Submitted by Bonnie Inscho (Parish Visitor Team)
Sometimes the most meaningful gift we can give is the gift our presence, rather than presents. This is what we, on the Caring and Parish Visitor Teams, hope to do all year at Foothills Unitarian Church. The holiday season seems a good time to remind you of our presence and what our role is here at Foothills.
The Caring Team responds to the Joys and Concerns shared on Sunday, as well as other requests made throughout the week, by checking in by phone, sending cards of concern, coordinating rides to church, and arranging for meals to be taken to homes. Additionally, they coordinate the receptions for church members’ memorial services. They also provide the Christmas Stars for one of Foothills’ holiday traditions.
Christmas Stars are now available in the social hall on the Caring Team table. Look for them on Sunday mornings before Christmas and decorate our sanctuary tree in honor and remembrance of your loved ones. We will be hanging Stars as a part of our vespers service on December 21st at 6 pm, and also you are welcome to hang your star at any time throughout the month of December.
The Parish Visitor Team works in collaboration with and under the guidance of the Ministerial Team. Their hope is to create a more caring community while making personal connections with members and friends of Foothills, many of whom find it difficult to attend church regularly. They provide a listening ear, a caring heart, and extend the reach of our congregation into our community. The Parish Visitors are not a replacement for our professional ministers – Reverends Howell Lind and Gretchen Haley, and Ministerial Resident Diana McLean – who provide many pastoral visits to our congregants during times of illness, loss, and transition – but rather a supplement to help us care for and with one another across our whole congregation.
We are seeking more volunteers for both the Caring and Parish Visitor Teams. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us.
Caring Team: Jacqui Wallace firstname.lastname@example.org 215-8952
Parish Visitor Program: Kay Hood email@example.com 988-8757
Ministerial Lead: Rev. Gretchen Haley, firstname.lastname@example.org 493-5906
If you or someone you know may benefit from our services, please contact email@example.com or call the office 970-493-5906.