Network of Caring
Jesus calls us to find people in the broken places of life, and to offer love, support and help. Care is offered to help people experience God’s presence, to show concern and care for one another and to deliver needed assistance.
Faith Presbyterian Church is a community that cares for one another and wants to offer itself to the community as a place where people are helped, healed and restored by God. Through the work of committed Christians, we offer the wholeness of God through prayer, acceptance, spiritual nurture, encouragement, listening, being present, as well as responding to practical needs.
We deliver this care through a web of ministries, under the guidance of session. Click on the links here to learn about the different ministries of caring offered by Faith.
Our pastor, Charlotte Lohrenz, offers care to people in special need, during crises in their lives, and at transitions in life and relationships – whether the situation is sad or joyful, large or small.
Pastor Charlotte attends especially to the spiritual life of the member or friend, encouraging each person to know a relationship with our living God and to receive the wholeness and peace of the Holy Spirit.
Our pastor visits and prays with those in need, in hospital or care facilities, in their homes, at the church or at coffee shops!
Pastor Charlotte provides spiritual care and guidance to those who are church ministers to those who are dying, grieving, celebrating birth, establishing marriages or experiencing broken relationships, honoring the sacred story of each individual.
The pastor should be contacted to begin the process toward receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, to discuss services of Christian marriage and to plan funeral or memorial services.
Pastor Charlotte Lohrenz can be reached through the office at 317-849-1930 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minister of Visitation
Our Minister of Visitation John Paulson has a special responsibility to visit church members who are unable to attend worship on a regular basis and assists with hospital visitations. Contact Minister of Visitation John Paulson through the church office.
Deacons “minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless and to any who may be in distress.” (Book of Order, G-6.0401a)
Each member of the board has a group of church members whom they contact on a regular basis to establish relationships, in order to provide care as needed. Deacons are an essential to our network of caring, keeping the pastor and the congregation informed of joys and concerns.
The board also delivers flowers from worship, arranges transportation to services with the church’s van and coordinates members to provide meals to those who are incapacitated or grieving. Deacons may be reached individually or through the church office.
Congregational Care Nurse
Faith Presbyterian has an experienced Congregational Care Nurse, Jenny Rosebrock, who is available to support people during times of crisis and chronic illness, and assists with visitation as needed. Congregational Care Nursing, or Parish Nursing, also focuses on a holistic approach to mind, body and spirit, with promotion of wellness programs, health education and connection with resources within and outside the congregation. Contact Jenny Rosebrock through the church office.
Stephen Ministers walk with people during times of trouble. Each Stephen Minister has received extensive training to be a caring friend and provide a listening ear to those going through difficult experiences. Stephen Ministers establish a one-on-one covenant relationship for a specific period of time with a member or friend of the church. Confidentiality, supervision and continuing education strengthen the excellent care Stephen Ministers are able to offer. If you or someone you know may benefit from Stephen Ministry, contact Pastor Charlotte Lohrenz, or Stephen Minister Leader Jenny Rosebrock through the church office.
Care and Fellowship Team
Care and Fellowship Team facilitates delivery of care to members of Faith and offers fellowship to affirm the fabric of our connections.
The team: ensures cards are sent to the ill, grieving, and service persons; collects C.A.R.E. packages for young people away from home; and coordinates meals following funeral or memorial services of Faith members.
The team creates wellness opportunities for the congregation, and oversees the formation of support groups for those with similar interests.
If you or someone you know who could benefit from contact with the Care and Fellowship Team or would like to participate in their efforts, contact Jenny Rosebrock through the church office.
Care Notes offer insight and support in many of life difficult situations, touching both young and old, those who are single, married and divorced. Care Notes can be found in a rack in the Faith Café, which is at the end of the hallway near the narthex or right in front of the Fellowship Hall/Gymnasium. It is worth taking a look at the options. You or someone you know may benefit from a Care Note!
Aids for Those with Disabilities
Do you or someone you know have temporary or ongoing needs? Faith has wheelchairs, walkers and handicapped accessible commodes that have been donated for others to use. The items are available without charge on a temporary or even permanent basis. Please contact the church office.
Flu Shots and Medical Screenings
Faith periodically hosts immunization and medical screenings, coordinated by our Congregational Care Nurse Jenny Rosebrock. Look again for the next opportunity.
Faith is a praying congregation! We believe that God listen to our prayers. We believe that those who pray and those who are lifted in prayer benefit from this relationship with God, through Jesus Christ.
Whether you are a prayer warrior, a prayer neophyte, too worn out to pray, or have come to the place where you don’t know what else to do, Faith can pray with you and for you and for those for whom you are concerned.
If you would like Faith members and staff to be in prayer for a particular concern, please contact a member of the staff or the church office.
Prayer concerns will be kept confidential if requested. If you are asking prayers for someone else, the name of that person will not be released beyond staff and our confidential prayer circle unless you have permission from the one for whom we are praying.
When a Loved One is Dying
The time when we know that a loved one is dying and immediately after their death can be tumultuous and challenging. In the midst of our grief, there are often many decisions that need to be made. We have our own reactions, wonder about the wishes of the one who has died or is near death, and – often – have to balance the expectations of other family and friends.
It may be helpful to speak first with a pastor of the church, who is familiar with grieving. A pastor can offer encouragement, support and offer a Christian perspective on life and death. As time progresses, a Stephen Minister can be a listening presence for you, or another mourner, as life and healing move on.
If you would like to speak with someone about care as a loved one is dying or as you mourn, please contact Pastor Charlotte Lohrenz or the Stephen Ministry through the church office.
Preparing for a service to celebrate and mourn a person who has died can be challenging. The pastors and staff of Faith are experienced in designing services that meet the needs of those who are grieving and would be privileged to help you navigate this important time.