Ministries

Ministries

Caring Without Curing

Caring Without Curing Or, “Sometimes a Story Is Just a Story” By Lisa Jancarik One of the most important aspects of Stephen Ministry training is learning how to listen to a person without necessarily trying to fix a problem under discussion. Solving a problem for someone who welcomes the assistance can make you feel like a hero. But how have you felt when you started casually contributing a story to conversation only to have your audience interrupt with a prescribed…

Why You Should Never Ignore Your Feelings

“I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This” By Lisa Jancarik Ignoring how you feel about a situation, an event, or how someone treats you is ignoring some important internal signals. Remember how in Star Wars, main characters often said “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” before rushing into danger in the next scene? That feeling was dread, and it was Luke Skywalker’s first signal to himself that the Death Star was no moon. Emotions are not a sixth sense…

Back to School Drive

Monument Crisis Center’s BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE In place of backpacks this year, we ask that you support students returning to school with a nutritious food supply to help start the school year right! This is a Drive and Drop event at San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church- you drive up, follow the directional signs, pop your trunk, and a team member will grab your donation in a minimal contact exchange. Or if you prefer, you can deliver your donation…

Meals with Grace

Meals with Grace is our own home-grown program created to deliver meals to people both inside and outside of the church to make their COVID-19 crisis just a little bit better. We aim to serve individuals who are isolated and can benefit from a little lift, knowing we are thinking of them during their Shelter-in-Place. Our second goal is to recognize and thank the broader community’s essential and healthcare workers for their critical and direct service to others. Some recipients who have…