacts and other information in case of need and Five Wishes booklets for end-of-life planning.
We maintain a Memorial Garden on our campus where members, friends, and their family members may apply to have their ashes interred. Click this link for an application to have ashes interred in the Memorial Garden.
We also periodically offer workshops, classes, and support groups to meet a variety of needs. Talk with a Pastoral Visitor or one of the ministers to find out more or to offer suggestions for future programs.