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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

Debbie Huffmyer, Pastoral Life Coordinator: 412-741-4900 ext. 143

Pat Blauth, Parish Nurse: 412-741-4900 ext. 162

Recent Deaths

December 2017

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to:

Laurie Winkworth and family in the death of Laurie’s husband, David Winkworth on December 1, 2017. Funeral Service: Tuesday, December 5th 11:00 am: Christ Church at Grove Farm, Main Sanctuary.

November 2017

The sympathy of the congregation is extended to:

Judy Bonnaure and family in the death of Judy’s father, Gilbert Warren Bonnaure Sr., on November 5, 2017.

Gary snd Kathy Hemke and family in the death of Gary’s mother, Alice L. Hemke, on November 6, 2017

Gary and Annette Edwards, Scott and Nikki Fetzick, James and Kaitlyn Brinser, and Deanna Edwards in the death of Anna May Forsman, mother and grandmother, on November 7, 2017.