Care and Support
From earliest times, Christians have used their churches and grounds as places of interment at time of death. Therefore, it is fitting that the church provide a garden for Christians to inter ashes of loved ones following creation, and a place of peace and beauty for meditation. Its purpose is to provide a pleasant outdoor setting for all of life's celebrations: weddings, baptisms, church gatherings. Please click here to view our brochure for more information.
Parish Nurse: Committed to a Healing Mission
The Parish Nurse Program is a specialized ministry of our church in partnership with Lakeland HealthCare. Our Parish Nurse, Julie Lester BSN, FR, FCN, is a member of our staff who focuses on health education, health promotion, and health advocacy in all aspects of body, mind and spirit for members of the church. St. Joseph First UMC's Health Ministry involves:
Visitation in homes, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities
Homebound communion and prayer
Health education programs
Blood pressure screenings
Resources, support and information
In need of health care support? Contact Parish Nurse Julie Lester.
Stephen Ministry: God's Love in Action
What is Stephen Ministry? Stephen Ministries is a not-
We all experience challenges in life, times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:
loss of loved one
-- hospitalization -- divorce or separation -- loneliness
-- spiritual crisis -- unemployment -- a terminal illness
-- incarceration -- aging
birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility -- a chronic illness -- relocation -- recovery after an accident or disaster -- and many more
For more information, call Parish Nurse Julie Lester (269.983.3929, ext. 16).
Small Groups: Connect with Others
To truly be a part of Experiencing God -- Embracing Others, we encourage everyone to join a small group. There are numerous small groups within our congregation that meet on a regular basis outside of church, usually in someone's home. We believe life change happens in circles rather than rows!
We have groups for high school age, college age, adults and couples that include Bible study, fellowship and praying for each other. To find a small group that's right for you, contact Director of Adult Christian Education Shari Phillips or Director of Youth Ministries Dan Colthorp.
Why join a small group?
To learn and grow
To connect with new people on a deeper level
To feel cared for and supported
To encourage others' spiritual journeys