“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another …” John 13:34
St. Paul’s takes seriously the mandate (or commandment ) to love and care for one another. “Called to care” is our opportunity to serve those with special needs. If you are in need of love or support, please contact us at the office. If, on the other hand, you feel able to lend a hand to someone in need, welcome to this ministry!
Keeping in Touch Ministry
Formerly called the Ruthie Ministry, St. Paul’s Keeping in Touch Ministry reaches out to members of the congregation who may feel alone or isolated. The ministry involves simple gestures of friendship within our parish family, such as sending greeting cards, making telephone calls and giving rides to the doctor for those who are in need.
More volunteers are needed to provide an occasional ride, make phone calls or home visits. If you can help in this important ministry, please contact the church office at (707) 745-0307.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
The work of the Lay Eucharistic Visitor, or LEV, is an important ministry. The LEVs are those parishioners who are trained to take Communion to folks who are in the hospital or home bound for whatever reason. Visiting those of our friends who are unable to be with us on Sunday is a way for us to not only keep in touch but remind our fellow parishioners that they are always a part of our community, no matter where they are.
Becoming a LEV requires some training and a license, but anyone can do it! All you need is a desire to bring the Sacrament and our support to those who cannot be with us on Sunday. Those wishing to be trained to be a LEV or those who want to receive a LEV visit should contact the church office at (707) 745-0307.
As a community of faith, we seek, welcome and embrace any and all people into our ministry. The first impressions experienced by our visitors are the responsibility of us all, as is the invitation to join with us in our ministry, and the ways that we incorporate new people into the congregation.
The PIE greeters arrange to stop by the homes of newcomers to drop off baked goods and a welcoming message. Greeters are always welcome. Call the church office for more information about this small but vital ministry.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
St. Paul’s Prayer Shawl Ministry invites knitters and crocheters of all skill levels to serve God by knitting or crocheting a gift in the form of a shawl to bring comfort and love to someone in need. Knitting may be done at home; and shawl patterns, yarn and instructions are available. There are no meetings or deadlines for finishing, and there is no obligation to make more shawls than you wish.
If you do not knit or crochet but are interested in helping with this ministry, prayers are always encouraged, or you may make a donation toward the purchase of yarn. Contact the church office for further information.
Meal Train is a vital branch of our Called to Care ministry. It offers encouragement, assisting people during times of need, when a baby is born, when a family member is hospitalized, when illness strikes, or a loved one dies. Offering a home-cooked meal in a time of crisis is one of the easiest, best ways to show our love to those who need it. If you’d like to be involved in this ministry, please call the church office.
Older But Wiser
This new ministry is getting started. Occasional seminars and workshops are in the works on subjects that are of special interest to members of St. Paul’s. Have questions on health care providers, wills, powers of attorney, legacy? Or do you have a particular interest that you might share with others? Watch for further updates or send your ideas to The Reverend Beth Gains at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trained volunteers are available to assist parishioners in need of comfort. Contact the church office at (707)745-0307 for more information.