Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry in which the identity of those receiving care and everything discussed remains private.  Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide weekly one-on-one Christian care (emotional and spiritual) to people in the congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives, be it the loss of a loved one, hospitalization, spiritual crisis, divorce, job loss, or loneliness, to name but a few. If you or someone you know could use a Stephen Minister, please call our Stephen Leaders,  Dian Ward (702) 750-0146,  Melody Edwards (702) 683-5189 or Pat Malfara  (702)242-8442. God comforts us in our affliction so that we may comfort others as we were comforted by God .“                       2nd Corinthians 1-4
 
Stephen from the Bible was chosen by the disciples to devote his life tending to the widows, the poor, hungry, and needy – he was called the first deacon. He was there to serve, not expecting to be served. What can be more important in our lives than to serve others as Stephen did?  Someone recently said that we are given the gift of love when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  It is this gift of love that is impossible to keep just for ourselves.  It is the gift that keeps on giving.  CAN YOU GIVE THE GIFT OF YOURSELF AS A STEPHEN MINISTER??  Someone needs you!
 
 

Contact Stephen Leader Dian Ward at 702 750-0146 and say, “I want to be a Stephen Minister!!!”   Also, call Dian or your deacon if you want visitations with a Stephen Minister.

GOD’S LOVE IN ACTION There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties:

  • loss of a loved one
  • spiritual crisis
  • cancer
  • hospitalization
  • deployment
  • disability
  • discouragement
  • divorce
  • rehabilitation
  • job loss
  • loneliness
  • many other challenges

God never intended for us to go through these experiences alone.  That’s why God has brought us together as a congregation and why we have Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of care-giving training, so they can minister to people experiencing a crisis, facing a challenge or simply going through a rough time. A Stephen Minister will meet with you, privately and confidentially, on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, support and remind you of Christ’s presence in your life. If you or someone you know could benefit from a Stephen Minister, please:

  1. talk with Pastor Dendy or
  2. call Dian Ward at (702) 750-0146 or
  3. leave a message in the Church office.

  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”   Matthew 11:28

Grief Share is a 13 week DVD based recovery support group.  It is open to members and non-members who have suffered the loss of a spouse, relative, close friend, or loved one, recently or in the past.   Topics covered include living with grief, the effects of grief, God’s prescription for grief, and the question of “why?”

The next program will begin on Tuesday, March 5, from 1:pm to 3:00 pm, and will run every Tuesday in the Chapel until May 28, 2019.  Each class is self-contained; therefore one can miss a class without disruption to the program.   There is no cost for attendance.  We are registered on GriefShare.org
 
Session 1     March 5, 2019      Is This Normal?
 

Session 2     March 12, 2019    Challenges of Grief

 

Session 3     March 19, 2019    The Journey of Grief – Part 1

 

Session 4     March 26, 2019    The Journey of Grief – Part 2

 

Session 5     April 2, 2019         Grief and Your Relationships

 

Session 6     April 9, 2019         Why?

 

Session 7     April 16, 2019       Guilt and Anger

 

Session 8     April 23, 2019       Complicating Factors

 

Session 9     April 30, 2019       Stuck

 

Session 10   May 7, 2019         Lessons of Grief – Part 1

 

Session 11   May 14, 2019       Lessons of Grief – Part 2

 

Session 12   May 21, 2019       Heaven

 

Session 13   May 28, 2019       What Do I Live For Now?