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Are Your Bags Packed???

November’s Stephen Ministry Program Our Stephen Ministry team was delighted to have so many of you join us for our October presentation on Dementia! How wonderful to have Marty Finely present information about being alert for signs of dementia and the vast and comprehensive network of resources the Navigator Program of Care offers anyone who seeks help with their own memory loss or that of another.

Soon Stephen Ministry will be sharing another continuing program entitled “Are Your Bags Packed?” As a pastor, I have gone over the steps loved ones need to create a celebration of a loved one’s life with family members. As I met with them, they were stunned and struggling with the traumas of loss and change. I wished for a solution for relieving them of at least some of the hardship that lay ahead.

Think about it: We all face a time when this earthly life will fade away leaving those near and dear to us saddled with the difficulty of deciding how to celebrate our lives. A better route for dealing with life’s final milestone, is for us to have pre-selected materials as a guide for their ease in final preparation of a service.

On November 14 at 2:00 PM in Smoot Hall, two of our Stephen Leaders will guide us through how best to give that gift lovingly to family and friends. Barb Littlejohn is a retired hospice nurse and Betty Stewart is a gifted teacher. They want to guide us through what we need to build our own service or at least create some of the critical pieces that can be filed at home as well as here at Lakeview UMC.

When I asked Barb what she wanted to include, she answered that there are so many resources to consider, including Old Testament Scriptures, New Testament Scriptures, favorite Hymns, a place to hold the service along with time and date. That might seem like a lot, but those of us with a bit of experience know there is also the difficulty of where to send the remains and who to prepare them for burial or cremation. Additionally, the mortuary will want to have us submit an obituary notice for publication and choose where to send it. But before we establish any of this at that time in that location, we will want to ask our senior pastor to direct us to a pastor who can preside at the service and who will create a eulogy, Words of Hope and oversee the service itself. Quite a big check list of things to do if our loved ones do not have a starting point and are not familiar with our wishes. Never fear, we have all that waiting for you!

Please join us at 2:00 PM in Smoot Hall for this presentation. What you learn can pay dividends many times over for you and yours!

AND WHILE YOU WAIT FOR THIS NEW, INFORMATIVE PRESENTATION: SIGN UP TO BECOME A STEPHEN MINISTER YOURSELF. WE HAVE A GREAT FELLOWSHIP AND EXCELLENT TRAINING IN HOW TO GROW

IN CARE AND COMPASSION!  Pastor Linda

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