Building a Caring Community
In a caring community, we are all responsible for care of one another. If you know someone is hurting, don’t hesitate to reach out directly to them and offer a kind word, a listening ear, or a shoulder to cry on. Likewise, if something big happens in your life, reach out to someone from church or directly to Rev. Elizabeth. We want to be here for you.
Rev. Elizabeth is fully available to meet with congregants to provide pastoral care in times of distress, indecision, theological wondering, or just to get to know you. She writes, "it is truly my honor to accompany people through the twists and turns, joys and sorrows of life. Listening to you always opens my heart to more love and compassion. Plus, it is literally my job!"
Pastoral care relies on asking for help: please contact Rev. Elizabeth directly if you want to talk, rather than hoping she will notice you need something. Likewise, if a friend from church is ill, or going through a challenging time, please encourage them to reach out or ask "would you like me to ask Rev. Elizabeth to check in with you?"
Please send her an email, a text, or a call on her cell phone to set up a time to meet. Examples of when you should reach out:
You or someone in your family goes to the hospital;
Someone you love dies;
You receive a scary diagnosis;
You're wondering about God, life, the Universe, and everything;
You're having a hard time;
You want someone to pray with;
You just want to talk.
Pastoral care conversations with Rev. Elizabeth are confidential, with the exception of anything indicating danger to yourself or others. Please also note that Rev. Elizabeth is trained in pastoral care but not in in-depth pastoral counseling or in providing therapy. If someone needs regular, ongoing support, she will meet with you about three times and then refer you out to therapy, or to someone with training in in-depth pastoral counseling, or to spiritual direction.
Contact church member Robert Amelio about practical care, such as cards, flowers, transportation, meals, provided to church members when possible. Robert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.