Human Care

Vision Statement: Individuals and the community of faith growing toward wholeness in body, mind and spirit, and reaching out with the love of Christ to those in need.

Mission Statement: The Human Care Ministry Team of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church is dedicated to practice Christian love toward those in need. We propose to demonstrate this love through visitation programs, advocacy programs, and education programs that emphasize preventive health and systematic care of the body, mind and spiritual needs of our congregation and the wider community around us.

Compassionate Friends is a team of caring and committed invididuals who make visits to homebound members of the congregation. These visits ensure the homebound members stay connected and feel remembered.

Extended Care Chapel Teams conduct monthly Sunday services, approximately 1/2 hour, at several nursing homes in Loveland.

Through the Community Assistance Fund the church meets emergency funding needs of members and also folks who come from the community for assistance. 

Our Parish Nurse, Kandi Quick, gives counsel, teaches the relation between faith and health, serves as health advocate, and enlists and trains volunteers to help with home care and visits. Regular blood pressure checks, flut shot clinics and blood donation days. Kandi also serves as the School Nurse for Immanuel's School.

Celebrate Recovery assists people with harmful "hurts, hangups, and habits" in small 12-step groups. This ministry team meets Saturday evening at 6:30 to help people with addictions, anger issues, family distress and other problems.

Stephen Ministry trains volunteers for one-one ministry of support for those struggling spiritually with life burdens and crises. More information about the Stephen Ministry program is available at their website. New videos are available here and here. Also, the PBS "Religion and Ethics" news show recently aired an eight-minute feature on Stephen Ministry.

Ministry Meals arranges for food to be delivered to people just discharged from the hospital, mothers with new babies, and others who have a need.

Funeral Meals: Immanuel offers a reception time and meal, if desired, following a funeral. If you would be willing to provide a salad or dessert for funeral receptions on an occasional basis, please let the church office know.

A core Ministry Human Care Team meets regularly to plan, coordinate and develop Immanuel's human care ministries. Immanuel exercises care for its own members and also does outreach. There is a climate that fosters spontaneous caring for others by Immanuel's members, besides the planned and organized efforts. Immanuel cares!