Support and Care

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Support and Care

United Presbyterian Church is a congregation that cares.  We provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care for our members and those in our community.  We have a member care committee that works to make sure our members are cared for, contacted, and able to participate in church. The Transportation Committee runs the church bus in order for shut-ins and others who are unable to drive to come to church. Our Health and Wellness Committee provides resources, seminars, and services to enhance and maintain physical health.  Deacons and Stephen Ministers care for the spiritual needs of the congregation and the pastors provide pastoral counseling and hospital visitations.  Either a pastor or our parish nurse is available to visit the hospital every day.  If you are in need of care please contact the church office.

Health and Wellness Committee

The Health and Wellness Committee is a sub-committee of the Member Care Committee that works to enhance the well-being of UPC members and friends in the community.  The Health and Wellness Committee sponsors seminars, services, classes, health fairs, and events to educate and provide resources for healthy living. If you are interested in Health and Wellness at UPC please contact our Parish Nurse, Kirsten Tharp.

Blood Pressure screening is offered on the first Sunday of the month in the Fellowship Hall or Sewing Room.

Parish Nurse

Parish Nursing has been a part of United Presbyterian Church since 1996 and has continued to deepen and grow to become a vital part of the member care ministry in the congregation.  Some of the duties and responsibilities of the parish nurse include: regular visitation to local hospitals, homes and nursing homes, coordinating health services with local providers for members, serving as a liaison to local resources, advocacy on behalf of church members, coordinating volunteers, health educator, conducting routine health screenings and providing health related programs, to name a few. If you would like to learn more about Parish Nursing or would like a visit from UPC's Parish Nurse, please contact Kirsten Tharp.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry provides confidential, one-to-one care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.  Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry: the identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship will remain private.  If you, or someone you know, could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister please contact the church office and we'll have a Stephen Minister get in contact with you.  Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care you need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as-
•     Loss of a loved one
•    Hospitalization
•    Divorce or separation
•    Loneliness or discouragement
•    Spiritual crisis
•    Unemployment or a job crisis
•    A terminal illness
•    Incarceration
•    Aging
•    Birth, adoption, miscarriage, or infertility
•    A chronic illness
•    Relocation
•    Recovery after an accident or disaster
•    And many more

 If you have interest in serving as a Stephen Minister or believe you could benefit from having a Stephen Minister, please contact the church office.

Deacons

Foster fellowship. Show hospitality. Welcome new people. Care for the lonely. Comfort the sick. Celebrate God’s gift of life. Serve. Pray. Express compassion. That’s what deacons do.

Being a Deacon is a wonderful call to service. Deacons are the "servants" or "caregivers" of the congregation. In this large congregation, people have all kinds of needs - they are recovering from surgery, grieving, lonely, ill, or otherwise in a time where they welcome the ministry of care from our congregation. In a very real way, Deacons are the hands and heart of the Church in our ministry of caring.

Our board of deacons seeks to show God’s love in action. They serve and lead our church’s congregation in sharing fellowship, hospitality, and pastoral care.

A Deacon in the Presbyterian Church is a church member who is elected and ordained to a particular function in the church. The Presbyterian Church’s Book of Order states, “The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress.”

The Deacons of United Presbyterian Church make calls, visits, and send cards to members of the church. They take turns serving as greeters before worship, providing for the fellowship time after worship, and serving as an office volunteer on Sunday mornings. Deacons pray for members and reach out in times of sorrow, distress, joy and celebration. Deacons may participate in our home communion ministry and other support and care ministries of UPC.