Congregational Care

"Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will follow the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2 NIV

 

The Congregational Care Ministry is divided up into several categories, all which serve, support, help, and minister to those who are in need of spiritual and mental healing.

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Stephen Ministry

 

Counseling, Stephen Ministry, Christian Counseling, HelpThe Stephen Ministry is a Caring Ministry that uses the Stephen Series training system.  Through this ministry, we are able to empower our lay people to go forth into the congregation and community and provide one-on-one Christian care to people who are hurting.

This program has been in our LMUMC congregation since 1982. Every so often we offer Stephen Ministers training, which focuses on learning the skills of listening, feelings, spiritual care, aging, grief, and divorce.  This training equips the Stephen Ministers with the ability to discern and empathize with people facing a crisis in their lives.

On a daily basis, many people will face job loss, financial burdens, illness, divorce, and more. The Stephen Ministry is here to help lessen these burdens by providing a confidential ear to listen and a spiritual hand to hold. If you are in need of a Stephen Minister, please contact Thom Walsh using the contact information below.

Questions? Contact a Stephen Leader: Thom Walsh at 217-415-4698 or Lynn Olmstead at 813-765-9287

Interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or learning more about the program? Visit the official Stephen Ministry website at www.stephenministries.com to learn more!

 
 
 
 

 

griefshare, loss of a loved one, grieving help, grieving, tampa support groupsGriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life after losing a loved one. Our group is led by caring people who

have experienced grief and want to help you through the difficult days ahead. 
 
New sessions begin regularly and last approx. 13 weeks with the next session starting January 10, 2017.
 
Workbooks are $20 with some scholarships available. We will meet in room 310 of the Christian Education Center (CEC) building here at Lake Magdalene UMC.  Please RSVP to a.king4104@gmail.com, 
call 813-963-1555 and leave a brief message, or visit GriefShare.org and go to "Find a Group" to reserve you space. Facilitator: Anne King.

 

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Anyone who is getting a divorce or a separation, may want to consider attending Divorce Care. Through media and group discussion, this 14-week session can help you cope with and manage things like anger, loneliness, financial issues, legal issues, and all of the other problems we face when our worlds are turned upside down by relationship turmoil. The workbook for this class is $15, scholarships are available.
 
A new session begins on Thursday, January 12 at 6:30pm
Please contact the front office to find out the current schedule at 813-961-1254 for questions or additional information.
 
 
 
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Transitions is an ongoing support and friendship group for those who have gone through a divorce, or are still in this process. Join us for help, healing and hope as you embrace your future to become all that God wants you to be. Begins Monday, September 12, 6:30-8:30pm in room 310. 

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Widow's Group

This group meets on a monthly basis as a support system to help one another through the sometimes difficult times as a Widow. Whether you're recently widowed, or widowed for many years, we offer fellowship, support, care, and time to spend with others who can relate to and understand your situation. Please contact Susie Crites for more information at scrites@lmumc.org or 813-265-3448.

 
 

MS Support Group

The Lake Magdalene Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets from 7pm-9pm the first Tuesday of each month in the Isaac W. Bearss room behind Heritage Hall. This group focuses on coming together to share MS experiences while providing support, educational and mutual aid. We learn new information from various speakers and strategies for coping with problems. All of those from the newly diagnosed to those who have been coping with this disease for a life time are welcomed along with their families and caregivers. Please contact Jan Birberick at 813-767-9233 or at jbirberick@tampabay.rr.com for more information.
 
 

Hospital Ministry

If you feel compelled to visit and pray for those who are hospitalized either at hospitals or rehab centers, our Hospital Ministry Team visits several facilities in the Tampa Bay area. New team members are needed all the time!

Please contact Jeanette Abbott at the church office (813) 961-1254 ext. 280 or jabbott@lmumc.org. You can sign up for a time that best fits your schedule. Anyone with a caring, compassionate heart is encouraged to participate!

Hospitals in the Tampa Bay area to visit include:

  • Memorial Hospital
  • Moffitt
  • St. Joseph's Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Hospital- North
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • Town & Country
  • University Community Hospital-Carrollwood
  • University Community Hospital-Fletcher
  • VA Hospital
 
 

Faith Community Nursing

Our Faith Community Nurses, in collaboration with the pastoral staff and congregants, participate in the ongoing transformation of the faith community into a source of health and healing. Through partnership with other community health resources, Faith Community Nursing fosters new and creative responses to health and wellness concerns.

F.C.N. Ministry offers FREE blood pressure readings on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 9:00-9:30 a.m. & 10:30-11:00 a.m., in the reception area of the CEC building.

Parish nursing is a specialty practice and professional model of health ministry distinguished by the following beliefs:

 The parish nurse role reclaims the historic roots of health and healing found in many religious traditions. Parish nurses live out the early work of monks, nuns, deacons and deaconesses, church nurses, traditional healers and the nursing profession itself.

 The spiritual dimension is central to parish nursing practice. Personal spiritual formation is essential for the parish nurse. The practice holds that all persons are sacred and must be treated with respect and dignity. Compelled by these beliefs the parish nurse serves, advocating with compassion, mercy and justice. The parish nurse assists and supports individuals, families, and communities in becoming more active partners in the stewardship of personal and communal health resources.

 The parish nurse understands health to be a dynamic process, which embodies the spiritual, psychological, physical, and social dimensions of the person. Spiritual health is central to well being and influences a person's entire being. A sense of well being can exist in the presence of disease, and healing can exist in absence of cure.
If you have any questions, please contact our FCN, Susie Crites, at scrites@lmumc.org.