"Bear one another’s burdens, and in so doing, fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) Our goal is to demonstrate Jesus’ compassion, providing encouragement through visits, scripture, prayer, and linking those who hurt to resources where they can find healing. Because we believe a relationship-based approach to Care reflects God’s design for church and community, we desire that every friend and member of First Presbyterian Church will both give and receive care as needs arise.
At FPC, the Deacons are officers of the church, ordained lay-people specifically called and set aside to show compassion in Jesus’ name. They oversee the congregation’s ministry of compassion to the sick, friendless, bereaved, and those in any way distressed. If you would like to be a part of one of the many congregational ministries of FPC, click here.
Our deacons coordinate and engage in a number of ministries, reaching out to the congregation and into the community:
- Meal Support is provided for those in the congregation who have new babies, or are ill, hospitalized, or have had a death in the family. Contact the church office if you or someone you care for would appreciate being cared for in this way, or if you’d be willing to take someone a meal.
- Love I.N.C. is a network of churches that helps meet peoples’ needs; FPC is part of that effort through our Food Closet ministry and in several other ways. If you need assistance, contact Love I.N.C. They will assess the need then make a referral to an area church or agency that can provide resources to help. Click here to learn more about Love I.N.C.
- In-Touch - For those who find it difficult to get to worship and other activities, our Deacons minister by staying In-Touch with them at least every couple of weeks. We do this in a variety of ways, including visits, phone calls, and sending notes or cards.
- Care Coordinator - When special care needs arise within the congregation (e.g., surgery, death in the family, lingering illness, acute illness, etc.), Care Coordinators administrate the various ways our congregation provides care. These may include meals, transportation, chaplain support. Contact Ataloa Woodin if you have the gifts of administration and mercy and would like to learn more about this vital ministry.
- Transportation for congregants unable to drive to Worship services or medical appointments can be arranged by contacting the church office.
- If you are looking for Daily Devotional Resources, we supply two publications Our Daily Bread and The Upper Room free of charge. They can be found on the church entry bulletin board.
- Memorial Receptions - Funerals and Memorial services are often followed by a reception in our Fellowship Hall. Our Deacons arrange for and serve at memorial receptions, showing Christian compassion to those who are grieving and have gathered to honor and remember their loved one.
We believe in prayer and want all members to grow through prayer in their personal relationships with God our Father. But prayer is also a collective effort, and Jesus is present in a special way when two or more are gathered in His name! Come join our prayer ministries:
First Pres Prayer Team (FPPT):
- Missions from home! A prayer team on a mission: monthly meetings, annual dinner, and teamwork in prayer advancing God's Kingdom in our church, community, country and world!
- Sunday service prayer time: everyone invited to join with FPPT members communing with God; interceding for the pastors, ministries and congregation; praying for the Word, salvation and transformation of all around us; and praying "Thy Kingdom Come" to the ends of the earth.
- No special skills necessary, no tests, no scorecards: just intimate communion with God and fellow believers, aligning our wills with His actions in the world.
Cordon of Prayer: a confidential prayer chain ministering in prayer for the many spiritual and physical needs of our congregation.
All-Church prayer time: 6:30 - 7:15 Friday mornings at the church. All invited. Join with Pastors and Elders for weekly communion with God and each other in prayer.
Contact Chester Goodale, 360-9432.
Stephen Ministers are caregivers who have engaged in 50 hours of training in Christian caregiving topics such as listening, feelings, boundaries, assertiveness, and resources in Christian caregiving. Stephen Ministers walk through life with those experiencing divorce, grief, job loss, loneliness, hospitalization, terminal illness or other life difficulties.
Stephen Ministers are lay people, not professional counselors, whose role is to listen and care. Trained to recognize if a person needs professional help, they work with those receiving care to help them get the level of assistance they need.
Pastors and chaplains are often a church's primary caregivers. However, in church congregations, care needs abound--and Stephen Ministry is intended to assist our pastors and chaplains to meet our congregational care needs. God has called all of us to minister to one another. Scripture says,
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.”--Galatians 6:2
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.”-- Philippians 2:4
Do you think you would be a good caregiver? Talk to any of our Stephen Ministry Leaders to learn how to get into a training class. We have one starting January, 2019. Stephen Minister Application
Could you use some support? Do you know someone who might benefit from receiving care? Contact Dianne McKneely, Stephen Ministry Referral Coordinator, to begin your process today!
Meet FPC Stephen Ministers:
Dianne McKneely, Stephen Minister, Leader - Referrals
Debby Rader, Leader - Ministry Trainer
David Parker, Stephen Minister, Leader - Supervision Facilitator
Mary Jones, Stephen Minister
Marsha Wilson, Stephen Minister (on sabbatical)
Lee Burks, Stephen Minister
Jim Swanson, Stephen Minister