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 through visitation, communication, prayer, parish nurse services, transportation, and bereavement services.

Temple Terrace senior residents can also get help with transportation through the Parks and Recreation Department. For details see: Senior Transportation or call (813) 506-6635.

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 maintain an active prayer chain, updated weekly; assist in bereavement ministry, including memorial service receptions, food for families in need during sickness or loss of a loved one, and Journeying through Grief book series during the first year after a loss.  Members of the committee visit congregation members who are home bound, hospitalized, and those that reside in assisted living, convalescent, or other senior living facilities, as well as provide assistance with transportation to church and doctor’s appointments.

Committee members assist the pastor with communion worship services at Concordia Village on the third Wednesday of each month, and provide home communion for members who are home bound.

The CC committee maintains a special card ministry for birthdays, illnesses, hospitalizations, and bereavement. Christmas cards are mailed to former church members for whom we have addresses. Two of our members deliver flowers donated to our sanctuary to hospice home after Sunday worship.

An active parish nurse ministry provides blood pressure checks on the second and forth Sundays following the 10:00 AM worship service. The parish nurses also provide recommendations and consultation for health care issues as requested, and provide these services to the surrounding community at our Community Barbecues and Temple Terrace Arts Council events. A defibrillator for basic life support is available for emergencies at the north exit of the Sanctuary. Interested congregation members may receive training of CPR and the use of defibrillator by one of parish nurses.

Each December, the CC committee collaborates with members of Ruth Circle in preparing and delivering Christmas baskets and flowers to congregation members in hospitals, health care facilities, home bound individuals, and to church and week-day school staff.

The CC committee encourages members of the church to call the church office if they are in need of any services or assistance, or know of a fellow congregant in need of prayer, visitation by the Pastor and/or members of the committee, transportation, or the desire to receive home communion.

If you have a need for assistance from the Congregational Care Team, please call the church office at 813-988-3514 or contact our secretary.