From Galatians we read, “My friends, bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” This call is given to all of us.
Formal pastoral ministries serving this wonderful church family include:
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, EUCHARISTIC VISITORS AND LECTORS
We are very fortunate in having a wonderful group of faithful and very capable Eucharistic ministers, who assist with the administration of the sacrament during Sunday and weekday services. Some also serve as Eucharistic Visitors, taking the sacrament to those in hospital, and to shut-ins both at home and nursing homes. A Sunday morning service is offered each week at Conifer House. We are blessed with a wonderful group of lectors who read the lessons at each Sunday service. They are trained in the use of voice and microphone, and add beauty and meaning to the liturgy.
Nothing says loving like a warm dinner! The Casserole Connection was formed many years ago to answer the need to supply a main dish meal (or several) to those in the Parish who could use the support. Illness, the return from a hospital stay, a death or birth in the family – whatever the reason, a warm meal is a way to show our love and concern.
Twelve women, one for each month of the year, agree to be a “Connector” to the clergy, the office staff, or parishioners. About 25 other women are our faithful cooks. Simple, careful record keeping makes sure that our parishioners’ needs are met and each cook is not asked to respond too often.
This small act brings those of us involved in the good feeling of giving support at a time of need.
FLOWER DELIVERY MINISTRY
Each Monday the altar flowers are made into smaller bouquets by Mary Stone Moursund and delivered to parishioners at home, in the hospital, or in retirement or nursing homes. The flowers, assigned each week, are delivered by a committee consisting of Dale Barnecott, Joan Dunlap and Lou Nagy. A half-day commitment once a month is the requirement for this most rewarding ministry.
NURSING HOME MINISTRIES
In addition to weekly Sunday services of communion at Conifer House, regular weekday services are offered by either clergy or Eucharistic Visitors, with the assistance of many loving members of our parish family. These services are currently held at the following facilities:
Corvallis Manor: Individual Communion visits
Samaritan Village: Service of Holy Eucharist 10:30am every Monday
Timberhill Place: Service of Holy Eucharist 6:15pm on the third Sunday of every month.
In our prayers, we respond to the perfect love Jesus has for us. We become like the people who brought the paralytic man to Jesus. They responded out of love for this man as they carried him on the mat, poked a hole in the roof, and lowered him into the healing presence of Jesus’ love. A group of eleven devoted parishioners lift prayer requests into our Lord’s presence, praying immediately upon receipt, and then daily during individual prayer times. All information we receive is held in confidence.
USHERS & WELCOMERS
Ushers serve for all three services on Sunday mornings and for special seasonal services on a rotating basis.
8am service: Contact Sandy Potter
10am services & special events: Contact Bob Bernhard
This is an amazing amount of care given by these groups, and yet all of God’s people are called to pastoral care – – – to perhaps those gestures which at first may seem small: a caring phone call, a note or card, a hug – even just a smile. In this our parish family is rich indeed!