Being apart of the Living Word community means that we are there for each other. God wants us to lift up our cares and concerns to Him. Supporting each other in prayer is a beautiful act of love for one another.

Do you want us to pray for you or a loved one? You can submit a request during Sunday morning worship services using the Get Connected Card or by clicking on the link below. Your prayer request will be shared with the Prayer Team. If you would like the request to remain confidential, please let us know.

Please hold the following individuals in your personal prayers.  Names are kept on the prayer list for two weeks.  If you wish to remain on the prayer list, simply fill out the Prayer Request on the Get Connected Card or the form below or contact Valerie Novatny at

Do you desire to be on the prayer team? Contact Valerie Novatny at for more information.

Prayer List

Submit a Prayer Request

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are specially trained lay members of our church who provide Christian care giving and support for people who are facing various crises in their lives, such as a terminal illness, grief, hospitalization, job crisis, spiritual crisis, separation or divorce, birth, adoption or disability. These lay ministers receive 50 hours of intensive training through the Stephen Series.

This is a confidential ministry in which those receiving care can be sure that their identity and disclosures will remain private. Stephen Ministers receive ongoing support and continuing education as they strive to provide the highest quality Christian care giving.

Visit the following links to understand how a Stephen Minister can help you or a loved one.

If you would like to inquire further about working with a Stephen Minister, please contact Valerie Novatny, 636-821-2800, ext. 2823 or at or click the link below.

Would you like to know more about being a trained Stephen Minister? Please contact Valerie Novatny at

Visitation Ministry


Purpose:  To share the love of Jesus Christ by reaching out to the members of Living Word, and their families that need spiritual support and encouragement while they are unable to attend church events.  And, to encourage and empower lay members of our church to use their spiritual gifts to extend care to those in our congregation, with the assistance of pastors and the director of congregational care.

From time to time, we all need a little extra support.  The Visitation Ministry is a team blessed with the gifts of compassion, friendship, and care and who is ready to visit with those who are homebound, ill, or hospitalized.

You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” –   2 Corinthians 3:3

Friends have been visiting each other from the earliest of days.  We send and receive visitors with the same joy and thankfulness that accompanies receiving a letter in the mail.  We visit with each other in times of need and in times of joy.  Often, our encounter with Christ through these visits affects both the hosts and visitors.

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from visits from our team, please contact Val Novatny at for more information.

Caring For the Caregiver Support Group

Caring for the Caregiver Support Group

Are you caring for a family member or friend? Many people who provide care for a family member or friend don’t think of themselves as a caregiver.

You may be considered a caregiver if you regularly help with one or more of the following:

*assist a family member, friend, or neighbor with getting to doctor appointments and with medical decisions.

*help with daily household chores such as making meals, cleaning, yardwork, shopping.

*”check-in” daily either by phone or in person.

*provide personal care such as bathing, help with eating, and other hygiene needs

Taking care of a loved one is rewarding but also difficult and demanding. The stress associated with caregiving can lead to physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. Caregiver “burnout” occurs when the caregiver isn’t getting the help that they need or try to do more than they are physically or financially able. Typically, caregivers will feel guilty for taking time for their own needs.

We would like to start a support group at Living Word for those who are finding themselves in this position. “Caring for the Caregiver” support group will allow us to share our stories and resources with each other and to look to scripture for God’s guidance and strength. We will meet the first and third Thursdays of each month beginning in October. The first few meetings will be about identifying needs of our caregivers that attend and brainstorming how to structure the support group for future meetings. Our first meeting will be October 4, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, room 215/216.

Please contact Valerie Novatny at or 636-821-2823 if you are interested in joining our group or for more information about caregiving.

Grief Ministry

Death is one of those topics we prefer not to think about.  Yet what we believe about death shapes how we live life.  The death of a loved one ushers in a cascading well of complex emotions.  In the shock of grief, you may find that you need someone to share what you are experiencing.

Grief Ministry offers care, support, and hope for you or someone you know who has experienced the death of a loved one.  Unresolved grief can linger for years.

When a death is imminent our pastors are honored to come and pray with you.  We will make every effort to have someone come to you.

For questions, please contact Valerie Novatny at 636-821-2800 ext. 2823 or



The Congregational Care Team serves our faith community in a number of ways, not the least of which is care before, during, and after the loss of a loved one.  We hope that the information contained here will provide you with a path to guide you during this significant time.

The inherent belief in the risen Christ is the cornerstone of a United Methodist service (either a funeral or memorial).  Christ is our hope for eternal life and we offer this hope to the surviving family and friends that their beloved is now in God’s eternal charge.

Planning a service can be a blessing to those in grief.  A time to laugh and to cry as the stories are shared and retold.  It is our pleasure to help you and your family.

For questions regarding Funeral or Memorial planning please call Valerie Novatny, 636-821-2800 ext. 2823 or

Meal Ministry

If you have ever been a recipient of a meal provided to you during a stressful time, you know first-hand that this act of kindness extends far beyond the meal itself.

Our Meal Ministry is comprised of a team of volunteers that are happy to prepare or purchase meals for those who may be welcoming a new baby, recovering from an illness, hospitalization, homebound, or managing a crisis.

When Congregational Care receives a request for meals, the information is conveyed to the team and typically meals are being delivered as soon as the next day.

Should you know of someone in need of meals brought to them, or if you would like to know more about being a part of this team, please contact Val Novatny at

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Explore knitting as a prayer experience!  The prayer shawls these knitters complete are used by Congregational Care to bless congregants who are hospitalized or experiencing a crisis.

The goals of contemplative knitting

·     To learn to be quiet, and to enjoy the experience

·     To use the physical act of knitting as a tool to prepare us to hear God’s voice in the silence

·     To prayerfully create something beautiful to comfort and encourage others

·     To enjoy the fellowship of others who are on the same journey of exploration!

Please contact Valerie Novatny at if you would like more information about this ministry.

Card Ministry

Do you know someone who has been hospitalizedcelebrating the birth of a babyexperiencing the loss of a loved one, or someone who needs to hear a word of encouragement?

Would you like our Prayer Team to send them a card, letting them know that we are praying for them?  It’s easy, simply request to have us send a card by clicking below.