The Mission of the Order:
Saint Hilary’s Episcopal Church became a Stephen Ministry congregation in June 2013. We are pleased to announce that we now have eleven commissioned Stephen Ministers — Betsy Barbour, Mary Dolan, Martie Danielson, Sybil Edgar, Paula Kalemeris, Libby Maxwell, Donna McVety, Penny and Nick Ranson, Joann Votaw and Colleen Wheeler.
Martie and Ron Danielson attended the Stephen Leaders Training Course in Dallas, Texas from July 13 through July 19. Father Charles will soon commission them as Stephen Leaders. They will join Penny and Nick Ranson, who became Stephen Leaders a year ago, as directors of Stephen Ministry.
Stephen Ministers are lay people—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment. Stephen Ministers maintain confidentiality. If you would like to have a Stephen Minister, call the church office at 239-936-1000 or contact us via email.
We will begin training new Stephen Ministers in January 2015. If you would like to become a Stephen Minister, please email us. We especially need men to join this vital and caring ministry.
We meet once a month for about an hour. Our next meeting is January 4 in the Conference Room, after the 10:30 a.m. service. You are welcome to join us. Prayerfully consider becoming a Daughter. If you are interested and would like more information, please feel free to speak with Sybil Edgar, DOK Chapter President.
Prayer shawl ministry
What is a Prayer Shawl Ministry? Prayer shawls are intentionally made to be given to console those who are grieving, comfort those who are ill, and bring hope to those in despair. They can also be used to celebrate life and its milestones.
“Shawls, (have been) made for centuries, universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles.”
These shawls have several meanings: some are called prayer shawls, others are called comfort shawls, and still others are called peace shawls or mantles. The shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The prayerful intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered from our parish priest at the altar during a Sunday service. Then the shawls are ready to be sent on their way.
We hope you will come and join us the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. in Browning Hall. You do not have to knit or crochet, you can just come and visit with us. Contact Nancy Terrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to be part of this group.
Bring a canned or dry food item to church the first Sunday of each month, which is Pantry Sunday. All donations benefit Community Cooperative Ministries.
CCMI has provided us with a wish list for donations. This is posted on the bulletin board just outside Browning Hall. All donations are greatly appreciated and can be placed in the collection bins in the narthex and Browning Hall. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me …”