Notes From Our Visitation Pastor
Pastor Dee Miller shares a variety of topics with us regarding her work within our congregation, visiting those in hospitals, nursing homes and in their homes.
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by Pastor Dee MillerSeptember 19, 2018
There is one thing that I have learned in being a chaplain and a pastor is there are people who fiercely guard their privacy, particularly during difficult times of their lives. I believe the new laws called HIPPA were created to safeguard people’s privacy and helps all of us by guarding our personal health issues to be the conversation between people that we don’t even know.
In the church, we as disciples want desperately to support each other with love and grace always. That help is different for each individual because we are all unique personalities. As pastors and chaplains, we are bound by vows of confidentiality and we have to take those vows very seriously. As disciples in the church it is important to understand that when someone confides in us it is a sacred trust. In honoring that trust it is important that we ask permission to share what and with whom they will give you permission to share information. We need to ask permission to put someone on the prayer chain and we also need to ask what they want shared through the prayer chain or in different groups where joys and concerns are shared. We need to stop and ask ourselves: Do we have permission to share any information here??? All of us can prayer for someone without knowing any of the details of the situation in someone’s life. Sometimes, people guard their privacy in order to have space to process and gather resources to deal with what is happening in their lives. Other people want as many people praying for them as possible.
We all deal with difficult situations differently. Please let us all respect our individuality and our different needs for privacy as we strive to support each other with God’s love and grace. --Dee
Thank you to all the people who made it possible to bring light to those hurting this holiday season with our Longest Night Service. Thank you to Gene and Bonnie Albert who served to fabulous hot chocolate and treats. This service will become a yearly event so we look forward to any volunteers who want to be involved. The pastors are working to making this service even more meaningful next year.
The care team members delivered this holiday season beautiful door decorations that said Joy to all of our homebound members of the church I want to particularly thank Chris and Kevin Stewart and Deb Wuebbling for their creative talents in making this possible. I wish that you all could have seen the joyous reactions from our parishioners as we all delivered them these special gifts.
We are still looking for volunteers to share their faith by delivering a homily at the Pines monthly service on the First Thursday of each month. If you might be interesting in this wonderful opportunity please let Pastor Dee know.
IF YOU ARE HAVING SURGERY - please call and leave a message on Pastor Dee’s extension. If you leave it on the prayer request cards we might not see it in time to be present for you at the hospital. We really want to be able to pray you in for your surgeries or visit you in the hospital. Also if you have a given name that we do not know you by please let us know in the message because if we don’t ask for your given name then they will tell us you are not there due to HIPPA regulations.
Thank you to all the dedicated care team members that are being God’s hands and feet in this ministry. I really appreciate all that you do. If you are interested in joining the team please leave Pastor Dee a message because we will have another meeting in January.
In His Grace,Pastor Dee