Congregational Care

There are times when you need a pastor to listen, to be present, to be an advocate. However, it is the Care Cluster's mission to provide ongoing congregational care and support to families and individuals in a personal and compassionate way and to provide an atmosphere and opportunity to sense God’s presence and provision.

Pastor On Call

Sudden illness, death, or personal crises do not always happen during regular business hours. An FPC pastor is always available to our membership for pastoral emergencies. Here is how to reach the Pastor on Call:

  • Dial the main number of First Presbyterian Church: 256-536-3354
  • Listen to the instructions, press 122 to reach the pastor or leave a message.
  • Leave your message and telephone number where you can be reached and hang up.
  • The Pastor on Call will return your call as soon as possible.

Providing Care for the People by the People

Members and pastors in congregational ministry provide ongoing care and support for the congregation.

That care could mean delivering a meals to new parents, making visits wherever they are needed, or making a difference in someone’s life in dozens of other ways.

Many FPC members serve in one of our ministries as part of their service to the church.

Are you or someone you know in our church family:

  • Dealing with a sudden or chronic illness, tragedy, or loss in your family?
  • Feeling disconnected because of the inability to attend church?
  • Giving care to a loved one and needing an extra pair of hands for an errand?
  • Wanting to attend Sunday morning worship but unable to locate a parking space?

The CARE Cluster elders and deacons can help you access the support or care you need. Contact Patty Conley (elder) or Andi Gaskins (deacon).

Overview of Care Ministries:

Pastoral visitation. Illness and hospitalization can be a stressful in your life or the life of someone you love. Our pastors make hospital, home, and care center visits to our members to assure them that they are being remembered during this time.

When a loved one has passed away, a pastor will help you with the details of planning a Service of Witness to the Resurrection (funeral or memorial service). Planning for these types of services generally occur at the time of loss and while families are in somewhat of a crisis mode. Even though it is difficult to talk about death, what better gift can you give a loved one, than meeting with a pastor prior to an illness or death to assist you and your loved ones with ideas that would be meaningful for your service?

Stephen Ministers . These volunteers are trained lay people from the congregation who offer a thoughtful and loving presence in members’ lives who are in need of friendship, support, nurture, and encouragement.

Prayer Chain. Prayer is one of our “chief exercises of faith". We are a people of prayer. If we can pray for you, click the link below and send us a prayer request (or contact the church office) and we will pray for you through our prayer chain. Members may contact the office to have a name added to the Prayer and Care Concerns listed in the current Sunday bulletin if they are received by Wednesday noon prior to that Sunday. Names stay on the list for 6 weeks unless otherwise requested. Click here for the Prayer Request Form.

Meals. Whether it's the joyous birth of a child, family illness, or other circumstances, there are times when folks need a meal prepared for them. The CARE team is ready to support you by providing a meal. Contact will be made with the family to arrange the details and menu options.

Out of Touch? When illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending church, we can help you maintain your connection in supportive and practical ways. You can receive the Sunday bulletin or flowers from the Sanctuary from the Sunday service. You can worship with us online (see website Worship pages for details). We can provide transportation for you (check with us on this ministry). We will stay in touch with you with visits, cards, and emails.

Communion Sundays. Following the 10:30 am worship service, elders take this sacrament to members who are unable to attend worship.

Small Home Repair. Whether it's leaky faucets, caulking, changing light bulbs, painting, etc., we're here to help if we can. Contact us and we'll tackle it if we're able.

The CARE Cluster elders and deacons can help you access the support or care you need. Contact Patty Conley (elder) or Andi Gaskins (deacon).