Our Savior’s Prayer Chain is a growing group of members and friends of Our Savior’s who prayerfully support God’s children (those in need of God’s comfort, love and strength). The Prayer chain uses 2 modes of communication to pass the prayer requests along.
We are fortunate to live in an area where there is an abundance of help when we struggle with grief, depression, relationship problems and other difficulties. Sometimes, however, it’s “soul care” that we need. Any of our pastors would be happy to pray with you or help you with the “God questions” that might be troubling you, so don’t hesitate to call, email or simply drop by. The door is always open.
Care Team Ministry
What is it and how did it get started at Our Saviors?
Care Team Ministry (CTM) is a faith based volunteer program in partnership with Lyngblomsten, a Christian nonprofit social ministry organization in St. Paul. Lyngblomsten provided the initial training for setting up the program. Their Mission Statement states: “CTM provides support and friendship to individuals and families through teams of congregation-based volunteers.”
Russ Shook, Ruel Carpenter, Helen Paul, and Loretta Philips were the first to complete the training. Pastor Craig Hanson is now working with CTM, and Lynn Rossiter and Cindy Schwiesow have completed training to become co-leaders. Lyngblomsten continues to provide monthly educational information and programs. Some of the programs Lyngblomsten has provided include Living Well At Home and learning about Alzheimers. We also receive resource information on programs available through the state, county, and other sources. CTM has 2 shelves in the OSLC library where much of the resource information is available for your use.
In the past years CTM has provided a variety of help to members of OSLC and the community, including: providing transportation, meals, household help, respite care, visits to shut-ins, assisting a family in a variety of ways to allow them to remain in their home, and a variety of one-time requests for specific needs. CTM can serve people of all ages – not just seniors.
Being involved with CTM has been a tremendous learning experience for me, not only for myself, but to better inform me how to respond to older members of my own family. Any assistance provided by CTM is confidential, but I will tell you that I have also been a recipient of assistance from CTM on two occasions: once when I developed an infection after surgery and was homebound for several months. One of the volunteers visited me and brought me a meal on a couple occasions. Second, after knee replacement a volunteer visited, brought a couple meals again, and kept in touch by phone; also a volunteer driver drove me to my first doctor’s appointment 10 days after the surgery. Their friendship and help was very much appreciated.