Pentecost 16

One of the promises made at the time of baptism is to live among God’s faithful people.  Living within the community of faith involves us in worship, learning, and serving along with others.  The gift of community brings us into relationship not only with Jesus, but with one another.

Everyone suffers losses.  Everyone grieves at one time or another.  One of the most difficult losses we experience is the death of a loved one.  It can be hard to reach out to others when dealing with feelings of sadness and loss.  We are created by God to be in community, and especially in difficult times, that community can offer support, encouragement and comfort.

St. John’s will hold a series of Grief Support Gatherings for anyone who has experienced the death of a person whom they loved.  We begin October 2 and will be led by Margie Wheelhouse, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor.  Margie has helped many people cope with grief and sadness.  “The loss of a loved one is probably the most difficult relationship problem there is,” Margie explains.  “Because the rest of the world seems to be going on as usual, it can feel incredibly lonely and bewildering.  One way to ease that pain and find a way through it is by participating in a grief support group.”  To register for the gatherings, call the church office or speak with Pastor Pam.

At our 10:30 sanctuary service this Sunday we will commission two new Stephen Ministry Leaders, Pastor Pam and Cindy Sedam.  Through the Stephen Ministry, St. John’s provides  

confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time. Stephen Ministers meet weekly with their care receiver for around an hour to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support for the person. Caring relationships last for as long as the person’s need persists.  For information about becoming a Stephen Minister or to receive care, please see any one of the pastors.

The Grief Support Gatherings and Stephen Ministry are but two of the ways we are church together as we encourage one another.  Your phone call, hand shake, conversation, offer of a ride, sending of a card, checking in, noticing someone may need a little help – your caring brings the love of Jesus to someone else.  Thank you.

Together in Christ – to encourage!

Pastor Pam