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. 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. 

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BEYOND THE BROKEN HEART

With Pastor David Turner
Thursdays, February 13-April 16
10-11:30AM, Chapel Parlor
Cost: $12

Based on the book by Julie Yarbrough, this nine-week course is for those grieving the loss of a loved one. in your grief you have a story to tell; it's important because it is your story. Together with others traveling this path, you will support, encourage, and experience personal and spiritual growth through the healing power of God's presence. 

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alzheimer's workshops: part 3 late stage

Living with Alzheimer's: For Care Partners
With Melissa Johnson, Alzheimer's Association, alz.org 
Wednesday, March 18 & 25
6-8:30PM, VPC Library

In the late stages of Alzheimer's disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. Hear about resources, monitoring care, and providing meaningful connection for the person with Alzheimer's and their family.

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HEAVY HITTERS: KNOCKING OUT ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

With Dr. Pierre Tarlot, Director
Banner Hospital Alzheimer's Institute
Thursday, March 19, 9-11AM, Room 415/416

The Valley is home for internationally renowned researchers who step up to the mound to strike out Alzheimer's disease. Learn from Dr. Tarlot as he shares progress in research and offers hope for Alzheimer's -free disease. It's sure to be a home run! Presented by Banner Hospital and Home Instead Senior Care. 

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alzheimer's support group

Second and Fourth Wednesday , January 8-May 27
10-11:30AM, Chapel Room 602
Facilitated by:Craig & Hope Boutte

Are their times when you feel overwhelmed caring for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and would love to meet with others who are on the same journey you’re experiencing?  Our caregiver support group brings people together and provides an opportunity to share your experiences, hopes and even frustrations in a safe setting finding encouragement and insight from other individuals who are walking alongside a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. 

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4th Annual St. Patrick's Behavioral Health Interfaith conference
Connecting Our Communities: Many Paths to Hope for Mental Health

Wednesday, May 13, 7:30AM-3:30PM
St. Patrick Catholic Community
10815 N. 8th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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This year's conference will feature a panel discussion from diverse faith communities, presenting on many aspects between faith and mental health along with keynote speakers and breakout sessions. 


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 two 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

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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 to family education program

Wednesdays, January 8-March 25
6-8:30PM, Room 409
Free

This 12-week class is for family, partners, and friends of adults living with a serious mental illness. It is designed to help family members and friends understand and support their loved ones living with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The program is taught by trained teachers who know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness. 

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NAMI Family Support Groups

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6-7:30PM
St. Patrick Catholic Community

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.

 

Living Grace Support Group

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6-8PM  
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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