Care & Support

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support to people experiencing grief, divorce, cancer, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, and other life difficulties.

One care receiver shared this about her Stephen Minister’s Care: “After having had a Stephen Minister, my life is unbelievably different. I feel connected with God in a way I never felt before.”

Follow this link to watch videos of individuals sharing what it meant for them to receive care from a Stephen Minister.

To assure your confidentiality is strictly maintained, please contact one of the Pastors directly or a Stephen Leader.  A Stephen Leader will be pleased to help answer questions and help you determine if a Stephen Minister is right for you. 

Contact: Sue Carlson

Care Team

Care Team volunteers become the hands and feet of Jesus by reaching out and visiting members of our church family who are homebound, living in assisted living/nursing homes or hospitalized.  They offer the gifts of Holy Communion, comfort, fellowship, prayer and Christ’s love.  Contact the Care Team if you are aware of someone who would welcome a visit, or if you are interested in becoming a member of the team.   

Contact: Judy Jones 

The Gathering

This ministry provides respite care for people suffering from memory loss, most commonly Alzheimer’s disease. Volunteers host monthly Gatherings at Living Word on the third Thursday of the month where they visit, sing, play games, enjoy crafts, exercise, listen, share a meal, and experience God’s love through our relationships with each other. Contacts are Karen Skogen or Ken Skogen.

Common Ground

“Common Ground” is a support group established for family caregivers that offers emotional support, encouragement, friendships and helpful tips about self-care and caregiving. Family caregivers caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, or other related challenges due to aging, may join this monthly support group offered at the same time as The Gathering (the 3rd Thursday of the month at 10am) and led by Mona Fogt, a Living Word member and social worker.


CanCare is a network of trained volunteers including cancer survivors, family members of cancer survivors and medical professionals who provide emotional support to others facing cancer.  Their mission is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families.  Cancer patients are matched with a CanCare volunteer for one-on-one emotional support.  If you feel the need to speak with a CanCare volunteer, please submit a request for support at

Krist Samaritan Center

The Krist Samaritan Center is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization committed to providing affordable mental health care and educational programs to people of all economic backgrounds, as well as training for mental health and church professionals. Krist Samaritan Center uniquely combines quality mental health care treatment by licensed professionals with spiritual integration to heal mind, body, and soul.  To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call 281-480-7554 or visit