Stephen Ministry Information Meeting

Stephen Ministry is a program of our congregation that equips lay members to provide distinctly Christian care to those experiencing all kinds of difficulties in life. It is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another and based on the belief that caring for one another is an intended way

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Tears of Joy, Tears of Sadness

During the Lenten season at FUMC, a Stephen Minister is standing at the front of the sanctuary after each worship service, ready to listen to concerns, answer questions, and pray with anyone who may be grieving or experiencing other needs.

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The Person of the Caregiver

What are the characteristics of a good caregiver? Stephen Ministers brainstormed this question at a recent Group Supervision meeting and came up with a long list, including the following: empathy, patience, compassion, caring, flexibility, dedication, commitment, confidentiality, spirituality, good listener, communication skills, plus two concrete items–time and transportation. Many members

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Meet Stephen Minister after Church

Do you have questions about what Stephen Ministers do? Are you concerned about a family member or friend and want to find help for that person? Do you want to talk with someone about your own physical,spiritual, or emotional concerns? One of FUMC’s Stephen Ministry team will be at the

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"Graceful Aging" Workshops Scheduled

This September and October, Graceful Aging will be a four week workshop series at Portland’s First United Methodist Church designed to provide solutions to the issues of pro-actively managing the aging process and providing support for loved ones who face those issues.  Ms. Jeanette Chardon, MSW and owner of Portland

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