Groups & Classes

Our Care Ministry provides multiple groups and classes through the year, focusing on wellness and spiritual well-being. The following groups are available now.

May Mindfulness Study
Wednesdays, May 1-22, 6:30-7:30
In May, we will use Brene’ Brown’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection” to focus our practice of learning to be Mindful. Class facilitators are Dusti Lyon Preul and Vicki Krehbiel. Class meets on Wednesday evenings May 1 through May 22, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Register with Vicki. This is an open class. You may drop in anytime.

June Mindfulness Study
Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:30-7:30
Passing the Test: Spiritual Practices for Tough Times.  Class leader: Dusti Lyon Preul. Each week we will learn a new practice to take home and “practice”. 

Loss of a Loved One Support Group
Wednesdays, April 24-May 29, 6:15-7:45
Grief support group is for anyone who has experienced a loss. This group is open so you are welcome to join at any time. Group facilitators are Pastor Care Ministry Volunteers, Adele Huff and Gloria Hill. There is no fee for this group, however, we do appreciate registrations to help us in planning.  Please register by contacting Counseling Director, Vicki Krehbiel.

Grief To Hope Support Groups
Wednesdays, May 1-May 29, 10-11:30 & 6:15-7:45
Grief to Hope is for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Perhaps your experience was a year ago, 10 years ago, or somewhere in between. You are welcome. Maybe you lost a friend or family member. You are welcome. Pastor Nancy Liston will facilitate a time of sharing. This is a closed group which means the folks who gather the first night will remain as a group through May 29. There is no fee, however registrations are helpful for planning. Please register by contacting Pastor Nancy. The group will meet in Room 209, Pastor Nancy’s office. You are welcome. Please come and begin the journey from Grief to Hope.

Empty/Emptying Nesters Fellowship
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? 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.

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

Counseling intern Michael Kramer joined the team in January, 2018. Michael is working on his Masters in Counseling from Mid-America Nazarene University. Michael will be with us through April 2019. Michael’s emphasis is on marriage and Family Relationships. For appointments with Michael, 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.

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.

Renovated Prayer Room Now Open
Praying: People, Places, Problems, Praises
“You are in my prayers.” Some people say it. Others write it.

PWUMC has a newly renovated place for you to engage in prayer. The Prayer Room is open and ready for you to share your joys and concerns; to follow a guided prayer process by rotating among the eight individual prayer stations; or to kneel and pray at the prayer bench. Prayer resources are also available. Come. Step inside the Prayer Room. Experience God’s presence. All are welcome. Let us join together in being people who pray when we say, “You are in my prayers.” And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18 NIV

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 Team
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.

Leading People to Follow Jesus.


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