"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
CARING FOR EACH OTHER
Pastoral Care is a ministry of active encouragement and compassion offered by laypeople and clergy to celebrate, sustain, heal, and reconcile one another. We reach out in our own individual, spontaneous ways, and through organized groups like Stephen Ministry, Food for Souls, and our Card and Phone Ministry.
We believe everyone in our parish has unique gifts and can participate as ministers of encouragement in celebrating joyous events in our parish family, building relationships, reaching out to those in need, and compassionately serving others.
Our clergy team wants you to know we are available to you for 1:1 pastoral care by phone, email, or videoconference and, in extreme situations, in person. If your need is urgent, please call our pastoral care line. If you have a concern to share with the clergy, you can also submit it by email by clicking on red icon below. This is a confidential account that only the clergy can access. Prayer requests can be submitted by email as well. If you or a loved one is in the hospital, please call us as soon as you can and let our clergy know. Clergy are available for visitation, Communion, Anointing of the Sick, and Ministration to the Dying. In the event of a pastoral emergency, please contact us by clicking on the blue icon below and a priest will contact you.
LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITS
The sacraments are an important part of our faith. The Eucharist (communion) in particular is nourishment to our faith, a visible reminder of Christ, and how we seek to embody Christ to the world. When someone cannot come to our common worship on Sunday, we have members who will bring the sacraments to them upon request. Interested in LEV training or receiving a eucharistic visit? Contact Mtr. Teresa
PASTORAL AND GRIEF COUNSELING
Pastoral counseling is available to anyone who may be struggling with a practical problem, a personal or emotional issue, or a spiritual crisis. Ascension clergy are available to help you discern ways to cope and to offer hope through the situation. Our clergy can also help with grief counseling resources. Contact Mtr. Teresa
Stephen Ministers are lay congregation members trained to provide one-to-one care to those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation The training is Interested in learning more? contact Mtr. Teresa, Laura Warner Gilmer or Todd Rutenbar.
Below is a Stephen Ministry video testimonial offered through its international office. This piece you a taste of the impact this ministry can have in people's lives.
FOOD FOR SOULS
While prayers and presence are the mainstays of pastoral care, there are times when we have other immediate needs as well. Food for souls organizes home-cooked meals to be delivered on occasion. While it cannot meet long-term needs, a few meals can make a big difference as one returns home from the hospital or is in other temporary need. Need a meal or interested in volunteering? Contact Mtr. Teresa.
What is spiritual direction? At certain points in life, many people find that it is helpful to share their journey with another. It's a practice of deep listening that is informed by a contemplative way of being in the world. There is no charge for spiritual direction, just a commitment to regular meetings and a willingness to honestly examine yourself emotionally, theologically, and spiritually. The rewards are great! For a list of certified spiritual directors contact Mtr. Teresa.
GREETING CARD MINISTRY
Acknowledging important events in people’s lives is provided through this ministry of sending a greeting card for birthdays, anniversaries, sympathy, new babies, and other events. Interetesd in volunteering? Contact Laura Warner Gilmer.