Being rooted in love of God and neighbor, pastoral care is an essential part of every ministry. Pastoral care is traditionally defined as tending to the members of the parish who are in crisis or otherwise in need of emotional, social, and spiritual support. The Pastoral Care Circle Group at Holy Comforter exists to support and encourage one another in our ministries of care, celebrate the impact of our ministries, discern pastoral needs of the parish and creative responses to those needs, and share experience, wisdom, and resources.
This ministry offers guidance and short-term support for family members with a loved one in the hospital or in crisis. To receive support from Code Lavender, please contact a member of the clergy, emergency pastoral care 980-819-1225, or Suzan Becker. A member of the Code Lavender team will contact you to discuss what form of support would be most helpful at this time and will continue as your point of contact to coordinate support and services.
Taking care of yourself is so important and often the last thing we think about. If you would like some help, the Code Lavender team has prepared a detailed guide - Taking Care of Yourself While You Care for Someone in the Hospital.
Eucharistic Visitors (EVs) are licensed lay persons who take Holy Communion immediately following the Eucharist to those who are either sick or shut-in and unable to be present at church. Sharing the gifts of God with the people of God is a wonderful way to minister to those who hunger to connect with God and the parish family. Contact a member of the clergy for more information.
The flower ministers deliver small arrangements of altar flowers to parishioners to mark the joy of a happy event, such as birth or baptism, to give thanks for a special service to the church, and to offer support and hope when there is illness, crisis, or grief.
Holy Comforter at Home was created to provide consistent, caring, and spiritual support for members of our church who may not be able to attend church services in person. We send a pair of visitors to each person on our homebound list, to talk about how we can support their spiritual relationship with the church; to update all information regarding health, relatives, and their safety in their living environment; and to pair a “shepherd” who will check in with them each month to sustain our spiritual, caring relationship with them. Contact Edie Livingstone or Mary Monahan.
A dedicated group of volunteers make phone calls or send notes to remind those who cannot attend church that they are remembered and remain an important part of our community.
The mission of the Lazarus Team is to assist the bereaved with guidance at the church before, during and after a funeral service. We seek to provide a loving and comforting presence on a day that can be profoundly emotional and difficult. This team takes care of the family in order that they can take care of each other. The Lazarus Team also coordinates and hosts a simple reception offered by the church. Contact Bill Wilder and Sissy Poland.
The Holy Comforter prayer network is intentional in remembering the needs of the parish within one's personal prayers and daily devotions. Our parish prayer list is updated regularly with thanksgivings and intercessions and is printed weekly in the Sunday service bulletin.