The New Testament describes the church as a body (I Corinthians 12). When one part of the body hurts, the whole body hurts with it. It also uses familial terms in our relationships one with another. We are family one to another. We all need each other. We all care for each other. We “rejoice with those who rejoice” and we “mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12: 15) To that end, the Congregational Care Commission helps organize and mobilize some of the care ministries at Faith Covenant. We say “some” in that, this is a very caring fellowship of believers, so A LOT of care takes place informally, apart from the efforts of the CCC. To access Care, for more information or to get involved, contact either of our Commission co-Chairs, MaryEllen Hopfe, or Nancy Lewis, or Pastor Dennis. Some of the Care ministries at Faith include the following:
Whether it is a few days in the hospital, a couple of weeks in transitional rehab or a long-term home-bound situation, together with the pastoral staff, we coordinate visits to Faith friends and members in order to offer friendship, hope, encouragement and at times advocacy.
Jesus did it. “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:16) He taught us how to do it with the Lord’s Prayer. (Matthew 6: 9-13) We are instructed to be about it at all times. “Pray continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 17) Prayer is of utmost importance. Prayerrequest@4fcc.org is our e-Prayer ‘hot line.” Requests sent to this address are distributed daily (and in urgent situation, immediately) to hundreds within our church family who are committed to prayer. From this list and other sources, a weekly prayer sheet is prepared and sent out on Fridays and is available in printed form each Sunday. We have a dedicated Prayer Room off the SE end of the sanctuary lobby that is open for prayer virtually anytime the church building is open. Once a month—usually the third Sunday of the month—we have a dedicated time during Sunday worship for Prayer & Anointing, when church leaders are available to pray for any concern.
Following hospitalizations of Faith friends and members or in other special circumstances, meals are provided on a short-term, as needed basis by many willing volunteers in the church. (Meal Coordinator – Kristine Dreyer )
When the sick and shut-ins find it difficult to get themselves to church or to needed medical appointments, we do our best to find a ride for them.
Following the lost of a loved one, we offer grief support both at the time of the loss and through two follow-up ministries:
1) We partner with New Hope Center for Grief Support, www.newhopecenter.net to offer the “From Grief to New Hope” 8-week seminar and support group. Beginning Tuesday, February 4, 2014, Faith Covenant Church will again be offering the “From Grief to New Hope” 8-week workshop for the eight Tuesday evenings (7 to 8:45pm) in February & March. Click HERE for more information
2) On the second Sunday of Advent, a service of remembrance is incorporated into our Sunday worship.
Offering a flu shot clinic in the fall and periodical CPR training are two tangible ways we work to address health care needs in our church. We have sponsored Blood Drives, as well, but currently encourage our members and friends to give through the local Red Cross and numerous other drives in our immediate area.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
A team of women—though men are welcome, also!—lovingly and PRAYERFULLY knit prayer shawls that are given to friends, members and also those beyond our immediate church family, generally before a major surgery, but also in the midst of a wide variety of health and crisis situations. The shawl symbolizes that these friends are wrapped in God’s love and care, together with that of His people. The team gathers to pray over newly completed shawls and for those who will be receiving them. Quilted baby blankets are also prepared for newborns. (Coordinator— Nancy Lewis )
Though much of our world of communications has shifted to digital means, we still find that a card of greeting, love, and concern from the church family via the US Postal Service is still a very welcome means of care.
We deliver! At least twice a year—in the Advent and Easter seasons, poinsettias or flowers are brought to sick and shut-ins by Congregational Care representatives. Fresh flowers may also be provided by Faith members and friends to beautify the sanctuary on a Sunday morning, after which such friends are welcome to bring the flowers home, or have them delivered to sick or shut-ins. Check with the church office if you wish to provide flowers.