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.
Our next gathering is on Saturday, February 10th at 6:00pm at the home of Pete and Jill McLeigh (2305 Columbia Lane, Flower Mound). If you are able to bring something for the dinner table, please drop a note to Jill (email@example.com) or Tom Riggs (firstname.lastname@example.org). This group is open to anyone who cares for the LGBTQ community.
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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.
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
NAMI Family to Family Education Program is a series of 6 sessions structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it is like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders. There is no cost to participate in the NAMI Family to Family Education Program. Over 300,000 people in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Italy have completed this course. We think you will be pleased by how much assistance the program offers.
Classes Start on February 17th and are free for family members, partners and significant others of individuals living with Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression), Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Co-occurring Brain and Addictive Disorders.
Caregivers can call NAMI Tarrant County at 817-332-6677. Registration is required.
Make a Casserole!
The freezer in the Fellowship Hall is low on casseroles, and we need your help to refill it! These casseroles are delivered to individuals and families in need of some extra support. Right now, we have individuals who have recently returned home from the hospital and a new foster family who need our support!
Some basic instructions:
Prepare a casserole of your choice and pleace in a 8 or 9 inch square disposable pan
Place plastic wrap directly on the food surface, the cover with foil.
Attach to the foil covering an index card that includes the date the casserole was made, the ingredients, and heating instructions.
Place the casserole(s) in the white upright freezer in the Fellowship Hall.
Need casserole ideas?
Questions? Contact Jill McLeigh at email@example.com
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.