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Stephen Ministry Message

by Michael Mitchell

“Sometimes we create situations for ourselves that just seem too overwhelming. I can understand how one feels that need to turn to somebody else and say, ‘Please sort it out.’”  (Alexander McCall Smith)  When you are feeling this way, a Stephen Minister’s visits can be an answer. Contact Larry Bartley at 965-7276 (e-mail:  LJBJR@cox.net). Carol Hartley […]

Stephen Ministry Message

by Michael Mitchell

“She smiles, she laughs, she hurts, she cries. She holds it all deep inside.” These are the opening lines of a poem, author unknown. Keeping emotions inside can be harmful to you, creating new problems emotionally. Someone to listen while you get out your feelings is important.  A Stephen Minister would like to be that listening ear.   Contact […]

Stephen Ministry Message

by Michael Mitchell

The holidays are winding down.  Cold makes getting out not so much fun and still long dark evening hours.  If you are feeling down and restless, perhaps a Stephen Minister can help you through these remaining dark cold days, contact Larry Bartley at 965-7276 (e-mail:  LJBJR@cox.net). Carol Hartley at 783-4036 (e-mail:  CTK_StephenMinistry@verizon.net) or call the office […]

Stephen Ministry Message

by Michael Mitchell

William Blake wrote, “The world is too much with us” in one of his poems. This time of year that feeling may be strong; there are too many things pulling us in several directions at the same time. If that feeling remains after the holidays are over, a Stephen Minister can talk with you about your feelings […]

Stephen Ministry Message

by Michael Mitchell

“Christmas is a time for looking back and remembering, and it’s now a sad time for me; the old joy will never come again in this world,” wrote Kate Saunders. That is true, the old joy may not return but new joy can. A Stephen Minister can listen as you talk through the old sadness and help […]

Stephen Ministry Message

by Michael Mitchell

The holiday season is upon us. It is hard to miss it as the stores are full of Christmas already. Holiday time can be difficult. The new normal without a loved one can be very stressful. A Stephen Minister will be glad to visit you and give you a chance to express your feelings and find new ways to […]

Stephen Ministry Message

by Michael Mitchell

As we prepare for Thanksgiving and are thinking about all we are thankful for, we Stephen Ministers are thankful for those who have had the courage to call as ask for help during difficult times in their life. We appreciate how difficult it is to ask for help when we are hurting, so thank you. […]

Stephen Ministry Message

by Michael Mitchell

It is so hard to ask for help when things are going badly. Alexander McCall Smith expressed this way, “And I know that there’s no point in going over the past – rehashing it. I know that one should just get on with living.” Sharing your feelings, worries, and distress with a friendly listener who has no […]

Stephen Ministry Message

by Michael Mitchell

Have you been disappointed by a plan or hope that has, for reasons beyond your control, gone awry?  It is often hard to get over the hurt. Katherine Nouri Hughes wrote, “I know how awful the end of fantasy is – for it steals into parts of the heart and mind where nothing should be able […]

Stephen Ministry Message

by Michael Mitchell

Have you thought about calling for visits with a Stephen Minister, but then did not call because you were a little nervous about it? It is hard to say, “I could use a little help getting through this mess I am in.”  Martha Beck wrote, “Waiting to feel brave so that you can act brave? The only […]