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Care & Support

The Congregational Care Committee provides compassionate, caring concern through personal service to members of our church family and community who have special needs. If you are interested in participating in or receiving care from one of the various areas of service below, please contact the Rev. Michael Waschevski. In addition, you may also obtain reviews by church members of assisted living/care options in the Fort Worth community. 

James L. West Center Family & Friends Support Group. Fridays, 11 a.m. - 12 noon. All are welcome to join our Family and Friends Support Group. The Family and Friends Support Group is facilitated by Hollie Glover, a licensed professional counselor and certified dementia care expert. She has many years of working with families as they navigate their way through the profession of dementia. There will be a topic each week, but there will also be time for open discussion. The goal of the support group is to help you reduce your feelings of stress, depression, anxiety and fatigue and improve your coping skills and sense of adjustment. For more information, please call 817.877.1199 or visit jameslwest.org.

Alzheimer's & Dementia Care Partners Podcast Series

Topics Include:
Managing Caregiver Stress
Communicating with Dementia Loved Ones
Do I really need a Caregiver Support Group?
Hospitalization of a Dementia Loved One
Real Life as a Caregiver
Understanding Different Care Options
Keeping My Loved One Safe
Understanding Guardianship Services (2 parts)
Driving with Dementia

Experts locally and from other organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association and The Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving contributed to this series. Created in partnership with the James L. West Alzheimer's Center and Plaid for Women, Inc. Click here for more information.

Stephen Ministry & Sustaining Care

For over thirty-five years, First Presbyterian Church's Stephen Ministers have provided one-on-one care to those who need someone during difficult times, such as divorce, anxiety, death of a loved one or chronic illness. More recently, Sustaining Caregivers have begun to journey alongside those who simply need companionship and someone with whom to share their stories. Stephen Ministers and Sustaining Caregivers receive extensive specialized training, supervision and continuing education. Learn more.

Care Teams

Care Teams are created by zip code and coordinate temporary care of those who are hospitalized, chronically ill, or bereaved by providing meals, transportation, errand-running and other services.
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Grief Support Groups

Offered periodically throughout the year, these groups support those experiencing or recovering from grief; facilitated by ordained pastors and/or trained professionals.

Card Ministry

Volunteers write to all new members, confirmands, and parents of the newly baptized, welcoming them in to the church family. Others maintain regular contact with homebound members who live out of the area and cannot be visited.  

Housesitting Ministry

Volunteers stay in the home of a bereaved family during memorial/funeral services to answer the phone, receive gifts of flowers and food, and provide a presence at a vulnerable time.

Flower Ministry

Members deliver flowers from Sunday worship services to those who are hospitalized or them themselves homebound for a time.

Men's Visitation Team

Volunteers visit men of the church who can no longer attend worship, keeping them connected to their church family.

Muffin TLC Ministry

Once a month, volunteers package muffins and other special items and deliver them to families and individuals in special need of a tangible gift of love.

Prayer Line Ministry

Dedicated "pray-ers" pray for the church and its members daily. Many volunteers are homebound or unable physically to participate in more active ministries.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Volunteers create shawls and other knitted items to be delivered to those in need of comfort and solace as they pray for the person who is to receive it.

Shuttle Ministry

Volunteers drive a golf cart shuttle between Trinity Terrace, the church parking lots, and the church entrance to enable elderly members to continue to attend worship services.  

First Presbyterian Church Care Team Network
by Jennifer Pettey

Care Teams extend the FPC community from Penn Street to your neighborhood and homes, acting as a bridge between church members who need care and church members who want to care for others. This network of FPC neighbors provide practical, emotional, and social support to those who have either long-term or short-term needs for care. They offer help with transportation, meals, visits, friendly phone calls, or cards. First Presbyterian Church has been blessed since 2002 to have the help of Care Teams in most neighborhoods surrounding the church and continues to grow as the congregation expands throughout the DFW area. Church members in need are not only identified by the Parish Visitors and the Pastors, but also church members and the Care Teams themselves. Being such a large congregation can sometimes make it hard for church members to ask for or accept help, but with the help of a friendly Care Team neighbor, asking and accepting seems more comfortable, personable, and manageable. It can also be a struggle for a large church to be aware of all the care concerns within the congregation. By dividing by zip code, these concerns are more easily identified and supported.

The Care Team model is flexible and tailored to the needs of each neighborhood group. Meeting times vary with some meeting monthly for one hour and others meeting quarterly with a pot-luck meal. Some individuals may not even meet in person but may instead prefer to stay connected with the group through emails and services they can provide. Team members participate as they can, doing what they are most comfortable doing or what they enjoy most. All levels of participation are welcome!

As a Parish Visitor, it is a joy for me to watch our Care Teams gather in action. Members share a lot of laughter and fun, develop deep friendships, and have the opportunity to share in the care of our church family. Care Team meetings open with prayer, share joys and concerns, coordinate the upcoming needs for their neighbors for the month, and enjoy fellowship with one another. The coordinator will follow up with the church staff with new developments and updates.

For areas with no Care Team, a Mobile Care Team is utilized, which is made up of members who are willing to assist beyond their own Care Team area. We are excited that two new Care Teams will be forming this fall, in the Northeast Care Team and in West/Parker County Care Team.

On November 14th we will be celebrating our Care Team volunteers who so generously give their time and talents through our annual Care Team Appreciation Dinner.  It is a time of fellowship and to hear what other Care Teams are doing. If you are interested in becoming a new member of a Care Team, please feel free to come to our dinner. RSVP information will be distributed in the coming weeks.

For more information, or to join the Care Team in your area, please call the contact person for your area (list below), or Jennifer Pettey, Parish Visitor at 817.335.1231.

Care Teams

Arlington/Mansfield

76001, 76002, 76006, 76010, 76011, 76012, 76013, 76014, 76015, 76016, 76017, 76018, 76060, 76063

Contact: Barbara Reece (817-453-1066) or Melinda Van’t Slot (817) 275-8736

Southwest

76123, 76126, 76132, 76133, 76036

Contact: Pat Gordon (817)292-6039

East

76103, 76105, 76111, 76112, 76117, 76118, 76120

Contact: Lynn Montgomery (817) 446-8302 or Glen & Betsy Pense (817) 457-4258

76107, 76114

Contact: Susan Wheeler (405) 609-9846 or Kay Clinkscale (817) 738-3878

76109

Contact: Marion Lester (817) 923-0097

76116

Contact: Ed Harry (817) 377-1802

Northeast

Beginning in the Fall

76052, 76178, 76177, 76248, 76137, 76262, 76148, 76244

Contact: Pam Grossman (949) 212 3256

West/Parker County

Beginning in the Fall

76008, 76085, 76086, 76087, 76020, 76108

Contact:  Becky Jenkins (817) 705-3019

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