The Congregational Care team offers support and comfort to members and friends in times of need and provides the opportunity for congregants to give that support to others. Here is how it works:
Congregational Care opportunities vary widely and engage different groups within the congregation at different times. Cyber Coffeehour and our weekly Cycle of Life meditations in worship are our main vehicle for letting the community know of the needs of others. If you’d like to offer help in one of the ways described below, contact either of the Congregational Care co-chairs directly: Kathy Coskran (email@example.com) or Kathy Urberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Meals: Deliver a meal to an individual or family in a time of need (Contact: Kathy Urberg at email@example.com )
- Memorial Services: Usher, greet, supply bars or cookies, help set up for the reception or clean-up afterwards (Contact: Joyce Case: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Comfort Shawls: Knit or crochet a comfort shawl on your own or meet with the group that gathers between services on the first Sunday of the month in the Bride’s room (Contact: Pat Foulkes, email@example.com )
- Deliver flowers to somebody in need of a day brightener. (Contact: Mary Ellison, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- New Baby Welcome: Support new parents with a meal and a visit. (Contact: Ann Terlizzi, email@example.com, or Jody Beresford, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- Transportation: Provide transportation on an occasional basis to church on Sunday morning or to a medical appointment during the week. (Contact: Anne McBean: email@example.com )
- Visit a congregant who is unable to come to church or who is in need of support (Contact: Rev. Jen Crow, firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Care Circles: Facilitate a Care Circle for our congregation. Examples include our Grief Circle and Caregivers Circle. (Contact: Rev. Jen Crow, email@example.com )
- Caring Corner: Stop by the Caring Corner in the church library to send a note to individuals or families in need of support.
- The Gathering: Provide volunteer staffing to The Gathering, an adult day program for people with dementia at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Contact Parish nurse Ann Dunnagan at ParishNurse@trustinc.org)
- Home Chore Team: Help with simple household tasks—chores that most of us can do easily…until we can’t. (Contact Bob Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you or someone you care about is in need of Congregational Care, please call the church office at 612 825-1701 or email Rev. Jen Crow email@example.com to arrange confidential support.
The Reverend Jen Crow works closely with the ministerial team and the Congregational Care Team, co-led by Kathy Coskran and Kathy Urberg, to organize and lead this church-wide effort.
Cycle of Life: Each week, individuals and families who are going through a life transition, experiencing a joy, or a time of difficulty, are included in our Cycle of Life meditation in worship. If you’d like to be included in our Cycle of Life, please contact Sandy DiNanni at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 612-825-1701.
- Receive Meals. If the ground has shifted beneath your feet, let us bring a meal or two to offer comfort and care. Whenever possible, the Congregational Care team enables congregants to provide meals for each other on a short-term basis in times of need. (Contact Kathy Urberg at email@example.com)
- Transportation: Need transportation to church or to a doctor’s appointment? We can help with at least two weeks’ notice. (Contact: Ann McBean at 952-983-2897 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Expecting a baby? Let us know! Contact Ann Terlizzi, email@example.com or Jody Beresford, firstname.lastname@example.org for a visit from our welcome team.
- Grief Circle: Once each year, we offer this 8-week circle for individuals who have lost a partner or spouse. Facilitated by church members, Rev. Mary Bohman and Kim Kindler, participants explore their grief and loss together and share in support. (Contact Rev. Jen Crow, email@example.com for more information)
- Caregiver Support Circle: Are you caring for a loved one? Explore your experience, your questions, your joys and frustrations, and deepen your spiritual resources with others who share a similar experience. This circle meets once each month. To find out more, contact Anne Frenchick, firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Home Chore Help: If you need help with simple tasks—changing filters, light bulbs, draining hoses, etc., chores that don’t require professional expertise, contact Bob Friedman, email@example.com.
Congregants who offer support in these various areas are all volunteers and thus the church is not able to offer the kinds of help that need very specific training, such as assisting with bathing and dressing or providing an around-the-clock presence.
Need additional help? We’ve put together a resource list of community organizations that can provide help in a variety of areas. The list includes organizations that specialize in crisis support, domestic violence, shelter, food distribution, legal aid, and more. Click here to download the brochure.
GROW in to love’s people: It is by being intentional about both giving and receiving with love and grace that we become a stronger community together. There are several opportunities for individual growth in community.
- Daytime Connections– If you are in the second half of life and would welcome a chance to connect with other congregants outside of Sunday services please join us for these monthly gatherings. Topics range from social to spiritual, with an opportunity to stay and share in a simple lunch together afterwards. Learn more.
- Cyber Coffee Hour. This is our most efficient way to let others know of needs within the congregation. You can participate in regular communication. To subscribe, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Give support to others: Giving is a blessed act—see GIVE Support above.
The Light Of Love
by Preben Mosborg, long-term member
Of course they come to us all
The frozen woods
Where the birds stop singing
The night of existence.
It is then we come to know
The power of the unknowable
Come to feel
A depth of touch
It is then we see you
Our life-giving friends
As if for the first time.
It is then
When returning too little
A solstice breaks through
With despair and hope intertwined.