Stephen Ministry is a nationally certified ecumenical program equipping lay people to help provide Christian care to members of our congregation and community. Those experiencing divorce, grief, terminal illness, loss of a job, relocation, an empty nest, retirement, hospitalization, loneliness and many other stresses or challenges find Stephan Ministers to be a supportive extension of Christ’s love. They are friends who listen, understand, accept and pray for or with a person who is working through a difficult time in his or her life.
Confidentiality is a vital principle of Stephen Ministry. If you or someone you know is experiencing personal difficulties and might benefit by speaking with a caring, Christian friend who really listens and offers unconditional support, there are trained Stephen Ministers available. Your call and your relationship with a Stephen Minister remain strictly confidential.
To learn more, please contact the church office at 989-652-6858, Jim Rogner at 989-284-6161 or Linda Mawer at 989-780-2115.
Taking Action, Finding Hope, and Navigating the Journey Ahead
When someone you know is facing cancer, what can you do to reach out and help? The newest book from Stephen Ministries offers a simple and powerful answer. Cancer—Now What? Taking Action, Finding Hope, and Navigating the Journey Ahead is a book anyone can give to those with cancer and their loved ones as a way of providing help, support, and encouragement during that critical time.
“When my wife, Joan, was diagnosed with cancer, we were stunned, and there was an overwhelming amount we needed to learn,” says the book’s author, Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, pastor, and founder of Stephen Ministries. “Cancer—Now What? is the book I wish someone had given us at that time. It covers what we needed to know right from the start.”
In addition to the author’s own experience, the book draws on extensive research with over 3,500 cancer survivors, family members of those with cancer, oncologists, and other medical professionals. The result is a practical, hope-filled guide for dealing with the medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges that cancer brings. The book equips and empowers people facing cancer and anyone looking for a tangible way to help. Copies are available in our church office for a suggested donation of $20.
Learn more about the book including excerpts and reader’s comments at http://www.cancernowwhat.org/