UCH has identified and trained nine members to serve on the Pastoral Care Team. The Pastoral Associates are a one-on-one ministry whereby members of our church can help other members who need care. A Pastoral Associate is a confidential, compassionate, and listening presence. Associates have been trained by the ministry team and are headed by a volunteer minister with the congregation. They meet regularly and receive continuing education in relevant issues.
Members of the Pastoral Care Team include: Jim Cavenaugh, Kathleen Daugherty, Marj Forster, Nancy Hall, and Kathleen Stewart.
The purpose of Pastoral Care is to assist UCH members in life changing situations. Naturally, they can only assist if they know that someone needs help.
Please contact Pastoral Care for yourself or other UCH members in any of the following situations:
- People who are hospitalized
- People who are grieving a loss
- People who are separated or divorcing
- People in need of long term care
- People who are terminally ill
- People experiencing job loss
- People experiencing financial struggle
- People facing legal difficulties
- People in abusive situations
- People adjusting to life‐changing situations
Making a Referral
You may contact Rev. Michael Walker, Marj Forster or any staff member directly to make a referral.
In addition, we have established a voice mailbox for anyone wishing to leave a confidential, detailed message regarding any life‐changing event. Call the church office at 717-564-4761, ext. 708 (Pastoral Care Associate).
We have also established a designated email address listed on our contact form. You may send a confidential, detailed email notifying the Pastoral Care team. Normally, both the voice and electronic mail will be checked by Marj. She will also coordinate assignments to the Pastoral Associates. Among other things, you can also ask for a visit, a phone call, and/or request to be included in the pastoral prayer during the Sunday morning worship.
Sharing Your Joys and Sorrows
UCH members are
encouraged to share their concerns and sorrows. The Pastoral Care team monitors the email and voicemail daily and will forward specified concerns to the minister on duty for inclusion in the pastoral prayer during Sunday service. In addition, for joys and sorrows shared verbally on Sunday morning, we will continue to light individual candles as part of the service at Clover Lane. At Market Street, we will continue our practice of offering a collective pastoral prayer in place of individual joys and sorrows. The minister on duty will be responsible for incorporating shareable joys and sorrows from the 10:00 a.m. service into the pastoral prayer at the 10:30 a.m. service.