CARE & COUNSELING
Deacons are volunteers chosen from the congregation to serve the church and the community by extending sympathy and meeting needs. The deacons at PDCPC do this through several ways:
Care Day happens every Tuesday morning, 8:30am - 12noon. Non- church members in need come to the lower level of the Family Life Center where they can receive prayer, encouragement, and support as well as receive assistance meeting emergency needs related to food, clothing, supplies, transportation, etc. Deacons present at Care Day will also assist those in need with finding ongoing care and support from qualified agencies. The Deacons can authorize the giving of emergency funds, gas and food cards, and supplies from the Deacons’ Closet to help in getting them to the next step.
For any of these needs or more information, call the Church office at 760-346-8195.
Deacon’s Grant Fund- Help for Members in Need
The Deacons’ Grant Fund is an official fund established by our church for the primary purpose of helping to care for the material needs of members in the church.
When a member is in financial need, the church responds through our Deacons’ Grant Fund. A grant is a material gift from the church to help a member to pay a bill, get proper medical help, and meet other material needs.
In addition to financial aid, at times a member’s need can be met by receiving articles of clothing, furniture or food from the Deacons’ Closet. Grants are made with no obligation of repayment. However, if at some future time, part or all of the grant can be repaid, the money will be used to help others in need.
"Care for Hurting People"
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one, confidential, care-giving ministry that provides distinctively Christian care to those who are experiencing loss or who find themselves in a time of crisis such as death of a loved one, marital struggles, divorce, parenting, chronic illness, unemployment, and many other life challenges.
Stephen Ministers are available to serve both PDCPC members and anyone else from the local community, and are a valuable resource for people from all walks of life who are facing difficult times.
If you are hurting or going through a difficult time and need a listening, non-judgmental person with a caring heart to walk alongside you to offer support, contact Stephen Ministry Leader, Joan Larsen at 760-346-5215, or .
Training to be a Stephen Minister
Do you enjoy helping others but feel like you don’t always know exactly what to say or how to really help? Consider Stephen Ministry training! This practical training will help you develop the caregiving skills you already possess and will prove useful not only for your ministry in church, but also in your relationships with family, friends, co-workers, colleagues, etc.
Stephen Ministry training offers men and women a great opportunity for growth (personal & spiritual), community, and developing confidence to offer the love of Jesus through serving. The training builds the spiritual and emotional life of the people who provide care and the confidence to be Jesus’ hands and feet.
For more information on Stephen Ministry, or to sign up for training, contact Stephen Ministry Leader, Debbie Smith, 303-249-5553, . The next class begins this fall!
OTHER CARE & SUPPORT MINISTRIES
Losing someone you love is one of life’s most difficult experiences, and finding a safe & loving place to process the related feelings and challenges can be difficult. GriefShare is a 2-hour weekly Bible-based seminar/support group for people grieving the death of a loved one. It is a space to be with people who understand and have had similar experiences, and a place to receive hope and encouragement in a very difficult time.
For more information on our next session beginning October 8 from 1-3pm in Eisenhower Library, contact Kim Kershaw at 951-515-4002 or . Sessions meet weekly for a 13 week period.
Surviving the Holidays | Monday November 5, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Join us for a 1-day session geared especially for those struggling with the holiday season after the loss of a loved one. We will offer confidential support and talk about practical strategies and ideas to help in planning for the holidays. Contact for more info. Call to register: 951-515-4002.