Spiritual Care

Walking alongside each other through life’s changes and challenges.

Close-up of clasped handsAt First Congregational, we seek to build caring, Christ-centered relationships within the congregation. In times of joy, sorrow and struggle, we endeavor to support one another in ways that nurture, challenge, support and sustain the community. Prayer, conversation, devotion and learning all undergird and encompass our caring ministries, be they one-on-one or in small groups.

Our clergy provide ongoing nurture and support, plus we offer active caregiving programs, resourced by clergy and enacted by lay leaders, to help respond to the personal and spiritual needs of the congregation. We are especially concerned that people feel valued and have someone to journey alongside them in faith, particularly during times of transition and crisis.

We welcome your participation in our church and are most open to being of service to you or having you be of service to others.

Jesus said, "Lord, when did we minister unto you?" He replied, "As you have done it to the least of these, so you have done it until me." We are the body of Christ, the arms and hands of God, called to do the work of God in the world.

Spiritual Care Programs

Advance care planning is a way to help our loved ones make tough medical decisions on our behalf in times when we are not able to make our own choices. This is a daunting topic: 60% of people say that this communication is extremely important, yet 56% of those same individuals have not documented their preferences. (Source, Honoring Choices Wisconsin) The Faith Ambassadors are trained to make this process easier by explaining the process and guiding us through the steps. They meet with small groups, families and individuals upon request.

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Advance care planning is a way to help our loved ones make tough medical decisions on our behalf in times when we are not able to make our own choices. This is a daunting topic: 60% of people say that this communication is extremely important, yet 56% of those same individuals have not documented their preferences (California HealthCare Foundation). The Faith Ambassadors are trained to make this process easier by explaining the process and guiding us through the steps. They meet with small groups, families and individuals upon request.

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Nine months ago, the members of First Congregational United Church of Christ entrusted the Search Committee with the responsibility of prayerfully selecting for your approval a candidate to be our Pastor for Congregational Care and Missions. After prayerful reflection, we then unanimously and unreservedly agreed to recommend Reverend Kathryn Kuhn as our candidate as Pastor for Congregational Care and Missions.

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Third Thursday of the month, 7:00–8:30 PM

Serious and persistent mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, are devastating both for those who have them and for their families and friends. If you know someone who has a mental illness and you need somewhere to turn for emotional and practical support, then this group is designed for you. Please note that this group is intended for people in an active care-giving relationship with a loved one suffering from mental illness, not for those struggling with mental illnesses themselves. New participants are welcome at any session, and members of the community are welcome.

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The Friends in Christ visitation team calls regularly on our elderly and homebound members. We continuously welcome new volunteers in this area. While maintaining confidentiality, team members meet at least once a quarter to share the wisdom gained from their experiences and to learn more about helping as a Friend in Christ.

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In being the Body of Christ, we are called to journey with one another in faith. The Stephen Ministry trains laypersons to minister to individuals who are experiencing times of transition or crisis. This is a one-to-one caregiving ministry in which caregivers are paired with care-receivers to build confidential, loving relationships during a particular time of need.

If you are experiencing a time of crisis or a life-changing event, please contact the church office at (920) 733-7393 to seek care from a Stephen Minister.

National Stephen Ministry Website

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