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Pastoral Care

Vestry Coordinator:  John Boris

The Pastoral Care program at Grace Church seeks for all of us to “love one another as I have loved you.” We believe that our time, talents and treasures can be used to reach out to parishioners and friends with needs and ease their concerns with our support and caring. Time commitment for each ministry is different.

Stephen Ministry 

Stephen Ministry provides training for lay people to establish an ongoing relationship of care with one person who is in a time of crisis or transition in life. Stephen ministers listen, reflect thoughts and feelings, and care.  They focus only on the care receivers' issues, and they bring in their own experience only when they sense they might be able to shed some light on the care receiver's situation. Training and  supervision are provided. Cindy Diehl is the parish coordinator.

Flower Ministry

Flowers arranged by the Altar Guild from our altar flowers are taken each week to those who are hospitalized or homebound. Volunteers make the deliveries on Monday mornings. Mike Reed is the parish coordinator.

Card Ministry

If you would like to reach out to fellow parishioners without leaving the comfort of your home, the Pastoral Care Program continues to look for folks to write one card a week to someone on our prayer list.  We supply a packet of note cards, postage and the recipient’s name, chosen by the clergy. John Boris is the coordinator. 

College and Military Care Ministry 

Grace keeps in touch with parish college or boarding school students, as well as those serving in the military or abroad. Specially designed cards are sent out at Christmas, Easter and from the Shrinemont retreat to those who are away and they are signed by many Parishioners.  Also, small care packages are sent as well containing snacks, puzzles, etc. Nancy Robinson is the coordinator.

Graceful Caring Ministry

Grace Church parishioners have always cared for one another, whether offering a ride to a doctor’s appointment or church, a phone call or visit to someone who lives alone, meals for someone recovering from surgery or with a new baby, or longer term help. Recently we have begun using two outside web sites to help in coordinating this ministry,  LotsaHelpingHands.com and CaringBridge.org.  To learn more, visit the Parishioners in Need page.   Nancy Robinson is the coordinator. Please contact her with questions. 

Nurturing a Parent

Meals and support are provided to parishioners welcoming new children. Sarah Schultz is the coordinator. To "request nurturing" or to volunteer to help, click here.

St. Francis Garden Pet Cemetery

Grace Episcopal Church not only has a place to bury its parishioners, but also has a lovely spot to bury its parishioner’s pets. The Saint Francis Garden holds the remains of many cremated pets. For the burial ceremony, the officiating priest wears vestments and sprinkles the grave with Holy Water. Offered prayers conclude the pet’s burial. 

A memorial book listing the buried pets and their owners is in the church office. If you desire to bury the ashes of a pet, contact the Rector or Associate Rector. 

The St. Francis Guild maintains the St. Francis Garden. Please contact Barbara Ramm for more information.