Care and Support Groups

St. John Lutheran Church offers ways to support and care for those in need.  If you or someone you know could use our help, please contact the church office at 830-249-3651 to find out more about what we have to offer.

St. John’s Visitation Ministry

St. John’s Visitation Ministry serves those that cannot make it out to St. John. For more information about these visits, please contact Pastor Mariola Bergquist at: pastormariola@stjohnlutheran.com

 

Nursing Home Visits: Cibolo House – 2nd Tuesday of the month

Care Choice and Town and Country – 2nd Wednesday of the month

Cibolo Creek – 4th Wednesday of the month

Homebound Visits: Tuesdays: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Wednesdays: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Worship services: Menger House – 3rd Sunday of the month at 3:30 p.m.

GriefShareA Bible-based program to help those who need support

 

Dear St. John Family and Friends,

The grieving process that follows death can be physically, emotionally, and even spiritually devastating. The good news, though, is that human beings who find a support group often discover that the journey from mourning to joy is possible.

 

St. John Lutheran Church of Boerne is ready and willing to help grieving people with a special ministry.  Pastor Mariola Berquist is the pastor of record for the Bible-based program GriefShare, and five lay leaders are trained and prepared for the first meetings on Sept. 18 & 19, 2018.

 

You will find welcome, support, and respite in the company of others who are struggling with the natural and normal responses to grief.  A few of the many feelings associated with the death of a dear friend, a parent or grandparent, a child or sibling include:

*Emotional numbness

*Unusual forgetfulfulness

*Crying unexpectedly, stomach pains, chest discomfort

*Feelings of guilt and regret

*Anger at God (and sometimes toward your beloved)

*Loss of appetite (or the opposite)

*Feeling as though life no longer has meaning

*Tremendous anxiety; easily agitated state of mind

 

Each person’s grief journey is absolutely personal and unique.  The prayers, video presentations by highly qualified Christian counselors and personal stories will reassure you that although it is hard to live through a grief experience, there is hope that adjustment to a new life will come. You are not alone.

 

Participation is open to adult SJLC members and nonmembers (17 yrs to 120) of all faiths and denominations.  We hope you will spread the news to grieving people in your circles.

 

Consider one of two GriefShare groups starting soon:

Tuesday mornings beginning Sept. 18, 10:00 AM to noon, SJLC Education Wing, Room 118. Connie Harbers and Barbara Watson are the Tuesday morning facilitators.

Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 19, 6:30-8:30 PM, SJLC Education Wing, Room 119. Participants are welcome to eat dinner at 6:00 with our church family, and childcare is available during the Wednesday GriefShare meeting.  Betty Steubing, Barbara Rogers, and Mark Alberthal will facilitate the evening group.

 

The grieving process knows no timetable; if you or someone you know needs the assurance and support a Christian bereavement group offers, consider coming regardless of how long it has been. Each of the 15 sessions “stands alone” in context in case you cannot commit to each one.  It is not necessary to begin with the very first one; you can start at any point during the cycle.

 

Call the St. John office (830.249.3651), Connie Harbers (512.779.5508), or Betty Steubing (830.446.9713) with questions.

 

Visit the GriefShare website for more information: https://www.griefshare.org/