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A Message from Stephen Ministry

Last year brought on a world of pain, anguish, hurt, fear, frustration, and loneliness for most of us. We didn’t know what to do, who to turn to or what would happen next. Who would have predicted that we would have been struck with a pandemic so great that it would shut down the US economy, bring on business closures and unemployment for many? We had to figure out how to worship together while being apart. We had to figure out how to support and encourage each other from afar. Even though we may feel alone, we are NOT alone.

God is always with us as is YOUR Stephen Ministry Group. As trained lay Christian care givers, we too had to figure out how to continue our caring ministry and still maintain safety measures. Yes! We learned how to meet via Zoom and FaceTime. We continue to care for those placed in our care through Zoom, emails, phone calls, and text messages. If you are lonely, lost, confused, and in need of someone to talk to, we are here for you. Stephen Ministry care is completely confidential and nonjudgmental. It is ok to need and ask for help. That’s what we are here for. We all need help at times in our lives.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to one of our dedicated Stephen Ministers, Garry Brueggemeier, Betty Campbell, Allen Cheek, Alice Deal, Jerralynne Duncan, Aida Fardella, Jerry Fardella, Barbara Gaw, Anita Hans, Connie Moffatt, Susan Nieland, Dottie Pihl, Carole Priede, Laura Shepherd, or David Stuckwisch. If you’d like to have a Stephen Minister, please reach out to one of our Stephen Leaders, Ruth Anderson (813)951-1772, Mickey Castor (813)748-4492, Karen Jankowski (813)817-8565, or Pastor John (813)961-8747. We get through not only the good times together, but more importantly the rough times, turbulent times, and times of pandemic. In this way, we carry out our commitment to Stephen Ministry. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” — Galatians 6:2

Grace Lutheran Church at Carrollwood

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