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
Through December 7
This is an open, ongoing support group. New members are welcome at any time. This group is led by Stephanie Womack, Counseling intern. Stephanie’s passion is to provide hope to those whose journey has taken a challenging turn. Far too often we consider healing to be a task that goes at the bottom of our “To-Do” list. Stephanie’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.
Grief Support Group
September 28-November 16
Colleen Van Nostran and Adele Huff are your companions for this healing journey. Whatever the loss, Colleen and Adele are prepared to listen. Please register early so we can be sure to have a book for you. Register online for this group.
Finding Time for Stress Relief
September 28-November 16
This class is led by two experienced Care Ministry volunteers, Lori Dunlap and Sharmalee Pauling. Lori & Sharmalee have been providing leadership in depression and anxiety groups for over two years. This year Gloria Hill will join them as their assistant. They will provide fun and innovative ideas on how to relieve stress in your life. There is no cost for the class and workbooks are provided. Register today!
Empty/Emptying Nesters Fellowship
September 21, 6:30-8 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! Join Pastor Steve and Cindy Breon as they help us launch a monthly fellowship for Empty or Emptying Nesters! 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. Register today.
PICK-How to Pick a Partner
This class is sponsored by Cornerstones of Care. It runs October 19-November 16, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. It helps singles choose the right partner for a happy, stable relationship. It teaches single adults five key things to look for as they explore potential relationships. Free Child Care! Gift Cards for Everyone! Snacks provided! Register by contacting Cornerstones of Care toll free at 855-778-5437 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.