CONGREGATIONAL CARE

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
                                                             ~ John 16:33


Many times we're asked to walk roads that are difficult and not ones we would choose. When this happens, you aren't walking alone. He is with you every step of the way, and as a part of His church we are privileged to offer programs that provide Christian support and fellowship to believers and nonbelievers alike.

Although the current pandemic prevents us from being together on our campus, VPC is committed to engaging with our community so that we may continue to support and encourage one another. During this time people may have more feelings of loneliness or isolation, so it is important that we remember that we are the church! If someone you know needs support, step up and give them a call or send them a note, and remember to encourage them to participate in worship online. If there is an emergency need, such as someone struggling with depression, call the main church number, 480-991-6424, and follow the prompts to leave a message for the Pastor on call; they will return the call as soon as possible.

 

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Deacon Ministry

Our Deacons are truly the hands and feet of Christ and they are standing by to help members of our congregation. For help in any of the following areas, please email Tammy Milne or call her at 480-991-6424, extension 163.

  • Can’t get to the store? We can do emergency shopping for groceries or health-care needs
  • Help with a meal? Our Tasty Spoon ministry can assist
  • Need emergency financial assistance? The Deacon Fund may be able to help with  one-time emergency assistance for utilities or groceries.

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Additional support is also available from VPC’s Faith Friends (Stephen Ministry). These dedicated men and women have been selected by the church to lend support to members who need compassionate emotional support that is grounded in the Christian Faith. Their services are free and all conversations are strictly confidential. To arrange a conversation, email Tammy Milne or call her at 480-991-6424, extension 163.

 

Community resources

The following organizations provide access to valuable resources in times of trouble.  Please contact these organizations directly for help or additional information.

Family Promise (480- 659-5227)
7447 E. Earll Drive, Scottsdale

Family Promise’s mission is to provide emergency shelter and social services to help families with children move toward independent housing and self-sufficiency. The organization’s Emergency Shelter provides food, safe shelter, clothing, and help them find daycare, schools, employment and social services.

Vista del Camino Community Center (480-312-2323)
7700 E. Roosevelt Street, Scottsdale

Provides a variety of services to Scottsdale residents to prevent homelessness, meet the basic needs of individuals and families in crisis, relieve economic and emotional stress and assist individuals to maintain self-sufficiency.

St. Mary’s Food Bank (602-242-3663)
2831 N 31st Ave, Phoenix

Provides emergency food boxes to those in need at various distribution sites throughout the metro area. The organization also offers a Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors (60+) who qualify. Current distribution locations can be found at https://www.firstfoodbank.org/get-help/

Produce on Wheels Without Waste (POWWOW)

Every week, usually on Saturdays, POWWOW produce distribution sites are held in cities around Arizona. Each family receives up to 70 lbs of fresh produce in exchange for a contribution of $12. Find current distribution sites at http://www.borderlandsproducerescue.org/produce-calendar/

ICM Food & Clothing Bank 602-403-3577)
501 South 9th Avenue, Phoenix

Provides response to basic human needs, such as food boxes, clothing, toiletries, baby items. In addition, they offer a referral service for those having problems with housing, employment, disability or social security payments, food stamps, and other essentials.

Duet Arizona (602- 274-5022)
10000 N 31st Avenue, Phoenix

Duet is an interfaith organization that provides health and well-being assistance to homebound adults, family caregivers and grand-families throughout the Phoenix metro area; services include getting groceries, rides to the doctor and small home repairs.

Area Agency on Aging 24-Hour Senior Help Line: 602-264-4357

Central Arizona Shelter Services (602-256-6945)
230 S. 12th Avenue, Phoenix

This organization operates two shelter and support locations for homeless men, women and children in the Phoenix area.

Phoenix Rescue Mission

Men - Phoenix Rescue Mission                     Women - The Changing Lives Center
1801 S. 35th Avenue, Phoenix                      338 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix
602-233-3000                                                 602-688-6219 or 602-688-6235

These locations provide overnight and temporary shelter for the homeless. The initial program provides: shelter, food, showers, clothing, hygiene items and counseling.

MENTAL HEALTH MINISTRY

Although our Mental Health Ministry has had to pause face-to-face meetings, we encourage all members of VPC to reach out to anyone you feel may be struggling in isolation, particularly those who are already dealing with other mental health issues; as a community, we must remind each other that God is with us at all times and encourage everyone to participate in worship online.

VPC’s Mental Health Ministry strives to educate the congregation and community at large about mental illness, reduce shame and stigma surrounding mental illness, and support those afflicted, as well as the families and friends who love them. For more information or to join this ministry, please contact Elizabeth Weiss at

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grief recovery

Have you lost a loved one recently? A spouse, parent, child, or close friend? By starting the road to recovery, you can put the paralyzing emotional pain behind you without forgetting your loved one, and get your life started again. Our Grief Ministry Leadership Team has participated in training and keeps an eye to new research on this most-painful process. Please email Tammy Milne or call her at 480-991-6424 ext. 163 for more information.

pet pause therapy dog ministry

Temporarily Not Meeting

Do you believe your dog’s undying love might be able to lift the spirits of someone in need? If so, you might be interested in our new ministry opportunity! Pet Pause aims to bring joy to people in need through a kind smile and a wagging tail.

Pet therapy is used successfully in area hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and at home. Recipients of pet therapy show lowered blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and decreased feelings of isolation. For dementia patients, pet therapy allows them to interact in ways many of us can’t. Interested individuals will enroll their dog in a simple certification process. Please email Tammy Milne or call her at 480-991-6424 ext. 163 for more information.

Dogs that are great candidates for this ministry need to be :

  • Calm and able to sit on command
  • Friendly and accepting of strangers
  • Comfortable around adults and children
  • Relaxed around loud and disruptive noises
  • Comfortable in new and changing environment

Alcoholics Anonymous

 Temporarily not meeting. 

Additional Information on AA:

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