Sermon audio – Lessons from El Paso – Rev. DL Helfer
The October 2018 newsletter included an article by Rev. DL about adjustments being made in our approach to pastoral care work. In response to the changing needs of our congregation, Rev. DL collaborated with the Pastoral Care Committee chair, Cindy Berry, prior chair Penny Hall, and Caring Connection chair Judi Marcy to re-think our approach to helping members of our faith community in time of need.
The plan that emerged is different from the previous system. It’s intended to make pastoral care available to a larger number of people by making the care more limited in scope.
Rev. DL will continue to provide pastoral care, while committee members will be trained to offer “ministry of presence,” being with but not advising congregants in major life transitions. Upon request, the congregation will provide three meals after a hospital stay or during the severe illness of a member or friend of the congregation. Rides to doctor appointments will no longer be centrally coordinated. The committee is also refocusing to ensure that local community resources such as housing services are readily accessible.
Our current pastoral care committee includes Rev. DL, Barbara Beckwith, Sally Barney, Sky Kimball, and Joan Ray. The Caring Connection will no longer exist as a separate committee.
A workshop on pastoral care is planned for sometime in the spring.