Care Ministry

We are a congregation who cares for one another in time of joy and sorrow. We seek to promote wholeness of the mind, body, and spirit so we can be Christ’s hands and heart in this world. The Care Ministry of First Presbyterian includes:

Stephen Ministry equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-on-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances. They receive extensive training and are committed to preserving confidentiality, continuing education and skill building and caring for others through their own lives. Please contact the church office if you are in need of a Stephen Minister.

Care Team is a group that provides purposeful Christian visits to members who are homebound, nursing homebound or are experiencing an on-going difficulty that may make them feel “isolated” from their church family.

Pastoral Care Staff includes Dr. Bobby Hulme-Lippert (Pastor), Penny Leone. RN (Parish Nurse), Jenny Carswell (Pastoral Care Assistant), Joy Bedford (Education Director) and Christina Bondesen (Office Manager). This group meets weekly to discuss visits provided by the Care Team as well as those members having surgery or in the hospital.

Prayer Chain uses a systematic email plan to confidentially pray for people who have requested prayer or have a specific need. Please contact the church office if you have a prayer request for the Prayer Chain group.

Service of Wholeness provides a monthly opportunity for meditation and prayer. These services are now held at First United Methodist Church in Georgetown.

Compassionate Care Committee of the Diaconate provides bereavement meals, cares for bereaving families during memorial services, and is responsible for the training of the Care Team.

Flower Ministry  For many years, flowers that are displayed in worship and donated to the flower ministry have been taken by the talented hands of Betty Smith and Kathy Jones, and made into smaller bouquets. Those bouquets are then delivered to congregational members who are ill, shut-in, or going through a particularly difficult time by our Pastoral Care staff, Penny Leone and Jenny Carswell. Exactly the same process continues now during this unusual time of COVID-19. The beautiful flowers you donate are being made into smaller bouquets and taken out to encourage your entire church family who are all shut-in and going through this difficult time!

How do you sign up for worship flowers, you ask? We have a yearly flower calendar available in the late fall with all the dates for the following year. These Sundays get filled quickly so be sure to look for your opportunity in November to sign up for 2021 and let us know if you plan to donate to this wonderful flower ministry. For more information, please contact us at [email protected].