The church reaches out to its members and friends in many ways. There are numerous opportunities to show that you care.
The deacons’ mission is to accompany all people on their journey of life and faith, in their joys and in their woundedness. It is their mission to nurture the spiritual life of this community by creating a culture of care. Deacons will do so as disciples, by striving to spread the radical love, healing, and wholeness of God through work and actions.
As the “spiritual caregivers” of our church family, in addition to tasks shared by all deacons, each deacon is charged with the care of a particular group of members called a “care group.” Every member of the church is assigned to one of the deacon care groups and can expect to receive communication from their deacon throughout the program year, but particularly in known times of joy and difficulty in individual lives. Deacons will available in in the Chapel after worship to offer anointing, prayer, and support. Deacons will be available for approximately one half hour for private prayer and counsel.
Need help finding out who your deacon is? Contact the church office.
Other care opportunities
Here are just a few ways to get involved. Contact the lay leader listed for an activity you might be interested in. For additional information, contact Alicia Reese, Associate Pastor of Youth Ministry and Congregational Care ([email protected]).
PAL note writers: P.A.L. stands for People Are Loving. PAL note writers sign up for one month a year to send handwritten notes to members and others experiencing joys and concerns. Each week for the month they are signed up for, they receive a list of folks from church staff who could use a note, either to celebrate with them or let them know they are being held in prayer.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: The Shawl Ministry creates shawls and garments for First United members, wrapping them in loving comfort during times of need (illness, bereavement, etc.) During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group is meeting at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month via Zoom, but attendance is not required to be a member — the willingness to commit time and talent to handcrafts is more important.
Flower delivery: Assist in the delivery of flowers used in our sanctuary on certain Sunday mornings to be given to members and their families who are experiencing joys or concerns.
Visitation team: Would you like to support the members of our congregation who cannot easily leave their homes to get to church on Sundays? Join this dedicated group of Christians who visit our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ when they are not able to join us regularly for worship.