Pastoral Care Team
- Prayer (healing prayer);
- Presence (cards, calls, spending time);
- Provision (rides, meals, Share the Care);
- Sacrament (Sacrament to place-bound ill/frail, EM role in services).
Our Specific Ministries (coordinators of each ministry are identified in parentheses):
- Eucharist Ministers serve and assist in Eucharistic services at both the chapel and St. Dunstan’s (Rica O’Connor);
- Healing Prayer Ministers pray in the side chapel with worshipers desiring prayer support for themselves or others during distribution of communion (Dennis Beals, Harley Wahl and Br. John Ryan)
- Care Team Members engage in a range of activities. They pray for all on the parish prayer list. Urgent contacts to the Care Team ministry often involve requests for immediate prayers in response to a sudden occurrence; these requests are immediately relayed to the 27 care team members. Care Teams also send cards, make calls, arrange transportation to church (a few more drivers would be very helpful so each driver could drive only once or twice a month), and carry out various practical supports in response to parishioner requests or simply because a member becomes aware of an opportunity to make things easier for another person.A list of updated information is sent electronically to members of all five teams each week. Each team includes 4-6 members. Karen Tynes, who leads this activity, is in regular contact with Fr. David and Lisa Gorveatt in the office to make sure all relevant pastoral care efforts remain up to date. Teams rotate weekly, taking turns serving as lead. The lead team takes the “first responder” role, but members of other teams often pitch in. This very successful ministry immediately drew members when an orientation was initiated by Karen Tynes last spring. She plans another meeting in the coming months. (Karen Tynes coordinates, but to request services, contact Lisa Gorveatt in the church office. In off-hour urgent situations, be sure to contact Fr. David – and Karen if you’d appreciate immediate prayers. The Care Teams would love to be of assistance.)
- Prayer Shawl Ministers crochet or knit shawls, throws, or afghans that are blessed by the priest and congregation when completed and taken to persons who will benefit from the physical and emotional comfort. Between 10 and 15 prayer shawls were distributed this year (Diana Rall, Susan Vanek)
- Eucharistic Visitors: There are some among us who, for one reason or another, are not able to attend Sunday services. Our Eucharistic Visitors share the communion and sustaining love of the Eucharist with these brothers and sisters in Christ. The Eucharistic Visitors take the communion, fellowship, and the presence of Christ to our brothers and sisters where they are. There couldn’t be a ministry more gratifying than this one. We currently have enough EV pairs to visit each person receiving visits almost monthly. Except when there are major activities at the church following a service, we generally try to schedule a Eucharistic Visit. We keep our antennae out, but often wonder if we are missing people who could benefit from this ministry. Please let Dennis Beals, Chris Johns, or Rica O’Connor know if you think of someone we should contact regarding EVs.
Individuals who participate in these activities tend to report that their experiences are very gratifying – sometimes profoundly so. All of these ministries are open to additional participants, and some have recently added a new member or two.
Might you find satisfaction in serving the parish and your fellow parishioners in any of the ways described above (or similar ways)? If yes, or if you want more information, please contact the coordinator of the ministry of interest to you – or talk with another current member.