The mission of Congregational Care is to provide care and support to members and friends of Westminster Presbyterian Church. This important ministry, under the guidance of Interim Associate Minister, Heidi Hudnut-Beumler, and Pastoral Care Assistant, Claire Harris Kramer, also provides rewarding opportunities for members to personally serve others. The Steering Committee strategizes and coordinates the many ways members of care teams can address the needs of others.
For more information about any of these services, or how you may become a part of our caring ministries, please contact Rosemary Verrall, Chairperson.
Committee meeting time: Monthly or bi-monthly, second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m.
Overview of caring opportunities offered through the Congregational Care Ministry
¢ Blanket Ministry
Westminster connects with hospitalized members and friends through a group which offers care blankets. The blankets are personalized through special stitching and prayer. Contact: Pam Wylly, or 615-383-2083
¢ Communion @ Home Team
On the first Sunday of each month, teams of elders and pastors take communion to at-home members of Westminster.
Contact: Carolyn Harris, or 615-720-6486
¢ Hospital Visitation Team
This team makes visits each Wednesday to all members of our congregation who are hospitalized.These visits are in addition to visits made by Westminster pastors.
Team Meeting Time: Meets quarterly to organize visitation schedule.
Contact: Rosemary Verrall, 615-269-6875
¢ Independent Living Care Team
This group visits congregational members who are living in independent situations such as Park Manor and
The Blakeford. Each team member visits a different person each month.
Team Meeting Time: Meets quarterly (February, May, August and November), the first Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.
Contact: Nancy Langdon, 615-948-8254
¢ The Lending Closet
Westminster maintains a supply of durable medical equipment for use by those in need. Among the items available are walkers, wheelchairs, shower seats, toilet chairs, crutches, etc. We will be glad to accept any items you no longer need which might benefit others.
Contact: The church office at 615-292-5526
¢ Pastor's Aides Team
This group of men and women visits church members who reside in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or who are homebound. Each committee member is assigned certain members to visit once a month.
Team Meeting Time: Second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the church.
Contact: Susie Batchelor, or 615-319-2659
¢ Prayer Request Team
The Prayer Team receives prayer requests from individuals, pew prayer request forms, and from pastoral staff referrals. The person making the prayer request may choose to become the contact person for updates. Members of the prayer request team pray as a group as well as individually. The prayer request and the name of the prayer recipient are held in strictest confidence. All are welcome to join this team.
Team Meeting Time: First Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Heidi Hudnut-Beumler, or 615-292-5526
¢ Response Team for Immediate Need
In the case of emergency situations, a team of church members may be organized to help someone in a time of immediate need.
Contact: Carson Salyer, or 615-292-5526
¢ Special Meals Team
This group takes meals to the homes of members during difficult times.
Ann Humbracht, 615-260-4498, or 615-662-8530
Rosemary Verrall, or 615-269-6875
¢ Worship Flower Delivery Team
This group delivers chancel flowers each Monday to members of the congregation who are home bound.
Contact: Jane McDow, or 615-390-4149
Additional Services and Resources:
¢ Career Transition Network
This volunteer organization is a long-standing effort based at Brentwood United Methodist Church and was formed to help those needing assistance and support in finding or upgrading employment or in returning to the work force. Westminster supports this effort financially, as do many other congregations. The group meets at Brentwood United Methodist Church on Mondays from 7:00 p.m. “ 8:30 p.m. in Haney Hall, just inside the lobby entrance at the back of the church. The group is led by business professionals who have expertise in Nashville's job market and in contemporary job-seeking skills.
Contact: Hal Hassell, or 615-720-5119
¢ Care Notes
These informative brochures are displayed just inside the church's west entrance.
Member in charge: Susie Batchelor
¢ Divorce Adjustment Group
This six-week nondenominational program is designed to assist individuals in adjusting to the end of their marriage. Participants must be either divorced or separated and in the legal process of divorce. Staff Contact: Trisha Biggs, 615-292-5526.
¢ Healthy Living Together
This is a church-wide fitness initiative and a joint venture of the Congregational Life and Congregational Care Committees. Healthy Living Together informational page. Click here to sign up for fellowship activities.
This joint initiative between Congregational Care and Congregational Life promotes self-care and fitness as we prepare to care for others. Activities include running/walking, yoga, and hiking at Radnor Lake. Refer to (GETconnected/Interest Groups) for additional information or call Jennifer Larson at 615-673-6409.
¢ Knitting and Crocheting Ministry: Joy in Learning “ Adults
Welcoming Christ's presence in activities and friendships, this group works on a variety of creations, such as prayer shawls, blankets, and baby caps, to share with the church community and the community at large. Participants are welcome to come and work on personal projects as well. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels meet in the church parlor. Meeting time: Second and third Thursday mornings of each month, at 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Beth Drake
¢ 12-Step Programs
The Congregational Care Committee sponsors support groups which hold weekly meetings in our church facilities. The Committee is open to having more of these groups use our church for their meetings.
CODA, Sundays, 1:30 p.m.“ 2:30 p.m.
Al-Anon, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.“ 8:30 p.m., rooms M-110
AA, Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.“12:30 p.m., room M-110
¢ Pre-Planning Services of Witness to the Resurrection
This service is provided for persons interested in pre-planning services of Witness to the Resurrection or securing placement in our memorial garden.
Contact: Heidi Hudnut-Beumler, or 615-292-5526
¢ Weddings, Funerals and Counseling Services
These services are provided by all pastors.
Contact: The church office at 615-292-5526 for more information.
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