Pastor’s Message - Pentecost 10

 “Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’” (Matthew14:31).

Last week I outlined for you the specific areas of ministry for which Pastor Adam Connolly, our new Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship, will hold primary responsibility. This week, let me share with you the primary responsibilities of our Pastor of Community Care, Pastor Pam Mitcham.

Community Care involves caring both for those inside the community of St. John’s as well as for those in the community beyond the walls of our congregation. As Pastor of Community Care, Pastor Pam works closely with our Community Care Vision Team to envision and develop ministries that equip the disciples at St. John’s to care for themselves, for one another, and for the world around us. Ministry teams that fall within the area of Community Care include: 

•Stephen Ministry 

•Parish Nurse Ministry 

•Senior Care Ministry 

•College Outreach Ministry 

•Hospital Visitation Ministry 

•Shut-In Ministry 

•Home Communion Ministry 

•Transportation Ministry 

•Military Ministry 

•Grief Ministry 

All of the pastors at St. John’s will continue to share in caring for the disciples at St. John’s and beyond, but Pastor Pam holds primary responsibility for the coordination, development, and implementation of these ministries. If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please let Pastor Pam know and she will work diligently to get you or your loved one connected with a caring ministry that best fits your particular need.

In the words of our congregation’s Vision Statement—“St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is called to grow in meaningful relationships with Christ, with each other, and with our community as we are gathered in worship, equipped for discipleship, and sent to care.” How thankful I am to have Pastor Pam part of our ministry team as she leads us in caring for one another and for the community beyond our walls!

Equipped for discipleship +

Pastor Greg