9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another..."
"One another"--it's a phrase you see often in the New Testament, particularly in the Letters of Paul. In Paul's understanding of the Church, we're a body, the Body of Christ. As such, we're interdependent members of one another, all of us united in Jesus Christ, with him as our Head. When one of us suffers, we all suffer. When one rejoices, we all rejoice. It's because we're connected.
The ministry of Congregational Care is rooted in this interdependent, mutual affection we have for one another in Christ. Our inter-connectedness moves us--all of us--to give and receive care.
Whether it's a deacon visiting her visitee, a Stephen Minister caring for a care receiver, a hospital visitor checking in on a congregant recovering from surgery, we strive to be there for one another. Ours is a multi-layered ministry whose success is measured by expanding care given by increasing numbers of people--formally and informally.
Joined to one another, we're a team--not just of church staff members, but the whole congregation. So let's look for creative ways to love one another. Please join us in this interconnected, one-anothering ministry!
We welcome you to become a part of who we are and what we offer. You may call or email Pastor Carl Hofmann in the Congregational Care Department at 303.402.6402.