At the recent Pastor’s Lunch, I had several conversations with folks who were considering joining the church. And, though each of them said it in different ways, they all said something like, “This church is so big, but it feels so warm."
I think part of the reason that is true is that we have a culture of caring at University. Though we are big in number, we really do care for each other.
Perhaps the most powerful way we do that is by praying for one another. Each week our Care and Community team creates Prayers of the People, a list of people who are in need of prayer. I hope you will access that list and make it part of your prayer life. You can receive that list by email each Friday by clicking here and selecting Care & Concern or you can find it at the prayer stations in each worship setting on Sunday morning.
Another way we care for each other is through ministries of mental health and pastoral care. Stemming from the work of our mental health initiative team and our “starting the conversation” events last fall, we are offering several resources this spring that speak to the issues in our congregation.
Family to Family is a 12–week education program for family members and friends of adults living with mental illness. You can find out more information and register for this class here.
Peaceful Living In a Stress filled World is an opportunity to come learn Christian principles for stress management. More information and registration can be found here.
Peer to Peer is an 8–week course for adults with mental health conditions who are looking to better understand themselves and their recovery. Registration information can be found here.
Alcoholics Anonymous –Hope Group will begin meeting in room N212/214 on Wednesdays at 5:30pm beginning on April 3.
This fall we will continue with conversations around issues of divorce, grief, surviving child hood abuse and recovery ministry.
If you have questions or would like to sign up for any of these opportunities, please don’t hesitate to let us know. More information about our Care & Concern Ministry can be found here.
I’m so thankful to serve a church that truly cares for each other and looks for ways to reach out and care for the hurts and pains in the world around us.
Let’s keep being a big church with a warm and caring heart.