We have all encountered circumstances when a close friend or family member is struggling with life transitions: grieving the loss of a loved one, a change in health conditions, living environment, or any number of situations. This series is offered to better equip us to be a caring presence, to share support, encouragement, and God’s love for those who need care the most.

Attend one or all sessions. The first three sessions are open to anyone. The fourth session is for those who would like to become a Parish Visitor or Lay Eucharistic Minister.

October 5 – Compassionate Listening
Called to love and serve our neighbor, how do we tend to those who are hurting? Moving beyond the need to be heard. Listening to another without trying to fix things. Led by members of the Care Ministries team and special guest Rev. Catherine Duncan, MAT.

October 12 – Faith and Prayer
Why and how do we pray? Learning to pray from others. Praying on behalf of others. Praying out loud in the presence of another. Led by Pastor Kris Tostengard Michel.

October 19 – Grief and Loss
Why does loss wreak havoc in a person’s life? Honoring the uniqueness of each person’s grief. Holding hope for another who has lost sight of the future. Led by Catherine Duncan, an ordained minister who works part-time as a chaplain for Fairview Home Care and Hospice. Catherine recently opened her own practice as an Integrative Spiritual Consultant where she offers emotional and spiritual support, including spiritual direction, energy healing, and aromatherapy.

October 26 – Nuts and Bolts of being a Parish Visitor or Lay Eucharistic Minister
Parish Visitor volunteers typically have one assigned member to visit once a month. Lay Eucharistic Ministers bring communion to members in their homes or care facilities, usually once a month. We will provide education about how the staff supports our Care Ministries volunteers and specific training about providing a caring presence for members who are unable to regularly attend worship and other church activities. Current Parish Visitors and LEMs often share that they feel extremely blessed by the time they spend in this ministry. Led by Pam Gerber and Heidi Peterson.