McFarlin’s Care Ministries reflect the deep commitment we cherish to share our love of God with people during times of difficulty and during times of joy. Perhaps you need support for yourself, a family member or a friend, or looking for ways to serve your God through these ministries. The various ministries listed on this page will hopefully direct you to the resources offered through McFarlin’s Care Ministries.
To pass on a care concern regarding yourself or another member of the McFarlin family, please contact Jane Cook, Director of Care Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-321-3484, ext. 115.
Alzheimer’s Care Givers Support Meeting
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Congregational Care Ministers
Congregational Care Ministers are lay volunteers trained to provide caring, consistent contacts to members of our church in need of care for as long as the need exists.
We reach out to those especially needing acute care in times of crisis; care during bereavement; care before, during and after a birth or adoption; those hospitalized and aftercare for patients and their families; and recovery/adjustment care for persons and their families dealing with long-term illness or injury, divorce, marital separation, or loss of a job.
These caring contacts may be in the form of personal visits, phone calls, or written notes.
DivorceCare is a support group for those dealing with the pain of separation and divorce. The group meets weekly and offers practical information for those in recovery. Individuals are welcome to begin attending at any point as each session is “self-contained;” participants do not need to attend in sequence.
The next group will begin after the holidays. If you are wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas, consider participating in the Surviving the Holidays session scheduled for November 8th. For more information, contact Jane Cook, Director of Care Ministries at email@example.com.
Funeral and Memorial Services
When a death occurs, please notify the church office and speak to the Daphne Fix, Pastoral Assistant to make arrangements for a service at the church. The date, time and location of the service should be decided before contacting a funeral home in order to avoid personnel and building conflicts. Services at the church may be scheduled Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Our pastors meet with the family to plan the service before officiating at funeral services, memorial services and graveside services. Planning guides for preparing for services with or without the use of a funeral home are available here:
Grief support is provided by personal contacts from McFarlin’s Congregational Care Ministers (CCMs). The church also sends our members four separate Journeying through Grief booklets over the course of the first year following the loss of a spouse, child or parent. Each book describes the issues and feelings that people tend to encounter at various points during their grief and offers suggestions on how to handle them.
If you have experienced the loss of a loved one and are in need of support, you are invited to take part in one of McFarlin’s grief support groups held throughout the year. Typically, the groups meet from four to six weeks on Sunday evenings. If you have any questions and/or are interested in participating in one of these groups, please contact Jane Cook, Director of Care Ministries at the church by phone or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our hope is that each congregational member and constituent who becomes a patient at one of Norman’s hospitals receives a weekday visit from a representative of the church to acknowledge the church’s concern to them as they recover from an illness, injury or surgery.
Please contact Jane Cook, Director of Care Ministries when you become a patient or are aware of another member of our church family who has been admitted to the hospital so that we may arrange a visit.
McFarlin’s Care Ministries through the resources of church volunteers offers meals to families who have suffered the loss of a loved one either served at the church before or after the funeral or memorial service, or delivered to the home. We also offer a reception of cookies and punch for those attending a funeral or memorial service.
In addition, meals are delivered to individuals and families suffering from illness or injury, for those recovering from surgery and to families with new babies. Meals taken to homes consist of a main entree, side vegetable, salad, bread, and dessert. It is not possible for this ministry to accommodate all special dietary needs and requests.
The bereavement meals/receptions and meals taken to homes are arranged through the individual’s Congregational Care Minister (CCM) or by direct contact with Jane Cook, Director of Care Ministries.
Our pastors are available to meet with congregational members in times of crisis, for spiritual development and in preparation for marriage. Please contact Daphne Fix, Pastoral Assistant at the church to arrange an appointment with one of our pastors.
When death is near, our pastors are honored to come and provide comfort through scripture and prayer. Please call the church office and ask to speak to the Director of Care Ministries or the Pastoral Assistant to arrange a visit.
For those unable to attend worship any longer, pastors and laity are willing to visit in homes and facilities to serve the sacrament. Please contact the church office and speak to Jane Cook, Director of Care Ministries to arrange for this type of visitation.
We depend on the power of prayer to help us with the trials, tribulations and important decisions we encounter throughout our lives. If you need others in your McFarlin Family of Faith to intercede in prayer for you or someone you care about, please take advantage of several ways available to request prayer.
- Place a completed Prayer Request Card in the prayer box located in the Second Floor Foyer.
- To request prayer during the worship services, complete one of the prayer request cards available and place in the offering plate. When completing the cards, please be considerate of individual needs for confidentiality before completing details of the concern. These prayer requests are shared with members of the McFarlin staff as we pray together on Tuesday mornings.
- To request prayer from McFarlin’s Prayer Chain, please email your request to Jane Cook, Director of Care Ministries at email@example.com. Your request will be relayed to the individuals who serve on the Prayer Chain and these many voices will be added to your own to praise our Lord for blessings received or lift up a prayer of concern.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The shawls, scarves and lap blankets created by McFarlin’s knitters and crocheters are reminders of God’s love for each of us and “his promise that nothing in all of life can ever separate us from Him.” Our prayer shawl volunteers knit and crochet beautiful shawls, lap blankets, and scarves and as they do, they weave into each prayers of hope, peace, healing and love for those who will receive them.
The created items are donated to McFarlin’s “Comfort Closet” and members may come by to choose a shawl, scarf or blanket for anyone who may need comfort during illness or grief, upon entering a senior adult facility, going through one of life’s trials, and for times of joy and celebration such as a birth, baptism, graduation or marriage.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry volunteers meet on the second Sunday of each month to share stories of the giving of these shawls and thank you notes received, and to bless those shawls and scarves completed during the month. Knitting/crochet circles meet bi-monthly on the first and third Mondays for fellowship but attendance is not required to be a participant in this ministry.
Senior Adult Care Team
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