Care Ministries

From births, marriages, hospitalizations, deaths and all of life’s events in between, we are here to help meet your needs. Our trained staff can provide pastoral counseling, arrange hospital or home visitations, conduct marriage, funeral, and memorial ceremonies or simply support you in prayer.

Celebrating and responding to significant life events is an integral part of loving ALL people into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Our Congregational Care team sends pastors and lay members to visit those who are: welcoming a newborn into their family; recovering in the hospital; in continuing care facilities; celebrating a 90+ birthday; or, needing monthly visits with communion from a Congregational Care Minister (CCM).

When a death is imminent or has occurred, the surviving loved one should call the church office as soon as possible to notify our pastoral staff. Our Congregational Care pastor will coordinate pastoral care and, if requested, a funeral or memorial service, which we call “A Service of Life and Faith.”

2021 Profile

Dawn Anderson

Associate Pastor of Care, Recovery, and Small Group Ministries
*NEW* Support Groups

*NEW* INVISIBLE SISTERHOOD

Second and Fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Longing for a child? When the world is posting pictures and sharing stories about their children, those unable or struggling to have a child often feel invisible. This group gives a unique voice to this longing, while embracing God’s love for us as beloved daughters. This ongoing group is for those seeking guidance and spiritual support as they walk through this challenging time. The group is facilitated by LLUMC Congregational Care Minister Betty Bowman, who has walked this path herself and companioned many women on their journeys. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org.

*NEW* EATING DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

First Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. An eating disorder takes a life every 62 minutes . . . . This ongoing group is for family members and friends seeking guidance and spiritual support to walk alongside their loved ones who are fighting this difficult illness. The group is facilitated by three LLUMC Congregational Care Ministers who have invaluable personal experience and many resources to share. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org.

GRIEFRELIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Third Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Ongoing GriefRelief is a monthly support group for adults who are grieving. At each Zoom meeting, Dr. Rentzel presents a slideshow that will provide: (1) a firm understanding of the dynamics of grief, (2) practical methods for moving through your grief, and (3) valuable resources to help you recover and rebuild your life. Discussion and sharing follows. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org. or 214.760.9639.

SURVIVING ESTRANGEMENT  SUPPORT GROUP

Second Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Ongoing This is a monthly support group for adults experiencing a strained or estranged relationship with a family member. At each Zoom meeting, Dr. Rentzel presents research-based strategies for mending estrangements, healing from within, and moving forward, followed by discussion and sharing. This group provides crucial information to navigate this challenging time, as well as with connections with others who are experiencing the same frustrations and heartbreak. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org. or 214.760.9639.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. (Men’s and Women’s Open Share Groups) Celebrate Recovery is a confidential Christ-centered program to help people overcome life’s “hurts, habits, and hang-ups,” including addictions. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org.

DIVORCECARE

Mondays at 7:30 p.m. This ongoing video-based grief support group is for those who are separated, divorced, or in the process. No cost, but you can order a workbook online. Find detailed information about the DivorceCare program at divorcecare.org. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org or 214.760.9639.

GRIEFSHARE

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. This ongoing video-based grief support group is for those who have lost a loved one to death. No cost, but you can order a workbook online. Find detailed information about the program we use at griefshare.org. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org or 214.760.9639.

CHRISTIAN SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS (CSOSL)

First Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. This ongoing support group is for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. We tell our stories, support each other, and discuss a different topic related to suicide grief each time we meet. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org or 214.760.9639.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

First Mondays 3:00 p.m.

This is a warm and friendly group for both cancer survivors and/or family members.

To sign up: Contact Pastor Barbara Marcum, bmarcum@llumc.org or 214.706.9520.