Building Resilient Faith Communities

Lara Schopp Congregational Care

Join us for an introduction to ways we can help traumatized people find hope and healing. Our guest presenter will be Andrea Dalton, Center for Trauma Informed Innovation at Truman Medical Center. Mon., July 1, 7:00 p.m., Social Hall. Everyone welcome. No charge. Hosted by our Stephen Ministry. For information: …

A Little Different

Lara Schopp Articles, Congregational Care, Joe Walker

By Rev. Joe Walker, Minister of Congregational Care Summer is all about doing things a little differently, isn’t it? Get out of your comfort zone, leave your Zip Code in the rearview mirror. Explore exotic locales, eat food you can’t identify, get bit by different kinds of mosquitos, sleep in a …

Understanding Your Grief Series

Lara Schopp Congregational Care

Join us for Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing led by Rev. Mary Linda McDonnell. From the book’s foreword: “Think of your grief as a wilderness. To find your way out, the touchstones are your trail markers. They are the signs that let you know …

One Giant Leap for Mankind

Lara Schopp Articles, Congregational Care, Joe Walker

By Joe Walker, Minister of Congregational Care Email ads almost never make my heart soar. But this one did. Late the other night I received an ad for t-shirts commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo XI mission. The 50th anniversary of walking on the Moon?! Groovy! My whole …

Faith and Grief Lunch

Lara Schopp Congregational Care, Connect

Tues., Aug. 6, Noon-1:00 p.m. Join us as Cathy Dykman-Acinger shares, “My life had been remarkably happy and fairly predictable. But then at the age of 52, my husband died after a brief but virulent illness. As a person of faith, I had been steeped in the ‘we will not …

The American Love Affair

Lara Schopp Articles, Congregational Care, Joe Walker

Rev. Joe Walker, Minister of Congregational Care The automobile– it is quintessentially American, more so than apple pie. It appeals to both our personal and cultural love of “freedom.” It becomes an extension of our personality; frugal or flashy, safe or speedy. We can’t wait to start driving, counting the …

Coming Soon

Lara Schopp Congregational Care

Coming to Congregational Care in July: Learn more about our Stephen Ministry and how to become a trained caregiver. Join one of our new Circles of Care and enjoy meeting one of our homebound members. Learn more about a new opportunity to offer an occasional ride to an elderly member …

Beautiful Fear

Leslie Tenjack Articles, Congregational Care, Joe Walker

You have probably held a door open for a stranger on countless occasions. Most of the time you received a polite “thank you” or an appreciative head nod. What about those times when your kindness was ignored or the person grumbled something under their breath? That felt a little awkward, didn’t …