PWUMC provides an assortment of support groups and classes on Thursday evenings, 6:30-8 p.m. These groups are open to church members as well as the community. Childcare is available with advance registration. Our director of Counseling Ministries, Vicki Krehbiel, M.S., L.P.C., oversees these activities.
Hope & Healing
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
This is an open, ongoing support group. New members are welcome at any time. This group is led by Michael Kramer, Counseling intern. Far too often we consider healing to be a task that goes at the bottom of our “To-Do” list. Michael’s group is welcoming and hope-filled. It is designed to be a space where spiritual and emotional healing are a priority. Take some time for you. Bring a friend. See what happens to the rest of your “To-Do” list when healing becomes a priority. No registration required. Bring a friend.
Grief Support Groups
Two groups are offered. Both groups are studying “Understanding Your Grief” by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Books cost $15. All those who have experienced the loss of a significant person are welcome to attend for support, insight, growth and hope. In the words of Alan Wolfelt, “Hope is an expectation of a good that is yet to be.”
Thursdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.: Pastor Nancy Liston leads this group. Please contact Nancy to join. March 8-April 12, 2018 in room 255.
Thursdays from 6:30-8:00: Gloria Hill and Adele Huff serve as companions through the journey of grief. Please RSVP to Vicki Krehbiel.
February 15 – March 22, 2018 in room 255.
Stephanie Womack, Counseling Intern will be facilitating a class on Overcoming Depression beginning March 15-May 3. No class on March 29 or April 12. Class meets from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Registration is required. Please register online or by contacting Stephanie.
Empty/Emptying Nesters Fellowship
March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Are you missing the duty of chauffeuring your child to and from various sports activities or music lessons? Now that you don’t have to attend games and recitals are you feeling a little lost as to what to do with your time? Now that the loads of laundry are smaller and it takes less time to empty the dishwasher do you have more energy but you’re not sure what to do with it?
Have we got an idea for you! Explore the opportunities that lie ahead as you rediscover your faith, your personal identity and your new family identity now that your children are launching from home. The group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Currently we will each get the church devotions through Lent and meet to share our insights and discuss the questions. The devotions are a follow up to the sermon for the week.
Steve and Cindy Breon are leading this group. Contact Cindy Breon for more information.
Our counseling ministry is unique in that we have a full-time Licensed Professional Counselor on staff here at Platte Woods Church. Vicki Krehbiel, M.S., L.P.C., is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a National Board-Certified Counselor. She has 25 years of experience in dealing with issues such as marital conflict, domestic violence, grief, adolescent struggles, depression, divorce and parenting issues. Vicki is available to provide counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups. Counseling is set up by contacting Vicki directly for a consultation. Her extension is 229 and her email is email@example.com.
Counseling intern Stephanie Womack joined the team in January, 2017. Stephanie is working on her Masters in Counseling from Mid-America Nazarene University. Stephanie will be with us through April 2018. Stephanie’s emphasis is on marriage and Family Relationships. For appointments with Stephanie, please contact Vicki Krehbiel at 816-741-2972, ext. 229.
Platte Woods United Methodist Church offers a variety of ministries designed to provide compassionate support to those struggling with relationships, spiritual questioning, and emotional issues. We also seek to make available opportunities for growth in these areas.
We believe persons with healthy relationships who choose to follow Jesus are in a good position to be equipped to care for others. We provide training to visit the sick and lonely; to pray with others; and how to provide the best care possible. One of the ways we show care is through prayer. We offer a variety of ways for people to pray for each other. For more information about congregational care, please contact Pastor Nancy Liston.
Congregational Care Team
Congregational Care encompasses care of the lives entrusted to us through connection to Platte Woods United Methodist Church. Our Congregational Care Team might:
- prepare a couple for marriage,
- visit seniors in assisted living,
- provide meals for those recuperating from surgery,
- design and send cards for the card care ministry,
- facilitate support groups,
- help coordinate blood drives,
- offer prayer for those in hospitals,
- pray for those who request it.
O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant … Nehemiah 1:11
PWUMC has a vibrant Prayer Ministry. We offer ongoing prayer teams and prayer for special events. For more information about Prayer Ministries, please contact Pastor Nancy Liston.
Pastors’ Prayer Team
The Pastors’ Prayer Team is a team of people who have committed to pray for pastors every day. Members of this team are given a specific scripture to pray each day. They pray for the pastors every Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the Prayer Room. The team also meets two times a year to pray together for our pastors. Pastors attend the team prayer meetings, and are encouraged to call or email their team whenever they have specific requests.
Cancer Prayer Team
The Cancer Prayer Team is a caring group of people who believe prayer makes a big difference in the lives and treatment of cancer patients. This team meets monthly to pray with and for cancer patients. Team members pray daily for a short list of cancer patients, and their doctors and caregivers.
“Threads of Faith” Prayer Shawl Ministry
“Threads of Faith” Prayer Shawl Ministry offers tangible evidence to those for whom we are praying. The common threads of fashioning a prayer shawl produce more than just a shawl, as it engages the knitters and crocheters in prayer on behalf of others. The shawls are given to those in the hospital, as well as others who are in need of some tender loving care.
Small groups who pray together with focus. Contact Nancy Liston for more details.
Colossians 4:2 (NIV) Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
If you have a prayer request, please leave a message at 816-741-2972, ext. 204. The prayer team will keep your request in confidence.
During worship, there is the opportunity to write prayer requests on the tear-off in the bulletin to place in the offering plate. You may indicate the level of confidentiality you prefer. These are collected, sorted, and dispensed by Pastor Nancy.
Goals of the PWUMC Prayer Ministry
- To be a church where prayer is the center of everything that we do
- To develop a hunger among all members to grow in the discipline and understanding of prayer
- To be in relationship with Jesus by naming concerns, confessions and joys as well as by listening.