Congregational Care

Purpose:

Painting by Ambrosius Bosschaert, the Elder, 1614

The purpose of the Congregational Care Committee (CCC) is to provide care and nurture the congregation though visitation, communication, prayer, transportation, and bereavement services.

Membership:

The CC Committee consists of a Chair, Vice Chair, twelve active members of the congregation, and the Pastor, who fulfill the various roles of the committee. Members meet bi-monthly as a group and maintain an active email and telephone messaging system to provide for the needs of the congregation.

Activities:

Members of the committee an active prayer chain, bereavement ministry, receptions, assistance with transportation to church and doctor’s appointments, food for families in need during sickness or loss of a loved one. Members of the committee visit congregation members who are hospitalized, reside in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or in other health care facilities, as well as home bound individuals.

Committee members assist the pastor with a Communion service at John Knox Village on the third Tuesday of each month and to homebound individuals who wish to have Communion served in their home.

The CC committee maintains a special card ministry for birthdays, and other important occasions as new births, marriages, illness, hospitalizations and deaths. Christmas cards are mailed to former church members for whom we have addresses. Two of our members deliver flowers donated to our sanctuary by families to hospice home after Sunday worship.

An active parish nurse ministry service provides blood pressure checks on the second and forth Sundays following the morning worship service. The parish nurses also provide recommendations and consultation for health care issues as requested. A defibrillator for basic life support is available for emergencies at the north exit of the Sanctuary. Interested congregation members received training of CPR and the use of defibrillator by one of the CC committee member.

The committee collaborates with Ruth circle in preparing and delivering Christmas baskets to congregation members in hospitals, health care facilities, home bound individuals, and church and week-day school staff members.

With this being said, we encourage members of the church to call the church office if they are in need of any services or assistance such as a visitation by the Pastor and/or members of the committee, transportation, prayer requests, and wish to receive home communion.

Unless, we are made aware of the need, we can’t possible reach out to you. If you have a need for assistance from the Care Team please call the church office at 813-988-3514 or contact our secretary.

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