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.

 

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Grief Recovery

Have you lost a loved one recently? A spouse, parent, child, or close friend? VPC has a long assisted people who are grieving. Our Grief Ministry Leadership Team has participated in training and keeps an eye to new research on this most-painful process. 

Leadership Team and Curriculum

Grief Share Program
Wednesdays, 1-3PM
Starting October 11, 2017
Chapel Parlor
Facilitators: Karen Annis and Bill Gass

The 13-week Grief Share program is a combination of DVD presentations, workbook and discussion time.  We believe recovery doesn't come from knowledge, but from Christian hope, personal support and emotional release.

 

Services of Remembrance
Each year, VPC hold a number of worship experiences in the Memorial Garden to honor those who have passed. These include Veteran's Day, the December Dove Celebration, an Easter Service of Remembrance, and Memorial Day celebrations.

Find out more
For information about Grief Ministry, email or call Tammy Milne, 480-991-6424 ext. 163.

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Divorce Recovery

September 26- November 6
5:30-6:45PM
Chapel Parlor

You don't have go through this trying time alone. Divorce Recovery is open to anyone, regardless of religious affiliation/background, whether you are newly separated, in the middle of a divorce, had a divorce finalized, or are ending a long-term committed relationship (but never legally married). 

This program is designed to help men and women as they navigate the painful experience of a divorce. Group discussions are facilitated by a trained leader and speakers address relevant topics including anger, loss, and forgiveness.  We offer several Divorce Recovery programs a year and each meeting is an opportunity to share struggles, get support, and find comfort. The curriculum is different each time, so even if you have joined us before, please feel free to enroll again. 

If you would like information on this program please contact Pastor David Turner, 480-991-6424 ext. 121, or Tammy Milne, 480-991-6424 ext. 163.

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Pet Pause: therapy Dog Ministry

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.

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

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

We are also looking for friends to visit! If you're interested in having one of our Pet Pause visitors bring some cheer and a wagging tail to your home, contact Tammy Milne. Our furry friends are waiting for your call!

If you're interested in learning more about Pet Pause, please email Pastor David Turner

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Prayer REQUESTS

We're a church that believes in the power of prayer!

There are three easy ways to submit specific prayer requests for yourself or others. (Out of respect for personal boundaries we do ask you get permission from any individual you add to our prayer chain.) 

  • Email Tammy Milne
  • Call Tammy at 480-991-6424 extension 163
  • Fill out the page in our Sunday Bulletin and put it in the offering plate

We also have a Prayer Team waiting to pray with those who need it each Sunday by the Baptismal Font in the Sanctuary (after the 9AM service) and to the side of the stage in Landes Center (after the 10:30AM service). 

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Deacon Ministry

Our Deacons are truly the hands and feet of Christ. Through a number of Deacon Ministry teams, they are available to our congregation for celebration and support.   

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Mental Health support

One in five U.S. adults experiences some form of mental illness, yet it’s seldom discussed, leaving those affected feeling misunderstood. 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, please email Pastor David Turner or Tammy Milne,

 

NAMI Family Support Groups
1st & 3rd Tuesdays
6PM, All Summer
St. Patrick Catholic Community, 10815 N 84th St, Scottsdale, 85260

VPC partners with St. Patrick to offer a family support group, open to all adults with a family member or friend living with mental illness. You are welcome to share your feelings, difficulties, or successes. Facilitated by trained NAMI members. More information: Namivalleyofthesun.org or Call Debbie Martinez: 602-759-8177.

 

Summer REading

VPC’s Mental Health Ministry Team recommends the following “Summer Reading”  that will raise your awareness about mental health issues and how God cares about your mental health.

Reading List

 

Living Grace Support Group

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6-8PM  
Starting July 11, 2017
Oasis Community Church, Adult Mod
15014 N 56th St., Scottsdale 85254

Has your family been impacted by a mental health difficulty? You are not alone!  The Living Grace Support Group is a 14-week curriculum-based support group designed to encourage and support individuals with a mental health difficulty or disorder. The group discusses psycho-educational topics and tools within a supportive, faith-based community For more information, contact Jill Hogan at  or 480-234-7073.

 

For more information about VPC's Mental Health Ministry or to get involved, contact Elizabeth Weiss

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Friday Nights:
S
peaker Meeting
Landes Center

7:30-9PM

Saturday Mornings:
Closed Group (Men's Stag)
Calvin Center

6:30-8:30AM

Additional Information on AA:

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