We have many outreach programs, but we wouldn't be a Christian congregation if we didn't reach in to take care of each other, too. In addition to the bonds of friendship that form when we worship, learn and work together, we have ministries in place to reach into our congregation to help and support those dealing with difficulty in their lives.
Stephen Ministers are specially trained Christian friends who will walk with you through your dark hours and difficult times. To learn about our Stephen Ministry program, visit the Stephen Ministry page of this website.
Activities are planned for those coping with the loss of a loved one. A quarterly newsletter lists a wide range of opportunities including: lunch at a restaurant, potlucks, tours, and a monthly group grief support session. Activities are also listed each month in the church newsletter.
Grief Support Sessions
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a lonely and difficult time, and we encourage you to not do it alone. You are welcome at any of our grief support sessions, you do not need to be a member of the church to join us. We are here to help you in this challenging time. Meet us the first Tuesday of every month from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the church parlor.
If you are unable to come to the church, our visitation team will come to you. Our pastors and our two parish visitors are out and about nearly every day, making short visits, prayers, words of encouragement and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We'll visit your home, your hospital room or care center - wherever you need us. To request a visit from our visitation team, call the church office at 319-266-1713.
the Bonds of Friendship
Most of our classes, small groups, musical ensembles and work areas are places where great friendships are formed and so they function as support groups for the people involved. As we interact and become more comfortable opening our lives to each other, we allow others to begin caring and praying for us. Join a small group, study or committee. Get to know us. Let us get to know you, and we'll be there for you.