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Care and Counseling

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Pastoral Life at Christ Church encompasses a number of exceptional ministries, each led and facilitated by lay volunteer servant leaders. These ministries, along with a brief description and leader contact information, are provided on the sidebar to the right.

Our Counseling Ministry is a natural, core ministry at Christ Church at Grove Farm. Our intent is to offer a safe, non-threatening place for individuals and couples to come and share their story, while providing care and wise counsel, in a non-judgmental, grace-filled context. We seek to counsel in a manner which assists our counselees to embrace a deeper understanding of God’s perspective upon their life through the lens of Scripture and apply Biblical truth to their day-to-day lives. God’s Word is relevant to our struggles…

Another priority of our Pastoral Life Department is Pastoral Visitation. When we are made aware of forthcoming surgeries, hospitalizations, or those who may be homebound, we seek to provide timely, empathetic, Christ-like care to each and every individual. In addition, we provide pastoral support via follow-up contact with those recovering from surgeries, illnesses and loss. We also assist loved ones with respect to funeral or memorial service planning. Please do not hesitate to contact our Pastoral Life Coordinator, Debbie Huffmyer, or myself, should you have a forthcoming surgery, pastoral need, concern or to schedule a counseling appointment with me. We are here to assist you in any way we can.

Additionally, we have Pat Blauth, a member of our congregation, who serves voluntarily as our Parish Nurse. As a registered nurse, she is familiar with current health care services in our area, and has undertaken specialized training to work alongside our Pastoral Life Team to provide information pertaining to various means of support which are available regarding the health and well-being of our parishioners. Pat will seek to offer a bridge of care between you, your doctor, your family and our faith community here at Christ Church.

Be assured that confidentiality is strictly upheld with respect to our Pastoral Life ministry here at Christ Church at Grove Farm.

Pastor Barry Mariana, Pastoral Life Pastor: 412-741-4900 ext. 115 bmariana@ccgf.org

Debbie Huffmyer, Pastoral Life Coordinator: 412-741-4900 ext. 143 dhuffmyer@ccgf.org

Pat Blauth, Parish Nurse: 412-741-4900 ext. 162 pblauth@ccgf.org

Recent Deaths

September 2017

Gerald Isenberg, on September 4, 2017. Amy Bartram’s father.

Craig Whitlock on September 14, 2017. Beverly Whitlock 's husband.

Duke Bope on September 16, 2017. Joan Bope's son.

Gertrude Schweinberg on September 18, 2017. Chuck Schweinberg's mother.

Patrick Michael O’Donnell, Rita Pinyot’s (Ernie) brother on September 23, 2017.

Ruth Marie Newman Wilk, Betty Miller’s sister, on September 29, 2017.

Nick Matko’s mother, Josephine, passed away on September 29, 2017.