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Question of the Month

April Question of the Month:
"What is your most memorable experience with pastoral care?"

Kathy Lefkowitz: “One hears the phrase Pastoral Care and the association is often immediate, our mind sees priests aligned with a church administering care to their congregation. I’ve witnessed this in my childhood church St. Mary’s; I experienced it when calling that same church 40 years later from 800 miles away and the Reverend Beth went to my mom’s to help, then for 5 years routinely checked on her, sharing lunch and love; I’ve been the recipient of Christ Church Greenville’s pastoral care, not from the various levels of priests in the 30 years I’ve been a member, not during divorce, not when I sought out care, not until meeting Reverend Kellie Wilson who put her pastoral care arms around me integrating a service of remembrance into existing evening chapel mass for my beloved mom a mere couple of months ago.
I’ve shared the traditional image of pastoral care, now here’s the purest form I’ve experienced, yes, the roots emanated from alliance to same church, yes, she works there, no she’s not ordained priest, she strengthens the church’s pastoral care. She extends ongoing unscripted spiritual, moral support, prays with me if I call be it in joy or rocked with sadness, initiated the idea of the service with Rev Wilson. Having undergone three surgeries in as many years she sat with me in the hospital, stayed overnight at my home, called my family. She’s kept me engaged in church, helps strengthen the lifeline to church. She is a blessing to Christ church, to me, I feel privileged to call her my friend, Annette.”

April Question of the Month:
"What is your most memorable experience with pastoral care?"

Sonya Brooks: “My mother embodied Pastoral Care. She was dedicated to encouragement and cooked meals, sent cards and visited nursing homes and those home-bound due to illness or grief. So diligent and selfless, every Friday afternoon she and a friend ventured forth on their rounds. They arrived with smiles and cookies to attend to those in need for nineteen years.
Eventually, the time came when my mother was home-bound. Then, it was my father’s time for hospice at home. I was their primary caregiver and assumed memory for my mother and strength for my father.
Over the course of their illnesses that lasted about five years, the Pastoral Care staff visited often with love and understanding. They prayed with us. They knew that my mother might not remember the visit after they were gone but still they came often and with tenderness. They even listened to my father’s stories with rapt attention even thought the telling might have lasted a little too long.
Prayers were lifted both for me and my parents. And later, ever present again when it was so meaningful, a member of the staff sat in the pews of my parents’ church to listen to each eulogy and support me in my grief.
The Pastoral Care team are loving and passionate about their mission. They made a huge difference during a very difficult time of my life. I am filled with deep gratitude.”

– Sonya Brooks, a member at Christ Church since 2017. 

 

March Question of the Month:
"How does the Lenten Devotional enhance your Lenten practice?" 

Wade Kolb: “The Lenten Devotional is a daily reminder to me that my faith journey is not an isolated one but a shared experience with my fellow parishioners at Christ Church. Each day, I am blessed with a meditation or insight from one of my fellow travelers on the Way, and the assigned lectionary for that day takes on new meaning and significance. My hope is that we who gather here for Holy Communion but a time or two each week may use the opportunity the devotional provides to know more deeply that we are living in communion with one another each and every day, and may that knowledge strengthen us as we strive (together) to prepare ourselves for Easter and the joyous celebration of the Resurrection!”
– Wade Kolb. Wade has been a member of Christ Church since 2012. He is active in the Adult Parish Choir and is an attorney with Wyche Law Firm.

 

March Question of the Month:
"How does the Lenten Devotional enhance your Lenten practice?" 

Susan Clark: “Like many people, I make an effort to be more mindful of spiritual matters during Lent. And like many people, I can get caught up in my routine and forget to follow through. Having the Lenten devotional book on our table is a daily reminder of the season, and the devotionals often become the subject of our mealtime conversations. It is always interesting to learn the perspectives of our fellow parishioners. Often we come to know them better as they share their faith in this way. We appreciate the time and care that goes into assembling this collection each year. What a labor of love! ”
– Susan Clark, Susan and her husband Randy are long time members of Christ Church.
They sing in the Parish Choir with their adult daughter, Rachel Clark.