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Congregational Care

Caring M2M

Brownson has many ministries in place to care for members in times of need or times that simply require some extra loving support or attention. If you or someone you know needs the services of one of these ministries, or if you want to become involved as a volunteer, Director of Member Ministry, Marilyn Baxter at members@brownsonchurch.org.


  • Driving—Rides are provided to those who are unable to drive themselves to church on Sunday, doctor appointments, or other special events. (Lead: VACANT)
  • Handymen—Support is given to those with a short-term need. (Lead: Gerald Ostlund)
  • Prepared Meals—Home-cooked meals are prepared, frozen, and available for members following hospitalization or illness. (Lead: Joan Hart)


  • Stephen Ministry—Trained members are assigned to members to provide support in times of a life change or crisis. (Leads: Jack Dempsey, Kathy Desmond, Jeff Gilbert, Judie Henry, Pat Henry, and Steve Leggett)
  • Hospital Visitation—Volunteers call/visit members in the hospital (Sunday Team: Mary Foster, and Carol Lamphier; Wednesday Team: Susan Bowness, Mary Pat Buie, Ann Edgerton, Bette Jean Heins, and Becky Smith)
  • Wednesday Prayer Time—A group of members meets weekly to pray for the needs of the church and community. (Lead: Mary Margaret McNeill)


  • Home Communion—Twice a year on a communion Sunday, specially-trained elders and Stephen Ministers are commissioned to visit homes and facilities to serve communion to homebound members. (Lead: Steve Leggett with team members Jennifer Berk, Jeff Gilbert, and Charles Harris)
  • Visitation—Volunteers visit and/or telephone homebound members. (Lead: Cheryl McNeill)


  • Journeying Through Grief (4-book set)—One book from this set is mailed at four crucial times during the first year after a loss to support those who are grieving. (Lead: Priscilla McLeod)


  • Caring Cards—Handwritten cards are mailed to members in times of sadness or need, as well as in times of celebration. (Lead: Joyce White)
  • Holiday Flower Delivery—Plants are delivered to members who are ill, grieving, or homebound at Christmastime and before Easter. (Lead: Jane Pajak)
  • Martha’s Friends—Volunteers serve Brownson members in their time of bereavement by providing a reception or meal following a funeral or memorial service at church. (Lead: Joan Hart)
  • Prayer Shawls and More—Volunteers meet to knit/crochet prayer shawls for those undergoing a life change or crisis, as well as work on other projects. (Leads: Nancy Ahlfeld and Jane Maynard)
  • Shared Flowers—Flowers adorning the Sanctuary on Sunday are later divided into smaller arrangements and then delivered to those who are homebound or hospitalized. (Leads: Shirley McIver and Bonnie Quesenberry)


  • Discovery Classes —Planned and hosted for those interested in membership. Follow up with new members is a priority to ensure they find meaningful connections at Brownson. (Lead: Marilyn Baxter with team members Julie Haro, Barb Ross, and Pat Soler)

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