Anne Buttz, Trudy Keever, Brenda Pollard, and Mary Tyler will be commissioned as Stephen Ministers on Sunday, February 26th. They have completed 50 hours of training and have made a 2 year commitment to serve in this confidential, trained and supervised, lay caring ministry. Please welcome and encourage them in their new ministry.
There are hurting people who have needs that would not be met were it not for the care of a Stephen Minister. Some examples of situations that Stephen Ministers respond to are: death of a loved one, divorce, loss of physical or mental abilities, loss of a job or income, issues of aging, childbirth, a loved one deployed in the military, caring for another person through a chronic or terminal illness, etc.
There are not enough staff members to provide for the pastoral needs of our congregation and community. As a staff, we are like first responders running from crisis to the next, but after the initial response, who is there to help that person find healing and wholeness? This is where Stephen Ministers come in.
This commissioning service offers us the opportunity to show our support for our lay-caring ministry. You can help by:
• Praying for our Stephen Ministers and their care receivers.
• Affirming and showing our appreciation for this valuable ministry.
• Becoming involved in Stephen Ministry. Some of us may recognize a call to use our gifts in this ministry and may apply to become a Stephen Minister next fall. Others may accept the care of a Stephen Minister. We all can be ministers of referral, watching for people in need and suggesting a Stephen Minister’s care.
As we commission Anne Buttz, Trudy Keever, Brenda Pollard, and Mary Tyler as Stephen Ministers, let us thank God for all the encouragement and support that these lay caregivers have provided for our congregation and community since 1989.
Stephen Ministries, St. Louis began in 1975 and since then has commissioned more than 70,000 Stephen Leaders, 600,000 Stephen Ministers in 12,000 congregations who in turn have ministered to more than a million care receivers. Stephen Ministers serve in all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, 23 other countries, and in more than 150 Christian denominations.
If you or someone you know needs the care of a Stephen Minister, phone Sue Strickler, 392-2664 or Robert Lapp, 762-9693 x 215.