“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
The passion and vision of our Caring Ministries is to demonstrate the loving care of our Savior by ministering to those in need of comfort, care and support. An important aspect is equipping and encouraging our entire church body to be involved in providing prayer, love and practical acts of caring for one another. A few of our Caring Ministries programs include:
Prayer Chain – This e-mail ministry enables the church to respond to immediate prayer needs. Upon receiving a prayer request we send an email to those in our church family volunteering to pray for those in need.
Sunshine Ministry – This ministry send cards of encouragement to those requesting prayers or who are in crisis, sick, grieving, mourning, etc..
Parish Nurse –Our Parish Nurse, Sharon Caffey, provides counseling concerning health concerns, education on health issues and resources for additional help. Just recently a member of the congregation thanked her for an article she placed in The Sunday Page that helped her with a medical issue. Blood pressures are taken the third Sunday of each month by Registered Nurses in the church. About a month ago one of our nurses detected an irregular heartbeat, which he was able to bring to his doctors attention. This finding was very important in his follow-up care.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – Several women in our congregation knit and crochet shawls every Thursday afternoon for those who are sick and in the hospital, nursing facility, assisted living or at home. We recently delivered a shawl to a gentleman in our church who is struggling with a serious physical problem. When he received it, he immediately wrapped it around him knowing the love and prayers sewn into every stitch. His smile was precious.
Transportation – Ministry on wheels provides transportation to doctor appointments, to the grocery store and to church functions. Please call your Parish Nurse if you need a ride somewhere at 360-791-9659.
Meals – We provide meals to members just returning from the hospital or other care facilities who are unable to provide meals for themselves.
Homebound Communion – Members of our congregation bring Holy Communion to those who are unable to come to church. It is a time to visit with these members also.
Practical Care Ministry – has a heart for people who are experiencing the stress of life’s challenges such as hospitalization, pregnancy, a new baby, or family illness. This ministry provides house cleaning and other assistance to help them through their time of crisis, demonstrating God’s love in a very comforting way. Several days ago a member of our congregation mowed the lawn of a member with congestive heart failure.
The Caring Ministry at The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd is strengthening its commitment to provide comfort and care to the church family. We pray that the comfort you experience within Good Shepherd will multiply through you to others inside and outside the church.
Second Sunday @ 2
On the 2nd Sunday of each month, the 2 p.m. Chapel Service at Woodlands Retirement Community is hosted by The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd. Rev Bill Pearch, is the presiding minister.
Any and all are welcome to attend to support the worship service and the hymn singing.
Located in Lacey at 4532 Intelco Loop – near Lowes Hardware
If you would like to join other singers in attending this service, please contact Dale Heidal or Pastor Bill Pearch.