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Stephen Ministry: Need Someone to Talk To?

Ever felt this way? Caring communications with others is a basic human need. Stephen Ministers can help meet that need. For a listening ear, please contact Elizabeth Michael, Interim Associate Pastor, at elizabeth@upcch.org or (919) 929-2102, or visit our Stephen Ministry page to learn more.

Our Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers, ready to listen, care for, and encourage you; pray with and for you; and provide one-to-one Christian care to help you through whatever it is that you are facing. Men are matched with male Stephen Ministers, and women are matched with female Stephen Ministers. It’s free. It’s confidential. And it will make a difference in your life!

Continuing Education: Please Join Us

The Stephen Ministry Program has opened up their continuing education to the congregation. Please plan to join us on December 4.

Monday, December 4: Stress, Life’s Challenges, and Mindful Awareness, 7:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall

More and more people are experiencing what has become so widespread in our day and age: stress! It could be the diagnosis of a serious illness, the death of a spouse or partner, a difficult work environment, or the strain of caring for a loved one. We are constantly being blindsided by events that catch us unaware and disrupt our lives, so that nothing is as it was before. We might be uncertain about what to do or how to respond, but one thing is clear: life can’t continue the way it is. In this mindful mini-workshop, we will explore with The Rev. Tim Auman how stress shapes our brains, get in touch with what really matters in our lives, and reclaim our wholeness. Rev. Auman is chaplain at Wake Forest University. Originally from La Mesa, California, he is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has degrees in religious stud-ies from Wofford College, an M.Div from Duke Divinity School, and a doctoral degree from Mahidol University. Prior to be-coming chaplain, Rev. Auman served as the United Methodist Campus Minister at WFU and UNC-Charlotte, has served two congregations, and has served as a Hospice chaplain. Rev. Auman has training in spiritual direction and mindfulness-based coaching, and has a background in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). He also directs the MindfulWake initiative at Wake Forest which helps students, faculty, and staff develop mindfulness practices that deepen self-awareness and increase a sense of well-being.