Pastoral Care

Requesting Prayer and Visitation

The success of Pastoral Care rests upon the commitment of team members and upon pastoral concerns being communicated to us. If you, or someone you know, desires personal prayer, home communion, ministration to the sick or the dying, or would simply benefit from a visit by someone on the Pastoral Care Team, please contact church. You may also request to have someone added to the prayer list by clicking this button and filling out the form:

PrayerBreath Yoga

Mondays 9:15-10:30 AM & Fridays 1:30-2:45 PM
PrayerBreath Yoga is taught by Loren Mohler, a certified Yoga Alliance instructor and St. Mary’s parishioner, and utilizes prayer as an effective and enjoyable tool for staying with the breath in order to still the mind. God asks us to: “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:11a) If you have ever tried to do this, then you know it is easier said than done.

Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their FIRST class to fill out insurance waivers, ask questions, and discuss any health concerns or particular areas of the body they would like to focus on in class. Classes cost $4 -$10, sliding scale. You will need to wear comfortable clothing. While yoga mats are welcome, the only equipment you will need are two large towels, a hand towel, and a bottle of water. We have yoga mats to borrow.

Meals in Motion

This ministry provides meals for people within our parish who are having a "major life event," such as a major medical issue or the birth of a child. Volunteers coordinate the scheduling, preparation and delivery of meals to those who are in need. If you would like to participate in this ministry, or if you know of someone who could benefit from meals, please contact the church.

St. Mary’s Widows’ Group

Varies – See Events Calendar
Recognizing how important it is to be ever so gentle, kind, loving and giving to ourselves and also how important laughter can be, St. Mary’s Widows’ Groups invites you to join them as they help one another share their loss. The group meets once a month in homes or at St. Mary's.

Order of St. Luke

First and third Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
The Order of St. Luke the Physician (OSL) meets in the Guild Room. On the first Tuesday of each month we have an intercessory prayer service and a study session. On the third Tuesday of each month we have a healing service, which includes Eucharist and the laying on of hands and anointing.

Members of the Order of St. Luke pray daily for people who desire intercessory prayer. We welcome any names of people for whom you desire healing prayer. You may add someone to the OSL prayers by filling out this request form [hyperlink to new prayer request form]. We update our prayer list monthly, so we appreciate hearing from you about the progress of those people who you have submitted.

Pastoral Care Team

St. Mary’s Church aims to offer a high standard of pastoral care through prayer and visitation. The primary mechanism for achieving this aim is the Pastoral Care Team, which consists of clergy, Lay Eucharistic Visitors (licensed to take Communion into the community), and other members of the parish.

Through its members, the Pastoral Care Team is committed to caring for the sick, the bereaved, the homebound, and the imprisoned. We are connected to the Order of Saint Luke (which offers daily intercession for healing). We promote healthy living through the Parish Health Ministry, including blood pressure checks on the third Sunday of each month.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Mary’s is an active way to love and care for God’s people. A Prayer Shawl is a blend of prayers, talents, gifts, and grace. As we knit or crochet, we pray for the recipients of the shawls. Through these shawls, we are all knit together by God’s guiding hands and love. Each shawl is formally blessed during a church service.

We reach out to those in need with a Prayer Shawl to comfort, console, and strengthen our family of faith. A shawl may also be given in times of celebration. We want it to be a reminder of God’s promise that He is always with us.

Columbarium

The Columbarium is an installation of niches for the placement of the ashes of parish members of St. Mary’s as well as members of their families. It is located in the rear wall of the Chapel. Niches can be purchased in advance or at the time of need. The $600 cost of an individual niche purchases the right to place ashes in a specific niche and covers the cost of a memorial plaque.