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Congregational Care Committee

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christian community in Thessalonica, “therefore encourage one another and build each other up, as in fact you are doing.” Just as we are called to serve others out of gratitude for God’s grace, we are also called specifically to serve one another as believers in Christ. The Congregational Care Committee seeks to do just that by caring for members of our congregation throughout life’s milestones. As we enter into a new year, we look to the congregation for help in not only serving others, but also identifying those in need. Currently, Congregational Care encompasses the following ministries:

Visitation - Once a month, church members who live in care facilities or are homebound are visited by a congregant. Visits occur on your own time according to the needs of those being visited and the requirements set forth by the care facilities. If interested, please plan to stay after the 11:00 AM service on January 16 to discuss assignments, or reach out to Isabella at isabella@rcpres.org.

It’s A Calling - “It’s A Calling” places phone calls or sends cards monthly to those on the prayer list. This ministry takes place on your own time and can be completed from anywhere there’s a phone! Each member is assigned one to two months each year. Contact Frankie Doyle at fcdartist@gmail.com or 540-309-5535 if you are interested.

Wrapped In Love - “Wrapped in Love” is the knitting/crocheting ministry of RCPC. “Wrapped in Love” creates prayer shawls that go to congregants in moments of needing to be wrapped in love and prayers, as well as baptism blankets to welcome new disciples into our church family. If you knit or crochet and are interested in joining this ministry, contact Anna Sganga. You can email her at annasganga@gmail.com or call 757-575-2388. Often this group creates blankets and shawls on their own time, but beginning this year, we have plans to meet quarterly to create together. If interested in spending time with the group, pack a lunch on Sunday, February 6 and plan to stay after the 11:00 AM worship service for a time of fellowship and crafting.

College Students - This ministry provides encouragement to college students by providing care packages, gift cards, and cards of encouragement before exams. This ministry works alongside Youth Group and takes place once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Please contact Sarah Grace Stanley at sarahgracestanley@gmail.com if you are interested in participating in this ministry.

Meal Trains - Meals are organized for those who have had recent surgeries, unexpected life events, or the birth of new babies. This ministry occurs as needed and meal delivery can be scheduled at your convenience. Please contact Rebecca Whaley at rebecca.whaley@gmail.com to have your name added to the email list.

Funeral Receptions - Food is provided as needed for receptions following funerals at the church. Please contact Marilyn Martin to be added to the email list.

If you are interested in serving, please contact the person identified above. We are always seeking meaningful ways to encourage our members. If you have any ideas or examples of how we might encourage one another, please contact Emilie Biddle at emiliebiddle@gmail.com.