Our pastors continue to seek ways to provide our community with quality pastoral care while balancing the other demands of ministry. In an effort to be available, an “on-call” system has been implemented. If you need to reach a pastor in an emergency situation when the church office is closed, you may call 919-929-7191 to reach the on-call pastor for that week. Please be mindful when calling this number, as it is for emergencies only, like a death, critical hospitalization of a member, or other such situations. Pastoral care for non-emergencies, such as scheduled hospitalizations, can be arranged through the church office.
While the Rev. Tobi Nguyen coordinates our Congregational Care, our entire staff works as a team to meet the needs of our congregation.
“Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! The Father is a merciful God, who always gives us comfort. God comforts us when we are in trouble, so that we can share that same comfort with others in trouble” (2 Cor. 1:3-4).
PEER SUPPORT AND PRAYER REQUESTS
Stephen Ministers are lay people equipped to provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. If you are having a hard time, contact us to discuss whether a confidential, one hour, once-a-week conversation with a Stephen Minister may be right for you. This is meant to compliment, but not replace care from our pastors, mental health professionals, or medical professionals. Stephen Ministers have walked alongside those experiencing, grief, stress, divorce, illness, miscarriage, infertility, job difficulties, unemployment, loneliness and more.
Divorce Recovery Support Group
A support group that offers a safe and loving place to find help, discover hope, and experience healing for those struggling with separation or divorce, regardless of where they may be in the process. The 2019 University UMC Divorce Recovery Ministry runs for ten weeks, from Sunday, January 20 to Sunday, March 31. The meetings will run from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the church.
Please contact Lianne MacGregor for more information or to register.
Grief and Loss Support Group
A 7-week support group for those grieving the loss of a loved one as well as those who have experienced losses in other areas of life. It is our hope that with the loving support of other members of the body of Christ, we can learn together how to live with such losses in healthy ways.
Being a part of a Grief and Loss Support Group can be a life-changing experience, for you and for the others in your group. Please contact Tobi Nguyen for information or about other local resources.
Angels Too Soon Support Group
For those grieving over miscarriage, still birth, and early infant death, our Children’s Ministry holds a safe space of support and love.
Parents/Caregivers of Children with Special Needs
Our Children’s Ministry periodically holds a support group for parents/caregivers who have children that struggle with emotional issues (Autism, anxiety, depression, OCD, and others).
If you or your loved one is going to the hospital and desire a visit, please call the church office at 919-929-7191 and let a staff member know which hospital.
If you know a member of the church in the hospital, you may ask that person if he/she would desire a hospital visit and then notify the church office or one of the pastors on their behalf. If you would like Communion, please let us know.
A supportive group who visits those who can no longer come to church and brings them flowers. Members of this group may also inform church staff of changes in members’ health status.
WHEN SOMEONE IS BORN
When a baby is born our Director of Children and Family Ministries places a rose and cradle cross on the altar for the baby and an announcement in the bulletin. Then in the following weeks, the director visits the family and takes the cross and rose along with other gifts. The Early Childhood Council at University UMC provides two meals for the family.
WHEN SOMEONE DIES
When your loved one has died, please call the church at 919-929-7191 to let a staff member know. We will be in contact with you to see how we might be of support. If you would like to have the funeral at our church, we will set up a time to meet with you. We also have a memorial garden for ashes if that is what you and your family desire. Contact Tobi Nguyen for more info.
SENIOR ADULT MINISTRIES
Senior Adult Visits
University UMC’s Pastor of Visitation to Senior Adults is Reverend Manuel Wortman. You may request a visit from Manuel by contacting the church office at 919-929-7191.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Health Ministries Group
This group seeks to fulfill Christ’s biblical commitment to care for our minds, bodies, and spirit. Our ministry seeks to serve others, and build Christian community by identifying health needs, providing educational opportunities, and developing resources to assist with individual and group health.
Contact Eden Justad for more info.