When you are facing a challenge, understanding friends, and practical support can make all the difference. We can help. We are here to encourage you through the transitions, challenges, and sorrows of life. The programs below are some of the ways we provide care and support.
BeFriender Ministry works on the philosophy of being a confidential, listening presence. Trained BeFrienders may vist people in nursing homes, but also just provide a listening ear. All visits made by a BeFriender are confidential. BeFrienders don’t come with answers or a proscribed theology; their task is to listen and help the befriended find the wisdom they already have within themselves.
Everyone is welcome to be part of this group that reaches out in intentional ways to minister to the needs of persons in our church. Visit, send cards, and take communion to persons who are hospitalized or homebound.
Comfort Kits Available
If you’d like to support a hurting friend, neighbor, or co-worker, check out the Comfort Kits in the narthex. These whimsical little bags contain “tissues if the tears come, life savers to keep you from sinking,” and other small items. Cost is $6 with all proceeds going to VEAP.
Complimentary Note Cards
The Caring Ministry Committee is making free note cards available to the congregation. The cards feature photos taken at Good Samaritan. Let someone know you are thinking about them with one of these cards. New images will be added periodically. Look for them in the Narthex in the lower slots of the Care Notes card stand.
Military Display Case
The Good Samaritan BeFriender Ministry sponsors a display case in the Fellowship Room. The purpose is to raise awareness of our active-duty soldiers and as a reminder to offer prayers and support for them and their families. To participate, please deliver a photo of your soldier to the church office “BeFriender Ministry” box and include the appropriate information: name, rank, branch of service, deployment or base assignment, address for letters and care packages, and the soldier’s connection to you and Good Samaritan Church. You may wish to email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. To respect privacy concerns, we will only post information with permission from soldiers or their families. For more information email email@example.com.
E-Prayer Chain Ministry
There is an e-mail prayer chains to help keep you informed of concerns and prayer requests from church members and friends? If you wish to put something on the prayer chain OR become part of the chain, email Joanie Webster firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her in the church office at 952-929-0049.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl ministry continues to be a special one, both for the makers and for the receivers of these beautiful shawls. We are currently in need of more “makers.” There are basic instructions for both knitting and crocheting in a maroon folder at the left side of the church office mail slots. If you have your own patterns, that is fine, too. Any colors are good. If you have questions or wish to have assistance, please email email@example.com. Truly, both makers and receivers feel blessed. Thank you.
Join us in praying for the world.
Here is a link, sponsored by the World Council of Churches, to help you as you pray. The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle enables us to journey in prayer through every region of the world and through every week of the year affirming our solidarity with Christians all over the world, brothers and sisters living in diverse situations, experiencing diverse problems and sharing diverse gifts. Lord, hear our prayer …