Congregational Care Ministries

The Congregational Care Ministry includes all aspects of supporting the members and friends of the church through visits, prayers and prayer shawls, meals, transportation, light household duties, grief support and college care packages.  It plays a vital role in our faith community.  See an overview of this ministry in the 2017 Annual Report


If you are interested in helping serve our faith community through care support, or are in need of care support yourself, please contact our Care Support staff member, Karen Senkowski, by calling the church office at 394-7231. 

Congregational Care ministries Include:

Caregiver's Support Group

This group offers emotional support to those who are giving physical and psychological help to a loved one with a debilitating illness. They meet every second Wednesday in the church library. Experts often attend the meeting to share their experiences and knowledge. This group is open to members and non-members of First Church.

 

Friends at Home Visitation Ministry

Volunteers visit on a monthly basis with our members who are unable to attend services. Communion Stewards share the Holy Communion with them 3 times a year.


Hand to Help

Volunteers are ready to drive people to appointments/church services or to help with light household duties or yard work.

 

Meal Ministry

Homemade meals or grocery gift cards are provided for those in need whether a person is recovering from illness, overwhelmed with financial difficulties or celebrating the birth of a new baby.  Volunteers also help with light refreshments for funeral receptions.

 

Prayer Chain

Urgent prayer requests are emailed to those participants ready to pray any time of the day.  Ongoing concerns are listed in the monthly prayer sheet, distributed the first Sunday of the month.

 

Prayer Shawl Committee

Knitters, crocheters or seamstresses can participate in this ministry.  They create prayer shawls, baby shawls and hug rugs to bless those in difficult situations or families celebrating a baptism.