Would it brighten someone's day to get a card in the mail? Does someone need ride to a doctor's appointment? Would a bereaved family appreciate a luncheon after a loved one's funeral? These are the big and little caring actions taken by the Shepherds' Committee. Congregations need both outreach that tends to the needs of the world beyond the congregation and inreach that tends to the needs of those who belong to the church family at House of Prayer. Some Shepherds are part of a circle of support for a member who may be in a care facility. Others take turns sending cards to a list of folks who may have been ill or are grieving or could use a kind word of hope and care. The Shepherds organize funeral luncheons, thereby providing a meal and time for those who grieve to be comforted by friends and family. The Shepherds' ministry is often quiet but always meaningful.
Care for Creation
Through worship: Weekly prayers, Special Outdoor services, Use of Eco-Palms,
Keeping our house in order: A member of the Energy Stewards Initiative to measure/monitor and improve our energy use, use organic techniques for our lawn care
Continuous learning & listening: Adult Bible Study: EarthBound DVD series, issues of the public sphere are reflected on together in love and faith, Art & Sacred story and journaling help us listen
Called to Care
Anyone who might find it helpful to have someone walk with them in a challenging time would be well-served by a trained Called to Care minister. This one-to-one confidential ministry is about being a spiritual companion to someone who may be grieving, dealing with a difficult diagnosis, adjusting to life with a new baby or any number of other life challenges. See Pastor Henry if you wish to know more about Called to Care.