Life at Emanuel
The Stephen Series, also called "Stephen Ministry," provides congregations with the training, resources, and ongoing support to organize and equip a team of lay caregivers--called Stephen Ministers--in the congregation.
Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties.
If you or a loved one are grieving, you are welcome to access a series of videos through a link listed below. There are seven videos in all covering various topics and most are about an hour in length. The following are the topics that are covered in the videos: Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's, The Transforming Power of Caregiving, Changed Forever, Footprints on our Hearts, Grieving a Sudden Death of a Loved One, Helping Children Grieve, Helping Parents Grieve, Hope for Healing following a death by Suicide, Grieving the Loss of a Pet.
If you would like to access these videos from Paraclete Press, please click HERE.
If at anytime you would like to contact Pastor Cady in regards to dealing with grief, you may email or call him at the office, 860-643-1193, x.301
Prayer Shawl Ministry
For many years, Emanuel members have used their knitting talents to create Prayer Shawls. These shawls are stitched with the prayers of the knitter and are provided free to church members, friends, families, and community members who are ill or grieving. Many knitters work on their own, but others gather on the first Friday of the month at 1pm for fellowship. Once per month, newly knitted shawls are blessed during worship.
Parish Nursing is a holistic case management practice within the congregation that focuses on health promotion and disease prevention. Emanuel’s parish nurse, Lynne Gustafson assesses, plans and implements nursing care that addresses the strengths and deficits of individuals, the congregation and the community. The parish nurse functions as a facilitator of health, promoting the congregation’s ministry of healing.
Lynne writes a monthly newsletter article about some aspect of health and wellness. In addition, congregation nurses provide monthly blood pressure screenings, and promotes health education programs available within the community.
As a health counselor she provides private sessions with individuals to assist them to modify their life, adjust to disease, cope with chronic illness and other health concerns. She visits members in hospitals, homes and institutions of any kind to provide wholistic health care. She provides prayerful support for those in need and follows the doctrines of the Lutheran Church.
As a referral agent she refers individuals to appropriate health care resources within their community as well as supports and interprets medical regimes.
As a health care advocate she works with other health care professionals and clergy within the church and community to expand the concept of wholistic care. She assesses individual and church health needs and concerns and advocates for change.
The Parish Nurse does not provide hands on care nor does she replace ones primary health care provider.