Care Ministries

PWUMC provides an assortment of support groups and classes on Thursday evenings. these groups are open to church members as well as the community. Our director of Counseling Ministries, Vicki Krehbiel, M.S., L.P.C., oversees these activities.

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Most of our Care Night Groups and Classes will be taking a break for the summer. Dr. Sarno’s recovery class, the Grief Support group and the Divorce Support Group will still meet.

Recovery Group
This class is designed for anyone struggling with addictive behavior or unhealthy habits. The class is led by Dr. Al Sarno. Discover how using a “BEST IDEAS” approach can help you change your behaviors and improve your relationships!  This ongoing group meets on Care Night Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

Grief Support Group
The summer session of our Grief Support Group will begin June 8 and will meet through August 3.  There will be no meeting on July 13.  The group meets from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in room 253.  We will be using the book “Thoughts for the Lonely Nights” by Doug Manning.  Group leaders are Care Team volunteers, Colleen Van Nostran and Adele Huff.  There is no fee for this group.  Books may be purchased on your own or through Vicki Krehbiel. Register online for this group.

Divorce Support Group
Our Care Night Team is offering a new Divorce Support Group during the summer. This group will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm beginning June 8-August 3. This group is open to anyone who has experienced divorce whether a recent event or a life transition still needing healing. The group will use the book “Rebuilding” by Bruce Fisher. Workbooks may be purchased the first evening of class. Stephanie Womack, Counseling Intern, will facilitate the group. Register online for this group.

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
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.

Congregational Care
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.

Eat and Greet–Sunday, August 27, 2017, Noon – 2:00 p.m.
The first step to providing care is to show up. Please show up on Sunday, August 27th to explore areas of caring: Home and hospital visitation, care note writing, bereavement care and prayer care. Topics include: what it means to “show up,”how to be a good listener, boundaries and what it means to live and love like Jesus. To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, or perfect. You just have to care enough to be there.

Congregational Care Ministry
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.

Prayer Ministry

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.

Prayer Pods
Small groups who pray together with focus. Contact Nancy Liston for more details.

Prayer Chain
Help carry one another’s burdens … Galatians 6:2. If you desire immediate prayer support, please send a brief text (816-392-9272) or email to Kristi Weatherford. These requests will be prayed for by a dedicated team as they are received and kept in confidence among the prayer chain.

Goal 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 educate each member of the congregation in the meaning and necessity of “praying without ceasing”
      • To be in relationship with Jesus by naming concerns, confessions and joys as well as by listening.
    • Congregational Prayer Concerns7-13