OSL Stephen Ministries
Connecting Faith
with Everyday Life

by Joan Bacon

“Our Savior’s is a people forgiven in Christ whose mission is to proclaim Christ and nurture faith that connects with everyday life.” Sound familiar? Yes, it’s our congregation’s mission statement. Stephen Ministers carry out that mission by providing Christian care to individuals whose everyday lives have been derailed or disrupted by divorce, chronic illness, death of a loved one, financial setback, family strife, or other situation. While situations vary, the result is often the same: Someone’s “everyday life” flies out the proverbial window, and an alien version creeps in! Then the person either searches for an exit ramp back to their much-missed everyday life or tries to navigate confusing lanes to a new-normal one. Either way, it’s a difficult journey often complicated by spiritual struggles—a journey best not undertaken alone.

As a Stephen Minister, I’ve had the privilege of accompanying three care partners on their journeys to new or re-established everyday lives. OSL’s Stephen Ministry training, the ongoing support of other Stephen Ministers, and God’s Spirit help me carry out OSL’s mission. It’s very rewarding to be part of this ministry. My faith has grown, I’ve learned new skills, and I’ve found new friends.

November 10 is Stephen Ministry Sunday. You’ll hear from other Stephen Ministers and their care partners about this program’s impact. If you feel God’s holy nudge to become a Stephen Minister or to receive support from one, contact Pr. Tim Lemme or Stephen Ministry Coordinator Deb Harlan in the Church Office, 336-2942.

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