Congregational Care News
This study encourages anyone with a cancer diagnosis, their caregivers, and family members and gives them a chance to discover all that Christ hungers to give them in the midst of their cancer struggle. Beyond their salvation, many seek peace and comfort from Christ during difficult times.
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 Connect 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 Connect Card or the form below or contact Val Novatny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you desire to be on the Prayer Team? Besides praying daily, the Prayer Team meets quarterly for fellowship and to plan events encouraging the church and community to be more prayer-focused. Contact Val Novatny at email@example.com for more information.
The Klos family on the passing of Helen Klos
The Andreas family on the passing of Betty Andreas
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Group 791 KISS (Keep It Simple and Sober)
Monday Evenings at 6:30 pm
Doors open at 6:00pm for fellowship.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
This group is designated as an Open (Alchoholics and Non-Alchoholics welcome) Mixed (Men and Women) meeting. No registration is required.
If you have any questions or if you would like to attend the meeting online, please contact Damien Flaherty, 314-369-5755 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information on Alcoholics Anonymous.
SEEING GOD IN YOUR CANCER JOURNEY
Begins September 12
This study encourages anyone with a cancer diagnosis, their caregivers, and family members and gives them a chance to discover all that Christ hungers to share with them in the midst of their cancer struggle. Beyond their salvation, many seek peace and comfort from Christ during difficult times. But Jesus wants to give you guidance, strength, discernment, power, and courage now. “Seeing God in Your Cancer Journey” encourages cancer family members to pray big, love big, and live big because the Lord God Almighty is big enough for all that and more.
The group will meet weekly beginning Monday, September 12, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. The class will continue through December 12. Class will not meet on October 31. Participants can join at any time. You may meet with the group in person or virtually. There is a fee of $16.00 which covers the cost of the participant guide book. Each class consists of devotionals, videos, and discussions relating to the topics of faith, questions, healing, prayer, stress reduction, relationships, communication, and healthy living.
Contact Val Novatny, Director of Congregational Care, at email@example.com or 636-821-2823.
An old-fashioned, handwritten card can lift the spirits of someone who has been hospitalized, celebrating the birth of a baby, experiencing the loss of a loved one, or needs to hear a word of encouragement.
Our Prayer Team can send our loved one a card letting them know that we are praying for them. Simply request to have us send a card by clicking below.
FUNERALS AND MEMORIAL SERVICES
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 Val Novatny, 636-821-2823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To volunteer for the Memorial Team that provides meals for funeral/memorial receptions, please call Val Novatny, 636-821-2823 or email@example.com.
FUNERAL PLANNING GUIDE AND WORKSHEET
In the first days following a loved one’s death, the family makes an average of 200 decisions. During such an emotional, stressful, and demanding time, plans that have been made earlier lighten the load after the death. If you’ve not made advance plans, this guide will be helpful to you as you make arrangements for services and burial for you or your loved one.
Below are links to two documents available for download.
The first document is a guide with explanations to common questions that arise when planning a funeral service.
The second document is a fillable worksheet to add specifics regarding your own funeral or that of a loved one.
Once you download this document and complete it, it is highly recommended to share this with a family member or friend and with Living Word Church so that it can be held in safekeeping for the future. Simply email your completed worksheet to Val Novatny, Director of Congregational Care, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, the pastors and Val Novatny are here to help you.
YOUR JOURNEY FROM MOURNING TO JOY
It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ve probably found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. That’s the reason for GriefShare, a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. This group is facilitated by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time. Each GriefShare session includes a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery subjects. These videos also include on-location video and the real-life stories of people who have experienced losses like yours.
If you are interested in attending this 13-week course, please call/email Val Novatny (Congregational Care) at 636-821-2823, email@example.com. There is a cost of $20.00 for the participant workbook.
JAMES 5:19-20 PRAYER GROUP
Thursdays, 1:00 pm
Beginning September 8
James 5:19-20 Prayer Group is an intentional prayer group for people who want to help their loved ones turn back to Jesus. The facilitator is Della Jenkins. To join this group, please register HERE or contact the Director of Congregational Care, Val Novatny, at 636-821-2823. If an evening meeting time is more convenient for you, please let Val know.
“My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore knitting and crocheting as a prayer experience! The completed prayer shawls are used by Congregational Care Ministries to bless those who are hospitalized or experiencing a crisis.
The goals of contemplative knitting/crocheting
· To learn to be quiet, and to enjoy the experience
· To use the physical act of knitting/crocheting 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 email@example.com if you would like more information about this 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 Val Novatny, 636-821-2823 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or click the link below.
Would you like to know more about being a trained Stephen Minister? Please contact Val Novatny at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.