Join the prayer chain become a link with the healing power of prayer! When we have a relationship with God, He is there for us to go to at anytime of the day or night. In Philippians 4:6-7 Paul wrote, "Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests by made know to God." When we go to God in prayer we can release those heavy burdens to His care, so that we can begin to heal. Just the act of handing concerns over to God promotes healing as our bodies function better when they are not bombarded with stress! Now, imagine the comfort of knowing that others are in prayer for you also!
Please consider joining the WUMC prayer chain. Not only will you be helping to ease the burden of those in need, but you will also strengthen your relationship with God through your prayerful conversation with Him.
For prayer requests, please contact the church office to be listed on the prayer chain.
Please pick up your Prayer Insert on Sunday morning, or from the church office during the week and keep these folks in your daily thoughts and prayers.
Stephen Ministry is a system of caring ministry we have at Westlake United Methodist Church. In it, Stephen Ministers, specially trained congregation members, provide one-to-one Christian care to people who are experiencing a life challenge or crisis.
WUMC has had Stephen Ministry since 1995. In that time we have trained over 40 of our members as Stephen Ministers. 15 of these Stephen Ministers are currently active. Since we began Stephen Ministry 10 years ago, we estimate that our Stephen Ministers have provided approximately 7,500 hours of one-to-one caring ministry.
As a Stephen Ministry congregation, we're part of something big. There are over 7,000 Stephen Ministry congregations from over 90 denominations worldwide. Over a quarter-million lay people have been trained as Stephen Ministers.
Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training in Christian care giving skills. This training involves general topics like listening skills, feelings, assertiveness, and boundaries, and specialized topics like using prayer and other Christian resources or how to minister to someone experiencing grief, divorce, a terminal illness, and more.
We have Stephen Ministry at WUMC to expand pastoral care through this lay ministry, put to use the spiritual gifts of our congregation and reach out with Christ's love to those in need and to fulfill the mission of our church "To serve God and the community in all that we do".
For more information, check out www.stephenministries.org or contact Gretty Myers.
The fourth Wednesday of every month, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., a free community meal is offered in Fellowship Hall. Reservations are not required.
SAMARITAN SHUTTLE & SUPPERS
The Compassion Connection Council sponsors a ministry that coordinates meals and rides for folks as needed. Please let any of the staff know if you will be laid up after a hospitalization, new baby, or illness and would like to receive a delicious home made meal. You know that there are some pretty wonderful & generous cooks out there just waiting to be your neighbor. Please let them use their spiritual gift of Helps. If you'd like to volunteer to cook or to drive someone to church, please contact the church office.
CAREGIVER'S SUPPORT GROUP
WUMC, in conjunction with Rockport UMC, holds monthly meetings on the 1st Monday of the month at Westlake UMC. Caregivers are welcome to bring their care partner. A separate space and activities are available for them, staffed by volunteers. The group is facilitated by Thurston Cosner, Stephen Leader from Rockport UMC, and Gretty Myers, Stephen Leader from Westlake, UMC. Also joining us is Kathy Tafuri, Parish Nurse from Westlake UMC.