CONGREGATIONAL CARE MINISTRY
LGBTQ Support Group at FPCGV
Under the guidance and support of the Congregational Care Ministry, FPCGV sponsors a support group for caregivers of LGBTQ youth. Parents, grandparents, relatives, friends and neighbors are invited to this “safe space” to share joys, concerns, strength and fears. One need not be an active member of this faith community to be a part of the group. If you support the LGBTQ community as an ally, you are also most welcome to join us.
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Looking for a resource for guidance and support in a time of grief? We recommend the Journeying Through Grief series, available here.
Make a Casserole!
FPCGV's casserole ministry provides members, friends and potential new members with tangible support in the form of a frozen meal. Interested in participating? It's easy!
Prepare a casserole of your choice and place in an 8- or 9-inch square disposable pan.
Place plastic wrap directly on the food surface, then cover with foil.
Attach to the foil covering an index card that includes the date the casserole was made, the ingredients, and heating instructions.
Need casserole ideas?
Questions? Contact Pat Blasdel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
UPDATE: The classes will begin on Saturday, April 13th and there is still room available for more participants.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a FREE FAMILY-TO-FAMILY CLASS here at FPC! This class is for the family, caregivers and friends, over the age of 18, of those who suffer from mental illness. This 6-week class emphasis education about persistent brain disorders, medications, coping skills, community resources and so much more. The class will be held each Saturday, beginning April 6, from 9:00am to 3:00pm in Room 236/237. Questions? Visit namitarrant.org.
Chronic Care Support Group
Isolation and loneliness are a difficult part of living with a chronic condition. This Facebook closed group is a place for those people in our congregation dealing with ongoing physical, mental or spiritual conditions to have a sense of community with people who understand what it is REALLY like and to give and receive support. To request access to this group go to Facebook and search “First Presbyterian Church in Grapevine: Chronic Care Support Group” or simply follow this link:
Many thanks to Debra Fantz and Ronnie Painter for having the idea and supporting this ministry.
How Congregational Care helps...
Congregational Care provides support and comfort for members of our church family who are in need. We provide meals and transportation for people who are ill, grieving the loss of a loved one or homebound.
We have a frozen casserole program for members, friends and potential new members as identified by church staff. And we have greeting cards available in the Narthex to help our congregation stay in touch with one another.
Volunteers use an online CareCalendar to coordinate schedules and menus, and to communicate with recipients. As with all Ministry Teams, Congregational Care relies on the Holy Spirit to call to our attention to ways and places to serve in the spirit of love and compassion.
For more information, contact Associate Pastor Ashley Hood.
CareCalendar is a web based system to organize meals and other help for individuals and families during a time of illness or life changing event, such as the birth of a baby or death of a family member.
CareCalendars allow the person needing care to deliniate their needs and people offering care to supply exactly what a person might need.
When a need arises, this office sends out an e-mail to those interested in helping. If you would like to be on the Care Calendar distribution list, please contact Jill Compton or Associate Pastor Ashley Hood at the church office.