Caring for our Congregation
Here at the Fellowship, we try to balance taking care of ourselves and being engaged in the wider world. The Caring Council oversees the Fellowship’s efforts at the parts of congregational life devoted to caring for our members’ needs.
Here’s an overview of what we pay attention to:
Neighborhood Connectors: This program, besides helping connect members of our Fellowship socially by geographic areas, also responds to needs for meals, and rides, as well as lending medical devices such as crutches, walkers, and other gear when needed.
Pastoral Care: Pastoral Care is one of the ways we care for each other in our congregation, and is a joint partnership between the ministers and the laity. We introduced our new Lay Pastoral Care Associates Program on January 28, 2018. These respected, trained and caring members of the Fellowship offer one-on-one attention to persons in the congregation who are in special need, alongside Rev. Lydia and Rev. Ruth.
End of Life Planning: The Fellowship encourages talking about and planning for end of life. We have created a helpful planning document and offer a regular series of workshops to assist our congregation and members of the public at large in this endeavor.
Memorial Committee: When members of our congregation pass away, we have volunteers ready to assist in memorial planning.
You can access information about each of these by clicking on the menu bar to the left.
Members of the Caring Council are: Constance Holden (chair), Meri Gibb, Rev. Ruth Rinehart, and Janet Meyer. Fellowship member Rev. Penny Rather coordinates the Lay Pastoral Care Associates program on our behalf.