The leaders have heard All Saints people invite exploring grief ministry. The Mutual Ministry Team recently invited the Council to take a closer look. And I want to start a conversation with you about what would be helpful for you and this congregation.
Jesus promised that those who grieve will be comforted. That’s why
There’s so many ways All Saints already does and can even more accompany those who grieve on the journey God promised leads to joy.
- learning events
- healing worship
- visiting with the pastor
- Listen Strong listening “seasons”
- small group conversation
- friendship and relationship-building
- bible study
- a “hope and healing” garden
- something else…
Do one or more of these seem to speak to you or “shimmer” for you as something that may help you with grief?
Has one or more of these helped you with grief and you feel a call to invest in that to help others?
Let me know. Talk to Julie Schoville, All Saints’ council president.
I myself love to learn. I collect and share resources. Simple information has been healing for me. Plus, many of us have been in situations where we wanted to help, but we didn’t know how. Or we learned later someone was grieving but we didn’t know and didn’t recognize the signs. And others of us have been in situations where we tried to help, but either made things worse or we got overwhelmed, and then we didn’t know what a caring next step would be.
Understanding the limits of our capacity to help is as important as becoming more skilled in recognizing need and responding with care. So this is a broader conversation than one enews.
Let me hear from you, if you have anything to share around exploring grief ministry. Next week, I’ll share some of what I’ve learned about the differences between grief, shame, trauma, and depression.
Thanks and peace, PC
The most recent Listen Strong campaign has come to a close. The team plans to share their results at an ice cream social, with the date to be determined.
Six weeks ago, All Saints commissioned a specially-trained Listen Strong team. They invited all All Saints’ people to one-to-one conversation.
The purpose was to strengthen All Saints by starting and strengthening relationships of ongoing care and concern and by clarifying what God is calling this congregation to do next, through All Saints peoples’ unique passions and gifts.
This campaign officially ended on May 31. We thank Listen Strong team members Julie Schoville, Barb Johnson, KD Kalber, Sharon Martin, Michael Novak, Roger Oliver, Pastor Clark Olson-Smith, Art Raney, Scott Schoville and Tom Schoville for their dedication to this campaign. They will soon report their findings to Council and the congregation.
The Listen Strong team was commissioned in worship on Sun Apr 19. That team of eight people has already grown to 10.
These are the listeners:
K. D. Kalber
and Pastor Clark
One of them will contact you between now and the end of May. They will invite you to have a 30 minute one-to-one conversation–a “sacred conversation.
The purpose is to strengthen All Saints by strengthening relationships of real care and concern and getting clearer on what God is calling this congregation to do next.
Thanks for saying, “Yes!” and sharing yourself, your time, your story.
Thanks and peace, PC
On Sunday, April 19, All Saints will commission another specially-trained Listen Strong team. In the six weeks that follow, they will invite all All Saints’ people–you!–to one-to-one conversation.
The purpose is to strengthen All Saints:
- by starting and strengthening relationships of ongoing care and concern
- and by clarifying what God is calling this congregation to do next, through All Saints peoples’ unique passions and gifts.
The 2013 Listen Strong team had 77 conversations, and its report to Council focused the congregation’s core ministries
Julie Schoville is leading the 2015 effort, with support and training from Quad Cities Interfaith and its executive director, Leslie Kilgannon.