Caring for Each Other
Within these walls, you will find a community of people who minister not only to the world but also to each other. We take care of one another, and together we learn about the Christian faith. We pray, study, listen, support, and encourage each other in our faith journeys.
FPC members act their faith in many ways – and caring for one another in creative ways has generated a number of teams – ever growing and changing, to meet evolving needs in this caring community.
Nourishment extends beyond that of spirit and soul. Care Kitchen provides a way to request nourishment for the body as a step in the healing process during times of crisis or need.
Our homebound members remain connected to the FPC Dallas family, because many work together to assure this by scheduling regular visits to see them.
Circle of Friends
When life presents on-going challenge in the form of illness, grief, or accident, FPC organizes and trains teams of people to sustain support over a period of time. These teams provide emotional, spiritual and practical care to both individual and family, relieving caregivers of the burden of coordination.
End of Life
Death can come suddenly with little warning and no time for planning. Or death can occur after a prolonged illness that may provide the dying person and family members time for planning, if they can cope with it emotionally. Under either circumstance, it is far better that the planning be done well in advance.
This resource, Preparing for the End of Life, was written to help you prepare for your own death and to minimize the burden for surviving family members and friends. While addressed to you, the reader, the contents may enable you to assist others, either prior to or at the time of their death.
This resource is not about death as much as it is about life and preparing for the end of this life. It is about how we as individuals, families and a community of faith can understand and prepare for the changing seasons in life, including dying and death, so that we can live as fully and joyfully as possible.
Below, you can find a list of helpful links and resources:
- The Art of Being a Healing Presence by James E. Miller
- Dying Well by Ira Byock, M.D.
- Final Gifts by Maggie Callanan & Patricia Kelley
- How We Die by Sherwin Nuland
- May I Walk You Home? by Joyce Hutchison
- Midwives for the Souls: Spiritual Care for the Dying by Kathy Kaline
- Naming the Silences by Stanley Hauerwas
- Our Greatest Gift by Henri J.M Nouwen
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization - www.nhpco.org
- The Death of an Adult Child: A Book for and about Bereaved Parents by Jeanne Webster Blank
- A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser
- A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
- Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort by Albert Hsu
- Healing After Loss by Martha Whitmore Hickman
- The Heart of Grief by Thomas Attig
- Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff
- No Time to Say Goodbye by Carla Fine
- Our Walk with Elephants: Surviving the Death of Adult Children by Peggy Boone, Ph.D.
- Psalms of Lament by Ann Weems
- To Live Again by Catherine Marshall
- The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
- Journey of Hearts: A Healing Place for those Dealing with Grief
- Faith and Grief: A Ministry of Compassion and Connection
- Recover from Grief Loss
Burial & Other Resources
- Neptune Society- (817) 838-5100 - Pre-paid cremation services
- Memorial Society (Must Join Before Death)- (972) 509-5686
- UT Southwestern Willed Body Program- (214) 648-221 or 1-(888) 905-991
- DFW National Cemetery- (214) 467-3374
Faith and Grief
Grief inevitably intersects with our faith and can benefit from time with others on the same path. FPC offers 5-6 week small group series on grief and access to monthly grief programs across the area.
Handy Hands Team
Numerous handy people have organized themselves to provide a helping hand for minor in-home repair services to FPC members in need.
Ministers, elders, and members are sent from the sanctuary to offer the sacrament of communion to members unable to attend worship on communion days, so that all are included.
FPC maintains an active confidential email prayer chain, composed of church members who commit to praying daily for people in special need of intercession. If you have a prayer concern, you may communicate your need here. In addition, we maintain the Cares and Concerns list of people, which is a more public request for prayer. If you have a prayer concern, you may communicate your need here.
When a member of the congregation experiences a crisis, it can be very helpful to have a caring, impartial, Christian friend share the journey through that crisis. Stephen Ministers have been trained in the art of pastoral care, and they work one-on-one listening to the person in crisis (care receiver), offering encouragement as well as prayer. All Stephen Ministers maintain in strict confidence anything shared by their care-receivers. Click here to watch a video about Stephen Ministers that aired on PBS.
Stitch 'N Prayer
If you love to knit or crochet, join with others to prepare shawls to be given to those who might enjoy feeling wrapped up in the support of a community. Some will knit at home, some with others – and the group will gather periodically to knit together and enjoy one another.
For occasional needs, such as doctor visits or outpatient procedures, volunteers are organized by area to provide rides for fellow FPC members. A week’s notice is required to access this service.
A congregational presence for church members while in the hospital or rehabilitation center can relieve concerns and offer companionship. These visits by trained volunteers augment and assist pastoral/staff visitation.
To volunteer, ask questions or to request support from any of these teams, email Kathy Price or call 214-748-8051 and ask to speak with Kathy or Rev. Rebecca Chancellor Sicks.