The Pastoral Care Associates offer a ministry of presence, companionship and listening to those members or friends who may be experiencing problems such as bereavement, aging, loneliness, unemployment and divorce or life transitions. Pastoral Care Associates supplement (but do not replace) pastoral care by our minister.
On a strictly confidential basis and under the direct supervision of the minister, Pastoral Care Associates provide an ongoing, caring, listening presence, offering hope in times of need, as members and friends go through challenges and life transitions. When matched with a congregant, a pastoral care associate contacts the congregant and arranges a meeting in a comfortable private setting, listens and provides companionship, and develops with the congregant a plan for the frequency and duration of visits (often an hour a week). Confidentiality is maintained so that others near the associate or the congregant do not become aware of the pastoral care relationship. As the congregant begins to come to terms with his or her challenges, generally both the congregant and the associate may sense that it is time to close the pastoral relationship and develop a plan together to bring the pastoral care visits to a close.
Members (2017-2018): Deb Russell (Leader), Val Roper, Barbara Johnston, Ellie Unruh and Lori Herndon