Christ Lutheran Church
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Congregational Care Ministry
As brothers and sisters in Christ, our purpose is to seek, support and nourish the spiritual well-being of persons within the church in their times of illness or special need. The Caring Connection Teams minister in various ways – by sending cards, making meals, knitting prayer shawls, telephoning, making home and hospital visits, supporting new mothers and by being alert to individual needs and concerns. We support people through showing Christ’s love and providing a caring community within the church. As the Caring Connection, we offer a vital partnership with the pastoral staff of Christ Lutheran Church. All the work we do is done on a confidential basis. Also, several of the teams meet regularly for study and training.
Areas of Caring Connection Ministry
Confidential Prayer Tree
Congregational members or church staff may share a prayer request with the members of the Confidential Prayer Tree. These lay ministers are updated at least once a week with prayer concerns of the congregation and the community. They sit with these confidential issues in prayer on a daily basis with the belief that those whom they pray for are held before God on a continual basis.
Several volunteers within the congregation hold and uplift others through a ministry of greeting cards. These volunteers create get-well, sympathy, congratulations, and words of encouragement cards. They are then sent on behalf of staff and the congregation.
This ministry seeks to support new mothers within the congregation. Small gifts made by congregation members are given to these mothers soon after the new baby arrives. The new mothers can be connected with Chefs for Christ if they need meals brought in. Information on the church nursery, CLC’s baptism classes and the MOPS ministry (Mother's of Preschoolers) is also shared at this time.
Chefs for Christ
Chefs for Christ is a large group of volunteers who make meals for others in the congregation and in the community. These volunteers make and deliver meals after surgeries, long term illnesses, and during bereavement. These chefs also provide food for church events and help assist whenever food is needed by individuals or groups. Anyone who is need of help with meals is welcome to use this wonderful service!
Caring for the Caregiver
This small group is made of those who are caring for another family member. This group exchanges ideas, shares resources and offers general support.
Support our Military! The primary focus of this ministry is to provide goodie bags for military families attending retreats at Project Sanctuary (four times a year). This ministry also provides education in how to help our service men and women as well as recognize our own servicemen and women here at CLC.
This small group meets monthly with Pastor Don Marxhausen for support after the death of a loved one.
Pastoral Care and Counseling
At Christ Lutheran, the Pastoral Care Ministers are committed to offer a listening ear for your present needs while strengthening you for the future. This is done through individual counseling that can be done prior to weddings, funerals, for bereavement or any other counseling-type issues. The Pastoral Care Ministry’s passion is to be connected to you while you are experiencing peaks and valleys in your walk with faith. Within each of us lies the desire to find meaning beyond the moment…to discover our true selves…to grow closer to God and one another. Through the good times as well as through the tough ones, whatever your circumstances, the Pastoral Care ministers are here for you.