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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, Rev. Elizabeth Doolin, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care and Connection, elizabeth@brownsonchurch.org.


  • 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 (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—Specially-trained elders and Stephen Ministers are commissioned to visit homes and facilities to serve communion to homebound members.
  • 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: Kathy McPherson)
  • Holiday Flower Delivery—Plants are delivered to members who are ill, grieving, or homebound at Christmastime and before Easter. (Lead: Susan Bowness)
  • 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)


  • New Member Gatherings —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)